Country Holidays

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Publications of "Lauku ceļotājs"

Our publications in English: accommodation catalogue „Country Holidays”, maps and travel guides for touring Latvia by car, bike, boating or hiking offer practical information and are most useful to plan and experience your holidays in Latvia. We have inspected all sites and tested all routes which are described. See below the details about contents of each of our publications.

To order the publications please send a request to the e-mail: lauku@celotajs.lv. You can pay for the publication with credit card or bank transfer. To read regular news about our new publications, please follow this link.

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Go Local - The Baltic States and Beyond

Individual and group tours

self-drive, active, day, family, wildlife, bus, study

The people of the Baltic have a close relationship with nature and its annual cycle. Each season has its own specific activities like mushrooming, berry picking, collecting herbs, ice-fishing and different agricultural jobs as well as traditional and seasonal celebrations. The country is a haven for the tourist who loves nature, respects traditions and would like to experience the countries and their cultures more deeply.

Baltic Country Holiday's well-researched tours and sites are based around small-scale accommodation, open farms, local producers, living traditions and sincere people. For many years we have carried regular inspections of our accommodation and sites, have closely cooperated with national parks and nature experts, researched and developed new routes. We' re always looking for local farms and producers and encourage the development of new products. Since we ourselves like to explore and be active, we have tried all the routes in various different ways: cycling, walking, canoeing, by car and by public transport. We feel we can honestly call ourselves the Baltic experts.

Upon receipt of your request we can tailor-make your itinerary through the Baltics according to your individual wishes and interests. We provide detailed road maps and road descriptions for all our tours. More on Baltic Country Holidays website: www.countryholidays.lv 

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Cultural Heritage map "Worth Seeing" Latvia, Estonia

The rural tourism associations in Latvia (Lauku Ceļotājs) and Estonia (Eesti Maaturism) have prepared a map related to cultural heritage which indicates 150 outstanding places where objects and traditions characteristic for various regions are maintained and offered to travellers as sources of interest. The understanding of cultural heritage is very broad, and this map invites users to visit craftspeople and their workshops, those who prepare local and traditional foods and beverages, small producers of farm products, fishermen, places where annual celebrations such as solstices are celebrated, biological and health- related farms, little saloons, museums and their collections, industrial monuments, the historical centres of cities, ethnographic villages and territories, thematic events related to history, reconstructions of historical events, sacral locations and buildings, certain castles and manor estates, places where national souvenirs can be purchased, trails and routes, and other destinations where there are special products for travellers. Here you will find a map of Latvia and Estonia with places where cultural heritage can be found, complete with descriptions of destinations and contact information for accommodations.

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Country Holidays 2013

This catalogue contains practical information which will help you to plan your weekends
and trips through Latvia's countryside – what to do, what to see, where to eat and where
to spend the night.

Contents:

  • Accommodations
  • Worth seeing
  • Countryside bounty
  • Local pubs
  • Active holidays
  • Sauna
  • Guides

In English, Latvian and Russian.

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Forest guide - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belorussia

The Baltic Sea region is the most wooded territory in Europe. Unlike other parts of the continent, this region saw the emergence of forests over the course of 12,000 years after the last so-called Baltic Ice Age. Since the region covers a fairly large part of Europe, it is rather diverse. Boreal coniferous forests dominate in the northern stretches, while temperate broadleaf forests are found in the central and southern parts. The Baltic States and Belarus are located in the transition zone between these two types of forests. This is one of the reasons why great biological diversity is observed in the territory. The swamp forests that are found there are often known as ‘the Northern rainforests’.

The forest is an integral component of the Northern European landscape and cultural environment. Over the course of ages, forests and trees have served as sources of inspiration, leading to countless legends, stories, fairy tales and riddles as a very important part of the intangible folklore heritage of Northern European peoples. The forest has always been an important source of timber and non-timber (mushrooms, berries) resources in the economies of the Baltic countries. 

 This guide will help you to learn more about the unique aspects of our forest and its nature values.

Part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument)

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A Guide to the Coast of the Baltic Sea. Latvia

This is a guide along the Baltic Sea coast of Latvia. If you are planning your holidays by the sea then this publication will help you to choose a place for overnight stay as well as some ideas on what to do. The coastline stretches for 500km and you can experience a great variety of landscape from splendid sandy beaches to rocky shores and steep banks. Seaside resorts near Rīga and Jūrmala are full of life but out in the countryside there are quiet fishing villages and secluded areas for those enjoying privacy and nature.

