Jewish Heritage of Riga Private Tour

Meet your guide and driver by the ship / hotel and start Riga sightseeing tour by bus with overview of Jewish history and sites.

Driving along the scenic Daugava riverbank, we will admire the medieval heart of Riga, the Old Town. We will take a stroll through the magnificent squares and medieval streets of this Hanseatic merchants town. On our way we will see the Town Hall and House of Blackheads. Our next stop is at the Synagogue - a unique building with a fascinating history.

Leaving the city center behind, we will now head to discover a period in time, where the most beautiful houses in Riga were built in art nouveau style. The Art Nouveau Museum exhibits the best of it in a charming and inviting way.

Thereafter, Riga Ghetto and Holocaust museum visit (Note: donation required).

The tour includes some free time for shopping and roundtrip transfer from cruise port. At the end of the tour you will be taken back to the ship/hotel.

• Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance

per adult from

$577

AUD

Duration

5 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

Select Date and Travellers

No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request
    • Driver’s services as per the program (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
    • Pick-up from hotel by comfortable a/c bus appropriate for the group size
    • Coffee break
    • Guided walking City center tour
    • Drop-off at the hotel (if you wish you may remain in the city and come back by taxi)
    • Admission to Art Nuveau Museum (will be substituted by the Dome Church visit on Mondays)
    • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
    • Entry/Admission - Musee Art Nouveau
    • Entry/Admission - Riga Synagogue
    What's excluded :
    • Tips/Gratuity
    • Lunch or snacks
    • Camera pass where applicable
    • Donations at Ghetto and Holocaust museum & Occupation Museum
    • Other languages are available on request. A surcharge might apply. Please inquire with our managers.
    • Entry/Admission - House of the Black Heads
    • Entry/Admission - Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Latvian National Opera
    • Entry/Admission - Riga Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Riga Cathedral
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Riga Town Hall Square, Kalku iela, Riga Latvia

    The Town Hall Square in Riga has been completely re-built, since during the World War II the square and its historic buildings were destroyed. The city guests are welcomed by the historical façade of the House of the Blackheads, as well as the reconstructed Town Hall, and other buildings. Town Hall Square is the place where 500 years ago the city Christmas-tree was lit — now a memorial plank can be found here and a new Christmas-tree is decorated every year.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: House of the Black Heads, Ratslaukums 7, Riga 1050 Latvia

    House of the Blackheads is an impressive colorfull structure on the Town Hall square. It belonged to the society of merchants and ship owners, formed in 15th century in the Baltics. The current exterior of the building dates back to the middle of the 17th century.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Musee Art Nouveau, Alberta iela 12, Riga 1010 Latvia

    The suddle but elegant northern art nouveau can be seen on many streets or Riga, with most buildings created by Konstantīns Pēkšēns, local architect. The quater between Albert, Strēlnieku, Antonijas and Dzirnavu streets is famous for the most elegant art nouveau structures, where every next building is more impressive. The art nouveau museum is located right there, in the former apartment of Konstantīns Pēkšēns. It can be recognized from far away by the tall tower above the front of the house. Museum features the stunning room interiors, and its spiral staircase is one of the most impressive in all Europe.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum, Maskavas iela 14a, Riga 1050 Latvia

    The Riga Ghetto and Holocoust museum is a courtyard between Maskavas and Krasta streets. Its main feature is an ominously long wall covered with the names of victims of the Holocaust in Latvia. You can also look at Nazi propaganda, horrifying photos of tortured bodies, stills of ghetto life and grainy black and whites of old synagogues across the country, most of which no longer exist. There is also a little wooden house, like many other houses in Ghetto. Inside are the cubes that tell the stories of people who were murdered in WW2 times.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Old City Riga (Vecriga), Kungu Iela 3 Riga, Riga 1050 Latvia

    Old Town of Riga is famous for its cathedrals, old buildings, churches. Take a walk through the laburinth of the narrow brick streets, enjoying the colorfull buildings, little shops and sweet restaurants. See the famous Dome square and cathedral, Castle with the Castle square, Town Hall, house of the Blackheads and others.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: River Daugava, Riga Latvia

    The spectacular river embankment is a great place to enjoy the afternoon walk. The Western bank of the river has contemporary buildings, including the elegant wave of the National Library. The Eastern bank has the Old town buildings, including the Town Hall square with the House of the Blackheads. The significant landmark of the embankment is the statue of St. Christopher, hidden in the glass box, that is a popular lucky charm of the town.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Riga Synagogue, Peitavas St., 6/8, Riga Latvia

    The synagogue on Peitavas Street is one of Riga's Art Nouveau jewels and a significant cultural monument. Peitav shul is the only active synagogue in Riga.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Cat House, Meistaru iela 19, Riga 1050 Latvia

    The Cat house is the most distinct building of the Old Riga with the two statues of the angry looking cats on the top of the building's towers. There are lots of legends about the origin of this symbols, and historians still debate about the true one. And the cats are watching the city from the tower tops.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Latvian National Opera, Aspazijas bulvaris 3, Riga 1050 Latvia

    The Latvian National Opera building is a home to the National Opera company, which also includes the National Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra. Formerly the German theater, the building is the 1883 post fire reconstruction of the 1863 structure. The locating for the opera was determined during the grand new city planning in 1860th when Riga changed its status from the fort at the Russian border to the local regional center. The old fort's walls were turned down, giving the way to the wide streets and beautiful buildings.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Riga Castle, Pils laukums 3, Riga 1050 Latvia

    The current castle dates back to 1515. It was the Livonian order residence, currently occupied by the president of Latvia. The castle is an impressive structure with the white walls, fat towers and red roof. After the 2013 fire, the castle is closed for renovation till the end of 2018.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Riga Cathedral, Herdera laukums 6 Centra Rajons, Riga 1050 Latvia

    The cathedral is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Latvia, and is featured in or the subject of paintings, photographs and television travelogues. Like all of the ancient churches of the city, it is known for its weathercock on the top. It was built in 1211 on the high Daugava bank. The cathedral has the 2nd largest organ in Latvia. You can visit the regular organ conserts in the cathedral.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Statue of Roland, Ratslaukums, Riga Latvia

    A Roland statue is a statue of a knight with a drawn sword, signifying the town privileges of a medieval city, often associated with the Hanseatic Trade League. It's placed it the heart of the old town. Roland was rerspected as a patron of the trade, people came to his statue, seeking health, fortune, wealth.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Three Brothers, Maza Pils iela 19, Riga 1050 Latvia

    The Three Brothers introduce us to the traditional architecture of the medieval Riga. These are the oldest residetional complex in the city. The White brother with the gothis steps on the roof is the oldest one with the unique stone benches at the door. The Middle brother is also middle of age. It features the Dutch architestural Mannerism with elegant window tops and unusual roof. The Green brother is the youngest. It features the strict but charming early baroque with the traditional Gable. The name was inspired by the "3 sisters" in Tallinn, which are the similar old buildings, standing next to each other.

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    You will be picked up from cruise ship/hotel of Riga.Ports
    • Riga Passenger Terminal
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.
    • Children under 12 MUST have their OWN car seat or booster seat in order to participate on the tour. UVisitRussia does not provide car seats/booster seats.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by U Visit Russia

Activity ID: V-7772P242

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