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A Return to Riga

An Explorer Tour to Latvia

Wednesday 27th May to Monday 1st June 2020



City of Riga Retro Tram Tour,

River Cruise to Jūrmala,

Coach Tour to Sigulda,

Guided Pub Walking Tour,

Breweries and Craft Beer,

Historic Architecture




Yes it was in that year that we made one of our early “beyond the Wall” tours. Then we were lucky to find three breweries to visit; now there are several more than this plus a host of craft beer pubs in a area now designated as the Riga Beer District. The still very-good-value of drinks and other items will not burn a large hole in one’s pockets during this early summer long weekend. Some final information is still awaited and will be available after my visit to World Travel Market next week but this document is sent now as Air Baltic has a seat sale on until 12th November where some good prices are available on our dates and some around them. Be aware that this website requires decisions on baggage taken to be made at time of booking. If you wish to be flexible I believe the hotel will accommodate you at a similar price.



Apart from Air Baltic direct flights twice daily from Gatwick, Wizz Air also fly to Riga from Luton. The 1725 from Gatwick due Riga 2205 EET will be the one taken by most members (and CT). There is also an early morning one. Hotels rooms can be adjusted to meet your flight pattern/s if necessary. With the late evening arrival the transfer to the 4* Bellevue Park hotel will be by private coach.


Morning and afternoon free to begin exploring the city. In order to get beer-orientated we shall take an early evening guided walking tour to some of the pubs in their newly-designated Beer District wherein you will have ten drinks included in the tour price.



The day will begin at 1000 with our usual private tram tour from the hotel, ending around noon at a near point to the Beer District. Thereafter you will be free to do your own things around the city.



Today you will be able to see more of the countryside around the city by a full day coach tour to the very attractive town of Sigulda. The journey will take you along the river valley, calling at (hopefully) three beer outlets en-route. We shall also visit the beer café with garden next to the 13th Century castle. The café is said to have “the best beer in Latvia”.



We shall take a cruise along the waterway from Riga city to the Baltic seaside resort of Jūrmala which claims a unique 32km long sandy beach. The ship does not enter the Baltic sea but uses a canal-type river that feeds the town. The trip back by train takes about 30 minutes.



Whilst most members will return home today you will have the full morning to use in the city before departure from the hotel about noon. The airport transfer bus stops close to our hotel. Your city travel ticket will cover this journey.

If you prefer to stay a little longer, the hotel will provide your room at a similar charge.



The price of this five night trip from London, based on 20 members is based on a rate of £1 = €1.06 and should not exceed £545 single occupancy or £495 double or twin share per person. Items included are:-

·        Five nights B&B at the 4* Bellevue Park Hotel

·        City tax

·        City travel tickets for five days

·        River cruise and rail tickets for return to Riga

·        Day coach tour Saturday

·        Three café/brewery visits Saturday

·        Tram charter on Friday

·        Service and VAT at current rate

·        Personal copy of the tour AVB

·        IPP financial failure insurance cover

·        Crookham Travel courier throughout


In order to be sure of securing the flights you may require prompt booking is earnestly suggested. Please complete the booking form and send it with your deposit of £150 per person, payable to Crookham Travel, or send it by bank transfer to Crookham Travel a/c No. 87825884 sort code 09-01-27 at Santander using reference RIGA. You may be signed up for payments via mobile phones – this can be used for your deposit by sending it to my number 077 6666 3579. The balance will be required about six weeks before departure.


Slokas Street 1, Riga, LV1048

tel:866 266 3306

The elegant ambiance, gourmet culinary specialties, comfortable rooms, personal service and heart-warming hospitality of Riga’s BELLEVUE Park Hotel staff have earned the loyalty and praise of thousands of customers. Over the past few years, the Bellevue Park Hotel Riga has been specially refurbished and upgraded to satisfy the most demanding needs and expectations of both business and leisure travellers alike. One of the Hotel’s main assets is its convenient location within walking distance from Riga’s Old Town and across from the picturesque Victory Park. It has all the usual facilities found in a four star hotel.



Most of the arrangements have already been confirmed but some are still outstanding, so the right is reserved to amend the programme should this be unavoidable.


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