At the drinks on Friday, many members expressed an interest in going to Riga for a weekend! Details below:
There is something for everyone to see and to do while in Riga. This is one of the main advantages of Riga over other European or Baltic cities. Riga has the both the historic merchant past and the old world charm of the Nineteenth Century and has a look and feel somewhat like Paris. Some have even refereed to Riga as the "Paris of the north.
Head down to the Old Town, stopping to visit the Riga Powder Tower, where your guide will give you a short insight in the history of Riga. Next, explore the wealth of sights dotted around the Old Town, including St Peter’s Church, the Riga Dome Square, Riga Cathedral and Town Hall Square. Take a step back in time on Skarnu Street, calling into Convent’s Yard where the Castle of Sword-Beaers Order stood in the 13th-centurth and John’s Yard with its section of reconstructed medieval wall. There is also plenty of time to see nearby sights, such as the National Opera, Livu Square, Cats’ House and ‘The Three Brother’ ensemble.
Before leaving the city centre call into the Riga Central Market, housed in five old zeppelin hangars, to witness the bustle of everyday life. Jump on a tram and head to Dad Cafe, a small, cosy café surrounded by wooden houses, small shops and the Laima chocolate factory. Enjoy a drink, order some food and chat with the staff. With full bellies, head back to Old Riga, paying a visit to a factory that produces ‘pastalas’, the Latvian farmers’ work shoes. Here, this Riga tour comes to an end, so pick up a pair of shoes as a unique souvenir or head back into the Old Town to further explore the city.
Flight timings as follows:
21 September 2012
Stansted at 1720 arrive Riga at 2155
Staying two nights at a 4 star Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
23 September 2012
Departing Riga 2220 arrive Stansted 2255
The cost of the trip includes return flights and sharing a twin room on a bed and breakfast basis. Cost per person is £249.00. If you are interested in going, please pay a non refundable deposit of £99.00 by 15 May. After this date, please enquire about any price increase. Please email me your full name on passport and country of issue on RSVP. Flights are with Ryanair and their baggage policy is as follows, If you wish to prebook a bag for the hold the cost is £50.00, please add this onto the final balance when due.
Strictly one item of cabin baggage per passenger (excluding infants) weighing up to 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm is permitted. (handbag, briefcase, laptop, shop purchases, camera etc.) must be carried in your 1 permitted piece of cabin baggage.
Violetta who is from Latvia will be hosting this trip which is an added bonus!
I look forward to hearing from you all!