In the discovery of Latvian diversity

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More than 3 weeks in Latvia is quite conceivable, so the country is rich in discoveries. We indicate the minimum time required to travel across the country, but one half day per object. If the entire country visits you, you must consider a journey of at least one and a half months (one week by region and 4 days for Rīga).

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<p>Terraces of Doma Laukums.</p> <p>Dance in the shadow of volcanoes.</p> <p>Majestic volcano.</p> <p>Château de Bauska.</p> <p>Palais Palace and its French garden.</p> <p>.</p>

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  • Rīga
  • Tukums
  • Kuldīga
  • Ventspils
  • Liepāja
  • Jelgava
  • Bauska
  • Rundale
  • Daugavpils
  • Rēzekne
  • Sigulda
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Details of the stay: In the discovery of Latvian diversity - 22 days

Day 1 : Visit of the Old Town of Rīga

Early in the morning, start by visiting the covered market areas, the largest in Europe. These are old zeppelin hangars. Enter the Old town by the Old Port Gate, which recalls that the goods of the caravans from Asia arrive until Riga. Then climb to the bell tower of St. Peter's Church to admire the city's view. Next, take Skarnu street to reach the Dome of the Dome, centre of the old town, where the Dome (not to say the Protestant cathedral) houses one of the finest organs in Europe. Stroll along the maze of streets that make up Riga's historic centre and discover the many historic buildings in old Riga. Along the old town, along the boulevard Basteja is the Opera House. Not far away, in the Brivibas street, the main artery of the city, stands the monument of Liberty.

Day 2 : New City and Art Nouveau

Riga is known to be the European city with the largest number of Art nouveau architectural masterpieces. These buildings were built at the beginning of the century, when Riga was one of the rich European cities. In 700 years, some houses in the Art Nouveau style are built in the centre of Riga and it must be said that competition among architects is harsh. Every homeowner wants to send a message through the symbolism he chooses to adorn the facade of his house. The symbols most often retained are animals (for example, peacock represents wealth), characters of mythology, nymphs, Greek sculptures, many flowers. It is this readability of the facades that allows Riga to distinguish itself from other cities with Art Nouveau buildings. Probably some of the most famous buildings of Art Nouveau are located in Alberta street which owes its entirety, except No. 12, to Eisenstein, the father of the famous filmmaker (the most famous film is Le Battleship Potiomkine). Above all, don't miss the famous buildings located in the streets Smilsu, Skunu, Valnu, Valdemara, Caka, Ausekla, Brivibas, Miera, Avotu...

Take the time to swallow a cocktail while admiring the sunset and panoramic views of Riga on the 26 th floor of Hotel Latvia (Sky Bar).

Day 3 : Seaside resort of Jūrmala

A relaxing day in the seaside resort of Jurmala, with walks along the beaches and SPA sessions in one of the hotels facing the sea. Its long sandy beach lined with pine trees invites you to walk. A walk that stretches very easily in the streets of the city, which is full of wooden houses with very varied architectural origins: Russian, Finnish, Swedish or German.

Day 4 : Tukums and its surroundings

From the west to the Kurzeme region to reach the city of Tukums. Its dedicated museum with the inhabitants of Tukums opens the doors in the restored tower of its castle Fort. If you are interested in beautiful buildings, visit the Jaunmoku Neo-Gothic Castle and its beautiful park near Tukums.

Day 5 : Kuldiga Getaway

From Kurzeme, go to Kuldiga, a charming small town along Venta River. You will discover the largest waterfalls in Europe.

Day 6 : Along the coast

You will then head north along the coast and walk to Kolka. On the way, it would be a pity not to stop at Engure Lake. This lake is located in the heart of a natural reserve where you can follow 3,5 km of the dedicated chemin route to 22 species of these rare plants, looking from its observation towers to the 122 bird species. By continuing your road to the north you will pass through a series of fishing villages. Stop on the beaches between Roja and Kolka: it was one of the best places to collect amber from the Baltic, but more now.

