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Riga: Canal Boat Sightseeing Tour

1. Riga: Canal Boat Sightseeing Tour

Explore the historical part of Riga while having a relaxing and romantic sightseeing boat trip along the charming Riga City Canal and Daugava River. Enjoy onboard commentary from your captain as you take in the sights. While traveling aboard an eco-friendly canal boat, you can see the popular tourism objects from a different angle. Pass by Kronvald's Park, Latvian National Theatre, Bastejkalns, Freedom Monument, Latvian National Opera, Stockmann Shopping Center, Riga International Bus Terminal, and Riga Central Market. Continue to Daugava River and enjoy more beautiful scenery with views of Andrejosta Yacht Club, Riga Freeport Passenger Terminal, the TV Tower in Zaķusala, Riga Castle, Riga Cathedral, and old wooden houses located on Kipsala Island.

Riga: Entrance Ticket - House of the Black Heads

2. 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!

Riga: Guided Old Town Walking Tour

3. Riga: Guided Old Town Walking Tour

Discover Riga's Old Town on a guided walking tour of its main sights. Listen to your local guide's fascinating stories and learn about the city's rich history. Pass well-known locations, including the House of the Blackheads, the Three Brothers building complex, and the Swedish Gate. Start your tour at the museum of Mentzendorff and head inside the Old Town. Marvel at the centuries-old buildings surrounding you here. From the Town Hall Square dating back to the 13th century to the towering Saint Peter's Church. Continue your walking journey and see the magnificent Great and Small Guild Halls, the medieval buildings and Art Nouveau Cat House, the Three Brothers Buildings, St. Jacob's Cathedral, the Swedish Gate, and more. Along your route, learn about how Art Nouveau architecture swooped into Riga, local and historical stories, and insights into what food to taste while in Latvia.

Riga Sightseeing Tour by Canal Boat

4. 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.

UK/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

5. UK/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in the 42 most visited regions in Europe and the UK. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Benefit from coverage in Austria, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Gibraltar, Hungary, Isle of Man, Iceland, Ireland, Italy(including San Marino & Vatican), Jersey Island, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Also covered are Malta, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland. All iPhone models launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. APN (Access Point Name): internet Local operator info: UK: Telefonica / Vodafone /Hutchison 3G /Everything Everywhere

Riga: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Grand Bus Tour

6. Riga: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Grand Bus Tour

Main Stop A - Triangula Bastion (11.Novembra Krastmala 17) Discover Riga on a hop-on hop-off tour. Enjoy 60 minutes route, and see the Opera House, the historic Old City, and the Central Market. With more than 80 sights along the routes, this pass allows you to make the most of the hop-on-hop-off tour style. Departing from the Town Square, the tour runs through three districts. First, the bus goes to Pardaugava, an area that overlooks ancient cathedrals on the left bank of the river Daugava. Crossing the Stone Bridge, take in the panorama of the Old City.  Then, pass the Boulevard Ring, see the famous Monument of Freedom, the Opera House, the Powder Tower, and much more. See Riga's Central Market, the largest covered market in Europe. Then you can see a range of architectural styles, from romantic facades to decorative art nouveau. See the famous Alberta Street, with its detailed facades and Michael Eisenstein architecture. 

Riga: Central Market Latvian Food Tour

7. Riga: Central Market Latvian Food Tour

Embark on a tour through the UNESCO-listed Riga Central Market. Explore 5 former zeppelin hangars and learn about local Latvian food and shopping habits on the market. A knowledgeable local tour guide will lead you through the market and provide you with an introduction to Latvian food, sharing the origins of local food traditions. Throughout the tour, you will receive a wide range of local specialties which include local bread, several kinds of cheese, freshly smoked meat, several types of fish, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, and delicious local sweets. These tastings will be sufficient enough to make you feel as if you have had a light lunch and should be enough to get you through to dinner.

Riga: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

8. Riga: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Get to know Riga at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device, use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Riga’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start the activity anytime, the schedule is indicative. Start your tour at the imposing Latvian National Museum of Art! Visit the Freedom Monument a symbol of Riga. Learn about Laimas Pulkstenis this magnificent watch with rare architecture and admire the Powder Tower which is one of the oldest in Europe. The Swedish Gate will surprise you, with its terrible legend. Visit the oldest housing complex the unique aesthetics. Then Riga Castle awaits you, don't forget to take pictures! Riga Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent interior and exterior. Admire the House of the Blackheads with its unique colors and architecture. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be St. Peter's Church, which will mark you for the rest of your life with the unique view from its tower.

Europe Data eSIM: 0.5GB/daily to 20GB-30 Days

9. Europe Data eSIM: 0.5GB/daily to 20GB-30 Days

Purchase Notices -Data plan validity starts immediately when eSIM is installed. -Please make sure your phone is unlocked by your operating carrier and its operating system are compatible with eSIM, failure to do so may result in activation failure, and refunds will not be granted -iOS requires version 12.1 or later; please note that iPhones sold in China do not support eSIM and certain cell phones sold in Hong Kong and Macao do not support eSIM. Europe Unlimited Prepaid Data Roaming eSIM (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom) 1. Unlimited Data 0.5GB/1GB/2GB - (Daily reset every 24 hours, speed reduce to 128kbps after exceeding data plan) 2. Unlimited 3GB/5GB/10GB/15GB/20GB High-Speed Data (speed reduced to 128kbps after exceeding data plan) This eSIM is data only. It does not include a phone number to make phone calls or send SMS messages. Please note that iPhones sold in China do not support eSIM and certain mobile phones sold in Hong Kong and Macao do not support eSIM. If you have any questions, please contact customer service, preferably before booking Refunds or Cancellation according to GYG policy. You may install eSIM before traveling(before your flight) or, at your destination when you need it eSIM can only be installed once. Do NOT DELETE/REMOVE your eSIM from your device after successful installation Expiry date - 45 days from the purchase date.

Riga: Old and New Walking Tour

10. Riga: Old and New Walking Tour

Delve into the mysterious charm of Old Riga. Admire the luxurious Art Nouveau buildings and learn about their former inhabitants, stop to photograph "The Three Brothers". Meet your guide in the city center and start exploring. Walk past the most important cultural and historical highlights of Old Riga such as the Town Hall Square, St. Peter’s Church, Convent Yard, St. John’s Church, and St. John’s Yard, Discover the bustling Liv Square and admire the colorful "Three Brothers" residential complex. See the Riga Cathedral and St. Jacob’s Church and learn about the richest and most influential residents who once called Riga's Art Nouveau buildings home.

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Thanks, Drifta Halle, for an amazing experience! The staff was very friendly and helpful! We really liked the track, so many turns and it was so huge! Had so much fun on trikes, never knew that it would be so easy to drift! We were there with kids and they really enjoyed rides and lounge zone. Location is great, easy to find. Definitely coming back again!

Guna, our guide was really nice and helpful! The food was delicious and unique, and a lot of variety! The market is immense and well worth the visit. We had drinks too. Only advice I would give to the guides is that it would be nice to learn more about the history of Latvia during this tour.

Our tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging. She taught us a lot about the history of Riga and showed us beautiful buildings in Riga. Was a great experience!!!!!

Loved the tour during soviet timesguide was informative . Well worth it

Nelli was an amazing guide and the tour was fascinating!!!