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Riga: Entrance Ticket - House of the Black Heads

1. Riga: Entrance Ticket - House of the Black Heads

Wander through centuries in House of the Black Heads! Feel the magic atmosphere of luxurious halls of celebrations, decorated with brilliant chandeliers and a gallery of royal portraits. Explore the mysterious medieval cellars and elaborate historical rooms with a surprising silverware collection. For the past 700 hundred years, the House of the Black Heads has pleased and enraptured inhabitants and guests of Riga. This is one of the most magnificent buildings in Riga, preserving both the unique historic heritage of the legendary Brotherhood of Black Heads and the history of Riga. For centuries House of the Black Heads was the cultural epicenter of Riga, gathering the most respectable inhabitants of Riga and their guests, during celebrations organized by the Black Heads and their successors. This building, which is situated in the heart of Old Riga, is the symbol of Riga and among the central premises of representation of Riga – not for nothing also the President of Latvia has chosen House of the Black Heads as his temporary residence for almost four years!

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Riga Sightseeing Tour by Canal Boat

2. Riga Sightseeing Tour by Canal Boat

Climb aboard an eco-friendly canal boat to see the sights of Riga from a different perspective as you cruise along the Daugava River. Escape the crowds of the city center as you set sail from the pier by the Freedom Monument at the 18th-century fortifications known as the Triangula Bastion (Bastejkalns). Glide gently under historic bridges and see landmark attractions such as the elegant home of the Latvian National Opera, Europe's largest market and bazaar at Riga Central Market and the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of the Spīķeri Quarter.  Get amazing views of the Vecrīga district (Old Riga) as you cruise towards the Riga Passenger Terminal and Yacht Club Andrejosta. Make your way back towards the departure point and get stunning views of Kronvalda Park and the Latvian National Theatre.

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Riga: Self-Guided Old Town Tour

3. Riga: Self-Guided Old Town Tour

Use your smartphone as your personal guide and start the game at a time convenient for you. You don’t have to wait for a physical guide, simply open up the app and your experience begins. This self-guided Old Riga walking tour is perfect if you are short on time and trying to save some money. You'll visit the most interesting and remarkable places, and will also see a few secret gems hidden within the Old Town. Starting and ending at Town Hall Square, the tasks of this quest are quite easy. This allows you to play with children, and without too much knowledge of the city. Enjoy your time and play without haste, you can even pause the game for a coffee break or selfie.

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Sigulda Day Tour - Castle Ruins, Gūtmaņala Grotto, & More

4. Sigulda Day Tour - Castle Ruins, Gūtmaņala Grotto, & More

There is so much to see and do in Sigulda that sometimes it is difficult to fit it all in. This comprehensive tour led by a professional guide, is designed to show you around the historic highlights of the city in just a day. Ride the aerial cableway in Sigulda. Opened in 1969, this is the only one of its kind in the Baltic States. The cableway was built in cooperation between Sigulda and Chiatura, a city in Georgia, and offers spectacular views over the city. Explore the Sigulda castle ruins and the new castle. The Order of the Brothers of the Sword began building Sigulda castle in 1207. During the Great Northern War, the castle was destroyed never to be restored again. However the convent building with its famous gothic window plus the main gate tower still stand, and offer an insight into a bygone age. Delve deep into the Gūtmaņala grotto. This is the most popular and vast cave in Latvia. It was formed in the course of 10,000 years by water gradually eroding sandstone, and is a protected geological site. The cave is the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia. Marvel at the ancient inscriptions lining the walls. A trip to the Turaida Museum Reserve should not be missed. The 42 hectares of the reserve feature archaeological, architectural, historical, and art monuments, dating back from the 11th century.

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Sigulda Hiking Tour: A Day in the Switzerland of Latvia

5. Sigulda Hiking Tour: A Day in the Switzerland of Latvia

Enjoy a full-day hiking tour in one of the Latvia's most picturesque regions. Known as the Switzerland of Latvia, the area features mountains, valleys, cliffs, and caves. Take in views of the Gauja River Valley as you cross it by the aerial cableway. Your 15-kilometer guided hike will take you through the area’s natural landscapes and through populated areas as well. You’ll help set the pace for the tour, and there’s no need to rush, as there’s plenty of time to cover the entire route. The hiking route takes you past numerous attractions, including the ruins of the old Sigulda castle, the new castle, and Goodman's Cave. Goodman’s Cave was formed over a 10,000-year period by water gradually eroding sandstone. The grotto is a protected geological site and the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia. You’ll see inscriptions on its walls dating back to 1668 and 1677. You’ll hike to Piķenes Cliff and the Little Devil's Cave, and take in spectacular views from the Velnalas Cliff overlook as well.

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From Riga: Full-Day Scenic Gauja River Valley Kayaking Trip

6. From Riga: Full-Day Scenic Gauja River Valley Kayaking Trip

Meet your guide in the morning and head to Gauja River Valley to begin your kayaking trip. The curving, wild nature of the Gauja River and its tributaries makes this experience one to remember, and a must-visit for travelers who like to venture off the beaten path. During your kayaking tour, see some of the most beautiful landscapes in Gauja River Valley, including stunning steep riverbanks, awesome sandstone cliffs, the dense forests of Gauja National Park, and more. Your eco-tour leader will engage you with a special “improv-travel” approach and tell you about the nature, culture, and traditions of Latvia. Paddle for 15 to 20 kilometers downstream on a truly enjoyable adventure. There are several alternative points to finish on the way so the length of the trip can be adjusted according to your wishes. After reaching your final destination, benefit from a transfer right back to your hotel in Riga, or stay in the scenic town of Sigulda.

