Newsletter:
Responsible Tourism

Testimonials

  • I was part of Ann Scolnick's tour from Tallin to Vilnius.  I was extremely pleased and satisfied with our tour. The organization, and hotels were excellent.  Our meals outside of the hotels were better than the ones provided in the hotels.  The best part of our tour was our guide Vaida!  She was exceptional, in fact better than any guide I have had during any of my extensive travels.  I will recommend your company to my friends, and hope they also will be lucky enough to have such a wonderful guide.
    Ginny Hackney, USA, 2015 (G1 tour in opposite direction Tallinn-Vilnius)
  • My wife and I loved the Baltic self-guided tour of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.  The route selected meant each day had a good piece of riding on quiet roads or bike paths through interesting countryside plus stops in all of the major cities and towns.  Our small group got on very well together.
    Simon Flowers, Switzerland, 2015 (self-guided tour of the Baltics: Tallinn to Vilnius)
  • Yes we had a good trip. Saw some nice nature and pleasant villages. The hotels were also good. And the bikes. The driver drove us fast and safe from / to Riga. And we were lucky with the weather. Just a few drops of rain the last day. Mostly sunny. It rained a lot more in Sweden during that week. Best regards,
    Hans Brandtberg, Sweden, 2013 (tour SG1, along the Lithuanian Seaside)
  • Hi Saulius, We had a great time on our trip, and would recommend you to anyone. If you ever figure out how to do a Helsinki - Tallinn via St Petersburg ride, we'd be in!"
    Richard Seton, USA, 2014 (self-guided tour of the Baltics: Tallinn to Vilnius)
  • Our cycling-group has spent 10 days in Lithuania and explored your country on Baltic Bike Travel route “Vilnius-Curonian Spit-Klaipeda" – we all want to thank you again for your efforts and great assistance in planning and organizing our individual intentions to realize our this years cycling idea.
    Ludwig Enser, Germany, 2012 (tour SG2, Lithuania – from the capital to the Seaside)
  • Now we are back from a most interesting and well-organized "Baltic Capital City" guided bicycle tour. We have cycled in France, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic and Ireland in all kinds of landscapes ... so we have some guided cycle tours to compare with. My husband and I are so very satisfied with the whole tour. It was just what we expected except for some extra positive factors...
    Anita Bostrom-Baversten, Sweden, 2011 (tour G1)
  • We have arrived home after the Baltic Bike trip with Ramos from Vilnius to Talinn. It was fantastic, absolutely wonderful. We've done bike trips in Europe and the US with other groups and this trip was the very best. Of course we loved the country side and the weather was an unexpected bonus.
    But the real advantage of this ride was Ramos. He is a leader with knowledge beyond any tour guide.....he offered us information on the history, the culture, the geography, the religion, the botany....everything.....the best teacher/guide possible. But, beyond that, his personality is ideal for this....he understood group dynamics and the group really connected because he drew us together; building bridges between the German speakers and the English speakers, providing humor, music, etc. And the biking was perfect....the distances worked well, the scenery and places he chose to stop were ideal.
    You've done a really good job with the pace of the trip...the 2 days in Klaipedia, 3 in Riga, 2 on the island. Good hotel, simple logistics (for the guests anyway) And, the stops were at interesting places. Albinis was a really good driver and such a friendly, helpful person to have with us. Due to an old injury, I spent one afternoon on the bus. Albinis was informative and made me feel less badly about missing the biking....a really caring man and very careful with the bikes.
    Anne Badanes from USA, 2018 (G1 - guided tour of the Baltics from Vilnius to Tallinn)
  • Wishing to see a part of the world we knew little about, we 6 friends took a chance on BalticBike and were not disappointed. We had great support on our custom trip from Vilnius to Tallinn, including the support we had for an unexpected trip to the emergency room in Lithuania.  The contrast of the capital cities and the rural national parks was visually impressive.  We would not hesitate to recommend BalticBikes, professionally managed from start to finish.
    Marion Leff and co. - USA, 2018 (self-guided supported cycle tour from Vilnius to Tallinn, SG11)

Responsible Tourism

As tourism becomes a truly global industry, we recognise our obligation to operate our tours in a responsible and sustainable fashion. We view this not only as an environmental issue but an economic and social one as well. At Baltic Bike Travel we are aware that the travel industry challenges the local environment and the entire ecosystem of the planet. Our ambition is to minimize this impact in our business.

