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  • From Riga: Full-Day Scenic Gauja River Valley Kayaking Trip

    1. From Riga: Full-Day Scenic Gauja River Valley Kayaking Trip

    Meet your guide in the morning and head to Gauja River Valley to begin your kayaking trip. The curving, wild nature of the Gauja River and its tributaries makes this experience one to remember, and a must-visit for travelers who like to venture off the beaten path. During your kayaking tour, see some of the most beautiful landscapes in Gauja River Valley, including stunning steep riverbanks, awesome sandstone cliffs, the dense forests of Gauja National Park, and more. Your eco-tour leader will engage you with a special “improv-travel” approach and tell you about the nature, culture, and traditions of Latvia. Paddle for 15 to 20 kilometers downstream on a truly enjoyable adventure. There are several alternative points to finish on the way so the length of the trip can be adjusted according to your wishes. After reaching your final destination, benefit from a transfer right back to your ...

    I find Latvia, and Riga, a welcoming place in general and that positive impression has just been so reinforced, and greatly exceeded by my experience with Rolands on the kayak tour. With great environmental and local knowledge, as you would expect, Rolands went above and beyond bringing everything to life with a depth of personal experience. But he need not have done as the environment itself was so breath taking - with mist rising from an untouched natural world absolutely full of river life it felt at times like you where paddling down the Amazon or were an extra on the set of Jurassic park. More was provided than could have been expected in the tour description. I was left feeling looked after and thoroughly contented. If you want a TRULY unforgettable experience and experience a different side of Latvia, the "real Latvia" whatever that means, book this tour. You will be glad you did.

  • From Riga: Cēsis, Sigulda & Turaida Castle Tour

    2. From Riga: Cēsis, Sigulda & Turaida Castle Tour

    Take a full-day tour of the beautiful green area of Northern Latvia. Explore Cēsis (the ancient city of Livonia and Brothers of the Sword base) and the picturesque town of Sigulda. Enjoy a day of rich history with medieval monuments, as well as spectacular natural scenery. Trip Itinerary: Medieval castle ruins of Cēsis You experience the castle in a way the people did centuries ago — your guides will light up a candle in the lantern and you will be on our way. You will explore the dark stairs, medieval corridors, and rooms with the help of candlelight as there is no electricity in this 13th century castle. This complex of castle buildings, preserved for centuries, is regarded as a landmark of monumental architecture, which reflects artistic styles from the Livonian period. Cēsis St. John’s Church

    Eva was the best guide we have ever had! She was funny, nice and told us everything we wanted to know. It seems like she was one of our local friends. She was so GREAT! tamara and the group of yesterday

  • Discover Best of Sigulda and Gauja National Park In One Day

    3. Discover Best of Sigulda and Gauja National Park In One Day

    Beginning the tour with a pick-up from the meeting point at 8:00 AM in Riga. Taking around an hour to drive to Sigulda Town.  Explore nature's trails and local highlights in one amazing day. You’ll get in touch both with the pristine nature of Gauja Ntional Park and the cultural legacy of the area. Hiking several short but amazing hiking trails. Yet, be ready for some 10-15 km on you feet during this unforgettable day. Wander along the beautiful banks of the second biggest river in Latvia – Gauja. Upon reaching the Gauja National Park, where the adventure starts, either in Sigulda, or Krimulda or Turaida. Not rushing as you will get a chance to visit all the major sightseeing sites in around Sigulda, Krimulda, and Turaida, including Sigulda and Turaida castles. Enjoy the 45 meters high cable car from Krimulda to Sigulda and back. On Saturdays and Sundays you will also have a chance to d...

    Fantastic tour! The guide was very informative and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this

  • From Riga: Mini Baltic Day Tour to Sigulda, Ligatne & Cesis

    4. From Riga: Mini Baltic Day Tour to Sigulda, Ligatne & Cesis

    This Mini Baltic Tour will include some of the main sights to see in Latvia. Your first stop will be Sigulda city. In this city, there are many great places you will be able to visit such as the bobsleigh track (during the summer period, you can slide down in a specially designed luge), Gutmana Cave, one of the deepest caves in the Baltics, and Turaida Castle with its beautiful park. On the way to Sigulda, visit Gaujas National Park along with Gauja River. Your next stop will be the secret Soviet bunker, exciting for history and war lovers. Located in Ligatne, you will have guided tour here. The last stop before heading back to Riga will be Cesis, a small but beautiful city with the Cesu Castle.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 31 reviews

Fantastic experience, highly recommended!

We had a fantastic day trip into Gauja National Park including a highly informative visit at the Turaida museum reserve. First we had a nice trail hike/walk through the beautiful naturally reserved forest of Gauja National Park, enjoying stunning views into the Gauja Valley and on the well restored medieval castles. Our Guide Rolands was "human encyclopedia", highly knowledgeable and a skilled story teller. We enjoyed this walk so much. After Lunch break with traditional home made Latvian food we went with the Cable Car to Krimula manor house, which comprises in fact very a small village (the area were the Manor and his servants used to live). The village is still inhabited today and thus serves as an "inhabited museum". Finally we visited the Turaida museum reserve, which is a heritage site with a medieval castle, a 1700s wooden church & a park with folk-song sculptures. We also learned about the specifics of a traditional Latvian Sauna, which follows a 500-year old procedure.

I find Latvia, and Riga, a welcoming place in general and that positive impression has just been so reinforced, and greatly exceeded by my experience with Rolands on the kayak tour. With great environmental and local knowledge, as you would expect, Rolands went above and beyond bringing everything to life with a depth of personal experience. But he need not have done as the environment itself was so breath taking - with mist rising from an untouched natural world absolutely full of river life it felt at times like you where paddling down the Amazon or were an extra on the set of Jurassic park. More was provided than could have been expected in the tour description. I was left feeling looked after and thoroughly contented. If you want a TRULY unforgettable experience and experience a different side of Latvia, the "real Latvia" whatever that means, book this tour. You will be glad you did.

It was great and enthusiatic tour with guide.He was very kind and exellent guide.So Sigulda will be a location that I hope to come again with my son.

Fantastic tour! The guide was very informative and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this

It was a very good experience to visit the region and have all the explanations desired