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Cycling along the Lithuanian Seaside. Curonian Spit National Park, Palanga Resort & Nemunas River Delta

 


TOUR INFORMATION

Tour distances: cycling ~247 km/~154 mi., minibus ~40 km/25 mi., boat/ferry ~14 km/9 mi. or 1.5 hour

Cycling grade: We rate this trip Easygoing to Moderate. You will cycle on low traffic roads (some gravel ones), sandy forest trails and high quality cycle paths of the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route. The terrain is dead flat most of the tour, except a few sand dunes on the Curonian Spit.

Arrival & departure information:

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

Airports:

  1. PALANGA (30 km/19 mi. away from Klaipėda,) with regular flights from Copenhagen (Denmark), Oslo (Norway), Riga (Latvia), Warsaw (Poland) - New LOT flight! & London Luton (Great Britain) - New WizzAir flight! 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.
  2. KAUNAS (220 km/64 mi. away from Klaipėda) with regular flights operated by low cost airline RYANAIR (but 14.07 - 18.18 will be other airlines due to renovation of Vilnius airport). There is a regular Kaunas Airport Express minibus connection to Klaipėda.

Parking: free car parking at the arrival hotel.

8 days self-guided circular cycling tour from Klaipėda (Code SG1)

The Baltic Sea coast visiting Palanga Resort and the Curonian Spit National Park, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, explored individually by bicycle on very scenic cycling routes. Experience traditional Lithuanian country life when cycling in the Nemunas River Delta region. This tour partly covers the Seaside Cycle Route which was the first officially signposted, high quality cycle route in Lithuania opened a decade ago. The tour begins & ends in the historic coastal town of Klaipeda ((was known as Memel for many years and has a fascinating old town quarter) which boasts a rich, turbulent history from 13thC. Nowadays, it's a bustling, modern place with a great selection of cafes and restaurants and many annual festivals focusing on jazz, folklore and the sea. The leisure options on offer range from history tours to watersports. Enjoy! You can choose to spend extra nights here either at the beginning or end of the tour. You also spend two nights in Nida the largest settlement on the Curonian Spit. It's the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing seaside break or explore on foot, by cycle or canoe its unique surroundings; its geology, birdlife, the influence of the Lagoon etc.

ITINERARY

1. Day: ARRIVE IN KLAIPĖDA

Arrive in Klaipėda. Individual transfer to the hotel (offered as optional extras). Check into your hotel - a renovated mill located right on the waterfront and in the heart of the Old Town.
Overnight in Klaipėda: OLD MILL HOTEL or similar.

2. Day: CIRCULAR RIDE FROM KLAIPĖDA - along the Seaside Cycle path to Palanga, ~55 km/35 mi.

Your local host, BALTIC BIKE TRAVEL, will meet you in the hotel at 9am, organise your bicycles (offered as optional extras) and run through your itinerary. Today you are off to cycle to the resort town of Palanga, an idyllic route that leads north through the Giruliai Forest and the Seaside Regional Park. En route you will pass Plazė Lake and the Dutchman's Cap – a coastal cliff and have many opportunities to detour to the seashore should you wish. Arriving in Palanga, you can visit the Botanic Park and the remarkable Amber Museum housed in a former palace, relax on the miles of sandy white beach, stroll along the 470 metre pier and delight in the charming cafes and restaurants of J.Basanavičius pedestrian street. Return to Klaipėda using the same or slightly different route. Optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Klaipėda: OLD MILL HOTEL or similar.

3. Day: FROM KLAIPĖDA TO ŠILUTĖ, ~ 44 km/28 mi., minibus ~40 km/25 mi.

Start the day with a short transfer to the small town of Veiviržėnai where start your cycling ride on picturesque countryside roads through Pamarys meadows to Šilutė, once a notable fish market with the old market square and harbour and plenty of cafes and restaurants. All day cycle through the region known as the land of storks and the White Stork truly deserves its place as Lithuanian's national bird. En route stop in Švėkšna village to explore the estate with its beautiful park and impressive neo-gothic church of St.Jacob the Apostle. Optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Šilutė: GILIJA HOTEL or similar.

4. Day: CIRCULAR RIDE FROM ŠILUTĖ - Rusnė Island, ~ 45 km/28 mi.

This morning you ride on the tiny lanes and bridlepaths to Lithuania's only island - Rusnė Island on the Russian border and located in the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. The village of Rusnė is full of rural charm and its museum houses a traditional fisherman's smallholding. When you stand on the bank of the Nemunas River in Rusnė you see the Russian oblast of Kaliningrad just 100 metres across the river. En route back to Šilutė stop at the old lighthouse in Uostadvaris harbour and the old water pumping station. Optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Šilutė: GILIJA HOTEL or similar.

