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Riga City Break

Discover Riga on a 4-night city break. Enjoy guided tours of the Old Town, free afternoons, a coastal walk in Jūrmala, and a guided boardwalk in the Kemeri Swamp. Immerse yourself in Latvia's rich history, natural beauty, and local culture on this unforgettable journey.

  • Latvia

  • 4 nights
  • Half Board with three Dinners in Local Restaurants
  • City Breaks


  • Apr





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Tour codes: 27310

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Walking grade

Grade 3

This is Grade 3/SS holiday includes half and full day walks at a moderate pace. The majority of the holiday involves city walking with a local guide. Half day walking will probably include about 4 hours of walking. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days are outside the city on well made paths around the local countryside of which fuller days of relaxed walking can be expected. Due to us being in a historical city you can expect paths to cobbled and uneven in places. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Over the course of a day you can expect to walk an average of 3 miles with 300m of ascent/descent. However, you can expect more walking through general sightseeing activity.


Holiday Highlights

  • Join a morning walking tour of this fascinating city, led by a local guide.
  • Take to the coastal footpaths around Jurmala.
  • Learn about the diverse flora and fauna from a ecologist guide whilst board walking in the Kemari Swamp.

Explore the Baltic gem of Riga on a 4-night city break filled with rich history, natural beauty, and local insights.

Upon your arrival in Riga, the city's unique blend of medieval and Art Nouveau architecture welcomes you. After checking into your centrally located hotel, you're ready to dive into the heart of the city.

Begin with a guided tour led by a knowledgeable local guide. Explore Riga's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where cobblestone streets wind through colorful buildings. Admire the Riga Cathedral, St. Peter's Church, and the historic House of the Blackheads. Your guide shares fascinating stories about the city's history and culture, making this tour a perfect introduction.

Following the tour, enjoy a free afternoon to explore Riga at your own pace. Indulge in Latvian cuisine, visit museums, or wander through parks along the Daugava River.

Escape the city's bustle and head to Jūrmala, a charming coastal town just a short train ride away. Embark on a coastal walk along the white sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea, inhaling the fresh sea breeze and savouring the serene atmosphere.

Immerse yourself in Latvia's natural beauty with a guided boardwalk excursion in the Kemeri Swamp. Led by a local naturalist, explore this unique ecosystem, home to diverse flora and fauna. Traverse the wooden boardwalks, witnessing the mystical landscapes of the Kemeri Bog.

On your final day, savour the city's charm once more. Pick up souvenirs at the Central Market or enjoy a peaceful morning stroll through parks. Bid farewell to Riga, leaving with cherished memories and a deep connection to Latvia's culture, history, and natural wonders.

  • Return flights from London to Riga
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite four star hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Half Board with three dinners taken at local restaurants
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary
  • Services of a local guide for a morning in Riga city centre
  • Services of a local walking guide whilst at the Kemeri Swamp
  • Services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Riga


Dinner in a Local Restaurant


After your flight lands in Riga, you'll be transferred by road to your hotel. Take some time with your leader before dinner to walk the local area to learn where the local amenities are situated.

Transfer Time = 45mins

Day 2

Getting to know Riga


Breakfast, Dinner in a Local Restaurant


Embark on a captivating morning tour with a knowledgeable local guide to unveil Riga's hidden treasures. Begin your day at the picturesque Old Town, where you'll explore medieval cobblestone streets, admire the charming architecture, and learn about the city's rich history. Wander through captivating landmarks like Riga Castle and the stunning Dome Cathedral, where centuries of stories come alive.

Continue your journey to the vibrant Central Market, where locals gather to trade fresh produce and exotic goods. Savor the sights, sounds, and aromas of this bustling hub. Your guide will introduce you to Riga Balsams, a quintessential Latvian drink, ensuring you sample this traditional delight.

