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Cesis: Medieval Heritage And Natural Treasure

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  • duration 8 hours
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 5+ years old
  • max group size 4
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-38757
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Riga, Latvia
  • Ends Riga, Latvia
  • Enjoy a city tour of Cesis old town
  • Visit St. John’s Church
  • Explore the Cesis medieval castle complex
  • Hike to ancient Gauja River valley
Join us for this small group day trip from Riga to Cesis, one of the oldest towns in Latvia. A medieval gem, the town of Cesis draws visitors for its rich heritage and culture, historical monuments, and natural environment perfect for outdoor activities. It is also home to many natural treasures, including the stunning Gauja National Park. Despite a history of war, the old town has remained almost unchanged. Charming ruins of medieval castles invite you to explore the history and feel the medieval spirit!

We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning, and drive to Cesis. Once we arrive, we’ll first take you on a city tour to see such highlights as the City Hall, Merchant House, Princess House, and St. John’s Church. Hundreds of years of history are visible not only on the streets but also in the Cesis Castle complex, which we will also visit. Inside the medieval castle, you will receive a lantern and climb up its towers!

After the tour, nature is waiting! We’ll take you on a short hike (about 6km) to see the beautiful red sandstone cliffs along the ancient Gauja River Valley and enjoy the wonderful views, fresh air, and natural environment.

At the end of the tour, we’ll bring you back to your hotel in Riga.
  • Transportation from Riga and back
  • Hotel pick up
  • Cesis city tour in English
  • Entrance to Cesis Castle Complex
  • Tour of the Cesis Medieval castle in English
  • 6 km hike on the Cīrulīši nature trail (easy hike)
  • Guide
  • Lunch
  • Water
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Based on 1 review
  • Naveen Chanana
  • From Latvia
  • On Sep 01 2021
5 - Excellent
Excellent Service
Excellent service very courteous and had a lot of knowledge about all the sites and history involved with it
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Other Practical InformationWe will pick you up at your given address and bring you back. Please dress accordingly to the weather forecast! Due to very changeable weather, layering is key to enjoying the hike, and rain protection is a musthave. Any comfortable shoes are good enough for this tour. Please bring: 1 l of water per person as a minimum, snacks and lunch for breaks and picnic
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