Tour to Sigulda

Tour Type

Sightseeing Tour

Tour Duration

~7 Hours

Location

Vidzeme - Central Latvia

Tour Season

Whole year

Tour to Sigulda - one of the most charming, active, historical and greenest cities in Latvia. Because of the location in Gauja National Park, this tour from Riga is filled with wonderful landscape and nature sightseeing. Sigulda & Turaida are magical places where walking can take days, we will show you the must see objects- medieval castles, Sigulda bobsleigh track, Turaida and tranquil nature of river Gauja valley.

About The Tour

Tour Description

Day tour from Riga to Sigulda and Gauja National Park - area which is called Switzerland of Latvia by locals.

Sigulda is located only 50 km or just one hour drive from the capital of Latvia which makes it an excellent day tour from Riga to experience more of Latvia than just the capital city.

Enjoy exploring medieval castles, taking a look around from Sigulda boblseigh track and other viewpoints. Refresh your mind by walking through the forests of Gauja National Park and get excited while traveling accross the river Gauja valley on the aerial cableway.

Tour in Latvia which is a good combination of nature and culture to expand your visit to Latvia.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover luge and bobsleigh Track in Sigulda
  • The Sigulda Luge and Bobsleigh Track is a training venue for Latvia's Olympic team, and hosts international and national scale competitions every season.

    The total length of the luge and bobsleigh track is 1420 m; it features 16 curves and allows for a maximum speed of 125 km/h. The track can accommodate competitions and training sessions in luge, bobsleigh, and skeleton events.

  • Enjoy view over Gauja National Park from Aerial Cableway
  • Оpened in 1969, this aerial cableway is the only one of its kind in the Baltic states. It was built in cooperation between Sigulda and Chiatura, a city in Georgia.

  • Walk around Sigulda castle ruins and sea the new castle
  • The Order of the Brothers of the Sword began building Sigulda 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.

  • Visit Gutmans cave and hear the legend about what once happened here
  • The Gūtmaņala (Goodman's Cave) grotto is the most popular and vast cave in Latvia. 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.

  • Discover Gauja National Park
  • The Gauja National Park is the largest and oldest of the national parks in Latvia, characterized by great biological diversity, variety of landforms, natural springs, sandstone outcrops, picturesque views and unique natural, cultural and historical monuments.

  • Be amazed about Turaida museum reserve and spectacular 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. The events of the Turaida Museum Reserve are multi-faceted: besides setting up exhibitions, activities are geared towards the preservation of the cultural environment, the maintenance and shaping of the landscape, as well as diverse visitor-oriented activities.

Additional information

  • Tour includes moderate amount of walking, please wear flat shoes suitable for walking.
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress according to the weather and wear proper shoes for walking.
  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility.
  • You will have to climb 100 steps to reach the top of the Turaida medieval castle tower (optional visit)
  • Infant seats are available on request during the booking.

Map of the tour

Tour Price and Booking

From 50 EUR*
Price includes:
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Transportation
  • Entrance tickets
  • Guide
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From 50 EUR*
Price includes:
  • Rental car with unlimited mileage
  • Detailed itinerary
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About this region of Latvia - Vidzeme

EDEN 2011 Turaida and sigulda

Vidzeme (Northern Latvia)

Reviews of this tour on TripAdvisor

"Sigulda private tour from Riga"

Reviewed June 20, 2019
Helen from UK

We had pre-booked a private day tour for 4 of us to visit Sigulda. Our guide Rihards picked us up from our hotel reception at 10am and was full of interesting knowledge for the whole day. It was an hour’s drive through lovely countryside and we stopped at a couple of view points over the valley before visiting the bob sled track then Sigulda castle. We then went for lunch in a little serve yourself café where the food was excellent and quite cheap, especially for the quality. All the information was in Latvian but the staff spoke good English and told us what everything was. We then moved onto some more view points and the cable car. Once off the cable car we walked down to Gutman’s Cave and then went on to Turaida Castle. The weather was very warm apart from about 1 hour of torrential rain when we got soaked but then the heat dried us out again! We were dropped back off at our hotel at about 5.15pm after a lovely day out!

Visited June 2019

"Best tour in Latvia"

Reviewed March 1, 2017
Duncan from UK

Rihards is an excellent tour guide and from the moment he picked us up from the hotel Metropole to dropping us off he provided a full commentary on Latvian history, Riga, land marks, random facts and where were we're going and what we would see.

We had a complete private tour with just me and my wife taking up the Sigulda tour as the snow was melting and unable to undertake the husky rides.

The scenery was amazing, and Rihards kept us fully informed of what was around us. Visiting the ski slopes and seeing people skiing and snowboarding was great. The bobsleigh track was an interesting facility and the castles at Sigulda and Toraida were lovely to see in the snow. Pity the cable car was not running due to maintenance, but this was reflected in the price we paid and not the fault of Rihards.

We stopped for lunch at a small cafe and it was an excellent value buffet, and tasty too.

Fully recommend Discover Latvia tours, fantastic value for money and. Great day out.

Thank you Rihards.

