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Museum of Decorative Arts & Design, dating from 1889 and set in a building dating back to 1204
Walking tour of Riga’s extensive Art Nouveau District
Latvian National Museum of Art
UNESCO-World Heritage- listed old town
Two talks from Art Nouveau and architecture expert, Mike Hope
Explore romantic Riga, the largest of the three Baltic capitals, often described as a metropolis of Art Nouveau. A powerful industrial city in the 19th century, Riga was home to a newly wealthy Latvian bourgeoisie who embraced the new style based on naturalistic designs and forms. These motifs are found in the period’s architecture, interior design, jewellery, furniture and textiles and the movement’s philosophy which saw ‘art as a way of life’ quickly caught on in the ancient Hanseatic city. The ‘Jugendstil’ lifestyle of wealthy patrons is beautifully preserved and waiting to be discovered in the company of architectural expert Mike Hope on this three-night tour based at the Hotel Monika.
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Departing: 21st November 2019 at 11:00
Returning: 24th November 2019 at 15:50
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Departing: 19th March 2020 at 11:00
Returning: 22nd March 2020 at 15:50
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Riga. Transfer by coach to the four-star Hotel Monika in the heart of the city for a three-night stay. Remainder of the afternoon is free to explore this lovely UNESCO World Heritage listed old town before the welcome reception, lecture by Mike Hope 'Art Nouveau in Riga – an essay in Latvian independence’ and dinner with wine at the hotel this evening.
Day 2: Old Town, Dome Cathedral, Museum of Decorative Arts & Design.
Today we explore Riga’s old town with visits to the Dome Cathedral, famous for its unique acoustics, as well as the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design. Throughout the Medieval old town there are outstanding architectural monuments of the 13th to 20th centuries such as the Swedish Gate, the Small and Big Guild Houses, the 13th century St Peter’s Church, the House of Blackheads, Town Hall square and medieval houses. After free time for lunch we visit the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design which was opened in 1989 in the former St. George’s Church, the oldest stone building in Riga having been built in 1204. The museum houses a collection of artworks dating back to the late 19th century when Latvia’s national style began to emerge. Evening lecture by Mike Hope at the hotel 'Art Nouveau as a tool of Cultural Change, Protest and Resistance in Central and Eastern Europe’ followed by dinner with wine at Neiburgs Restaurant.
Day 3: Walking tour of Art Nouveau Riga, Latvian National Museum of Art.
This morning we visit the Art Nouveau area of Riga for a tour visiting streets and buildings on Alberta, Elisabetes, Vilandes, Strelnieku, Brivibas, Terbatas and ending with a visit to the Riga Art Museum. Riga embraced ‘Jugendstil’ architecture as well as other fields of art at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century and retains one of the biggest and most distinguished collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe with many elegant masterpieces. After free time for lunch (not included) we head to the newly reopened Latvian National Museum of Art which houses more than 52,000 works of art reflecting the development of professional art in the Baltic area and Latvia from the middle of the 18th century to the present day. The rest of the day and evening is free for you to explore at leisure.
Day 4: A free morning in Riga to explore, relax or do some last minute shopping with an afternoon departure from the hotel to Riga Airport.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
The four-star Hotel Monika is located in the cultural and historical centre of Riga, and is encircled by one of Europe’s most eminent block of Art Nouveau buildings, close to the Old Town of Riga. The hotel's restaurant 'Sokrats' creates a pleasant atmosphere with excellent cuisine. Bedrooms are comfortable with en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, minibar, TV, safe, hairdryer and telephone.
Hotel Monika Website
YOUR LECTURER - Mike Hope
Mike Hope author, lecturer, curator and designer, has spent more than twenty-five years at four universities (Staffordshire, Portsmouth, Nottingham Trent and Plymouth) and nearly thirty years delivering Summer School Programmes. He has lectured around the world and was a founder board member of The European Academy of Design. Alongside an extensive publication list, he has researched, designed and curated many exhibitions, and advised on stained glass to the Diocese of Exeter. He specialises in Art and Design History, Stained Glass; Churches and Cathedrals; the English Country House and Garden and has also spent fourteen years teaching the Bauhaus Movement.
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We were extremely lucky with the weather which although we landed in rain was subsequently cold, sunny and dry and ideal for the walking tours around Riga . The tour lecturer was extremely knowledgeable and informative. I was very lucky onthe return flight to have a window seat when the skies were clear so a great overview of NGermany, Denmark, Holland and Kent . A bonus at the end of an excellent trip.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 21-March-2019
Really excellent all round. With Serge as our Tour Manager and Mike as our guide we could not have been in better hands
Review by Dunk who travelled 21-March-2019
Another thoroughly enjoyable and interesting city visit highlighting Art Nouveau buildings.
