Country Holidays

Active tours

All our active tours operate from May to August. Daily distances are typically from 20-55 km (asphalt, forest or gravel roads) for cycling tours, up to 15 km (4-5 hours) walking along seashore, nature trails, forest paths, asphalt, and  9-18 km, (2-5 hours) canoeing along calmer streams with some small rapids.

Below there is list of all our active tours. You can filter activity of your choice (cycling, walking, canoeing, skiing) by clicking on particular icon. Our clients often like to mix three activities (cycling, walking, canoeing) together in one package. Such samples you will find listed under each type of activities.

Canoeing Cycling Walking Skiing
What is the independent travel?

Tours for boaters

We offer a number of 1-day boating routes in national parks, nature parks and other natural areas.

Around the Kolka lighthouse

Latvia, Slītere NP 1 day (~ 3-4 hrs)

From Jaunķemeri to Klapkalnciems

Latvia, Ķemeri NP 1 day (~ 4 hrs)

From Kandava to Renda

Latvia, Abava River Valley Nature Park 1 day (~ 9-10 hrs)

Boating During the Flooding of the Dviete

Latvia, Dviete Wetlands 1 day (~ 2-4 hrs)

From Tūja to Salacgrīva

Latvia, Rocky Seashore of Vidzeme 1 day (~ 2-4 hrs)

Routes for cyclists in Latvian nature

Slītere circle

Latvia, Slītere NP 1 - 2 days
Liv villages Latvia, Slītere NP 1 day (~ 5 hrs)

Ķemeri - The Historical SPA

Latvia, Ķemeri NP 1 day (~ 3-4 hrs)

Around Ķemeri national park

Latvia, Ķemeri NP 1 - 2 days

By bicycle around the Lake Rāzna

Latvia, Rāzna NP 1 - 2 days

Walking routes

The Kolkasrags circle

Latvia, Slītere NP 1 day (~ 1-2 hrs)

Learn about Mazirbe

Latvia, Slītere NP 1 day (~ 4 hrs)

Along the seashore and coast

Latvia, Slītere NP 1 - 2 days

Along the Green Dune

Latvia, Ķemeri NP 1 day (~ 3-4 hrs)

From Jaunķemeri to Klapkalnciems

Latvia, Ķemeri NP 1 day

Ķemeri - The Historical SPA

Latvia, Ķemeri NP 1 day (~ 3-4 hrs)

Along the Rocky Seashore of Vidzeme

Latvia, Rocky Seashore of Vidzeme 1 day (~ 7 hrs)

Skiing holidays

We offer a 1-day ski routes in Latvian national parks.

Around Liv villages

 Latvia, Slītere NP  1 day
Cross-coutry skiing from Jaunķemeri to Klapkalnciems  Latvia, Ķemeri NP 1 day (~2-4h)
Overview Tour details
N/A
2 days
Total distance walking 24 km
Latvia

Seda - Seda Swamp - Strenci

This route offers most unusual views.  Seda is the only town in Latvia with Soviet-era planning from the middle of the last century, featuring a central square and streets stretching from it in a star pattern.  The architectural style of apartment and public buildings is rather exotic.  The Seda Swamp yielded peat moss during the first period of Latvia’s independence and is one of the largest industrial and environmental territories of its kind in Latvia and the Baltic States.  Former peat fields have partly become flooded and are overgrown with reeds, thus creating an outstanding environment for nesting water birds and migrating birds which rest at the swamp.  Peat is still being extracted, and perhaps you will be lucky enough to spot the “little peat moss train.”

Route information from Latvijas Lauku forums

Walking Active season months6-8
N/A
8 days
Estonia, Latvia

Local Specialities and Beautiful Nature in Latvia and Estonia

The tour from Riga to Tallinn combines natural, cultural and culinary heritage and includes lovely landscapes and 15 nature trails which cross marshlands, meadows and forests along the shores of the Baltic Sea. The itinerary brings you directly to where local specialities are produced so that you can enjoy them freshly made and authentic. You will watch lamprey being prepared for you on a grill, and you will savour treats such as home-made ice-creams where they use eggs from happy hens of the farm, smoked meat from local farms, and many others. On this tour, you will become a true expert of the traditional and modern Latvian and Estonian cuisine.

As the farms producing foods are often located in beautiful nature areas, you will combine culinary and nature experiences on this tour. There are many nature trails equipped with viewing towers for birdwatching. Randu meadow near Ainaži contains one third of Latvia’s entire plant species. A boardwalk leads through reeds to a viewing platform with views over the meadow and the sea. Saaremaa Island has a great variety of natural attractions that are different from those on mainland Estonia. There are dolomite cliffs, juniper heaths, a meteorite lake and rocky sea shore. The tour passes rural farms and traditional villages typical of the coastal areas. Hiiumaa Island is a laid back place and retains a very Estonian atmosphere with an important bird reserve at Käina Bay, unusual Sääre Tirp, as well as several small islets off its south-eastern coast. Back on the mainland, Paldiski peninsula gives a glimpse of the recent history with its former Soviet military base.
 

