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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 3 star hotels
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$899USD

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Overview

Trip Code: LTH

Trip highlights


  • Discovering the varied landscapes, enchanting folklore and rich traditions of these proud Baltic nations
  • Experiencing a completely different side of Europe, with its interesting mix of old and new
  • Cycling at the UNESCO listed Curonian Spit
  • Learning about traditional Lithuanian country life in the Nemunas River Delta region

The Baltic country of Lithuania has many treasures waiting to be discovered by travellers keen to step off the beaten track. This cycling tour explores both the scenic coastal landscapes and the culturally diverse traditional countryside of Lithuania. The tour starts in the coastal town of Klaipeda, rich in beauty and history. This bustling, modern town offers many leisure options and is home to a range of cafes and restaurants, as well as many annual festivals. You'll discover the traditional countryside while cycling in the Nemunas River Delta region and cycle along the first signposted route in Lithuania, the stunning Seaside Cycle Route. Two nights in Nida, the largest settlement on the Curonian Spit, rounds off this diverse itinerary, leaving you with time to enjoy a relaxing swim in the sea, or to walk, cycle or canoe its unique surrounding region.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

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Arrive in Klaipeda, Lithuania’s third-largest city and main port, situated on the Dane River. After checking into your hotel, explore this former Prussian capital’s mix of new and old including the cobbled Old Town with its distinctively German flavour. If you arrive early in the day you can visit the Curonian Spit.

Meals:  Nil

This morning at 9am you will have an information meeting at your hotel where you will be greeted by our local representative. Today you will cycle to Palanga resort along the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route leading through Giruliai Forest and the Seaside Regional Park. En route you can explore the Dutchman’s Cap – a 24-metre-high coastal cliff and Plaze Lake. In Palanga you can visit the Botanical Park and Amber Museum, cycle along J. Basanavicius pedestrian street with many cafes and restaurants and explore the 470m pier heading into the Baltic Sea. Return to Klaipeda using the same or slightly different route.

Meals:  B

Morning transfer by minibus inland to Veivirzenai, where you'll start cycling on picturesque countryside roads through Pamarys meadows to Šilute. This region is known as a land of storks and the White Stork truly deserves its place as Lithuania's national bird. En route you can stop in Švekšna village to explore the estate with its beautiful park and impressive neo-Gothic church of St Jacob the Apostle. Overnight in Šilute. Bus transfer: 40km/25mi

Meals:  B

Explore Šilute town and go for a return ride to Rusne Island, which is the only Lithuania’s island located in the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. Be sure to visit Rusne village and find a new monument of famous Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi and his good friend Hermann Kallenbach. From there you can see the Russian oblast of Kaliningrad just 100 metres across the Nemunas river. Cycle around the island and explore its wild nature and beautiful views from birdwatching towers and the 19th C lighthouse in Uostadvaris Harbour. Return to Silute and your hotel.

Meals:  B

Today's cycle takes you to Vente Cape where you can visit a renowned bird ringing station with a museum of ornithology and the 19th century lighthouse which has a panoramic view of the unique landscape including a glimpse of the glistening Curonian Spit sand dunes. One million birds pass through the station each migratory period. Take a boat (14km) to cross the Curonian Lagoon and arrive in Nida, then ride to your hotel. Overnight in Nida. Boat transfer: 14km/9mi

Meals:  B

You're free today to explore Nida which is a former old fishermen’s village on the Curonian Spit, washed by the Baltic Sea on one side and the Curonian Lagoon on the other. Today Nida is the largest settlement in Neringa region and one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Cycle or walk along impressive sand dunes, visit the most popular places of interest – the Fisherman’s House, the summer house of famous German writer Thomas Mann and the Amber Gallery. Overnight in Nida.

Meals:  B

Today you will cycle on the paved bike path of the Seaside Cycle Route, which takes you along the Curonian Spit to Klaipeda. En route you can explore the “Dead” sand dunes on foot, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants, visit the Hill of Witches which houses one hundred fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures of Lithuanian legends scattered along a forest path, swim in the Baltic Sea, or relax and take in the sun on golden beaches. After arriving in Smiltyne, you take a ferry to the Old Town of Klaipeda. Overnight in Klaipeda.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes this morning in Klaipeda after breakfast.

Meals:  B

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Arrive in Klaipeda, Lithuania’s third-largest city and main port, situated on the Dane River. After checking into your hotel, explore this former Prussian capital’s mix of new and old including the cobbled Old Town with it’s distinct German flavour. If you arrive earlier, you can visit the Curonian Spit.

