Travel in Latvia

Excursions around Latvia – Liepaja and Skrunda-1

Start date: January 13, 2018

End date: February 17, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 22:00

Location: Kaļķu Street 1, Riga

Excursions around Latvia – Liepaja and Skrunda-1

E-mail: trips@hieroglifs.com
Info: +37167506189

Meet recent but no less fascinating history by literally walking into the past. What could be better than exploring a legendary place hidden away from the general public for decades? Seeing two such places in one day! This year we go back to Skrunda-1 former radar base to drag it out into the daylight again. However, in order to kill two flies with one slap, on the same day we also go to Liepāja and visit the forts of the former Naval Base now guarding an entire century of stories and legends. The trip takes the whole day, and the price covers guide services and transportation from Riga to Liepāja to Skrunda-1 and back.

Naval Port of Liepāja has always been a special place. It was a closed territory until 1994. It takes up around 1/3 of the total area of the city of Liepāja. The port was a highly important military asset both during the years of Russian Empire and Soviet Union. It offers several interesting objects including the only military prison in Europe open for tourists.

Skrunda-1 is the biggest ghost town of the Baltic States. For almost 40 years it was used by the Soviet Union and later the Russian Federation for the purposes of gathering intelligence. Nowadays it is an abandoned territory with a great number of Soviet-style buildings. Every now and then it is used for training of NATO forces.

Price: 40 euros

Rundāle Palace, Bauska Castle, and the Great Ķemeri Bog

Date: January 20, 2018

Time: 7:45 - 8:00

Location: Strēlnieku laukums

Rundāle Palace, Bauska Castle, and the Great Ķemeri Bog

You want to see the main tourist attraction sites in Zemgale but you don’t have a car and keeping the schedules of public transport in mind is too troublesome? Come with us! Rundāle Palace, Bauska Castle, and the Great Ķemeri Bog – all in one day and riding one bus. It’s that simple! We will take you there and will get you back home! The only thing you have to do is spend your time the way you want it!

We will start with a stop at the legendary Baroque pearl, Rundāle Palace, with its magnificent gardens, fountains and the amphitheatre. Next, it is Bauska Castle, which offers a unique complex representing two different ages – the medieval one and the later residence of the Dukes of Courland. We will close the evening in the famous Great Ķemeri Bog with its incredible sunset.

Afterwards we will head back to Riga. All this in one day without thinking about the public transportation!

Price: EUR 15 *

*The price covers only the bus and the organizer’s expenses.
Entrance fees and other optional expenses are to be considered separately. Entrance fee in Bauska Castle: EUR 4, entrance fee in Rundāle Palace: EUR 6.

Riga Forest Cemetery Tour

Date: January 27, 2018

Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Location: Aizsaules iela 2, Riga

Riga Forest Cemetery Tour

Visiting the Forest Cemetery of Riga is like leafing through a book where every page offers a fresh story with new characters. Sometimes the story is more like a comedy, sometimes a drama, but it is always interesting.

The Forest Cemetery was established in 1913 and took up the baton from the Great Cemetery of Riga as the main and the most prestigious final resting place in Riga. With time it grew to be the largest cemetery in Latvia, and the list of prominent people buried there does not seem to have an end. This is the last destination of presidents, ministers, generals, scandalous and controversial personalities, eccentric artists and victims of great tragedies. Thus the cemetery also offers a large amount of monuments in good condition several hundreds of which possess real artistic value.

We invite you to join the tour and meet the people who shaped an entire century for Latvia.

Guided tour in English or Latvian.

Price:5 EUR per person.
It is possible to pay in cash at our office.
Register here:https://www.bezrindas.lv/en/riga-forest-cemetery/3536/26395
Meeting point at the entrance of Riga 1.Forest Cemetery, Aizsaules iela 2.

LV-11:00
EN-14:00

Tour of Riga Central Market

Date: January 28, 2018

Time: 14:00 - 16:30

Location: Central Station clock

Tour of Riga Central Market

Email: trips@hieroglifs.com
Web: https://ghosttownskrunda.com/
Price: 10 EUR per person
Register here: https://www.bezrindas.lv/en/music-events/excursion-to-riga-central-market

We invite you to join us for a tour of Riga’s Centrāltirgus!

It seems that nowadays everyone knows that the pavillions of Riga’s Centrāltirgus were built to store airships, not meat or fish.

However during this tour we will learn little know stories about the Central Market, take a look into the dark corners of its underground city, walk its 337-metre-long central corridor and see the old giant compressor, first installed in the 1930s, which ran until 1986. We will also see the former railway station of the Central Market, located on the roof.

PRICE: 10 EUR.

You can also pay for the tour in cash at our office.

