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Duration
11 days
Activities
  • guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 10 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels
Meals
  • 4 Dinners
  • 1 Lunch
  • 10 Breakfasts

Price

$2060USD

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Overview

Trip Code: TBY

Trip highlights


  • Cycling on the beautiful Estonian island of Saaremaa
  • Discovering the small towns and villages en route
  • Exploring the historic centres of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn
  • The coastal scenery of the Baltic coast and the wildness of the national parks
  • Soaking up the hospitality of comfortable hotels

While Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia share the same Baltic coastline, the contrasting unique characters of these three countries will become evident as you follow this incredibly scenic cycling route from Vilnius to Tallinn. From the three capitals - Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn - to the many small villages that have changed little over time, this guided cycling experience along low traffic roads and dedicated cycle paths will showcase the diverse cultures, World Heritage sites and mainly flat landscapes that make travelling in this region so different to anywhere else in Europe. Discover the island castle at Trakai, enter the previously off-limits Curonian Spit, a wild pre-historic sand dune peninsula, and marvel at the pilgrimage sight of thousands of crosses of every size and design imaginable at the Hill of Crosses in northern Lithuania. Crossing into Latvia, dip your toes in the Baltic Sea at the white sandy beaches of Jurmula and on the island of Saaremaa, visit Latvia's oldest Church and pay homage at a bicycle museum before heading into Estonia. We'll stop at Saaremaa, famous for its Bishop's Castle, before reaching the Estonian capital of Tallinn, where the trip concludes.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

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On arrival in Vilnius, make your way to the joining hotel (we can assist with an arrival transfer from the airport if required - please ask for our rates). There will be a city tour tomorrow morning however, depending when you arrive, we recommend taking a walk through the old town. At 7pm there will be a welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide and group. 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 an optional visit to 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. (100km/62mi coach travel).

Meals:  B

This morning we transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast, passing by the 17th century castle of Panemune. In the afternoon we'll have a picnic lunch then cycle to Vente Horn, famous for its bird life and the 19th century lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years. After a short bus transfer we arrive in Klaipeda, the main seaport of Lithuania. (290km/149mi coach travel - total transfer time approximately 5 hrs 30 mins)

Meals:  B,L

This morning we transfer by coach or ferry across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida, en route enjoying a beautiful view of the Curonian Spit sand dunes which separate the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. The area is known for its amber and fine sand beaches. We sightsee around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania, and in the afternoon we'll cycle back to Klaipeda on the Seaside Cycle Route, along the Curonian Spit. (50km/31mi coach or boat travel)

Meals:  B,D

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, we 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. A group dinner is included this evening. (coach travel 290km/180mi - total transfer time approximately 4 hrs 20 mins)

Meals:  B,D

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, returning to the hotel by coach. Evening at leisure (coach 20km/12.5mi).

Meals:  B

In the morning, transfer to Saulkrasti, after visiting the Latvian bicycle museum you will start your bike ride to Sigulda the most popular resort in Latvia. Cycling through Gauja National Park we'll enjoy spectacular views of the valley and Gutmana Cave and visit Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church in Krimulda, built in 1205. Overnight in Sigulda with dinner at leisure. (50km/31mi coach travel)

Meals:  B

This morning we 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 or Kuressaare, check into the hotel for our 2 overnight stays at the seaside. Dinner at the hotel (included). (330km/205mi coach travel, 6km/3.5mi ferry - total coach transfer time approximately 5 hours)

Meals:  B,D

Enjoy a day ride across Saaremaa Island’s wild beauty at Sorve Peninsula, finish the day with a visit to Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa. This is home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from 13 Century. Free time to explore the town and the Bishops castle. Transfer back to the hotel. (50km/31mi coach travel)

Meals:  B

We start the morning with a ride to 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 we arrive in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel and have 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. A farewell dinner is included tonight. (210km/130mi coach travel - total coach transfer time approximately 4 hours)

Meals:  B,D

The trip concludes after breakfast. A transfer to the airport or additional accommodation can be arranged - please ask for our rates.

Meals:  B

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On arrival in Vilnius, make your way to the joining hotel (we can assist with an arrival transfer from the airport if required - please ask for our rates). There will be a city tour tomorrow morning however, depending when you arrive, we recommend taking a walk through the old town. At 7pm there will be a welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide and group. 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 take a transfer to just outside the city and begin our first cycle to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. After an optional visit to the 14th century Trakai Island Castle, built on a small island in Lake Galve, we transfer by coach to Kaunas. (100km/62mi coach travel).

