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Duration
11 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 10 nights in 3 star hotels
Meals
  • 10 Breakfasts

Price

$1899USD

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Overview

Trip Code: LEC

Trip highlights


  • Exploring the historic centres of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn
  • The coastal scenery of the Baltic coast and the wildness of the national parks
  • Discovering the small towns and villages along the route

Discover the contrasting characters of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on this scenic self guided cycle route from Vilnius to Tallinn. While these three countries share the same Baltic coastline, their cultural differences will become apparent as you pedal at your own pace between the three capitals (Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn) and through the many small villages that have changed little over time. Following low traffic roads and dedicated cycle paths, the trip will showcase the diverse cultures, World Heritage sites and largely flat landscapes that make travelling in this region so different to anywhere else in Europe. From the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, explore the island castle at Trakai, enter the previously off-limits Curonian Spit and marvel at the pilgrimage sight at the Hill of Crosses. In Latvia, dip your toes in the Baltic Sea at the white sandy beaches of Jurmula, visit Latvia's oldest Church and discover Gauja National park. Crossing into Estonia, pedal through Saaremaa Island to Sorve Peninsula with its famous lighthouse and visit the Kaali meteorite crater before completing the trip in Tallinn. A driver will transfer your luggage each day and provide assistance during the cycle day if required, while professional guides will take you on city tours in each capital.

Trip Grading

moderate

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On arrival in Vilnius, make your way to the joining hotel (transfer options available). There will be a city tour tomorrow morning however depending on when you arrive, we recommend taking a walk through the old town. At 7pm there will be a welcome meeting at the hotel. Dinner is at your leisure.

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast there will be a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town. Set on the Vilnia river and with its historic centre awash with beautiful buildings and cobblestoned streets, Vilnius has a wonderful ambience. It has been known as the 'Jerusalem of Lithuania' or the 'Jerusalem of the north' and was declared the European Capital of Culture in 2009. After taking time to explore the centre, we head to Trakai in the afternoon, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. After visiting the 14th century Trakai Island Castle, built on a small island in Lake Galve, we start the first cycle ride through picturesque countryside on gentle hills, then transfer by coach to Kaunas. (75km/47mi coach travel - 1.5hrs).

Meals:  B

Morning bike ride along the Nemunas River cycle trail. Finish the ride with a short cable ferry trip across the river. Bus transfer to Vente Horn famous for its bird observatory and the 19thC lighthouse. 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 optional dinner at the hotel. (177km coach travel - 2.5-3hrs, 14km boat)

Meals:  B

Sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania, then continue on the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit, famous for its amber and fine sand beaches, to Klaipeda. En route you may like to stop at the 'Dead' sand dunes, visit Juodkrante settlement and go swimming in the Baltic Sea. Arrive in Smilityne and take a ferry to the Old Town of Klaipedia, the main sea port of Lithuania. Overnight in Klaipeda.

Meals:  B

We'll take an early morning cycle to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park, a former Soviet military training area. On arrival in Palanga, Lithuania's largest seaside resort, perhaps visit the Botanical Garden and the Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz, which has over 25000 pieces of amber and 15000 insects on display. In the afternoon, we transfer across the border to Riga in Latvia, stopping along the way at the Hill of Crosses, an unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Continue to Riga, check in to hotel. (coach travel 290km/180mi - 4.5hrs)

Meals:  B

After breakfast we'll have a guided tour of Riga old town, a medieval Hanseatic town famous for its Art Nouveau buildings. In the afternoon you can enjoy free time in Riga, or cycle to Jurmala, the largest resort in the Baltic States and well known for its long, white, sand beaches, mineral waters and mud with healing properties. Return to Riga and your hotel by train (30mins, not included).

Meals:  B

In the morning, transfer to Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia, in the Gauja River Valley. Cycling through Gauja National Park to Saulkrasti, we'll enjoy spectacular views of the valley and Gutmana Cave, and visit Turaida Castle (entrance not included) and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda, built in 1205. Finish the ride in Saulkrasti where you may visit to the Latvian Bicycle Museum (entrance not included) followed by a transfer to Sigulda. (100km/62mi coach travel - 1.5hrs)

Meals:  B

This morning you'll 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 coast to the village of Angla with its iconic windmills. Transfer to Mandjala and your hotel, where you stay for 2 nights. (330km/205mi coach travel - 4.5-5hrs, 6km/3.5mi ferry)

Meals:  B

Enjoy the ride through Saaremaa Island’s wild beauty at Sõrve Peninsula, finishing at the Sorve lighthouse. Historically, the peninsula had considerable military significance, dominating the Irbe Strait and the Baltic Sea route to Riga. 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. Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Mandjala or Kuressaare. (40km/25mi coach travel)

Meals:  B

Take a morning ride to the Kaali meteorite crater which is on the world's giant craters list and is the rarest natural wonder in Estonia. En route stop in Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, a home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from 13thC. Transfer by ferry and minibus to Tallinn. Check in at the hotel then enjoy a guided tour of Tallinn's old town. The city grew in importance as a strategic port between Russia and Scandinavia, and has evolved into a vibrant cultural city with a delightful walled historic centre. There is an eclectic mix of medieval and modern, Soviet and classic Estonian, grand church spires and crumbling wooden houses. (210km/130mi coach travel - 2.5hrs, 6km/3.5mi ferry)

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast. Transfers can be organised to the airport, or additional accommodation booked. Please ask our staff for details.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 10 breakfasts - Breakfast will generally be buffet style with breads, cheese, some meats, spreads and perhaps yoghurt and muesli. There will also be juice, coffee and tea available.
  • 10 nights in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 24-speed bike rental with pannier and helmet (electric bike available - supplement applies).
  • Internal transfers as described by air conditioned coach or minibus
  • Luggage transfers and support vehicle
  • boat trip across Curonian Lagoon to Nida and return ferry ticket to Saaremaa Island
  • Guided 2 hour city tours in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius (entrance fees extra - payable locally)
  • Information pack with route notes and map (one set per room booked)
  • GPS Tracks are available on request

  • Travel to Vilnius and from Tallinn
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks (optional 6 dinner package (3 course dinners) excluding Vinius, Riga and Tallinn is available for a supplement)
  • Entrance fees to museums etc.
  • Guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Items of a personal nature - eg. phone calls, laundry
  • waterproof handlebar bag with smartphone holder - supplement applies

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

MODERATE – GRADE 3 The trip requires a good level of fitness to fully participate in the cycling. Daily biking routes are mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 31 to 57km/19 to 36mi. The terrain is varied and rolling with some gradual hills on some riding days (some steep ups and downs in the Gauja River valley) and dead flat most of the tour. The walking in the capital towns is along cobbled streets.


Departure dates


Notes

DN1
This trip is not suitable for solo travellers. Please contact our team for alternative tour suggestions. Other dates are possible between April and September with a minimum of 6 people.
DN2
Helmets can be supplied on request. Must be pre-booked.

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Total Priceper person from

$1899USD

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