Baltic Bike Tours

Cycling the Baltic States with two capital cities (Tallinn & Riga), National Parks of Lahemaa, Gauja and the Curonian Spit


TOUR INFORMATION

Tour distances: cycling ~288 km/~180 mi., by coach/minibus ~835 km/522 mi., by boat 50 km/2 hours

Cycling grade: We rate this trip as Moderate one. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 20 to 57 km (13-36 miles) each day with a possibility for faster riders to cycle more kilometres on some days like Day 2 (more detours on a circular route in Lahemaa national park), Day 3 (extra distance towards Tartu) and Day 6 (exploring Jurmala Resort). The terrain is varied and rolling with a few gradual hills on some riding days (a few steep ups and downs in Otepää region, the Gauja River valley and on the Curonian Spit) and dead flat most of the tour. The tour covers all three Baltic States and therefore it includes a few long minibus transfers between the most interesting cycling destinations and the capital cities. Our walking sightseeing tours in the capital old towns are along cobbled streets.

Arrival: Arrive in Tallinn (Estonia) by plane or ferry. There are ferries from Stockholm (Sweden) &  Helsinki (Finland).
For more information about flights, see website: TALLINN airport

Departure: depart by plane from Palanga, Kaunas or Vilnius airport or by ferry from Klaipeda (DFDS ferries from Kiel, Germany & Karlshamn, Sweden; TT-Line ferries from Travemunde/Rostock, Germany & Trelleborg, Sweden).

For more information about flights, see websites:

KLAIPĖDA/ PALANGA (35 km/22 mi. away from Klaipėda)
VILNIUS airport (300 km/188 mi. away from Klaipeda)
KAUNAS airport (200 km/125 mi. away from Klaipeda)

 

9 days self-guided supported cycling tour from Tallinn to Klaipeda (Code SG7x)

The Baltic coast and National Parks of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania explored on very scenic routes, including the two capital cities – Tallinn and Riga – with their old towns designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Featuring the National Park Lahemaa, which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast, Otepää Lakeland – the so-called “Estonian Switzerland" and the beautiful Gauja River valleys. The tour includes cycling on the Curonian Spit which was previously closed to visitors; nowadays it is often called the Lithuanian Sahara. Travel from Tallinn, Estonia, in the north, through Latvia and on to Lithuania in the south, enjoy a great variety of towns, villages and landscapes, and get an excellent feel for the different characters of these distinctive countries.
The tour begins in Tallinn where you get your tour maps with detailed program and route description. Next day your rental bicycles will be ready for your first ride in Lahemaa. This trip is a half-guided tour ie during the whole trip, except Jurmala and the Curonian Spit, our driver with a minibus and bike trailer is with you and you can take part in city tours (Tallinn, Riga) lead by professional guides. Our driver will transport your luggage every day to the next hotel. If you have a breakdown, then our driver will take care of everything for you. If you have any problems – contact the driver or our office. To make certain that you are well looked after, we only employ people, who have good local knowledge and speak either English, or German.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive to Tallinn, Estonia

Individual arrival in Tallinn. Guided city tour.
Overnight in Tallinn, Hotel HESTIA ILMARINE**** or similar.

Day 2: Tallinn - National Park Lahemaa, Estonia (cycling ~59 km/37 mi., by minibus ~100 km)

Meeting with your driver. After bus transfer you shall begin your first bicycle trip through National Park Lahemaa, which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast.
Overnight in Vihula, Hotel VIHULA MANOR**** or similar.

Day 3: Along Lake Peipsi to Tartu, Estonia (cycling ~50 km/31 mi., by minibus ~160 km)

Morning transfer by bus to Mustvee. There you start a pleasant bicycle trip along Peipsi Lake shore to Varnja. You reach your hotel after bus transfer to Tartu, a famous university town.
Overnight in Tartu, Hotel DORPAT*** or similar.

Day 4: Through the „Estonian Switzerland“ to Sigulda, Latvia (cycling ~28 km/18 mi., by minibus ~235 km)

After bus transfer to Otepää, a lovely place with many lakes, start your cycling through the so-called „Estonian Switzerland“ and admire the environment. Transfer to the hotel in Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia.
Overnight in Sigulda, Hotel SIGULDA*** or similar.

Day 5: Gauja National Park – Riga, Latvia (~17 km/11 mi., by minibus ~50 km)

Cycling through Gauja National Park to Ragana, en route enjoy spectacular views of the Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, medieval castles in Sigulda & Turaida, the oldest church in Latvia (1205). Afternoon transfer to Riga, the Latvian capital, where a guided tour of the charming Old Town awaits.
Overnight in Riga, Hotel HESTIA JUGEND**** or similar.

Day 6: Riga & Jurmala Seaside resort, Latvia (~35 km/22 mi., by train ~25 km)

Today is free to explore Riga on your own and take a cycle ride on a bicycle path to Jurmala, a renowned Latvian seaside resort well known for its long, white, sand beaches, mineral waters and mud with healing properties. In the evening take a local train back to Riga (30 min; not included).
Overnight in Riga, Hotel HESTIA JUGEND**** or similar.

