Travel in Latvia

Tour of Riga Central Market

Date: December 17, 2017

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.

Riga Forest Cemetery Tour

Date: January 6, 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

Great Cemetery Tour in Riga

Date: January 7, 2018

Time: 11:00 - 13:30

The Great Cemetery of Riga also known as the Pantheon of Latvians is truly a mesmerizing experience for everyone who likes to be washed away by an ocean of memories and stories of great men.

The Great Cemetery was built in 1773 and gradually expanded over the next two centuries. The area is the last resting place of historical figures, noblemen and common people whose uncommon works elevated them among the stars. The serene green island rich of old trees in the midst of the bustling city life offer elaborate graves, vaults and gracefully carved headstones.

You are welcome to join us on the tour to leaf through the pages of the history of the last two centuries.

Register here:https://www.bezrindas.lv/en/cemetery-tour-whispers-of-the-past/3530/26358

Guided tour in English.
Price: 5 EUR per person.
You can also pay for the tour in cash at our office.
Meeting point at the entrance from Miera Street.

Tour of the Ghost Town Skrunda-1 and Kuldīga

Date: January 13, 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.

Tour to Ghost Town – Skrunda-1 with your own transport

Date: January 13, 2018

Time: 12:00 - 16:00

Location: Līdumnieki

Tour to Ghost Town – Skrunda-1 with your own transport

Have you ever heard of Skrunda-1? Yes, it is the biggest ghost town of the Baltic States once harbouring around 5000 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!

Schedule:
12:00 – 14:00 – the tour
14:00-16.00 – quest and the free time
*Please arrive around 15 minutes before the tour starts.

Date: 16/12/2017, around 12.
Meeting point: Skrunda-1, Līdumnieki. at the entrance
Price: 15 EUR per person.
*Entrance ticket and guide services included in the price.

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

Tour is in English and Latvian.

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.