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Latvia: culture & nature self driving tour

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  • 8 hotel nights with breakfast
  • Rented car
  • Car parking at hotels
  • GPS

 

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Latvia: culture & nature self driving tour

Detailed itinerary suggestion for a self driving tour of Latvia for 9 days:

Day 1. ... – RIGA
Day 2. RIGA
Day 3. RIGA - JURMALA - KOLKA
Day 4. KOLKA - VENTSPILS
Day 5. VENTSPILS - KULDIGA
Day 6. KULDIGA - JURKALNE - LIEPAJA
Day 7. LIEPAJA - JELGAVA - RUNDALE
Day 8. RUNDALE - SIGULDA - RIGA
Day 9. RIGA - ...

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MAY - SEPTEMBER 2017
Car category Number of persons per car Price per person (Eur)
Hotels 2* Hotels 3*
Compact 4 375 425
Intermediate 4 385 435
Economy 2 455 505
Compact 2 480 530
Intermediate 2 500 550

  

Prices include:
8 hotel nights with breakfast (double occupancy),
Car rental,
GPS,
Car parking at hotels.

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Hotels for the tour are beeing chosen according to the price level. We always book best available hotels respectively. You may also request your preferred hotels. 

TownNumber of nights
Riga 3
Kolka or Roja 1
Ventspils 1
Kuldiga 1
Liepaja 1
Rundale or Bauska 1

Detailed itinerary suggestion for a self driving tour of Latvia for 9 days:


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Day 1. ... - RIGA

Arrival in Riga. Pick-up your rental car, drive to the hotel (12 km), free time, overnight in Riga.

Day 2. RIGA
Our recommendation is to explore the city centre and then pop into the Old Town to stroll the narrow cobblestone streets. The roofs and towers of churches is the dominant silhouette of Riga. Winding streets with tightly built small-scale buildings, the number of little squares with diferrent vertical profiles leaves the feeling of a spacious town. We recommend a nice panoramic view from the Tower of The St. Peters’ Church to better understand the city plan and the importance of the river Daugava. Riga is also world famous for its Art Nouveau quarter, so make sure not to miss that.

Day 3. RIGA / JURMALA / KOLKA
Follow the western coast of Riga Bay today. Leave the city in the morning. First mandatory stop is Jurmala, Latvia’s biggest and the most trendy resort town, which is worth visiting not only because of the presence of sandy seashore with a pine forest alongside, but also because of its well preserved traditional wooden architecture, a nice park for kids, fish restaurants and maybe even a waterpark. Later cross the National Park of Kemeri with the Great Kemeri Bog and several lakes. Explore some little fishermen villages like Engure, Mesrags, Roja until you reach Kolka. The villages are the last bastions of a Finno-Ugric people of Livs (Livonians). Arrive in the northenmost village of of teh seashore, Kolka. Walk to the Horn of Kolka where the Baltic waves from the east and west meet. From this spot you are able to watch the sun rising from the sea in the morning and sinking into the sea on sunset (stay here for a night to witness this unique experience). Diferrent spieces of birds migrate over this area each year which is also interesting to watch.

Day 4. KOLKA/ VENTSPILS
Spend some time in Slitere National Park, visit there an open-air museum of geological history of the Baltic Sea. Then move to Ventspils, an old town, but very dynamic and very carefully renewed and well known for its cobbled streets and … a Cow Avenue. Ventspils has one of the most moder town museums in the Baltics and it is also a largest seaport of Latvia. 

Day 5. VENTSPILS / KULDIGA
Head to Kuldiga- yet another charming Latvian town: three markeplaces, old brick bridge and other items recalling the times when Kuldiga was the capital of Courland. The waterfalls on the river Venta are one of the widest in Europe (249 m).

Day 6. KULDIGA / JURKALNE / LIEPAJA
Drive through a historic region of Courland in the direction of Jurkalne. You have a possibility to stop ata castle of Edole, which is still inhabited by the owner family. Choose to walk along the seashore in Jurklane to admire the sandy beaches and beautiful sand cliffs of the Baltic Sea. An impressive monument to Latvian refugees of 1944 is also our recommendation. Later proceed to Liepaja for the overnight.

Day 7. LIEPAJA / JELGAVA / RUNDALE
Liepaja is an old maritime town since the times of Tsarist Russia. It also has an oldest tram in Northern Europe, Craft Museum full of beautiful amber articles. You will eb astonished by a contrast between an impressive Orthodox church of the times of Tsar Nicholas and the soviet-built apartment houses around it. Then you will drive through Latvia’s countryside to Jelgava, where there still stands the former residence of the Duke of Courland, the palace where Louis XVIII of France has spent some years in exile. Later you reach Pilsrundale and get a bed in this small countryside town.

Day 8. RUNDALE / SIGULDA / RIGA
Pilsrundale is really a tiny town, but the palace here is maybe even bigger than the village itself. This is Rundale Palace, the beauty which no doubt is Latvia’s attraction number one and is often specially visited by tourists even having to detour off the highway. Later head to Sigulda and stay soem hours in the Gauja National Park with its wonderful nature and yet another medieval castle or two. Riga is just 50 km southwest from Sigulda so you may reach it for lodging.

Day 9. RIGA - ...
Free time, drive to the airport, drop-off the car.

