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Riga City Breaks


European City of Culture 2014

from £315 pp - 4 days / 3 nights or more


Riga Old Town by Daina K

Riga is an ideal city break destination. With its 800,000 inhabitants, it is the largest and most exciting of the Baltic cities. It boasts a remarkable legacy of Gothic, Baroque and Classical architecture, not to mention the biggest collection of Art Nouveau or 'Jugendstil' architecture in the world. The old town, dating back to 1201, has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its narrow, cobblestone streets wind through beautifully restored buildings and historic passageways within the fortress walls. The Old Town is small enough to enjoy on foot, but if you do get lost, you can always get your bearings from the many unique church steeples that tower above the city.

Annual Christmas Market will take place in Riga Old Town from 2 December 2012 - 10 January 2013.

Package prices per person based on availability and two people sharing a twin or double room:

Hotels                                                               
3 night package (price per person)
4 night package (price per person)

Hotel Konventa Seta 3*

   
 07 Jan - 30 Apr / 01 Oct - 30 Dec  £325  £350
 01 May - 30 Sep  £340  £375

PK Hotel Riga 4*

   
 06 Jan - 30 Apr / 01 Oct - 30 Dec  £325  £350
 01 May - 30 Sep  £370  £415

Hotel Justus 4*

   
 17 Jan - 30 Apr / 01 Oct- 23 Dec  £350  £390
 01 May- 30 Sep / 24 Dec - 16 Jan  £385  £430

Hotel Gutenbergs 4*

   
 01 Jan - 30 Apr / 01 Sep - 30 Dec  £330  £365
 01 May - 31 Aug  £370  £415

Radisson BLU Latvija 4*

   
 06 Jan - 30 Apr / 01 Nov - 30 Dec  £390  £440
 01 May - 31 Oct  £420  £480

Hotel Neiburgs 4*

   
 06 Jan - 28 Dec  £470  £550

Hotel Grand Palace 5*

   
 05 Jan -  30 Apr / 12 Oct - 29 Dec  £530  £630
 01 May - 11 Oct  £560  £670

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Package includes


  • Direct flights from London to Riga and return (we can arrange flights from other airports upon request)
  • Airport transfers in Riga   
  • Accommodation in a twin / double room (single supplement available)
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • All taxes

Day 1: Arrival in Riga

Upon arrival in Riga you'll be met and transferred to the hotel of your choice. Riga airport is located about 15 minute drive from the Old Town.

Days 2 – 3: Free time in Riga

Breakfasts at the hotel followed by a free time to explore the city. We can offer sightseeing tours with private guides or you can join some of the public sightseeing tours operated in the city. We can also help with tickets to the opera or ballet at the Latvian National Opera.

Day 4: Departure from Riga

After breakfast at your hotel, check out and your departure transfer will be provided to the airport. Return flight.

Grand Palace

Riga, Latvia - 5 stars
This beautiful 5 star hotel is located in a perfect Old Town setting surrounded by historical buildings and churches. With marble floors, chandeliers and paintings, the traditional building combines Old World charm with modern luxury.

Gutenbergs

Riga, Latvia - 4 stars
This cosy 4 star hotel located in the heart of the Old Town, just across from the Dome Cathedral. The hotel features an open-air roof restaurant located on the 6th floor with great views of the rooftops of the Old Town.

Konventa Seta

Riga, Latvia - 3 stars
Hotel Konventa Seta (Convent Court) is a 3 star hotel, comprised of nine medieval buildings connected by a maze of cobbled alleyways and is located in the heart of the Old Town.

PK Riga Hotel & Spa

Riga, Latvia - 4 stars
PK Riga Hotel & Spa is an architecturally stunning hotel with an Italian style, located within Riga's famous Art Nouveau District and close to the medieval Old Town.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija

Riga, Latvia - 4 stars
Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija is perfect for a business and leisure travellers alike. Guests enjoy access to two incredible restaurants, the trendy Skyline Bar and an on-site casino and nightclub and comfortable, plush rooms provide relaxation for travellers and include amenities like Free high-speed, WiFi and a work desk.

Europa Royale Hotel

Riga, Latvia - 4 stars
The four star Europa Royale Riga is a luxury boutique hotel that is located at the very center of the Latvian capital - Riga. Hotel is established at the historic Benjamins house that recognizes the highest standards of luxury in both service and facilities.

 

Justus Hotel

Riga, Latvia  - 4 stars
This boutique Hotel Justus is located in the heart of the beautiful area of the old town of Riga, situated just a few steps away from the famous Dome cathedral, within the architectural area protected by UNESCO as a part of world heritage. The historic building has been completely renovated to an immaculate standard in 2009 and this will ensure you will have a great stay in Riga.

Neiburgs Hotel

Riga, Latvia - 4 stars
Hotel Neiburgs awaits you with a combination of heritage and contemporary design, spacious and light apartments, comfortable bathrooms, splendid views of the Old Town, comfort, friendly and hospitable service, as well one of the city’s most popular restaurants.



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Visas

For your holidays to Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland or Ukraine, you will not need a visa if you have a valid passport from any EU country, Australia, Canada, USA, Japan (there are more, so check with us to make sure). Please note that your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date of your return.

