One of the three Baltic states, Latvia is sandwiched between neighbouring Lithuania and Estonia. The cosmopolitan capital of Riga is the largest of the Baltics, and sometimes referred to as the unofficial capital of all states – and it is well worth a visit. Wander the cobbled streets of the Old Town, dotted with fairy-tale buildings and prime art nouveau architecture, boasting the best examples in Europe. Explore Riga Castle, medieval Riga Cathedral, and gothic St Peter’s Cathedral, which offers unlimited views of the city from its 72-metre high steeple.
Other sights near to the capital that we recommend visiting on a tailor-made itinerary include; the beaches of Jurmala and Pärnu; the Gauja National Park; the 13th-century ruins of Sigulda castle; and the Aglona Basilica which thousands of pilgrims visit each year.