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Riga, Latvia-port

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

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Art and Architecture of Riga
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Charming Riga - the Pearl of the Baltic
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Panoramic Riga
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Riga - Jewish Heritage Tour
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Turaida and Sigulda
    Moderate Activity/Walking

Art and Architecture of Riga

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: RIG-004

This tour will give you a great chance to become familiar with the diversity of architectural styles in Riga.

The tour will start in the Old Town of Riga, where the architecture of medieval times and that of the 17th-19th centuries dominate. Beyond the Old Town you will drive along the boulevards of Riga, enjoying the views of impressive Art Nouveau architecture from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Because of its rich heritage, Riga is considered a metropolis of Art Nouveau.

During the bus ride you will pass by some of the architectural highlights of Riga - the Latvian National Opera, the Freedom Monument and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, as well as other remarkable public and private buildings. The tour will end with a visit to the Riga Bourse Museum. The exposition will take you through the history of Latvian fine art from the mid 18th century up to 1945. You will be able to view the masterpieces of famous Latvian painters such as Rozentals, Purvitis, Padegs and many more. Don't miss the permanent exhibition of paintings by the famous Russian painter and philosopher Nicholas Roerich.

Please note: This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking - at times over cobblestone surfaces; the visit to the Art museum involves approximately 40 steps. The order of sites visited may vary. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.