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Riga Sightseeing Tour by Canal Boat

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.

Riga: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Grand Bus Tour

2. Riga: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Grand Bus Tour

Main Stop A - Triangula Bastion ( Parking for Buses, 11. novembra krastmala 17, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvija) Discover Riga on a hop-on hop-off tour. Enjoy 60 minutes route, and see the Opera House, the historic Old City, and the Central Market. With more than 80 sights along the routes, this pass allows you to make the most of the hop-on-hop-off tour style. Departing from the Town Square, the tour runs through three districts. First, the bus goes to Pardaugava, an area that overlooks ancient cathedrals on the left bank of the river Daugava. Crossing the Stone Bridge, take in the panorama of the Old City.  Then, pass the Boulevard Ring, see the famous Monument of Freedom, the Opera House, the Powder Tower, and much more. See Riga's Central Market, the largest covered market in Europe. Then you can see a range of architectural styles, from romantic facades to decorative art nouveau. See the famous Alberta Street, with its detailed facades and Michael Eisenstein architecture. 

Riga: Architecture and Districts Bicycle Sightseeing Tour

3. Riga: Architecture and Districts Bicycle Sightseeing Tour

A Riga city tour by bike is perfect for discovering the most beautiful and popular sightseeing places in Riga. Enjoy being active and outdoors as you explore spots like the old town, Kipsala and Kalnciema districts, and Victory Park. Admire the architecture of the national opera and library. After meeting your guide and finding the perfect bike fit for you, hop on a bicycle and start in the old town. Then, head straight to the Freedom Monument and Latvian National Opera with its beautiful garden and canal. Continue to Riga Cathedral, the Art Museum and Academy, and the Jugendstyle district. Get to know the city's quiet center, featuring many picturesque architectural designs, art galleries, and cozy restaurants. Pass through the renovated wooden architecture of the Kipsala and Kalnciema districts, the lush greenery of Victory Park, and the Latvian National Library. During the trip, there will be an option to visit the market and a museum.  This tour is based on the contrast of various architectural styles and living standards: posh Jugendstyle versus Riga’s adorable wooden houses.

Riga Sightseeing by Canal Boat - River Cruises Latvia

4. Riga Sightseeing by Canal Boat - River Cruises Latvia

We can offer you a „Old town panorama” trip with our canal boats „ANNABELLA”, "ARABELLA" , "AMBER RĪGA". Our boats are equipped with environmentally friendly engines! During about 50 min long „Old town panorama" we can inspect the popular tourism objects from a different angle. The route while traveling along the canal meats Kronvalds Park, Bastejkalns, Latvian National Opera, Shopping centre Stockmann Riga International Coach Terminal and Riga Central Market. When entering the river Daugava you will be able to enjoy beautiful scenery of TV Tower in Zaķusala, Riga castle, Riga Cath¬edral and other towers of the Old city. During the voyage you will also see Andrejosta and , Riga passenger terminal. This is a trip where you are welcome to see Old city after 800 years. *The audio guide is played in one language throughout the boat (as background). The language is chosen as the majority of passengers want. Customers cannot listen to audio guides individually in 1 language.

