Tour distances: cycling ~ 417 km/261 miles, by train ~ 60 km/38 miles
Cycling grade: Easy to moderate. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths of the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route (range from 55 to 80 km (35-50 miles) each day. Bicycle route is flat, except for a few undulations on the Curonian Spit (LT) and between Frombork and Elblag (PL).
Arrival / Departure: Arrival in Palanga/Klaipėda Airport in Lithuania and departure from Gdansk Airport in Poland. For more information about flights, see websites:
Ferry terminal in Klaipėda (ferries from Kiel, Germany & Karlshamn, Sweden)
11 days self-guided cycling tour from Klaipėda to Gdansk (Code: SG6)
On this tour you will discover three cities well known for their rich history: Klaipėda (Memel), Kaliningrad (Koenigsberg) and Gdansk (Danzig). The Baltic Coast cycle route leads you from Lithuania across the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad into Poland. The tour begins in the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipėda and takes you along the Curonian Spit with many swimming opportunities on the way to Kaliningrad, the former Koenigsberg. This city has been extensively redeveloped since the war to become a true Soviet city - don't miss your opportunity to see it. From Russia you enter Poland and cycle in Pomerania. After touring the impressive Malbork Castle, built by the Teutonic Knights, your tour ends in Gdansk - a city with over 1000 years of history. Nowadays it's an important European seaport with a spectacular Old Town.
Day 1: Klaipėda (Memel)
Individual arrival in Klaipeda and transfer to your hotel (not included). Visit the quaint old town where you will enjoy the city’s oldest buildings, dating from the middle of the 18th century. Many are former warehouses built in the “Fachwerk” style. Overnight in Klaipeda.
Day 2: Klaipėda– Juodkrantė – Nida, ~ 57 km/36 miles
Information meeting and delivery of rental bicycles at the hotel where you will be greeted by our representative. The Curonian Spit is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared by two countries: Lithuania and Russia. Today you will cycle along the whole of the Lithuanian part of the Spit, one of the most beautiful cycle routes in Eastern Europe. En route you can visit the Hill of Witches, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants and stop off at the “Dead” sand dunes. Overnight in Nida.
Day 3: Nida
Free day to explore Nida. A former fishing village, Nida is now the largest town in the Neringa region and one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Cycle or walk along impressive sand dunes and visit the most popular places of interest – the traditional Fisherman’s House, the summer house of the famous German writer, Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Mann and the Amber Gallery. The Curonian Spit is renowned for its sandy beaches, take the opportunity to relax and enjoy it. Overnight in Nida.
Day 4: Nida - Zelenogradsk, ~ 56 km/35 miles
Today´s bike trip leads you through the Russian part of the Spit to reach the field station in Rybachnoye, the first in the world dedicated to bird observation. There’s an interesting museum to see here in this important location for migrating birds where almost one million birds “pass/stop off”’ each year. There’s plenty of time to stop & enjoy a swim in this area which is perfect for cycling. Overnight in Zelenogradsk.
Day 5: Zelenogradsk – Yantarnyj- Svetlogorsk, ~ 75 km/47 miles.
Zelenogradsk is a traditional, popular seaside Spa resort with elegant old villas, some of them have been renovated to reveal their former glory. Despite that, or perhaps because of that, it’s an interesting place with a special atmosphere. Today’s cycling takes you through West Sambia to Yantarnyj, the town named after Bernstein & whose name means “amber” in Russian; continue cycling to Svetlogorsk. Overnight in Svetlogorsk.
Day 6: Svetlogorsk - Kaliningrad, ~ 56 km/35 miles.
Svetlogorsk (formerly Rauschen was founded in 1228) lies just 35km northwest of Kaliningrad and makes for a quick and pleasant getaway from the city. It also another traditional, seaside Spa town with its impressive 60 meter high coastal cliffs. The narrow beach is backed by steep, sandy slopes and pretty wooden houses set among tree-lined streets dot the little town. Cycling on local roads with very little traffic to follow the coast. If you prefer, take a train to Kaliningrad. Overnight in Kaliningrad.
Day 7: Kaliningrad (Königsberg)
Free day to explore Kaliningrad. As well as its natural wonders, Kaliningrad is well-known for its history which differs markedly from the rest of Russia. From the 13th century until 1945, the entire region was German, part of the core territory of the Teutonic knights and their successors, the dukes and kings of Prussia. Its capital, now named Kaliningrad, was the famous German city of Königsberg, capital of East Prussia where Prussian kings were crowned. The city has grown considerably since its 750-year anniversary. The most interesting places to explore are the King’s Gate and the area around the Cathedral. Overnight in Kaliningrad.
Day 8: Kaliningrad -Mamonovo– Frombork, ~ 75 km/47 miles.
Leave Kaliningrad to cycle to the Polish border at Mamonovo, cross the border & cycle on to Frombork. This city has developed into a peaceful, seaside tourist destination with an intriguing astronomical legacy. Traditionally the home of merchants, farmers and fishermen, Frombork’s most illustrious inhabitant was the astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus who lived and worked as a priest in Frombork. Today you can visit the museum of this well- known astronomer & the Cathedral - the city’s, oldest original building is also worth visiting. Overnight in Frombork.
Day 9. Frombork – Elblag, ~ 46 km/29 miles.
Cycle along the picturesque coast of Vistula Lagoon from Frombork to Elblag through a rolling landscape & have many opportunities to observe numerous kinds of wild birds nearby. Explore Elblag town, a former Hanseatic Elbing founded by Teutonic Order and nowadays famous for its reconstructed Stare Miasto (the Old town). From Elblag you may also take a boat and travel on the Druzno Lake to see the Elblag Canal - the famous early technical masterpiece – a winch which was used to lift boats 100 m up & across dry land before returning them back to the Elblag Canal above. Overnight in Elblag.
Day 10. Elblag - Gdansk-Malbork , ~ 52 km/33 mi., train ~ 60 km/38 miles.
After breakfast cycle to Marienburg (Malbork), the capital of Teutonic Knights, and visit the greatest European fortress from the Middle Ages. In the afternoon take a train to Gdansk. Overnight in Gdansk.
Day 11: Gdansk
Breakfast at the hotel. Individual departure.
2019 TOUR DATES
SG6. 01.05 – 30.09.2019 (daily departure)
TOUR PRICE per person
Low season (01.05-14.06.2019 & 30.08-30.09.2019)
DBL/Twin room - 745 EUR
SGL room - 1195 EUR
3* middle-range hotels
Rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
Discounts for extra bed in Double/Twin room - 15 %
Minimum group size – 2 people