Ancient craft workshop
private tour

Ancient craft workshop

  • Approx. 3 - 4 hours
  • Start time: 11:00 and 15:00
  • GARKALNE, Latvia
  • All year round

Program

To get to know Latvia through local ancient crafts workshop in a short drive from Riga. We enter the household’s “Carpenter’s workshop”. The owner Laura tells you about the local wood sculpting traditions. Then it is your turn to try it out! Working along with experienced craftsmen you get to know typical Latvian trees and try out traditional toys. All that you make on the spot are your souvenirs. Before we are tired of all the sculpturing Laura calls to a homemade meal and a very special tea recipe brewed in a bonfire house.
After you have an opptortunity for a sauna experience. Where the household’s sauna master brings you to the sauna and explains about the local sauna rituals. Then the sauna master by using different types of tree branches (leaf and needle trees) massages you and the hot sauna cleanses your body. Relaxed, we return back to Riga.

Highlights

  • Get to know ancient crafts;
  • Bring back home your own hand made souvenirs;
  • Homemade meal by the Carpenter’s workshop owner.
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Private tour price

Adult:€109

Child<18: €50

Included
  • Private car or minivan with English speaking driver and instructor
  • Carpenter’s workshop – 1,5 h
  • Homemade meal and tea
Optional
  • Sauna ritual with sauna master: €100

*Note:
Swimming gear is optional because most of the people in Latvia go naked in the sauna.

Suggested for comfort
  • water & snacks for personal usage
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Baltic nature travel
5.0
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Betti Sewell
Betti Sewell
2020-11-28T17:19:37+0000
The hike was beautiful and Valdis was relaxed, helpful and informative. Highly recommended.
Chris Palin
Chris Palin
2020-11-15T07:39:38+0000
Had a great experience with Valdis. The hike was really interesting with lots of points of interest including an... abandoned bob sleigh track. A great guide, fantastic day out.10 out of 10 I would definitely recommend to anybodyread more
Luca Ruella
Luca Ruella
2020-11-07T16:46:41+0000
Very nice guide and hiking in Sigulda. Totally recommended!
Elisa Bozzotto
Elisa Bozzotto
2020-10-31T21:30:28+0000
I love the atmosphere in the group and the offered trails. They show a part of the countryside that is still not yet... well know but definitely worth seeing. With woods that look like the one from a fairy story book and really good company it's definitely a suggested tou experience for the lovers of outdoors activities..The guide is super available and offer explanations and curiosity. Particularly useful is the description of how to reach the starting point with public transport (even with the specific schedule time). So I definitely recommend it 😉read more
Lina Kulikauskaite
Lina Kulikauskaite
2020-10-31T18:04:12+0000
Nicely chosen trail 🍂🌲very friendly and supportive guide. Had a lot of fun! Looking forward for next trip 👣📸
Kristīna Kļimoviča
Kristīna Kļimoviča
2020-10-05T05:49:53+0000
I am very grateful to Valdis for leading our hike through the Gauja National Park near Sigulda. It was the perfect... combination of the city sightseeing and enjoying nature. Valdis made stops at the most remarkable objects both in the city and in nature and told the most important things, which were neither too much nor too little. He really took good care of the group. Thank you for this day! Highly recommended!read more
Victor Papin
Victor Papin
2020-10-04T15:43:17+0000
Great welcoming & service, great hike.
Oskars Ikstens
Oskars Ikstens
2018-04-27T12:18:35+0000
Zane Kurševa
Zane Kurševa
2018-04-22T14:12:43+0000
Armīns Maslovskis
Armīns Maslovskis
2018-04-22T13:39:50+0000
Liene Lote Čemme
Liene Lote Čemme
2018-03-01T14:27:46+0000
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