You will find here reviews for:

  • 55 attractions and places of interest
  • 28 tours for different interests - cycling, walking, boating, self-drive and nature exploring
  • 55 different standard accommodation places located no further than 5 km from the sea

Languages: English, German, Russian

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Baltic National Park Guide (English)

This guidebook offers practical advice and infor- mation which you can take along on your travels. It is meant for people who are interested in the environ- ment and various cultural and historical monuments. It is also intended for active tourists who like hiking, bi- king, boating or cross-country skiing. Public transpor- tation services will not always deliver you to the de- sired locations quickly and conveniently, so we have also given though to those readers who drive their own cars. The guide covers the most important information about all of the national parks in the Baltic States (14 in all), along with their most important environmental, cultural and historical values, as well as their most in- teresting points of interest. The authors have attached a map of each national park, along with GPS co-ordi- nates for the most interesting destinations.

Information can become out of date very quickly, and many things can change, so before you set off on your trip, we suggest that you should contact the visi- tor or tourism information centre of the relevant park. The author of this guidebook has personally visited all of the national parks and the destinations cited therein, doing so on a regular basis over the past 20 years. All of the routes which are listed have been examined and checked out.

With the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Communitys under the project POLPROP-NATURA (LIFE07 ENV/LV/000981)

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National Parks of Latvia (English version)

This guidebook is meant to offer practical advice and information. Please bring it along with you when travelling. We have written the book for people who like to observe wild nature, learn about various cultural and historical monuments, or be active tourists who will visit national parks on foot, on a bike, by boat or on skis. We have not forgotten about those of you who want to drive a car, either. The guidebook offers information about the most important environmental, cultural and historical values of Latvia’s four national parks, also listing the most interesting tourist destinations. Maps are included, and GPS co-ordinates are offered for the most interesting objects so as to make it easier for you to find your way around the parks.

This guidebook is written under the project „Parks&Benefits” (No. 21), EU Interreg IVB Baltic Sea Region program, and promotes implementation of the European Charter for Sustainable tourism in protected areas www.european-charter.org.

These projects are partly financed by the European Union (ERDF) within the Baltic Sea Region

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Map of Military Heritage

This map of Latvia’s military heritage is aimed not just at inviting people to go on a unique trip to learn about Lat- via’s military history, but also at offering a single source of information about little known, but very interesting objects about which we have very little evidence.

Military heritage in terms of this map refers to histor- ical outdoor objects such as redoubts, fortresses, certain castles, shoreline defence batteries, bunkers, dugouts, locations of major battles, former military bases, army airfields and bases, as well as museums and collections located in places where history can be studied close up. The map mostly covers military objects from the last few centuries – objects which are related to different military forces and the things that they did.

Many of the destinations are well-appointed, and everal have available guides. There are a few destina- ons which are accessible only in accordance with spe- fic rules. Others are not well-appointed or are closed o visitors. In the latter case (the army base at Skrunda, or instance), it is worth visiting the destinations anyway o as to place them on the list of military heritage objects hat you have seen.

This map includes descriptions of 60 military objects, complete with photographs, including histori- al ones. There is also information about 239 places which offer accommodations. Many of the objects re in NATURA 2000 territories, and some are cultural monuments.

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Atpūta laukos 2011-2012

The countryside accommodation catalogue "Country holidays 2011-2012" contains information on 338 accomodation properties in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, open farms, 45 touring routes in national parks and other nature areas, sites and services for bird, animal, insect, mushroom and plant watching activities. Printed copies can be ordered from the office of "Lauku ceļotājs". The catalogue is also available in the largest book stores in Latvia.
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Nature Holidays

The “Weekends Out in the Countryside” map is meant to ofer practical advice about places to go, how to get there, and what you can see once you arrive. It is meant for bird, animal and plant watchers, as well as for those who love active leisure – hiking, biking, boating and cross­country skiing.

This map includes information about 100 destinations that are of importance at the Baltic level in terms of tourism facilities. These are well­appointed environmental territories such as national parks, nature parks, reserves, nature reserves, protected landscapes and interesting objects therein. There are also notable natural monuments such as trees, rocks, clifs, etc. In each territory, we have ofered you our thoughts about the best way to travel there and which routes you should take. Most of the locations are in NATURA 2000 territories, while others are protected environmental monuments or cultural monuments. The map also ofers information about 383 accommodations where you can spend a night or two.

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Botanical guide. The Plant Finder

The main goal of the authors of this guide is to help you to spot the types of plants and mushrooms that are all around us. We really want to tell you interesting things about them.

