Baltic Bike Tours

Cycling in Latvia and Estonia with 2 capital cities (Riga & Tallinn), Saaremaa Island, the Gauja River valley


TOUR INFORMATION

Tour distances (7 days tour): cycling ~184 km/115  mi., bus ~630 km/394 mi., by boat ~12 km/7 mi.

Cycling conditions: We rate this trip as Moderate one. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 30 to 46 km (19-29 miles) each day with a possibility for faster riders to cycle more kilometres on some days like Day 2 (exploring Jurmala Resort) and Day 5 (detour in Saaremaa Island). The terrain is varied and rolling with a few gradual hills on some riding days (a few steep ups and downs in the Gauja River valley and dead flat most of the tour). The tour covers two Baltic States – Latvia & Estonia, 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 old towns of the capital cities, Riga and Tallinn, are along cobbled streets.

Arrival / Departure:

Airports:

Ferry terminals:

  • RIGA - ferries from Stockholm (Sweden)
  • TALLINN - ferries from Stockholm (Sweden) &  Helsinki (Finland)

 

7 days self-guided supported cycling tour from Riga to Tallinn (code SG14x)

The Baltic coast and National Parks of Estonia and Latvia explored on very scenic routes, including the two capital cities – Riga and Tallinn – with their old towns designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Featuring the beautiful Gauja River valleys and the largest and most beautiful Estonian island of Saaremaa. Travel from Latvia in the south 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.
The tour begins in Riga where you get your tour maps with detailed program and route description. Next day your rental bicycles will be ready for your first ride to Jurmala Resort. This trip is a half-guided tour ie during the whole trip, except Jurmala, our driver with a minibus and bike trailer is with you and you can take part in city tours (Riga & Tallinn) 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.

This trip takes only 7 days to complete; if this is too short for you and you want a longer or a circular tour starting / finishing the tour in one place, you can check our 10-day cycling itinerary of Latvia and Estonia: from/to Riga via Tallinn (code SG14).

ITINERARY

Day 1 (Latvia): Arrive in Riga

Arrive in Riga. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included) where you get your tour maps with detailed program and route description. Check-in at the hotel 
OVERNIGHT: Riga; HOTEL: HESTIA JUGEND**** or similar

Day 2 (Latvia): RIGA & JURMALA Seaside resort

The morning starts from 2-hour guided walking tour of Riga Old Town, a medieval Hanseatic town famous for its Art Nouveau buildings. Then free time in Riga or cycling 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. We recommend that you take the opportunity to bath in the sea and try cycling along the beach – its well worth it! In the evening take a local train back to Riga (30 min; not included). (Cycle ~30 km/19 mi, by train ~25 km)
OVERNIGHT: Riga; HOTEL: HESTIA JUGEND**** or similar

Day 3 (Latvia): Riga & GAUJA National Park

Transfer to Saulkrasti, where you may visit the Latvian bicycle museum. Start your bike ride to Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia. Cycling through Gauja National Park, en route enjoy spectacular views of Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda, built in 1205. Arrive in Sigulda, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel. (Cycle ~40 km/25 mi, by minibus ~50 km)
OVERNIGHT: Sigulda; HOTEL: SIGULDA*** or similar

Day 4 (Latvia-Estonia): Sigulda - Saaremaa

Morning transfer to the largest Estonian island of Saaremaa. 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 village of Angla where the iconic windmills are located. Transfer to Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, check into the hotel for 2 overnight stays in the old town. (Cycle ~38 km/24 mi, by minibus ~330 km, ferry ~6 km/4 mi)
Overnight: Kuressaare; HOTEL: JOHAN SPA**** or similar.

Day 5 (Estonia): Saaremaa island

Enjoy a day ride across Saaremaa Island’s wild beauty – Sorve Peninsula famous for its lighthouse. Finish the day in Kuressaare, a home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from 13thC. Optional dinner at the hotel or local restaurant. (Cycle ~46 km/29 mi, by minibus ~40 km).
Overnight: Kuressaare; HOTEL: JOHAN SPA**** or similar.

