Accompanying Persons Programme
Rate: € 475,00
Partners (spouse, life partner) join the Welcome Cocktail on 12 September 2018 and the Conference Dinner ‘A Night in Riga’ on 13 September 2018 and participate in a cultural programme (13 and 14 September 2018) but are NOT entitled to take part in the Conference and EXPO programme.
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Thursday, 13 September 2018
09:30 – 16:30
From the coastal beauty of Jurmala to the culture of Riga
Meet in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel at 09:30
On this tour you will experience the contrasting delights of the bracing coastal resort of Jurmala and the splendour of old Riga. Your excursion begins with a scenic bus journey to Jurmala, often called the Northern Riviera. Jurmala is a resort city formed from the amalgamation of several old fishing villages and swimming resorts. Located some 25km from Riga, it is the largest spa on the shores of the Baltic Sea and boasts a 24km-long beach.
You will enjoy Jurmala’s cosy atmosphere and its beautiful architecture, including the typical wooden houses, many of which feature small towers. Then you’ll participate in a peaceful bicycle ride that will take you through Jurmala and its beaches, as well as a section of its fragrant pine forests, which cover about one third of the region.
As the long Latvian winter melts into spring, deep in its vast forests, a small tube protrudes from the trunk of a leafless tree. Trickling from it, into a plastic bag suspended below, is a clear, sweet, watery sap, which has been one of Latvia’s most popular drinks for centuries. Many top chefs tout it as an essential ingredient in Latvian nouvelle cuisine, while others attribute medicinal properties to it. When cycling through the pine forest, you will get an opportunity to sample birch sap products for yourself. You will meet the Libertu family, who will offer you some organic wine made from 100% fresh, pure birch sap, and other birch sap products.
You will enjoy a traditional Latvian lunch at Kūriņš restaurant; a hidden gem of the seaside, located in an ancient Latvian fishing shack on the beach. Popular among locals and tourists alike, its setting is traditional, charming and friendly.
After lunch, you will return to Riga on the bus for an afternoon of culture in Latvia’s beautiful capital city.
Riga Cathedral is one of Riga’s main landmarks and its organ is the City’s most beautiful sounding artefact. Built by E.F. Walcker & Co. of Ludwigsburg, Germany, in 1883/84. Representing the pinnacle of organ design of the late romance period, it has been acknowledged as one of the most valuable historical instruments in the world. The organ is playable from two consoles. Its main console is located at the upper gallery and has four manuals and a pedal. The second console is on the lower gallery and it duplicates the fourth manual of the main console. The materials used in the pipes include pine, fir, maple, oak, beech, and pear and various metal alloys. There are 116 voices, 144 ranks; 18 combinations and General Crescendo. You will be treated to an exclusive private organ concert in Riga Cathedral.
You will also have the opportunity to get acquainted with Riga’s famous architectural landmarks, such as the 13th century St Peter’s Church, St George’s Church, St John’s Church, part of the restored city wall and the mediaeval John’s yard, which are remnants of the beginnings of Riga. The tour will take you to the heart of Old Riga – Cathedral Square – with great views of the Cathedral. In addition, you will also visit the “Three Brothers”, which are the oldest mediaeval dwellings in Riga, as well as the “Laima” clock, the Freedom Monument, which honours soldiers who lost their lives during the Latvian War of Independence (1918–1920), and Riga Castle, founded on the banks of River Daugava in 1330 and rebuilt between 1497 and 1515.
‘A Night in Riga’
Meet at 19:00 at the Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel Reception for the bus transfer
Friday, 14 September 2018
09:30 – 12:30
From the tranquillity of the water to the elegance of Art Nouveau
Meet in the Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel lobby at 09:30
Steamers were the oldest form of regular traffic in Riga, first sailing along the River Daugava in 1884. During the post-war years, the old steamers disappeared, to be replaced by the modern ships that travel on the River today. However, the traditions and crafts of the sailors of old have been passed down from generation to generation, and boats and recently built prototypes of historic ships with the grand names “Maria”, “Rebeka” and “Laima” offer their services both on the river Daugava and on the Riga Canal. So make yourself comfortable and enjoy a relaxing trip in a romantic wooden boat.
You will delight in a mesmerising visit to Riga’s world-famous Art Nouveau district, where more than one-third of the buildings in the Central District are built in this unique style. There are more than 800 Art Nouveau buildings in Riga. Significantly, most of them were designed and built by Latvian architects. One of the City’s most prolific Art Nouveau architects was Mikhail Eisenstein, who is best known for his collection of buildings on Alberta Street, which is famous for its unusual sculpture, coloured bricks and tiles, geometric ornaments and uniquely shaped windows.
Travel through time with a visit to Riga’s Art Nouveau Museum – A period-furnished, early 20th-century Art Nouveau residence. All of the rooms contain authentic Art Nouveau artefacts, giving you a real feel for how life would have been in the residence. The dining room is the most luxurious room in the apartment. The kitchen houses several innovations from that period: a fridge, a modern stove and a cast iron sink with a water faucet. During the visit, you will have the opportunity to pose for a retro-style photo with typical hats from the early 20th century.
12:30 – 14:00
Conference Close and Networking Lunch
Venue: Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel