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JEWISH TOURS

Jewish Travel Agency in Latvia
The Jewish Travel Agency, an initiative of the Latvian Council of Jewish Communities, provides personal tours and group tours. The Jewish Travel Agency can take you to Holocaust sites, museums and centers of today's Jewish community. The Agency has a Jewish Heritage of Riga tour, and can also be your guide in Daugavpils (Dvinsk), Liepaja (Libau) and many other communities throughout the country. The Jewish travel Agency in Latvia is also planning to assist travelers with hotels, cars, meetings, genealogy, kosher catering and Shabbat celebrations.
E-mail: secretary@lvjewish.lv
Phone/fax: (+371) 67 285601.
http://www.jewishtravel.lv

Tour Guide to Jewish Latvia Sites for Hire - in English, Latvian or Russian
A standard Jewish Riga tour is approximately 3-3.5 hours by car, or 4-4.5 hours by public transportation. You may lengthen the tour to add visits to places of special interest to you. Tours outside Riga can be arranged on weekends (or in July-August, on any day).
Contact Ilsa Lenskis at ilensky@gmail.com.

Tour Guide to Jewish Latvia Sites for Hire - in German
Contact the Museum Jews in Latvia. ebreji.latvija@apollo.lv

Guidebook to Jewish sites in Riga
The Jews in Riga: Fragments of the Jewish History of Riga
a brief guide-book with a map for a walking tour
Marger Vesterman
Riga: Museum and Documentation Centre of the Latvian Society of Jewish Culture, 1991.

Russian Edition
Evrei v Rige: fragmenty evreiskoi istorii na karte Rigi
kratkii putevoditel
Marger Vesterman
Riga: Izd. Muzeia i dokumentatsionnogo tsentra Latviiskogo ob-va evreiskoi kultury, 1992.

English or Russian version may be purchased at Jewish Museum housed within the Jewish Community Building, 6 Slokas Street, Riga LV-1322 Latvia.

Jewish Travel Latvia from the Jewish Web Index
http://jewishwebindex.com/travelling_roots1.htm

If you plan to visit Latvia, also visit pages for the various communities as well as the virtual tours of the Rumbula Memorial and Bikernieki Memorial just outside of Riga.

 

LATVIA OVERVIEW & GUIDES

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Lonely Planet World Guide - Latvia

Latvia In Your Pocket
A guide for tourists. Available in booklet form at the Riga airport.

Latvia Guide - Commercial Tourism Site
http://eng.meeting.lv/regions/riga.php

U.S. State Department Information Sheet
Consular information sheet for U.S. citizens traveling to Latvia. Also useful to citizens of other countires.

Latvian Embassy in the U.S.A.

 CIA Factbook-Latvia
The CIA profiles foreign countries in its The World Factbook 2002, which may
be accessed on the web. This is interesting and useful information for those planning travel.

Latvian Institute - Information about Latvia
http://www.li.lv

Latvian Institute's Links to Other Sites about Latvia
http://www.li.lv/en/?id=68

Latvian Institute's Promotional Video, Sounds Like Latvia
http://www.li.lv/en/file/vid/sounds_like_latvia.mpg

Riga Guide
http://www.riga.lv/EN/Channels/About_Riga/default.htm

Virtual Tour of Old Riga
http://www.vecriga.info/section/?lang=en

Daugavpils Official Site
English, Latvian, Russian
http://www.daugavpils.lv/?load=1&set;_lang=en

Daugavpils Guide
http://eng.meeting.lv/regions/daugavpils.php

Riga Webcam (on the Radisson SAS Hotel in downtown Riga)
http://www.webcamera.lv/whatisthis.htm

Riga This Week - Cultural Events listings, Museums, Sights and Restaurants
The restaurant listings have visitor reviews, so you can know what others thought of each establishment.
http://www.rigathisweek.lv

 

TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

Hotels - All Latvia Hotels
A description, rating and booking site for all hotels in Latvia.
http://www.allhotels.lv/

Riga Airport (RIX is airport code)
Services, ground transport, schedule and services as well as current arrivals and departures for Latvia's airport.
http://www.riga-airport.com/

Latvia Railway (Latvijas Dzelzcela)
English, Latvian Russian
http://www.ldz.lv/?object_id=861

Riga City Bus (Autoosta)
Fare is 20 centimes (20% of 1 Lat) as of September 2006
Available in Latvian, English, Russian and Deutsche
http://www.autoosta.lv/

Exchange Rates - Bank of Latvia
http://www.bank.lv/eng/main/finfo/notvalkur/

 

LATVIAN LANGUAGE

12 Basic Phrases in Latvian from the BBC
In print and as an MP3 Download
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/quickfix/latvian.shtml

About 30 Key Phrases, Days of Week and Numbers in Latvian (no audio)
http://www.single-serving.com/Latvian/index.php

Latvian Language Helper
Basic Phrases in Latvian by Category with Audio
http://www.languagehelpers.com/Latvia/latvianlanguage.html

Latvian-English dictionary
http://dictionary.site.lv

Latvian Alphabet and Writing System
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/latvian.htm

Latvian Language Lessons on the Web
http://www.codefusion.com/latvianasp/latonline.asp

Latvian Grammar
http://ai1.mii.lu.lv/lgram-ww/lgrame.htm
http://courses.washington.edu/latvian/basic_latvian/html/grammar_introduction.htm


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