The following are the key points in our philosophy:

  • Small groups travelling by the most ecological transport, bicycles, have less impact on local communities and environments;
  • Where possible we believe in putting money directly into the communities we visit by using locally owned and run accommodation and eating locally produced food;
  • We are careful to ensure that local staff receive a fair rate for their services;
  • We encourage our own staff to take an active interest in responsible and sustainable tourism and train them accordingly so that they can put our policies into practice, etc.

BENEFITING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY:

  • we employ local tour guides who live and know her/his own country and neighbouring countries;
  • on long distance trips we hiring local guides in big cities who support our tour leaders with their local knowledge,
  • on guided tours we always include visits to museums and galleries of local handicrafts with preference to small family owned places, for example, amber gallery in Nida, Lithuania, or bicycle museum in Saulkrasti, Latvia, or Angla windmill park in Saaremaa Island, Estonia;
  • we prefer accommodating our guests at local hotels rather than in international chain hotels;
  • we offer locally produced food, for example, where it is possible our staff or tour leaders organise picnic meals served by local people in their homesteads, and in general support the travellers' interest in the local cultures;
  • we support local communities in our region by donating used bicycles to child care homes, St Franciscan Oncology Center, etc.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

We aim to minimise water and atmospheric pollution from any specific tourism development we use.

Offsetting carbon emissions: most of our groups travel by bus or minibus, while rental bikes are transported in trailer (not by separated motorised vehicle). To decrease the air pollution, we choose to work with transport companies offering newer, energy-efficient vehicles.

Our staff members are encouraged to use public transport or bikes instead of private cars journeys for commuting and business travels. We even provide company bikes and e-bikes for this purpose, and promote this financially by supplying our employees with monthly public transport tickets or supplement to their salaries for commuting by bikes.

Reducing waste: We aim to achieve zero litter policies everywhere. Therefore we encourage travellers to avoid disposable plastic and to recycle. From 2018 on all guided cycle tours we provide our customers with reusable plastic bottles for drinking water which we supply free of charge from big bottles re-filled by a local company. We recommend going off the beaten track, getting extraordinary travel experiences in the pristine nature and leaving it untouched afterwards.

Recycling and energy saving in the office: We run our head office in a responsible manner by using fair-trade products, monitoring, and where possible reducing, our energy usage, as well as recycling. We are strict about recycling in our office and garages. We have installed special garbage bins to sort out plastic, paper, glass/plastic bottles (deposit), metal and rubber tires. We challenge our staff old habits and encourage them to recycle printer cartridges and reduce printing (and reusing one-side used paper) and minimize all forms of waste. For example, our staff members are encouraged to drink locally collected herb teas and coffee from reusable cups instead of using plastic cups, and use water from big bottles refilled by a local company instead of buying small plastic bottles.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We attempt to operate our holidays in a way that encourages positive cultural exchanges. In our pre-departure information we always provide a recommended reading list about the countries our clients are planning to travel - it is always usefull to find out more about the cultures and people before you meet them :)

We encourage our clients, through our literature, staff and leaders, to act in a socially responsible way.

We promote environmental and social friendly bicycle transport and tourism culture in Lithuania and the Baltics:

  • by supporting local cyclists group / non-governmental organisation, SPIKIS.LT, which makes cycle expeditions to other countries and produce high quality movies about their culture and nature (these movies are presented in cinemas of biggest Lithuanian towns);
  • by supporting and participating in cycle tourism development projects, for example,
    Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route which is still the only signposted cycle route in Lithuania (opened in 2006);
    European Cycle Routes - EuroVelo in Lithuania - EuroVelo 10 (Baltic Sea Circuit) and EuroVelo 13 (Iron Curtain Trail) - both of them overlapping with the Seaside Cycle Route and go along the Baltic Coast, while the EuroVelo 11 (Eastern European Route) is planned to go via Vilnius but this route is under development in most places.

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