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Ride with GAZ 66 Truck and Other Comunist Military Legacy

Become a spy in the territory of Latvia which to visit, during the Soviet times, you would need to have a special government permit and you would need to forget about photographing or you would be arrested immediately. During the cold war times this was forbiden area with secret military objects which we are going to visit using the restored Soviet military truck GAZ66.
TransportSummerWinter | Duration: ~11 Hrs
Price & Booking
Price: from 65 Eur per person*
Price includes:
  • Transportation
  • Ride with GAZ66
  • Group leader
  • Entrance tickets
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
*Price is provided for the complete groups! To get quote for your group size click "+ Book This Tour"!
About this tour

In this tour you will be introduced with huge secret area of Latvia's Soviet times. To get here during the cold war time you would need to have a special government permit and for taking out the photo camera in best case your camera's film would be illuminated, but you might also be arrested and interrogated. But don't worry, now with us you can shoot as many pictures as you wish and getting arrested.

 

After arrival to this territory we will change our vehicle to Soviet military truck GAZ66 and explore ~90 kilometer wide area, by visiting many military sights including the extremely secret object, which during the Soviet era, was dubbed The Starlet, it served to intercept radio signals and telephone conversations in NATO countries. It's the world’s eighth-largest radio telescope.

 

Soon after Latvia’s independence was restored, in 1994, the Russian military personnel left this place. However, as they withdrew, they smashed the equipment, poured acid into the electric motors and chopped up the cables. Fortunately, there had been no order to blow up the enormous antenna dishes.

 

Now the army radar has been transformed to serve scientific purposes: now the 32-metre wide antenna, weighing 600 tonnes, is pointed towards the most remote corners of space. It is the largest radio telescope in Northern Europe, which can “see” sound just like a bat, catches radiation unseen by the human eye and turns it into an image.

 

During our trip through the woods there is a possibility to see wild animals as this area now is a part of the Slītere National Park.

 

After the spy day, when we return to our base camp, you will be greeted with hot soup cooked on the fire.


    Tour Highlights:

  • North Kurzeme region of Latvia
  • Ride in the Soviet military truck GAZ 66
  • Soviet military legacy in Latvia
  • Cold war tecnology
  • Extremely secret Soviet areas
  • Excursion in the Radio astronomy center
Kurzeme (Western Latvia)
Reviews of This Tour
"Perfect day in the country"
Reviewed November 30, 2013
Vincent from Breda, The Netherlands
Rihards and Sergejs took us through the forests on their ride with Soviet military truck GAZ66. First of all they proved to be save drivers on the roads to the forests in their own comfortable cars. The ride with this truck through the forest was adventurous enough for team building, exiting and entertaining. We had a lunch at the start, a bottle of vodka in the truck and a goal: the radio telescope that was used for spying in Sovjet days. After our days in Riga a fine day in the country, near the seaside.
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