Meals:  Nil

This morning at 9am you will have an information meeting at your hotel where you will be greeted by our local representative. You will then transfer by minibus inland to Veivirzenai, where you’ll start cycling on picturesque countryside roads through Pamarys meadows to Šilute. This region is known as a land of storks and the White Stork truly deserves its place as Lithuania’s national bird. En route stop in Švekšna village to explore the estate with its beautiful park and impressive neo-Gothic church of St Jacob the Apostle. Overnight in Šilute. Bus transfer: 40km/25mi

Meals:  B

Explore Šilute town and go for a return ride to Rusne Island, which is the only Lithuania’s island located in the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. Be sure to visit Rusne village and find a new monument of famous Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi and his intimate friend Hermann Kallenbach. From there you can see the Russian oblast of Kaliningrad just 100 metres across the Nemunas river. Cycle around the island and explore its wild nature and beautiful views from birdwatching towers and the 19th C lighthouse in Uostadvaris Harbour. Overnight in Silute.

Meals:  B

Today’s cycle takes you to Vente Cape where you may visit a renowned bird ringing station with a museum of ornithology and the 19th century lighthouse which has a panoramic view of the unique landscape including a glimpse of the glistening Curonian Spit sand dunes. One million birds pass through the station each migratory period. Take a boat to cross the Curonian Lagoon to Nida. Arrive in Nida and cycle to the hotel. Overnight in Nida. Boat transfer: 14km/9mi

Meals:  B

You're free today to explore Nida which is a former old fishermen’s village on the Curonian Spit, washed by the Baltic Sea on one side and the Curonian Lagoon on the other. Today Nida is the largest settlement in Neringa region and one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Cycle or walk along impressive sand dunes, visit the most popular places of interest – the Fisherman’s House, the summer house of famous German writer Thomas Mann and the Amber Gallery. Overnight in Nida.

Meals:  B

Today you will cycle on an asphalt bike path of the Seaside Cycle Route which takes you along the Curonian Spit to Klaipeda. En route you can explore the “Dead” sand dunes on foot, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants, visit the Hill of Witches which houses a hundred fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures of Lithuanian legends scattered along a forest path, swim in the Baltic Sea, or relax and take the sun on golden beaches. Arrival in Smiltyne where you take a ferry to the Old Town of Klaipeda. Overnight in Klaipeda.

Meals:  B

Today you will cycle to Palanga resort along the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route, leading through Giruliai Forest and the Seaside Regional Park. En route you can explore the Dutchman’s Cap – a 24m high coastal cliff and Plaze Lake. In Palanga you can visit the Botanical Park and Amber Museum, cycle along J. Basanavicius pedestrian street with many cafes and restaurants and explore the 470m pier heading into the Baltic Sea. Return to Klaipeda using the same or slightly different route.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes this morning in Klaipeda. Arrangements end after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Information pack with route notes and map (one set per room), GPS tracks available on request
  • Luggage transfers
  • Emergency hotline
  • Boat trip across Curonian Lagoon to Nida
  • Transfer by minibus from Klaipeda to Veivirženai
  • Rental of trekking bicycle (KTM, VDV, Kalkhoff) with 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears & back-pedal break or 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears & free-wheel (optionally), equipped with a waterproof back pannier (20 litres) + handlebar bag with map/smartphone holder (Ortlieb) + tachometer (e-bike available - supplement applies - - note EUR200 per e-bike deposit is required locally)

  • Travel to and from Klaipeda
  • Drinks, lunch and dinner each day
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Items of a personal nature - eg. phone calls, laundry
  • Entrance fees and transfers not noted as included
  • Helmets

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

The trip is graded moderate (grade 3). You will cycle on low traffic roads (some gravel ones), sandy forest trails and high-quality cycle paths of the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route. The terrain is dead flat most of the tour, except a few sand dunes on the Curonian Spit.


Departure dates


Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
P
peak season surcharge
DN1
Supplements apply to mid, high and peak season departures
DN2
This trip is not suitable for solo travellers. Please contact our team for alternative tour suggestions. Groups of 6 or more can choose a custom start date between 26 May and 1 Sep (subject to availability). Childrens bikes and trailers available - ask our office for child rates.
IT2
departures on Sunday and Thursday follow a slightly different itinerary
DN4
The Sea Festival is from 29 July to 1 August - accommodation may be difficult to secure during this trime.

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Total Priceper person from

$899USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Cyclecross Bike SupplementUSD$90
  • Optional upgrade to 4 star hotel in Klaipeda (3 nights) - ppUSD$100
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$130
  • peak season surchargeUSD$190
  • 7 dinner package (3 courses)USD$200
  • 7 dinner package (3 courses) - inconjunction with the 4* hotel Klaipeda optionUSD$220
  • Single SupplementUSD$390
*Prices listed are per person

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