Interpret Europe Conference | 8-11 May 2020 in Haapsalu, Estonia | #iecon20
Post-Conference tour to Latvia
- Treasure and legends of Latvian nature, history and culture.
- Heritage interpretation of protected areas and human interactions across borders.
- Visiting two protected areas in Latvia – North Vidzeme biosphere reserve, the Gauja National Park and the town at the heart of this, the oldest and biggest National park – Sigulda
- Spending time in the capital of Latvia - Riga.
- Price: 80€ per person includes transportation from Haapsalu to Gauja National Park, Sigulda hotel, entrance fees, guided excursions.
- Lunches and dinners – chosen from menus, not included in price.
MONDAY 11 May
Welcome on board your bus for a two-hour journey.
Departure from Haapsalu 14.00
We will visit the North Vidzeme biosphere reserve at Randu Meadows for a short one-hour walk.
Randu Meadows are a part of the biosphere nature reserve covering an area of Vidzeme seaside. The 200ha area is home to approximately 600 Latvian plant species including 37 species that are rare and endangered in Latvia and other European countries. This area is also an internationally-acclaimed bird migration and nesting ground. The nature trail leads to a bird watching tower from which you will see the coastal meadows with lagoons and reeds. The infrastructure is maintained by the Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia.
Welcome back on board for a one-and-a-half-hour journey
We will visit the oldest and biggest Latvian national park – Gauja National Park for a short walk that includes some stairs.
We will explore the Gauja river valley and Gutmana Cave. This is the most popular area of the national park and Gutmana Cave is the biggest grotto in the Baltic states.
20.00 arrival for dinner at the restaurant of Hotel Sigulda where we will choose from their menu
We will stay overnight in Hotel Sigulda where the rooms will be booked for us. There is an option to stay either in a single room or share a twin room.
TUESDAY 12 May
We will start with breakfast in the hotel
We will enjoy a Sigulda hiking excursion with a local guide and will visit the picturesque River Gauja valley, the medieval castle and the centre of Sigulda Manor centre.
Sigulda is at the heart of Gauja National Park and the town is perfect for nature and adventure lovers. The valley of the River Gauja conceals many exciting cultural, historical, and natural legends. Sigulda has been called the Switzerland of Vidzeme. In the centre of the manor we’ll find the studios of craftsmen and artists. We will learn new skills and find souvenirs to buy.
The bobsleigh and luge track that is located in Sigulda Town is one of only 18 constructions of this type in the world. From the men's starting ramp there is a panoramic view of the River Gauja valley, Sigulda Town and the track itself.
11.05 departure by train from Sigulda to Riga (arrival at 12:08 in Riga); the ticket price is 1,90€.
We will have lunch in Riga before taking a sightseeing excursion with a guide around the centre of Riga, – the capital of Latvia. Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage site and well-known for its Art Nouveau architecture, rich history and culture.
15.00 end of post-conference tour and departure to if needed to Riga airport by public transport or taxi from the train station.