ARE YOUR FREE TOURS SUITABLE FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS?
Riga as a whole is very mixed when it comes to accessibility. Some areas are better than others, especially in more modern developments. Old city and Soviet districts / city planning do pose the greatest challenges. We try our best to be as inclusive as possible on our free tours and if a participant feels our routes may not cater for them we can provide private tours that take full consideration specific requirements. If you are uncertain, just drop us a line.
- OLD RIGA FREE TOUR: The historic centre of Riga is around 90% cobblestones,. Some areas are smoother than others and some areas have narrow side walks although the whole old town and its roads included are accessible for pedestrian traffic. We have seen that for some wheelchair users the old town, although challenging is possible and for others more uncomfortable. We try our best to accommodate everyone on this tour.
- THE ALTERNATIVE RIGA TOUR: We pass through a Soviet era tunnel on this tour that does have 'wheel chair ramps'. These are rather steep and must be supervised by at least one other person to assist. Most of the areas we cover are paved on this tour and we have accommodated people in wheel chairs on this route in the past.
- ART NOUVEAU RIGA TOUR: We believe this tour should be suitable for people in wheelchairs, with just a few areas of cobblestones.
- If our website is unclear please contact us for current information regarding restrictions on our tours. .
- Please be aware that we are effected by ever changing restrictions and we ask for you help to make the tours as safe as possible for everyone involved,.
WHERE DOES RIGA FREE TOUR MEET?
- The Old Riga & Alternative Free walking tours meet in front of St. Peters Church entrance. Here you will find the guide waiting a few minutes just before the meeting time, look for a guide with a yellow suitcase!
- The 15:00 Art Nouveau Riga Free walking tours meet in front of The Latvian National Opera steps . Here you will find the guide waiting a few minutes just before the meeting time, look for a guide with a yellow suitcase!
- Sometimes there are events held in front of the Church, if this is the case, look around to find the guide, this is rare but sometimes may occur. The same applies at the National Opera.
WILL THE TOUR WAIT FOR ME?
- Our tours are public and free, this means when the group has gathered we leave as close to the starting time as possible. As a group tour we do not wait around for individuals who are running late. The very best thing is to arrive on time or join the next tour!
DO I NEED TO BOOK A SPACE ON THE TOUR?
- Please book to ensure that we have your details. This is required during the pandemic as we need to keep track of people who join along with us. If you do decided to show up on the day we may have space to accommodate you but please do book before hand :)
- If you are a larger group 8+ people, please contact us and ask what is best for you. We arrange private tours at a fixed fee if this works better for your timing
IS IT REALLY FREE?
- Yes! You are not obliged to pay anything for your tour. If you like the service our guides will happily accept your tips!
WHAT LANGUAGE IS THE TOUR CONDUCTED IN?
- We conduct our tours in English! We get some request for other languages but we can only suggest private tours for these. Perhaps in the future as Riga tourism grows we will add other languages but for now the demand is too low.
DO YOU RUN ALL YEAR ROUND?
- We run all year round, however during Christmas and New Years: no tours on the 25th of December and 1st of January. We do try and run an uninterrupted schedule but as you can all imagine, Free Tour guides also need to spend time at home with their Families!
Thanks for reading, if you think we are missing some information, feel free to ask us to add it!