N/A
12 days
Estonia, Latvia

Active Gourmet Tour in Latvia and Estonia

The duration of this route is  9 days with an option to extend it for 12 days. The target audience for this route - independent travellers with transportation like bicycle and canoe boat. The total length sums up to ~ 446 km cycling and ~ 7 km canoeing.

Itinerary: Rīga - Gauja National Park - Otepaa - River Ahja - Tartu - Lahemaa National Park - Tallinn.

N/A
6 days
Total distance walking 137 km
Latvia

Kurzeme-Mazjura coastline: Jurmala-Cape Kolka

You will start your hike from the popular Latvian spa town of Jūrmala.  The route is great for those who like to hike along the coastline, with former fishing villages full of unique coastline charm, as well as lonely and seldom visited beaches.  Many villages have small smokehouses where dried fish can be bought.  Your destination is Cape Kolka, which the father of Latvia’s maritime school, Krišjānis Valdemārs, considered to be the centre of Europe.  The cape has been known as a very hazardous shipping route since the age of the Vikings.  Cape Kolka is also a fantastic place to watch birds.

Route information from Latvijas Lauku forums

Walking Active season months6-8
N/A
4 days
Total distance walking 74 km
Latvia

Vidzeme coastline

This route passes along one of the most diverse and beautiful parts of the coastline of the Bay of Rīga.  You will see the Randu meadows, which are known as Latvia’s open-air “herbarium” because of the diversity of plants that can be found there.  The coast features various sizes of rocks and stones, as well as no shortage of lovely and sandy beaches.  This is the only place in Latvia where Devonian sandstone cliffs can be seen.  Past each horn there is a different landscape, and the last 20 kilometres of the route are paradise for bird watchers during migration season.  The route is in the Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve.

Route information from Latvijas Lauku forums

Walking Active season months5-9
N/A
7 days
Latvia

Active Gourmet Tour in Gauja National Park (cycling and canoeing)

If you enjoy an active lifestyle, this tour is the perfect way to enjoy the culinary heritage hidden in Gauja National Park. The cycling route starts from Strenči and first passes two local breweries at Brenguļi and Valmiermuiža with nice cafés and good beer. On the way to Valmiera you will also stop at Trikāta Village to taste locally made chocolate. From Valmiera, the route goes through a beautiful forest to Cēsis with its charming medieval Old Town. In Cēsis you will visit the local bakery and distillery to taste their production. Also, you will see what a herb and species garden looked like in medieval times. You’ll experience a canoeing trip from Cēsis to Līgatne, one of the nicest parts on the River Gauja with its sandstone banks, remote farmsteads and old-fashioned water-powered ferry. The historic centre of Līgatne Town is linked with the development of its paper mill. Here you can also visit local wine and handicraft producers in one of the artificial caves typical of the area. Cycling the hilly, winding roads of Sigulda, you’ll see Turaida and Sigulda medieval castles, Gūtmaņala Cave and other picturesque views. In Sigulda you will enjoy Latvian traditional meals in the restaurants ”Bucefāls”, ”Aparjods”, and will taste 80 kinds of jam in the Mauriņi guest house.

N/A
2 days
Total distance walking 25 km
Latvia

The Kemeri National Park

The Ķemeri National Park (est. 1997) covers wetlands, the shallow waters of the Bay of Rīga, overgrown seaside lakes, swamps, damp forests and wetland meadows.  There are many important plants (including some 25% of those that are declared to be rare) and animals, including an area where the locations of nesting and migrating birds are protected.  The park includes one of the largest swamps in Latvia – the Great Ķemeri Swamp.  This is an important location for sulphurous waters and medicinal dunes, and back in history, that was the reason for the establishment of popular spas in Ķemeri. Visitors to the park are interested by educational nature trails, bike and hiking routes and bird watching towers.

Route information from Latvijas Lauku forums

Walking Distance from countries capital city45 Active season months6-8
N/A
12 days
Estonia, Latvia

Tasty Adventures in Latvia and Estonia

The duration of the route is up to 12 days with self-drive transportation. The total distance is about 1 500 km.

 

N/A
3 days
Estonia

Pärnu - Kihnu - Viljandi

This three-day tour offers a variety of culinary experiences. A bus tour is combined with cycling on Kihnu Island to visit local farms and production facilities making unique foods from local ingredients. You will taste cider, fish, herbal teas, beer, dairy products, and pastries. You will visit traditional Estonian and Russian households to enjoy real home-made meals and experience local culinary heritage.

