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    Go Local - District's of Riga

    Riga, Latvia

    Duration 4 hrs

    Mingle with local Latvians by traveling on the train and public buses to several waterfront districts, where you will meander about the attractions. ...
    Mingle with local Latvians by traveling on the train and public buses to several waterfront districts, where you will meander about the attractions. more...

    Mingle with local Latvians by traveling on the train and public buses to several waterfront districts, where you will meander about the attractions. The train will bring you to Vecaki, a district on the Gulf of Riga known for its beaches. While there, the guide will enhance your understanding of the capital’s turbulent history by elaborating on the nearby fortifications that date to the Napoleonic Wars. You will then board a public bus and enjoy a genuine slice of daily Latvian life on the way to the Vecmilgravis district. The guide will point out buildings constructed during the time that the Soviets occupied Latvia. Like several neighboring Baltic countries, Latvia gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The most historical building is the White Church. Built near the water during the late 18th century, the wooden Lutheran church features a tower that local fishermen have long used as a lighthouse of sorts to help them navigate.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Get an authentic feel for Latvian life by riding the train and bus with the locals.
    • Explore the beach-rimmed district of Vecaki, a resort area where the residents relax.
    • Gain an understanding of life under Soviet rule before Latvia became independent in 1991.

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    • Adult from: C168.75 CAD
    • Child from: C168.75 CAD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Go Local - Visit to the Local Farmhouse

    Riga, Latvia

    Duration 4 hrs

    Visit a rural farm and tour the fields with the owners, who will be quite willing to discuss how farming and life has changed since Latvia’s independence from the Soviet Union. ...
    Visit a rural farm and tour the fields with the owners, who will be quite willing to discuss how farming and life has changed since Latvia’s independence from the Soviet Union. more...

    Visit a rural farm and tour the fields with the owners, who will be quite willing to discuss how farming and life has changed since Latvia’s independence from the Soviet Union. During the Soviet era, collective farming was practiced, in which government-owned farms banded together to grow crops. When Latvia gained its independence in 1991, farms could be privately owned again. The farm that you will visit grows an abundance of raspberries and strawberries, as the conditions in this part of Latvia are quite favorable for both crops. Growing berries became even more widespread following the Soviet era because the farmers could directly reap the benefits. You may have the opportunity to pick your own berries in the fields and enjoy them while lingering over a cup of tea with the owners of the farm. Feel free to ask them about their lives before and after Soviet rule. It is sure to be an eye-opening experience.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Gain an understanding of how farming has changed since Soviet rule ended in 1991.
    • our a berry farm with the owners and pick your own raspberries and strawberries.
    • Enjoy the berries and a cup of tea with the owners as they discuss post-Soviet rural life.

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    • Adult from: C248.75 CAD
    • Child from: C248.75 CAD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Turaida & Sigulda

    Riga, Latvia

    Duration 5 1/2 hrs

    Head to the picturesque town of Sigulda, located about 30 miles from Riga. During the drive you will enjoy the beautiful forest scenery and magnificent views of the River Gauja valley. ...
    Head to the picturesque town of Sigulda, located about 30 miles from Riga. During the drive you will enjoy the beautiful forest scenery and magnificent views of the River Gauja valley. more...

    Head to the picturesque town of Sigulda, located about 30 miles from Riga. During the drive you will enjoy the beautiful forest scenery and magnificent views of the River Gauja valley. Sigulda is often called the Latvian Switzerland and is well known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Latvia. Visit the 13th century Turaida Castle and the fortification tower, where you can enjoy the picturesque landscape from a bird's-eye view. By the Turaida church under an old linden tree, you will find the grave of a young girl - the Rose of Turaida - the heroine of a true love story from the 17th century. Visit the sculpture park dedicated to Latvian folklore.


    You will also stop for a look of the renovated ruins of the 13th century Sigulda Castle and the 19th century Kropotkin’s Manor House. With a long history of battles that severely damaged the castle, it suffered great damage during the centuries. After years of renovations, it offers a perfect venue where to hold many events and impressive views of the Gauja River Valley.


