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Latvia - Town Hall Square, Riga

Latvia

The Baltic State of Latvia in Northern Europe sits between Lithuania and Estonia and is well known for its diverse culture and strong national identity. Almost half of the country is covered in lush pines, sprawling forest and rich wildlife. Home to festivals, superb beer and the first Christmas tree, this low-lying country is a must-see.

Probably the most famous place to visit is the beautiful and dynamic capital, Riga. Despite the city being an 800-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also a metropolitan city with modern influences and an active nightlife. Be sure to wander through the cobbled lanes of Old Town and absorb the historic architecture and churches. Take a seat in one of the many sunny squares overflowing with cafes and beer gardens enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

Don’t leave before you taste the chocolate of Laima, the country’s largest confectioner. Most locals will assure you it tastes better than any Belgian chocolate you’ve tried before so make sure there’s room in your suitcase for a few souvenirs. View more trips to Latvia.


Featured Trips

  • Set out from Warsaw to explore the Baltic States, including the capitals Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Discover stylish, vibrant cafe societies with fascinating history.

Tour Director recommendation

Food for thought

Try to learn a few phrases to use on your vacation. It's amazing how far a 'hello' or 'thank you' will go with the locals - your Travel Director will be around to help if you get stuck.
Tour Director - Gigi Smith

Gigi Smith-Bromage

Travel Director, Western Europe

Factfile

Know before you go
  • Spring

    Mar-May

    Sun

    Av temp: 7˚C44˚F

  • Summer

    Jun-Aug

    Sun

    Av temp: 17˚C63˚F

  • Autumn

    Sept-Nov

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 12˚C54˚F

  • Winter

    Dec-Feb

    Snow

    Av temp: 0˚C32˚F

  • Time difference

    London GMT +3 hrs

  • Currency

    Euro (EUR, €)

When to go: The best time to visit is late spring or summer, when there’s usually enough fine weather to allow you to stroll around the cities and make significant forays into the great outdoors.