Guided cycling in the Baltics: Lithuania – Latvia – Estonia
11 days / 10 nights | from Vilnius to Tallinn | guided
Explore the Baltic coast and the National Parks of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on very scenic routes. The tour includes the three capital cities – Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn – with their Old towns designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO; and the previously-closed Curonian Spit and beautiful Estonian island of Hiiumaa. Travel from Lithuania in the south, through Latvia and on 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.
Itinerary (approx. 310 km / 194 miles cycling)
Day 1 (Sun): VILNIUS
Arrive in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel. 7:00 p.m. (19:00) welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide. Overnight: Vilnius
Day 2 (Mon): VILNIUS-TRAKAI Insular Castle-KAUNAS (Cycling 26 km / 19 miles , by coach 110 km / 69 miles )
After breakfast a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town. Afternoon trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. After visit to the 14th century island castle built on a small island in Lake Galvė start your first cycle ride through picturesque countryside on gentle hills, then transfer by coach to Kaunas. Overnight: Kaunas
Day 3 (Tue): KAUNAS-VENTĖ Horn-KLAIPEDA (Cycling 25 km / 16 miles , by coach 240 km / 150 miles)
Morning transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast. En route passing 16th-17thC castles of Raudonė and Panemunė. In the afternoon cycling to Ventė Horn famous for its bird observatory and the 19thC lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years. Transfer by coach to Klaipeda. Dinner at the hotel (included). Overnight: Klaipeda.
Day 4 (Wed): CURONIAN SPIT NATIONAL PARK (Cycling 55 km / 35 miles, ship 50 km / 31 miles)
In the morning we take a boat across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida - en-route enjoying the beautiful view of the Curonian Spit sand dunes which separate the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. Arrive in Nida, check-in at the hotel and sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Then cycling on the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit famous for its amber and fine sand beaches. En route to Klaipėda stop at the "Dead" sand dunes and go swimming in the Baltic Sea. Overnight: Klaipėda
Day 5 (Thu): KLAIPĖDA-PALANGA Resort-Hill of Crosses-RIGA (Cycling 35 km / 22 miles, by coach 290 km / 180 miles)
Early morning ride to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park, a former soviet military training area. Arrive in Palanga, the biggest Lithuanian seaside resort for a tour which includes a visit to the Botanical Garden and the Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz, with over 25000 pieces of amber and 15000 insects on display. Afternoon transfer to Riga (Latvia). En-route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Continue to Riga, the capital city of Latvia. Arrive in Riga, check-in and dinner at the hotel (included). Overnight: Riga.
Day 6 (Fri): RIGA & JURMALA Seaside Resort (Cycling 30 km / 19 miles, by coach 20 km / 13 miles )
After breakfast 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 to Jurmala, the largest resort in the Baltic States well known for its long, white, sand beaches, mineral waters and mud with healing properties. Transfer back by coach to the hotel in Riga. Overnight: Riga
Day 7 (Sat): GAUJA National Park & Bicycle Museum (Cycling 40 km / 25 miles, by coach 100 km / 62 miles )
Morning transfer to Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia, in the Gauja River Valley. Cycling through Gauja National Park to Saulkrasti, en route enjoy spectacular views of Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, visit Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda, built in 1205. Finish the ride with a visit to the Latvian bicycle museum followed by a transfer to Riga. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Riga
Day 8 (Sun): (Latvia-Estonia): RIGA-SAAREMAA (Cycling 35 km / 22 miles, by coach 340 km / 212 miles, by ferry 6 km / 4 miles)
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 Mandjala, check into the hotel for 2 overnight stays at the seaside. Dinner at the hotel (included). Overnight: Mandjala (Saaremaa)
Day 9 (Mon): (Estonia): SAAREMAA ISLAND (Cycling 55 km / 34 miles , by coach 40 km / 25 miles)
Enjoy a day ride across Saaremaa Island's wild beauty – Sorve Peninsula, with a finish at the Sorve lighthouse. Historically, the peninsula had considerable military significance, dominating the Irbe Strait and the Baltic Sea route to Riga. Transfer back to the hotel. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Mandjala (Saaremaa)
Day 10 (Tue): (Estonia): SAAREMAA & TALLINN (Cycling 10 km / 7 miles , by coach 216 km / 135 miles, by ferry 6 km / 4 miles)
Take a short morning ride to Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, a home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from 13thC. Free time to explore the town and the Bishop's castle. Then transfer by coach to Tallinn. En route stop at the Kaali meteorite crater which is listed on the world's giant craters list and it is the rarest nature wonder in Estonia. In the afternoon arrive in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel followed by a guided tour of Tallinn Old Town. Farewell-dinner in a local restaurant (included). Overnight: Tallinn
Day 11 (Wed): TALLINN
Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.