Click here to check the main distances in Baltic countries

Main Distancies in Baltic Countries
LITHUANIA
KmMiles
Vilnius - Kaunas (Pazaislis monastery) 110 (130) 68 (81)
Vilnius - Rumsiskes - Kaunas 130 81
Vilnius - Trakai 30 19
Vilnius - Kernave 40 25
Vilnius - Trakai - Kernave 65 40
Vilnius - Klaipeda 330 205
Vilnius - Nida (need ferry) 366 227
Vilnius - Siauliai (Hill of Crosses) 220 (235) 137 (146)
Vilnius - Druskininkai (Gruto park) 135 (125) 84 (78)
Vilnius - Panevezys 135 84
Vilnius - Joniskis 255 158
Vilnius - Birzai 220 137
Siauliai - Kursenai - Telsiai - Plunge - Kretinga - Palanga - Klaipeda 180 112
Vilnius - Pakruojis - Siauliai 255 158
Vilnius - Ignalina 115 71
Vilnius - Butrimonys 100 62
Kaunas - Druskininkai 135 84
Klaipeda - Nida (need ferry) 55 34
Klaipeda - Palanga (Palanga airport) 26 (32) 16 (20)
Palanga airport - Nida (need ferry) 80 50
Vilnius aiport - Palanga airport 340 210
Vilnius - Panevezys - Pasvalys - Latvian border 220 137
Vilnius - Panevezys - Pasvalys - Birzai - Latvian border 235 146
Vilnius - Lazdijai - Polish border 153 95
LATVIA
KmMiles
Riga - Jurmala 25 16
Riga - Bauska (Rundale) 55 (67) 34 (42)
Riga - Mezotne 65 40
Riga - Sigulda (Turaida Castle, Gauja Park, Gutmanis Cave) 55 34
Riga - Cesis 65 40
Riga - Sigulda 50 31
Riga - Valmiera 110 68
Riga - Rezekne 250 155
Riga - Smiltene 145 90
Riga - Lithuanian border 87 54
Riga - Estonian border 111 69
Sigulda - Estonian border Ainazi 90 56
ESTONIA
KmMiles
Tallinn - Parnu 130 81
Tallinn - Tartu 190 118
Tallinn - Rocca al Mare 15 9
Tallinn - Lahemaa National park (Palmse, Sagadi manors) 70 (100) 43 (62)
Tallinn – Virtsu (port to Muhu and Saaremaa islands) 135 84
Tallinn - Kuressaare (need ferry) 170 106
Tallinn - Narva 170 106
Parnu - Kuressaare (need ferry) 155 96
Parnu - Virtsu (port to Muhu and Saaremaa islands) 80 50
Tallinn - Parnu - Latvian border 195 121
Kuivastu (port in Muhu island) - Kuressaare 75 46
Kuivastu - Padaste 7 4.4
Virtsu (mainland) - Kuivastu (Muhu island) (ferry) 2 1.25
Tallinn - Tartu - Latvian border 275 171
Parnu - Latvian Border 65 40
POLANDKmMiles
Warsaw - Gdansk 340 210
Gdynia - Gdansk 22 14
Mikolajki - Gdansk 95 59
Gdansk - Malborg 80 50
Mikolajki - Gdynia 127 79
Gdansk - Elblag (Elbląng) 59 37
INTERNATIONAL
KmMiles
Vilnius - Riga 250 155
Riga - Tallinn 315 195
Tallinn - Vilnius 530 330
Riga - Valmiera - Valka/Valga - Tartu 242 150
Riga - Parnu 176 109
Riga - Birzai 100 62
Riga - Jelgava - Joniskis - Hill of Crosses 125 78
Tallinn - Parnu - Sigulda (Turaida Castle, Gauja Park, Gutmanis Cave) 305 189
Klaipeda - Liepaja - Saldus - Riga 320 199
Parnu - Sigulda 155 96
Parnu - Cesis 190 118
Kaunas - Bauska (Rundale) 200 (212) 124 (131)
Vilnius - Rundale (Bauska) 257 (245) 160 (152)
Riga - Kaunas 270 168
Rundale - Joniskis - Hill of Crosses 70 43
Palanga airport - Nida - Kaliningrad 164 102
Palanga - Liepaja 70 44
Tallinn - Helsinki (need ferry/plane/helicopter) 80 50
Tallinn - Sankt Petersburg 320 198
Vilnius - Minsk 170 105
Vilnius - Warsaw 395 245
Druskininkai - Mikolajki 420 260
Elblang (Elbląng) - Kaliningrad 105 65
 
 
 
 
 
 

The cars are all new (up to 3 years old) and rented from our trusted and contracted rent-a-car companies. As always at the time of confirmation rental cars are beeing confirmed with category/class and not with a certain make. Rent-a-car company is obliged to upgrade to a higher car category if the booked one is not available at the time of delivery to the customer. Driver must be at least 21 years of age and must hold a valid driver's licence with at least 2 years of experience. Collission and Theft Insurances are included with excess amount of 435 Eur.

 

Car size ideas of each category:

 

Economy, e.g. Toyota Yaris


 

Compact, e.g. Toyota Auris


 

Intermediate Sedan/Saloon, e.g. Toyota Corolla

 
 

Intermediate Station Wagon, e.g. Toyota Verso


 

Van, e.g. Renault Trafic

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