Cycling in Sigulda - Gauja National Park Tour

Tour Type

Cycling Tour

Tour Duration

~6 Hours

Location

Vidzeme - Central Latvia

Tour Season

April - November

One of the most romantic and beautiful places in Latvia where to take a walk and surely one of the most exciting places where to go cycling thanks to picturesque landscapes and hills. Enjoy steep downhils and experience challenging going up hills. Cycling tour for those who like moderate phisical activities and don't mind combining active recreation with amazing sightseeing.

About The Tour

Tour Description

Cycling tour in Latvia to visit Gauja National Park in the area of Sigulda. Switzerland of Latvia is what you might often hear locals saying about Sigulda. This is because of the river Gauja valley which is ~100 meters deep and this for a country with highest hill of only 312 meters above the sea level is significant.

Between Latvians this area is considered as very hilly and we would even call these hills mountains. The good thing about Latvian mountains is that you can still enjoy exciting bicycle rides without having serious cycling experience.

Most of the hills can be done easily, but the steeper ones can be done by just walking up if it's too much.

Tour Highlights

  • Feel the breath of history and drink from a natural water spring in Goodmans Cave
  • The Gūtmaņala (Goodman's Cave) grotto is the most popular and vast cave in Latvia. It was formed in the course of 10,000 years by water gradually eroding sandstone. The grotto is a protected geological site and the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia. Gūtmaņala is 10 m high, 12 m wide and 18.8 m deep, and notable for inscriptions on its walls, the oldest of which date back to the years 1668 and 1677.

  • Sigulda castle ruins and sea the new castle (only exterior)
  • The Order of the Brothers of the Sword began building Sigulda castle in 1207. Initially, it was a castellum-type fort; following the defeat of the Brothers of the Sword in 1236, the Livonian Order modified it. During the Great Northern War, the castle was destroyed and never restored again. The south-west section of the convent building with Gothic window lintels and the main gate tower have survived to the present day.

  • Walk through Krimulda castle ruins and Krimulda manor complex
  • Not far from the manor house, there stand the ruins of the 13th century Krimulda Castle which belonged to the Riga Dome Charter until the year 1566. In later centuries the castle owners were both Poles and Swedes who destroyed the castle in 1601, to prevent the Poles from settling down there.

  • Enjoy exciting cycling tour in the Gauja National Park
  • The Gauja National Park is the largest and oldest of the national parks in Latvia, characterized by great biological diversity, variety of landforms, natural springs, sandstone outcrops, picturesque views and unique natural, cultural and historical monuments.

  • Be amazed by the views over the river Gauja valley
  • Take a breat and admire the scenery from the Big Devils cliff overlooking place

Additional information

  • Total distance of the tour is ~15 km (~9 miles)
  • Total ascent and descent during the ride is ~170 meters.
  • Hike takes place on hard sand footpaths (90%), boardwalks (5%) asphalt (5%).
  • Please wear flat shoes suitable for walking and cycling.
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress according to the weather and wear proper shoes for walking and cycling.
  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility.

Map of the tour

Tour Price and Booking

From 50 EUR*
Price includes:
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Bicycle
  • Helmet
*Price is provided for the complete groups! To get quote for your group size click "+Inquire / Book"!
From 20 EUR
Price includes:
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Bicycle rental
  • Helmet rental
*Price is provided for the whole tour program!
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About this region of Latvia - Vidzeme

The Wild Side of North Latvia

Vidzeme (Northern Latvia)

Reviews of this tour on TripAdvisor

"Beautiful & Fun"

Reviewed July 25, 2015
Astrid from London, UK

The tour was a great way to see and experience places we otherwise wouldn't have seen and that would have been difficult to organize as a non local. - the guides were knowledgable, reliable and friendly - the Cycling Sigulda tour is really fun, if you like a bit of sport and action outdoors its a fun way to liven the usual sigthseeing activities and see the more rural Latvia. And Sigulda is a cool place, we could have spent more than a day there.

We would both recommend the activity and tour operator to friends!

Visited July 2015

"Great Guides, lots of fun and knowledge"

Reviewed July 24, 2015
Lizzy from Germany

We took the Old Town Tour with Maija and the Sigulda Cycle tour with Rihards. The old town tour was incredibly interesting and Maija really knows her stuff, not just the well known history but also the little bits in between that make it come alive and interesting. She answered all our questions and pointed out things that we may never had noticed. Her english is great and very easy to understand, definitely worth arranging.

For the cycle tour we went with local transport with Rihards to Sigulda which was interesting in itself! On arriving in Sigulda there were bikes and helmets waiting for us, we had already given Rihards our heights so the bikes didn't need much adjusting. The tour was fantastic, through woods, along the river bank into the National Park then up a huge hill which was a wonderful lung bursting challenge. Rihards stops often and points out interesting areas and gives you as much information as you want. His knowledge is immense but never boring, many fun facts and stories are added in along the way. The weather changed for the worse halfway through our tour, it was incredible but rather than risk injury Rihard was able to change the route to ensure we were kept safe. Obviously use to rapid weather changes he had also brought some ponchos just in case which were more than welcomed. The chair lift back up to Sigulda was excellent and saved having to cycle up a crazy hill. The view was amazing from up top especially as we could see the 2nd storm coming in. Both tours were fantastic and we would definitely use them again!

Visited July 2015