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Review by Handscombe who travelled 22-March-2018
I was disappointed by the lectures especially on the first night when long lists of dates and events were put up on the overheads which we were left to read without any explanation. The second lecture, although much better, seemed not to be focused on Riga but on a lot of other European cities. I felt that the local guide, Olga, was jaded and not overly enthusiastic, she did have a lot of facts to impart but did so in rather a tired manner. The lecturer also seemed to be presenting his material in rather a tired way, (done this many times before attitude), which was not what I expected. However the tours of the Art Noveau buildings with his explanation was interesting and engaging, as was the visit to the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Art Noveau Museum. Overall the trip was satisfactory but far from five star!
Review by Butler who travelled 22-March-2018
We have travelled with Travel Editions 3 times before, we know what to expect and were not disappointed.
Review by Bessant who travelled 22-March-2018
I called you before the trip to see if there were tea and coffee making facilities in the room and was told non I realise this is a very English thing but I think it should be in our pre trip notes. I took a travel kettle and coffee only to find there were facilities! More importantly for the welcome drink there was only wine, there was no provision for non drinkers. We had many people in the group that did not drink alcohol ( I do) and when I asked the tour manager for orange juice for non drinkers I was told he could not ask the bar because only wine was included. I asked at the bar for 2 orange juices for friends and they gave them free. When the tour manager saw these he said I shouldn't have done that because Travel Editions would be charged and he would have to pay it personally. I have a real problem when I am told its alcohol or nothing- this is clearly wrong. I can understand its juice or nothing then those that want alcohol can buy it at the bar but given the age profile of travellers on your holidays the wine or nothing thing is nonsense. I was disappointed that Travel Editions hadn't sorted this properly in advance and even more disappointed that the tour manager may have to pay this himself. We had the same issue on the meal out in a restaurant, all had been pre- booked- no problem but again it was wine or wine or water. I also did not know that Air Baltic was a budget airline and therefore no food or drink would be given on the plane. Its not a problem if you know because you can take something onto the plane but going out we were delayed by 50mins, so we were all hungry only to find no meal was provided. We need to know in advance what is supplied and what is not on the flight along with the luggage allowance that you gave us.
Review by Mr Richard Last who travelled 27-October-2016
Mike Hope is excellent!
Review by Mr William Shaw who travelled 27-October-2016
I loved it, the tour guide and manager were lovely,
Review by Ms Cindy Paulding who travelled 27-October-2016
The arrangement/timing of the activities could be improved to spread over the three days.
Review by Ms Sue Lewis who travelled 27-October-2016
Steve made sure everything went smoothly & Mike's tours were brilliant - all very enjoyable
Review by Ms Penelope Jane O'sullivan who travelled 27-October-2016
It would have been interesting to meet more Latvians.
Review by Mr Simon Gordon Clark who travelled 27-October-2016
Another wonderful tour. Riga is a beautiful city and, as ever, Mike illuminated it with his erudition. He is a remarkable tour leader- I have never, in many years of travelling, encountered a guide who is both a real expert and such a caring person. The hotel location was excellent but the experience of staying there was marred by the noise from the nearby club. The noise continued until 4.00am. Apart from this, a first class tour.
Review by Mrs Ann Howe who travelled 14-April-2016
Mike and Steve were both very good and Mike was particularly knowledgable as well as very friendly towards all the party.
Review by Mrs Margaret Barnard who travelled 14-April-2016
Wonderful trip, Mike the tour guide and Steve the tour manager were excellent and made the trip memorable. The hotel was excellent.
Review by Mrs Anne Aiken who travelled 14-April-2016
Mike Hope was an excellent guide around the Art Nouveau sights of Riga. The included visits to local galleries were somewhat disappointing. We enjoyed our independent visit to the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 1940-1991.
Review by Mr Howard Smith who travelled 14-April-2016
A reminder of when final account due might be appreciated by some customers who are less well organised than ourselves.
Review by Dr John Reuter who travelled 14-April-2016
Travel Editions feedback:
Thank you for your kind comments and a reminder email to be sent on teh day the balance is due is being developed and should be in process from June 2016.
Thoroughly enjoyable tour. Not overly impressed with Baltic Air.
Review by Mrs Hazel Henry who travelled 14-April-2016
We enjoyed the tour immensely. The lecturer Mike Hope was very good indeed. Both the Tour Manager and the Lecturer were very attentive and looked after all our needs and were very good company.
Review by Mrs I Bateson who travelled 29-October-2015
A most enjoyable, well organised and informative experience. Thanks to all involved.
Review by Mr Robert Dalton who travelled 29-October-2015
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