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From Riga: Cēsis, Sigulda & Turaida Castle Tour

Product ID: 20482
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This one day tour will take you to two beautiful cities of Latvia: ancient Cēsis or Wended, and beautiful Sigulda, known as the Switzerland of Latvia. You also enjoy the picturesque countryside, a nature park, and visit 3 medieval castles with your guide.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Latvian, Lettish

Pick-up service

Pickup is available from your hotel or accommodation in Riga.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Vist Turaida museum reserve and the medieval castle
  • Discover the historical 13th monument of Cēsis St. John’s Church
  • Explore the medieval castle ruins of Cēsis and Sigulda
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Gauja national park
  • Experience a panoramic view of the river at Gauja valley
Full description
Take a full-day tour of the beautiful green area of Northern Latvia. Explore Cēsis (the ancient city of Livonia and Brothers of the Sword base) and the picturesque town of Sigulda. Enjoy a day of rich history with medieval monuments, as well as spectacular natural scenery.

Trip Itinerary:

Medieval castle ruins of Cēsis
You experience the castle in a way the people did centuries ago — your guides will light up a candle in the lantern and you will be on our way. You will explore the dark stairs, medieval corridors, and rooms with the help of candlelight as there is no electricity in this 13th century castle. This complex of castle buildings, preserved for centuries, is regarded as a landmark of monumental architecture, which reflects artistic styles from the Livonian period.

Cēsis St. John’s Church
St. John’s Church is one of the oldest medieval architectural monuments in Latvia. The church was built in the beginning of the 13th century when Cēsis became one of the most important German power centers in the Baltics, from 1237 up to 1561.

Medieval castle ruins of Sigulda
The Order of the Brothers of the Sword began building Sigulda castle in 1207. Initially, it was a castellum-type fort. Following the defeat of the Brothers of the Sword in 1236, the Livonian Order modified it.

Goodman's cave
The Gūtmaņala (Goodman's Cave) grotto is the most popular and biggest cave in Latvia. It was formed over the course of 10,000 years by water gradually eroding sandstone. The grotto is a protected geological site and the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia.

Museum reserve and medieval castle of Turaida
Turaida Museum Reserve is a beautiful heritage site and former village that was named "garden of the gods" by the locals. Turaida is a wonderful place to get to know the Latvian way of life, culture, history, and spirit. The 42 hectares of grounds are replete with archaeological, architectural, historical and art monuments, all of which provide an account of the events from the eleventh century onwards.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Entrance tickets
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
Please wear comfortable clothes and footwear.