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Hansa union city Cēsis and Switzerland of Vidzeme- Sigulda

Full day tour in Latvia to the ancient city Cēsis and Switzerland of Latvia - Sigulda city. Explore the hallways of the medieval castle in candle light, walk the Cēsis old town streets and admire wooden architecture. Enjoy Sigulda with the medieval castle, Gauja national park, gardens of the gods and amazing medieval castle in Turaida on this day tour from Riga.
Tour details | TransportSummer | Duration: ~10 Hrs
Price & Booking
Guided tour
Price: from 75 Eur per person*
Price includes:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Entrance tickets
*Price is provided for the complete groups! To get quote for your group size click "+Inquire / Book"!

Self drive tour
Price: 100 EUR

Price includes:
  • Rental car with unlimited mileage for 1 day
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Information about driving in Latvia
Not included:
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Gasoline / petrol
    • Entrance tickets
    • Meals and drinks(unless otherwise stated)
    • Optional activities
    • Any services not listed above in "Included"
Highlights of the tour
  • Medieval castle of Cēsis
    Cēsis medieval castle was one of the first stone fortifications built within the borders of ancient Latvia by German crusaders. The complex of castle buildings, preserved throughout the centuries, should be regarded a landmark of monumental architecture, which reflects construction traditions and features of artistic styles from the Livonian period. New Castle is a monument of great architectural importance and was built in the middle of the 18th century.

  • Cēsis St. John’s Church
    St. John’sChurch is one of the oldest medieval architectural monuments in Latvia. Church was built in the beginning of 13th century during the Christianization of Baltic’s for the purposes of the Livonian Holy Order because residence of the order was located in Cēsis; therefore Cēsis became one of the most important German power centers in the Baltic’s from 1237 up to 1561.

  • Sigulda castle ruins and the new castle
    The Order of the Brothers of the Sword began building Sigulda (former Segewold) castle in 1207. Initially, it was a castellum-type fort; following the defeat of the Brothers of the Sword in 1236, the Livonian Order modified it. During the Great Northern War, the castle was destroyed and never restored again. The south-west section of the convent building with Gothic window lintels and the main gate tower have survived to the present day.

  • Gutmans cave
    The Gūtmaņala (Goodman's Cave) grotto is the most popular and vast cave in Latvia, located in Gauja national park. It was formed in the course of 10,000 years by water gradually eroding sandstone. The grotto is a protected geological site and the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia. Gūtmaņala is 10 m high, 12 m wide and 18.8 m deep, and notable for inscriptions on its walls, the oldest of which date back to the years 1668 and 1677.

  • Museum reserve and impressive castle of Turaida
    Turaida Museum Reserve is a heritage site. The 42 hectares of grounds are replete with archaeological, architectural, historical and art monuments, all of which provide an account of the events from the eleventh century onwards.
Vidzeme (Northern Latvia)
EDEN 2011 Turaida and Sigulda ENG
(Languages: De)
EDEN 2011 Cesis ENG
(Languages: De

Reviews of This Tour

"Fascinating tour of Cesis and Sigulda"

Reviewed June 15th, 2019
Mike from UK
Our group of eight had a tremendously enjoyable early June tour with Rihards (Richard), meeting us all promptly at the hotel for a 0900 start and reaching Cesis around 90 minutes later. Booked at quite short notice, it was certainly appreciated that Rihards was able to respond quickly to any questions and he made an interesting and helpful guide. We found the pricing to be highly competitive for a ten-hour tour given that all entrance fees were included. Highlight wise, the medieval castle at Cesis is a definite must-see for anybody visiting Latvia, particularly with a superb new multimedia exhibition charting its historical timeline in HG Wells ‘Time Machine’ style. They also have a number of in-costume inhabitants that interact with visitors to make it a great visit (the armour hut guy was a real star). Rihards also took us for a photo opportunity at the downhill ski slope after lunch and the castle at Sigulda, we finished with Gutmans cave and the interesting defensive keep at Turaida.

Visited June 2019
"Great day in Cesis and Sigulda"

Reviewed June 5th, 2019
Roxana from Norway
My wife and I enjoyed a very nice day visiting the charming towns of Cesis and Sigulda. Our guide Rihards picked us up in Riga old town, and fed us lots of interesting information during the whole day. Both destinations were interesting, but we especially enjoyed the hillsided landscape in Sigulda.
And we enjoyed a lot the pleasant company of Rihards, his knowledge and professionality. We learned and enjoyed a lot - thank you!!

