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About Riga

Latvia's capital and cruise port Riga dates back to the 1100's, and its long-suffering inhabitants have endured long periods of occupation ever since, controlled by the Swedes, the Poles and most recently the Russians.

Now they have regained independence, they are embracing western culture with enthusiasm and cruise visitors to Riga will find the city full of excellent restaurants, lively bars and Internet cafés, while its historic heart has remained unchanged for centuries.

When taking one of our Riga cruises, a stroll through the narrow streets of its walled Old City is a must; take time to view the magnificent organ and medieval wall mountings of the Dome Cathedral.

Shop for fabulous amber jewellery, fine linen and beautifully made wooden toys at the shops and street markets and look out for the city's Freedom Monument, which depicts Milda, the spirit of Riga, reaching for the stars.

Riga cruise highlights also include the War Museum, housed in a well-preserved 18th century defence tower, where you can learn more about the country's troubled past at.

 

Shore excursions in Riga

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Free Time At 3 Sights

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy some independent exploration, as your 3 stop transfer takes you to the main sights of Riga, the largest city in the Baltic States.

Once onboard your 3 stop transfer, you’ll be given a map of Riga, so you can plan your free time.

Your first stop is at Town Hall Square, the historic heart of Riga. Enjoy an hour of free time to wander the charming cobblestone streets. Explore the 13th century St Peter’s and St John’s Churches and walk through medieval John’s yard. In the Old Town you’ll also see the medieval dwelling houses known as the ‘Three Brothers’ and the Dome Cathedral.

In the Central District admire some of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In total there are over 800 Art Nouveau buildings to discover, although it may be a little ambitious to try and view them all during your free time!

In 1998 Riga Central Market was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Market first opened in 1930 and was one of the largest outdoor markets on the European continent, with 5 huge pavilions. During your visit you can sample some of the delicious local delicacies and shop for souvenirs and handicrafts.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. A tour assistant will be on hand to provide practical information about where and when to meet for the onward transportation. Please note that the assistant is not a tour guide. A map of Riga will be provided. Entrance fees are not included in the tour price. The sites are located a short drive from one another.

Panoramic City Sights

Activity low

Duration: 2½ hours

Sit back and relax on a scenic tour around the Latvian capital of Riga.

Embark on a panoramic drive through the streets of Riga to enjoy the medieval architecture and beautiful examples of Art Nouveau buildings. A short stop at the Freedom Monument offers you the opportunity to capture photos of this symbol of Latvian independence, erected in 1935.

Cross the River Daugava for a magnificent panoramic view of the Old Town with its skyline highlighted by the many church spires. See the 14th century Powder Tower, the only remaining tower of the former city defence wall. On the way back over the River, you’ll pass by the National Theatre and view the interesting architecture of the 19th century wooden buildings.

During your tour a stop will be made at the Town Hall Square, where you’ll have around 40 minutes of free time to explore independently or shop for souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The amount of walking on this tour is at passenger’s discretion during the photo stops and the free time at Town Hall Square.

Relaxing Riga And Tea

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

This leisurely tour allows you to discover the highlights of the Capital, and admire the city skyline whilst you take tea on the terrace.

Sit back and relax, as you embark on a panoramic drive through the streets of Riga. The Latvian capital is a real blend of architecture through the ages, from the medieval times, to the beautiful Art Nouveau era, to today’s modern constructions. Have your camera to hand, as you pass by the Old Town, whose outline is dominated by numerous church spires, admire the 14th century Powder Tower, the only remaining tower of the former city defence wall. At Town Hall Square, enjoy a brief stop to take in your stunning surroundings.

No visit to Riga would be complete without a visit to the Freedom Monument, erected in 1935 as a symbol of Latvia’s independence.

Following your scenic discovery, retreat to the terrace of the Hotel Islande. From the 10th floor terrace admires the marvelous panoramic view of the Old Town and the ship berthed in the distance, whilst you sample a selection of local canapés and pastries, served with tea or coffee.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour includes approximately 1 hour of walking in total, including several photo stops.

Riga by Tram and on Foot

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

What better way to discover the sites of the medieval city of Riga than by vintage tram and on foot!

Your guide will greet you on the pier before leading you to your awaiting ‘retro’ tram. This remarkable small tram car stands out against the modern urban environment and is renowned for its Art Nouveau design. Hop aboard for a charming journey through Riga’s two most beautiful boulevards; Meierovica and Aspazijas, and towards the Mezaparks district. During the journey you’ll have wonderful views of the National Opera, the Freedom Monument, Old Riga and Basteja hill.

Arriving back in the city centre, join your knowledgeable guide for a walking tour of the old town. Listen carefully as they bring to life the history of Latvia’s Capital city which dates back to 1201.

A short stop will be made for the opportunity to purchase a souvenir of your visit, before your walking tour brings you back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by tram and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour, as well as 3 steep steps to board the tram. There is limited availability on this tour, therefore booking early is recommended.

Scenic Sigulda

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 7 hours

Sigulda is often called the ‘Latvian Switzerland’ and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Latvia.

Experience a combination of medieval castles and picturesque landscapes. Embark on a scenic drive to the town of Sigulda, passing through beautiful pine forests and capturing magnificent views of the River Gauja valley.

Upon arrival at the 13th century Turaida Castle, climb the spiral steps of the fortified tower and enjoy a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the surrounding landscape. Your guide will host you on a walking tour to Turaida Church, where you’ll visit the grave of the ‘Rose of Turaida’ – the heroine of a true love story from the 17th century, who chose to die rather than betray her true love. Afterwards, stroll through the sculpture park dedicated to Latvian folklore.

Before relaxing over lunch served at a local restaurant, visit the ruins of the 13th century Sigulda Castle and the 19th century Kropotkin’s Manor House.

Returning to Riga, enjoy a panoramic drive through the Old Town and discover beautiful art nouveau buildings and the famous main street of Brivibas Street, meaning freedom. Upon arrival in Town Hall Square, enjoy some free time to shop for souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours’ walking on this tour over uneven and cobblestoned streets, plus some steps to negotiate. The visit up the fortified tower at Turaida Castle is optional, passengers are advised that the spiral staircase is narrow, and may be busy with visitors ascending and descending.

 

A selection of cruises to Riga

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