Riga: Half-Day Natural Ecosystems Hike
- Small group
- Transportation included
- Duration: 6 hours
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We had a fantastic day trip into Gauja National Park including a highly informative visit at the Turaida museum reserve. First we had a nice trail hike/walk through the beautiful naturally reserved forest of Gauja National Park, enjoying stunning views into the Gauja Valley and on the well restored medieval castles. Our Guide Rolands was "human encyclopedia", highly knowledgeable and a skilled story teller. We enjoyed this walk so much. After Lunch break with traditional home made Latvian food we went with the Cable Car to Krimula manor house, which comprises in fact very a small village (the area were the Manor and his servants used to live). The village is still inhabited today and thus serves as an "inhabited museum". Finally we visited the Turaida museum reserve, which is a heritage site with a medieval castle, a 1700s wooden church & a park with folk-song sculptures. We also learned about the specifics of a traditional Latvian Sauna, which follows a 500-year old procedure.
We really enjoyed this tour with lots of cultural stops and breathtaking views. The day before the tour we realised we made a mistake and booked a one-way trip when we had thought we booked a round-trip (our mistake!). We called up the company and got it sorted very easily for a small charge. Very well served! We really enjoyed the trip and had a wonderful guide. Would recommend!
Our guide (Rolands) was perfect and this tour was a brilliant way to get to know Gauja. We hiked through beautiful forests and wooded meadows, with plenty of chances to take photos and admire the view. We had a tasty lunch in Sigulda before visiting the stunning Turaida. The pick- up and journey was easy and the timings perfect. Highly recommend.
Eva was the best guide we have ever had! She was funny, nice and told us everything we wanted to know. It seems like she was one of our local friends. She was so GREAT! tamara and the group of yesterday
The trip with Rolands was really amazing. The nature is so beautiful and Rolands gave us a lot of information about the nature, the sea, the city and the culture of Latvia. Can truly recommend it!