Latvia is made for culture buffs, particularly Riga and its UNESCO-listed Old Town with a maze of pretty cobbled streets and small squares. Named European Capital of Culture in 2014, the city also boasts the largest concentration of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe.

Beyond Riga, a plethora of charming sights awaits and it’s easy to while away a few days in this mineral-rich spa town of Jūrmala or the species-rich Gauja National Park. When it comes to food and drink, expect hearty dishes like Karbonāde (the Latvian version of schnitzel), Pīrāgi (Latvian pastries filled with onion and chopped bacon) and Jāņi cheese (sour-milk cheese). Don’t forget to try Aukstā Zupa (pink beet soup) which is a quintessential summer staple too.

Join us to explore Latvia and the other two Baltic states on the Vintage Baltics Tour. This tour includes numerous places of cultural and historic importance in Riga, the health resort of Jūrmala, Gauja National Park and a visit to Turaida Castle in Sigulda (sometimes called “the Switzerland of Latvia”).

Rail & Cultural Journeys In Latvia