Price from: 50 € /PP
We will pick you up from your hotel and drive to the Sigulda Luge and Bobsleigh Track, which hosts several international and national scale competitions every year. Transfer from Riga takes about 50 minutes each way.
You do not need any previous experience or training as there will be a professional pilot and all you have to do is to hold on and enjoy the ride. Before you start a ride, you get the safety instructions and a helmet. Unfortunately, it is allowed only to stay at the beginning of the track, thus the only pictures/videos you take are at the start when you listen to instructions and also the moment when the bobsleigh gets pushed down the track.
There is a difference between Riga winter bobsleigh and Riga summer bobsleigh in regards to what happens at the finish. Once you reach the finish with any type of winter bobsleigh, you need to step out of the bobsleigh and you are returning to the start of the track by a van. Once you finish with the Riga summer bobsleigh you keep sitting inside the bobsleigh and wait while it gets attached to the van, which tows you up, while you are sitting in the bobsleigh. Once you reach the start of the track, the van unhooks the bobsleigh and you go down the track for the second time, in case if you have booked two rides on the summer bobsleigh or step out of the bobsleigh if you booked only one ride.
In the summer bobsleigh, there is a professional pilot and up to 3 tourists. If you are visiting Bobsleigh track with a larger group, once you finish your rides, you can stay at the start of the track to support your friends, walk to the van or go to the main building of the track. On the first floor, you can find the vending machine and photo gallery of the Olympic achievements of Latvian athletes. On the fourth floor, you will find the restroom. The sixth floor allows you to walk outside on a sightseeing platform (for extra cost) to make beautiful photos of Gauja valley.
Compared to the Winter Olympic bobsleigh which cannot be done by anyone with a bad back or neck, the Summer bobsleigh can be done by anyone from the age of 6. Children and teenagers from the age of 6 until the age of 14 must be accompanied by at least one of their parents.
Summer bobsleigh rides are available from the beginning of May until the end of September.
The history of bobsleigh in Sigulda goes back to the late 19th century when Prince Kropotkin built on his estate a 900-meter bobsleigh track with one curve. The present-day Sigulda track was designed at the research centre of the Leipzig Sports Bureau, and built by "Graming", a company from Sarajevo. The total length of the luge and bobsleigh track is 1420 m; it features 16 curves and allows for a maximum speed of 75 km/h (Riga summer bobsleigh). It can accommodate competitions and training sessions in luge, bobsleigh, and skeleton events.
Although Sigulda is considered to be among the best cities for winter activities, there is always something to do in summer. Please, if you plan to visit anything apart of riga summer bobsleigh track, do let us know in advance as we need to organize transportation and the same van used by your group, can be booked for some other tour right after Sigulda bobsleigh. In that case, you will either be forced to return to Riga by van or the driver can show you where the train station is and you return to Riga later on your own by train.
Sigulda is part of Gauja National park and the right place if you like nature. There are multiple hiking trails and many routes you can discover with the mountain bike. If you feel that riding an MTB can be tiring, you can try an electric fat tyre bicycle that works on a battery and makes your expedition through the Gauja National Park much easier. Both types of bicycles you can rent in Sigulda. A trip down the Gauja river with a canoe, rubber boat or on SUP board will award you with stunning views of Gauja ancient valley and the Medieval castle of Turaida.
If you want to continue with something active, then after Riga summer bobsleigh rides we can take you to a Laser tag park, Adventure Park `Tarzans`, and Adventure Park `Mezakakis`. Or those who look for adrenaline, we can offer bungee jumping and zipline rides.
There are multiple hotels in Sigulda where you can use the SPA facilities as well as saunas. Just a few km from Sigulda is located a golf course. Another interesting route is to take the air cable car from Sigulda to Krimulda, where you can walk to the ruins of a medieval castle and visit the historical centre of Krimulda manor which consists of 17 buildings, including a winery (a reservation must be booked in advance). There is another winery in Sigulda that also offer wine tasting.