Visit Riga's Old Town, boulevard round and the Art Nouveau district
I designed this tour to introduce guests of Riga to the highlights of my city.
The tour includes a walk in Riga's Old Town, green boulevards and the Art Nouveau district. You will learn about life of Rigans throughout 8 centuries, and about local traditions and legends. Together we will visit all main historical sites in the Old Town, learn about their historical meaning and how they are used nowadays.
Boulevard round - a green area outside the Old Town is home to the Freedom Monument, the Opera House, as well as beautifully maintained and peaceful parks.
The Art Nouveau area is a treat for architecture lovers. However, even if you don't feel that passionate about the buildings alone, my tour also explains the development of Riga in the early 20th century. The Art Nouveau district is home to the Art Nouveau museum. The area is also conveniently close to Riga's Central Market - another point of interest you may want to visit after the tour.
After meeting up in Town Hall Square (or another agreed upon meeting point) we will start to explore the Old Town with its rich historical and cultural heritage.
After approximately 1h 30min the route continues through a boulevard round with visits to the Opera House, the Freedom Monument and Basteja hill area.
There we will take a coffee break in a local cafe before we continue our walk towards the Art Nouveau district.
After a 20 minute walk through Kronvalda Park we will reach Elizabetes Street and Alberta Street to explore architecture masterpieces of Mikhail Eisenstein, as well as local architects.
The tour ends in front of the Art Nouveau Museum on the intersection of Alberta Street and Strēlnieku Street.
Optional - pipe organ concert in Riga Cathedral at 12:00 p. m.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I can pick you up at your hotel lobby or outside Riga Passenger Port security gates.
I have also indicated Riga Town Hall Square as a default meeting point in case your location is slightly out of Riga's city centre.
End location: Tour ends outside the Art Nouveau museum in the Art Nouveau district. However if needed, the end location can be adjusted to make your tour more convenient.
Duration: 3 hours
Please note that attendance to the optional pipe organ concert in Riga Cathedral will add 30 minutes to the tour time.
This is a walking tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
16 EUR - You may want to have a cup of tea and some local pastry during the tour; or some local souvenirs.
If the tour time permits a visit to Riga's Cathedral for an optional Concerto Piccolo at noon, add 10 Euro per person to your estimated local payments.
For guests from cruise ships:
- unless agreed otherwise I will meet you outside the port gates.
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We took three ToursByLocals on our cruise and this one was, by far, the best. Agrita is highly knowledgeable, professional and personable. We covered all of the highlights of Riga including an organ concert in the cathedral. We learned all about the history, people and culture of Latvia. I highly recommend this tour.