This morning you will meet your Riga guide for a tour of the Old Town. The architecture of Riga is beautiful and diverse. Heritage of 800 years old Gothic churches, built by founders of Riga, medieval buildings in the Old Town, exquisite Art Nouveau, as well as wooden buildings, make Riga a real pearl of architecture.
An excellent place to start any tour is on top the spire, where you can see the whole of Riga laid out before you. This is the perfect way to get your bearings before you wander down the cobblestone streets. From here you may see the exterior of the Dome Cathedral, one of the largest and most distinctive houses of worship in the region. Beginning in the 13 century, the cathedral has gone through one construction after another and is now a curious combination of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and other styles. The church walls are crammed with plaques celebrating the glories of Latvia’s medieval rulers.
During your tour, take part in a backstage tour at the Riga National Opera. Enjoy this exclusive tour of the national opera of Latvia. The opera company includes the Latvian National Ballet, LNO Chorus, and LNO Orchestra.
To complete your tour, ride the Riga canal. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise in a wooden boat. What better way to view the beautiful landscape of the city!
After a long day of exploring, you will return to your hotel.
For dinner we recommend a gourmet restaurant – Vincents. This restaurant’s reputation has spread far beyond Latvia’s borders, with Prince Charles, Elton John, the Emperor of Japan and Heston Blumenthal among a very long list of prominent personalities and famous gourmands who have savoured the restaurant’s haute cuisine.