Riga
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Riga: Private Tour with a Local Guide

1. Riga: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Meet the local guide at your Riga accommodation and head out on a walking tour to explore the city. You’ll be in good hands with a knowledgeable local who is eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your visit. Start by getting familiar with the neighborhood where you’re staying. Hear about the best places to eat and shop and learn the easiest ways to get around. On this customized tour you’ll see some of the top attractions and hear about more that you can visit on your own after the tour. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident you have all the information you need.

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Riga: Culture and Food Tasting Tour

2. 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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Riga: Old Town and Central Market Walking Tour

3. Riga: Old Town and Central Market Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of Riga's old town on a small-group walking tour through the city's scenic cobblestone streets. Marvel at Riga's famous sights, including St. Peter's Church, where you can climb its tower for amazing views of the city. Make your way inside the Dome Cathedral and learn about the Riga roosters, the Powder Tower, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, and more. Enjoy hearing about the city's past as a mighty seaport during the Middle Ages, and take in views of beautiful medieval landmarks, such as the Old Guild House and the House of the Blackheads. Continue on to Riga Central Market, one of the largest markets in Europe, and immerse yourself in local life. Learn about Latvian cuisine and the variety of local specialties, such as smoked meats, cheeses, herring, and hemp butter. Be sure to sample the favorite foods of the locals.

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Riga: Behind the Iron Curtain 3.5-Hour Communism Tour

4. 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: 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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Riga: 3-Hour Soviet Walking Tour

6. Riga: 3-Hour Soviet Walking Tour

On this 3-hour walking tour a local guide will take you to some of the must-see places in Riga. Visit sites that are legacies of the city’s Soviet past, and some that are symbols of Latvians' desire for independence. Learn more about the local history of the 20th century, including 3 occupations and miraculous movements towards independence. See typical Soviet-era monuments and buildings, hear about life during the occupation and enjoy great panoramic views.

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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: 1-Hour Old Town Tour

8. Riga: 1-Hour Old Town Tour

Start your tour at Riga's Liberty Monument, where your expert guide will explain the diverse history of Latvia and Riga. Get an introduction to the Latvian language and traditional culture. Make your way to the Powder Tower, which was originally part of the city's defences. Walk along the medieval walls and enter the Old Town through the Swedish Gates, built in 1698.  Discover the main sights of the Old Town. Walk past the Dom Cathedral, often regarded as the grandest cathedral of the Baltic region. See St. Peter's Church and its spire, a renowned symbol of the city. Walk by the Cat House, once the meeting point for Riga's richest merchants.  You can also taste the legendary Riga black balsam during the tour. This drink is largely used in traditional medicine, considered to be a good cold remedy and used to treat digestive problems.

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Latvia: Genealogical Ancestry Tour

9. Latvia: Genealogical Ancestry Tour

Start your tour in the early morning and drive to your ancestral town with a guide and professional genealogist. Visit a local museum to discover the history of this area in pictures and documents. Interviewing local inhabitants about your ancestral family and search in local history sources such as directories, old guide books or lists of inhabitants.  Discover how the history of your family is connected with history of the world, with wars, revolutions, changes in industry and agriculture, and religious or cultural movements. See the house your ancestors lived in, their school, gymnasium, university or yeshiva. Walk in the forest they cut down or field they cultivated and visit the shop or to factory they worked in. In the company of your guide, who can read Hebrew, Latvian, Russian or German inscriptions, research the local cemetery for to find the grave of your ancestor. Don't forget to ask your professional genealogist with 25 years of experience about how you can further research your ancestry in historical archives and libraries.

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What people are saying about Riga

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 219 reviews

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!

I had a wonderful time with Rozite. we walked through the city center, it was very interesting to learn more about Latvia history and the fun facts about Riga.

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.