Day 7 : Wilderness and traditions

Located at the tip of the country, Kolka offers a magnificent panorama of wild beaches and wooded dunes. Take advantage of your walk to observe the phenomenon of crossed waves. Moving west, you will pass through the Sliteres park which houses Deer, Reindeer, Nozzles and a large number of bird species. Take a break in the village of Mazirbe and discover the people of Livonia, the first inhabitants of Latvia.

Day 8 : Cap on Ventspils

By leaving the park, you will stretch the coast up to Ventspils, not missing a visit to the fishermen's villages along your road and, above all, the ghost town which still houses a scientific centre whose main interest is the radio antenna with a diameter of 32 m ² to study the sky. French scientists are often present on site. This place is very difficult to find because there is no sign indicating its location.

Day 9 : Ventspils, the capital of the coast

Ventspils, the rival of Riga. Visit the old town and the castle of Livonia. Dine in the old Upis customs warehouse on the quay of the old port. You can stroll through the streets of the old town or in the parks along the beach, it is rare that there is no concert or show. The best way to discover Liepaja is to follow the silver notes engraved in the city's pavement (Liepaja is the music capital of Latvia, especially through its rock aspect).

Day 10 : Liepāja, former Soviet naval base

Extend your itinerary along the coast by joining Liepa  ja, the other major city on the west coast. This former city, which was forbidden to visit a Soviet naval naval base, is in full renewal and its cultural life has nothing to do with that of Riga. If you are adventurous and like unusual situations, take part in the reality of the Karosta prison, built in the th century by the Russian czar for his garrisons (you will still see ruins of the Royal barracks). You are told to live the life of a prisoner in the Soviet era, and know that it is not pink... especially when you are a French spy!

Day 11 : Pope National Park

20 minutes south of Liepa  ja by road, you can visit the national park of Pope, famous for its bison and wild horses. You will then borrow the A 9 road to get into the land. On the road, visit the town of Saldus and its green parks.

Day 12 : Architectural wonders

Turn to Jelgava where you can admire its baroque castle as well as its Orthodox church, both built on order of Anna Ivanovna, for his lover Ernest Biron, the Duke of Curonian, according to the plans of the famous Italian architect Rastrelli.

Day 13 : Château de Bauska

Bauska opens the doors of its th century fortress, built by the Livonien order, to defend the nearby Lithuanian border.

Day 14 : Palace palaces

Continue your journey by visiting the palace of Runda , nicknamed the "Versailles", architectural monument of unique Baroque and rococo style in Latvia. If you are passionate about beautiful buildings, take advantage of your presence on the premises to visit the town of Mezotne, stroll in the English garden of its neoclassical palace, a completely renovated architectural jewel which now houses a hotel in the majestic rooms and affordable prices.

Day 15 : Road to lakes

Discover the country of lakes, wild expanses dotted with charming villages.

Day 16 : On the shores of Kovsa Lake

Stop at Rezekne on the edge of Lake Kovsa, and visit the remains of its castle, the Orthodox Church and the museum of history and culture of Latgale.

Day 17 : Discovery of Daugavpils

Visit of Daugavpils where you discover its magnificent fortress of the Tsariste era.

Day 18 : Gauja National Park

Discover the National National Park. Its centre is located in Ligatne, with an animal park where the animals of the region live on day-parole and around which many cottages are located.

Day 19 : Stopover in Līgatne

Visit the town of Ligatne, with its wooden houses, its th-century paper mill and its incredible bunker top secret of the Soviet era. In the region do not miss the lovely village of CeÂÂÂÂ " svaine.

Day 20 : Cēsis, traditional Latvian city

Stroll through the medieval streets of Cé " sis, the ancient capital of Livonia. Discover its castle, erected in 1209 by the Knights Sword and Teutonic, as well as its magnificent streets and park.

Day 21 : Walks in nature and ancient myth in Sigulda

Sigulda is located in the most hilly part of the Vidzeme region. On the hillside you can find the ruins of its castle, as well as the astonishing bobsleigh trail in winter and summer. Here you can visit the caves of Guttman, along the Gauja River, and the castle of Turaida, which appears to be out of a fairy tale. Ask for the legend of the Rose de Turaida.

Day 22 : Last day in Latvia

Return to Riga.

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