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

Price

$1390USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: LTV

Trip highlights


  • Discovering the varied landscapes, enchanting folklore and rich traditions of this proud Baltic nation
  • Immersing yourself in Lithuania as you cycle from the vibrant capital to the coast.
  • Experiencing a completely different side of Europe, with its interesting mix of old and new

An immersive cycle journey tracing the history of Lithuania from the vibrant capital to the coast. Following low traffic roads and dedicated cycle paths, the trip will showcase the rich birdlife, diverse cultures, World Heritage sites and largely flat landscapes that make travelling in this region so different to anywhere else in Europe. Highlights abound as you cycle with time to experience the sights including Trakai and its 14th Century castle and the former capital of Kaunas. Enter the previously off-limits Curonian Spit with its 'Dead Dunes' and abundant birdlife and pedal past 16th Century castles, follow the Nemunas River and through pine forest host to the White Stork, Lithuania's national bird. Enjoy the challenge of crossing this fascinating country by pedal power.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

Arrival in Vilnius and make your own way to the hotel. We can assist with an arrival transfer from the airport if required, please ask for our rates.

Meals:  Nil

Your rental bike will be delivered to the hotel this morning. Later, join a 2 hour guided bike tour of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. In the afternoon you'll cycle to Trakai, a former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania where you can visit the 14th century castle built on a small island in Lake Galve. Overnight in Trakai.

Meals:  B

In the morning take an optional return bike trip around Lake Galve to see beautiful Užutrakis estates and view the picturesque Trakai Insular Castle (15 km/10 miles). Continue cycling on a scenic, rolling road through the land of lakes and hills. Finish up in Elektrenai where the most powerful thermal power station in Lithuania is located. Take a public bus equipped with bicycle racks (included) for an hour ride to Kaunas, the second largest city and former Lithuanian capital from 1919-1939. Overnight in Kaunas.

Meals:  B

The morning is free to explore the Old Town of Kaunas, before you will cycle along the Nemunas River to Mikytai. Here you'll take a ferry (not included) across the river to Vilkija, then continue cycling along the river to the impressive Panemune Castle, which dates from 16th-17th century. En route you'll cross the Dubysa River, pass Veliuona mound hill, the grave of the Grand Duke Gediminas and Raudone Castle. Overnight in Panemune Castle (hotel).

Meals:  B

Continue cycling along the Nemunas River to Jurbarkas. From Jurbarkas you'll ride towards Smalininkai, which for many years was a border town between Lithuania and the Germanised Klaipeda Region. From there take a public bus equipped with bicycle racks to Šilute (included). Overnight in Šilute.

Meals:  B

In the morning you will cycle to Vente Horn, where you can visit the 19th century lighthouse and the Ornithological Station. Enjoy a panoramic view of the landscape, including a glimpse of the Curonian Spit's sand dunes washed by the Baltic Sea on one side and the Curonian Lagoon on the other. Cross the Curonian Lagoon by boat to Nida, a former fishermen's village and now the largest town on the Curonian Spit. it is one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Overnight in Nida.

Meals:  B

Enjoy a free day 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 the Neringa region. Cycle or walk along some impressive sand dunes and 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 Nida.

Meals:  B

This morning, cycle on an asphalt bike path through woods along the Curonian Spit to Klaipeda. En route you can stop for a walk on a wooden path to the Dead Dunes, where you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view of the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. With luck you can watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants, and explore the Hill of Witches, which has one hundred fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures scattered along a forest path in Juodkrante village. Arrive in Smiltyne-Klaipeda, take a ferry to the Old Town (not included) and cycle to your hotel where our representative will meet you for the bike return this afternoon. Overnight in Klaipeda.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast. Enjoy a stroll through this fascinating town before you depart. We can assist with a transfer to Palanga airport, the international ferry terminal or bus/train station for your departure, or with extra nights accommodation if you'd like to stay longer - 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.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 8 nights in 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Bike rental with helmet, waterproof handlebar bag with a map/smart phone holder, one tachometer per two bikes (e-bike and superior bike available - supplement applies - note EUR200 per e-bike deposit is required locally)
  • Information pack with route notes and map (one set per room), GPS tracks available on request
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • 2 hour guided bike tour of Vilnius on Day 2
  • Boat trip across Curonian Lagoon
  • Bus tickets Elektrenai to Kaunas & Smalininkai/Jurbarkas to Šilute (or minibus transfers if a larger group)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Hotel taxes

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks
  • Travel to Vilnius and from Klaipeda
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Items of a personal nature - eg. phone calls, laundry
  • Local ferries in Vilkija and Klaipeda

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

MODERATE – GRADE 3 The cycling is moderate grade with daily cycles of around 33 to 76km / 20 to 47.5mi. The route is mostly flat and the cycling is mainly on roads with little traffic and cycle paths - only very short distances are cycled on roads with more traffic. The accent is on keeping a steady pace with time to stop and take photos (subject to weather conditions). You will need a good level of cycling fitness to participate fully in this adventure. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates

Daily from 25 Jun to 25 Aug

Notes

DN1
HIgh season is 25 Jun to 20 Aug - supplement applies
DN2
Helmets can be supplied on request. Must be pre-booked.
DN3
Departures on other dates are available for minimum 6 people. This trip is not suitable for solo travellers. Please contact our team for alternative tour suggestions.

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Total Priceper person from

$1390USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Cyclecross bike (Kona Jake) supplementUSD$70
  • E-bike supplementUSD$130
  • Premium Gravel Bike SupplementUSD$130
  • Optional dinner package - supplementUSD$220
  • single supplementUSD$460
*Prices listed are per person

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