Medieval Riga by Land and Sea

Price: $70.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? The cruise ship pier, or an approximately 15 to 25 minute shuttle ride (complimentary) is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided Not included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and comfortable walking shoes.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk unassisted on uneven ground and be able to get in and out of the transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Medieval Riga by Land and Sea

Latvia's capital, Riga, is set on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the River Daugava. Established in 1201 by Bishop Albert and granted city status in 1225, the city's history is associated with Germanic and Christian cultures. Local Liiv tribes first inhabited this marshy territory on the banks of the river. In 1282, Riga became a member of the Hanseatic League, which strengthened its position as an important trading city in the region.

Begin your excursion with a walking tour of Old Town Riga. Explore the Art Nouveau district's buildings from the early 20th century and admire the inventive spirit of Riga architects.

View the Dome Cathedral (founded in the 13th century), the ancient Order Castle, St. Peter's Church, Town Hall Square, the House of the Blackheads, the Guild Houses of Liela Gilde and Maza Gilde, Riga Cathedral, the "Riga Bourse" Art Museum, the parliament building, and others.

In one of the city corners, discover the powder tower and part a of medieval town wall. We will not forget Roland, the patron saint of the city, and the magnificent house of the guild of the Blackheads. You will walk the crooked streets of old Riga to the Freedom Monument, and see the moat and park belt of the old town.

Over the centuries, the city has developed as a center for trade and transit, and later also became an industrial center. Up until the 19th century, Riga developed as a Germanic city, even though it had been previously under Swedish, Polish and Russian control. In more modern times, Latvians began to take a larger role in the city.

Join your guide on a boat ride and enjoy the best of Riga's majestic panoramic views. During the journey along the River Daugava, you will take in awe-inspiring views of the Riga Castle, the National Library, TV Tower and more.

The tour will conclude in the Old Town, where you have free time for exploring on your own, visiting museums, lunch or souvenir shopping. Return to your ship when you are ready, as the port area is approximately 15 minutes away on foot.