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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: 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.

Riga: Food Tasting Tour of Central Market

3. 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.

Cēsis, Līgatne, Sigulda & Turaida Tour: Must-see Highlights

4. Cēsis, Līgatne, Sigulda & Turaida Tour: Must-see Highlights

Step outside cosmopolitan Riga and explore the lush rural areas and towns of Latvia. Experience the charm and character of architecture which has been well-preserved since the Middle Ages.Meet your guide at your hotel in Riga in the morning. Lean back and enjoy a scenic drive to Gauja National Park. Stroll historic Old Cēsis Town and feel the atmosphere of both the historic and modern heart of Latvian culture. Have a look at St. John’s Church, built in the 13th century. Visit a medieval castle erected in 1218. Explore its beautiful park, dark medieval rooms and corridors and find out about its chequered past. Walk along the riverbanks of the longest river in Latvia, the Gauja. See some of the most impressive sandstone cliffs in Latvia and Europe. Inhale the fresh air of northern pine forests and maybe pick up some blueberries on your way.Find out about how ancient Latvians lived before their land was invaded at Āraisi Archaeological Museum. Find an authentic replica of an 8th-10th century fortified dwelling belonging to the biggest Latvian tribe.  Explore Līgatne, tucked away in the forest.. See a few of the (more than 300) unique man-made caves carved out of the sandstone cliffs. Get to know more about the town’s unique history. Sample some of the wines in the local winery.Then head to famous Sigulda Town and cultural heritage site Turaida Museum Reserve. Snap photos Turaida castle’s picture-postcard viewpoint. Find out more about ancient Latvian poetry, medieval history, Livonian cultural heritage, and historic Latvian lifestyle here. Before heading back to your hotel, have a stop at Gūtmaņala (Goodman's Cave) grotto. Formed over the course of 10,000 the grotto is the biggest cave in the Baltic region.

From Riga: Cesis, Sigulda and Turaida Private Day Trip

5. From Riga: Cesis, Sigulda and Turaida Private Day Trip

Discover the charming towns of Cesis, Sigulda, and Turaida on this private day trip from Riga. Learn basic historical information from your driver, as well as the best restaurants to stop for lunch. Depart from Riga with private transport and head to Cesis, where you'll find an 800-year-old medieval castle. Learn about its connection to the town's history and its continued expansion during the years. Then head to Āraiši Lake Castle Archaeological Park, where you can visit the castle, nominated as the Latvian archaeological monument of 2021. Check out the permanent exposition with fascinating archeological finds from the area. Next, it's on to the Livonian Order Castle in Sigulda, built in 1207, and current host to the International Sigulda Opera Music Festival. Finally head to the Turaida Museum Reserve, where you'll discover archaeology, culture, and art dating back to the 11th century.

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What people are saying about Riga

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 64 reviews

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!

It was a great tour! It was particularly nice being able to go to the Central Market with a local; we loved everything we tried (soup, smoked fish, open-face sandwich, and more). We learned a lot about the city as well.

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

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

We had a nice and expert guide, named Editta, and she is very kind and helpful.