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Gauja National Park Tour, Latvia

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Key Highlights

  • The Gauja National Park is the first national park of Latvia and is a must visit on a tour to the Baltics
  • The National Park is also known as the also referred to as the Lungs of Latvia and focuses mainly on conserving nature
  • The park offers a unique combination of picturesque hill landscapes, the Gauja River, medieval castles, sculpture parks and even some flora and fauna that is now extinct in many parts of Europe
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    6 hours

    Start time

    Any time of the day

    Meeting Point

    From your hotel in Riga. (Please mention your hotel and its address at the time of booking for pick up. Kindly reconfirm pick up upon arrival in Riga.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Riga

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    The Gauja National Park is a must visit on a tour to the Baltic States. The first national park of Latvia, it was founded in 1973and is spread around the valleys of the Gauja, the Amata and Brasla rivers. The medieval castles, churches, manors and windmills found in this area add to the charm of the park.

    Itinerary

    For this tour, you will be picked up from your hotel in a private car/ minivan and will be accompanied by a guide.

    Leave Riga for the day and visit the Gauja National Park. The Gauja National Park was established in 1973 and consists of more than 900 sq.km. The park is located in the area known as "Vidzemes Sveice" - the Livonian Switzerland. The park offers a unique combination of picturesque hill landscapes, the Gauja River, medieval castles, sculpture parks and even some flora and fauna that is now extinct in many parts of Europe.

    At the entrance to the Gauja National Park is a small idyllic town, Sigulda, dating back to the 12th century when Germans built a large castle here. The castle was destroyed during the Great Nordic War but the ruins of the main building and the 2 towers are left and are a popular setting for outdoor festivals. From the castle ruins you have a fabulous view of the Gauja River and you can go over the river by cable car (ticket is not included in tour price).

    On the other side of the river is the Gutman Cave, a huge red sandstone cave and the ruins of the Turaida Castle. The castle was inaugurated by Bishop Albert of Riga and completed in 1214. This is a fascinating area and you will also find a small wooden church dating back to the mid 1700s, the Daina Hill Sculpture Park and the Tomb of the "Rose of Turaida".

    The tour ends at your hotel in Riga.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Guide
    • Hotel pick up & drop off
    • Transportation by Western made cars or minivan
    • Entrance to Gauja national park

    Exclusions

    • Food & drinks
    • Cable car ticket
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
    Please advise your preferred departure at the time of booking.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.