Riga: Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Riga: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the enchanting city of Riga, where history and culture merge seamlessly with modern charm. To enhance your exploration of this captivating Latvian capital, we are thrilled to present the Riga Self-Guided Audio Tour – an immersive and convenient way to uncover the rich tapestry of Riga's past, present, and future. Nestled along the banks of the Daugava River, Riga boasts a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town that transports you through centuries of architectural wonders. Our audio tour is your personal guide, leading you through cobblestone streets lined with medieval buildings, vibrant markets, and picturesque squares. As you wander, allow the narrations to unfold the tales of Riga's medieval origins, its role as a prominent Hanseatic League member, and the legacy of various empires that have left an indelible mark on its urban fabric. The Riga Self-Guided Audio Tour isn't just a journey through history; it's a window into the dynamic present of this cosmopolitan city. Explore the Art Nouveau district, a testament to Riga's unique architectural identity, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Central Market, one of Europe's largest and most vibrant markets. Navigate through the contemporary districts, adorned with modern structures and cutting-edge designs, showcasing Riga's evolution into a hub of innovation and creativity. Our carefully curated audio guide ensures you won't miss the hidden gems and lesser-known stories that make Riga truly special. Learn about the folklore, legends, and traditions that have shaped the city's character, and discover the significance of landmarks such as the iconic Freedom Monument and the medieval Riga Castle. The Riga Self-Guided Audio Tour is designed for the independent traveler, allowing you to explore at your own pace. Whether you're a history buff, architecture enthusiast, or simply someone seeking to absorb the atmosphere of this Baltic gem, our audio tour provides a seamless and informative experience. Learn more about the top 16 tourist attractions in Riga. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central station then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Rīga-Pasažieru (Riga Central Station) 2. Old City of Riga 3. St. Peter's Church 4. House of the Black Heads 5. Riga Town Hall Square 6. Riga Cathedral 7. Latvian War Museum 8. Freedom Monument 9. Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 10. Riga Nativity of Christ Orthodox Cathedral 11. The Corner House 12. Riga Art Nouveau Center 13. Alberta Street 14. National Library of Latvia 15. Observation Deck of the Latvian Academy of Sciences 16. Riga Central Market So, grab your headphones, embark on this audio adventure, and let the streets of Riga speak to you. Uncover the layers of history, feel the pulse of the city, and create memories that will linger long after your visit. Welcome to Riga – where every cobblestone has a story to tell.

Riga Private Guided Tour

6. Riga Private Guided Tour

Riga was founded in 1201 by a former Hanseatic League member. It is one of the largest cities in Latvia (known as Paris of the Baltic States), famous for its Old Town, city centre, and for its nightlife. It also has one of the busiest airports in the Baltic states. The tour will take you past the city’s major attractions, like its landmark public buildings. You will see Riga’s Art Nouveau houses and the recently opened National Library. Of course, we will not miss the largest churches in town, like the Dome Cathedral, St. Jacob’s Church and St. Peter’s Church. Come with us for an exploration of the Old Town’s maze of cobblestone alleys.

Riga panorama trip - River Cruises Latvia

7. Riga panorama trip - River Cruises Latvia

During the journey along the Old Town, you will enjoy a great view of the Old Town with its towers, the Riga Castle, the National Library, the Riga Passenger Port, and the TV Tower in the Hare Island (Zaķusala). The upper/open deck of the boat is decorated in a tropical atmosphere, and during the journey, each visitor will be able to enjoy the sun and, on the hottest summer days, the cooling wind while sipping delicious cocktails from the bar. A modern passenger lounge with panoramic windows, soft sofas, and a bar/café is located on the lower deck. The river boat „VECRĪGA” is equipped with a free Wi-Fi, a play area for children, a kitchen where you can order delicious foods or snack plates, and two WCs with all amenities. The boat can accommodate 160 passengers at one time.

Riga for beginners

8. Riga for beginners

The focus of the city tour is of course on Latvian history. But it is inextricably linked to the city's German-Baltic, Russian and Jewish heritage of Riga. To start the city tour, we talk about Heinz Erhardt, who was born in Riga and whose grandfather had his famous music shop in the immediate vicinity of the Freedom Monument. A short walk through the picturesque and shady Basteiberg along the city canal takes us to the dramatic events at the Freedom Monument in Latvia's most recent history - during the Singing Revolution in the early 90s of the 20th century. At the Latvian Parliament building and on the Dom cathedral square you will learn more details about the Singing Revolution in Latvia, which brought the Soviet rulers and tanks out of the country. On the way to the town hall square we walk along a street that was used as a famous film set in the Soviet era. The Town Hall Square with the newly built House of Blackheads for Riga's 800th anniversary in 2001 is a must during the city walk. There is also a beautiful view of the new National Library from the town hall square.