N/A
2 days
Total distance walking 45 km
Latvia

Curves of the Daugava, Kraslava-Juzefova

This route leads through the Curves of Daugava nature park, which is an area that was once to be flooded for the construction of the Daugavpils hydroelectric power plant.  The central artery in the park is the ancient Daugava River valley, and the specific here is eight grand curves with a length of 4-6 km.  The highest banks of the river are at the so-called Daugava gate, with the mighty Ververi and Slutiški cliffs.  More than ½ of the territory is forested for hiking, nature watching, berry picking and mushroom hunting.  The Daugava River valley has one of the greatest diversities of flora -- >800 different kinds in all.  This is also a multinational environment with Lettigalian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian and Belarusian traditions and heritage.  The Slutiški village, which is unique in Latvia, is popular among tourists.

Route information from Latvijas Lauku forums

Walking Active season months5-9
N/A
2 days
Latvia

The Gauja National Park: Sigulda-Ligatne

This route is best for active hikers who want to travel down the valley of the mightiest river in the Baltic States to see lovely landscapes and feel powerful emotions.  The route begins in Sigulda, which has been known as the Switzerland of Vidzeme and offers some of the loveliest views in Latvia.  The route crosses the deep valleys of several Gauja River territory, offering a look at shores that are known at the Baltic level for their mighty Devonian cliffs.  The nature trails in Līgatne are the only place in Latvia to see forestland that is close to natural circumstances, with forest animals living in large fenced areas so that they can be seen.  There are also animals and tracks of their activities out in the wild as you walk down the forest and other trails of the Gauja National Park.

Route information from Latvijas Lauku forums

Walking
N/A
2 days
Total distance walking 26 km
Latvia

The Slitere National Park

The legendary blue hills of Šlītere have been known since ancient days, when pirates lit false campfires that led ships to run aground near Cape Kolka.  The shoreline in the Slītere National Park is known as the open-air geological museum of the Baltic Sea, because the ancient shores of the Baltic ice sea, Lake Ancylus, and dunes from Littorina Sea can be seen here.  These offer a fine view of the history of the Baltic Sea.  The territory was historically populated by the Liv people, and their fishing villages are a cultural environment of one of the smallest ethnic minorities in the world.  The route between Kolka and Mazirbe goes down the old shore road that passes through Liv villages.  The Slītere National Park has one of the greatest amounts of plants in Latvia, while Cape Kolka is one of the country’s most popular bird watching sites.

Route information from Latvijas Lauku forums

Walking Active season months5-9
N/A
2 days
Total distance walking 27 km
Latvia

Gauja National Park: Ligatne - Amata River valley - Cesis

This is appropriate for active hikers who enjoy looking at nature and learning about cultural and historical environments.  The hike is down the valley of the most impressive river in the Baltic States – the Gauja, as well as the deep and ancient valley of one of its tributaries – the Amata.  Lovely Devonian sandstone cliffs rise above both sides of the rivers.  The Līgatne Paper Factory village is an outstanding example of industrial heritage at the European level, with a unique environment from the 19th and 20th century.  The Cēsis castle that is at the end of the route was once the mightiest Medieval fortress in Livonia.

Route information from Latvijas Lauku forums

Walking Active season months5-9
N/A
1 day
Latvia

Shores of the Daugava by train and on foot

The Daugava is the largest river in Latvia and the river of destiny for the Latvian people.  Since the end of the Ice Age, plants and animals travelled into what is now Latvia along the Daugava River valley, followed then by humans.  The shores of the river have some of the oldest settlements in Latvia, as well as a true wealth of different kinds of plants.  The density of outstanding cultural and historical monuments is why tourists love the shores of the river.  The Rīga-Daugavpils rail line offers comfortable travel between Rīga and Jēkabpils.  Below, find other train stations where it is worth disembarking to take circular hikes that last for a few hours or half a day before returning to the station.

Route information from Latvijas Lauku forums

Walking Active season months5-10
N/A
3 days
Latvia

Livonian Flavours in the Vidzeme Region

On this tour, you will see the most beautiful places and towns in the Vidzeme region and Gauja National Park such as Sigulda with the River Gauja valley, the medieval old town of Cēsis, and Valmiera. You will feast on the Miller’s Lunch, visiting a working windmill, explore a herb and vegetable garden by a medieval castle, taste hemp butter, and Valmiermuiža local brewery beer. You will taste the “green cheese”, a sparkling birch sap drink, and can buy delicacies made from locally grown garlic.

N/A
2 days
Estonia

Tartu - Haanja - Setomaa

This tour combines culinary experiences with visiting popular tourist attractions in southern Estonia. You will visit Võru and Rõuge, enjoy the southern Estonian landscape in Haanja Nature Park from the top of Suur Munamägi, the highest hill in the Baltics, and will be sincerely welcomed in Setomaa, the land of Setos - an ethnic and linguistic minority carrying on their unique heritage traditions. Setomaa has been inhabited for about 8,400 years, which makes it one of the oldest human settlements in Estonia. On this tour, you will taste Estonian wines made from locally grown berries and fruit, visit a goat farm offering superb goat’s cheese, and will be served a hearty country meal in a rural homestead.

The itinerary starts and ends in Tartu, but it can be extended to/from Tallinn and Riga.