Baltic Vintage and Classic Car Rally 2014

Baltic Vintage and Classic Car Rally 2014



24.06 (Tue), Arrival in Riga

Upon individual arrival in Riga we will be accommodated at the 5-star Hotel Radisson Blu Ridzene, built in the 70es as a governmental hotel. After Latvia regained independence the hotel underwent complete renovation, which gave it a very stylish Scandinavian design.

Riga, founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles.

14.00-17.00 The afternoon walking tour of the Old Town will acquaint us with all the splendours of medieval Riga including Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St.Peter's Church, St.Jacob's Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guild Houses and the Powder Tower.

In the evening we enjoy a Latvian nouvelle cuisine welcome dinner at the stylish Restaurant La Boheme in Riga's famed ArtNouveau quarter.

25.06(Wed), Riga – Bauska – Rundale Palace –Jurmala – Riga, 210 km

The day is reserved for a day trip to the South of Latvia. The tour first takes us to Bauska, where we see the ruins of Bauska Castle, which dates back to the 15th century. From here we continue to the magnificent Rundale Palace, built as the summer residence for the Duke of Courland, Ernest von Biron, a masterpiece of the Italian star architect, Francesco Bartolomeo Rastelli, who also built the Winter Palace and many other prominent buildings in St.Petersburg. We enjoy a guided of the beautiful Baroque palace.
After having admired also the French garden of the palace we continue via the small to wnof Eleja and Jelgava, where there is another Rastrelli palace, to the vibrant Latvian prime sea resort, Jurmala, known for its wooden architecture and long sandy beaches. We visit the City Museum, where the newest state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment gives us an idea of the history of the resort, which has been favored by the Russian and Latvian elite for almost 2 centuries. In the evening we enjoy a sea-food dinner at the Restaurant Neiburgs in a beautiful house in the Old Town.