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New! Cycling in Latvia and Estonia with 2 capital cities (Riga & Tallinn), Saaremaa Island, the Gauja River valley and (8 days tour only) Lahemaa National Park


TOUR INFORMATION

Tour distances (8 days tour): cycling ~237 km/148  mi., bus ~810 km/506 mi., by boat ~12 km/7 mi.
Tour distances (7 days tour): cycling ~184 km/115  mi., bus ~630 km/394 mi., by boat ~12 km/7 mi.

Cycling grade: We rate this trip as Moderate one. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 30 to 53 km (19-33 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)

 

8 days (or 7 days) self-guided supported cycling tour from Riga to Tallinn

- Code SG14xx for 8 days tour & SG14x for 7 days tour

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, enjoy a great variety of towns, villages and landscapes, and get an excellent feel for the different characters of these distinctive countries. The National Park Lahemaa, which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast, will be visited only if you book the 8 days tour.

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.

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 RADI UN DRAUGI**** or similar

Day 2 (Latvia): RIGA & JURMALA Seaside resort

Breakfast followed by a meeting at the hotel with our representative and bicycle collection. Then you may take part in 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 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 RADI UN DRAUGI**** 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 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 village of Angla where the iconic windmills are located. Transfer to Mändjala or Kuressaare, check into the hotel for 2 overnight stays at the seaside, optional dinner at the hotel. (Cycle ~38 km/24 mi, by minibus ~330 km, ferry ~6 km/4 mi).
OVERNIGHT: Mändjala or Kuressaare (Saaremaa); HOTEL: SAAREMAA*** or similar

Day 5 (Estonia): Saaremaa island

Enjoy a day ride across Saaremaa Island’s wild beauty – Sorve Peninsula famous for its lighthouse. You may finish the day with a visit to Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, a home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from 13thC. Optional dinner at the hotel or city restaurant in Kuressaare. (Cycle ~46 km/29 mi, by minibus ~40 km).
OVERNIGHT: Mändjala or Kuressaare (Saaremaa); HOTEL: SAAREMAA*** 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. En route stop in Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa. 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 mi or ~40 km/25 miles, by minibus ~210 km, by ferry ~6 km).
OVERNIGHT: Tallinn; HOTEL: HESTIA ILMARINE**** or similar

Day 7 (Estonia): Tallinn- National Park Lahemaa

End of the 7 days tour after breakfast (SG14x) or continue the tour for one more day. After a short minibus transfer go for a circular bicycle ride through National Park Lahemaa which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast. The National park is a nature lover’s paradise. There are dense woods, marshes, lakes and waterfalls to discover. If you prefer wildlife to landscape, you can see moose, wild boars and over 220 bird species. Transfer back to Tallinn by car for the second overnight (Cycling ~53 km/33 mi., by minibus ~180 km)
OVERNIGHT: Tallinn; HOTEL: HESTIA ILMARINE**** or similar

Day 8 (Estonia): Tour ends in Talinn

Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.

2020 TOUR DATES of 8 days tour (Guaranteed Departures)*
7 days tour finishes in Tallinn 1 day earlier

SEASON I (Low)
SG14xx-01. 22.05 - 29.05.2020
SG14xx-02. 29.05 - 05.06.2020
SG14xx-03. 05.06 - 12.06.2020
SG14xx-15. 28.08 - 04.09.2020

SEASON II (High)
SG14xx-04. 12.06 - 19.06.2020
SG14xx-05. 19.06 - 26.06.2020
SG14xx-06. 26.06 - 03.07.2020
SG14xx-07. 03.07 - 10.07.2020
SG14xx-08. 10.07 - 17.07.2020
SG14xx-09. 17.07 - 24.07.2020
SG14xx-10. 24.07 - 31.07.2020
SG14xx-11. 31.07 - 07.08.2020
SG14xx-12. 07.08 - 14.08.2020
SG14xx-13. 14.08 - 21.08.2020
SG14xx-14. 21.08 - 28.08.2020

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

TOUR PRICE per person for 8 days tour (SG14xx) / 7 days tour (SG14x)

SEASON I (Low)
Double/Twin room - 869 EUR / 749 EUR
Single room - 1129 EUR / 979 EUR

SEASON II (High)
Double/Twin room - 899 EUR / 779 EUR
Single room - 1199 EUR / 1049 EUR

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights or 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 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 a waterproof pannier (1 x bike) and tachometer (1 x booking) – 78 EUR per person for 8 days tour / 69 EUR for 7 days tour
  • Rental of E-bike/Pedelec with Bosch driving system (VDV, Kalkhoff) 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears & back-pedal break or free wheel, equipped with waterproof pannier – 198 EUR per person for 8 days tour / 179 EUR per person for 7 days tour
  • Rental of waterproof handlebar bag with a plastic cover for GPS/smartphone (Ortlieb) – 15 EUR per bicycle
  • 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) - 75 EUR
  • Pre-tour accommodation in Riga 4* (price per room per night with breakfast)
    Double/twin room - 99 EUR
    Single room - 89 EUR
  • Post-tour accommodation in Tallinn 4* (price per room per night with breakfast)
    Double/twin room - 110 EUR
    Single room - 99 EUR
  • Arrival or departure transfers from/to airport in Riga and Tallinn (price for one way )
    by car for up to 3 people - 35 EUR
    by minivan for up to 7 people - 65 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:
    – 2 people (2 x guaranteed departures)
    – 4 people (any other date May-September on request)
  • For more information about our rental bikes and equipment click here

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New! 2020 Cycling from Riga to Tallinn (Latvia-Estonia) - 8 or 7 days, self-guided supported
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