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Riga: Art Nouveau Architecture Tour

7. Riga: Art Nouveau Architecture Tour

Explore the Art Nouveau architecture of Riga with a knowledgeable local guide. Stroll the streets of Latvia's capital and marvel at building facades covered in dragons, wolves, and gargoyles - art nouveau’s dalliance in the macabre. Learn about the city's distinctive look and how 40 percent of all the buildings in central Rīga were built in the Art Nouveau style, marking the city like no other in the world. Start near the old town, which is surrounded by an arch of boulevards and parks, and enjoy the beautiful flower beds, trees, freshwater springs, and statues. Hear stories of the city's most prolific Art Nouveau architects, such as Mikhail Eisenstein, and find the collection of his buildings on Alberta Iela, which is famous for its unusual sculpture, colored tiles, geometric ornaments, and uniquely shaped windows. Continue to the Art Nouveau Museum for a fascinating look at an Art Nouveau apartment, where even the bathroom and kitchen are adorned with Jugendstil elements.

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From Riga: Abava Valley Tour

8. From Riga: Abava Valley Tour

Meet your guide in the morning and head to the 1.5-hour drive to the gorgeous Abava River Valley. Begin your water and small towns' adventure with a kayaking or canoeing trip of 6 to 9 miles on the Abava River. Along the way, enjoy the gorgeous Abava River valley. During this beautiful trip, your knowledgeable eco-tour guide will engage you with their special improv-travel approach and will tell you about nature and culture values of Latvia. End your kayaking/canoeing trip at the famous Abava Rapid. Take the chance to have a last swim in the river before hopping in the car for the drive to Sabile Town. This is a great place to stroll around the charming narrow streets of the historic town and to have a look at beautiful Abava River Valley from Sabile Hillfort. Visit the famous for its Sabile Wine Hill, the world's northernmost vineyard where the grapes grow. Ascend the hill above Sabile Town with a gorgeous view on the Abava Valley. Take some time to perhaps buy some local wines and ciders made from local apples. Explore your next stop of Kandava, one of the most beautiful towns in Latvia, and dating back to 1230. Take a late afternoon-evening walk on its narrow and tranquil streets and visit its stone bridge, Kandava Church Hill, and the old Kandava Castle ruins with its view of the beautiful Abava River Valley. Before returning to Riga, enjoy a short late afternoon hike in Nature Reserve "Čužu purvs" near Kandava Town. In this unique place, see protected and rare wetland habitats and sulfur springs.

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From Riga: Mini Baltic Day Tour to Sigulda, Ligatne & Cesis

9. From Riga: Mini Baltic Day Tour to Sigulda, Ligatne & Cesis

This Mini Baltic Tour will include some of the main sights to see in Latvia. Your first stop will be Sigulda city. In this city, there are many great places you will be able to visit such as the bobsleigh track (during the summer period, you can slide down in a specially designed luge), Gutmana Cave, one of the deepest caves in the Baltics, and Turaida Castle with its beautiful park. On the way to Sigulda, visit Gaujas National Park along with Gauja River. Your next stop will be the secret Soviet bunker, exciting for history and war lovers. Located in Ligatne, you will have guided tour here. The last stop before heading back to Riga will be Cesis, a small but beautiful city with the Cesu Castle.

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Riga: Guided Hiking Adventure

10. Riga: Guided Hiking Adventure

You will be picked up from your hotel in Riga at 9:00AM, from where you will travel to where the city meets the sea, Daugavgriva. You’ll see the different face of the city of Riga on your way, as you travel through Bolderaja, the most distant city district. Here you will witness a town that differs from other parts of Riga, where Soviet legacy overlaps with old wooden architecture. You will then go for a fun hike (5 kilometers both ways) in the “Piejura" Nature Park to the Daugavgriva Lighthouse and back. If the weather allows, you will walk through the  Daugavgriva mall in the sea. The biggest river of Latvia Daugava (or as the locals call it the “River of Destiny”) ends in the Gulf of Riga here. On the way back from the Daugavgriva Lighthouse, you’ll see old military bunkers hidden in the dunes. This place holds a lot of historic secrets, and was closed for regular visitors during the Soviet era. After your hike through Daugavgriva, you will visit another big river that separates Riga and the neighboring Jurmala cities. The scenery will be different there, as it is less rough and more natural than in Daugavgriva. This is your next hiking location, where you will hike for approximately 5 kilometers through pristine coastal pine forest. Finally, you will result on an amazing and secluded sandy beach, where if the day is warm and sunny you’ll have a chance to chill out, have a swim, and catch some rays.

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What people are saying about Riga

We had a faboulous outdoor day with our knowledgeable and lovely guide Rolands. This tour is a long one - it takes almost 12 hours and it is worth every minute. Spending a day kayaking through the beautiful landscape Abava Valley with Rolands giving insight into Latvian culture, nature, behaviour and everything else we were asking about, was our personal highlight during our trip to Latvia. After the kayak tour we went to the northernmost vineyard. As we we were too late for the cider tasting, Rolands was so sweet as to buy as a bottle in the local supermarket, which we we tried back in the hotel. So, if you have a couple of days to spend in Latvia and you like being in the open, this tour is a must. We can highly recommend it.

Excellent tour, unforgettable and breathtaking. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. Our tour unfortunately took place in the rain but nonetheless our tour guide was excellent, encouraging and engaging. Truly magnificent location and marvellous views of Sigulda, castle and Gauja national park. Worth your money, in all aspects!

We drove just before lockdown and almost had a private tour. It was very worthwhile. The captain really tried hard and was hospitable! The boat was closed with protective foils through which you could see well but not take flawless photos. This was opened for us briefly and then closed again due to the wind! Really great!

We spent a very interesting and inforative day with our tour guide Ilze. A very sweet lady, very knowledgeable and easy to chat with. We can highly recommend this tour-

a great experirence. the guide was very kind and explained us a lot of the stuff we were seeing