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Riga: Beer or Cider Bike Tour

1. Riga: Beer or Cider Bike Tour

Go sightseeing in a completely different way on a beer or cider bike tour through the heart of Riga. Explore the beautiful streets of the city’s Old Town while pedaling, drinking, and chatting with friends.   Your English-speaking guide and driver will greet you at the meeting point and take you to the waiting beer bike. Once seated and ready to start, you will be served your choice of beer, cider or prosecco — and then the fun begins.   The bike holds up to 15 passengers and is easy enough for even 4 people to pedal. While riding around the Old Town with drinks in hand, you can listen to your favorite music and turn on LED lights for a party on wheels.   After an hour of taking in the sights, head to one of the restaurants near the finishing point for a nice meal.

Riga: 2-Hour Walking Tour in the Old Town

2. Riga: 2-Hour Walking Tour in the Old Town

On this 2-hour walking tour you will explore the Old Town of Riga, the historical and geographical center of Riga on the right bank of the Daugava River. The Old Town covers a relatively small inner area of the old fortifications where unique monuments of medieval architecture are concentrated. The professional guide will show you around the Old Town and tell you all about the history and culture of the city, as well as answer your questions. The walking tour starts at the Town Hall Square, which was the central square of the city from the 13th century to the 19th century. The most famous building in the square is the magnificent Gothic-style House of the Blackheads. During the tour you will also see famous spots of Riga, such St. Peter's Church, the Swedish Gate, and the Powder Tower. Experience the aura of an ancient city as you walk down the narrow streets, where unique complexes of residential houses and sacral buildings are found. Here you can explore the 13th century Riga Cathedral, the Gothic-style St. Peter's Church, the beautiful Synagogue of Old Riga, the Convent Yard of the Holy Spirit, the Three Brothers residential housing complex, Riga Castle, St. George's Church, and St. Jacob's Cathedral. You can also discover Riga's hanseatic past at the Large Guild and the Small Guild, as well as at the reconstructed House of the Blackheads. Recall the medieval times, when Riga was a mighty harbor and a member of the Hanseatic League, which joined traders of the Baltic region with north Germany.

Riga: Interactive City Discovery Experience

3. Riga: Interactive City Discovery Experience

All the information you need for your adventure will be provided by an email from the local partner. Start the game at the Latvian National Opera House where you will solve the first of 10 riddles. Each riddle takes you from one hidden location to the next. Unlock local recommendations and fun facts as well as the history of the city. Every riddle is made up of cryptic directions and a question. To answer the question, you can try as many answers as you like. If you’re stuck, ask for a hint or skip a riddle. Discover spots in Riga that most locals don’t even know about. See popular sights such as The Freedom Monument, the Art Nouveau district, Kronvalda Park, Esplanade Park, and Vērmanes Park from a different perspective. Step away from the crowded streets of the Old Town to discover the parks and monuments of Riga, and meet some of the people who helped create Latvia. Each riddle you encounter helps tell the story of Riga from independence to today. This riddle route is for history lovers and will help you understand how Latvia became a country, and then reclaimed its independence from the Soviet Union. Along the way get local recommendations for food and drinks.

Riga: Culture and Food Tasting Tour

4. Riga: Culture and Food Tasting Tour

Explore three of Riga’s most essential districts on a half-day combined food tasting and cultural walking tour. Hear stories from the history of the city, and see the world’s largest collection of art nouveau architecture. Begin your tour in charming Old Riga, where the beautiful, centuries-old buildings speak extensively about Latvian culture - one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Highlights of Old Riga (also known as “Vecrīga”) include a reconstruction of the medieval city wall, Riga Cathedral, and the House of the Blackheads. Next, go to the remarkable Art-Nouveau district, where a local guide will explain more about the meaning of symbols hidden behind the beautiful façades. See masterpieces of art nouveau architecture at banks, offices and apartment blocks on almost every street corner. End with a food tasting tour of some typical local food in Riga Central Market. Sample mouth-watering, ecologically-grown local produce in the beautiful art deco and neoclassical market, Europe’s largest market and bazaar.

Riga Classical Old Town 2-Hour Walking Tour

5. Riga Classical Old Town 2-Hour Walking Tour

Discover Old Town Riga on a 2-hour walking tour through the historic and geographical center of the city. Listen as your guide tells you the real stories and legends of the Old Town and points out the sights of interest. First, visit the most impressive building in Riga; the House of Blackheads. It was completely destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in 1999. Then you will see the complex of living buildings known as "3 Brothers," considered the oldest stone building in Riga. Continuing your walk, pass by Riga Castle, Riga Cathedral, the Old City Wall and Swedish Gate, the Powder Tower, and even the Art Nouveau Cat House. When your tour ends, you will emerge with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the historic Old Town and the history of Riga itself.

