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The Soul of the Baltic Sea: Half-Day Jurmala Tour

1. The Soul of the Baltic Sea: Half-Day Jurmala Tour

Visit Jurmala, the largest resort in the Baltic states, on a half-day tour that departs from Riga. The city of Jurmala is known for its mild climate, healthy sea air, curative mud and mineral waters. Admire the city’s natural features, including the white sand beach that stretches for nearly 33 kilometers, the pine forest and the Lielupe River. The typical architectural style of Jurmala is seen in its private houses built of wood. Discover the charming wooden homes constructed in the early 20th century and note also the modern resort buildings.

Riga: Best of Kemeri National Park In One Day

2. Riga: Best of Kemeri National Park In One Day

Start your morning with a convenient, pick-up service from your accommodation in Riga. Here, your friendly driver and guide will be waiting to meet you. After a quick chat with one another, you'll be hopping aboard your vehicle and setting off for your destination of the day - the Kemeri National Park.  Attractions you will visit: Great Ķemeri Bog: Enjoy the benefits of a day beginning with physical activity and experience a picturesque hike on the famous Great Ķemeri Bog boardwalk upon arrival at the National Park. · Unique Lagoon Lake Kaņieris: After the inspiring morning improv-hike in Kemeri boglands, you will visit the amazing Kanieris Lake and one of its bird watching towers. This big shallow lake is an amazing former lagoon of the prehistoric Littorina Sea. It is very close to the Gulf Of Riga. Kanieris Lake is an important stop-over place for migratory birds. During migration periods (April-May and August-October) it becomes a paradise for birdwatchers as it hosts more than 190-species of birds. It’s also an important breeding place for the local birds. Nature trails along the banks of this lake go through various unique protected ecosystems (habitats) and can be a great place for you to spot wildlife. · Ķemeri forests: Now it is time to have glimpse on the unique wet forests of Ķemeri National Park and their natural values including the famous Sulphur springs. · Sandy beach of the Gulf of Riga: Before heading back to Riga you will enjoy the fresh air of the stunning sandy seaside and costal pine forests of the Gulf of Riga · Soak up the energy of this unique pristine Latvian location before heading back to your accommodation in Riga for an evening of rest.

From Riga: Kemeri National Park Nature Trail

3. From Riga: Kemeri National Park Nature Trail

Only a short drive from the center of Jurmala is Latvia's third largest national park, Kemeri National Park. This trail is perfect for nature-lovers and covers seven or eight total kilometers. You'll walk along a beautiful raised boardwalk, so you can easily observe the awe-inspiring landscape. The trail leads you to picturesque scenes and a viewing tower. The wooden footbridge gives you an easy and safe pathway into the amazing world of moss, bog pine trees, pools, dark ponds, cranberry bushes, and Labrador tea. On the way back, you can stop at Kemeri, a well-known mineral water resort since the 19th century. A nearby hotel is an architectural monument of interest too.

Riga: Guided Hiking Adventure

4. 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.

Jurmala: Sea Resort Bike Tour with Guide

5. Jurmala: Sea Resort Bike Tour with Guide

Start the tour in Jurmala by getting kitted out with a bike and helmet and listening to some brief instructions. Set off to explore the special cycling routes of Jurmala which are designed to make biking easy and safe.  Make your first stop at the Turtle Monument located on Riga Beach near the historical Baltic Beach Hotel. Admire the architecture of this historic bathing house which was built in 1907.  Then, bike along the sea coast or street on the other side of the dunes. Marvel at the wooden villas which were built in the first half of the 20th-century. Observe the soviet-style architecture of these now private beach houses which reflects the popularity and wealth of this resort town.  Next, stop at the historical Dzintari Concert Hall which was built in 1936. Learn about the world-famous opera singers who have performed here and the building's glorious acoustics that were well known across Europe and USSR throughout the 20th-century.  Arrive at the nearby park and climb up the tower where you will have the chance to take pictures of Jurmala from an aerial perspective. Continue along the route into the quiet Jurmala streets lined with more historic and contemporary villas.  Make a short pitstop at the Lielupe Fishing Museum. Visit the exhibition and learn about the fishing industry in the 19th-century. See the black sauna "pirts" (a type of local bath), ice cellar, fish smoking house, and the historic thalassotherapy center which used seawater as a form of therapy. On the way back, peddle along the dunes, until you arrive at the start point.

