Latvia is a country cosily nestled between Estonia and Lithuania
on the shore of the Baltic Sea, also known as the Amber Sea. The territory
of Latvia, about the size of Ireland (24,900 square miles), is inhabited
by over 2.5 million people.
Latvian language is one of the most ancient European Languages. Together
with Lithuanian, Latvian forms the Baltic branch of the Indo-European
group of languages.
Having been annexed by the USSR in 1940 Latvia re-established its independence
in 1991. Latvia continues to revamp its economy for the soonest integration
into various Western European political and economic institutions and
was invited to join NATO and the EU in 2002.
Although Latvia occupies only a small territory, the variety of its
nature is large. Numerous lakes sparkle at the bottom of hills. The
forests and waters are full of wildlife. There are many small medieval
towns, country castles, museums and parks to be visited.
Riga, Latvia´s capital, celebrated its 800th birthday in 2001. It was
a major center of the Hanseatic League and prospered from its trade
with central and eastern Europe in the 13th-15th centuries. In the 19th
century it became an important economic center, and the suburbs of the
medieval town were built, first in imposing wooden buildings in classical
style and then in Jugendstil. It is generally recognized that Riga contains
the finest concentration of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe.
Here are some examples
of the sightseeings and tours we are ready to offer to you in Latvia.
Estravel AS American Express Travel, the leading travel agency and
destination management operator in the Baltic States, has its own full-service
office also in Riga and can offer you a full scale of incoming services
in Latvia. So, whatever your needs may be in Latvia or any other Baltic
destination, please contact
us and consider it done!
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Read more about
Latvia on the Latvian Tourism Development Agency's web page.