Tour distances: cycling ~363 km /227 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 some stretches near Pavilosta and Tukums). Routes range from 25 to 75 km (15-47 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 & New!NORWEGIAN AIR), Oslo and New! Bergen (Norway/NORWEGIAN AIR), New! Stockholm (Sweden/NORWEGIAN AIR), Riga (Latvia/AIR BALTIC), Warsaw (Poland/LOT), London Luton (Great Britain/WIZZAIR) & London Stanstead (Great Britain/RYANAIR), Dortmund (Germany/WIZZAIR) and New! Dublin (Ireland/RYANAIR). Due to good connecting flights (SAS, AirBaltic, LOT) it is easy to reach Palanga airport from many cities in Europe via Copenhagen, Riga and Warsaw.
Ferry terminal in Klaipėda: ferries from Kiel, Germany, & Karlshamn, Sweden
8 days self-guided cycling tour from Klaipėda to Riga (Code SG3)
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 route along the Baltic coast. 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.
Day 1: Klaipėda
Individual arrival in Klaipėda and transfer to your hotel (not included). Overnight at 3* Hotel in Klaipėda.
Day 2. Klaipėda-Karklė-Palanga ~29 km/18 mi
Collect rental cycles at your hotel (if pre-ordered). Cycle on asphalt cycle path through the Seaside Regional Park to Palanga resort, famous for its Botanical Park and Amber Museum. Overnight at 4* Hotel in Palanga.
Day 3. Palanga-Nica-Liepaja, ~76 km/48 mi
Cycle on picturesque cycle path along the Baltic Sea Coast to Šventoji where you'll cross the river over a cable bridge. Then cycle on the main road and cross the border into Latvia. Overnight at 3* Hotel in Liepaja.
Day 4. Liepaja-Vergale-Pavilosta, ~57 km/36 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. Overnight at hotel/guesthouse in Pavilosta .
Day 5. Pavilosta-Jūrkalne-Kuldiga, ~63 km/39 mi
Cycle to Jurkalne along a very picturesque coastline with quiet, unspoiled beaches and impressive, steep 20m high sand cliffs. Arrrive 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. Overnight at 3* Hotel in Kuldiga .
Day 6. Kuldiga-Renda-Kandava, ~60 km/38 mi
Cycle to Kandava along the Abava River. En route pass trough Sabile village famous th 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.
Day 7. Kandava-Tukums-Jurmala-Riga, ~78km/49 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 - Tukums Castle Tower of the Livonian Order, Šlokenbeka Manor House, etc. 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. Overnight at 4* Hotel in Riga.
Day 8: Riga
Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.
2020 TOUR DATES
SG3. 01.05 – 30.09.2020 (Daily)
TOUR PRICE per person
Low season (01.05-15.06.2020 & 25.08-30.09.2020)
DBL/Twin room - 445 EUR
SGL room - 695 EUR
High season (15.06-25.08.2020)
DBL/Twin room - 465 EUR
SGL room - 735 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