Hiking tours

Walking at Gauja National Park

This tour features the best trails and attractions within the Gauja National Park. The walks are organized so that you constantly move forward and the luggage is transferred from one accommodation to the next. There is a good mixture of natural and cultural monuments.  

The Gauja National Park is one of the best-appointed protected territories in Latvia in terms of nature trails and tourism routes. The main “artery” of the park is the ancient Gauja River valley with many tributaries that are deep ravines with massive sandstone cliffs from the Devonian period. The park also features cultural monuments of pan-Baltic importance – the Turaida Museum Reserve, the medieval old town of Cesis with its famous castle ruins and St John’s Church, the reconstructed lake settlement at Āraiši as well as the wooden baroque manor - Ungurmuiža Manor.

General information:
  • Route: Riga – Krimulda – Sigulda – Turaida – Sigulda – Līgatne – Amata river – Cēsis – Cīrulīši – Ungurmuiža – Cēsis - Riga
  • Individual
  • Tour length: 7 or 9  days
  • Total walking distance: 78 km
  • Daily walking distances: 10 – 20 km
  • Recommended season: May – September
  • Road cover:  forest roads, trails, tarmac roads, wooden steps, asphalt roads
  • Level of difficulty: Medium. Suitable for walkers with some experience
  • Electronically provided GPS route!

1st day 
Arrival at the Riga International airport.
Free time to explore Riga. Places of particular interest: Old Town, Art Nouveau district as well as Central Market.
Accommodation in Riga

2nd day 
Walking: Krimulda – Sigulda (10km, 3-4 hours forest trails and in the town – tarmac, medium grade)

Private transfer Riga - Krimulda (~50km), luggage transfer continues to the hotel in Sigulda. Some parts of the trail might be challenging and muddy.

Krimulda Church, one of the oldest churches in Latvia. Walk back to Sigulda along the picturesque banks of the river Gauja with many protected geological and cultural monuments. Krimulda castle ruins, the Piķene precipice (along the upper part of the ancient river valley), the pedestrians' bridge with a view to the Devil’ s (Velnala) cliffs, the Black shores, Ķeizarkrēsls, along the Olympic bobsled track and back to the hotel through the town centre.

Accommodation in Sigulda

Optional Day to stay in Sigulda

Walk around Sigulda town: 9km, 2-3 h; walk Sigulda - Turaida 8km
Paved roads, forest roads and trails, some steep wooden stairs.

Walk 1: Around Sigulda - 9km, 2-3 h
Explore Sigulda town. Sigulda is on the edge of the ancient Gauja River valley. Places of interest in the route: Sigulda New Castle, Medieval Castle ruins with spectacular views, the Vējupīte river valley with some small caves and ravines, Paradīzes hill, the Gauja National Park visitor centre and  the Sigulda castle ruins. Return to the hotel or continue.

Walk 2: Sigulda – Turaida, 8km, 3h
Further visit Turaida Museum Reserve
then follow trail with several scenic spots like Karla hill, Slaktera hill along the famous Gutmana Grotto  to Krimulda Manor. Catch a cable car across the spectacular river valley returning to Sigulda.

Accommodation at guest house in Sigulda.

3rd day 
Walking: Sigulda – Ligatne (20km, 6h, tarmac roads, forest roads and trails)
Luggage transfer to Ligatne.
This day is for the very active tourist – someone who wants to experience the most impressive ancient river valley in the Baltic States, complete with mighty sandstone cliffs from the Devonian era.
Trail along the ancient valley of Gauja river to Ligatne Nature Reserve. On the way there are few maintained pick-nick spots for boaters which makes a nice lunch stops also for hikers.

Accommodation in guest house in Ligatne

Optional Day in Ligatne

Walking: along the Ligatne nature trails (5km, 2h)
In Ligatne Nature Reserve there are well maintained trails through the forest where to observe the local wild animals in their enclosures at their natural habitat.
Alternative attractions of Ligatne are: Soviet Secret Bunker built for the government officials in case of nuclear war. Guided excursion takes about 1,5 h.

Accommodation in guest house in Ligatne

4th day 
Walking:  Amata river trail -15km, 6h,
Mostly forest trails, level: medium, might be challenging at some parts because of the steep and high shores, the deep ravines, and occasional fallen tree along the path.

Transfer from Ligatne to the beginning of Amata river trail at Melturi (17 km), luggage transfer continues to the country hotel Karļa Muiza.
This one is for tourists who aren’t afraid of difficulties caused by Mother Nature and want to see and experience the impressive shores of the ancient Amata River valley by hiking untouched forest trails. The path mostly winds down the right bank of the river (except between the Kārļi hydroelectric plant and the Kārļi fish farm). You’ll be both at the top and the bottom of the valley, with a 40-metre difference between the two.

Pick-up at the end of the route. Spectacular sandstone Zvartes Rock.

Accommodation at the guest house Kārļa muiža.

5th day 
Walking: Cesis town and Cirulisi nature trail  - 10km
Transfer Kārļa muiža – Cēsis (20 km), Luggage transfer continues to Cesis.
Explore streets of charming Cesis Old Town. Attractions: St.James' Church’s tower for fine panoramic views, Medieval Livonian Order Castle, cakes at Karumlade cafe.

Walk: Circular route Cēsis  - Cirulisi nature trail 10km, 3-4h, easy walk
Walk towards the river Gauja and along Cirulisu Nature Trails. This is a tour that will take you trough time and space, because it clearly reveals the geological history of the location since the end of the Ice Age. It’s possible to take a public transport from Cirulisi to the centre of Cesis or walk all the way back.

Accommodation at the guest house in the town’s centre.

6th day 
Walking: Ungurmuiža Manor and trail - 1.3km, 1-2 hours
Public transport or private transfer from Cēsis to Ungurmuiža (15km).

Walk: Circular route - 1.3km at the Ungurmuiža Park.
Ungurmuiža Manor park trail weaves through impressive ancient oak trees. Some of them are rotting or dead and they are home to many species, including several total distinct in other parts of Europe.
Ungurmauiža Manor is only survived sample of the wooden baroque architecture in the Baltic which dates back to early 18th century. Its interior contains some original wall paintings. Lunch can be pre-ordered at the Ungurmuiža Manor. Return to Cēsis

Accommodation at the guest house in the town’s centre.

7th day 
Take a train to Riga and then bus 22 to the airport or we can organize a transfer from Cēsis to the airport or include an extra day in Riga.

Price per person in a double or twin room: from 370 EUR
*Minimum number of persons -2
*A price of the tour can change in case the planned guest houses/hotels are fully booked and we have to choose other accommodation sites.
*Prices may change due to changes in national tax legislation or other independent reasons.  

Services included in the package price:
  • 6 overnights with breakfast in hotels or guest houses (DBL or TWIN room with WC, shower)
  • Private transfers and luggage transfers as per itinerary
  • Maps and detailed description of itinerary
Extra costs not included in the package price:
  • Single supplement per person: from 130 EUR
  • Extra day in Sigulda: from 50 EUR (DBL room with breakfast,  per night)
  • Extra day in Līgatne: from 45 EUR (DBL room with breakfast,  per night)
  • Individual transfer from airport - hotel in Riga: EUR 15.00 (1-3 pers./one way)
  • Additional night at hotel in Rīga: from 60.00 EUR (DBL/ night)
  • Train and bus tickets and entrance tickets as per programm.

Information & booking - tel: +371 67617600, e-mail: lauku@celotajs.lv