Estonia – Latvia Programme invites all friends and partners to celebrate the European Cooperation Day 2013 on September 20 by going on an adventurous road trip through Southern Estonia and Northern Latvia. The road trip will start in four different places in both countries, take its participants through different experiences, and end at one location near the Estonia – Latvia border, where everyone will come together for a dinner party and a small celebration.
During the road trip, depending on the route, there will be a chance to go to the forest school, taste natural home-grown products, race with model cars, see a modern rescue and fire service, visit a nice beach, try out a hand in drawing, practice summer biathlon and many other interactive things. All activities will be offered by projects supported by Estonia – Latvia Programme. Towards the evening, all bus tour participants will come together at a surprise location near the border, where they will have a chance to enjoy a gourmet meal, cooked by Estonian and Latvian chefs, exchange impressions of the day with each other, and celebrate European cooperation.
Estonia – Latvia Road Trip busses will depart from Tallinn and Tartu in Estonia and Rīga and Alūksne in Latvia in the morning of Friday, September 20. It will be possible also to get on the busses in Ape, and Valka in Latvia, as well as Võru in Estonia. In late evening, the same busses will deliver the road trip participants back to their departure locations. Registration for the road trip is open until the end of the day on September 15. Participation is free of charge, but admission on busses will be on “first register, first served” basis, so do sign-up as early as you can in order to ensure the seat on the bus.
What to expect during the Estonia – Latvia Road trip?
There will be a border crossing, so please, bring a passport or ID card. Healthy breakfast and light lunch will be provided on the bus, as well as European Cooperation dinner will be served in the evening. The busses will take participants through different sites, where participants will be able to learn and experience the achievements of Estonia – Latvia cooperation. There will be various interactive activities, and the participants are requested to stay open-minded and engage in activities. Most active participants will be rewarded through a special motivation program.
Departure times and itineraries
Tallinn Route: Tallinn – Sindi – Häädemeeste – Aloja – Zvārtava
Departure from Tallinn at 9:00 AM from the Russian Culture Centre parking alongside Mere street 5
Rīga Route: Rīga – Līgatne – Valga – Polli – Zvārtava
Departure from Rīga at 9:00 AM from the Kongresu nams bus parking alongside Kalpaka boulevard
Tartu Route: Tartu (pickup also in Valka) – Valka – Haanja – Ape – Zvārtava
Departure from Tartu at 10:00 AM from lower parking lot of Vanemuine theatre on Ülikooli street
Departure from Valka at 11:00 AM from Valka Art School on Beverīnas street 5
Alūksne Route: Alūksne (pickups also in Ape and Võru) – Tartu – Valga – Valka – Zvārtava
Departure from Alūksne at 11:00 AM from bus parking on Ojāra Vācieša street
Departure from Ape at 11:30 AM from Apes novada dome on Stacijas street 2
Departure from Võru at 12:15 AM from Võru from Maavalitsus parking on Jüri street 9
How to dress, what to bring?
During the road trip in the daytime: comfortable clothing
During the evening celebration: smart casual and something warm
In case of good weather, the celebration will take place outside, so be ready for it, as the Baltic autumn evenings tend to get chilly early. The days can also be rainy, and as the event will be rain or shine, please, be ready for both. Do not forget to bring your passport or ID card for crossing the border.
Note to editors, journalists and bloggers
Media representatives and individual bloggers are welcome to participate in Estonia - Latvia Road Trip. Please, register your participation by filling out the form or contacting Estonia - Latvia Programme Information manager Kaspars Rūklis (firstname.lastname@example.org, 0037253331668 or 0037129405048).
Picture: Estonia - Latvia Road Trip visual by Edgars Noskovs