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Riga: Behind the Iron Curtain 3.5-Hour Communism Tour

1. Riga: Behind the Iron Curtain 3.5-Hour Communism Tour

See Riga on foot and learn about the history of life behind the Iron Curtain on a 3.5-hour walking tour. You will be introduced to the Latgale region of Riga named Ķengarags, which is one of the most interesting and largest suburbs where locals do actually live and the way of life can be seen. During the tour you will feel just like you have stepped back in time, because almost nothing has changed in the looks and life of the Ķengarags suburbs. The one exception is that the Soviet military airplanes aren’t shaking the windows of the houses with the noise made from taking off at the nearby military airport of Rumbula. The architecture (living houses, schools, suburbs) of the Soviet times was very similar in the different parts of the union, with different cities sometimes having identical suburbs. By visiting Ķengarags you will get an understanding of the looks of other USSR cities.

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Riga: Mini Baltic Tour Bauska - Rundale - Hill of Crosses

2. Riga: Mini Baltic Tour Bauska - Rundale - Hill of Crosses

Mini Baltic Tour includes minivan and driver and will start with a pick-up from your hotel in Riga at 10:00. During this tour, there will be 3 main stops for sightseeing. The first short stop will be at Bauska Castle (optional stop can be made at Mezotne Castle as well), arriving at 11:30. Bauska Castle consists of two parts: the ruins of the old part and the new part which was the residence of the Dukes of Courland. Your next stop will be at Rundale Palace at 12:15. This will take the longest time to see with its palaces, gardens and amazing museums. Also, there will be guided tours available for extra cost. Rundale Palace is Baroque and Rococo in style. The last and the most exciting place to see is right outside of Latvia just 70 kilometers away from Rundale Palace called the Hill of Crosses at 15:00. This is hill with thousands of crosses and prayers and exciting to see. Travel back to Riga at 17:00.

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From Riga: Rundale Palace & Bauska Castle Tour to Vilnius

3. From Riga: Rundale Palace & Bauska Castle Tour to Vilnius

This full-day day tour is the best choice for those who want to save time, money, and see the most important sights along the trip from Riga to Vilnius. Visit Bauska Castle, which is surrounded by a picturesque scenery and represents an example of military architecture (XV - XVII century). The castle consists of two parts: the fortress built especially for the use of firearms and the residential castle fortified with bastions, protective walls and earthen ramparts. About two hours is reserved to explore Rundale Palace, one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo architecture in Latvia, which sometimes is called as ‘The Versailles of Latvia’. Rundale Palace is built in the mid-18th-Century by the Russian court architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, it was the summer residence of the Duke of Courland. The two-story castle contains 138 elaborate rooms, a lovely French garden and a museum dedicated to the history of Latvia. Last but not least is a unique ensemble of Lithuanian folk art - The Hill of Crosses. The monument with more than 200.000 crosses in various sizes and materials stands on Jurgaiciai - Domantai mound. During your visit at The Hill of Crosses, you will learn more about the legendary stories why the Hill appeared. In the evening finish your drive and arrive in Vilnius city.

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From Riga: Cēsis, Sigulda & Turaida Castle Tour

4. From Riga: Cēsis, Sigulda & Turaida Castle Tour

Take a full-day tour of the beautiful green area of Northern Latvia. Explore Cēsis (the ancient city of Livonia and Brothers of the Sword base) and the picturesque town of Sigulda. Enjoy a day of rich history with medieval monuments, as well as spectacular natural scenery. Trip Itinerary: Medieval castle ruins of Cēsis You experience the castle in a way the people did centuries ago — your guides will light up a candle in the lantern and you will be on our way. You will explore the dark stairs, medieval corridors, and rooms with the help of candlelight as there is no electricity in this 13th century castle. This complex of castle buildings, preserved for centuries, is regarded as a landmark of monumental architecture, which reflects artistic styles from the Livonian period. Cēsis St. John’s Church St. John’s Church is one of the oldest medieval architectural monuments in Latvia. The church was built in the beginning of the 13th century when Cēsis became one of the most important German power centers in the Baltics, from 1237 up to 1561. Medieval castle ruins of Sigulda The Order of the Brothers of the Sword began building Sigulda castle in 1207. Initially, it was a castellum-type fort. Following the defeat of the Brothers of the Sword in 1236, the Livonian Order modified it. Goodman's cave The Gūtmaņala (Goodman's Cave) grotto is the most popular and biggest cave in Latvia. It was formed over the course of 10,000 years by water gradually eroding sandstone. The grotto is a protected geological site and the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia. Museum reserve and medieval castle of Turaida Turaida Museum Reserve is a beautiful heritage site and former village that was named "garden of the gods" by the locals. Turaida is a wonderful place to get to know the Latvian way of life, culture, history, and spirit. The 42 hectares of grounds are replete with archaeological, architectural, historical and art monuments, all of which provide an account of the events from the eleventh century onwards.

