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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
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 60 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.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Shop around

The trip itself is a lovely sedate cruise along the canal and then up the main river to complete the circle, there is no commentary so you have no idea what you are looking at and a brochure or a few words about the main...More

2  Thank andycoldham
RigaByCanal, Manager at Riga by Canal, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for the review! We do not want to talk about competitors, but we want to emphasize the positive qualities of our service. Our boats are eco-friendly, they swim quietly and do not release odorous gases. Our masters are certified to drive a ship,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Traveled further than thought.

We had pre booked this trip via TripAdvisor before going, and on the day we went on the trip it was pleasant ride, seeing Riga at a different angle rather than walking or bus or car. As you got towards end of canal, had a...More

2  Thank GordonJulie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
its ok

Canal sightseeing was not up to the expectation. The staff did not explain where they are taking. Basically i was sleeping in the boat for an hour because it was too boring.

2  Thank chiis
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Peaceful trip

Nice sedate trip along the canal. There is no commentary, but you get an information sheet with sights highlighted, and a few words about each. Half of the trip is on the river, less peaceful because of the waves and river traffic. But this was...More

2  Thank MadDocNI
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile
Informative and professional tour

This tour gives you a great overview of Riga from the river/canal. Along with the audioguide you'll learn a lot about the city. It could have been communicated better that to use the audioguide one needs a smartphone and preferably earphones. We didn't have the...More

3  Thank Tahaum
RigaByCanal, Manager at Riga by Canal, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Thank you for your nice review! We are glad, that you liked the boat trip and with the help of an audio guide you learned new things about the Riga city. Thanks for the remark about earphones! For sanitary reasons, we can not provide them...More

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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