Bogs and Resorts Day Excursion

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Description

A day trip loaded with everything Jurmala has to offer. On this tour you'll enjoy a lot of the nature, like a hike on the boardwalk of Kemeri bog, a visit to Ragakāpa dune nature park, some of the most beatiful beaches of the Baltic sea and a climb on Dzintari Forest park's 36 meter tall watchtower to see it all from above.
But it's not only nature that Jurmala has to offer - you'll get a guided tour through the most important sights of the town, including a visit to the Jurmala Open Air museum to see the story of a little fishing village becoming a resort known all around Europe.
On all of the sights you'll be accompanied by your guide who'll give you background information and some fun facts on everything you see. If you wish to have more alone time with the nature - that is not a problem as well. This tour is highly customisable, just let us know and we'll do our best to cater to your needs.

What´s Included

Everything except lunch

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • If you're in a reasonable distance from Riga we have no problem picking you up

Itinerary

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The tour starts with a short visit to the Open-Air museum which tells you the story of Jurmala - just a fishing village on the shore near Riga and how it became one of the greatest resorts of Russian Empire. You'll learn about traditional way of living of fishermen as well as ways of restind and recreation of Czar and his court. After the visit you'll have a chance to do a short hike through Ragakapa Nature Park's dunes.

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The Dzintari Forest Park in Jūrmala is a great place for both lovers of active recreation, and also for those who prefer a leisurely stroll in the crisp pine air. Its most valuable asset is the 200-year-old pine grove and protected habitats, which have remained intact even to this day. There's a 36m high watchtower in the middle of the park overlooking all directions - you can see the Baltic Sea, the dunes, the pines, the city of Jūrmala and, weather permitting, even some parts of Riga.

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Jomas iela (Jomas Street) is the heart of Jūrmala. Holidaymakers fill the city’s main street every summer, and it’s said that this is the place where the Resort of Jūrmala began. Back when Jūrmala was still mostly just large expanses of sand, the wind blew it here and there, naturally forming a series of dunes and valleys. In Latvian, such a valley is called a “joma”, and a main road, now called Jomas iela, was eventually established along one of these valleys. From the very beginning, this street served as the town’s central stage, used almost like a catwalk by summer holidaymakers and spa guests. The more than a kilometre long pedestrian street is where the town’s fanciest boutiques and most popular cafés and restaurants are located. The most popular beach is right next to it, so if you plan to swim, don't forget your swimwear. After this you'll have a break for lunch - your guide will help you select a restaurant based on your needs.

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The Kemeri Bog is more than 8000 years old and is one of the biggest bogs in Latvia. In 2013 a boardwalk was set up to create a route through the most beautiful parts of the bog. The boardwalk takes visitors to the world of moss, small pine trees, deep pools, tiny dark lakes, and the smell of wild rosemary. The astute visitor will notice the carnivorous plant of sundew, and a variety of birds – wood sandpipers, white wagtails, tree pipits, and also hear cranes further away. Those who prefer shorter strolls can take the short route (1.4 km), while those who choose the great arc (3.4 km) will be rewarded with the opportunity to climb an observation platform that offers a magnificent view of the bog from above. After the walk your guide will take you back to your hotel or any other location by your choosing.