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Take a trip into the past where your imagination can flow into the ancient Baltic world as it once was. Visit and explore medieval castles where you can expand your understanding of the Baltic crusades as well as the Christianization of some of the last pagans in Europe. Discover what the Baltic nobility was like by experiencing how it was to be a “Baltic Baron” through visiting and overnighting in their Manors and Palaces, tasting their food and listening to accounts and stories of their lives.
Your journey begins in the magical city of Riga then continues towards the beautiful National Park Gauja with its amazing nature and two medieval castles: the castle of Turaida, the former residence of the third bishop of Riga in Livonia and the castle of Cesis, the former headquarter of the Livonian Brothers of the Swords, the most iconic and best-preserved in Latvia.
After this encounter with the medieval world, you will time travel to more recent ages visiting the unique baroque masterpiece Palace of Rundale, Jelgava palace – the former residence of Courland dukes, Kuksu manor a prime example of manor architecture in Latvia, then passing to the 19th century with outstanding classical architecture examples Malpils and Durbe Manor, neo-Gothic gems Birini and Jaunmoku Manor. During your time travel, you will not lack tasty experiences, noble dinners, legends and stories from the past and much more.
This itinerary can be modified according to your wishes. You can combine ideas from our other itineraries or request your own preferences. Together we will create the best experience for you.
Welcome to Riga. Private transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Breakfast. Meet with your local guide. 3 hour guided tour “Legends of Riga” around the old town of Riga. Free time for personal exploration in the city. Overnight.
Breakfast. Meet with your local guide. Departure to Gaujas National Park for a medieval experience visiting Turaida and Cesis Castle. Dinner and overnight in Birini or Malpils manor.
A hearty and delicious local breakfast. Departure to visit Rundale Palace, the Baroque pearl in an intact rural landscape. Arrive in Bauska for a short stop at Bauska Castle built in the 16th century. Lunch in a “slow food” restaurant. Guided tour in Rundale palace and its beautiful French garden. Free time for personal exploration. Dinner and overnight in Mezotne palace – one of the most outstanding examples of Classicism in Latvia.
A hearty and delicious local breakfast. Departure to Jelgava. A short photo stop to admire the largest baroque palace in the Baltics. Afterwards tasting of local wines made from berries, fruits and plants in one of the top wineries in the Baltics. Arrival at Kuksu Manor. Free time for personal exploration. Dinner and overnight in a manor.
A hearty and delicious local breakfast. Departure for exploration of nearby manors: Jaunmoku, Durbe and Slokenbeka Manors. Tasting of infusions made from local herbs. A short walk in Tukums. Arrival in Riga. Overnight.
Departure to the airport. Salutations and see you again!