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Patricia, UK: “The trips were well organised and I enjoyed the company of the guides who speak just in Russian. My favorite one was Sigulda, this little town not far from Riga”.

Vacation club 50+ is specially designed for mature but young-at-heart students who are looking for both an exciting vacation and study experience in Latvia. The program will challenge students to stay intellectually stimulated by attending 20 Russian language lessons per week in the mornings and socially engaged by exploring the most interesting places of Riga during the school’s organized and professionally guided excursions and museum visits, including weekly full-day excursions to the most beautiful places in Latvia. Be ready to be gastronomically pampered by the culinary delights of Russian and Latvian local cuisine in the framework of this cultural and linguistic experience.

Ursula, GERMANY: “At the age of 75 it was a great challenge to take part in a Russian language course in Riga and now I think the course was a great success! We had a good team of teachers and school staff and learning was funny! I can fully recommend it!”.

Course dates for 2018:

1 week: March 12*, March 19, May 21*, May 28, July 30*, August 6, September 10*, September 17, December 3* and December 10.
2 weeks: March 12*, May 21*, July 30*, September 10* and December 3*.

Participants can book either 1 or 2 weeks, the beginners should start on *beginners dates.

Program information: 20 Russian lessons per week 3 half-day activities per week 1 full-day excursion per week. 1 Friday’s restaurant night with prepaid drinks and snacks per week National Baltic cuisine tavern: tasting 3 types of special alcohol drinks and snacks; LIDO restaurant: tasting 3 types of beer and various snacks. Maximum 8 students per class (in summer up to 10). Classes are held with other students according to the level of the Russian language. Upon request, it is possible to book Individual Standard course.
 Vacation club 50+ social program:
Riga Old Town Walking Tour
Explore the Riga Old Town, see its romantic and historical buildings and feel the medieval breath of the narrow streets and small houses.
Museum of the Occupation of Latvia and Riga Central Market
Get acquainted with the history of Latvia during the visit to the Occupation Museum and continue the tour to the lively Riga Central market. See, taste and buy the local delicacies, enjoy the works of the Latvian craftsmen and practice your Russian while exploring market’s enormous pavilions!
Art Nouveau district and national Baltic traditional drinks
Find out why Riga is called the European capital of Art Nouveau during the excursion to embassy quarter! After admiring the amazing beauty of Art Nouveau, relax in the national Baltic cuisine restaurant, enjoying traditional drinks and snacks in an authentic atmosphere, chatting and socializing with your new friends.
Full-day excursion to Sigulda
Sigulda is one of the most beautiful cities in Latvia, often called Latvian Switzerland. It is a great place to enjoy Latvian nature and rest after a productive study week. Discover the mystical Gutmana cave, Turaida Museum Reserve with medieval castle and learn the romantic story of its former inhabitants, as well as enjoy the calm beauty of the city.
Monday Riga Old Town Walking Tour for New Students only.
Tuesday Guided tour at the National Library of Latvia Just a bridge span from Old Town looms an extraordinary, culturally significant edifice, the Castle of Light - the new National Library. There you will enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the Old Town.
Trip to Jurmala with visiting the Art Residence Inner Light
Jurmala – the biggest resort city in the Baltic states, also known as Latvian Pearl, is famous for its 33 km white sandy beaches, dunes, old pines and green landscaped streets. Continue exploring by paying a visit to the Art Residence Inner Light. Take a deep breath and witness the magical beauty of the light pictures painted in the unique technique.
Farewell party at the Latvian cuisine recreation centre “LIDO”
All good things come to an end! Enjoy the evening with your new friends from Vacation club 50+ program in the most popular national Latvian cuisine restaurant LIDO. See how the beer is made and learn ancient beer making (and drinking) traditions during the excursion at the LIDO beer brewery. You will have a great time with snacks, authentic interior and costumes - everything will be provided for you, all you need is just to enjoy it!
Full-day excursion to the Rundale Palace and Bauska Castle
Rundale Palace – the greatest Baroque and Rococo art style monument in Latvia! Its sophisticated beauty will delight even the most experienced spectator! After the guided tour at the Rundale, continue exploring and see the medieval Bauska castle. Catch the spirits of two eras!