Gauja River kayaking trip
Private / self-guided tour

Gauja River kayaking trip

  • 6 days / 5 nights
  • Gauja National Park, Latvia
  • April – September



Arrive in Gauja National Park and check in.

Overnight: double room in Cesis hotel or similar.


Start the Self-guided kayaking on the river Gauja outside the Cesis vicinity from the Jāņrāmis camping ground and paddle all the way to the Cēsis bridge. In the middle of the route are the magnificent Eagle (Ērgļu) cliffs, where it is easy to get off and climb the stairs to the viewing platform and observe the picturesque landscape of the Gauja National park. In the afternoon stop paddling in Cesis and return back to the accommodation.

Overnight: double room in Cesis hotel or similar.


In the morning start paddling from Cēsis to Līgatne throught the heart of the Gauja National Park. This section is one of the richest of naturally formed sandstone outcrops. The surrounding area of Ligatne will undoubtedly surprise you with their magnificence and beauty.  Stop paddling at the Ligatne cable ferry and return back to the accommodation.

Overnight: double room in Cesis hotel or similar.


In the morning start paddling from Līgatne to Sigulda through the valley of the Gauja River. You will be able to enjoy not only the beauty of nature, but also take a look at the Turaida Castle, Krimulda Manor and Sigulda Medieval Castle.  Stop paddling at the Sigulda beach and return back to the accommodation.


Enjoy the last day of kayaking and start in the morning paddling from Sigulda to Murjāņi. On the way you will see the Devil’s cave, Lorupe estuary, and Pīķene Bluff. Stop paddling at the Rāmkalni adventure park and return back to the accommodation.


Check out from the hotel.


  • Peaceful and beauty of surroundings of the Gauja National Park
  • Wonderful sandstone outcrops of the Gauja River
  • The cultural richness of the small towns


Swimming skills are required and previous paddling experience is not necessary.

Please dress accordingly to the weather conditions, wear appropriate footwear (sandals or hiking shoes depending on weather conditions would be ideal).

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Private tour price

Double occupancy and tandem kayak:

  • 2 persons traveling is 780 EUR per person
  • 4 persons traveling is 680 EUR per person
  • 6 persons traveling is 650 EUR per person

Single room supplement: €300,00/per person

Single kayak supplement: €60,00/per person

  • 5 x nights with breakfast in Cesis hotel or similar;
  • Double kayak with all necessary equipment (paddles, dry bags, safety gear);
  • Kayaking trip transport to the start and from the finish to the accommodation.
  • 4-star hotel in Cesis “Villa Santa” – 200.00 EUR/ per person
Not included
  • Lunch & dinner;
  • GPS navigation device.
Before the self-guided tour
  • Take with you comfortable boots, a rain jacket, and extra socks.
Physical rate from 1 to 10


Level of difficulty

The currents in the rivers and lakes are slow and safe to kayak without any previous experience.


From April to September.


Bookings are on request and should be made at least two weeks before the departure date. The itinerary can be modified according to the client’s wants and needs.

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Annette Ihrman
Annette Ihrman
The tour was very versatile and a good addition to our trip to Riga. We can recommend it!
I joined Valdis for Gauja national park tour and experience breathtaking views, beautiful cave, Plus the experience to see the inside of luge and skeleton track. It’s an unforgettable experience to see something outside the Riga! Highly recommended!!!
Carmen Daams
Carmen Daams
I took the Kuldiga trip with Valdis. The experience was amazing. The entire day was great. He is a great guide, and knows a lot of interesting information. He would definitely make your whole experience even better. Kuldiga is such a captivating city, very unique with a very special style and soul. If you are visiting Latvia, don't hesitate to take this trip, it is a "must".
Stanley Wallerstein
Stanley Wallerstein
Great Tour and great guide. Baltic Nature Travel is excellent.
Maria M Andrade
Maria M Andrade
Valdis organized an absolutely wonderful 10 day trip to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania trip for my sister, a friend, and myself. He arranged all details including our private chofer and tour guide up the last detail. He went far and beyond when he knew I had an accident in Estonia. We met him Latvia and he make us feel welcome. He recommended the most amazing restaurants for us and he took care of my doctor needs where he was the interpreter. In every country we had the best guys one can possibly ask for. All hotels were walking distance from city centre. Thank you Valdis we will always remembered this trip!!!!
Sarah Daniels
Sarah Daniels
Thank you, Valdis, for helping my family have a wonderful two week trip to the Baltics! Your advice and recommendations were very helpful, and our tour guides in 4 different cities were each outstanding! I highly recommend a vacation in the beautiful and fascinating Baltics, and I highly recommend using Valdis to help you plan it.
Rita Derencius
Rita Derencius
Tours and tour guides, Tomas and Mindaugas, exceeded my expectations. We were able to curate our tour of Lithuania. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and adapted the tour based on our input. Valdis was responsive and easy to work with. Extremely happy we chose to have private tour guides. Best trip ever!
Deniz Demirors
Deniz Demirors
Valdis did amazing job to organize us a 15 day, 14 night self drive adventure trip to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Thanks to his valuable advise before and immaculate documentation with names of the locations, guides etc we had a magical experience. We hiked, biked, walked, beached and off course drive all over in all 3 beautiful countries. We felt very safe. Everyone we met were very friendly. The car was delivered to our first hotel in Tallinn and picked up from last hotel in Vilnius. They were professional and kind people. We encountered few minor issues but Valdis resolved very promptly so our program was not impacted. We met him in Riga as he was our guide. Thanks to Valdis & his team of guides we had an unforgettable time and experience. Valdis is very gently, kind, hears his clients wishes and makes adjustments in his existing programs. Job well done Valdis. Thank you very much.
Catherine Herway
Catherine Herway
These are the only places on earth where eastern and western architecture can now meet in harmony. The architecture tells a social history translated into excellent English on this tour! The hotels were clean, comfortable, and safe. The food was outstanding as well, I only wish I had more time!
Artur Iwański
Artur Iwański
A very good and interesting guide. Customized trips - which is very useful. If you want to get to know Latvia (which is worth it!) there is no one better. Highly recommended.

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