Itinerary

Wed 7 Jun

Afternoon arrival in Riga and transfer to the 4-star Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel, located in the city centre, and just 10 minutes walk from the Opera House. Welcome dinner in the hotel or a local restaurant.

Thu 8 Jun

Join your guide for a morning tour of Riga’s Old Town, tracing the history of music in the city and seeing the beautiful art nouveau district. Highlights include the Dome Cathedral, Riga Castle, St Peter’s Church and the House of the Blackheads. At the end of the tour there will be the opportunity to try the famous Riga Black Balsam, and lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure before your evening performance at the Latvian National Opera.

Fri 9 Jun

This morning we take a backstage tour of the opera house concluding with refreshments in one of the opera house’s reception halls. The afternoon is free before the evening performance.

Sat 10 Jun

Today we take a full-day excursion to the Guaja National Park in Sigulda. Founded in 1973, the first national park of Latvia is home to the medieval castle of Turaida and the Gutman cave, housing the tomb of the ‘Rose of Turaida’. We continue to the ruined Sigulda Castle, with fabulous views over the Guaja river. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Return to Riga for the evening performance.

Sun 11 Jun

Join your guide to discover Riga from another perspective by taking a canal tour on a wooden boat which passes through the city, seeing parks, bridges and historical buildings along the way. A farewell lunch will be served in a local restaurant before the afternoon at leisure and the final evening performance at the National Opera.

Mon 12 Jun

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Programme

Programme at the Latvian National Opera

8 Jun 19.00

FAUST GounodInc

D: Aik Karapetian

C: Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Martins Ozolins

9 Jun 19.00

EUGENE ONEGIN TchaikovskyInc

D: Rēzija Kalnina

C: Ainārs Rubikis, Jānis Liepinš

10 Jun 18.00

TANNHÄUSER WagnerInc

D: Andris Veismanis

C: Martins Ozolins

11 Jun 19.00

CARMEN BizetInc

D: Marie-Eve Signeyrole

C: Jānis Liepinš

Tickets are on request and will be confirmed in 2017. Casting will be confirmed nearer to the date of departure.

Flights

Air Baltic

7 Jun London Gatwick – Riga dep: 09.25 arr: 14.10

12 Jun Riga – London Gatwick dep: 15.40 arr: 14.40

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1575
Single room supplement £280
Business class flight upgrade from £300
Land-only tour price £1450
Deposit required £300
Tour code RIX1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, three lunches, one dinner, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance in the dress circle, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.