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Cycling the Baltic States with National Parks of Lahemaa, Gauja and the Curonian Spit

 


TOUR INFORMATION

Tour distances: cycling ~363 km/~229 mi., by minibus ~1085 km/678 mi., by boat/ferry ~14 km/9 mi.

Cycling grade: We rate this trip Easygoing to Moderate. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 21 to 60 km (13-38 miles) each day with a possibility to cycle more kilometres on some days like Day 6 (Jurmala) and Day 8 (Curonian Spit). The terrain is varied and rolling with some gradual hills on some riding days (some steep ups and downs in the Gauja River valley & Otepää region) and dead flat most of the tour.

Arrival / Departure: Arrive in Tallinn (Estonia) and depart from Vilnius or Kaunas (100 km from Vilnius). For more information about flights, see websites:
TALLINN airport
VILNIUS airport (excluding 14.07 - 18.08 , airport will be closed due to renovation)
KAUNAS airport (Ryanair only, but 14.07 - 18.08 - other airlines)

11 days self-guided cycling tour from Tallinn to Vilnius (Code SG7)

The Baltic coast and National Parks of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania explored on very scenic routes, including the three capital cities – Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius – with their old towns designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Featuring the National Park Lahemaa, which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast, Otepää Lakeland – the so-called “Estonian Switzerland" and the beautiful Gauja River valleys. The tour includes cycling on the Curonian Spit which was previously closed to visitors; nowadays it is often called the Lithuanian Sahara. Travel from Tallinn, Estonia, in the north, through Latvia and on to Lithuania in the south, enjoy a great variety of towns, villages and landscapes, and get an excellent feel for the different characters of these distinctive countries.
The tour begins in Tallinn where you get your tour maps with detailed program and route description. Next day your rental bicycles will be ready for your first ride in Lahemaa. This trip is a half-guided tour ie during the whole trip, except Jurmala and the Curonian Spit, our driver with a minibus and bike trailer is with you and you can take part in city tours (Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius) lead by professional guides. Our driver will transport your luggage every day to the next hotel. If you have a breakdown, then our driver will take care of everything for you. If you have any problems – contact the driver or our office. To make certain that you are well looked after, we only employ people, who have good local knowledge and speak either English, or German.

ITINERARY

Day 1 (Tuesday): Arrive to Tallinn, Estonia

Individual arrival in Tallinn. Guided city tour. Overnight in Tallinn.

Day 2 (Wednesday): Tallinn - National Park Lahemaa, Estonia (cycling ~52 km/33mi., by minibus ~90 km/56 mi)

Meeting with your driver. After bus transfer you shall begin your first bicycle trip through National Park Lahemaa, which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast. Overnight in Sagadi.

Day 3 (Thursday): Along Lake Peipsi to Tartu, Estonia (cycling ~53 km/33 mi., by minibus ~150 km/94 mi)

Morning transfer by bus to Mustvee. There you start a pleasant bicycle trip along Peipsi Lake shore to Varnja. You reach your hotel after bus transfer to Tartu, a famous university town.

Day 4 (Friday): Through the „Estonian Switzerland“ to Sigulda, Latvia (cycling ~28 km/18 mi., by minibus ~235 km/147 mi.)

After bus transfer to Otepää, a lovely place with many lakes, start your cycling through the so-called „Estonian Switzerland“ and admire the environment. Transfer to the hotel in Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia.

Day 5 (Saturday): Gauja National Park – Riga, Latvia (~21 km/13 mi., by minibus ~50 km/31 mi)

Cycling through Gauja National Park to Ragana, en route enjoy spectacular views of the Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, medieval castles in Sigulda & Turaida, the oldest church in Latvia (1205). Afternoon transfer to Riga, the Latvian capital, where a guided tour of the charming Old Town awaits. Overnight in Riga.

Day 6 (Sunday): Riga & Jurmala Seaside resort, Latvia (~35 km/22 mi., by train ~25 km/16 mi.)

Today is free to explore Riga on your own and take a cycle ride on a bicycle path to Jurmala, a renowned Latvian seaside resort well known for its long, white, sand beaches, mineral waters and mud with healing properties. In the evening take a local train back to Riga (30 min; not included). Overnight in Riga.

Day 7 (Monday): Hill of Crosses & Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route, Lithuania (cycling ~48 km/30 mi., by minibus ~290 km/181 mi.)

Transfer by minibus to Lithuanian Seaside. En-route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Begin your cycle ride to Klaipėda on a beautiful bicycle path, which lies along the Baltic Coast in the Seaside Regional Park. En route stop in Palanga, the renowned Lithuanian sea resort (Botanical Park & Amber Museum). Overnight in Klaipeda.

