Tours of Riga


Baltic America line poster.
Full steam ahead!

With over 800 years of history shaped by many different cultures, Riga has an amazing array of history, architecture and art to discover. It's also a vibrant European metropolis with pulsing nightlife, bustling markets and delicious food.

 

I offer tours both walking and car tours (for up to four people) around this amazing city. You can choose one of the very popular tours below, or I can tailor the perfect tour for your group.

 

 


Old Riga Walking Tour

Mask in the wall of St. John's Church, Old Riga.
Mask in Old Riga.

The historic heart of the city, Riga's Old Town is a treasure trove of history from Medieval beginnings through Baroque splendour and dazzling Art Nouveau. On my tour, you'll see landmarks such as St. Peter's Church, Dome Cathedral, the Three Brothers, the Cat House, the House of Blackheads, and I'll tell you fascinating stories of people's lives over the centuries in this unique area.

 

Duration: 2 hours

Cost per group: 70 euros


Riga Art Nouveau Walking Tour

One of Riga's Art Nouveau lions.
Guard outside a Riga Art Nouveau gem.

Art Nouveau was a gloriously creative and joyful movement which swept the world at the dawn of the 20th century. And with over 800 Art Nouveau buildings, Riga has one of the world's richest collections of this architectural style. On my tour, we'll visit famous Alberta iela with its fabulously ornamented buildings designed by Mikhail Eisenstein, as well as amazing structures created by talented Latvian architects Eižēns Laube and Konstantīns Pēkšēns.

 

Duration: 2 hours

Cost per group: 70 euros


Best of Riga Walking Tour

Riga's Freedom Monument.
Riga's Freedom Monument.

See the highlights of Riga's Old Town and Art Nouveau district in one fascinating walking tour! We'll also explore some of the city's gorgeous parks and intriguing sites like the Freedom Monument and the Opera.

 

Duration: 2.5 hours (or 3 hours with optional drink break in the middle)

Cost per group: 90 euros



Riga Central Market and Maskačka Walking Tour

Pumpkin stand in Agenskalns market in Riga.
Autumn harvest at the market.

Housed in five gigantic First World War zeppelin hangars, Riga's Central Market is one of the biggest and most vibrant bazaars in Europe. This tour takes you on a delicious journey through the aisles of bread, cheese, fruit, fish and other goodies, as well as exploring the nearby Maskačka district, with the largest timber church in the Baltics, the Academy of Science Soviet skyscraper, Latgale Flea Market and other wonders. We also take in some of the key sights of Riga's Jewish heritage, including the Peitav-Shul Synagogue and the Holocaust Memorial at the former Great Choral Synagogue. Find out more in my free guide to Jewish Riga.

Duration: 2 hours

Cost per group: 70 euros


Wooden Riga Tour By Car

Restored timber house in Riga.
Restored timber house in Riga.

With around 4,000 historic timber buildings, Riga has one of the world's finest collections of wooden architecture. On this tour, I'll tell you about how these beautiful structures have been shaped by Riga's history and show you the surprising diversity of styles around the city: early 1900s mansions in Mežaparks, timber churches in the city centre, ship captains' houses on Ķīpsala Island, working people's cottages in Āgenskalns and much more. Discover more fascinating Riga neighbourhoods in my free guide Riga off the Trail.

 

Duration: 3 hours

Cost per group (up to 4 people): 80 euros


Soviet Riga Tour By Car

Lenin head at Zeltini, Latvia.
Bye bye Lenin.

Riga and Latvia have progressed enormously since the collapse of the USSR in 1991, but reminders of the Soviet period can still be found throughout the city. On this driving tour, you'll see the former KGB headquarters, hear stories about bugged rooms and black marketeers at the 1970s Hotel Latvija, admire grandiose "Stalinist Baroque" architecture at the VEF Palace of Culture and the Academy of Science, get a feel for everyday Soviet life in Purvciems housing estate, and more. There's lots more information in my free guide to Soviet Riga.

 

Duration: 3 hours

Cost per group (up to 4 people): 80 euros