5. Day: ŠILUTĖ TO NIDA & CROSSING THE CURONIAN LAGOON, cycling ~33 km/21 mi., by boat ~14 km/9mi.

Cycling to Ventė Cape with a bird ringing station and ornithological museum along the way. Stop at the 19th Century lighthouse for glimpses of the glistening Curonian Spit sand dunes and then sit back as you cross the lagoon by ferry (1.5-2 hrs) to arrive in Nida, the largest settlement on the Curonian Spit. Your hotel lies at the heart of this former fishing village. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Nida: NERIJA or NIDOS BANGA

6. Day: FREE DAY IN NIDA ~10 km/6 mi.

Nida is one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania blessed with the Curonian Lagoon one side and the fine sandy beaches of the Baltic coast on the other. Famous for its amber - trawled from the sea bed and its impressive sand dunes, there is plenty to do here. Visit the Fisherman's House, the Amber Gallery and the summer home of the famous writer Thomas Mann; relax on the beach, cruise in a traditional sailing boat, canoe to see the Dead Dunes and take your pick of the cafes and restaurants. Optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Nida: NERIJA or NIDOS BANGA

7. Day: NIDA TO KLAIPĖDA along sand dunes of the Curonian Spit, ~ 60 km/38 mi.

Pedal through the timeless landscape of the spit today on the peaceful seaside bike path leading to Klaipėda. Often in pine forests with the coast always nearby, the bike path gives you one or two dunes to scale - the only slopes of the tour! Stop at the Dead Dunes and spot the colonies of grey herons and cormorants. Juodkrante is also a forming fishing village with the waters of the lagoon lapping along its shoreline providing a truly charming location for you to enjoy. Stop en route at golden sandy beaches, go swimming in the Baltic Sea and saunter through the forests to reach Smiltynė where you take the ferry back to the Old Town of Klaipėda for your last night. Here you will return your bikes before checking into your hotel. Otional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Klaipėda: OLD MILL HOTEL or similar.

8. Day: DEPART KLAIPĖDA

Enjoy a final stroll through this fascinating town before we transfer you to Palanga airport or international ferry terminal or bus/train station for your departure (offered as optional extras). You may also stay extra nights (offered as optional extras) and enjoy Klaipėda longer.

2017 TOUR DATES*

Tour code Departures on Saturday Departures on Sunday**
Low season
SG1-01
SG1-02
SG1-03
SG1-04
SG1-05
SG1-15
27.05 – 03.06.2017
03.06 – 10.06.2017
10.06 – 17.06.2017
17.06 – 24.06.2017
24.06 – 01.07.2017
02.09 – 09.09.2017
28.05 – 04.06.2017
04.06 – 11.06.2017
11.06 – 18.06.2017
18.06 – 25.06.2017
25.06 – 02.07.2017
03.09 – 10.09.2017
High season
SG1-06
SG1-07
SG1-08
SG1-09
SG1-10
SG1-11
SG1-12
SG1-13
SG1-14
01.07 – 08.07.2017
08.07 – 15.07.2017
15.07 – 22.07.2017
22.07 – 29.07.2017
29.07 – 05.08.2017
05.08 – 12.08.2017
12.08 – 19.08.2017
19.08 – 26.08.2017
26.08 – 02.09.2017
02.07 – 09.07.2017
09.07 – 16.07.2017
16.07 – 23.07.2017 -fully booked
23.07 – 30.07.2017 -fully booked
30.07 – 06.08.2017
06.08 – 13.08.2017 -fully booked
13.08 – 20.08.2017
20.08 – 27.08.2017 -fully booked
27.08 – 03.09.2017

* Departure any date (May-September) possible on request with min. 4 people per group!
**  Tour program of Day 2 is shifted to the end of the tour
with departures on Sunday!

TOUR PRICE per person

Low season (01.05-26.06.2017 & 27.08-30.09.2017)
Double/Twin room - € 499
Single room - € 689

High season (26.06-27.08.2017)
Double/Twin room - € 529
Single room - € 759

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights stay in hotels (rooms with WC/shower)
  • 7 x buffet breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Minibus transfer on Day 3
  • Boat trip across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida
  • 24 hours service hotline
  • Individual information package (one per room): tour program with route description, maps and city guides

ACCOMMODATION

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

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Rent of trekking bike with a back pannier (7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears & back-pedal break or 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears) - € 60
  • Rent of E-bike/Pedelec with a back pannier - € 150
  • Bicycle tachometer rental (min. 4 functions) - € 10
  • Rental of waterproof handlebar bag with plastic map holder (Ortlieb) – € 15
  • Half board (7 x 3-course dinners) - € 132
  • Pre/post-tour accommodation with breakfast in Klaipėda 3*
    Double/twin room - € 75
    Single room - € 65
  • Transfer by car from/to: (price for one way for up to 3 people):
    Palanga airport -  € 48
    Klaipeda Central Ferry Terminal (ferries from Germany) - € 29
    Klaipėda International Ferry Terminal (ferries from Sweden) - € 35

NOTES

  • 25 % discount for extra bed in double/twin room for people from 5 yrs. old (max 1 person per room)
  • Children under 5 yrs. old – free of charge in parents room without extra bed
  • Minimum group size:
    – 2 people (30 x guaranteed departures on Saturdays or Sundays)
    – 4 people (departure on any date May-September on request)

Your booking request is valid only with our written confirmation.

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