Riga: Soviet Secrets with a Local Guide

Product ID: 73922

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What You'll Do
  • Learn about the progress of Latvia, from its Soviet days to Riga’s naming as the European Capital of Culture
  • Discover what daily life was like for locals who lived in Riga during the Soviet era
  • Explore the Russian corner of the city, visiting local markets and old socialist buildings
  • Grab a drink at an old Soviet-style café
  • See the important Freedom Monument, a memorial honouring soldiers killed during the War of Independence
Riga’s Soviet days may be over, but there are still lots of hard memories tucked away in the city’s streets. Find out what it was like to live under Russian rule during those tumultuous years.
What to Expect
Ever wondered how life was lived in the USSR? This is your chance to get a taste of the Soviet era and learn about the past life of Riga.

On this Riga tour, explore a whole different side to the city — in an area where time has stood still. Learn about daily life in Soviet Latvia and get to know more about the country's history under the Russian regime — from World War II to the present day. See famous landmarks, get a tour inside of one of Riga's biggest socialist architectural structures, and visit a true Russian neighborhood where life hasn't changed much since the Wall fell in 1989.

Have an in-depth look at an often overlooked part of the city, as you learn about daily neighborhood life in Soviet times. We’ll walk through a maze of small streets and between market stalls, past decaying wooden houses and Soviet blocks. You’ll taste local specialties and discover what remains of the city’s Soviet days.

We’ll finish up our Riga tour with a drink in a true Soviet-style café and bar. From there, you’ll be free to explore more on your own, or head out for dinner and drinks at a nearby place — your guide will have places to recommend! Nazdrovje!
What's Included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What's Not Included
  • Entrance fees (there is a EUR 5 fee to enter one of the socialist buildings we see on the tour, which you may choose to do)
  • Food and drink
  • Personal shopping and souvenirs
  • Tips or gratuities for your guide
Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund
Meeting Point

Radisson Blu Hotel (Elizabete), in the lobby (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Please wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes for walking. Note that Riga can be quite cold in the winter months, so please dress accordingly.

You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour.

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Product ID: 73922