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Riga: Private Sigulda, Turaida, and Gauja National Park Tour

1. Riga: Private Sigulda, Turaida, and Gauja National Park Tour

Embark on a personal and immersive adventure on a private van tour from Riga to Sigulda and Turaida. Customize your itinerary to your preferences and visit sights such as Gauja National Park, Sigulda Manor and Castle, and Turaida Castle. Sit back and relax in the comfort of your private vehicle and watch the landscape change from city streets to lush greenery as you head out of Riga. Make your way to Sigulda, a town near the river Gauja that is also known as the Switzerland of Latvia by locals. Marvel at the Gauja valley with its dense forests, meandering river, and the Gauja National Park. Stop to stroll through the park before seeing the Sigulda Medieval Castle ruins, the new Sigulda Castle, the Turaida Castle museum with its watchtower peering above the trees, and Gutman's Cave, the widest and highest cave in the Baltic countries. Cross the river on the optional cable car ride for a different perspective of the region or enjoy a glass of local wine made in the Cremon Winery at Krimulda Manor. See local craftsmen and women at work to gain an insight into local and cultural life before heading back to Riga. This half day tour is a must for those who have visited Riga and Jurmala before and is especially recommended for bloggers and social media fans.

Riga: Best of Kemeri National Park In One Day

2. 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.

Kemeri National Park Bog Trail near Riga

3. Kemeri National Park Bog Trail near Riga

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.

Kemeri National Park & Baltic Seaside Tour Bog Boardwalk

4. Kemeri National Park & Baltic Seaside Tour Bog Boardwalk

Spend a day in one of the biggest nature parks in Latvia, Ķemeri National Park. This park is great to visit because it combines so much of the local nature including bogs, forests, seaside, lakes, and wildlife (most of the bird species in Latvia are found here).  Journey along a boardwalk trail through a beautiful bog that has been formed over thousands of years and now is a true natural treasure of Latvia. The Ķemeru Lielais Tīrelis is only a 1-hour drive from the Latvian capital city of Riga. During the walk, you will learn about how the bog is created and about its usage and value. You will also see the gorgeous bog sights with many small and large lakes which reflect the world in its calm and dark waters. You will have the opportunity to sample some local snacks and drinks.  Then, head to the unique trail of Kaņieries Lake that is nearby. Experience a bit of the local fisherman's way of life by casting an eye over their fishing boats and tools on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Be shown the biggest seaside resort city in Baltics, Jūrmala before you return to Riga.

The Soul of the Baltic Sea: Half-Day Jurmala Tour

5. The Soul of the Baltic Sea: Half-Day Jurmala Tour

Visit Jurmala, the largest resort in the Baltic states, on a half-day tour that departs from Riga. The city of Jurmala is known for its mild climate, healthy sea air, curative mud and mineral waters. Admire the city’s natural features, including the white sand beach that stretches for nearly 33 kilometers, the pine forest and the Lielupe River. The typical architectural style of Jurmala is seen in its private houses built of wood. Discover the charming wooden homes constructed in the early 20th century and note also the modern resort buildings.

Kemeri National Park Outdoor Tour

6. Kemeri National Park Outdoor Tour

The first stop and walk is Lake Kanieris with wooden path and Bird watching tower. The tower allows enjoying some truly spectacular views over the lake. From the tower it is possible to take a short walk along the wooden boardwalk, which sometimes floats on pontoons, allowing to observe the beauty of the lake landscape with dry legs. Kanieris Lake is a lagoon-type lake and is a protected nature object located in Ķemeri National Park. The lake is one of the richest in Latvia in bird and plant diversity; therefore it is favored to nature lovers and ornithologists. The “Sulfur nature trail” is only 830 meters in length, located in a marshy area. The trail makes a loop around Ragana (A witch) Lake, which has a red bed. Therefore, all the water in the lake appears to be copper in color. The entire trail smells of hydrogen sulfide. Sulfur ponds are a rare natural phenomenon in Latvia. It is a place where sulfurous water flows from springs on the surface and accumulates in several ponds. The sulfuric water is the reason for the peculiar flora and the color of the pond water. The scent of the Bog-myrtle growing there adds to the pleasure of the senses. Historical Kemeri Health resort park with sulfur mineral water spring. Kemeri is an area of the Jurmala seaside town where a resort was set up already in the 18th century due to the therapeutic qualities of sulfur water in the many springs in the neighborhood. Only architectural monuments are left to speak of the former glory of the Kemeri resort, although sulfur water and mud are still available. The park was created in the middle of the 19th century and features a network of winding paths interspersed with architectural objects – pavilions, rotundas, bridges across the artificial canals fed by the Versupite River that flows through the park. The Sulfur Water Pavilion, built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, stands in the south-eastern part of the park. Next to it, you will find the Kirzacina (Little Lizzard) sulfur spring, one of the most popular in Latvia. Its water can be used both internally and externally. Other interesting objects in the park include the Love Islet Pavilion, a rotunda built in 1928 in the Classicism style; the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, the oldest of the churches in Kemeri which was built in 1893 in the style of wooden churches typical for Northern Russia; monuments to the founders of the Kemeri resort, the first physicians, who worked there, and soldiers fallen in World War I and World War II. The hotel was designed by the outstanding Latvian architect of Baltic German descent, Eizens Laube (1880–1967). The white building is a brilliant example of Neo-Classicism in the Latvian architecture.

