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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.

From Riga: Full-Day Scenic Gauja River Valley Kayaking Trip

2. From Riga: Full-Day Scenic Gauja River Valley Kayaking Trip

Meet your guide in the morning and head to Gauja River Valley to begin your kayaking trip. The curving, wild nature of the Gauja River and its tributaries makes this experience one to remember, and a must-visit for travelers who like to venture off the beaten path. During your kayaking tour, see some of the most beautiful landscapes in Gauja River Valley, including stunning steep riverbanks, awesome sandstone cliffs, the dense forests of Gauja National Park, and more. Your eco-tour leader will engage you with a special “improv-travel” approach and tell you about the nature, culture, and traditions of Latvia. Paddle for 15 to 20 kilometers downstream on a truly enjoyable adventure. There are several alternative points to finish on the way so the length of the trip can be adjusted according to your wishes. After reaching your final destination, benefit from a transfer right back to your hotel in Riga, or stay in the scenic town of Sigulda.

From Riga: Abava Valley Tour

3. From Riga: Abava Valley Tour

Meet your guide in the morning and head to the 1.5-hour drive to the gorgeous Abava River Valley. Begin your water and small towns' adventure with a kayaking or canoeing trip of 6 to 9 miles on the Abava River. Along the way, enjoy the gorgeous Abava River valley. During this beautiful trip, your knowledgeable eco-tour guide will engage you with their special improv-travel approach and will tell you about nature and culture values of Latvia. End your kayaking/canoeing trip at the famous Abava Rapid. Take the chance to have a last swim in the river before hopping in the car for the drive to Sabile Town. This is a great place to stroll around the charming narrow streets of the historic town and to have a look at beautiful Abava River Valley from Sabile Hillfort. Visit the famous for its Sabile Wine Hill, the world's northernmost vineyard where the grapes grow. Ascend the hill above Sabile Town with a gorgeous view on the Abava Valley. Take some time to perhaps buy some local wines and ciders made from local apples. Explore your next stop of Kandava, one of the most beautiful towns in Latvia, and dating back to 1230. Take a late afternoon-evening walk on its narrow and tranquil streets and visit its stone bridge, Kandava Church Hill, and the old Kandava Castle ruins with its view of the beautiful Abava River Valley. Before returning to Riga, enjoy a short late afternoon hike in Nature Reserve "Čužu purvs" near Kandava Town. In this unique place, see protected and rare wetland habitats and sulfur springs.

Riga: Yacht Tour with Medieval Banquet and Wine Tasting

4. Riga: Yacht Tour with Medieval Banquet and Wine Tasting

Accompanied by a local guide, discover the history and culture of Riga as you sail through the River Daugava on board a luxury yacht. See the city's most important sites from a unique perspective and discover insider secrets from your passionate guide. After the boat trip, head to the Old Town to a unique medieval restaurant dating back to 1293. In one of the restaurant's 5 halls, enjoy a traditional medieval banquet. Sample traditional dishes prepared according to old recipes in one of the city's most magical atmospheres.  Later, head to a medieval wine cellar in the heart of Riga. Learn the secrets of Latvian wine production from local monks and discover fun facts and mythical legends. Find out which strange process is required before wine tasting, discover the secret ingredients used in Latvian wine and sample shocking flavor combinations. You will sample a total of 6 different locally produced wines.

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What people are saying about Riga

Charming captain, beautiful wooden boat with a relaxing hour of sightseeing on the water. Definitely recommendable!

It was wonderful trip through the canal, but we wish to continue to the river,the weather was not helpful.

Muy buena experiencia, el recorrido precioso, el barco muy chulo y el guía super agradable.

Nice and relaxed tour over the canal and river. Approx. minutes.

A really nice, relaxing way to see and learn about Riga.