Riga, Latvia's capital, 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, local Liiv tribes first inhabited this marshy territory on the banks of the river and the city's history is associated with Germanic and Christian cultures. In 1282, Riga became a member of the Hanseatic League, strengthening its position as an important trading city in the region.
Begin your excursion with a walking tour of Old Town Riga and 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 (Lielā Ģilde and Mazā Ģilde), Riga Cathedral, the Art Museum "Riga Bourse", the parliament building, and others.
In one of the city corners you'll discover the powder tower and part of medieval town wall. We will not forget Roland, the patron saint of the city and magnificent house of the guild of the Blackheads. You will walk 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, 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. However, in the more modern times, Latvians began to take a larger role in the city.
Your tour will continue with a boat ride together with your guide, the best way to see Riga's majestic panoramic view from the water. During the journey along the River Daugava, you will enjoy a great view of the Riga Castle, the National Library, TV Tower and more.
The tour will end in the Old Town where you have free time for discoveries on own, visiting museums, stopping for lunch or souvenir shopping.
You will return to the port area on foot when you are ready, an approximately 15-minute walk to your ship.