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Private Riga Old Town Walking Tour
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Private Riga Old Town Walking Tour

By Riga Sightseeing Private Tours
Recommended by 95% of travelers
95% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
History fans that want to learn more while exploring Riga shouldn't miss this private history tour, where you walk the streets of the Old Town with your personal guide. From architecture to culture to religion, you can uncover more than 800 years of Latvian history along the way. Highlights include stops at area landmarks like ancient stone dwellings, historic workshop spaces, and the Riga Castle and Parliament buildings.
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Duration: 1h 45m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Explore Riga's scenic Old Town with this private history walking tour
  • Visit top Riga landmarks, like St. Peter's Church, and the Powder Tower
  • Enjoy a personal experience with this private tour, just for your guests
  • Don't worry about finding your way, with included hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Local taxes
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel / port pick-up
  • Entry/Admission - House Of The Black Heads
  • Entry/Admission - Riga Town Hall Square
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Church
  • Entry/Admission - Cat House
  • Entry/Admission - Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti)
  • Entry/Admission - Three Brothers


Start:
  • The Freedom Monument, Central District, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 35709P1

    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 35709P1

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    About the operator
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    • Riga Sightseeing Private Tours
      82
      Riga, Latvia
      Joined in February 2016
    • Lindamlynski
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great walking tour of Riga
      Rihards is a friendly and informed guide. We had a walk through old town and then to art nouveau area of Riga. We really enjoyed the tour and he knows his history. He’s easygoing too.
      Written August 25, 2023
    • AABDG
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Ilze is a fantastic guide!
      We had a wonderful walking tour of the art nouveau district and the Central Market with Ilze, who is warm, friendly and extremely knowledgable. Thank you Santa for arranging the tours for us and Ilze for showing us around Riga, we had a wonderful time! Highly recommended.
      Written February 6, 2020
    • golbetracker
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      riga in november
      Good exprerience, just make sure you are well covered. not very exhausting more information and appreciation to the site
      Written November 16, 2019
    • USCtraveller
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Terrific Art Nouveau and Old Town Tour!
      Santa provided us a tour of the Old Town, Art Nouveau buildings and Central Markets. Santa is a very professional guide that really knows her stuff. She was very well versed on all of the Art Nouveau structures. On our tour she took us through the central market and made recommendations on some local items to taste. We visited all the main attractions in the Old Town and Santa provided excellent insight into each of the attractions. It was also the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way so Santa showed us a few of the activities celebrating the anniversary. Santa also gave us a good overview of the history of Latvia and its struggles with various occupations (Nazi and Soviet). Santa speaks fluent English and we had no difficulty understanding her. I would highly recommend her for any tour in Riga.
      Written October 5, 2019
    • YuppieonaShoeString
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent day trip
      I really wanted to take a tour of Cesis and the secret Soviet bunker but couldn’t find a company offering such a tour so I contacted a few companies advertising private tours. Santa was the most responsive and had the best reviews. She did not disappoint us; we had a wonderful day with her and Eugene, our driver. Santa was engaging and informative providing us lots of information about Latvia’s culture and history. Cesis is Santa’s hometown and she enjoyed showing it to us as much as we enjoyed visiting. She offered recommendations and tips for Riga that were also excellent. Santa also owns a travel agency and can make your travel arrangements; you will be in good hands.
      Written August 18, 2019
    • Alice H
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Exemplary tour with very knowledgeable guide
      Santa was our tour guide and she was terrific. She was very knowledgeable about Riga, its architecture, history, and social and economic issues. She packed a lot into the 3 1/2 hours we spent with her. Riga is a delightful city with incredibly beautiful buildings and a remarkable history. One of the things we most enjoyed was Santa's sharing about her life in Riga, and how life changed for her and her family after Latvia's independence. We could not have found a better guide! She speaks excellent English, and is very easy to understand.
      Written September 16, 2018
    • AdventuresofYi
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect one day tour of Riga
      We were very lucky to have found Santa on TripAdvisor. As it was our first time in Riga, we hoped to see as much as possible. Santa made a custom tour that covered Old Town, Art Nouveau District, and Central Market. Even though we were with her for almost 5 hours, it felt much shorter. Time flew by as we were having so much fun. The tour flowed very well and she also adapted to our requests - stopping along the way to pick up pastries, ice cream, and toiletries. She didn’t rush us and was patient with our endless questions and photo requests. We learned about Latvia’s history, culture, people, art, food, customs, transportation, and government. After the tour, we also visited a few places she had recommended and liked them as well. Santa’s prices are extremely reasonable. For a group of 4, a private tour costs about the same as those huge group “free” tours. I highly recommend Santa.
      Written August 31, 2018
    • Jaggie2018
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour with Santa Ogrina
      This was a great tour with Santa Ogrina. We highly recommend any tour with her. Very informative and wonderful company.
      Written August 20, 2018
    • MargaretEllen1950
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Informative and interesting
      We had a very pleasant walking tour with Santa through the Art Nouveau district. She did a good job of categorizing and describing what we were seeing and helped to put it in historical perspective. She did such a good job that the rest of our stay in Riga we were looking for more A.N. and recognizing the different categories she discussed. Excellent tour. On time. Highly recommended.
      Written August 4, 2018
    • Jangothecat