Riga: Old Town and Central Market Walking Tour

6. Riga: Old Town and Central Market Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of Riga's old town on a small-group walking tour through the city's scenic cobblestone streets. Marvel at Riga's famous sights, including St. Peter's Church, where you can climb its tower for amazing views of the city. Make your way inside the Dome Cathedral and learn about the Riga roosters, the Powder Tower, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, and more. Enjoy hearing about the city's past as a mighty seaport during the Middle Ages, and take in views of beautiful medieval landmarks, such as the Old Guild House and the House of the Blackheads. Continue on to Riga Central Market, one of the largest markets in Europe, and immerse yourself in local life. Learn about Latvian cuisine and the variety of local specialties, such as smoked meats, cheeses, herring, and hemp butter. Be sure to sample the favorite foods of the locals.

Riga: Self-Guided Old Town Tour

7. Riga: Self-Guided Old Town Tour

Use your smartphone as your personal guide and start the game at a time convenient for you. You don’t have to wait for a physical guide, simply open up the app and your experience begins. This self-guided Old Riga walking tour is perfect if you are short on time and trying to save some money. You'll visit the most interesting and remarkable places, and will also see a few secret gems hidden within the Old Town. Starting and ending at Town Hall Square, the tasks of this quest are quite easy. This allows you to play with children, and without too much knowledge of the city. Enjoy your time and play without haste, you can even pause the game for a coffee break or selfie.

Riga Beer and Tasting Tour

8. Riga Beer and Tasting Tour

Latvia boasts an amazingly wide selection of exciting beers and a thriving beer culture. It's like Mojito in Cuba or tequila in Mexico, a must try when you are in the country. Did you know that Latvia’s long and rich beer culture most probably started by accident? You will visit 2 trending traditional beer bars with a large selection of beer. In the first bar, you will try 3 kinds of beer accompanied by traditional Latvian snacks. One of them, rye fried bread is extremely popular in Latvia and works perfectly with the beer. On this 1-hour open-air tour, you will learn how beer influences the city and the culture. What is a ‘green spoon’? Why were the Latvians adding rocks to the beer mixtures in wooden casks? You will finish the tour in the bar and will try 3 more kinds of beer. Everyone will find their favorite one.

Riga Explorer Bike Tour

9. Riga Explorer Bike Tour

On our Riga Explorer Bike Tour, we want to show you Riga beyond the Old Town, the parts of the city that you might never find on your own. We are local residents of the city, passionate about where we live, and we want to share it with you, warts and all. We'll meet you at a convenient point, pick up some comfotable bikes and head off to explore the city. The Moscow suburb awaits, an area of the city full of history and the site of the Jewish ghetto during the Nazi occupation. Its decaying wooden houses stand in sharp contrast to the gloss of the Old Town or the splendour of the Art Nouveau buildings. We'll ride through the heart of Riga, where most Ridzenieki (the people of Riga) like to hang out, and on to the Great Cemetery, now a strange mix of graveyard and park, before returning to our starting point.  This is a great way to see Riga, get some exercise, help the environment and learn more about what the city is like today, and how it got this way. Join our Riga Explorer Bicycle Tour and see the true Riga.

Best of Riga Walking Tour

10. Best of Riga Walking Tour

Old Riga is the heart of Riga, however, not all places of it are shown to tourists. There are a lot of these places that are not known even to the local residents. Discover the different face of Riga. Hear fascinating facts and stories. Who hated the sculpture of the black cat in Riga and why? Why did Latvians put the golden roosters instead of the crosses on the church towers? Did you know that Latvian women are the tallest? Why the world has to be thankful to Riga for Christmas tree decorating tradition?

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What people are saying about Riga Old Town

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 456 reviews

Hello, our city tour through Riga was great. However, she had some teething problems. There was no one at the meeting point communicated to us. When we called the phone number that was given to us, we got to Riga Tours. However, our tour was booked with Around Latvia, from whom we had no contact details. Riga Tours tried very hard and provided us with these contact details. The actual organizer was able to start a replacement tour within about half an hour late, which, as I said, was great.

It was a great tour! It was particularly nice being able to go to the Central Market with a local; we loved everything we tried (soup, smoked fish, open-face sandwich, and more). We learned a lot about the city as well.

Amazing experience and plenty of beer! Alex and Laura were really friendly and accommodating, we had a lot of fun! Be prepared to put the work in pedalling you can even play your own music while you tour around Riga

We had a nice and expert guide, named Editta, and she is very kind and helpful.

Very nice guide, knows a lot and super interesting