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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: Day Trip to Sigulda and Cesis with Hotel Pickup

2. From Riga: Day Trip to Sigulda and Cesis with Hotel Pickup

Your guide and driver will meet you in Riga and take you to Sigulda, which is around 35 minutes drive. Sigulda is a town, located in the picturesque Gauja valley and called "the Switzerland of Latvia". Firstly you will have a walk through Sigulda, later will visit the Gutman's cave and Turaida reservoir (entrance). Continue to Cesis - the medieval town, which cobbled streets have remained the same as during the Middle ages, preserving the medieval buildings with red tiled roofs, enclosed backyards and facades. Back to Riga in the late afternoon. At the extra cost and availability you can try the bobsleigh ride in Sigulda, as they have one of the biggest bobsleigh tracks in Eastern Europe.

Sigulda Day Tour - Castle Ruins, Gūtmaņala Grotto, & More

3. Sigulda Day Tour - Castle Ruins, Gūtmaņala Grotto, & More

There is so much to see and do in Sigulda that sometimes it is difficult to fit it all in. This comprehensive tour led by a professional guide, is designed to show you around the historic highlights of the city in just a day. Ride the aerial cableway in Sigulda. Opened in 1969, this is the only one of its kind in the Baltic States. The cableway was built in cooperation between Sigulda and Chiatura, a city in Georgia, and offers spectacular views over the city. Explore the Sigulda castle ruins and the new castle. The Order of the Brothers of the Sword began building Sigulda castle in 1207. During the Great Northern War, the castle was destroyed never to be restored again. However the convent building with its famous gothic window plus the main gate tower still stand, and offer an insight into a bygone age. Delve deep into the Gūtmaņala grotto. This is the most popular and vast cave in Latvia. It was formed in the course of 10,000 years by water gradually eroding sandstone, and is a protected geological site. The cave is the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia. Marvel at the ancient inscriptions lining the walls. A trip to the Turaida Museum Reserve should not be missed. The 42 hectares of the reserve feature archaeological, architectural, historical, and art monuments, dating back from the 11th century.

From Riga: Transfer to Tallinn with Turaida Museum Reserve

4. From Riga: Transfer to Tallinn with Turaida Museum Reserve

The driver will pick you up from your address in Riga and on your way to Tallinn firstly will take you to Sigulda - the city, which is located in Gauja National park. You will have some free time to walk around, later going to visit the Turaida reservoir, where you will have a private tour with the local guide. Afterward, you will continue to Tartu, the city in Estonia, mostly famous for its University, which is one of the oldest Universities in Europe. In Tartu, you will have free time to walk around and admire the architecture and the busy life of the students. Also to have lunch if wanted. Continuing to Tallinn, where you will arrive in the afternoon - the driver will drop you off at your required address.

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What people are saying about Turaida Museum Reserve

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5.0 / 5

based on 20 reviews

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!

Had an enjoyable, informative and engaging tour of Sigulda, Turaida and Cesis. Our guide was very knowledgeable on the history of the towns and castles, and readily answered our many questions. A great day out!

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-

Richard was great!!!! So knowledgeable and friendly!!!! Would 100% recommend this tour to everybody visiting the country!

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