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Song and Dance Festival - once in 5 years!

Song and Dance Festival - once in 5 years!

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 45 people
Destination(s): Latvia  
Specialty Categories: Festival Tours   Cultural Journey  
Season: July
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 282 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 637 Euro (EUR)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, 03.07.2013
Arrival in Riga, meeting and transfer to the hotel, check in. Overnight in Riga.

Day 2, 04.07.2013
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning Riga walking guided tour including famous Art Nouveau streets in Riga City Centre, 3 hours. During the guided tour of Riga Old Town you will see Riga Dome Cathedral, construction of which started in the 13th century, Gothic style St. Peter’s Church, St. Jacob’s Cathedral which houses the Seat of the Roman Catholic Church, St. George’s Church, called the White Stone Palace, the beautiful Synagogue of Old Riga, the yard of the Convent of the Holy Spirit, the Dannenstern House, the complex of residential houses “The Three Brothers”, Riga Castle, The Large and the Small Guild, as well as the reconstructed House of the Blackheads recall the Hanseatic times, Latvian National Opera and many other impressive sights of Riga. Organ Music Concert at the Dome Cathedral. Lunch at the Medieval restaurant in Old Riga. Afternoon at your leisure.
Evening visit of Concert of the kokle groups, the national musical instrument at the Big Hall, Vocal ensembles concert of sacred music "Latvian Psalms“ at the St. John Church and vocal ensembles concert of secular music "A Silk-tailed Bird" at the Riga Dom Garden. Overnight in Riga.

Day 3, 05.07.2013
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning Sigulda sightseeing tour including lunch at Sigulda local restaurant, 6 hours. On this day you will be carried away by history. Since the time when the tribes of Balts and Livs fought with the German crusaders, Sigulda has boasted of exciting legends and mighty castles, which are situated in the distance of a cannon shot from each other. During the guided tour we will visit Turaida Museum Reserve including its Medieval Castle, the Gutmans Cave which is the most popular and vast cave in Latvia, a cultural and historical landmark Sigulda castle ruins and New Sigulda Castle, Krimulda Medieval castle and Manor. Evening Grand dance concert at the Stadium Daugava (2nd concert). Overnight in Riga.

Day 4, 06.07.2013
Breakfast at the hotel. Half day sightseeing tour to Riga Open Air Museum where you will see different folklore performances included in the programme of Latvian Song and Dance Celebration, lunch at the Open Air Museum local restaurant, 6 hours. Today you visit one of the oldest and largest open-air museums in Europe - Latvian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum in Riga. In the museum are 118 old buildings from all historical districts of Latvia – Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Zemgale and Latgale – built from the end of the 17th century up to the second half of the 1930s. Farmsteads of Latvian farmers, craftsmen, and fishermen have been created in the museum. They all house the permanent exhibition – household and working tools, interior furnishings – which characterises the time period, the district, and the owners’ vocation. The farmsteads of Liv fishermen from Kurzeme and Russian Old Believers from Latgale are also open to visitors.
Evening Grand dance concert at the Stadium Daugava (4th concert). Overnight in Riga.

Day 5, 07.07.2013
Breakfast at the hotel. Half day Rundale Palace and Bauska Castle sightseeing tour including lunch at the Rundale Palace restaurant, 6 hours. Today we head to the Rundale Palace ensamble, which is one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo architecture in Latvia. It was built between 1736 and 1740 as a summer residence for Ernst Johann Biron, Duke of Courland and a favourite of the Russian Empress Anna Ioannovna. The Palace park spreads out to the south of the palace, and Bartolomeo Rastrelli designed it together with the palace building. Afterwards we visit Bauska Castle ensemple consisting from two parts - the oldest, a Livonian Order's castle, which was built in mid-15th century and the newest, the residence of the Dukes of Courland, which was built in the late 16th century.
Evening Grand concert: The closing concert "Ligo!" - Night of everybody meeting in a song at the Grand Stage at Mezaparks. Overnight in Riga.

Day 6, 08.07.2013
Breakfast at the hotel, check out. Transfer to the airport.

Offer for individual tourists (2 pers.):
637 Euro sharing St.Double room.
230 Euro Single room Supplement.

Offer for small groups (from 8 pers.):
352 Euro sharing St.Double room.
170 Euro Single room Supplement.

Offer for large groups (from 20 pers.):
282 Euro sharing St.Double room.
170 Euro Single room Supplement.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price includes:

5 nights accommodation at 5***** hotel in Riga City centre.
5 buffet breakfast at the hotel.
English speaking guide services as per tour itinerary.
Arrival transfer, departure transfer and sightseeing tours transfers as per tour itinerary.
Service and VAT.

Optional:

Tickets and transfers to Song and Dance performances in Riga - please ask us for actual prices.
Four three-coursed lunches at the local restaurants during the sightseeing tours - 56 Euro/person.
Entry tickets package to the objects (St.Peter's Church panoramic stage in Riga, Turaida Museum Reserve, Riga Open Air Museum, Rundale Palace long route incl. Duchess’ apartments, Rundale Palace French park, Bauska Castle) - 30 Euro/person.

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