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Soviet Heritage Walking Tour - Riga after WW2

Visit must-see places in Riga that are legacies of the city’s Soviet past. Through some extremely moving, sometimes horrifying stories find out what life was like behind the Iron Curtain. You will leave the "touristy areas" and see typical Soviet time buildings and monuments, and learn more about the fate of the Baltic States and its people during and after WWII. You'll end the tour in so called Stalin's Birthday Cake (aka. Academy of Sciences) where you'll enjoy beautiful views over Riga.

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3 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Local and professional guide
    • Public transportation tickets
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Entry/Admission - 1991 Barricades Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Panorama Riga Observation Deck
    What's excluded :
    • This is a typical itinerary for this product

      Stop At: Freedom Monument, Brivibas Laukums Central District, Riga 1050 Latvia

      We'll start this tour at one of the most epic landmarks in Riga Freedom Monument. The monument was erected in 1938 and hasn't been destroyed ever since. It is an important and beautiful symbol of freedom and human rights standing in the middle of the city.

      Duration: 15 minutes

      Stop At: 1991 Barricades Museum, Kramu iela 3, Riga 1050 Latvia

      We'll continue our tour in Old Riga where you'll see the former SMERSH / Soviet prison (from outside) and former Monument of Red Riflemen. During the tour you'll visit Museum of Barricades where you'll see a typical Communal flat kitchen how it used to look like in Soviet times, and experience yourself a small part of what it was like to be a freedom fighter in 1991.

      Duration: 30 minutes

      Stop At: Pārdaugava, Rīga, Latvia

      Next we'll cross the River Daugava to see the leftovers of the Soviet regime, beautiful views of Riga's skyline and typical Soviet architecture.

      Duration: 30 minutes

      Stop At: Victory Park, Riga Latvia

      The most remarkable monument of the Soviet regime is this one in the Victory (Uzvaras) park. During this tour we'll try to explain the complexity of the consequences of the World War 2 even nowadays. We'll also explain what Latvians think about "the victory" monument.

      Duration: 20 minutes

      Stop At: Torņakalna stacija, Zemgale Suburb, Riga, LV-1004, Latvia

      This is a symbolic place to remember all deported Eastern Europeans which were brought in cattle cars to the labor camps in Siberia (Russia). Our guides often share personal stories from their families on how they did or did not survive the deportations.

      Duration: 20 minutes

      Stop At: Panorama Riga Observation Deck, Akademijas laukums 1 Latvian Academy of Sciences, Riga 1050 Latvia

      We'll finish the tour with amazing views over spectacular Riga. During the Cold War, this Stalin's baroque was designed to exceed the size of the Empire State Building in New York, and you'll see it slightly resembles the shape of the famous USA landmark.
      Please note! The landmark does not operate in freezing or windy weather. The tour will be slightly adjusted in the rare case if the platform is closed.

      Duration: 30 minutes

    • Departure Point :
      The Freedom Monument, Central District, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
      Traveler pickup is offered
      Please contact us at least 1 day before the tour is scheduled to start with your pick up location. Your pick up will be confirmed only after you hear from us. If we don't receive a pick up information we'll meet you at the tour starting point near Freedom Monument. Ports
      • Rīgas Pasažieru osta, Eksporta iela 3A, Ziemeļu rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
      Return Detail :
      Latvian Academy of Sciences Observation deck, Akademijas laukums 1, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
      • Suitable strictly for active people only as quite a large amount of walking is involved
      • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. In case of extreme weather (colder than -15C, hotter than +35C, stormy wind or rain) the tour would be cancelled and you would be offered full refund (or spot on the next available tour).
      • Although children are allowed, this activity is not suitable for them
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
      • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
      • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
      • Guides required to regularly wash hands
      • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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    Organised by Raami Travel

    Activity ID: V-35033P3

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