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Intelligent, friendly, knowledgeable guide
      Based on the great reviews Santa has received for her Riga walking and art nouveau tours, my wife and I booked her for a tour of Jurmala during the recent Latvian Song Festival. She and a driver met us at our hotel and we received a terrific 4-hour driving/walking tour of the seaside town. She also cheerfully accommodated a few specific unrelated requests we had. Intelligent, friendly, knowledgeable -- thanks, Santa.
      Written July 18, 2018
    • greg_chatsworth
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A great way to enjoy the architecture of Riga
      Everything was awesome, well organized and on-time. I asked for the guide to meet us at the hotel (we were in the center) and she did, with no problem, then took us on a brisk walk up to the Art Nouveau district and told us the history of every relevant building present there (let me put it this way, every building you see in the postcards). Then took us into the Art Nouveau apartment (that cost a little bit extra) and went through the apartment, telling us the history of the place. Everything was awesome, as I have already said. Well organized, well planned and well executed. One funny aside, our tour was just me, my tour guide and my pal. Through out the tour, we kept getting funny glances at much larger groups doing the same tour of Italians, Germans and Argentinians, who were in groups of twenty, twelve and thirty respectively. They were confused as to how I managed such a private tour.
      Written July 9, 2018
    • RedsFanSC
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Exceptional Guide for Riga/Latvia
      In July, I took a solo trip to Estonia and Latvia. I ran across the excellent reviews for Santa on Trip Advisor while planning the trip and am so glad I did. I have learned that nothing beats spending time with a native who is proudly showing off what is special about her country. Santa did this perfectly, with youthful enthusiasm and great willingness to share her personal experiences growing up in Latvia. She also helped me set up transfers to and from the Riga airport. I spent 2 full days touring with Santa. One day was spent visiting the small town Cesis and the ruins of its Livonian Order castle that was built in the 13th century. Santa recalled that I had expressed interest in Soviet history in our e-mail communication and also offered to take me to a bunker built beneath a sanatorium that was to protect Latvian Soviet officials in the event of nuclear war. it was a very interesting day, full of history and Santa's personal stories of growing up in Cesis. The day was further enhanced by our driver Eugene who was exceptionally personable and friendly. The second day was spent in Riga, visiting the Central Market, the Old Town, sites related to the Soviet occupation, and the Jugendstil/Art Nouveau district. Santa dropped me off at the Occupation Museum (another expressed interest) just in time for the afternoon English tour there. Santa is one of the very best private guides I have encountered during several trips to Europe. I loved Latvia and hope to return again. When I do, I will certainly reach out to Santa to see more of the country.
      Written July 7, 2018
    • atypic
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Riga tour
      Over a 4-5 hour period, we went to a few markets and then a thorough walking tour of central Riga. Santa Ogrina was an extremely knowledgeable guide, but also flexible. We were able to spend more time doing the things I was most interested in. I would definitely recommend her to others.
      Written May 13, 2018
    • mikelongloris
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The BEST Riga tour (Santa Ogrina)
      Santa Ogrina is the BEST, she is a brilliant young lady with extensive knowledge of Riga and it's history. I can not overstate what a great guide she is. Santa taught me history of Riga that I never dreamed of. Her knowledge of the architectural history is amazing, she continually pointed out details that I simply didn't see and would have walked right past. Her knowledge of the medieval city, WWII and the German occupation, the Russian occupation and the cold war era, their freedom in 1990 and NATO participation up until now is unbelievable. Santa is highly educated (Masters degree), articulate, and is very friendly, in fact, I made a friend that day. Santa is delightful and on a scale of 1 to 10 I give her a 20. I have no reservation saying if you visit Riga, you definitely should choose Santa as your guide
      Written April 15, 2018
    • Marc F
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A splendid tour guide
      Yesterday Santa took me on a wonderful walking tour of the Art Noveau section of Riga and the Old City. I didn’t have a lot of time and she was excellent in helping me to capture the essence and history of Riga. In addition, Santa was enthusiastic and charming. I recommend her most highly!!!!!
      Written March 5, 2018
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    Peter S
    London, UK18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This tour is a fantastic way to see a beautiful city. Mariya is a superb guide, very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the country. It is wonderful to hear how a Latvian feels about her country’s historic struggle to gain independence. After two hours, I felt that I had seen most of the main sights and I was ready to explore further on my own. Thank you, Mariya.
    Written August 4, 2019
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    TorbenundSu
    Frankfurt, Germany38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2018 • Friends
    We enjoyed our tailored city tour very much. We started at the old town with a short stopover at the central market and later we visited some parts of the Art Nouveau district. Within 4,5 hours Santa gave us a lot of information about Riga, the city history and showed us many places we never would had seen without her. She was very helpful, speaks excellent English and we really recommend her as a tour guide!
    Written February 18, 2018
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    My dear Guests, Thank you so much for a lovely review. It is so nice to see that you remember about time spent in Riga and despite of cold winter day you enjoy the tour. Thank you so much for valuable feedback and hope to see in Riga during the summer! Best Regards, Santa
    Written February 21, 2018
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    Annely A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2018 • Friends
    Had a great private tour with Eva who told us about Riga's history and also had a good chat about life in Latvia in general. We wish her all the best!
    Written July 23, 2018
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    EddyZ88
    County Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2018 • Couples
    We were a couple booking this last min before we arrived in Riga, but finalized the details before even flew out. Great communication that already had me comfortable and pleased that I booked this.

