From Riga: Gauja National Park Full-Day Hike
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 1 day
Want to discover all there is to do in Riga? Click here for a full list.
We had a fantastic day trip into Gauja National Park including a highly informative visit at the Turaida museum reserve. First we had a nice trail hike/walk through the beautiful naturally reserved forest of Gauja National Park, enjoying stunning views into the Gauja Valley and on the well restored medieval castles. Our Guide Rolands was "human encyclopedia", highly knowledgeable and a skilled story teller. We enjoyed this walk so much. After Lunch break with traditional home made Latvian food we went with the Cable Car to Krimula manor house, which comprises in fact very a small village (the area were the Manor and his servants used to live). The village is still inhabited today and thus serves as an "inhabited museum". Finally we visited the Turaida museum reserve, which is a heritage site with a medieval castle, a 1700s wooden church & a park with folk-song sculptures. We also learned about the specifics of a traditional Latvian Sauna, which follows a 500-year old procedure.
Our guide (Rolands) was perfect and this tour was a brilliant way to get to know Gauja. We hiked through beautiful forests and wooded meadows, with plenty of chances to take photos and admire the view. We had a tasty lunch in Sigulda before visiting the stunning Turaida. The pick- up and journey was easy and the timings perfect. Highly recommend.
The trip with Rolands was really amazing. The nature is so beautiful and Rolands gave us a lot of information about the nature, the sea, the city and the culture of Latvia. Can truly recommend it!
It was great and enthusiatic tour with guide.He was very kind and exellent guide.So Sigulda will be a location that I hope to come again with my son.
Little windy on the river. Take some warm with you and some warming up drink also (local balsam for example). ;)