Day 6 (Estonia): From Saaremaa island to Tallinn

Take a morning ride to the Kaali meteorite crater which is listed on the world's giant craters list and it is the rarest nature wonder in Estonia. Transfer by bus to Tallinn. In the afternoon arrive in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel followed by a guided tour of Tallinn Old Town. (Cycle ~30 km/19 miles or 40 km/25 mi, by minibus ~210 km, by ferry ~6 km)
OVERNIGHT: Tallinn; HOTEL: HESTIA ILMARINE**** or similar

Day 7 (Estonia): Tour ends in Talinn

Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.

2024 TOUR DATES* 
(Guaranteed departures are marked with **)

SEASON I (Low):
SG14x-01. 31.05 - 06.06.2024 (en) - no places
SG14x-02. 07.06 - 13.06.2024 (de) - no places
SG14x-13. 23.08 - 28.08.2024 (de) **
SG14x-14. 30.08 - 05.09.2024 (en) **

SEASON II (High):
SG14x-03. 14.06 - 20.06.2024 (en) - no places
SG14x-04. 21.06 - 27.06.2024 (en) - no places
SG14x-05. 28.06 - 04.07.2024 (de) - no places
SG14x-06. 05.07 - 11.07.2024 (en) - no places
SG14x-07. 12.07 - 18.07.2024 (en) - no places
SG14x-09. 26.07 - 01.08.2024 (en) **
SG14x-11. 09.08 - 15.08.2024 (en) **
SG14x-12. 16.08 - 22.08.2024 (en) **

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

*departure any date (May-September) possible on request with min. 6 people per group

TOUR PRICE per person

SEASON I - Low (starting the tour May 1 - June 9 & August 21 - September 20)
Double/Twin room - 899 EUR
Single room - 1229 EUR

SEASON II - High (starting the tour June 10 - August 20)
Double/Twin room - 949 EUR
Single room - 1319 EUR

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 6 nights stay in hotels, including all taxes (rooms with WC/shower)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned minibus
  • Luggage transport as per itinerary
  • Guided tours in Riga & Tallinn (any entrance fees are payable individually)
  • A return ferry tickets to Saaremaa Island
  • Individual information package (one per room): city guides, maps, programme and route description
  • Emergency contact numbers for our English 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
  • Train ticket on Day 2
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Rental of trekking bicycle (VDV) with 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears & free-wheel, all supplied with a waterproof back pannier + handlebar bag with a plastic cover for GPS/smartphone (Ortlieb) and tachometer (1 x booking) – 79 EUR per person
  • Rental of E-bike/Pedelec (VDV) with Bosch driving system, 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears & back-pedal break or free wheel, equipped with waterproof back pannier + handlebar bag with a plastic cover for GPS/smartphone (Ortlieb) – 175 EUR per person
  • Rental of a helmet (please send your head size in centimetres or helmet size: S, M, L, XL) – 10 EUR per person
  • Half board (3 x 3-course dinners package at the hotels excluding Riga & Tallin) - 119 EUR
  • Pre-tour accommodation in Riga 4* hotel (price per room/per night incl. breakfast and city tax)
    Double/twin room - 99 EUR
    Single room - 89 EUR
  • Post-tour accommodation in Tallinn 4* hotel (price per room/per night incl. breakfast)
    Double/twin room - 110 EUR
    Single room - 99 EUR
  • Arrival transfers from airport in Riga /or departure transfers to airport in Tallinn (price for one way)
    by car for up to 3 people - 49 EUR / 39 EUR 
    by minivan for up to 7 people - 69 EUR / 65 EUR

NOTES

  • Discounts for extra bed in double/twin room for people from 3 yrs. old – 15 %
  • Children under 3 yrs. old – free of charge
  • Minimum group size:
    2 people (on fixed departure dates)
    6 people (any other dates May-September on request)
  • For more information about our rental bikes and equipment click here

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