    Met us at our rented apartment. On time with a big smile and excitement. Provided us a few option of what style we would like and we were off.

    Gave us a whole tour around the city, 360 degree style which range from current facts/ past and a lot history and architecture. Said the tour will last 2h, but it was at least 2.5h , but that made no change as we saw everything. Finished on an amazing high and gave us tips on what to do next and what to see.

    Would go again next time as city and building tend to change and redeveloped.
    Written May 7, 2018
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    Dear EddyZ88, Thanks a lot for kind words and detailed feedback! I am happy to hear that tour was informative and useful even after that all that you were seeing and experiencing in Riga and Latvia in previous days. We will be happy to welcome you in Riga again! Best Regards, Santa
    Written May 13, 2018
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    Russell J
    Portsmouth, UK11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2017 • Friends
    Had an informative and relaxed tour of old Riga with Santa. She guided my friends and I in a friendly manner giving lots of information and answering all our questions.
    We also used Santa for a tour of Sigulda and despite the bad weather we enjoyed our visit to the national park and two castles. Santa speaks perfect English and was able to explain to us the History and importance of the places we visited.
    Written November 5, 2017
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    Dear Russell, It was a lot of fun to guide you and your friends around. I am happy that despite the bad weather you still were able to enjoy the tours. Thank you very much for the very nice review! Wish you many adventures trips in the future! Best Regards, Santa
    Written December 4, 2017
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    AlexJ1919
    Munich, Germany2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2017 • Friends
    I can only recommend the private tour Santa Ogrina offers. She is very knowledgeable, takes you to the hidden gems and tailors the tour to your preferences (we mixed in a little bit of Art Nouveau into the old city tour). In summary one of the best city guides I had in a long long time. Thanks again, Santa
    Written October 23, 2017
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    Thank you, Alex and friends, for choosing my guiding services and for the great feedback. I hope you spent a great time in Riga and had a lot of fun! Thank you for sharing your opinion! Best Regards, Santa
    Written October 26, 2017
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    Thomas S
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2024 • Family
    Edvards was extremely knowledgeable and patient with questions. This was one of the most informative guided tours I have ever been on.
    Written April 6, 2024
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    Claire
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Family
    Edvards was brilliant! He was entertaining and very knowledgeable. He kept the whole family engaged with his stories and his humour. We loved the tour, despite it being cold.
    Written December 21, 2023
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    CarolynPBG
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL7 contributions
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    Aug 2023 • Couples
    Fantastic! Edwards, our private tour guide, was a gem. Not only was he informative and very well spoken, he was kind and welcomed all our questions. We learned so much strolling through town. Highly recommend!
    Written August 22, 2023
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    Ralph C
    Kingston upon Thames, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had an excellent tour of the old town of Riga with Ed. He was friendly and knowledgeable. Ed English was excellent and the tour was fun and interesting.
    Written July 17, 2023
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