Riga Cruises

The Narrow Cobbled Streets of Old Rīga
Ethnografic Open Air Museum
Sigulda Medieval Castle and Turaida Museum Reserve

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Rīga, the capital of Latvia and an MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination, is the largest and most cosmopolitan city of the Baltic region. See Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture, the beautiful Bastejkalns Park, and a wide assortment of shops, restaurants, and cafes.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including: 

• The Narrow Cobbled Streets of Old Rīga

• Ethnografic Open Air Museum

• Sigulda Medieval Castle and Turaida Museum Reserve

Historical Rīga – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is an old quarter with real soul. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll discover a cluster of cobbled medieval streets, as well as characterful squares and churches. Visit religious jewels such as St. Peter’s, St. George’s, and St. John’s churches, and the incredible Dome Cathedral. Pass by the Swedish Gate and the Rīga Castle, a superb medieval edifice. See the 14th-century Powder Tower and the impressive Town Hall Square. Wandering around Rīga’s Old Town is like stepping into an earlier era!

The Ethnographic Open Air Museum occupies an area of picturesque pine forest by the shores of Lake Jugla. Take an MSC Cruises excursion to this remarkable institution which houses a wealth of historical Latvian buildings. Explore the houses of farmers, artisans, and fishermen which display original tools and interior furnishings. Afterwards, discover an array of churches and beautiful windmills at this extraordinary location.

Visit Sigulda Medieval Castle and the Turaida Museum Reserve on a fabulous MSC Cruises excursion. Enjoy a tour of the 1214 Gothic Turaida Stone Castle featuring a fortification tower and a Latvian folklore sculpture park. A short distance away, discover the remains of the 13th-century Sigulda Medieval Castle, constructed by the Livonian Brothers of the Sword in 1202. Here, you’ll admire the remains of the ruins and splendid countryside views.

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    Russian vestiges and dense forests
    Russian vestiges and dense forests

    The Soviet occupation left Latvia with a large Russian minority population, and it remains a place divided by language and culture – Rīga in particular is a strikingly bilingual city, although all road signs and public notices are in Latvian.

    And although it’s the boisterous capital to which most visitors are attracted, to experience the true spirit of Latvia during an MSC Northern Europe cruise, you’ll need to head into the spectacularly unspoiled countryside, with its lakesforests and sandy beaches.

    A cruise to Latvia has one obvious destination, its capital, Rīga. Its architectural treasures, lively nightlife and countless eating options make it a prime destination for budget travellers, and it’s also popular with stag parties. 

    Places within easy reach of the capital include the palace of Rundāle, while those wishing to hit the beach can head either to the nearby resort area of Jūrmala or to the port city of Ventspils.

    In the scenic Gauja Valley, the attractive small towns of Sigulda and Cēsis can both be used as bases for hiking, biking, canoeing and other outdoor pursuits.