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

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

From US$ 225.85 per person

Join an amazing full-day kayaking trip through the famous and breathtaking Gauja River Valley. Explore the stunning steep riverbanks, awesome sandstone cliffs, and dense forests of Gauja National Park from a kayak.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Latvian, Lettish, Russian
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Riga
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Enjoy the stunning wild steep banks of the Gauja River Valley and pristine Latvian nature
  • Get to know more about the nature, culture and traditions of Latvia
  • End your kayaking trip in Sigulda Town and continue exploring the heart of Gauja National Park or return to Riga
Full description
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.
  • Transfer from Riga and back
  • Kayaking day trip ending in Sigulda Town
  • A seat in a two-seat kayak or two or three seat canoe
  • Safety jackets
  • Knowledgeable eco-tour leader
  • Improv-travel approach for the groups starting with two people
  • Meals and drinks
  • Insurance
  • Additional activities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Packed lunch
  • Water shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Take your lunch-box and daily snacks and drinks with you
  • Wear crocs or similar footwear that can get wet and that does not slip away in water, flip-flops are not suitable; you will have to get out of the boat occasionally and river's bottom is stony
  • Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared for different weather conditions
  • Take sunscreen, swimwear and a towel with you; in the case of appropriate weather, you will be able to stop at several places to take a swim
  • There should be at least one person in your boat that can carry the kayak for 50 meters
  • All tours are narrated in English, Russian and Latvian
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 2 reviews

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I find Latvia, and Riga, a welcoming place in general and that positive impression has just been so reinforced, and greatly exceeded by my experience with Rolands on the kayak tour. With great environmental and local knowledge, as you would expect, Rolands went above and beyond bringing everything to life with a depth of personal experience. But he need not have done as the environment itself was so breath taking - with mist rising from an untouched natural world absolutely full of river life it felt at times like you where paddling down the Amazon or were an extra on the set of Jurassic park. More was provided than could have been expected in the tour description. I was left feeling looked after and thoroughly contented. If you want a TRULY unforgettable experience and experience a different side of Latvia, the "real Latvia" whatever that means, book this tour. You will be glad you did.

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August 18, 2021

Unsere Kanu-Tour durch das Gauja-Flusstal war großartig. Alles war hervorragend organisiert. Wir starteten an einem perfekten Ort (Zufluss zur Gauja) und paddelten den schönsten Teil des Flusstales entlang. Ohne den Kanutransport dorthin und die perfekte Ortskenntnis unseres Guides wäre das nicht möglich gewesen. Ronalds, unser Guide, sprach perfekt Englisch und konnte uns dank seines breiten Wissens sehr viel zur Natur, zur lettischen Geschichte und aktuellen Lage erzählen. Die Strecke hatte eine gute Länge - wir wurden gefordert, aber nicht überfordert, konnten nach unseren Bedürfnissen paddeln, Pause machen oder einfach nur die Natur beobachten und genießen. Die Stimmung war jederzeit gut. Wir fühlten uns am Ende sehr bereichert - mit Eindrücken aus der wunderbaren Natur, mit Informationen, mit eigenen und erzählten Erlebnissen, mit guter Stimmung. Ich kann die Tour nur wärmestens empfehlen.

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August 3, 2021

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