    Along the way, you will stop for a short visit of the Gutmana cave; the object of many legends. Its name derives from the German words for gut mann, as the cave was home to a good man who healed locals with the waters of a nearby spring.


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    • Adult from: C98.75 CAD
    • Child from: C48.75 CAD
    DURATION 5 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Art & Architecture of Riga

    Riga, Latvia

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Become familiar with the diversity of architectural styles that make Riga such an architecturally rich city. ...
    Become familiar with the diversity of architectural styles that make Riga such an architecturally rich city. more...

    Become familiar with the diversity of architectural styles that make Riga such an architecturally rich city.


    Historic importance of authentic Old Riga with its charming medieval atmosphere and current renaissance of old buildings with successfully implemented restoration projects reveal Riga in its real beauty. It is estimated that Riga overall possesses the largest collection of German Art Nouveau architecture in the world.


    Take a walk through the main Art Nouveau street – Alberta street. During this part of your tour, enjoy the opportunity to admire various unforgettable examples of Art Nouveau buildings.


    Drive along the boulevards, parks and charming green sports of Riga. Enjoy the opportunity to admire various unforgettable examples of Art Nouveau buildings, as well as Latvian National Museum of Art, the Monument of Freedom erected in 1935 on the donations of citizens of Latvia, Latvian University, National Opera and other remarkable buildings.


    Discover the historical Old Riga on foot and acquaint yourself with the churches, renovated buildings, where the architecture of medieval times and that of the 17th-19th centuries dominate. Look at the Blackheads’ House, St. Peter’s Church and others. Walk to Livu Square where we will have a chance to admire buildings such as the Theatre of Russian Drama, Big and Small Guild Houses and wonderful buildings of Art Nouveau architecture.


    During the tour you will visit the State Latvian Museum of Art. The impressive building itself is a national architectural monument. After an extensive restoration and reconstruction, the Latvian National Museum of Art is opened to visitors on May 4, 2016. The new permanent exhibition, housed in the 2nd and 3rd floor of museum’s historic building, with more than 500 works of art, focuses on the different development periods of Latvian art.


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    • Adult from: C93.75 CAD
    • Child from: C43.75 CAD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Charming Riga - Pearl of the Baltic

    Riga, Latvia

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Riga, the capital of Latvia, was founded more than 800 years ago and has now grown into the most cosmopolitan city in the Baltic States. Years of independence and becoming a member of the European Union have brought great changes and development to the city and to the country itself. ...
    Riga, the capital of Latvia, was founded more than 800 years ago and has now grown into the most cosmopolitan city in the Baltic States. Years of independence and becoming a member of the European Union have brought great changes and development to the city and to the country itself. more...

    Riga, the capital of Latvia, was founded more than 800 years ago and has now grown into the most cosmopolitan city in the Baltic States. Founded in 1201 during the Middle Ages, Riga was developed into a Hanseatic city, and by the 18-th and 19-th century had grown into one of Europe’s leading ports and industrial centers. As a cosmopolitan city Riga was once revered as “the Paris of the North”. Years of independence and becoming a member of the European Union have brought great changes and development to the city and to the country itself. Enjoy a short driving along the boulevards, parks and charming green sports of Riga. During this part of the tour enjoy the opportunity to admire various unforgettable examples of Art Nouveau buildings, as well as Latvian National Museum of Art, the Monument of Freedom erected in 1935 on the donations of citizens of Latvia, Latvian University, National Opera and other remarkable buildings. Discover the historical Old Riga on foot and acquaint yourself with the churches, renovated buildings, and glorious Dome Cathedral – a masterpiece of architecture, which you will have a chance to visit. Foundations for the cathedral were laid in 1211. Large restauration works from the late 19th to early 20th centuries gave it its present look. It is considered the largest Medieval church in Latvia and the Baltic States. The Dome, the tallest of all spires at the time, is famous for its magnificent organ, constructed in 1883, with more than 6,000 pipes. Continue your walk to the Town Hall Square, where you will see House of Blackhead’s, Roland Monument, St. Peter’s church. Stop at the Livu Square and listen to a story about the Cat House, Small and Large Guild Houses. less