From Riga: Day Trip to Jurmala with A Guide

6. From Riga: Day Trip to Jurmala with A Guide

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Riga and drive you for 20km to the famous resort town of Jurmala.  Admire the boundless golden beaches, pine forests and blue sea as you take in the fresh air. Spend the day exploring the cozy European town composed of traditional Latvian houses situated amongst parks and forests. Discover the wooden country houses built in the art nouveau styule of the early 20th century as well as modern cottages.  Your driver will return you to your accomodation in Riga. 

Kolka and Slitere: Seaside Day Tour with Private Guide

7. 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.  

From Riga: Full Day in Jurmala and Kemeri National Park

8. From Riga: Full Day in Jurmala and Kemeri National Park

Set out to Jurmala and explore the only official resort town in all of Latvia. Spend time swimming at Majori beach, walk the old streets, and browse the Open Air Museum. Take a stroll in Ragakapa Nature Park before heading to Kemeri National Park. Depart from Riga and find yourself in Jurmala, a resort known for its natural curative mud, mineral waters, and pine forests. Relax first at Majori beach, a 25 kilometer white-sand beach perfect for undisturbed sunbathing and swimming. Walk down Jomas street, one of the oldest streets in all of Jurmala. Discover the heritage site of historical wooden architecture, with over 100 monuments of national significance. Enter into the Jurmala Open Air Museum and find the fisherman's court. With over 2,000 exhibits, learn about the work and life of Latvian fishermen in the 19th and 20th century. Try your hand at rope-making and net-matching with a workshop and admire the exhibition of anchors, fishing boats, and wooden motor vessels. Afterward, take a walk in Ragakapa Nature park, a natural dune formed just from the wind. Arrive at Kemeri National Park and walk the swamp trails of this raised bog. Try and spot the carnivorous plant, Sundew, with its long tentacles and glistening drops designed to trap its prey. Spot many birds such as the wood sandpiper or a white wagtail. Discover what makes this bog different, with sulphurous mineral waters that form underneath the surface and burst out of many open springs around the area. Choose to walk the short or long boardwalk and relax in a natural experience.

Riga or Jurmala: Kurzeme Nature Hiking Trail Day Trip

9. Riga or Jurmala: Kurzeme Nature Hiking Trail Day Trip

Relax on a hiking trip in the Abava River Valley nature park in Kurzeme on this day trip from Riga. Soak up diverse plant life and wildlife as you explore this area. Have a break with views of the Imula River. See quaint farms and ruins as you walk. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up in the morning from your accommodation in Riga or Jurmala. Sit back and take in the scenery on the drive to the historical center of Kandava. Listen to a short briefing from your guide and begin your hiking adventure. Explore the charming center for Kandava before heading through dense nature and shady flora. Marvel at the pristine and protect nature of the Abava River valley reserve. Look for birds and roe deer as you walk. Watch as the trail changes to agricultural landscapes dotted with typical Latvian farms.  Admire the rich diversity of plants and see mystical and mythological places used by early generations like and Iron age castle mound. Stop for a break at the Imula River where you can eat a packed lunch or snack if you brought one. Return to your accommodation in Riga or Jurmala at the end of your hike. 

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What people are saying about Jurmala

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 35 reviews

I went on this trip on 16th of February and I was so lucky to have an amazing trip, albeit it was in the winter-time. Roland was my guide and he picked me up at the preset time. He was an amazing guide who had much to offer on both the nature and Latvia. I would definitely recommend this tour for people who enjoy hiking and exploring different forms of nature that isn’t seen in your normal everyday outdoors. We went to both Kelmeri National Park, the beach, wet forest and a lagoon. It was very beautiful, and winter definitely did something beautiful for the nature. Along the way, Roland had prepared local snacks and it was a fun way to show the country as well.

Very knowledgeable and educated guide, kind and nice. We saw all the features of Jurmala, he explained the history, geography, showed us the various places, the beach, showed us beautiful Orthodox churches and typical tourist walks. Armands has excellent knowledge of the various springs in the area and the various types of mineral waters, where he was a real "scientist". Very cultured and prepared. Very interesting experience. Ah… we climbed the typical tower that was once used to distribute water to the city and enjoyed an excellent view.

This was a wonderful Tour with an outstanding guide. Hiking to beautiful places. Having a great picknick. We got so much information on the country, its nature and culture and history. And even tips for our next days in Riga. In the end we could visit the new and very interesting Jurmala museum. A full day. We have got even more than promised. Highly recommended.

We had a very nice day with Armands at Jurmala beach. We are really interested in architecture and he did show us a lot of interesting houses and told us about the owners.I am not so interested in running that much and he did slowly what I really appreciated. Thanks Armands for the nice day.

Great experience. Tour guide was excellent gave us lots of information and also brought typical Latvian food to try