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

5. 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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From Riga: Abava Valley Tour

6. 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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Baltic Sea Coastal Scenery and Cape Kolka From Riga

7. 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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Turaida Reserve & Deer Safari on Latvia Winter Tour

8. Turaida Reserve & Deer Safari on Latvia Winter Tour

Enjoy a magical Christmas holiday season with friends and family, or even on your own, during this enchanting 7-hour excursion from Riga, location of the first ever decorated Christmas tree. Departing from the city center, you will travel to the Turaida Museum Reserve in Vidzeme, one of the most historical regions of Latvia. Stroll through the snowy landscape of the beautiful heritage park and see snow-covered pine trees, twinkling like stars on a crisp, clear sunny day. Feel the bracing rural air, and visit a reindeer safari to feed and pet the lovable friends of Santa Claus. Your guide will introduce you to the winter season in Latvia and tell you about the things that locals enjoy doing during the frosty time of the year. Visit a deer safari and get to know these animals better, giving them something tasty to eat. Besides the deers, you'll visit nature trails located in the beautiful forests of Latvia.

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Kolka and Slitere: Seaside Day Tour with Private Guide

9. Kolka and Slitere: Seaside Day Tour with Private Guide

Are you looking to get out of the city? Then, join a private tour with an experienced guide to explore some of Latvia’s most beautiful natural sites and seaside towns! Your guide will pick you up in Riga and take you to Kemeri National Park by car. After refreshing yourselves in clean spring waters, you will visit Kaive to marvel at its 1000 year-old oak tree. From there, continue to Talsi, one of the most picturesque towns in Latvia, before traveling to the seaside town of Roja. Next, you will travel to Kolka, where you will have 3 hours to swim and relax on the beach. On your last stop, you will visit Mazirbe, a capital of the Livonian people, where you will explore the nearby Slitere National Park. You will then make your way back to Riga via the beautiful Paradise Road along the Gulf of Riga.  

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Riga: Half-Day Natural Ecosystems Hike

10. Riga: Half-Day Natural Ecosystems Hike

After the pick-up from your hotel in Riga, head to the amazing Nature Park Piejūra. Start your day hike across the unique land, covering four different ecosystems, including a coastal pine forest, a cascade of wild coastal lakes, the gorgeous sandy and secluded Baltic Beach, and Gauja River delta. On your way, discover interesting facts about Latvian nature, culture, and unique traditions. Take the chance to make your hike even more colorful with fun improv-travel elements. This hike is a 10 to 15-kilometer walk, which makes it an easy one on the difficulty scale. The route is also suitable for children who are comfortable walking this distance, so feel free to make this a family adventure! At the end of the day, benefit from drop off back at your hotel in Riga.

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What people are saying about Riga

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 59 reviews

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.

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.

Our guide Rihards was great. Despite the rain and cold, he was in good spirits, showed us interesting and historically significant places, shared a lot of information and stories with us, and provided good company. He also recommended some cool bars and nice local beers. It was a very interesting tour that showed us places we wouldn't have found by ourselves, and gave us insights we otherwise would've missed out on. It provided us with a much broader and more nuanced picture of Riga, and Latvia as a whole. Definitely recommended!

A perfect day

Even though the weather wasn't that good we went on an interesting tour. The car was great, the driver on time, polite and a very good driver. We had enough time to visit all three attractions.

It was a very good experience to visit the region and have all the explanations desired