Get to know Riga on a half-day tour, and learn about the Latvian capital’s history, architecture, and culture from a guide. Starting with a drive, the tour takes in all the must-see sights around the city including the Laima Clock, Great Kristaps sculpture, and Riga Central Market. Travel into the Art Nouveau Quarter to admire its architectural delights, then explore the Old Town by foot. Hotel, cruise port, railway, or bus station pickup and drop-off is available.
Start your tour with a pickup from your downtown Riga hotel, your cruise port, railway, or bus station and settle back in air-conditioned comfort for a guided drive around town.
Hear how Riga’s culture and medieval buildings earned it the nickname “little Paris of the north,” and learn about the landmarks around the city. Gaze out of your window to see the Laima Clock, 19th-century Latvian National Opera House, and the Freedom Monument that flanks the handsome Old Town. Other sights around the route include the Latvian Academy of Sciences and Riga Central Market — one of Europe’s most sizeable bazaars.
Listen to tales about the Great Kristaps, whose wooden sculpture overlooks the River Daugava. Cast your eyes across the water to see the National Library of Latvia, then travel into the Art Nouveau Quarter to admire streets dotted with architectural landmarks. Watch as your guide points out poetry inscriptions and helps make sense of symbols that allude to the buildings’ history.
Hop out of your coach in the Old Town, and explore its cobbled streets by foot. The neighborhood is home to countless treasures including the Church of St. Peter, Riga Castle, the Three Brothers houses, and Troksnu — one of the city’s oldest, and narrowest, lanes. Your tour ends in the middle of the Old Town.