Riga, the capital of Latvia, is situated on the Baltic Sea coast on the mouth of the river Daugava. After more than 700 years of German, Swedish, Russian rule, Latvia, with Riga as its capital city, thus declared its independence on November 18, 1918. Soviet occupation and annexation occurred in 1940, but then Latvia declared its full de facto independence in 1991. The Historic Centre of Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is particularly notable for its extensive Art Nouveau architecture
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
- Turaida and Sigulda
- Riga - Jewish Heritage Tour
- Panoramic Riga
- Art and Architecture of Riga
- Charming Riga - the Pearl of the Baltic
Turaida and Sigulda
Duration: 5 hours
Tour Code: rig-001
The bus will take you from the Riga harbor to the picturesque town of Sigulda, located about 30 miles from Riga. During the bus ride you will enjoy the beautiful forest scenery and magnificent views of the River Gauja valley. Sigulda is often called the "Latvian Switzerland" and is well known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Latvia.
On the tour you will visit the 13th century Turaida Castle and the fortification tower, where you can enjoy the picturesque landscape from a bird's-eye view. By the Turaida church under an old linden tree you will find the grave of a young girl - the Rose of Turaida - the heroine of a true love story from the 17th century. The visit to Turaida will end with a walk in a sculpture park dedicated to Latvian folklore.
During the tour you will also see the ruins of the 13th century Sigulda Castle and the 19th century Kropotkin's Manor House. On the way you will also visit the popular sandstone caves (Gutmanis cave) on the ancient riverbank.
Please note: This tour involves approximately 2.5 hours of moderate walking and several steps. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.