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Riga: Culture and Food Tasting Tour

1. Riga: Culture and Food Tasting Tour

Explore three of Riga’s most essential districts on a half-day combined food tasting and cultural walking tour. Hear stories from the history of the city, and see the world’s largest collection of art nouveau architecture. Begin your tour in charming Old Riga, where the beautiful, centuries-old buildings speak extensively about Latvian culture - one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Highlights of Old Riga (also known as “Vecrīga”) include a reconstruction of the medieval city wall, Riga Cathedral, and the House of the Blackheads. Next, go to the remarkable Art-Nouveau district, where a local guide will explain more about the meaning of symbols hidden behind the beautiful façades. See masterpieces of art nouveau architecture at banks, offices and apartment blocks on almost every street corner. End with a food tasting tour of some typical local food in Riga Central Market. Sample mouth-watering, ecologically-grown local produce in the beautiful art deco and neoclassical market, Europe’s largest market and bazaar.

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Baltic Sea Coast and the Jūrmala Seaside Resort (1 Day)

2. Baltic Sea Coast and the Jūrmala Seaside Resort (1 Day)

Start the day by visiting Latvia's most popular and biggest seaside resort Jūrmala city. After a refreshing and energizing walk trough the town, parks and beach, your day will take you further north up the coast line. Different beaches, fishing villages, a nature park with wild horses and Latvia blue cows, coastal roads and beautiful pine tree forests await you on this journey. To see Latvia blue cows and wild horses, take a short hike on a trail leading near to a lake, a bog, through a beautiful pine tree forest where 22 of 32 orchid species in Latvia might be seen in summer time (May - July). Distance to be walked on this trail is 4 kilometers. Finish the day with a nice and easy bicycle ride (8 kilometers long) through a peaceful forest, a quiet town and a beach where you are also welcome to go for a refreshing swim in the Baltic sea. After your return from the bicycle ride and hitting the road to get back to Riga, shortly relax at a beautiful countryside home next to the sea where the local family lives and does blueberry farming. On the lunch break you will be introduced to local traditional snacks and a non alcoholic drink that is somewhat similar to a bear, but you will also be offered water if this is not your cup of tea.

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Riga Beer and Tasting Tour

3. Riga Beer and Tasting Tour

Latvia boasts an amazingly wide selection of exciting beers and a thriving beer culture. It's like Mojito in Cuba or tequila in Mexico, a must try when you are in the country. Did you know that Latvia’s long and rich beer culture most probably started by accident? You will visit 2 trending traditional beer bars with a large selection of beer. In the first bar, you will try 3 kinds of beer accompanied by traditional Latvian snacks. One of them, rye fried bread is extremely popular in Latvia and works perfectly with the beer. On this 1-hour open-air tour, you will learn how beer influences the city and the culture. What is a ‘green spoon’? Why were the Latvians adding rocks to the beer mixtures in wooden casks? You will finish the tour in the bar and will try 3 more kinds of beer. Everyone will find their favorite one.

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Kemeri National Park & Baltic Seaside Tour Bog Boardwalk

4. Kemeri National Park & Baltic Seaside Tour Bog Boardwalk

Spend a day in one of the biggest nature parks in Latvia, Ķemeri National Park. This park is great to visit because it combines so much of the local nature including bogs, forests, seaside, lakes, and wildlife (most of the bird species in Latvia are found here).  Journey along a boardwalk trail through a beautiful bog that has been formed over thousands of years and now is a true natural treasure of Latvia. The Ķemeru Lielais Tīrelis is only a 1-hour drive from the Latvian capital city of Riga. During the walk, you will learn about how the bog is created and about its usage and value. You will also see the gorgeous bog sights with many small and large lakes which reflect the world in its calm and dark waters. You will have the opportunity to sample some local snacks and drinks.  Then, head to the unique trail of Kaņieries Lake that is nearby. Experience a bit of the local fisherman's way of life by casting an eye over their fishing boats and tools on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Be shown the biggest seaside resort city in Baltics, Jūrmala before you return to Riga.

