HIKING TOUR FROM RIGA: Cesis - Medieval Heritage And Natural Treasures

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Cesis is a medieval gemstone and the third oldest town in Latvia. It attracts tourists with lovely streets and the beauty of natural treasures in the Gauja National Park. Charming ruins of the medieval castle invite you to explore the history and feel the medieval spirit in a candle light.

Tour program

Included in the price

  • Transportation from Riga and back
  • Cesis city tour in English
  • Entrance in Cesis Castle Complex
  • Tour of the Cesis Medieval castle in English
  • 6 km hike on the Cīrulīši nature trail (easy hike)

Not included in the price

  • Lunch

On the city tour you will see such highlights as the City Hall, Merchant House, Princess House and St. John’s Church. Eight hundred years long history of Cesis is visible not only on the streets but also in Cesis castle complex. Inside the medieval castle you will receive a lantern and climb up its towers. Afterwards, nature is waiting for you! You will go for a short, about six kilometers long hike to see beautiful red sandstone cliffs along the ancient Gauja River valley and enjoy our wonderful nature.


  • Cesis old town

Cesis is located in the centre of Vidzeme and considered as one of the most beautiful towns in Latvia.  The symbol of the city is the medieval castle ruins with a park, wich creates a romantic atmosphere. Cobblestone streets of the Old Town of Cesis have preserved their medieval layout, as well as the old buildings with red tile roofs, enclosed courtyards and restored building facades.

  • St. John’s Church

It is one of the oldest medieval architectural monuments in Latvia and the largest medieval basilica outside of Riga. The basilica, which is 65 m long and 32 m wide, consists of three parts, and in its western part there is a 65 m high belfry with a 15 m Gothic style tower.

  • Cesis medieval castle complex

You will walk around the Cesis castle and garden, where you will see the contours of the castle from the courtyard side, climb the Western Tower and visit the old southern tower - a former prison.

  • Ancient Gauja River valley

Gauja National Park is the largest and oldest national park in Latvia. It is characterized by high biodiversity, relief variability, many springs, sandstone cliffs, picturesque landscapes and outstanding natural and cultural monuments.


We will pick you up at your given address and bring you back.


The price is negotiated separately, according to the number of passengers and the place of departure.

What to bring with you:

  • 1 l of water per person as a minimum

How to dress:

  • Please, dress accordingly to the weather forecast! Due to very changeable weather, layering is key to enjoying the hike, and rain protection is a must-have. Any comfortable shoes are good enough for this tour.


Photos by: Solveiga Kaļva.

Notes:  Ticket prices and the order of visited objects might slightly change.

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The hiking tour program was prepared by UAB Ingrida tours. The use or distribution of the travel program is prohibited without the consent of the authors.

If you have any questions about hiking tour contact us by phone: +37064442909, +37065556313, by e-mail - [email protected].

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