Enjoy this guided 5-hour panoramic tour complete with photo stops, and a visit to the Art Nouveau Museum. The city of Riga is well known for its Art Nouveau, or Jugendstil, which you may also see expressed in St. Petersburg and other cities. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the era and see some stunning examples. This shared tour is great for anyone with an interest in architecture, and wanting an introductory tour of Riga with an expert local guide.
Explore the fascinating streets of Latvia’s capital city, Riga, where old and new worlds collide. Be picked up from your cruise at the Daugava riverbank and begin with a bus tour of the city. Pass by a number of Riga’s must-see highlights, such as the iconic Freedom Monument, a tribute to Latvia’s hard-won independence, Riga’s stunning 14th century castle, and its elegant National Opera House.Learn about Riga’s rich recent history, how it found independence in the last century, and about its flourishing arts scene, which led to its appointment as the European Capital of Culture during 2014. Wander the charming Medieval cobblestone streets of Riga’s Old Town and see many buildings dating back to the Middle Ages, such as the famed House of Blackheads, and the Three Brothers, the oldest dwelling complex in Riga.Then, head to the central district, home to the finest and the largest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in the world, an area which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you will visit another site of significant historical importance, the Art Nouveau Museum, where you will learn about this beautiful architectural phenomenon.Afterward, you will have free time to stroll along narrow streets and through cobbled alleys. You’ll also enjoy free time to do some sightseeing independently or unwind at a cafe, before being taken back to your ship.