Visited June 2019
"nice day tour with rihards"

Reviewed April 24, 2017
Bronka from Israel
Rihards picked us from the hotel right on time. the tour was organized very good and so was the lunch. Rihards was friendly, informative and we had a very pleasant day with him.

Visited April 2017
"Un viaje en el tiempo"
Reviewed July 28, 2015
Julio from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hicimos el tour "Hansa union city Cēsis and Switzerland of Vidzeme- Sigulda" lo cual fue una maravillosa experiencia el poder visitar tres castillos medievales en Letonia. Este tour nos brindó la posibilidad de visitar varios lugares en el mismo día, que de hacerlo por nuestra cuenta, hubiera sido imposible. Nuestro guía Rihards, un apasionado de su país, fue muy amable y didáctico con el que podías hablar abiertamente de cualquier tema. Nos ofreció un servicio de excelencia y siempre nos ofreció flexibilidad con los tiempos. Altamente recomendable!!

Visited July 2015
"Excellent Customized Tour of Sigulda and Cesis"
Reviewed July 27, 2015
Kartik from Irvine, USA
Rihard worked with us to create a customized tour of Sigulda, Ligatne and Cesis. He was very responsive via phone and email and came up with an excellent plan for us. We visited Turida Castle, Ligatne's Soviet Bunker and Cesis Castle. He was professional and ensured our comfort by bringing water, sweets and ponchos for the weather. The best part of the tour was that Rihard, upon learning how we have never been berry picking, he took us to the forests near Ligatne to pick Blue and Strawberries. We had never seen berries in the wild and it was something we will cherish for a long time. He also gave us a close up view of the Guaja river. Thanks Rihard for making this a memorable tour for us.

Visited July 2015
"Wonderful experience"
Reviewed June 18, 2015
Chris from Sanfrancisco, USA
Our family took a all day tour of Latvia with Richards that we enjoyed so much that we scheduled a second tour two days later. Richards was able to juggle his schedule accommodate our last minute request. Very personal and insightful information and we did not just have a tour guide, we made a friend.
Spend a day or two outside of Riga to view the land and learn about Latvian history.

Visited June 2015
"Great time in Latvia"
Reviewed September 19, 2014
Matjaž from Slovenia
Me and my wife attended great private tour 'Hansa union city Cēsis and Switzerland of Vidzeme- Sigulda' and had really great time with our tour guide Rihards. The tour was really good organised, so we recommend the tour to anyone, who would like discover the great history of Latvia and see its beautiful countryside.

Visited September 2014
"Wonderful Experience"
Reviewed May 24, 2014
Ian from France
If you want to discover other sites in Latvia out of Riga do a "made to measure" experience with the "Discover Latvia" agency in Riga. Rihards took us out for the day to medieval Cesis, Sigulda and Turaida at a nice leisurely pace and it turned out to be exactly what we wanted! Medieval magic! Friendly and experienced he also gave us good tips about Riga itself = we were the very first visitors to be given tickets on opening day 1st May 2014 10am at the Corner House = KGB building now a museum and open to the public after 42 years. Waouh!
Thank you Rihards.

Visited May 2014
"The best personal tour"
Reviewed May 5, 2014
Lucas from Puerto Rico
My wife and I have travel considerably, but this is the first time that we actually write a review. The service was excellent. The tour was well coordinated and special attention was taken to make us feel at home. Highly recommended!

Visited April 2014
"Charming country"
Reviewed May 5, 2014
Manuela from Cluj-Napoca, Romania
With the help from Discover Latvia tours we found that Latvia it's not only about Riga,as beautiful city as it is, but has also small, nice, peacefull towns and villages, impressive and romantic castles,beautiful river valleys,and very interesting history. Our guide Rihards was everything you expect from a guide, right on time, polite, openminded, friendly, he gave us plenty of interesting information so we found out a lot about this country on our tour. We took the tour to Cesis, Sigulda and Turaida but it was no problem at all adding another destination at our request, that was Amatciens, and it was at least as beautiful as the other three destinations visited. We would go back to Latvia if we could, and we would surely take another tour with Discover Latvia.
Thank you, Rihards!

Visited April 2014
"It's a 11 hours tour and it worths both the time and the price"
Reviewed June 6, 2012
Oscar from Barcelona, Spain
I recommend tour to Sigulda in fall. The season makes the environment one of the most beautiful landscapes I've ever seen. We walked in the Gauja National Forest, in the caves of Sigulda, visited castles and met some of the history of Latvia. In addition, Rihards and Sergejs are friendly, pleasant and very funny. I really loved the tour.