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How to Spend 2 Days in Riga

How to Spend 2 Days in Riga

Two days in Riga allows time to experience the city’s most famous sights—Old Riga, the art nouveau district, and Riga Central Market—while also exploring lesser-visited areas and attractions related to the city’s turbulent history. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Latvia’s capital.

Day 1: Explore the Historical Center and More

Morning: Get your bearings while checking off Riga’s major sights, including Old Riga, with a private or group city sightseeing tour. Stroll the historic streets on a walking tour, or cover more ground in less time on a Segway tour. For more flexibility, create your own itinerary with a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Afternoon: Sample local specialties, such as smoked meats, cheeses, herring, wild berries, and hemp butter at the UNESCO-listed Riga Central Market—which, home to more than 3,000 vendors, is one of the largest in Europe. Immerse yourself in Latvian culture and cuisine on a guided tour as you wander through the five pavilions, formerly Zeppelin hangars.

Night: Soak up views of the city’s landmarks on an early evening cruise along the River Daugava and Riga Canal. Afterward, take your pick of restaurants in Old Riga serving everything from traditional fare to innovate contemporary cuisine.

Day 2: Delve into Local History

Morning: Discover some of the most tumultuous periods of Latvian history with a guided tour focused on Riga’s time under Soviet rule. Visit sites where the evidence of occupation can still be seen and learn about daily life—some tours include a taste of typical Soviet-era foods.

Afternoon: Explore outside Riga’s city center with a bicycle tour. Two-wheeled tours let you get a little off the beaten track as you ride along the banks of the River Daugava toward the Moscow district, famed for its wooden houses and as the site of the Jewish ghetto in the Second World War.

Night: Conclude your visit to Riga by going on a tasting tour around Old Riga. Tours typically include samples of Latvian specialties such as dark bread, fresh cottage cheese with dill, and Riga balsam at local business, as well as visits to a local brewery and chocolate factory, before concluding with a meal at a family-run restaurant.

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Best of Riga Walking Tour - Highlights and Hidden Gems

Best of Riga Walking Tour - Highlights and Hidden Gems

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The Old Riga, Art Nouveau, and Central Market districts are three highlights within the city of Riga. On this small-group walking tour, visit all three and hear about the history and cultural heritage of Latvia. Learn about local culture from your guide as you stroll Riga’s scenic streets. Take time to sample traditional Latvian food.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.51
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Soviet Heritage Walking Tour - Riga after WW2

Soviet Heritage Walking Tour - Riga after WW2

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Learn about Riga’s Soviet past as you explore the city’s highlights on this walking tour. Learn about the history of the city and what it was like to live during the Soviet era. This private tour is perfect for those who love Soviet history and want a deeper look at life behind the Iron Curtain.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.83
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Delicious Food Tasting Adventure in Riga Central Market

Delicious Food Tasting Adventure in Riga Central Market

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Riga Central Market is one of the largest in Europe, located at the heart of Riga’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. On this guided walking tour, immerse yourself in local life as you explore the lively market, learn about Latvian cuisine and cultural traditions from your guide, and tuck into a variety of local specialties like smoked meats, seasonal soups, cheeses, dumplings, pastries and more.
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  • 2 hours
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$53.12
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The best of Riga segway tour

The best of Riga segway tour

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Cover lots of ground in Riga on this 1.5-hour Segway tour that covers all of the important landmarks. Perfect for those short on time or those who have difficulty walking, touring via a 2-wheeled, self-balancing scooter in Riga is easy and enjoyable. After a brief intro session, zoom off into the streets of Old Riga to see and learn about the history and culture of the Latvian capital.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Old Town Walking Tour of Riga

Old Town Walking Tour of Riga

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Get to know Riga’s Old Town on a 2-hour walking tour, and view the city’s historical highpoints. As you stroll from sight to sight, hear about the city’s past as a mighty seaport during the Middle Ages, and enjoy photo stops at the prettiest medieval landmarks, such as the Old Guild House, Powder Tower and magnificent House of the Blackheads. Learn about the Riga’s role as a member of the powerful Hanseatic League between the 1400s and 1600s, and discover must-sees such as St Peter’s Church and the Swedish Gate.
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  • 2 hours
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