Day 8 (Tuesday): Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania (~60 km/38 mi.)

After breakfast you cross the lagoon by ferry and start cycling on an asphalt bike path which takes you along the Curonian Spit to Nida,  the most beautiful resort in Lithuania famous for impressive sand dunes, the Amber Gallery, etc. En route you can visit the Hill of Witches, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants; explore the “Dead" sand dunes on foot, swim in the Baltic Sea or, simply relax, & take in the sun on golden beaches. Overnight in Nida.

Day 9 (Wednesday): Crossing the Curonian Lagoon, Lithuania (~31 km/19 mi., by minibus ~185 km/116 mi., by boat ~ 14 km/9 mi.)

Take a morning boat across the Curonian Lagoon to the continent (~1.5-2 hrs), en route enjoy a beautiful view of the sand dunes. Cycle to Ventė Cape to explore bird observatory and the 19thC lighthouse. Transfer by bus along the Nemunas River to Kaunas (overnight).

Day 10 (Thursday): Trakai island castle & capital Vilnius, Lithuania (~35 km/19 mi., by minibus ~75 km/43 mi.)

After breakfast drive by bus to the Lake District where start cycling through picturesque countryside on gentle hills. Arrive in Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Finish the tour with a transfer to Vilnius where a guided tour of the Old Town awaits you.

Day 11 (Friday): Tour ends in Vilnius, Lithuania

Individual departure after breakfast.

2017 TOUR DATES*

SG7-01. 06.06 - 16.06.2017 - fully booked
SG7-02. 13.06 - 23.06.2017 - fully booked
SG7-03. 20.06 - 30.06.2017 - fully booked
SG7-04. 27.06 - 07.07.2017 - fully booked
SG7-05. 04.07 - 14.07.2017 - fully booked
SG7-06. 11.07 - 21.07.2017 - fully booked
SG7-07. 18.07 - 28.07.2017 - fully booked
SG7-08. 25.07 - 04.08.2017
SG7-09. 01.08 - 11.08.2017
SG7-10. 08.08 - 18.08.2017 - fully booked
SG7-11. 15.08 - 25.08.2017 - 1 place left!
SG7-12. 22.08 - 01.09.2017
SG7-13. 29.08 - 08.09.2017
SG7-14. 05.09 - 15.09.2017

*departure any date (May-September) possible on request with min. 4 people per group

TOUR PRICE per person

Double/Twin room € 1095
Single room € 1390

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 10 nights stay in hotels, including all taxes (rooms with WC/shower)
  • Breakfast daily on days 2-10
  • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned minibus
  • Luggage transport as per itinerary
  • Guided tours in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius (any entrance fees are payable individually)
  • Boat trips across the Curonian Lagoon from Nida to the mainland
  • Individual information package (one per room): city guides, maps, programme and route description
  • Emergency contact numbers for our English or German speaking representatives

ACCOMMODATION

- 3-4* hotels
- Rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Rent of trekking bike (Kalkhoff, Kreidler, Ghost or Merida) with 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears & back-pedal break or 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears & free-wheel (optional), all supplied with a waterproof pannier (1 x bike) and tachometer (1 x booking) - € 95
  • Rent of E-bike/Pedelec (Kalkhoff, KTM or Giant) with 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears & back-pedal break or free wheel, equipped with waterproof pannier and tachometer -  € 250
  • Rental of waterproof handlebar bag (Ortlieb) - € 20 per bicycle
  • Half board (6 x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea at the hotels, excluding Tallinn, Riga & Vilnius) - € 125
  • Pre-tour accommodation in Tallinn 4* (with breakfast)
    Double/twin room - € 95
    Single room - € 85
  • Post-tour accommodation in Vilnius 3* (with breakfast)
    Double/twin room - € 79
    Single room - € 69
  • Transfer from Tallinn airport/to Vilnius airport (excluding 14.07-18.08.2017 in Vilnius):
    by car up to 3 people - € 30
    by minibus up to 7 people - € 59
  • Departure transfer to Kaunas Airport (14.07-18.08.2017)
    by car for up to 3 people - € 119 per transfer
    by minibus up to 7 people - € 155 per transfer

NOTES

  • Discounts for extra bed in double/twin room for people from 5 yrs. old – 25 %
  • Children under 5 yrs. old – free of charge!
  • Minimum group size:
    – 2 people (14 x guaranteed departures)
    – 4 people (departure on any other date May-September on request)

Your booking request is valid only with our written confirmation.

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SG7
11-day Baltic Bike tour: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (Tallinn to Vilnius) - self-guided

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