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Private Walking Tour of Riga

Price
from 24 USD
Duration
3 hrs
Activity Level
MODERATE
Tour Category
Private Tours
Private Walking Tour of Riga

This 3-hour walking tour is a wonderfully captivating way to get to know Riga. Your tour guide will meet you by the ship and take you on a journey through this nearly 800-year old medieval town.

      

Highlights
(Click on the name to see Photo)
  • Daugava Embankment
  • House of the Blackheads
  • National Opera*
  • Old Town
  • Cat House
  • Riga Castle
  • Riga Cathedral
  • Statue of Roland
  • The Three Brothers

The spectacular river enbankment is a great place to enjoy the afternoon walk. The Western bank of the river has contemporary buildings, including the elegant wave of the National Library. The Eastern bank has the Old town buildings, including the Town Hall square with the House of the Blackheads. The significant landmark of the enbankment is the statue of St. Christopher, hidden in the glass box, that is a popular lucky charm of the town.

20 min

House of the Blackheads is an impressive colorfull structure on the Town Hall square. It belonged to the society of merchants and ship owners, formed in 15th century in the Baltics. The current exterior of the building dates back to the middle of the 17th century. 

10 min

The Latvian National Opera building is a home to the National Opera company, which also includes the National Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra. Formerly the German theater, the building is the 1883 post fire reconstruction of the 1863 structure. The locating for the opera was determined during the grand new city planning in 1860th when Riga changed its status from the fort at the Russian border to the local regional center. The old fort's walls were turned down, giving the way to the wide streets and beautiful buildings.

10 min

Old Town of Riga is famous for its cathedrals, old buildings, churches. Take a walk through the laburinth of the narrow brick streets, enjoying the colorfull buildings, little shops and sweet restaurants. See the famous Dome square and cathedral, Castle with the Castle square, Town Hall, house of the Blackheads and others.

30 min

The Cat house is the most distinct building of the Old Riga with the two statues of the angry looking cats on the top of the building's towers. There are lots of legends about the origin of this symbols, and historians still debate about the true one. And the cats are watching the city from the tower tops.

10 min

The current castle dates back to 1515. It was the Livonian order residence, currently occupied by the president of Latvia. The castle is an impressive structure with the white walls, fat towers and red roof. After the 2013 fire, the castle is closed for renovation till the end of 2018.

40 min

The cathedral is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Latvia, and is featured in or the subject of paintings, photographs and television travelogues. Like all of the ancient churches of the city, it is known for its weathercock on the top. It was built in 1211 on the high Daugava bank. The cathedral has the 2nd largest organ in Latvia. You can visit the regular organ conserts in the cathedral.

25 min

A Roland statue is a statue of a knight with a drawn sword, signifying the town privileges of a medieval city, often associated with the Hanseatic Trade League. It's placed it the heart of the old town. Roland was rerspected as a patron of the trade, people came to his statue, seeking health, fortune, wealth

10 min

The Three Brothers introduce us to the traditional architecture of the medieval Riga. These are the oldest residetional complex in the city. The White brother with the gothis steps on the roof is the oldest one with the unique stone benches at the door. The Middle brother is also middle of age. It features the Dutch architestural Mannerism with elegant window tops and unusual roof. The Green brother is the youngest. It features the strict but charming early baroque with the traditional Gable. The name was inspired by the "3 sisters" in Tallinn, which are the similar old buildings, standing next to each other.

10 min

Detailed Program

Time Description
Meeting time: 30 minutes after the ship docks OR at the time specified by your manager.
00:00 - 00:10 Meet your driver and guide at the cruise ship and start your relaxed discovery of the stunning city of Riga
  

This 3-hour walking tour is a wonderfully captivating way to get to know Riga. Your tour guide will meet you by the ship and take you on a journey through this nearly 800-year old medieval town.

  

Old Riga narrow streets and charming open squares linking them together are best discovered on foot. We will pay a visit to the Dome Church, Town Hall, striking House of the Blackheads, The Three Brothers and Statue of Roland. On our way, there are also the National Opera building nestled in a green park and the Freedom Monument right in the middle of it all.

  The fascinating past of Riga will come alive through the stories and legends shared by your guide.
03:00 Your walking tour ends on the square in front of the House of the Blackheads, a short walk away from the cruise port. Your guide is pleased to assist you with recommendations for spending your free time in town or with directions back to the ship.

Included

  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for 3 hrs 
  • Guided walking City center tour
  • Smiles and positive experience

NOT Included

  • Tips/Gratuity
  • Any admissions/donations 
  • Other languages are available on request. A surcharge might apply. Please inquire with our managers.
NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.

Important

Please don't be late to meet your guide as your tour will be shortened proportionally.

IMPORTANT:  Waiting time for late passengers is limited to 15 minutes.

DISCOUNTS:  
Chindren under 6 y.o. = free of charge
Students 7 - 17 y.o. = 3 USD
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