16 days in Latvia & Madagascar Itinerary

16 days in Latvia & Madagascar Itinerary

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Riga, Latvia
— 6 nights
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Sigulda, Latvia
— 4 nights
Drive to Riga International Airport, Fly to Nosy Be
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Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 5 nights
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Riga, Latvia

— 6 nights

Paris of the North

Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Get out of town with these interesting Riga side-trips: Jomas iela (in Jurmala) and Salaspils Memorial Ensemble (in Salaspils). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, take in panoramic vistas at View of Riga from St Peter's Church Tower, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus), and wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga).

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Riga online trip builder.

If you are flying in from Latvia, the closest major aiport is Riga International Airport. In February, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sigulda.

Things to do in Riga

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Sigulda, Latvia

— 4 nights
Sigulda is a town in the Vidzeme Region of Latvia, 53km from the capital city Riga.OverviewSigulda is on a picturesque stretch of the primeval Gauja river valley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sigulda: Cesis (Cesis Medieval Castle & ZINOO Cesis). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Turaida Castle, fly down the slopes at Mezakakis Adventure Park, walk around Vienkoci Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gutman's Cave.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sigulda driving holiday planner.

Drive from Riga to Sigulda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Sigulda

Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports · Classes

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Nosy Be, Madagascar

— 5 nights

Perfume Island

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Nosy Be is known for wildlife, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, ride a horse along Ambaro Ranch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lokobe Nature Special Reserve, and head off the coast to Nosy Fanihy.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nosy Be driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sigulda to Nosy Be. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Sigulda in March, with highs in Nosy Be at 36°C and lows at 28°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Latvia travel guide

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Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.

Madagascar travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Red Island
Madagascar deserves its reputation as a nature lover's paradise--around 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species are endemic to this island. Lemurs and rainforests, karst landscapes and rich red soil steal the headlines and remain among tops reasons to take a trip to Madagascar. The cultural diversity of the population also provides plenty of intrigue and interest, with distinctive ceremonies, unusual sports, and a varied cuisine all highlights of active, enriching Madagascan itineraries.