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Riga: Best of Kemeri National Park In One Day

1. Riga: Best of Kemeri National Park In One Day

Start your morning with a convenient, pick-up service from your accommodation in Riga. Here, your friendly driver and guide will be waiting to meet you. After a quick chat with one another, you'll be hopping aboard your vehicle and setting off for your destination of the day - the Kemeri National Park.  Attractions you will visit: Great Ķemeri Bog: Enjoy the benefits of a day beginning with physical activity and experience a picturesque hike on the famous Great Ķemeri Bog boardwalk upon arrival at the National Park. · Unique Lagoon Lake Kaņieris: After the inspiring morning improv-hike in Kemeri boglands, you will visit the amazing Kanieris Lake and one of its bird watching towers. This big shallow lake is an amazing former lagoon of the prehistoric Littorina Sea. It is very close to the Gulf Of Riga. Kanieris Lake is an important stop-over place for migratory birds. During migration periods (April-May and August-October) it becomes a paradise for birdwatchers as it hosts more than 190-species of birds. It’s also an important breeding place for the local birds. Nature trails along the banks of this lake go through various unique protected ecosystems (habitats) and can be a great place for you to spot wildlife. · Ķemeri forests: Now it is time to have glimpse on the unique wet forests of Ķemeri National Park and their natural values including the famous Sulphur springs. · Sandy beach of the Gulf of Riga: Before heading back to Riga you will enjoy the fresh air of the stunning sandy seaside and costal pine forests of the Gulf of Riga · Soak up the energy of this unique pristine Latvian location before heading back to your accommodation in Riga for an evening of rest.

Sigulda Hiking Tour: A Day in the Switzerland of Latvia

2. Sigulda Hiking Tour: A Day in the Switzerland of Latvia

Enjoy a full-day hiking tour in one of the Latvia's most picturesque regions. Known as the Switzerland of Latvia, the area features mountains, valleys, cliffs, and caves. Take in views of the Gauja River Valley as you cross it by the aerial cableway. Your 15-kilometer guided hike will take you through the area’s natural landscapes and through populated areas as well. You’ll help set the pace for the tour, and there’s no need to rush, as there’s plenty of time to cover the entire route. The hiking route takes you past numerous attractions, including the ruins of the old Sigulda castle, the new castle, and Goodman's Cave. Goodman’s Cave was formed over a 10,000-year period by water gradually eroding sandstone. The grotto is a protected geological site and the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia. You’ll see inscriptions on its walls dating back to 1668 and 1677. You’ll hike to Piķenes Cliff and the Little Devil's Cave, and take in spectacular views from the Velnalas Cliff overlook as well.

Discover Best of Sigulda and Gauja National Park In One Day

3. Discover Best of Sigulda and Gauja National Park In One Day

Beginning the tour with a pick-up from the meeting point at 8:00 AM in Riga. Taking around an hour to drive to Sigulda Town.  Explore nature's trails and local highlights in one amazing day. You’ll get in touch both with the pristine nature of Gauja National Park and the cultural legacy of the area. Hiking several short but amazing hiking trails. Yet, be ready for some 10-15 km on your feet during this unforgettable day. Wander along the beautiful banks of the second biggest river in Latvia – Gauja. Upon reaching the Gauja National Park, where the adventure starts, either in Sigulda, or Krimulda of Turaida. Not rushing as you will get a chance to visit all the major sightseeing sites around Sigulda, Krimulda, and Turaida, including Sigulda and Turaida castles. Then be comfortably returned to your hotel in Riga at the end of the tour.

From Riga: Kemeri National Park Nature Trail

4. From Riga: Kemeri National Park Nature Trail

Only a short drive from the center of Jurmala is Latvia's third largest national park, Kemeri National Park. This trail is perfect for nature-lovers and covers seven or eight total kilometers. You'll walk along a beautiful raised boardwalk, so you can easily observe the awe-inspiring landscape. The trail leads you to picturesque scenes and a viewing tower. The wooden footbridge gives you an easy and safe pathway into the amazing world of moss, bog pine trees, pools, dark ponds, cranberry bushes, and Labrador tea. On the way back, you can stop at Kemeri, a well-known mineral water resort since the 19th century. A nearby hotel is an architectural monument of interest too.

