Latvia Tours

Latvia Tours

Nestled on the Baltic Sea in Northern Europe, Latvia is a country with a rich history and a unique position in Europe. One of only two surviving Baltic language countries and despite centuries of foreign influence, Latvia has held onto a culture and identity of its own.

Foreign influence began with the people of Latvia partaking in trade with the Roman and Byzantine Empires, in ancient times trading of amber was also done on the Baltic coasts by the Vikings. During the middle ages German crusaders began entering the territory and converting the pagan inhabitants. Following this, Latvia briefly came under Polish and Lithuanian rule and eventually became a staging ground at the forefront of a power struggle...   Read More
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Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

Nestled on the Baltic Sea in Northern Europe, Latvia is a country with a rich history and a unique position in Europe. One of only two surviving Baltic language countries and despite centuries of foreign influence, Latvia has held onto a culture and identity of its own.

Foreign influence began with the people of Latvia partaking in trade with the Roman and Byzantine Empires, in ancient times trading of amber was also done on the Baltic coasts by the Vikings. During the middle ages German crusaders began entering the territory and converting the pagan inhabitants. Following this, Latvia briefly came under Polish and Lithuanian rule and eventually became a staging ground at the forefront of a power struggle between the Swedish and Russian empires. Latvia eventually fell under the Soviet Empire, however started to emerge as independent in 1990. The influence of each of these cultures can still be discovered on Latvia tours.

In Riga, the capital city of Latvia which was founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert and is the largest of the three Baltic capitals, one can find an impressive kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. Highlights include Riga Castle, founded in 1330 and was once much smaller but upon the castle's seizure by the Swedes, they constructed spacious annexes in 1641. Dome Cathedral is a German evangelical lutheran cathedral and perhaps one of the most recognizable landmarks in Latvia, and is featured in or the subject of paintings and photographs. St. Peter's Church, another Lutheran church, offers a breathtaking view of the city, while art and music can be enjoyed inside the church itself. Swedish Gates, erected 1698, are a part of the impressive Swedish fortifications of Riga Wall. Within the city are large and small guild houses, dating from 1384 which were the home of the merchants and eventually the city's artisans.

Outside of Riga, the country is heavily covered in forests, fertile lowland plains and moderate hills. Like a painting, Latvia tours show a landscape with a mosaic of vast forests broken up with fields, farmsteads, and pastures. Birch groves and wooded clusters are found inland while hundreds of kilometres of undeveloped seashore are lined by pine forests, dunes, and continuous white sand beaches. Latvia is considered a very biodiverse country within Europe, as the majority of the country is still underdeveloped.

Culturally speaking, Latvia tours explain the rich folklore that has developed within the country. Traditional Latvian folklore date back well over a thousand years. A large emphasis is in the folk dance but there are more than 1.2 million texts and 30,000 melodies of folk songs have been identified in recent times. Every five years there is a festival of Latvian Song and Dance Festival which is an important event in Latvian culture and social life with approximately 30,000 performers participating.

Latvia is an intriguing look into a small Northern Europe country with a diverse history, one that has preserved through a long series of external influences to create a uniquely Latvian culture. Truly, this is a must see on any tour of the Baltics.