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Riga Sightseeing Tour by Canal Boat

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.

Riga: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Grand Bus Tour

Riga: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Grand Bus Tour

Main Stop A - Triangula Bastion ( Parking for Buses, 11. novembra krastmala 17, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvija) Discover Riga on a hop-on hop-off tour. Enjoy 60 minutes route, and see the Opera House, the historic Old City, and the Central Market. With more than 80 sights along the routes, this pass allows you to make the most of the hop-on-hop-off tour style. Departing from the Town Square, the tour runs through three districts. First, the bus goes to Pardaugava, an area that overlooks ancient cathedrals on the left bank of the river Daugava. Crossing the Stone Bridge, take in the panorama of the Old City.  Then, pass the Boulevard Ring, see the famous Monument of Freedom, the Opera House, the Powder Tower, and much more. See Riga's Central Market, the largest covered market in Europe. Then you can see a range of architectural styles, from romantic facades to decorative art nouveau. See the famous Alberta Street, with its detailed facades and Michael Eisenstein architecture. 

Riga: Architecture and Districts Bicycle Sightseeing Tour

Riga: Architecture and Districts Bicycle Sightseeing Tour

A Riga city tour by bike is perfect for discovering the most beautiful and popular sightseeing places in Riga. Enjoy being active and outdoors as you explore spots like the old town, Kipsala and Kalnciema districts, and Victory Park. Admire the architecture of the national opera and library. After meeting your guide and finding the perfect bike fit for you, hop on a bicycle and start in the old town. Then, head straight to the Freedom Monument and Latvian National Opera with its beautiful garden and canal. Continue to Riga Cathedral, the Art Museum and Academy, and the Jugendstyle district. Get to know the city's quiet center, featuring many picturesque architectural designs, art galleries, and cozy restaurants. Pass through the renovated wooden architecture of the Kipsala and Kalnciema districts, the lush greenery of Victory Park, and the Latvian National Library. During the trip, there will be an option to visit the market and a museum.  This tour is based on the contrast of various architectural styles and living standards: posh Jugendstyle versus Riga’s adorable wooden houses.

Riga Sightseeing by Canal Boat - River Cruises Latvia

Riga Sightseeing by Canal Boat - River Cruises Latvia

We can offer you a „Old town panorama” trip with our canal boats „ANNABELLA”, "ARABELLA" , "AMBER RĪGA". Our boats are equipped with environmentally friendly engines! During about 50 min long „Old town panorama" we can inspect the popular tourism objects from a different angle. The route while traveling along the canal meats Kronvalds Park, Bastejkalns, Latvian National Opera, Shopping centre Stockmann Riga International Coach Terminal and Riga Central Market. When entering the river Daugava you will be able to enjoy beautiful scenery of TV Tower in Zaķusala, Riga castle, Riga Cath¬edral and other towers of the Old city. During the voyage you will also see Andrejosta and , Riga passenger terminal. This is a trip where you are welcome to see Old city after 800 years. *The audio guide is played in one language throughout the boat (as background). The language is chosen as the majority of passengers want. Customers cannot listen to audio guides individually in 1 language.

