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PRIVATE RIGA OLD TOWN TOUR – 5K

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It is a short and sweet running tour with a highly diverse architecture presenting various periods starting from the 13th century including such styles as Gothic, Romanticism, Mannerism, Baroque, Eclectic, Modernism, Art Nouveau. The majority of buildings are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and have the status of a cultural monument.
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TOUR DETAILS

  • Tour Type

    private tour
  • Tour Distance

    5 km / 3.1 mi
  • Tour Duration

    1h
  • Level of Difficulty

    easy
  • Tour pace

    individual
  • Tour days

    Mon - Sun
  • Start times

    Individual tour start times. Please select a preferred tour start time during the booking process.
  • Tour Language

    English, Latvian or Russian (optional)

TOUR DESCRIPTION

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The 5 km must see tour around the Old Town of Riga is a amazing tour with a highly diverse architecture. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the architectural pearls from different centuries.

The running tour starts at the Latvian National Opera - the unique 19th century architectural pearl, nowadays famous for presenting high class classical opera, modern opera and ballet performances. We will continue running passing by the Freedom Monument which has been Riga's central landmark for almost a century. This almost 50 m tall granite and copper work of art is a symbol of the Latvian nation's fighting for freedom and independence. It is often a point of public gatherings and official ceremonies in Riga.

Enjoying all the spectacular views of different architecture we will reach St.Peter’s Church and the Dome Cathedral – a unique church of cathedral type with monastery and the oldest and grandest church in Latvia.

In the Middle Ages, Riga had a port and was a member of the Hanseatic League, which was a confederation of merchant cities of the Baltic Sea in the Baltic region and Germany. The prosperity of this period we will see by visiting the Small and Great Guild halls, as well as the House of the Blackheads with the statue of Rolands in front of it.

On this running tour we will also run by the Riga castle which was constructed in 1330 as a residence for the master of the Livonian Order.

Before we run back to our starting point, narrow cobble-stone streets will lead us to Three brothers - the oldest medieval dwelling houses in Riga.

This 5 km tour is amazing opportunity to have an easy run and enjoy the historical views of old Riga dating back many centuries and every building has its own story. Come, we will have a great run or jog!

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MORE TOUR INFO

  • Pick-up service:
    Pick-up service from your hotel/apartment or another meeting point is possible and will be checked by the tour provider individually.
    If your hotel/apartment should be too far away from the city centre or not close to the tour route, then we will meet you at our standard meeting point.

    Standard meeting point:
    We meet you at: The Latvian National Opera – near by the Old Town and Monument of Liberty from the other side. Big white building. You will not miss it! Let’s meet in the front of it!
    The Latvian National Opera, Aspazijas 3, Riga
    Google Maps link: Latvian National Opera

    Meeting details:
    The tour provider will get in contact with you to provide you with more detailed information after the tour was booked.
    Please, bring along your mobile phone in case we need to contact each other.

    • Private guide/tour
    • Individual pace
    • Digital photos
    • Pick-up service
    • Route Tracking
  • DO YOU CANCEL IF IT RAINS?
    No we do not cancel our tours if it rains or snows. We consider only a cancellation if we expect a heavy thunderstorm or it is very icy. If this happens we will let participants know in advance either via email or by phone. It is however, very rare that conditions are so bad, that we have to cancel, so if you are in doubt, pack some wet weather gear and expect to run.

    WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
    Road running shoes are recommended and whatever you are comfortable running in. It is always a good idea to check the weather conditions before travelling to Riga, so that you know what temperatures to expect.

    In summer, you can easily just wear a t-shirt and a pair of shorts/tights, but if the temperature is not very high, it would be advisable to take some light jacket. It is important to remember sunscreen, hat and sunglasses if you happen to run on a really hot day.

    During the colder months, we always recommend people to wear an extra layer in addition to what they would normally wear as we have short stops along the run, in order to take photos.

    IS THERE WATER ON THE TOUR?
    Water is not included so we always recommend our guests to bring their own water on a warm day.

    HOW FAST DO YOU RUN ON THE TOURS, DO I HAVE TO BE AN ELITE RUNNER TO PARTICIPATE?
    Not at all! Our private tours are customized to suit your running pace and we take all the time you need.

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO STORE BAGS AND CLOTHES AT THE PLACE WE START?
    Unfortunately there is no storage for bags. Please, travel light.

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE PICTURES ALONG THE WAY?
    Yes, you can bring your camera and snap away. The running guide will also take pictures along the route, and if there is a certain place you would like your picture taken, then simply ask your guide. The pictures will be sent to you after the tour by email.

    DO YOU HAVE A HOTEL PICK-UP SERVICE?
    We offer for our private tours an optional hotel pick-up service. The hotel or apartment building should be on or close to the tour route. Please let us know your complete hotel or apartment address during the tour reservation process and we will check if we can meet you at your hotel/apartment.

    HOW DO I BOOK AND PAY FOR A TOUR?
    All tours are booked and paid for through our online booking system on our website.

    HOW LONG DO THE TOURS TAKE?
    This depends on the length of the tour (how many kilometers / miles) you choose. This information is available in the tour description.

    IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT/RESTRICTION FOR THE TOURS?
    This is at your discretion. It is the responsibility of you as a participant to ensure that you are healthy and able to participate in the tour. Children under the age of 18 are the responsibility of their parents or guardians.

    IN WHAT LANGUAGES WILL THE TOUR BE?
    Right now the tours will be in either English or Russian or Latvian.

  • If you need to cancel a booked service, it is mandatory to email Go! Running Tours by respondng on the booking confirmation email or via our contact form: Get in contact with us.

    You are entitled to cancel your booking up to 4 workdays before the booked tour date, free of charge. There will be in this case be a full refund of the tour and service fees.

    If you cancel a booking between 3 and 0 days before the booked tour date, or if you do not attend the tour, there will be no refund.

    If the tour provider is not able to accept the tour, or if the tour provider was not able to carry out the booked tour, Go! Running Tours guarantess a full refund of the tour and service fees.
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BOOK EARLY - GIVE US SOME TIME
We recommend to book your running tour minimum 2-3 days before your preferred tour date. Especially during the different high seasons, when many guests like to join our runs.
That will give the guide/city manager enough time to arrange together with you the last tour details like the meeting point, start time and to organize a personal tour guide for your unique and fun running experience.
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  • 1. Click on "Book Now"
  • 2. Select date/start time, # of runners
  • 3. Fill in personal data plus additional info

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  • 4. Accept T&S and click on "Continue"
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  • 6. Pay with your credit card
  • NOTE: Cash payment is not possible!

email CONFIRMATION

  • 7. Check your email inbox for pre-confirmation
  • 8. Tour guides reach out to you within 24h
  • 9. Guides will arrange tour details with you
  • 10. Tour is confirmed and set

guarantee GUARANTEE

  • We guarantee your money until you have done the tour! In case of that the tour can't be arranged or any other not self-inflicted circumstance, we will provide a full refund within 24h.

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