Full Day in Jurmala and Kemeri National Park

7. 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.

From Riga: Jurmala and Great Kemeri Private Full-Day Trip

8. From Riga: Jurmala and Great Kemeri Private Full-Day Trip

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a day of relaxation and breathtaking beauty? Look no further than this Day Tour, where you'll discover the charming seaside city of Jurmala, Latvia's beloved resort town. From exploring the lifestyle of ancient fishermen at Jurmala Open-Air Museum to strolling through the pedestrian streets and pristine beaches of Jurmala city, and culminating with a one-of-a-kind experience at Great Kemeri Bog Boardwalks, this tour is designed to offer you an unforgettable journey through Latvia's picturesque scenery. Unique experiences await at every stop, from immersing yourself in the history of Jurmala's fishing culture to taking in stunning views of Latvia's unique bog landscapes. This personalized journey with our professional and passionate guides is sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready to experience all that Latvia has to offer. So why wait? Book your Day Tour today.

Riga: Private City Tour by car (incl. Old Town)

9. Riga: Private City Tour by car (incl. Old Town)

This is a chance to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Riga historical center and more by foot and by car! Walking tour of Riga Old Town, where legends and fun stories of the city. Every corner will bring back to the German, Polish, Swedish, Russian Empire and also Soviet times. Also, independent Latvia time and nowadays. Sometimes Riga is called as a European Capital of Art Nouveau buildings or "Small Paris" as well. Capital or not, is not so important, but concentration of buildings built in this style and some of them by architect Michael Eisenstein is worth to see. Apart from the Old Town and art Nouveau district so-called Moscow suburb and  Riga Central Market will be included! The driving tour gives a great chance to see Riga from different angles - impossible to do on feet in such a limited time. Riga is so different and tour will be designed for every guest. Let your time in Riga be relaxing and enjoyable!

Majori: Self-Guided Discovery Game

10. Majori: Self-Guided Discovery Game

Visit the most interesting and remarkable places in Majori, such as the Brunurupucis statue (“The Turtle”). You’ll also discover some of the town's hidden gems. *** Play interactive scavenger hunt on your smartphone. Don't need to install any special app, the game is held online. All you need is a modern smartphone and the internet. You will receive the game link. Just follow it and get all the instructions: game rules, start and finish spots, etc. Don’t have to meet a guide or wait for a group. You can start the quest at any convenient time. You will solve riddles using your own imagination, logic and erudition, or additional info from internet. The answer will be the name or address of location or attraction within the game area. Go there and find the answer like text on a sculpture or remarkable storefront. Input it in the game and get the next task. At each location, you will get a legend and fun facts about the district. Thus, the quest is not only an entertainment and riddles, but also an excellent and in-depth self-guided walking tour.

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5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

This was a breathtaking way to get out of Riga and see more of the real Latvia. The tour includes 3 stops: 1. a walkway in and out of a forest through bogs and wetlands; 2. a walkway amongst marshes; and 3. a trip past pine trees and dunes to the beach. Stops 1 and 2 include stunning views from vantage towers. We visited in December 2022 and, although snow had started to melt and stop 1 was rainy, by the time we reached stop 3, the sky had broken, providing stunning views of the sky, beach and sea. Our guide, Rolands, is a biologist and conservationist, whose passion and knowledge of the area and of Latvian culture and history was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble for him and I can honestly say he’s the best tour guide I’ve ever encountered. He provided details the day before as well as food and drinks on the day, and was happy to take pics of my wife and I to capture memories. We will definitely do another tour in Latvia and look forward to Rolands being our guide again.

Was a wonderful day! We can recommend the tour to everyone. Although the tour was in English, we could understand everything well. So don't hesitate because of possible language barriers. The guide was super nice and told us a lot about the places but also about the Latvian culture. It's worth it!! :)

The tour is excellent. Tour guide is very friendly. I will suggest for future should provide a bottle water for everyone and the car should need to have air conditioner

It was a nice guide and a nice place, I was alone so I got to see a lot more! Recommended when going to Latvia!

A really fun and interesting trip! Great guide -Armandes