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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.
a great experirence. the guide was very kind and explained us a lot of the stuff we were seeing
2. 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.
Liga was such an amazing guide! Very gentle and with a good taste in food! She introduce me to Latvian cuisine which is exquisite!! Definitely go for her tour! You won’t regret it and please don’t have breakfast!! Riga will fill your heart and stomach ❤️
3. 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. Sam...
We really enjoyed this tour and it really matched our best expectations and needs. Līga took us on a varied and very interesting walk of Riga. Her English is excellent and she comes across very well. She managed to find a balanced level of narrative that suited us perfectly, with a good dash of humour and pride in her city, and was also very mindful of us as a group. Would definitely recommend this tour to those who wants to see the best of Riga and to feel the character of the city and are able and willing to walk for signficant distances, but are somewhat limited in time.
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Planning Your Visit
Explore Old Town by Foot
This bustling district is a wonderland of winding streets that lead to quaint cafes and independent shops. Hit the bars for your first taste of the infamous Black Balsam.
Visit the Central Riga Market
Great for people watching and stocking up on huckleberries, the Central Market is housed in a bunch of WWI Zeppelin hangars.
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- Best time to visit
- Summer is the best time to visit the city, which comes to life with the warm temperatures. There's always a chance of rain, though, so plan ahead!
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What people are saying about Riga
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!
We had a very nice day with Armands at Jurmala beach. We are really interested in architecture and he did show us a lot of interesting houses and told us about the owners.I am not so interested in running that much and he did slowly what I really appreciated. Thanks Armands for the nice day.
I had a wonderful time with Armands and his driver. we visited a lot of places, those are some very romantic and nice castles. I also stop at a winery, that was really cool.
We spent a very interesting and inforative day with our tour guide Ilze. A very sweet lady, very knowledgeable and easy to chat with. We can highly recommend this tour-
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.