Hiking Adventure In Gauja National Park

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5 Based on 3 Reviews
  • duration 7 days
  • tour type Private and Group
  • age requirement 15-79 yrs
  • max group size 6
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-38729
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English, German
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  • Starts Riga, Latvia
  • Ends Riga, Latvia
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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Combine culture and history with hiking and beautiful landscapes
  • Explore the stunning Gauja National Park
  • Discover the Cesis Medieval Castle and Art Nouveau in Riga
  • Visit the paper-mill village of Ligatne
This is a trip for those looking for something a little different. Combine hiking and outdoor exploration with culture, food and history on this 7-day adventure trip in Latvia! Gauja National Park, where the valley of the Gauja River curls between hills as far as the eye can see, guarantees the most scenic views in Latvia. The surroundings are rich with sandstone rocks, cliffs and outcrops. They will undoubtedly surprise you with their magnificence and beauty.

The adventure begins in the capital city Riga, where you will explore the Old Town, see Riga Castle, and visit the huge Riga Central Market. Continue to smaller towns and villages, including the paper mill village Ligatne, which still looks almost the same as in the 19th century. You will also visit Cesis, the third oldest town in Latvia, and its fascinating old medieval castle. In between discovering the local highlights, enjoy 4 guided hiking tours that cross villages, sandstone cliffs, beaches, and more. What is waiting for you on the hikes? A meditative and relaxing experience in nature, fresh pine tree air, beautiful scenery, winding lakes and rivers, diverse flora, power and peace of the sea, white sandy beaches and a lot of adventures!
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Arrival
  • Day 2: Art Nouveau Gems of Riga
  • Day 3: Curves of the Gauja Hike and paper mill village
  • Day 4: Sandstone Cliffs and Lake Fortress
  • Day 5: Cesis, the Medieval Gem
  • Day 6: Hike along Garzeri Lakes and Baltic Sea
  • Day 7: End of trip/ departure
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Accommodation on double/twin sharing basis
  • 5 overnights in centrally located 3-star hotels (with breakfast)
  • 1 overnight in a boutique hotel in Ligatne (with breakfast)
  • Welcome meeting with the tour leader
  • English and German speaking driver and tour leader throughout the program
  • Walking tour in Riga, Ligatne and Cesis
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Hiking tour in Sigulda, Līgatne, Cēsis and Garezeri
  • Entrance fees for Ligatne Nature Trails, Araisi Archaeological Park, and Cesis Medieval Castle
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Ligatne wine degustation
  • Farewell dinner in restaurant
  • Transfer from airport to hotel
  • Transfer from hotel to airport
  • Single supplement
  • Hiking tour to Ķemeri National
  • In Riga 4-star hotel Wellton R
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any meals or drinks not mentioned in the program
  • Hiking equipment
  • Transportation to Riga (such as international airfare)
  • Gratuities
  • Optional activities & transport (these can be added on at checkout)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 3 reviews
  • Richard Damstra
  • From Latvia
  • On Nov 01 2021
5 - Excellent
Very well organized
Very knowledgeable and friendly guide, beautiful and interesting routes. This local travel specialist is very well organized—these tours are a great way to enjoy the beauty of Latvia and get to know the country better.
  • Rafael Gryber
  • From Latvia
  • On Sep 01 2021
5 - Excellent
A fantastic experience!
A fantastic experience! Valdis is an attentive guide who will introduce you to the history and individual attractions of the park. Absolutely recommendable!
  • Kristina Klimovica
  • From Latvia
  • On Apr 01 2021
5 - Excellent
Perfect combination of the city sightseeing and enjoying nature
I am very grateful to Valdis for leading our hike through the Gauja National Park near Sigulda. It was the perfect combination of the city sightseeing and enjoying nature. Valdis made stops at the most remarkable objects both in... Read more
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CANCELLATION

10% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.

Payment

A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

Other Practical InformationFor solo travelers the single supplement is mandatory and ALREADY included in the price when booking only for one person. If booking for more than one person but wanting the single supplement, choose it as an add on at check out. The hiking is relatively easy with a few steep climbs. The terrain is mostly small footpaths through the woods. The hiking tours also include walking around towns, along the beach, boardwalks and countryside roads. Packing list: 1 water bottle with at least 1 liter capacity, Anorak (with hood) and pants, both wind and waterproof (e.g .: Goretex), Anklehigh mountain boots with tread soles, Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen), Daypack with approx. 30 l volume, Warm additional clothing (sweater, hat, gloves), Personal medication, Appropriate hiking clothing (Tshirts, trekking pants, hiking socks)
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