Put on your best walking shoes and discover the Baltic region's largest city on this comprehensive guided tour of Riga. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Latvia's capital as you take in the fascinating blend of Gothic, medieval, and Art Nouveau architecture. You'll also test Riga's reputation as an up-and-coming foodie destination with a visit to the Central Market, where you'll sample local delicacies.

Highlights

  • Explore the medieval history of Riga's Old Town
  • See the gorgeous Art Nouveau buildings of the Central District
  • Fill up on delicious treats at the Central Market

Brief Itinerary

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Guided Walking Tour of Riga

Riga's Old Town is brimming with historic charm
Riga's Old Town is brimming with historic charm

Join your local guide for an exciting walking tour of charming Riga. Start in the Old Town, where you'll see Riga Castle on the banks of the River Daugava and the Three Brothers houses, which were built between the late 1400s and mid-1600s and are the oldest dwellings in the city. You'll also stop at St. Peter's Church, where you can enjoy a view of the city from the tower, the ornate House of the Blackheads, and the medieval Dome Cathedral, which was originally built in the early 1200s.

After exploring Riga's beginnings, you'll move on to the Central District. Here you'll see Latvia's grand National Opera & Ballet Theater. Stop by the Freedom Monument, which honors the soldiers who fell in Latvia's War of Independence from Soviet Russia from 1918 to 1920. Then take a stroll down Alberta, Antonijas and Elizabetes Streets to see the most magnificent Art Nouveau buildings in the city.

Heading into more modern times, you'll take the tram to the Central Market, which opened in 1930. The massive attraction is set inside five former Zeppelin airship hangars and is one of the largest covered markets in Europe. Your guide will point out the best local foods to try, such as smoked meats, pickled vegetables, Latvian bread, seasonal treats, and more. End your tour at one of the market's eateries for lunch.

Tour duration: 5 hours

Map

Map of Guided Walking Tour of Riga - Day Trip
Map of Guided Walking Tour of Riga - Day Trip