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Duration
11 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 10 nights in 3-4 star hotels
Meals
  • 10 Breakfasts

Price

$2090USD

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Overview

Trip Code: RTS

Trip highlights


  • Cycling along the Baltic coast in Latvia and Estonia
  • Discovering the island of Saaremaa and the wildness of two national parks
  • Exploring the UNESCO listed historic centres of Riga, Tallinn and St Petersburg and the small towns and villages enroute
  • The flexibility of a self guided cycle with the support and back up of a guided trip

Discover the contrasting characters of Latvia, Estonia and Russia's St Petersburg on this scenic supported trip along the Baltic Coast. Cycle on the largest and most beautiful Estonian island of Saaremaa, visit two capital cities – Riga and Tallinn before travelling to St Petersburg, also known as the ‘Cultural Capital of Russia’. The old towns of both capital cities and the historical centre of St Petersburg are designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Starting from Riga, 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 heading to Tallinn. From Tallinn cycle to the National Park Lahemaa and along the Russian border to Tartu, where you leave your bikes and transfer to St Petersburg, where you can explore the city's cultural riches. Throughout the trip, experience a wide variety of towns, villages and countryside for an excellent introduction to the very distinct characters of these quite different countries. Vehicle support is provided whilst cycling for your luggage transfers and to provide assistance during the cycle day if required, while professional guides will take you on city tours in each capital and St Petersburg.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Make your own way to Riga and the hotel. Your maps with detailed program and route description will be available at check-in.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you will meet with our representative at the hotel and receive your bike. Next there is a guided walking tour of Riga Old Town, a medieval Hanseatic town famous for its Art Nouveau buildings. In the afternoon enjoy free time in Riga or ride on the bicycle path to Jurmala, a Latvian seaside resort well known for its long, white, sand beaches, mineral waters and mud with healing properties. We recommend taking the opportunity to bathe in the sea and cycling along the beach – it's well worth it! In the evening take a local train back to Riga (30 mins - payable locally).

Meals:  B

Today you will transfer by minibus to Saulkrasti, where you can visit the Latvian bicycle museum. From here you start your bike ride to Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia. Cycle through the Gauja National Park, en route enjoying spectacular views of Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda, built in 1205. Overnight in Sigulda. Transfer: by minibus: 50km.

Meals:  B

This morning you transfer to the 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 and check into your hotel, where you stay for 2 nights at the seaside. Transfer: by minibus: 330km, by ferry: 6km

Meals:  B

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, home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from the 13th century. Optional dinner at the hotel or city restaurant in Kuressaare (in the dinner package).

Meals:  B

Take a morning ride to the Kaali meteorite crater, which is listed on the world's giant craters list. It is the rarest natural wonder in Estonia. En route stop in Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa. Transfer by bus to Tallinn. On arrival in Tallinn in the afternoon, check-in at the hotel is followed by a guided walking tour of the Old Town. Transfer by minibus: 210km, by ferry: 6km

Meals:  B

After a shorter minibus transfer, take a loop ride through National Park Lahemaa, one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast and 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. Overnight in Sagadi. Transfer by minibus: 100km.

Meals:  B

In the morning, transfer to Mustvee where you’ll begin your last cycle trip, pleasantly along the Peipsi Lake shore to Varnja, passing many fishing villages. Peipsi is the fourth largest lake in Europe and is divided in two by the Russian border. You reach your hotel by bus transfer to Tartu, an historic university town - its university was founded in 1632. Transfer by minibus: 160km.

Meals:  B

This morning you will transfer by bus to St Petersburg, also known as the “Cultural Capital of Russia”. It is home to hundreds of museums including the world’s largest museum, the Hermitage, the official residence of the Russian Emperors from 1732 to 1917. The Mariinsky Theatre is home to one of the world’s top ballet companies. En route you may stop at Puhtitsa Dormition Convent in Kuremäe, which was established in 1891 and is the only functioning Russian Orthodox nunnery in Estonia. Overnight in St Petersburg. Transfer by minibus: 335km (no cycling)

Meals:  B

After breakfast at the hotel there's a guided walking city tour to see the famous Nevsky Prospect, the main street of the city, the Kazan Cathedral, the Admiralty with its gilded top, the largest church in St Petersburg – the Blood Church - and stop by the ensembles of Palace Square with Winter Palace (Hermitage) and Alexander Column, Peter and Paul’s Fortress, etc. (entrance is not included). In the afternoon you are free to explore on your own. Some suggestions: visit the Hermitage museum, take a boat trip on the Neva River and canals, or go by speed boat to explore Peterhof where the famous summer residence of the Russian tsars is located.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast. Additional nights accommodation can be booked - please ask our staff for details.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 10 breakfasts - generally 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 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Trekking bike rental with helmet, pannier and handlebar bag (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) (days 2-8)
  • Internal transfers as described by air-conditioned minibus / car
  • Luggage transfers and support vehicle in area
  • Return ferry ticket to Saaremaa Island
  • Guided walking tours in Riga, Tallinn, and St Petersburg (entrance fees extra - payable locally)
  • Information pack with route notes and map (one set per room)
  • Emergency hotline
  • GPS Tracks on request
  • Official invitation for Russian visa

  • Travel to Tallinn and from St Petersburg
  • Dinner, drinks and lunch each day (optional 5 dinner package is available which includes a 3 course dinner every night except in Riga, Tallinn and St Petersburg - supplement applies)
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided cycle tour
  • Entrance fees for tourist sites
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Items of a personal nature - eg. phone calls, laundry
  • SPD pedals can be supplied on request - supplement applies
  • Russian visa

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

MODERATE GRADE 3 The trip requires a reasonable level of fitness to fully participate in the cycling. The biking routes (days 2-8) are mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths with a few stretches on busy roads (Day 3 from Ragana-Sigulda). Cycling routes range from 20 to 57 km / 13 to 36 mi each day with a possibility for faster riders to cycle more kilometres on some days (Day 2 to Jurmala, Day 5 on Saaremaa Island, Day 7 at Lahemaa national park and Day 8 by cycling the longer route towards Tartu. The terrain is varied and rolling with a few gradual hills on some riding days, some 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 St Petersburg in Russia, and therefore it includes a few long minibus transfers between the most interesting cycling destinations, the Baltic capital cities and St Petersburg. The walking tours in the old towns of the Baltic capital cities, Riga and Tallinn, are 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 May and September with a minimum of 6 people.

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Total Priceper person from

$2090USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike Supplement (with pannier & handlebar bag)USD$180
  • 5 dinner package (3 courses)USD$190
  • Single SupplementUSD$460
*Prices listed are per person

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