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Through the rivers of Gauja National Park

Total distance: 150 km / 94 miles

Discover the beauty of Gauja National Park while riding through the forest riverbeds or banks and be delighted of landscapes worth a fairytale! In this horse riding vacation you will enjoy the swimming of horses and riding in rivers like Amata, Ligatne, Strikupe, Gauja and other most beautiful rivers of Latvia; enjoying true nature of the Gauja valley. This equestrian vacation leads you along beautiful cliffs and rock outcrops, you will be able to drink from springs and on your way you might even meet different wild animals and discover nature' s secrets. In the evenings you will be offered to visit medieval old towns and castles as well as other exciting places of your vacation.

Day 1

Hardness: Very easy / Experience: Beginner

Arrival and acquaintance

Arrival in the district of Karli or Adazi and settling down in guest house. Safety briefing and acquaintance. Refreshing equestrian skills or instructions (tuition in accordance to information left during reservation of vacation).


Day 2

Hardness: Moderate / Experience: Low intermediate

Crossing of Gauja river: Ligatne – Raiskums via Gauja river (27 km)

You will start your ride in Ligatne that is one of the most gorgeous places in the Gauja National Park. The historical development of the village of Ligatne Paper Mill is at least 200 years long. Ligatne is situated on 6 hills and this town is so beautiful due to sandstone cliff exposures on the banks of Ligatne River and Gauja River. Inhabitants of Ligatne remember tales about Katriniezis rock, Gudu cliffs, Jumpraviezis rock and, certainly, about Gauja – its dark pits, islands, rafters…

This place is so beautiful due to sandstone cliff exposures on the banks of Ligatne River and Gauja River. In the valley of Ligatne River there are artificial caves – cellars excellent at storage of vegetables and chosen as winter quarters by bats. 8 species of bats are met in Ligatne. Ligatne is the richest in caves place in Latvia

You will start this vacation day by crossing Gauja river on a historical wooden ferry operated by a manpower. Further on the ride leads through the wild forests of the National park on the other side of Gauja. 

Possibility to attend Ligatne Nature Park with wild animals or the Secret Soviet Bunker 9 m under surface.


Day 3

Hardness: Easy to moderate / Experience: Novice

Kvepene route: Raiskums - Cēsis via Kvepene (32 km)

You will ride on the Kvepene Hill fort surrounded by a fairytale landscape, where you will see possibly the most beautiful giant tree in Latvia - Kvepene Oak that is symbolically drawn also on the 5 lats banknote of Latvian currency.

After horseback riding through Kvepene forests the route continues to Cirulishu nature trails. The path was created to present the natural formation process from the ice age to present. You will enjoy the landscape with mirror cliffs and absolutely clear water.


Day 4

Hardness: Moderate / Experience: Low intermediate

Amata river route: Cesis - Zvarte – Cesis (35 km)

Today's route leads along the river Gauja and Amata. In the morning you will explore the banks of the river Gauja and continue along Amata. The Amata is one of the fastest rivers in the country and has a picturesque shore with red sandstone cliffs and steep rock formations. The Zvartes Rock are among the most famous in this region. During this day you will explore beautiful small rivers on horseback as well. If you are a fun of exciting rides on a horse back you will definitely enjoy ups and downs of the wild banks of rivers till you reach Zvarte.


Day 5

Hardness: Easy to moderate / Experience: Novice

Strikupe river route: Cesis - via river Strike - Janmuiza (25 km)

The riding down into river-bed of Strike is the highlight of this riding day. River Strike has very steep and sandy banks making this a beautiful riding experience. Forest trails of Gauja National park and the healing effect of spring water on the way will add to the joy of the vacation day. After horseback riding you will have excursion in Cesis a town with medieval old town and castle. Overnight in Cesis region.


Day 6

Hardness: Easy to moderate / Experience: Novice

Gauja river route: Janmuiza - Sietiniezis - Valmiera (31 km)

Further on the route we will continue along Gauja banks riding on its beaches, along forests and beautiful meadows with trails in perfect conditions for relaxed riding. The picnic will take place near Sietiniezis – a 500 m long and exceptionally beautiful sandstone cliffs near Gauja river. The perfect equestrian path continues to Valmiera – the final destination of this route. After horseback riding you will be transferred to Sigulda – a town with beautiful view on Gauja valley and medieval castle for overnight.


Day 7

Hardness: Very easy / Experience: Beginner

Cesis - Riga (Transfer)

Cesis - Riga (transfer). Return to hotel in Riga or direct transfer to the airport.

What's included

  • Pick up and transfer from Riga airport (port, railway, central bus station) or hotel
  • Transfer back to Riga airport (port, railway, central bus station) or hotel
  • All inland transfers
  • Accommodation (double, twin and triple rooms)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Guide and assistance during all your stay
  • Horses with saddles and riding equipment
  • Rent of a helmet (wearing is mandatory)

What's not included

  • Any flights, ferries and other transport to Baltics are not included in price
  • Additional meals or snacks others than mentioned above are not included in price
  • Any alcoholic drinks are not included in price
  • Entrance fees to museums (except if specially mentioned in route program that is included in the price)
  • Any other services that is not mentioned in “What is included in price?” list

Important information

Unfortunately due to the safety reasons Riding in cross-country is not available for the persons under 18 years old.

!!! Riders must be in control of the horse in all paces.

Please make sure you inform the lodge staff of any dietary requirements or allergies prior to travel.

Season starts in May and ends in September. September can be mild and dry, but can be cooler and more wet.

Bring rain coat, waterproof trousers, strong boots and other personal

From EUR 1631 per person

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Riga airport, port, railway, central bus station, hotel or any other address in Riga.


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Cancellation policy

The date on which the letter is received by us will determine the cancellation charges applicable. Cancellation charges for horseback riding vacations will be calculated as follows and are expressed as a percentage of the booking prepayment amount: More than 69 days before departure: 0% but EUR 100 will be charged to cover administrative costs 69 - 45 days before departure: 50% (not less than EUR 100) 44 - 31 days before departure: 75% (not less than EUR 150) 30 days or less before departure: 100%

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