Day 7: Hill of Crosses & Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route, Lithuania (cycling ~42 km/29 mi. or 32 km/20 miles, by minibus ~290 km)

Transfer by minibus to Lithuanian Seaside. En-route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Begin your cycle ride to Klaipėda on a beautiful bicycle path, which lies along the Baltic Coast in the Seaside Regional Park. En route stop in Palanga, the renowned Lithuanian sea resort (Botanical Park & Amber Museum).
Overnight in Klaipeda, OLD MILL*** or similar.

Day 8: Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania (~57 km/36 mi., by minibus or boat ~50 km/31 mi.)

After breakfast you cross the lagoon by ferry and start cycling on an asphalt bike path which takes you along the Curonian Spit to Nida,  the most beautiful resort in Lithuania famous for impressive sand dunes, the Amber Gallery, etc. En route you can visit the Hill of Witches, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants; explore the “Dead" sand dunes on foot, swim in the Baltic Sea or, simply relax, & take in the sun on golden beaches. Take a boat (2 hours) or minibus transfer back to Klaipėda and optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Klaipeda: OLD MILL*** or similar.

Day 9: Tour ends in Klaipeda, Lithuania

Individual departure after breakfast.

2022 TOUR DATES*
(guaranteed departures marked with **)

SG7x-01. 25.05 - 02.06.2022 (en)
SG7x-02. 01.06 - 09.06.2022 (en)
SG7x-03. 08.06 - 16.06.2022 (en/de)
SG7x-04. 15.06 - 23.06.2022 (de)
SG7x-05. 22.06 - 30.06.2022 (en)
SG7x-06. 29.06 - 07.07.2022 (en/de)
SG7x-07. 06.07 - 14.07.2022 (de)
SG7x-08. 13.07 - 21.07.2022 (en/de)
SG7x-09. 20.07 - 28.07.2022 (de)
SG7x-10. 27.07 - 04.08.2022 (en/de)
SG7x-11. 03.08 - 11.08.2022 (de)
SG7x-12. 10.08 - 18.08.2022 (en/de)
SG7x-13. 17.08 - 25.08.2022 (de)
SG7x-14. 24.08 - 01.09.2022 (en/de)
SG7x-15. 31.08 - 08.09.2022 (en/de)

Language of city guide/-s: EN – English speaker, DE – German speaker

*departure on any date (May-September) possible on request with min. 4 people per group

TOUR PRICE per person

Double/Twin room - 925 EUR
Single room - 1255 EUR

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 8 nights stay in hotels, including all taxes (rooms with WC/shower)
  • Breakfast daily on days 2-8
  • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned minibus
  • Luggage transport as per itinerary
  • Guided 2-hour city tours in Tallinn and Riga (any entrance fees are payable individually)
  • Individual information package (one per room): city guides, maps, programme and route description
  • Emergency contact numbers for our English or German speaking representatives
  • GPS Tracks

ACCOMMODATION

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

THE TOUR DOESN’T INCLUDE:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Bicycle rent
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Rental of trekking bicycle (VDV) with 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears & free-wheel, all supplied with awaterproof back pannier and handlebar bag with a plastic cover for GPS/smartphone (Ortlieb) and tachometer (1x booking) - 79 EUR
  • Rental of E-bike/Pedelec (VDV, Kalkhoff) with Bosch driving system, 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears &back-pedal break or free wheel, equipped with waterproof back pannier and handlebar bag with a plastic coverfor GPS/smartphone (Ortlieb) – 199 EUR per person
  • Rent of helmet (please send your head size in centimetres or helmet size: S, M, L, XL) - 8 EUR
  • Half board (5 x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea at the hotels, excluding Tallinn & Riga) - 133 EUR
  • Pre-tour accommodation in Tallinn 4* (with breakfast)
    Double/twin room - 110 EUR 
    Single room - 99 EUR
  • Post-tour accommodation in Klaipeda 3* (with breakfast)
    All period except July 29-31, 2022 / the Sea Festival period July 29-31, 2022
    Double/twin room - 85 EUR / 160 EUR
    Single room - 75 EUR / 130 EUR
  • Arrival transfer from Tallinn airport:
    by car up to 3 people - 30 EUR 
    by minibus up to 7 people - 59 EUR
  • Departure transfer to Palanga airport
    by car up to 3 people - 49 EUR
    by minibus up to 7 people - 79 EUR
  • Departure transfer to Klaipeda Central Ferry Terminal (ferries from Germany & Sweden)
    by car up to 3 people - 30 EUR
    by minibus up to 7 people - 49 EUR

NOTES

  • Discounts for extra bed in double/twin room for people from 5 yrs. old – 25 %
  • Children under 5 yrs. old – free of charge!
  • Minimum group size:
    4 people (fixed departures)
    4 people (departure on any other date May-September on request)
  • For more information about our rental bikes and equipment click here

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