However, if you plan to travel to Russia, you will need a visa, which we can help organise for you.

Insurance

Travel insurance is required and also advisable. If you do not have a valid policy, please check our Insurance link on the bottom of our homepage. Our recommended partner is Essential Travel, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Language

You will be able to communicate quite well with the locals, as most people in the service industry are quite adept at speaking English. If English doesn't work, then try Russian (if you can), or German. The further you go from the major cities, the less English you will hear. However, do not let the language barrier keep you from exploring the beauty of the country side. We can always arrange English speaking guides to accompany you wherever you wish to go.

The Estonian language is similar to Finnish and is unrelated to Latvian, Lithuanian or Russian. Latvian and Lithuanian are two of the oldest languages, with roots traceable to Sanskrit. This makes them quite challenging to learn, but attempting a few words will put a smile on the local faces. Russians use the Cyrillic alphabet, so reading street signs and tube maps will be a challenge in St Petersburg .

Car Rental

You can rent a car, as long as you have a valid EU or international driver's license. Most cars will have manual transmission.

Currency

You can get local currency from ATMs at the airport where you land or in the major cities. Be aware that your bank will charge you a service fee and exchange rate fee for the transaction, but this is likely to be less than exchanging money in the UK before you depart. Please note that in Russia exchange bureau's and banks will not except Scottish bank notes.

We suggest choosing the right credit card for spending abroad. Most credit cards will have an additional cost (about 3%) to the bank exchange rates. You can avoid it by obtaining a specialist overseas card that does not add this % and will give you good exchange rates that are better than money exchange bureau rates. 

Credit cards charge you interest rates, but some debit cards (bank account cards) could have fees that could add up to £ 1.50 every time you spend.

We recommend checking with your bank what fees/interest rates will be applied to your card when using it abroad in order to make an educated decision on what card to use.

Most restaurants and shops will take credit/debit cards like Visa and Mastercard, however, many places will not accept AMEX. 

Traveller's cheques are difficult to cash, so we recommend not to use them.

Airport or ferry terminals in most cases will have the worst money exchange rates, so if you must get it from the airport, pre-order money for pick-up to get a better rate.

The local currencies are (alphabetic order):

Denmark - Danish Kroner
Estonia - Euro
Finland - Euro
Greenland - Danish Kroner
Iceland - Icelandic Kroner
Latvia - Euro
Lithuania - Lithuanian Litas
Norway - Norwegian Kroner
Poland - Polish Zloty
Russia - Russian Ruble
Sweden - Swedish Kroner
Ukraine - Hryvnia

Restaurants

Dining opportunities are plenty, from ethnic to exotic. We would suggest you to try some national dishes and get a real taste of the region. Note that most traditional dishes contain meat and are fairly heavy, but very tasty.

Reservations in advance are recommended for up-market restaurants, especially for Friday and Saturday evenings.

Tipping - many of the up-market establishments will let you know how good their service is by including it on the bill. Rounding up the bill is usually sufficient, unless you feel your server deserves an extra bit of recognition.

Transportation

Railway mostly serves domestic routes and is used as an easy and quick way to get from the capital to major cities of the country. There are some international routes, like to Moscow and St. Petersburg, but time spent on the way will be quite long.

Buses are one of the most convenient ways to travel between the Baltic States. Eurolines will get you between Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn. One way tickets will cost £ 15 - £ 20 and approximate travel time is 5 hours between the cities. Ticket reservations in advance are recommended.

Taxis are the quickest and most convenient way of travelling round the city. You'll find them located close to the main hotels. Usually it's quite easy to catch a taxi on the street, however, it's much better and safer to order one by phone. Taxi costs in all of the Baltic countries and Poland are approximately the same and a ride in the centre of the city will cost you approx £ 5 - £ 7.  Taxis in Finland and Russia are considerably more expensive.  It is always a good idea to get your hotel to book a taxi for you and ask approximately how much the trip will cost before you get in.

We would not recommend you to take public transportation within the city, as it's usually crowded and it may cause you unnecessary anxiety about where to stop.

Mobile Phones

There are several mobile operators in each Baltic country, the Nordics ( Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland incl. Iceland and Greenland as well as Poland, Ukraine and Russia.  If you have an international connection, there shouldn't be any problems with your incoming and outgoing calls.

In case your phone doesn't work, please check in the local mobilephone shops and you can buy Calling cards etc. or ask in your hotel, they should be able to advise you too.

Internet Access

Internet access is available at Internet Cafés, which mostly are located in the central part of the city. Most hotels have internet access.

Postal Services

Stamps are available in the post offices and in most newspaper kiosks. Approximate price for a stamp to European Union countries will vary but between appx. £ 0.30 to £ 0.70. You'll see post boxes on the streets or you can ask hotel representative to send your post card, they'll gladly help you.

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4 days / 3 nights or more from £315 pp

Price includes:

  • Direct flights from London to Riga and return (we can arrange flights from other airports upon request)
  • Airport transfers in Riga   
  • Accommodation in a twin / double room (single supplement available)
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • All taxes