“Worth Seeing” is our section on Latvia’s most interesting botany-related nature trails, including information about huge and/or interesting trees of various species, alleys of trees, botanical gardens, dendrology parks, other types of plant collections, museums, interesting farms, etc. You can visit each of them for yourself. We chose destinations in all of Latvia’s historical regions.

“Plant and Mushroom Routes” contains a list of ready-made routes, al- though we suggest that you bring along a guide to make sure that you en- joy the route thoroughly. Still, you can take the trips individually, adapt- ing the process to your own interests and capabilities.

“Plant Finder” is the biggest and most important part of the guide. There are included the photos of more than 400 different most common plants, lichens and mushrooms species in order to help you to recognize them in the field. Each species has got some interesting facts or stories as far as its possible.

“Protect and preserve” is our list of all of the protected species of plants which are often plucked for bouquets and other compositions, often with the person not even realising that he or she has picked a protected plant. These are species which need to be left alone right where they are.

This guide can be used as a workbook in your practical observations. Each of the «Worth seeing» objects has a check-box. Mark the sites you have visited. In the «Plant Finder» section, write the date you spotted the plant in the line «When ... », and the name of the place in the line “Where...”.


With the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Communitys under the project POLPROP-NATURA (LIFE07 ENV/LV/000981)

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Environmentally friendly and sustainable guiding principles for nature watching

The purpose of the guidelines is to promote environmentally friendly, sustainable and non-depleting tourism both within and outside nature conservation areas. This edition is intended for rural tourism entrepreneurs, municipal employees, and others who plan to design, offer and promote a nature tourism product using the diversity of the species we are so rich in.

The booklet contains essential information on how to observe plants, fungi, beasts, birds, insects, and how to behave in natural areas. Here you will find practical tips for creating and marking active tourism routes in the nature. Also included is an overview map of the 30 most prominent nature sites in Latvia with great potential for a nature watching product. Useful sources of information are also added.

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Analysis and description of traditional buildings in Slītere National Park

As most of Slītere NP territory was historically inhabited by Livs and in order to preserve Liv cultural and historical territories and to ensure preservation of Liv language traditions and other cultural and historical values, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia On December 14, 1999 the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia approved the action plan of the state long-term target program “Livs in Latvia”. Within the framework of the plan, S. Cimermanis prepared a list of preserved objects of national construction. Inventory and photo fixation of the volume, details, construction joinery, facade decoration of the villages, fences and buildings in the territory of Slītere NP is based on the aforementioned research by S. Cimerman. The purpose is to give those interested the familiarity with the building traditions of the former Liv villages, to understand the local building style and to use it for the construction of new buildings.

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COASTAL BUILDING GUIDELINES. Principles of seacoast construction. Regional peculiarities of construction. Guidelines for New Construction.

We all own a beautiful, diverse, almost 500 km long and still unspoiled treasure - the Baltic Sea coast. In order to preserve the coastline and to keep it traditionally tasteful for the benefit of both residents and guests, we, the Baltic Country Holidays, suggested writing these "Coastal Building Guidelines". The guidelines are intended for landowners, residents and businesses, all those involved in the construction process and coastal municipalities who plan and implement coastal construction in harmony with traditional and contemporary values. They describe the general building principles of the Baltic Sea coast of Latvia, briefly describing the regional differences and peculiarities of building in Vidzeme, Northern Kurzeme and Southern Kurzeme in each section of the historical building review.

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The Slitere National Park Tourism guide

  • This is the first traveller’s guide, so comprehensive in its contents and scope, which has ever been published on a national park and a Natura 2000 site in Latvia. 
  • For the first time, such a traveller’s guide in Latvia is based on local stories. More than 30 local residents, people from the administration of the Slītere national park and the Regional council of Dundaga were all involved in creation of this guide.

 In the Slītere Traveller’s guide you will find:

The most significant events and facts on the history of nature and people which are related to the Kurzeme penninsula, the Livonian coast and the Slītere national park;

Worth seeing and knowing,– descriptions of more than 100 natural and cultural heritage sites, especially highlighting the 12 treasures of Slītere;

Touring itineraries – a variety of routes for walking, cycling, boating, bird and animal watching and driving; Annual events – a calendar with time schedule of the regular events, taking place in the Slītere national park;

”Green” and practical advice for every mode of touring the Slītere national park.

Services and facilities – accommodations, food, equipment rentals, banks and other practical information.

The map of the Slītere national park.

Languages: Latvian, English

Price: Free of charge in the office of the Latvian country tourism association.By post upon request, covering the postage costs.

With the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Communitys under the project POLPROP-NATURA (LIFE07 ENV/LV/000981)