Lithuania - Latvia - Estonia
Through the Baltic States.
Fair Weather Cyclist
- 11 Days / 10 Nights
- Guided group tour
- Minimum number of participants: 2 persons
Arrival to Vilnius
Arrival to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. At 7 p.m. welcome meeting at the hotel with your tour guide. Overnight in hotel Tilto 3***.
After breakfast you’ll take part in a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town. In the afternoon transfer of about 30 minutes to Trakai. We cycle along Lake Galva and soon reach the Gothic Trakai Island Castle. It was primarily used by Lithuanian grand dukes in the 15th and 16th centuries for state receptions and important festivities. After visiting this imposing and wonderfully situated edifice, a completely unspoiled landscape awaits us. On the way to Semeliskes our route leads along wooded stretches, past lakes and lonely farms while the small town itself offers gaily painted traditional Lithuanian wooden houses. A bus takes us in one hour to Kaunas, the former capital. Overnight in hotel Santaka Best Western 4****.
In the morning transfer along the river Memel/Nemunas to the coast. Situated on the river are the castles of Raudone and Panemune dating back to the 16th and 17th century. In the afternoon cycling tour to the renowned Vente Horn with ornithological station and lighthouse (19th century) located in the Memel river delta. After a short bus ride you arrive in Klaipėda (Memel town), the only harbour town in Lithuania. Two overnight stays in the Hotel Old Mill 3***.
The boat trip in the morning across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida offers you views onto the impressive dunes of the Curonian Spit. Sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful beach resorts of Lithuania. In the afternoon you enjoy a bike tour along the coastal cycle path along the Curonian Spit, well-known for its amber and stunning sandy beaches. En route to Klaipėda opportunity to swim in the Baltic Sea. Arrival back in Klaipėda, dinner in the hotel.
In the morning journey to Palanga through the Seaside Regional park, a former Soviet military no-go zone. Arrival in Palanga, the largest beach resort in Lithuania. The tour includes a visit to the botanical gardens with the amber museum in Palanga, located in the former palace of count Tyszkiewitcz. The museum houses over 25 000 pieces of amber and 15 000 pieces of amber with insect inclusions. In the afternoon transfer to Riga (Latvia). Along the way you stop at the ‚Hill of Crosses’, a memorable mystical place, featuring thousands of crosses. You continue to Riga, the capital of Latvia. Arrival in Riga, overnight stay and dinner in Hotel Metropole 4**** or similar.
Breakfast is followed by a guided tour of the medieval hansa town of Riga, best-known for its art nouveau buildings. The afternoon is at your own disposal and can either be spent on further exploration or a cycling tour to Jurmala, the largest coastal resort in the Baltics, renowned for its endless white beaches, healing mud and natural mineral water. Transfer back to the hotel in Riga.
In the morning transfer to Sigulda, a popular holiday resort in Latvia, located in the Gauja river valley. Along today’s bike tour through the Gauja Nationalpark to Saulkrasti you discover Turaida castle as well as the church in Krimulda – the oldest church in Latvia (built in 1205) and enjoy views onto the Gauja river valley with the Gutmann-cave. The cycling tour ends with the bicycle museum in Saulkrasti. Then transfer to Riga.
Riga – Mandjala (Saaremaa)approx. 35 km + transfer approx. 340 km + shipping tour approx. 5 km
In the morning transfer to the largest Estonian island Saaremaa, where the best of old Estonia got preserved: Saaremaa is the perfect cycling terrain with very little traffic and even roads. You cycle on picturesque roads along the Baltic coast to the village Angla, famous for its windmills. Transfer to Mandjala. Two overnight stays in Hotel Saaremaa Thalasso Spa 3*** on the coast. Dinner in the hotel.
Enjoy the wild beauty of Sõrve peninsula during a daytrip all the way to the lighthouse. Located between the southern tip of the peninsula and the Latvian mainland is the ‚Irben Strait’, the most important shipping lane from the bay of Riga into the Baltic Sea. Transfer back to the hotel.
Mandjala (Saaremaa) – Tallinnapprox. 10 km + transfer approx. 215 km + shipping tour approx. 5 km
Enjoy a tour in the morning to Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa. There you have plenty of time to explore the town and the episcopacy castle dating back to the 13th century and one of the best preserved medieval castles in the Baltic. Afterwards bus journey to Tallinn. En route you stop at the Kaali meteorite crater, a rare miracle of nature in Estonia. In the afternoon arrival in Tallinn at the PK Ilmarine 4****, followed by a guided tour of the old town of Tallinn. Common farewell dinner in a restaurant!
Departure or extension
This trip is mostly on calm side roads and cycle paths with daily cycling stages between 25 and 55 km. The terrain is varying, and especially in the Gauja river valley and in the Otepää region there are some hilly parts. Otherwise the tour is mostly flat!
Category: 3*** and 4**** hotels according to description (Changes possible)
- Accommodation as mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
- 4x 3 course meal with coffee and tea (1x Klaipeda, Riga, Mandjala, Tallinn)
- Welcome meeting with glass of beer or wine
- Mineral water on cycling days
- Guide during the whole tour
- Service bus during the whole tour
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Trip documents
- All transfers and guided tours as per itinerary
- Ferry tickets from the Curonian Spit and to/from Saaremaa Island
- Boat trip across the Curonian Lagoon
- Entrance to Trakai Insular Castle, Vente Ornithological station, Amber museum in Palanga, Turaida Castle, Saulkrasti Bicycle museum and Angla Windmill park in Saaremaa
- Rental Bike
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Vilnius airport and Tallinn
- Transfer from/to airport possible, prices and details upon request
- Up to 30 days before the start of travel: 20 %
- From 29 to 10 days prior to the start of travel: 25 %
- From 9 to 4 days prior to the start of travel: 50 %
- From 3 days and no-show: 90 %
- By travel expensen 100% on the travel price.