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Riga Sightseeing Tour by Canal Boat

1. 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.

Riga: Red Bus Hop-on-hop-off Grand Tour

2. Riga: Red Bus Hop-on-hop-off Grand Tour

The double-decker buses depart from the Town Hall Square between 9:45 AM-4: 45 PM daily. There are 11 main stops and around 16 additional stops along the routes. In this package deal, two tours are included. This pass allows you to make the most of the hop-on-hop-off tour style with within a 2 day period. The Green tour runs through two districts. First, the bus goes to Pardaugava, an area which overlooks ancient cathedrals on the left bank of the river Daugava. Next, the bus travels toward the city centre where many of the cities main attractions are located. You will pass the Boulevard Ring, see the famous Monument of Freedom, the Opera House, the Powder Tower, and much more. The Blue tour also traverses two districts. You'll get the chance to see a range of architectural styles, from Romantic facades to decorative Art Nouveau. Then, in the district of Moscow suburb, you'll see Riga’s Central Market, the Speakers Quarter and the famous Stalin High-rise All tours feature pre-recorded commentary broadcast via headphones in 10 languages of your choice: Russian, Latvian, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Spanish, French, and Italian.

Sigulda Castles, Gauja National Park: Full-Day Tour

3. Sigulda Castles, Gauja National Park: Full-Day Tour

Enjoy this tour of the beautiful Sigulda region, situated in the middle of the Guaja National Park, equipped with a fascinating audio guide for the duration of the tour. The first stop is the 19th-century New Sigulda Castle, previously belonging to Prince Kropotkin of Livonia. Afterwards, pay a visit to the nearby restored ruins of the Old Castle of the Livonian Crusader Order, dating back to the 13th century. Continue the tour for a scenic drive along the banks of the Gauja river to Gutman’s Cave, associated with the legendary romantic tragedy of Turaida Rose. The next stop along the tour is the 13th-century Turaida Castle and its Museum Reserve. Enjoy some free time and take a walk through the fascinating museum before boarding the bus to Krimulda – the mystic place of ancient Livs. Visit an 800-year-old church and wander through the labyrinth of "Lily" before continuing to Ragana (The Yard of the Witch) for some beautiful photos followed by a traditional Latvian dinner served with fresh Latvian beer.

Riga: Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Riga: Self-Guided Audio Tour

See the sights of Riga at your own pace and according to your schedule on a self-guided walking tour. Download an audio guide onto your MP3 player and get a fully detailed map to help you explore. Explore Riga, the city that only recently gained independence from Russia in 1991. This blossoming city of culture is quickly becoming a popular spot for tourists and other Europeans and the world is taking notice, with Riga being named the "European Capital of Culture" in 2014. Its architectural buildings are definitely worth viewing when visiting the area, with the great Riga Castle and St. Peter’s Church being at the top of the list. You can walk down the flat streets and check out the interesting restaurants and cafes with unique drinks only served in Riga. On this audio tour you will also see the Town Hall Square, the House of Brotherhood and the Blackheads, the Museum of the Occupation, the National Opera House, the Freedom Monument, and the Swedish Gate. There is also an optional addition to see the Central Market.

Half-Day Rundale Palace Tour from Riga

5. Half-Day Rundale Palace Tour from Riga

Explore Rundale Palace in Pilsrundāle, approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Riga, and discover one of the most ornate palaces of the former Duchy of Courland. Built by the Russian court architect, Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace in St, Petersberg, Rundale Palace is a vast warren of more than 130 apartments and 3 decorative statehalls, including the glittering Gold Hall, serene White Hall, and Grand Gallery banqueting hall. Explore the history of the palace and see collections of dishes, furniture, and period paintings that reveal the story of the Duchy of Courland. Free leaflets are available in English, German, and Russian in each hall of the museum, with detailed descriptions of the exhibits. Stroll around the palace and gardens, which include a magnificently landscaped French Garden, and fragrant Rose Garden. Refreshments are available to buy in the restaurant and café, housed in ornate rooms that will make you feel like an noble of the Duchy.

Riga: 1.5-Hour Latvian Wine Tasting Experience

6. Riga: 1.5-Hour Latvian Wine Tasting Experience

Treat yourself to an authentic wine tasting experience in the heart of Riga. Try wines from all over the country and learn the tricks and secrets behind its production from monks. Step into a medieval wine cellar and be greeted by monks. Discover the centuries-old methods and secret ingredients used to create the perfect Latvian wine. Next, try 6 Latvian wines with a selection of local snacks. Learn about each wine before putting your knowledge to the test with fun games and challenges. Guess the ingredients and discover surprising facts and stories as you play.

Riga: Self-Guided Old Town Tour

7. Riga: Self-Guided Old Town Tour

Use your smartphone as your personal guide and start the game at a time convenient for you. You don’t have to wait for a physical guide, simply open up the app and your experience begins. This self-guided Old Riga walking tour is perfect if you are short on time and trying to save some money. You'll visit the most interesting and remarkable places, and will also see a few secret gems hidden within the Old Town. Starting and ending at Town Hall Square, the tasks of this quest are quite easy. This allows you to play with children, and without too much knowledge of the city. Enjoy your time and play without haste, you can even pause the game for a coffee break or selfie.

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What people are saying about Riga

We drove just before lockdown and almost had a private tour. It was very worthwhile. The captain really tried hard and was hospitable! The boat was closed with protective foils through which you could see well but not take flawless photos. This was opened for us briefly and then closed again due to the wind! Really great!

Super nice tour with the small and old wooden boat :) The most beautiful of the canal boats - it's a real round trip :) And they also drove in September and October! Quick and easy to reach in the middle of the city

Little windy on the river. Take some warm with you and some warming up drink also (local balsam for example). ;)

a great experirence. the guide was very kind and explained us a lot of the stuff we were seeing

Well made and very informative. It allows you to stop as long as you want at each attractions.