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Riga by Canal Boat Sightseeing Cruise

  • Magnificent views of Riga’s Old Town from the water
  • Cruise along the River Daugava and Riga Canal on a traditional canal boat
  • Photo opportunities: Riga Castle, Freedom Monument, and the Latvian National Opera
Riga by Canal Boat Sightseeing Cruise
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Riga by Canal Boat Sightseeing Cruise
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The River Daugava and Riga Canal encircle Riga’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, passing many of the city’s most memorable landmarks. This 1-hour sightseeing cruise offers a leisurely way to take in the sights —glide past the Freedom Monument, the Latvian National Opera, and the Latvian National Theatre; enjoy views of Kronvalda Park and Riga Castle, and cruise beneath the Shroud Bridge and Stone Bridge.
What to Expect
It’s the perfect opportunity to see Riga’s top sights from the water without the stress or large crowds. 
Your fun sightseeing cruise departs throughout the day from the pier in Bastejkalns, just next to the Freedom Monument. Make Your way to Bastejkalns, find the City canal with specially equipped pier and board with information about Riga by Canal cruises. 
Board riverboat on the City canal for a cruise that takes You underneath the city's bridges. Travel past the Freedom Monument, White House of Riga – Latvian National Opera, Central Market, Spīķeri Quarter which is included in the UNESCO Worlds Heritage List. Next, enjoy a Daugava River cruise to see the sights of Old Riga from a different perspective. Finally, make Your way to Riga Passenger Terminal and Yacht club “Andrejosta” back to City canal to finish the tour with sights of Kronvalda Park and Latvian National Theatre.
Your 50 minute river circuit returns to the departure point at the Bastejkalns pier.
You are welcome to take pictures or selfies when traveling with our boats and we will appreciate if You will share them with Riga by Canal hashtag.
Reviews (79)
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Reviewed 5 October 2018
Lovely way to spend an hour in Riga

Riga has a very pretty park through which winds a canal. You can take a boat sightseeing tour from the park, which goes out into the River Daugava and past some of the city's biggest landmarks and important points of interest. Our 'captain' explained lots...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank FizzyLizzie
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile
Mrs P

It's was a good trip unfortunately when we arrived at the dock the dock was closed because the water on the canal was too high so we had to walk 1/2 hr to the port. An e-mail or txt would have helped.More

Thank Flyer724778
RigaByCanal, Manager at Riga by Canal, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Thank you for the review! We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for the tolerance! After an unusually hot summer, autumn also surprises us with the weather. The weather conditions changes literally in an hour, when the level of the water in the canal...More

Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

If you’re visiting Riga you have to do this! Very relaxing and amazing views. Very reasonably priced too.

Thank cmhbtn
Reviewed 15 September 2018
A leisurely, enjoyable hour.

This is a leisurely circular tour of the canal and part of the river. There is a commentary on board which was in English and we passed under 3 interesting bridges and by many popular attractions. You can buy your ticket on board and the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MAN1938
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile
Just lovely

I used the service when I was in Riga with same spare time on my hands. I read about it before and decided to give it a go. I do not regret it; it was my best experience at Riga. The boat was nice (old...More

Thank Luis C
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Kjell T
13 August 2018|
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Response from Sandra P | Reviewed this property |
Hi! Why don't you contact the company Riga by Canal direct? They offer online reservation and any information you are interested in. Just have a look at their homepage - rigabycanal.lv Regards!
30 July 2018|
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Response from GordonJulie B | Reviewed this property |
There are staff on site that can help when you get there as you can pay when you arrive or can book the trip via Tripadvisor like we did. Have a good trip.
Christopher C
24 May 2018|
Response from Sandra P | Reviewed this property |
I really cannot confirm that it would be possible to buy tickets on the spot, as there are quite a lot of tourists already in Riga. I suppose it would be better if you consult the webpage of the company (easily to be found... More
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