Riga: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Riga: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the enchanting city of Riga, where history and culture merge seamlessly with modern charm. To enhance your exploration of this captivating Latvian capital, we are thrilled to present the Riga Self-Guided Audio Tour – an immersive and convenient way to uncover the rich tapestry of Riga's past, present, and future. Nestled along the banks of the Daugava River, Riga boasts a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town that transports you through centuries of architectural wonders. Our audio tour is your personal guide, leading you through cobblestone streets lined with medieval buildings, vibrant markets, and picturesque squares. As you wander, allow the narrations to unfold the tales of Riga's medieval origins, its role as a prominent Hanseatic League member, and the legacy of various empires that have left an indelible mark on its urban fabric. The Riga Self-Guided Audio Tour isn't just a journey through history; it's a window into the dynamic present of this cosmopolitan city. Explore the Art Nouveau district, a testament to Riga's unique architectural identity, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Central Market, one of Europe's largest and most vibrant markets. Navigate through the contemporary districts, adorned with modern structures and cutting-edge designs, showcasing Riga's evolution into a hub of innovation and creativity. Our carefully curated audio guide ensures you won't miss the hidden gems and lesser-known stories that make Riga truly special. Learn about the folklore, legends, and traditions that have shaped the city's character, and discover the significance of landmarks such as the iconic Freedom Monument and the medieval Riga Castle. The Riga Self-Guided Audio Tour is designed for the independent traveler, allowing you to explore at your own pace. Whether you're a history buff, architecture enthusiast, or simply someone seeking to absorb the atmosphere of this Baltic gem, our audio tour provides a seamless and informative experience. Learn more about the top 16 tourist attractions in Riga. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central station then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Rīga-Pasažieru (Riga Central Station) 2. Old City of Riga 3. St. Peter's Church 4. House of the Black Heads 5. Riga Town Hall Square 6. Riga Cathedral 7. Latvian War Museum 8. Freedom Monument 9. Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 10. Riga Nativity of Christ Orthodox Cathedral 11. The Corner House 12. Riga Art Nouveau Center 13. Alberta Street 14. National Library of Latvia 15. Observation Deck of the Latvian Academy of Sciences 16. Riga Central Market So, grab your headphones, embark on this audio adventure, and let the streets of Riga speak to you. Uncover the layers of history, feel the pulse of the city, and create memories that will linger long after your visit. Welcome to Riga – where every cobblestone has a story to tell.

Riga Private Guided Tour

Riga Private Guided Tour

Riga was founded in 1201 by a former Hanseatic League member. It is one of the largest cities in Latvia (known as Paris of the Baltic States), famous for its Old Town, city centre, and for its nightlife. It also has one of the busiest airports in the Baltic states. The tour will take you past the city’s major attractions, like its landmark public buildings. You will see Riga’s Art Nouveau houses and the recently opened National Library. Of course, we will not miss the largest churches in town, like the Dome Cathedral, St. Jacob’s Church and St. Peter’s Church. Come with us for an exploration of the Old Town’s maze of cobblestone alleys.

Riga panorama trip - River Cruises Latvia

Riga panorama trip - River Cruises Latvia

During the journey along the Old Town, you will enjoy a great view of the Old Town with its towers, the Riga Castle, the National Library, the Riga Passenger Port, and the TV Tower in the Hare Island (Zaķusala). The upper/open deck of the boat is decorated in a tropical atmosphere, and during the journey, each visitor will be able to enjoy the sun and, on the hottest summer days, the cooling wind while sipping delicious cocktails from the bar. A modern passenger lounge with panoramic windows, soft sofas, and a bar/café is located on the lower deck. The river boat „VECRĪGA” is equipped with a free Wi-Fi, a play area for children, a kitchen where you can order delicious foods or snack plates, and two WCs with all amenities. The boat can accommodate 160 passengers at one time.

Riga for beginners

Riga for beginners

The focus of the city tour is of course on Latvian history. But it is inextricably linked to the city's German-Baltic, Russian and Jewish heritage of Riga. To start the city tour, we talk about Heinz Erhardt, who was born in Riga and whose grandfather had his famous music shop in the immediate vicinity of the Freedom Monument. A short walk through the picturesque and shady Basteiberg along the city canal takes us to the dramatic events at the Freedom Monument in Latvia's most recent history - during the Singing Revolution in the early 90s of the 20th century. At the Latvian Parliament building and on the Dom cathedral square you will learn more details about the Singing Revolution in Latvia, which brought the Soviet rulers and tanks out of the country. On the way to the town hall square we walk along a street that was used as a famous film set in the Soviet era. The Town Hall Square with the newly built House of Blackheads for Riga's 800th anniversary in 2001 is a must during the city walk. There is also a beautiful view of the new National Library from the town hall square.

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