Tour distances: cycling ~311 km/~194 mi., by coach ~1341 km/838 mi., by boat/ferry ~62 km/39 mi.
Cycling grade: We rate this trip Easygoing. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 25 to 60 km (15-37 miles each day). The terrain is varied and rolling with some gradual hills on some riding days (some steep ups and downs in the Gauja River valley) and dead flat most of the tour. Our walking in the capital towns is along cobbled streets.
Arrival / Departure: Arrive in Vilnius or Kaunas (100 km from Vilnius) and depart from Tallinn. For more information about flights, see websites:
11 days guided group cycling tour of the Baltics from Vilnius to Tallinn (Code G1)
Explore the Baltic coast and the National Parks of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on very scenic routes. The tour includes the three capital cities – Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn – with their Old towns designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO; and the previously-closed Curonian Spit and the largest and most beautiful Estonian island of Saaremaa. Travel from Lithuania in the south, through Latvia and on to Estonia in the north; experience a wide variety of towns, villages and countryside for an excellent introduction to the very distinct characters of these quite different countries.
Day 1: Arrive in Vilnius (Lithuania)
Welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide. Overnight in Vilnius.
Day 2: Trakai Island Castle & Kaunas (Lithuania)
After breakfast a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town. Afternoon trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. After visit to the 14thC island castle built on a small island in Lake Galvė start your first cycle ride through picturesque countryside on gentle hills, then transfer by coach to Kaunas. Arrive in Kaunas, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Kaunas (Cycle ~26 km., bus ~95 km).
Day 3: Along the Nemunas River to Klaipėda (Lithuania)
Morning transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast. En route passing 16th-17thC castles of Raudonė and Panemunė. In the afternoon cycling to Ventė Horn famous for its bird observatory and the 19thC lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years. After a short bus transfer arrive in Klaipeda, the main seaport of Lithuania, check-in at the hotel and optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Klaipėda (Cycle ~28 km., bus ~240 km)
Day 4: The Curonian Spit National Park (Lithuania)
Take a morning boat across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida en-route enjoying the beautiful view of the Curonian Spit sand dunes which separate the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. Sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. In the afternoon cycling back to Klaipėda on the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit famous for its amber and fine sand beaches. Dinner at the hotel (included). Overnight in Klaipėda (Cycle ~ 55 km, boat ~50 km).
Day 5: Klaipeda to Palanga by bike then drive to Riga (Lithuania - Latvia)
Early morning ride to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park, a former soviet military training area. Arrive in Palanga, the biggest Lithuanian seaside resort for a tour which includes a visit to the Botanical Garden and the Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz, with over 25000 pieces of amber and 15000 insects on display. Afternoon transfer to Riga (Latvia). En-route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Continue to Riga, the capital city of Latvia. Arrive in Riga, check-in and dinner at the hotel (included) (Cycle ~30 km, bus ~290 km).
Day 6: Riga & Jurmala Beach (Latvia)
After breakfast a guided tour of Riga Old Town, a medieval Hanseatic town famous for its Art Nouveau buildings. In the afternoon free time in Riga or cycling to Jurmala, the largest resort in the Baltic States well known for its long, white, sand beaches, mineral waters and mud with healing properties. Transfer back by coach to the hotel in Riga. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Riga (Cycle ~30 km, bus ~20 km).
Day 7: Gauja National Park & Bicycle Museum (Latvia)
Morning transfer to Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia, in the Gauja River Valley. Cycling through Gauja National Park to Saulkrasti, en route enjoy spectacular views of Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, visit Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda, built in 1205. Finish the ride with a visit to the Latvian bicycle museum followed by a transfer to Riga. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Riga (Cycle ~40 km, bus ~100 km).
Day 8: Riga - Saaremaa (Latvia - Estonia)
Morning transfer to the largest Estonian island of Saaremaa which has preserved all that is best about old Estonia. With little traffic and flat roads Saaremaa provides the perfect rural setting for cycling. Travel on picturesque roads along the Baltic Sea Coast to the willage of Angla where the iconic windmills are located. Transfer to Mandjala, check into hotel for 2 stays at the seaside. Dinner at the hotel (included). Overnight in Mandjala. (Cycle ~35 km, bus ~340 km, ferry ~6 km)
Day 9 Monday: Saaremaa Island
Enjoy a day ride across Saaremaa Island's wild beauty - Sorve Peninsula, with a finish at the Sorve lighthouse. Historically, the peninsula had considerable military significance, dominating the Irbe Strait and the Baltic Sea route to Riga. Transfer back to the hotel. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Mandjala (Cycle ~55 km, bus ~40 km)
Day 10 Tuesday: Saaremaa Island & Tallinn
Take a short morning ride to Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, a home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from 13thC. Free time to explore the town and the Bishop's castle. Then transfer by coach to Tallinn. En route stop at the Kaali meteorite crater which is listed on the world's giant craters list and it is the rarest nature wonder in Estonia. In the afternoon arrive in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel followed by a guided tour of Tallinn Old Town. Optional dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in Tallinn (cycling ~10 km, by coach ~216 km, by ferry 6 km)
Day 11: Tour ends in Tallinn
Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.
2017 TOUR DATES*
G1-01. 28.05 - 07.06.2017 - fully booked
G1-02. 04.06 - 14.06.2017 - fully booked
G1-04. 18.06 - 28.06.2017 - fully booked
G1-06. 02.07 - 12.07.2017 - fully booked
G1-08. 16.07 - 26.07.2017 - fully booked
G1-10. 30.07 - 09.08.2017
G1-12. 13.08 - 23.08.2017 - fully booked
G1-13. 20.08 - 30.08.2017 - fully booked
G1-14. 27.08 - 06.06.2017
G1-15. 03.09 - 13.09.2017
*departure any date (May-September) possible on request with min. 15 people per group
TOUR PRICE per person
Double/Twin room € 1245
Single room € 1540
- 3-4* hotels
- Rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC