Memel country and Curonian Spit
Discover the coast of Lithuania.
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Self-guided tour
At 9 a.m. welcome briefing and rental bike distribution. Cycle to Palanga resort along the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route leading through Giruliai Forest and the Seaside Regional Park. En route explore the Dutchman’s Cap – a 24-meter-high coastal cliff and Plazė Lake. In Palanga you can visit the Botanical Park and Amber Museum, cycle along J.Basanavičius pedestrian street with many cafes and restaurants and explore the 470m pier heading into the Baltic Sea. Return to Klaipėda. If your arrival day is Sunday this stage will be cycled at the end of the tour!
Transfer by minibus to Veivirzenai where start your cycling ride on picturesque countryside roads through Pamarys meadows to Šilutė. This region is known as a land of storks and the White Stork truly deserves its place as Lithuanian's national bird. En route stop in Švėkšna village to explore the estate with its beautiful park and impressive neo-gothic church of St.Jacob the Apostle.
Explore Šilutė, a town named after “Šilokarčema” (a pub in the pine forest) and go for a return cycling trip to Rusnė Island, Lithuania’s only island, located in the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. When you stand on the bank of the Nemunas River in Rusnė you see the Russian oblast of Kaliningrad just 100 metres across the river. En route you can explore a traditional fisherman’s smallholding at the Rusnė museum, the old water pumping station and the 19th C lighthouse in Uostadvaris Harbour.
Cycling to Ventė Cape where you may visit a renowned bird ringing station with a museum of ornithology and the 19th C lighthouse which has a panoramic view of the unique landscape including a glimpse of the glistening Curonian Spit sand dunes. Today, one million birds pass through the station each migratory period. Take a boat to cross the Curonian Lagoon to Nida, followed by a bike ride to the hotel.
Free day to explore Nida which is a former fishermen’s village on the Curonian Spit washed by the Baltic Sea on one side and the Curonian Lagoon on the other. Today Nida is the largest settlement in Neringa region and one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Cycle or walk along impressive sand dunes, visit the most popular places of interest – the Fisherman’s House, the summer house of famous German writer Thomas Mann and the Amber Gallery.
Cycling on an asphalt bike path of the Seaside Cycle Route which takes you along the Curonian Spit to Klaipėda. En route you can explore the “Dead” sand dunes on foot, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants, visit the Hill of Witches which houses a hundred fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures of Lithuanian legends scattered along a forest path, swim in the Baltic Sea or, relax, take the sun on golden beaches. Arrival in Smiltynė where you take a ferry to the Old Town of Klaipėda (ticket not included).
You will cycle on low traffic roads (some gravel ones), sandy forest trails and high-quality cycle paths of the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route. The terrain is flat most of the tour, except a few sand dunes on the Curonian Spit.
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
- If half board is booked: 7x 3 course meal with coffee and tea
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Bus transfer Klaipeda – Veivirzenai incl. your bike
- Boat trip across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida incl. your bike
- Detailed travel documents
- Service hotline
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Palanga and Klaipeda airport
- Palanga ferry terminal
- Free parking at the arrival hotel
- Transfer from Palanga airport to the hotel in Klaipeda € 48/transfer (1-3 persons) or € 78/transfer (4-7 persons)
- Transfer from Klaipeda ferry terminal to the hotel in Klaipeda € 30/transfer (1-3 persons) or € 49/transfer (4-7 persons)
- Valid ID required