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Riga: Food Tasting Tour of Central Market

5. Riga: Food Tasting Tour of Central Market

Taste authentic foods from Latvia on a tasting tour of Riga Central Market, located inside buildings once used as Zeppelin hangars. Marvel at the architecture of the market, built between 1924 and 1930 in Neo-classical and Art Deco styles. Listen to interesting stories from your local guide and chat to the vendors about the traditions of Latvia. Get an insight into the culture and local cuisine. Sample a diverse range of healthy produce, including smoked meats, cheese with caraway seeds, hemp butter, herring salad, wild berries and birch sap. Learn the amazing history of Europe's largest food market and its 5 pavilions, and get insider tips about eating and drinking during your time in the city.

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Baltic Sea Coastal Scenery and Cape Kolka From Riga

6. Baltic Sea Coastal Scenery and Cape Kolka From Riga

Enjoy a day by the Baltic sea, taking in Kurzeme's magical coastal scenery. Start your tour from Riga's city center and spend the whole day exploring the gulf of Riga. See the point where the Gulf and the Baltic Sea meet, and watch as the choppy, stormy waters blend into a placid and flat surface; the perfect spectacle for any nature lover. Our tour begins with a visit to the Beach of Ģipka and the white dune trail of the Pūrciems. These state-owned forests stretch between the road and the sea from around Kaltene to the border of Slītere National park. The most well-protected site in this region of the seashore is the 20 metre (65 feet) high White Dune of Pūrciems, about five hundred meters from the sea. This dune was formed 6,000 years ago, and is much older than the other dunes around it that have been shaped by the sea. From there we will head to the Ēvaži Steep nature trail. This well-kept nature trail leads to the Gulf of Riga coastline and the Ēvaži Steep. Stretching up to 15 metres (47 feet) high, its great vantage point offers the most scenic points of view of the entire gulf and the picturesque coastal forests. Finally, we will reach Kolka Horn, the Meeting Place of Two Seas. This is a meeting place created by nature, where two seas collide and people have met for centuries. This impressive natural site has attracted more and more visitors in recent years, and growing investment in the region has made sure that the site is well-kept and beautiful in the summer and winter months alike.

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Riga: Central Market and Food Tasting Tour

7. Riga: Central Market and Food Tasting Tour

There are many legends and stories hidden in the walls of the old Central Market building. You will find out how this market became the largest and most modern market in all of Europe. Your guide will tell you how the pavilions of the Central Market were used during World War II and hear what was the purpose of this building in Soviet times. You will also see interesting cellars of the market and the places around it. At the end of the tour, you will have a chance to try many different kinds of delicious Latvian food: fish, cheese, meat, specific jam, drinks and more. You will also discover interesting and unexpected product combinations.

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Riga: Yacht Tour with Medieval Banquet and Wine Tasting

8. Riga: Yacht Tour with Medieval Banquet and Wine Tasting

Accompanied by a local guide, discover the history and culture of Riga as you sail through the River Daugava on board a luxury yacht. See the city's most important sites from a unique perspective and discover insider secrets from your passionate guide. After the boat trip, head to the Old Town to a unique medieval restaurant dating back to 1293. In one of the restaurant's 5 halls, enjoy a traditional medieval banquet. Sample traditional dishes prepared according to old recipes in one of the city's most magical atmospheres.  Later, head to a medieval wine cellar in the heart of Riga. Learn the secrets of Latvian wine production from local monks and discover fun facts and mythical legends. Find out which strange process is required before wine tasting, discover the secret ingredients used in Latvian wine and sample shocking flavor combinations. You will sample a total of 6 different locally produced wines.

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What people are saying about Riga

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 71 reviews

I find Latvia, and Riga, a welcoming place in general and that positive impression has just so reinforced, by my experience with our tour guide. Great local knowledge, as you would expect, brought to life with a depth of personal and lived experiences. (Aside from a single experience in childhood our guide was not able to eat bananas again until 15 - book the tour to learn more ;)). Our guide provided so much more than was described and you were left feeling looked after and at home in Latvia - as well as thoroughly amused (great sense of humour) and and well fed. Trust me - if you want the best experience of the market look no further. You will be glad you booked.

An informative and nutritious tour with a great guide. We were picked up directly from the hotel and walked through the entire market, tasting our way from salty to sweet and tasting the most important specialties of Riga. Liga (the guide) also responded to our wishes / preferences.

Best tour I’ve ever been on! An absolute must if you are in Riga! Great value for everything you get and the tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable.

Wonderful and affordable food tour is Riga. Got lots of samples and history. I am very glad we did this!

We had a nice and expert guide, named Editta, and she is very kind and helpful.