    • Adult from: C73.75 CAD
    • Child from: C36.25 CAD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Resort Town of Jurmala

    Riga, Latvia

    Duration 3 hrs

    Jurmala is a resort town west of Riga, with white sand beaches stretching nearly 20 miles and sandwiched between the Gulf of Riga and the Lielupe River. ...
    Jurmala is a resort town west of Riga, with white sand beaches stretching nearly 20 miles and sandwiched between the Gulf of Riga and the Lielupe River. more...

    Jurmala is a resort town west of Riga, with white sand beaches stretching nearly 20 miles and sandwiched between the Gulf of Riga and the Lielupe River.


    While Latvia was a part of the Soviet Union, Jurmala was a favorite holiday-resort and beloved tourist destination for high-level Communist Party officials. Although many amenities such as beach-houses and concrete hotels remain, some have fallen into disrepair, Jurmala remains a tourist attraction with its long white-sand beach facing the Gulf of Riga and romantic wooden houses built in the Art Nouveau style. The town is well-known for its natural treasures – the mild climate, sea, healthy air, curative mud and mineral water. The allure of Jurmala lies in its almost 20-mile long white sand beach, large pine forests and the natural border of the city – the river Lielupe.


    An approximately 30-minute drive takes to Jurmala, where a short panoramic drive takes you by the Dzintari Concert Hall, built in 1960, where the popular festivals take place during the summer, and the train station. Take a walk around town and learn about the most distinguishing architectural feature in Jurmala - the prevalence of wooden houses dating from the 19th and first half of the 20th century. Most of the buildings were built by Baltic German and Latvian architects. The architecture of Jurmala typically falls into classicism, national romanticism, and modern styles. The town has an official list of 414 historical buildings under the protection of the state.


    There is plenty to do in town; the long, main pedestrian street offers an opportunity to people watch and an assortment of friendly cafes and restaurants as well as shops and green areas. Head to the beach and experience the freshness of the Jurmala sea-side. Perhaps you will want to use your free time to dip your toes in the water and take a walk along the shore.


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    • Adult from: C61.25 CAD
    • Child from: C31.25 CAD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Panoramic Riga

    Riga, Latvia

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Make yourself comfortable and get ready for the photo highlights of the Latvian capital. ...
    Make yourself comfortable and get ready for the photo highlights of the Latvian capital. more...

    Make yourself comfortable and get ready for the photo highlights of the Latvian capital.


    Drive through the streets of Riga where you can enjoy the medieval architecture and beautiful examples of the Art Nouveau style, as well as see the city's modern architecture and lifestyle. Pass by the Old Town of Riga, with panoramas outlined by many church spires. You will see the 14th century Powder Tower, which is the only remaining tower of the former city defense wall and you will then make a stop at the City Hall Square for a great photo opportunity.


    A stop at the Freedom Monument will give you the chance to take a memorable photo of this symbol of Latvian independence, which was erected in 1935 and was again at the heart of the Latvian independence movement in the late 1980s.


    Cross the River Daugava for a magnificent panoramic view of the Old Town. Don't miss this postcard view for your photo album of the journey.


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    • Adult from: C61.25 CAD
    • Child from: C31.25 CAD
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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NCL makes arrangements for Guests for shore excursions solely for the convenience of the Guest; NCL does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such excursions, and the same are provided by independent contractors. NCL assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such excursion provider, and Guests acknowledge that NCL shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such provider.

Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

Photographs are for illustration purposes only used to represent the excursion experience and may not accurately depict the excursion, location, or activity indicated.

Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.