Meals:  B

This morning we bike ride along hte Neumunas River cycle trail. At the end of the cycle we have a short cable ferry trip across the river and picnic lunch (included). Later we transfer to the Baltic coast via Vente Horn, famous for its bird life and the 19th century lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years. After a short bus transfer we arrive in Klaipeda, the main seaport of Lithuania. (235km/146mi coach travel - total transfer time approximately 5 hrs 30 mins)

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we cycle to Nida following the Seaside Cycle Route enjoying a beautiful view of the Curonian Spit sand dunes which separate the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. The area is known for its amber and fine sand beaches. We sightsee around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania, and in the afternoon we'll transfer by bus or boat to Klaipeda. (50km/31mi coach or boat travel)

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, we 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, the capital of Latvia, stopping along the way at the Hill of Crosses, an unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. A group dinner is included this evening. (coach travel 290km/180mi - total transfer time approximately 4 hrs 20 mins)

Meals:  B,D

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, returning to the hotel by coach. Evening at leisure (coach 20km/12.5mi).

Meals:  B

In the morning, transfer to Saulkrasti, after visiting the Latvian bicycle museum you will start your bike ride to Sigulda the most popular resort in Latvia. Cycling through Gauja National Park we'll enjoy spectacular views of the valley and Gutmana Cave and visit Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church in Krimulda, built in 1205. Overnight in Sigulda with dinner at leisure. (50km/31mi coach travel)

Meals:  B

This morning we 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 or Kuressaare, check into the hotel for our 2 overnight stays at the seaside. Dinner at the hotel (included). (330km/205mi coach travel, 6km/3.5mi ferry - total coach transfer time approximately 5 hours)

Meals:  B,D

Enjoy a day ride across Saaremaa Island’s wild beauty at Sorve Peninsula, finish the day with a visit to Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa. This is home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from 13 Century. Free time to explore the town and the Bishops castle. Transfer back to the hotel. (50km/31mi coach travel)

Meals:  B

We start the morning with a ride to 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 we arrive in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel and have 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. A farewell dinner is included tonight. (210km/130mi coach travel - total coach transfer time approximately 4 hours)

Meals:  B,D

The trip concludes after breakfast. A transfer to the airport or additional accommodation can be arranged - please ask for our rates.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 10 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch and 4 dinners (does not include drinks). The breakfast and dinners are provided at your overnight hotel or a local restaurant. 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. Dinners will usually be 3 courses (sometimes 2).
  • 8 nights in 3 star hotels and 2 nights in 4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 24-speed bike rental with pannier and helmet (electric bike available - supplement applies)
  • Welcome meeting and welcome drink
  • Mineral water during cycle days and reusable water bottle
  • Tour guide - one tour guide for 2-19 people or two guides for groups sizes of 20-25 people (in 2022 - one tour guide for 2-15 people or two guides for groups sizes of 16-21 people)
  • Internal transfers as described by air-conditioned coach/minibus
  • Luggage transfers and support vehicle
  • Boat trip across Curonian Lagoon
  • Ferry tickets to/from the Curonian Spit and to/from Saaremaa Island
  • Entrance to museums: Vente Ornithological station, Amber museum in Palanga, Turaida Castle, Bicycle Museum in Saulkrasti, Angla Windmill Park in Saaremaa
  • Information pack (one set per room booked)
  • Guided 2-hour city tours in English in the capital cities: Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn

  • Travel to Vilnius and from Tallinn
  • 8 lunches and 6 dinners and drinks (optional 4 dinner package including 3 course dinners on days 2, 3, 7 & 9 is available for a supplement)
  • Tips for tour guides and crew
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Items of a personal nature - eg. phone calls, laundry
  • Entrances to museums not noted as included

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

INTRODUCTORY TO MODERATE – GRADE 2 The trip requires a reasonable level of fitness to fully participate in the cycling. Daily biking routes are mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 10 to 55km/6 to 34mi. 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. The group travels at approx. 20 km per hour with several stops. In some places there will be small, rolling hills eg on Day 1, but normally it’s flat. It can be windy on some days, especially at the coast.


Departure dates


Notes

H
High Season
DN1
high season supplement applies to departures from 7 Jun to 16 Aug - supplement applies
DN2
There is a self guided version of this itinerary, which starts in Tallinn.
DN3
Departures will be bilingual with both German and English speaking guide/s on the following departures:- 2021: from 31 May to 21 Jun and 2 to 16 Aug 2022: 30 May, 20 Jun, 4 and 18 Jul, 1 and 15 Aug and 12 Sep

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$2060USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$240
  • single supplementUSD$480
*Prices listed are per person

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