Private tour

From Riga: Cēsis, Sigulda & Turaida Castle Tour

Activity provider: Discover Latvia Tours
Private tour

From Riga: Cēsis, Sigulda & Turaida Castle Tour

Activity provider: Discover Latvia Tours

From US$ 216.84 per person

This one day tour will take you to two beautiful cities of Latvia: ancient Cēsis or Wended, and beautiful Sigulda, known as the Switzerland of Latvia. You also enjoy the picturesque countryside, a nature park, and visit 3 medieval castles with your guide.

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Duration 10 hours
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English, Latvian, Lettish
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Pickup is available from your hotel or accommodation in Riga.
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  • Vist Turaida museum reserve and the medieval castle
  • Discover the historical 13th monument of Cēsis St. John’s Church
  • Explore the medieval castle ruins of Cēsis and Sigulda
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Gauja national park
  • Experience a panoramic view of the river at Gauja valley
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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.
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    • Wheelchair users

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    5 /5

    based on 18 reviews

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    Great tour to medieval castles. Marija was professional and informative. We enjoyed the beautiful ride into the country side to reach the small villages and medieval ruins. This is a perfect tour to learn history and get out of the city to see more of rural Latvia. Highly recommended!

    April 1, 2023

    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!

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    April 1, 2023

    Eine Rundfahrt in der Limosine durch die lettische Schweiz. Mit verschiedenen Stopps und viel Zeit für die Sehenswürgigkeiten aber auch an verschiedenen schönen Orten und Ausflugszielen im lettischen Nationalpark. Es sind einige Wege zu laufen und Treppen zu steigen, aber der Ausblick z.B. auf das Urstromtal entschädigt das völlig. Majia führt kompetent durch alle Ruinen, erfreut mit breitem Allgemeinwissen und entpuppt sich an der Gutamana Höhle auch noch als gute Legenden-Erzählerin. Auch wenn es nach einem langen Tag reizt die Fahrt abzukürzen, lassen Sie die Burg von Turaida mit den Skulpturengarten nicht aus. Wenn dann wie bei uns das Wetter mitspielt ist es der perfekte Ausflug. Da es eine sehr individuelle Tour ist, können sie Pausenzeiten absprechen. Signalisieren Sie auch deutlich, wenn Ihre Pause zu Ende ist. Sonst wartet man aus Höflichkeit bis Sie soweit sind uns Sie warten auf die Weiterfahrt.

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    April 1, 2023

    Product ID: 20482