Riga: Guided Hiking Adventure

5. Riga: Guided Hiking Adventure

You will be picked up from your hotel in Riga at 9:00AM, from where you will travel to where the city meets the sea, Daugavgriva. You’ll see the different face of the city of Riga on your way, as you travel through Bolderaja, the most distant city district. Here you will witness a town that differs from other parts of Riga, where Soviet legacy overlaps with old wooden architecture. You will then go for a fun hike (5 kilometers both ways) in the “Piejura" Nature Park to the Daugavgriva Lighthouse and back. If the weather allows, you will walk through the  Daugavgriva mall in the sea. The biggest river of Latvia Daugava (or as the locals call it the “River of Destiny”) ends in the Gulf of Riga here. On the way back from the Daugavgriva Lighthouse, you’ll see old military bunkers hidden in the dunes. This place holds a lot of historic secrets, and was closed for regular visitors during the Soviet era. After your hike through Daugavgriva, you will visit another big river that separates Riga and the neighboring Jurmala cities. The scenery will be different there, as it is less rough and more natural than in Daugavgriva. This is your next hiking location, where you will hike for approximately 5 kilometers through pristine coastal pine forest. Finally, you will result on an amazing and secluded sandy beach, where if the day is warm and sunny you’ll have a chance to chill out, have a swim, and catch some rays.

From Riga: Gauja National Park Hiking & Sightseeing Trip

6. From Riga: Gauja National Park Hiking & Sightseeing Trip

Meet the guide at a hotel in Riga in the morning and get ready for the one-and-a-half-hour drive to Gauja National Park. Be ready for around 12-14 kilometers of hiking on hilly terrain during this unforgettable day. Start the adventure by hiking in some of the most beautiful nature trails in Gauja National Park. Explore pristine and unique forest habitats, fast-flowing salmon rivers, and enjoy "forest bathing" - be immersed in the forest atmosphere and soak it up through every sense. Travel down some of the most beautiful nature trails in Gauja National Park, well hidden in the wilderness. Explore Ligatne, a small charming town hidden in the beautiful forests of Gauja National Park. Have a look at the beautiful scenery and some of the more than 300 unique man-made caves made in the awesome sandstone cliffs. Get to know more about the history of this place and potentially have a taste of some local wines in the local winery. Check out one of the most beautiful towns in Latvia - Cesis and learn about its history, dating back to the 13th century and almost as old as Riga. Stroll down the historic Old Cēsis Town, see its beautiful squares, St. John's Church (built in the 13th century), the House of Harmony, House of Princesses, and other sights in this town that is both the historic and modern heart of Latvian culture. Feel the special charm and atmosphere of this town that is very different from more cosmopolitan Rīga. Visit the famous Cēsis Medieval Castle, first built in 1218 and still one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Latvia. Explore its beautiful park, dark medieval rooms, and corridors, and get to know more about its extensive history. Visit the Gauja River, and walk along the beautiful riverbanks of the longest river in Latvia. See the largest white sandstone cliff in Latvia (Sietiņiezis) and admire some of the most stunning natural landscapes of Gauja National Park, while soaking up the fresh and healthy air of pristine Western Taiga pine forest. End the tour filled with new impressions and emotions and return to a hotel in Riga (or stay in Cēsis, Sigulda, or Līgatne towns for more adventures in Gauja National Park).

From Riga: Full Day in Jurmala and Kemeri National Park

7. From Riga: Full Day in Jurmala and Kemeri National Park

Set out to Jurmala and explore the only official resort town in all of Latvia. Spend time swimming at Majori beach, walk the old streets, and browse the Open Air Museum. Take a stroll in Ragakapa Nature Park before heading to Kemeri National Park. Depart from Riga and find yourself in Jurmala, a resort known for its natural curative mud, mineral waters, and pine forests. Relax first at Majori beach, a 25 kilometer white-sand beach perfect for undisturbed sunbathing and swimming. Walk down Jomas street, one of the oldest streets in all of Jurmala. Discover the heritage site of historical wooden architecture, with over 100 monuments of national significance. Enter into the Jurmala Open Air Museum and find the fisherman's court. With over 2,000 exhibits, learn about the work and life of Latvian fishermen in the 19th and 20th century. Try your hand at rope-making and net-matching with a workshop and admire the exhibition of anchors, fishing boats, and wooden motor vessels. Afterward, take a walk in Ragakapa Nature park, a natural dune formed just from the wind. Arrive at Kemeri National Park and walk the swamp trails of this raised bog. Try and spot the carnivorous plant, Sundew, with its long tentacles and glistening drops designed to trap its prey. Spot many birds such as the wood sandpiper or a white wagtail. Discover what makes this bog different, with sulphurous mineral waters that form underneath the surface and burst out of many open springs around the area. Choose to walk the short or long boardwalk and relax in a natural experience.

