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Cycling tour in Lithuania and Latvia: the Baltic Seaside, Kurland & capital city Riga


TOUR INFORMATION

Tour distances: cycling ~363 km /227 mi., by train ~1 hour

Cycling grade: We rate this trip as moderate level. Cycle routes mainly on roads with little traffic and cycle paths, a few stretches in Latvia are on main roads with more car traffic, especially on weekends (from the Lithuanian border to Liepaja, and some stretches near Pavilosta and Tukums). Routes range from 25 to 75 km (15-47 miles) each day. Bicycle route is flat.

Arrival & departure information:

Airports:

  • RIGA

  • PALANGA (35 km/22 mi. away from Klaipėda) with regular flights from Copenhagen (Denmark), Oslo (Norway), Riga (Latvia), Warsaw (Poland), London Luton & Stanstead (Great Britain). Due to good connecting flights (SAS, AirBaltic, LOT) it is easy to reach this airport from many cities in Europe via Copenhagen, Riga and Warsaw.

Ferry terminal in Klaipėda: ferries from Kiel, Germany, & Karlshamn, Sweden

8 days self-guided cycling tour from Klaipėda to Riga (Code SG3)

A cycle tour through some of the most beautiful areas of Lithuania before crossing into Latvia to explore its hidden treasures. The journey begins by cycling along a famous Lithuanian route along the Baltic coast. The route continues through beautiful countryside in Latvia with its constantly changing landscape, small villages & old towns to end in the former Hanseatic port of Riga.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Klaipėda

Individual arrival in Klaipėda and transfer to your hotel (not included). Overnight at 3* Hotel in Klaipėda.

Day 2. Klaipėda-Karklė-Palanga ~29 km/18 mi

Information meeting and delivery of rental bicycles at the hotel where you will be greeted by a BALTIC BIKE TRAVEL. Cycle on asphalt cycle path through the Seaside Regional Park to Palanga resort, famous for its Botanical Park and Amber Museum. Overnight at 4* Hotel in Palanga.

Day 3. Palanga-Nica-Liepaja, ~76 km/48 mi

Cycle on picturesque cycle path along the Baltic Sea Coast to Šventoji where you'll cross the river over a cable bridge. Then cycle on the main road and cross the border into Latvia. Overnight at 3* Hotel in Liepaja.

Day 4. Liepaja-Vergale-Pavilosta, ~57 km/36 mi

Explore the Old Town of Liepaja and its special district called Karosta, a former military settlement and Soviet Navy submarine  base. Cycle on picturesque road to Pavilosta, which is a small fishing port with several, welcoming pubs on the shore. Overnight at hotel/guesthouse in Pavilosta .

Day 5. Pavilosta-Jūrkalne-Kuldiga, ~63 km/39 mi

Cycle to Jurkalne along a very picturesque coastline with quiet, unspoiled beaches and impressive, steep 20m high sand cliffs. Arrrive in Kuldiga, a former capital of Kurzeme Duchy, now famous for the Old Town with charming atmosphere; Ventas Rumba, the widest waterfall in Europe, and Riežupe sand caves. Overnight at 3* Hotel in Kuldiga .

Day 6. Kuldiga-Renda-Kandava, ~60 km/38 mi

Cycle to Kandava along the Abava River. En route pass trough Sabile village famous th most northern open-air vineyard in the world, registered in the Guinness Book of Records. The winemaking tradition in Sabile dates back to the 16th century. Arrive in Kandava, guesthouse check-in.

Day 7. Kandava-Tukums-Jurmala-Riga, ~78km/49 mi, by train ~1 hour

Cycle to Jurmala, the largest resort in the Baltic States. Jurmala is well known for its natural treasures: 32 km long white sand beach (possible to cycle on the beach), curative mud and mineral waters. En route you may stop in Tukums, the town of gardens and roses, surrounded by many castles and manor houses - Tukums Castle Tower of the Livonian Order, Šlokenbeka Manor House, etc. From Jurmala take a train to Riga or continue cycling on a separate cycle path along the railway to Riga, the capital of Latvia and medieval Hanseatic town ( extra 20 km). Arrive in Riga. Overnight at 4* Hotel in Riga.

Day 8: Riga

Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.

2020 TOUR DATES

SG3. 01.05 – 30.09.2020 (Daily)

TOUR PRICE per person

  1. Low season (01.05-15.06.2020 & 25.08-30.09.2020)
    DBL/Twin room - 445 EUR
    SGL room - 695 EUR

  2. High season (15.06-25.08.2020)
    DBL/Twin room - 465 EUR
    SGL room - 735 EUR

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights stay at the hotels/guesthouses (rooms with WC/shower)
  • 7 x breakfast
  • 24 hours service hotline
  • Individual information package (one per room): tour program with route description, maps and city guides
  • GPS Tracks

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Luggage transport
  • Bicycle rent
  • Train tickets
  • Tips

ACCOMODATION

3-4* middle-range hotels & guesthouses
Rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

  • Rental of hybrid trekking cycle (VDV, KTM) equipped with 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears or 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears (optional) – 99 EUR per person (Day 2-7), 12 EUR per extra day*
  • Rental of E-bike / Pedelec with Bosch driving system (VDV, Kalkhoff or KTM) equipped with 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears – 220 EUR per person (Day 2-7), 30 EUR per extra day*
  • Rental of cyclecross bike (Kona Jake) – 185 EUR per person (Day 2-7), 23 EUR for extra day*
  • Rental of bicycle tachometer (min. 4 functions) and it's installation on the bicycle – 10 EUR per bicycle
  • Rental of a pair of waterproof panniers (Ortlieb) for mounting on back rack (40 litres capacity) – 22 EUR per cycle (Day 2-7), 3 EUR per extra day
  • Rental of helmet (size S, M, L, XL) – 10 EUR per person, 1 EUR for extra day

* included extra equipment and services:
- a waterproof handlebar bag with map/smartphone holder (Ortlieb)
- repair set with spare inner tubes (one repair set per booking)
- tachometer (one per booking)
- delivery of bikes to the hotel in Klaipeda/collection from the hotel in Riga

  • Half board (7 x 3-course dinners + coffee/tea) - 174 EUR
  • Luggage transport (Klaipeda-Palanga, Palanga-Liepaja, Liepaja-Pavilosta, Pavilosta-Kuldiga, Kuldiga-Kandava, Kandava-Riga) – 440 EUR for group up to 8 people
  • Bus ticket Riga-Klaipeda – 29 EUR/ person
  • Arrival transfer by car from/to: (price for one way up to 3 people):
    From/to Palanga airport - 49 EUR
    From/to Klaipeda Central Ferry terminal/Bus or train station - 30 EUR
  • Departure transfer by car from/to: (price for one way up to 3 people):
    From/to Riga airport -  30 EUR

NOTES:

  • Discounts for extra bed in Double/Twin room - 15 %
  • Minimum group size – 2 people

Your booking request is valid only with our written confirmation.

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SG3
2020 Bike tour in Western Lithuania & Latvia (8 days, self-guided)
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