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From Riga: Cēsis, Sigulda & Turaida Castle Tour

1. 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 St. John’s Church is one of the oldest medieval architectural monuments in Latvia. The church was built in the beginning of the 13th century when Cēsis became one of the most important German power centers in the Baltics, from 1237 up to 1561. Medieval castle ruins of Sigulda The Order of the Brothers of the Sword began building Sigulda castle in 1207. Initially, it was a castellum-type fort. Following the defeat of the Brothers of the Sword in 1236, the Livonian Order modified it. Goodman's cave The Gūtmaņala (Goodman's Cave) grotto is the most popular and biggest cave in Latvia. It was formed over the course of 10,000 years by water gradually eroding sandstone. The grotto is a protected geological site and the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia. Museum reserve and medieval castle of Turaida Turaida Museum Reserve is a beautiful heritage site and former village that was named "garden of the gods" by the locals. Turaida is a wonderful place to get to know the Latvian way of life, culture, history, and spirit. The 42 hectares of grounds are replete with archaeological, architectural, historical and art monuments, all of which provide an account of the events from the eleventh century onwards.

From Riga: Cesis, Sigulda and Turaida Private Day Trip

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

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Good overview of the sights of the region

A tour in the limosine through Latvian Switzerland. With various stops and plenty of time for sightseeing, but also in various beautiful locations and destinations in the Latvian National Park. There are some ways to walk and climb stairs, but the view, for example, of the glacial valley completely compensates for this. Majia competently leads through all the ruins, delights with broad general knowledge and turns out to be a good legend narrator at the Gutamana cave. Even if it is tempting to shorten the journey after a long day, do not miss the Turaida Castle with the sculpture garden. If the weather cooperates with us, it is the perfect excursion. Since it is a very individual tour, you can arrange break times. Also signal clearly when your break is over. Otherwise, out of courtesy, you wait until you are ready to continue your journey.

Excellent tour with an amazing guide.

We had a blast on this whole day tour. We were a group of 6 people and our guide was explaining all throughout the day, having joined us for the excursions as well. The food was great and the areas we visited were lovely. Lots of beautiful castles and landscapes. Our guide was one of the best we've ever had. Excellent tour! Would most definitely recommend!

Unforgetable because of the best guide ever!

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

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