Ever wondered how life was lived in the USSR? This is your chance to get a taste of the Soviet era and learn about the past life of Riga.
On this Riga tour, you'll explore a whole different side to the city — in an area where time has stood still. You’ll learn about daily life in soviet Latvia and get to know more about the country's history under the Russian regime. During your tour you will see a few famous landmarks, get a tour inside of one of Riga's biggest socialist architectural structures, and visit a true Russian neighbourhood where life hasn't changed much since the wall fell in '89.
On the eve of World War II, Russia made its move into the Baltics and Finland, and by 1940, Latvia was part of the USSR. The Russians quickly started deporting anyone who posed a threat to the new regime. But the Russians were quickly replaced by the Germans, who forced many Latvians to fight against the Russians, who still had a lot of Latvian soldiers in their army. Sucked into a war between super powers, Latvians were forced to fight against each other in a war they didn't ask for.
After the war, Latvia once again became part of the USSR and Russia continued it mass deportations to Siberia, in an attempt to decrease Latvian resistance. Groups of Russians came to settle in Latvia and thousands of Russian descendants continue to live in Latvia to this day.
Today, there are still many interesting sites left over from the soviet era that can be visited, such as the Irbene Telescope, the bomb shelters, and the communication tower in Riga.
You’ll learn about all this history and more on this soviet-inspired Riga tour. You’ll get an in-depth look at an often overlooked part of the city, as you learn about daily neighbourhood life in soviet times. We’ll walk through a maze of small streets and between market stalls, past decaying wooden houses and soviet blocks. You’ll taste local specialties and discover what remains of the city’s Soviet days.
We’ll finish up our Riga tour with a drink in a true soviet-style café and bar. From there, you’ll be free to explore more on your own (maybe hop on our Breweries & Pub Tour!), or head out for dinner and drinks at a nearby place — your guide will have places to recommend! Nazdrovje!
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide.
Exclusions: Entrance fees (there is a EUR 5 fee to enter one of the socialist buildings we see on the tour, which you may choose to do), food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes for walking. Note that Riga can be quite cold in the winter months, so please dress accordingly.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page