The excursion is available in English and Latvian.

Let us meet at the Central Station clock to go together to the Central Market.

Tour of the Ghost Town Skrunda-1 and Kuldīga

Date: February 3, 2018

Time: Meeting time 8:30

Location: Strēlnieku laukums

Tour of the Ghost Town Skrunda-1 and Kuldīga

Have you ever heard of Skrunda-1? Yes, it is the biggest ghost town of the Baltic States once harbouring around 2,500 people. But what makes it special is that is it not just a regular ghost town, but for years it had a status of a top secret closed down area that held the most novel military installations Soviet Union had to offer. It is truly a desert for anyone interested in touching the past with their own fingers. So join us in this trip, but remember: one thing is to get in the town, another to get out of it!

On the way back we will make a stop at Kuldīga – the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Kurzeme – now a popular tourist destination famous for its beautiful historic city centre and breath-taking natural landscape.

The star attraction of the town is the Venta waterfall, a wonderful natural landmark, the widest waterfall in all of Europe. During the spring and summer, locals and tourists alike can be found there taking a walk across the shallow parts of the whole length of the waterfall or enjoying a relaxing water massage beneath.

The colourful little town, with its old architecture and cobbled streets, captivates artists wandering about Kuldīga with their easels, looking for picturesque views.

Kuldīga is one of the few cities that was left largely untouched by warfare, which has allowed it to preserve much of its historic heritage. The arched brick bridge, built in 1875, is the most prominent example. Despite German attempts to blow it up during the war, the sturdy bridge has endured and remains to this day a beautiful addition to the town.

Included: trip Riga – Skrunda – Kuldīga – Riga, guided tour in Skrunda 1 + entrance tickets, quest in Skrunda, transfer to Kuldīga

Schedule:
8:30 – Registration for the bus
9:00 – Departure from Riga
12:00 – 14:00 – The tour
14:00 – 16:00 – The photo orientation quest and the free time
16:30 – Departure for Kuldīga
17:00 – 19:00 – Arrival to Kuldīga and the free time
19:00 – 21:00 – Way home to Riga

Our trip echoes throughout the world:
http://www.reuters.com/news/picture/inside-a-soviet-ghost-town?articleId=USRTX29AUW

The tour is in English and Latvian.

The trip is taking place if minimum amount of people have applied (25 people). If the excursion is cancelled, it will be announced 2 days before the trip.

Trip to Abandoned Zeltiņi Missile Base and Līgatne Nature Trails

Date: February 10, 2018

Time: 9:00 - 10:00

Location: Kaļķu Street 1, Riga

Trip to Abandoned Zeltiņi Missile Base and Līgatne Nature Trails

Email: trips@hieroglifs.com
Web: https://ghosttownskrunda.com/
Contact us: +37167506189

Meeting point: Strēlnieku laukums (Old Riga near RTU University Kaļķu Street 1)
Price: EUR 30 per person – 15% discount with ESN and ISIC card!

Let us discover the abandoned Soviet nuclear missile base at Zeltiņi.

This base located in the far northeast of Latvia is the most well-preserved of the three bases in this area.

Back in the Soviet times the base was armed with 4 medium-range ballistic missiles P-12 and Р-12У equipped with thermonuclear warheads with the blast capacity of one megaton. To help you imagine the power of the war machine that awaited the western imperialists at this base, let’s take both nuclear weapons detonated over Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, combine them and multiply by roughly 25. And they had four of these. Sounds quite scary, right?

The base at Zeltiņi offers all kind of military buildings, underground bunkers, missile silos, launch pads, etc. You can also meet Lenin here. Well, not exactly with full set of body parts – this time it is only the 3 m high head that is one of the rare monuments dedicated to the great communist leader still remaining after the fall of the Soviet Union.

On the way to Zeltiņi we will stop at Līgatne Nature Trails where you can take a nice walk through Ligatne beautiful forests and gullies and see all kinds of animals in their natural habitat: moose, foxes, bears, deer, raccoon dogs, wolves, lynxes, wild boars, squirrels, hedgehogs, and birds – owls and eagle-owls. You can also climb the 22 meters high observation tower and gaze at the ancient valley of River Gauja in all its glory.

So clip on your red badges and pack your hate against the capitalism because we are going back in time again.

The bus trip Riga-Līgatne-Zeltiņi-Riga and a guided tour with an interpreter are included in the price.

You can also pay for the tour in cash at our office.

Tour is in English and Latvian.

Feel free to apply by email: trips@hieroglifs.com or call +37167506189

The trip is taking place if minimum amount of people have applied (25 people). If the excursion is cancelled, it will be announced 2 days before the trip.

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