Riga: Half-Day Natural Ecosystems Hike

8. Riga: Half-Day Natural Ecosystems Hike

After the pick-up from your hotel in Riga, head to the amazing Nature Park Piejūra. Start your day hike across the unique land, covering four different ecosystems, including a coastal pine forest, a cascade of wild coastal lakes, the gorgeous sandy and secluded Baltic Beach, and Gauja River delta. On your way, discover interesting facts about Latvian nature, culture, and unique traditions. Take the chance to make your hike even more colorful with fun improv-travel elements. This hike is a 10 to 15-kilometer walk, which makes it an easy one on the difficulty scale. The route is also suitable for children who are comfortable walking this distance, so feel free to make this a family adventure! At the end of the day, benefit from drop off back at your hotel in Riga.

Riga or Jurmala: Kurzeme Nature Hiking Trail Day Trip

9. Riga or Jurmala: Kurzeme Nature Hiking Trail Day Trip

Relax on a hiking trip in the Abava River Valley nature park in Kurzeme on this day trip from Riga. Soak up diverse plant life and wildlife as you explore this area. Have a break with views of the Imula River. See quaint farms and ruins as you walk. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up in the morning from your accommodation in Riga or Jurmala. Sit back and take in the scenery on the drive to the historical center of Kandava. Listen to a short briefing from your guide and begin your hiking adventure. Explore the charming center for Kandava before heading through dense nature and shady flora. Marvel at the pristine and protect nature of the Abava River valley reserve. Look for birds and roe deer as you walk. Watch as the trail changes to agricultural landscapes dotted with typical Latvian farms.  Admire the rich diversity of plants and see mystical and mythological places used by early generations like and Iron age castle mound. Stop for a break at the Imula River where you can eat a packed lunch or snack if you brought one. Return to your accommodation in Riga or Jurmala at the end of your hike. 

From Riga: Slītere National Park Latvian Nature Hiking Tour

10. From Riga: Slītere National Park Latvian Nature Hiking Tour

Start your adventure in Mazirbe and explore sandy beaches, dense pine forests and fishermen's villages. Hike around 12 kilometers on a coastal forest trail. In one of the fishermen's villages, take the chance to have a rest, buy and taste the famous Latvian smoked flatfish, and find out how it's made from a local. Soak up the fresh air of the sea and the beautiful pine forest. On warm days, swim in the sea and catch the sunrays on the beautiful sandy beach.  After the coastal hike, explore an untouched ancient forest in Slītere National Park. Take a walk on the boardwalk and see unique protected forest and bog habitats. Visit Šlītere Lighthouse for a view of the national park and its forests from above. End your trip with a visit to Kolka Cape, where the Baltic Sea meets Riga Bay, before heading back to your hotel in Riga between 7:00 and 8:00 PM.

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based on 25 reviews

I went on this trip on 16th of February and I was so lucky to have an amazing trip, albeit it was in the winter-time. Roland was my guide and he picked me up at the preset time. He was an amazing guide who had much to offer on both the nature and Latvia. I would definitely recommend this tour for people who enjoy hiking and exploring different forms of nature that isn’t seen in your normal everyday outdoors. We went to both Kelmeri National Park, the beach, wet forest and a lagoon. It was very beautiful, and winter definitely did something beautiful for the nature. Along the way, Roland had prepared local snacks and it was a fun way to show the country as well.

Such a wonderful way to get in touch with nature! The walk through the forested pathway was magical and the silence was absolute priceless to a city life person like me. Kemeri National Park is a must-visit - regardless of season. I am sure visitors to the park will be greeted and treated to an array of sights, colors and sound over the different seasons.

Excellent tour, unforgettable and breathtaking. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. Our tour unfortunately took place in the rain but nonetheless our tour guide was excellent, encouraging and engaging. Truly magnificent location and marvellous views of Sigulda, castle and Gauja national park. Worth your money, in all aspects!

Nice walking ways, a very infotaining tour to extraordinary places and a lot of facts about Latvia and its inhabitants, too. I enjoyed it a lot and would highly recommend it!!

Great experience. Tour guide was excellent gave us lots of information and also brought typical Latvian food to try