Visited February 2017

"A brilliant day - can't recommend enough"

Reviewed February 22, 2017
Alexa from UK

We did a tour to Sigulda with Rihards today and can honestly say it was excellent. In both the emails we exchanged prior to booking and then on the tour itself he was honest, friendly and very knowledgeable. You often see "private" tours advertised but this one really was - with just the 4 of us (we all travelled together) and him in the car. At one point we asked if we could book in a bobsled ride at the last minute. He was happy to alter the plan for the day and sorted the ride out for us over the phone in a couple of minutes. (I'd highly recommend a bobsled ride to anyone visiting Sigulda - we thought it was well worth the 50 Euro fee per person). On the tour Rihards made sure we saw the best of everything Sigulda has to offer and when we found that the cable car was closed he recommended a nature walk instead which we really enjoyed. We've had a great day and would definitely book another tour with Discover Latvia.

Visited February 2017

"Tour to Sigulda"

Reviewed December 19, 2016
Sophie from UK

We went on the tour to Sigulda which was amazing. It was great to see somewhere other than Riga whilst in Latvia and the sites were beautiful despite the heavy fog, which actually added an eerie charm to our surroundings (we visited mid December). Rihards was fantastic and very knowledgeable. He went out of his way for my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary by meeting us 15 minutes early so that we could decorate the bus, and suggesting we toast with champagne at the Gutmanis Cave after hearing about a love story that took place there. Also my grandparents aren't the best walkers as their little legs get sore after a while but Rihards was very patient and allowed us to go at our own pace. We had a really lovely day exploring castles, caves, bobsleigh tracks, ski slopes and many wonderful viewpoints so I would definitely suggest booking with Discover Latvia.
Thank you!

Visited December 2016

"Very enjoyable tour to Sigulda!"

Reviewed September 2, 2014
William from Columbus, Ohio, USA

I went on the Sigulda tour and it was everything I expected and more. Rihards was an excellent, thoughtful guide with a great deal of knowledge about Latvia - its people and history. We visited some very interesting sites and I had the chance to see some of the amazing Latvian countryside. The aerial tram over the Gauja river was breathtaking, as were the views from the top of the tower in Turaida. Lunch was at a very nice traditional restaurant in Sigulda. Along the way we enjoyed Latvian sweets, which was a nice touch. I would highly recommend this tour!

Visited August 2014

"Outstanding tour"

Reviewed September 1, 2014
Glenys from Sidney, Australia

My husband and I were lucky enough to be the only people on our tour to Sigulda and had a most enjoyable and informative day with Rihards. We visited all the places listed on the itinerary, which were most interesting. But we also learnt a lot about Latvia, a country of which we have little knowledge. Our lunch stop was at a place with good food, at very good prices. Rihards was most considerate about what we could do or not do, as I have a bit of a knee injury. He also told us a number of lovely stories relating to the places we visited. The car was very comfortable and we were provided with not only a bottle of water each, but also lots of delicious Latvian sweets. We were picked up promptly at the designated time and returned to our hotel, a service we greatly appreciated.
We thoroughly recommend this tour and especially recommend Rihards as a guide.

Visited August 2014

"Amazing day trip with Rihards!"

Reviewed July 2, 2014
Gretchen from Friendswood, USA

We took the Sigulda tour with Discover Latvia Tours, and we're so glad we did! Rihards is an excellent guide--perfect English, interesting, and most of all, FUN! My family of 4 really enjoyed visiting Sigulda!

Visited June 2014

"Tour to Sigulda"

Reviewed June 10, 2014
Meir from Tel Aviv, Israel

Family of 4 persons, we booked the "Tour to Sigulda" tour by the Email and contact with Rihards from the agency. The tour was wonderful and Rihards is a good guide. I recommend "Discover Latvia Tours" to you all.

Visited May 2014

"Amazing day tour"

Reviewed October 14, 2013
Luisa from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

We went for a 6 hour tour in Sigulda, we had an amazing time!! Our guide Rihard was a very polite and nice person, he was very nice w/ us! I was in touch w/ him by email and everything went great! I would recommend this tour and any other tour w/ the company. Very professional people. Perfect day!

Visited Ocotber 2013

"Two great tours with Discover Latvia"

Reviewed October 5, 2013
Colleen from USA

Rihard was an excellent guide when I took two of their castle/palace tours in October 2013. The fall colors were at their peak and I really enjoyed the Latvian "golden autumn." I decided to visit Latvia on a whim and was very impressed with everything I saw and with the quality of these tours! Rundale Palace, Segulda and Turaida castles were well worth the trip.

Visited Ocotber 2013

"Sigulda"

Reviewed October 5, 2013
Lorraine from London, UK

We were taken for the day to this beautiful place by a very helpful and polite young man called Rihards. He was very informative about the area and the sights he took us to and spent alot of time showing us around nothing was too much trouble. Sigulda in the autumn with the trees turning multicolours is very beautiful to see. The castle was very interesting, the cable car ride was fun, the bobsleigh run was interesting and the scenery stunning. I would highly recommend everyone visiting Riga to take this tour.

Visited Ocotber 2013

"Discover Latvia"

Reviewed May 31, 2013
Frances from Denver, Colorado, USA

I booked three tours with Discover Latvia, a small, relatively new tour company in Riga. I was most impressed with Rihards, who was very knowledgeable and accommodating, and with his associate Yuris. The first tour was a walking tour with Maija, who took me to all the main attractions of old town Riga. The next day Rihards took me to Sigulda, and we were joined on the following day by Yuris for a tour of Kuldiga. My guides were excellent and the venues extremely interesting. Good value for money on these private tours. I highly recommend this company.

Visited April 2013