Tour distances: cycling ~498 km /311 mi., by train ~1 hour
Cycling grade: We rate this trip as moderate level. Cycle routes mainly on roads with little traffic and cycle paths, a few stretches in Latvia are on main roads with more car traffic, especially on weekends (from the Lithuanian border to Liepaja, and a few stretches near Pavilosta and Tukums). You will enjoy cycling on separate cycle paths along the Lithuanian Baltic Coast from Klaipėda to Šventoji/Palanga and in Latvian towns of Liepaja and Jūrmala. A cycle path along the railway will lead you from Jūrmala to Riga if you decide to do it by bike instead of train. Routes range from 30 to 78 km (19-49 miles) each day. Bicycle route is flat.
Arrival & departure information:
KLAIPĖDA/ PALANGA (35 km/22 mi. away from Klaipėda,) with regular flights from Copenhagen (Denmark/SAS), Riga (Latvia/AIR BALTIC), London Luton (Great Britain/WIZZAIR) & London Stanstead (Great Britain/RYANAIR). Due to good connecting flights (SAS, AirBaltic) it is easy to reach Palanga airport from many cities in Europe via Copenhagen and Riga.
Ferry terminal in Klaipėda: ferries from Kiel, Germany, & Karlshamn, Sweden
New! 10 days self-guided cycling tour from Klaipėda to Riga via Samogitia (Code SG3x)
A cycle tour through some of the most beautiful areas of Lithuania before crossing into Latvia to explore its hidden treasures. The journey begins by cycling along a famous Lithuanian Seaside route along the Baltic coast. This longer tour version includes an inland loop through Samogitia (Žemaitija) National Park which is famous for its picturesque landscape and is known to many as the Lakeland with several lakes surrounded by forests and hills. Its natural beauty hides the Plokštinė Soviet missile base where nukes once waited for an order to obliterate the capitalist countries of the western bloc. The route continues through beautiful countryside in Latvia with its constantly changing landscape, small villages & old towns to end in the former Hanseatic port of Riga.
This trip takes 10 days to complete; if this is too long for you, you can also check our 8-day self-guided cycling tour from Klaipėda to Riga (tour code SG3) which goes from Lithuanian border to Liepaja on the main busy road with no bike path or sidelanes for bikers.
Day 1: Klaipėda
Individual arrival in Klaipėda and transfer to your hotel (not included). Hotel check-in. OVERNIGHT at central 3* Klaipėda hotel.
Day 2. Along the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route Klaipėda--Palanga (appr. 30 km/19 mi)
Collect rental cycles at your hotel (if pre-ordered) and optional morning ride to Smiltynė where you can have a chance explore part of the Curonian Spit National Park (an extra day for the longer ride along the Curonian Spit could be also an option). Finally cycle on asphalt cycle path through the Seaside Regional Park to Palanga resort, famous for its Botanical Park and Amber Museum. Arrive in Palanga, Hotel check-in. OVERNIGHT at central 4* Palanga hotel
Day 3. From Palanga to Samogitian Region: Šventoji-Salantai-Plateliai (appr. 73 km/45 mi)
Continue cycling on picturesque cycle path along the Baltic Sea Coast to Šventoji. From there go deeper inland to Samogitia (Žemaitija) Region which has many villages famous for their wooden churches and a lake district, now a national park around Plateliai. Arrival to Plateliai Lake, hotel or guesthouse check-in. OVERNIGHT at 3* hotel or guesthouse.
Day 4. Around Plateliai lake and through Samogitian land to Skuodas (appr. 73 km/45 mi)
Welcome to Samogitia (Žemaitija) National Park for the unforgettable cycle ride around majestic Lake Plateliai which is one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in Lithuania. In the afternoon cycle to Skuodas, the old Curonian land, famous for its still existent Sacred Places of Balts', altar stones and mounds. Arrival in Skuodas, guesthouse check-in. OVERNIGHT at guesthouse in Skuodas.
Day 5. Skuodas-Priekule-Liepaja (appr. 64 km/40 mi)
From Skuodas cross the border into Latvia and cycle through picturesque countryside towards the Baltic seaside. En route passing by Priekule famous for its 18c Baroque-style manor house and evangelical Lutheran Church with its impressive altar and organ. Arrival in Liepaja, Hotel check-in. OVERNIGHT at central 4* Liepaja Hotel.
Day 6. Liepaja-Vergale-Pavilosta (appr. 56 km/35 mi)
Explore the Old Town of Liepaja and its special district called Karosta, a former military settlement and Soviet Navy submarine base. Cycle on picturesque road to Pavilosta, which is a small fishing port with several, welcoming pubs on the shore. Arrival in Pavilosta, Guesthouse/hotel check-in. OVERNIGHT at guesthouse/Hotel in Pavilosta.
Day 7. Pavilosta-Jūrkalne-Kuldiga (appr. 64 km/40 mi)
Cycle to Jurkalne along a very picturesque coastline with quiet, unspoiled beaches and impressive, steep 20m high sand cliffs. Arrive in Kuldiga, a former capital of Kurzeme Duchy, now famous for the Old Town with charming atmosphere; Ventas Rumba, the widest waterfall in Europe, and Riežupe sand caves. Hotel check-in. OVERNIGHT at central 3* Kuldiga hotel.
Day 8. Kuldiga-Renda-Kandava (appr. 60 km/37 mi)
Cycle to Kandava along the Abava River. En route pass through Sabile village famous the most northern open-air vineyard in the world, registered in the Guinness Book of Records. The winemaking tradition in Sabile dates back to the 16th century. Arrive in Kandava, guesthouse check-in. OVERNIGHT at guesthouse in Kandava.
Day 9. Kandava-Tukums-Jurmala-Riga (appr. 78 km/48 mi, by train ~1 hour)
Cycle to Jurmala, the largest resort in the Baltic States. Jurmala is well known for its natural treasures: 32 km long white sand beach (possible to cycle on the beach), curative mud and mineral waters. En route you may stop in Tukums, the town of gardens and roses surrounded by many castles and manor houses. From Jurmala take a train to Riga or continue cycling on a separate cycle path along the railway to Riga, the capital of Latvia and medieval Hanseatic town (extra 20 km). Arrive in Riga, Hotel check-in. Collection of rental cycles (if any). OVERNIGHT at central 4* Riga hotel.
Day 10. Riga
Free time in Riga and departure home.
2024 TOUR DATES
SG3x. 01.05 – 30.09.2024 (Daily)
TOUR PRICE per person
Low season (01.05-14.06.2024 & 01-30.09.2024)
DBL/Twin room - 695 EUR
SGL room - 1085 EUR (Single supplement – 390 EUR)
High season (15.06-31.08.2024)
DBL/Twin room - 795 EUR
SGL room - 1220 EUR (Single supplement – 425 EUR)
Supplement for 1 person travelling alone – 20 EUR
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
3-4* middle-range hotels & guesthouses
Rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC
* included extra equipment and services:
- a waterproof handlebar bag with map/smartphone holder (Ortlieb)
- repair set with spare inner tubes (one repair set per booking)
- tachometer (one per booking)
- delivery of bikes to the hotel in Klaipeda/collection from the hotel in Riga