After an enriching morning tour, you'll have a free afternoon to unwind and explore Riga at your own pace. Perhaps visit a museum, stroll along the scenic riverside, or enjoy a leisurely lunch at a charming cafe. The choice is yours, and the city is yours to discover.

Day 3

A day on the coast




When you walk along Jūrmala's coast just outside Riga, you'll discover a tranquil escape. The sandy shores, surrounded by pine forests and charming cottages, create a serene environment. After explore the beach promenade, find cozy cafes, and observe vibrant beachgoers.

Day 4

The Kemeri Swamp


Breakfast, Dinner in a Local Restaurant


When you boardwalk in Kemeri National Park just outside Riga, your adventure takes on a unique charm. With a knowledgeable local guide by your side, you'll traverse elevated wooden paths that wind through pristine wetlands. This close encounter allows you to explore the park's diverse ecosystems intimately. Your guide will enrich your journey with insights into the local flora and fauna, creating an educational and immersive experience in this beautiful Latvian wilderness. 

With your local guide, you'll have the opportunity to spot various bird species, including marsh harriers and herons. Keep an eye out for unique flora like carnivorous sundew plants and orchids.

Day 5

Final day



The time has come to make your way to the airport and embark on your journey back home. Should your flight depart in the afternoon there is more time to explore this charming city at your own pace.

Departure dates for your selected tour

8th Apr 2024 - 12th Apr 2024 (4 Nights)

20th May 2024 - 24th May 2024 (4 Nights)

16th Sep 2024 - 20th Sep 2024 (4 Nights)

14th Oct 2024 - 18th Oct 2024 (4 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Riga
  • Arrival transfer by coach c. 45 mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Wellton Riverside Spa Hotel

The Wellton Riverside Spa Hotel in Riga by the Daugava River, offers a blend of relaxation and comfort. The hotel's spa pampers guests with massages and wellness facilities, including a sauna and fitness centre and indoor swimming pool. Rooms, some with river views, are well-equipped with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. The hotel's restaurant serves a mix of international and Latvian cuisine, while the bar offers cocktails and wines. Overall, the Wellton Riverside Spa Hotel is an inviting choice for those seeking cosy accommodations to ensure a memorable stay.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is Grade 3/SS holiday includes half and full day walks at a moderate pace. The majority of the holiday involves city walking with a local guide. Half day walking will probably include about 4 hours of walking. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days are outside the city on well made paths around the local countryside of which fuller days of relaxed walking can be expected. Due to us being in a historical city you can expect paths to cobbled and uneven in places. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Over the course of a day you can expect to walk an average of 3 miles with 300m of ascent/descent. However, you can expect more walking through general sightseeing activity.

Walks & Excursions

The three full days will be divided between walking and sightseeing. The majority of the sightseeing will be on foot to allow you to enjoy the area at a leisurely pace. One or two days will be in or near Riga, using hired coaches, public buses or trains as necessary.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees as described in the 'What's Included' and 'Proposed Itinerary' sections are included in the holiday cost. Some extra entrances which are incidental throughout the holiday are optional so you may wish to budget a little extra.

Currency in Latvia

The currency in Latvia is Euro.


In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the program for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Return flights from London to Riga. Some regional flights may be available.  

Transfers from airport to hotel will take approximately 45 minutes. 

Travel in and around Riga will be on foot and by road. We make some use of public transport but will mostly use private transport in conjunction with the walks programme.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.


Breakfasts are taken at the hotel. On three evenings your leader will take you to a variety of characterful local restaurants where you can really sample Latvian cuisine. Dinner is not included on one evening so you can explore Riga's restaurants independently.

Lunches are not included but with the hotel being in the city centre you are spoilt for choice as to where to buy a picnic.

Footwear & Kit List


Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Latvia

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.


Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Latvia

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Latvia.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Diphtheria immunisation is recommended.

You may also wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus, Rabies, Hepatitus B and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritize the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.


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Average weather

  • January


    Avg. Rain: 31mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 25mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 32mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 40mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 68mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 47mm

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