Port City of Klaipeda, Lithuania. Photo via Flickr:Mantas Volungevicius

Church in Riga, Latvia. Photo via Flickr:Rob Oo
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Cycling in the Baltics - Tallinn to Vilnius Bike Tour

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania Bike Tours

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, the resurgence, and resilience!

  • This unique bike tour explores the Baltic Coast and National Parks of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on beautiful routes. These days it is difficult to find a European destination that mass tourism has not already discovered. Here in these three small Baltic coast countries, you will find history, adventure, and new discoveries daily!

    It includes the three capital cities – Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius – with their old towns designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

    Highlights include the National Park Lahemaa, which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast, Otepää Lakeland, the “Estonian Switzerland”, the beautiful Gauja River valleys, and the previously-closed Curonian Spit often called the Lithuanian Sahara.

    This tour is also offered in the reverse direction either self-guided with support or fully guided! Click here for details.

    A full list of bike tours in Lithuania is here.

  • 2020
    Self-guided/supported
    Double/twin:  £ 1082 $ 2,399 1274 $ 1919 NOK 11997 kr 11074 $ 1,440 Single room: £ 1414 $ 3,134 1664 $ 2507 NOK 15669 kr 14464 $ 1,880

    extra options

    Self-guided/supported:
    6 three course dinners (Served in the hotels, excluding Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius): £ 127 $ 281 149 $ 224 NOK 1403 kr 1295 $ 168 Ortlieb handlebar bag: £ 17 $ 38 20 $ 30 NOK 188 kr 174 $ 23 Arrival/departure transfers (from Tallinn airport/to Vilnius airport):
    Up to 3 people, each way: £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34 Minibus, up to 7 people, each way: £ 50 $ 111 59 $ 89 NOK 556 kr 513 $ 67 Electric bike: £ 154 $ 341 181 $ 273 NOK 1704 kr 1573 $ 205 Extra nights:
    Tallinn (4 star Hestia Ilmarine or similar)
    Twin/double:  £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124 Single Room: £ 84 $ 186 99 $ 149 NOK 932 kr 861 $ 112 Vilnius (3 star Tilto):
    Twin/double: £ 76 $ 170 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102 Single Room:  £ 68 $ 151 80 $ 121 NOK 753 kr 695 $ 90

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Talinn International Airport (TLL), Estonia and you can fly out of Vilnius Airport (VNO), Lithuania.

    Local Travel

    From TLL, by public transportation, the airport bus stops are located on the ground floor in front of the passenger terminal. Use the escalator or elevator in the terminal to get to the bus stops quickly and conveniently. Tallinn public transport buses No. 2 stops at the airport and goes to the city center. Bus line No. 2 runs from the city center to Mõigu and stops at the airport going both ways. The Tallinn public transport card as well as single tickets are valid in public city buses. By taxi: Important! Taxi rates are not limited by law in Estonia. Before you start your ride, make sure that the rate is acceptable to you and, if possible, ask the driver for the estimated fare. In order to avoid any unpleasant experiences with taxis, the airport recommends that you only use the airport partner taxis waiting at the official taxi park of the airport. These are: Tulika Takso, Tallink Takso and Tulika Business, whose cars will be waiting for passengers right in front of the terminal doors.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. Average high/low temperatures in degree Fahrenheit for Tallinn are: June, 66°/50°; July, 70°/54°, August, 68°/53°, and September, 58°/45°.


Skill Level

Easy to moderate self guided tour with transfers as per itinerary and guided city tours. Daily biking routes are mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths ranging from 21 to 60 km (13-38 miles) each day with a possibility to cycle more kilometers on a few days (on self guided tour). The terrain is varied and rolling with some gradual hills on some riding days (some steep ups and downs in the Gauja River valley & Otepää region) but flat most of the tour. This tour offers van support throughout the entire tour, except Jurmala and the Curonian Spit. There will be a driver with a minibus and bike trailer to transfer your luggage every day to the next hotel. If you need assistance, the driver will be available. If you have any problems, you can contact the driver or the office. You will also take part in city tours (Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius) lead by professional guides.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3 star and 4 star hotels

What’s Included

  • 10 nights accommodations in 3 star or 4 star hotels, including all taxes
  • Breakfasts
  • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned coach /minibus
  • Luggage transfer
  • Guided tours in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius (any entrance fees are handled individually)
  • Boat trip across the Curonian Lagoon from Nida to the mainland
  • Information package (city guides, maps, program and route description), one per room
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • 7 speed or 24-speed hybrid bike equipped with pannier and odometer (1 per booking)

What’s Not Included

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TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length11 days
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Tour Dates

2020

May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26, and September 2, 2020

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Cycling in the Baltics - Tallinn to Vilnius Map

Day 1: Arrival in Tallinn, Estonia
Day 2:  Tallinn - National Park Lahemaa - Sagadi , 33 mi. (53 km). Bus transfer, 56 mi. (90 km)
Day 3: Palmsi, along the Russian border - Lake Peipsi – Tartu, Estonia,  31 mi. (50 km). Bus transfer, 100 mi. (160 km)
Day 4: Tartu - Otepää - Sigulda, Latvia 18 mi. (28 km). Bus transfer, 147 mi. (235 km)
Day 5: Sigulda - Riga, Latvia, 11 mi. (17 km). Bus transfer, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Riga - Jurmala Seaside Resort - Riga, Latvia, 22 mi. (35 km). Train, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 7: Riga - Klaipeda,  Hill of Crosses and Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route, 30 mi. (48 km) or 16mi. (30 km). Bus transfer 181 mi. (290 km)
Day 8: Klaipeda - Curonian Spit - Nida, Curonian spit and Hill of Witches, Lithuania,  37 mi. (60 km)
Day 9:  Crossing the Curonian Lagoon by ship, Nida - Kaunas, Lithuania,  19 mi. (31 km). Bus transfer, 115 mi. (185 km). By boat, 14 km
Day 10: Kaunas - Trakai Insular Castle - Vilnius, 22 mi. (35 km). Bus transfer, 47 mi. (75 km)
Day 11: Departure from Vilnius

All distances are approximate. You will cycle 352 km/220 miles, by coach/minibus transfer you will travel 1085 km /678 mi., and by boat 14 km/9 mi.

DAY 1: Arrival in Tallinn, Estonia
Individual arrivals on Tuesday.  Check in at the hotel from 2 pm on. At 6:00 pm you have the opportunity to participate in a guided tour of Tallinn, the capital and largest city of Estonia. The city possesses an inner charm seldom found anywhere else that testifies to the richness and endurance of the culture.  Here, at the very beginning of your tour, you will already begin to understand this. You will find Western European influence with its color and charm, the Soviet tyranny in the grey concrete apartments, and now the new, with the gleam of the tall corporate buildings of glass and steel!

Day 2:  Tallinn - National Park Lahemaa - Sagadi , 33 mi. (53 km). Bus transfer, 56 mi. (90 km)
At 10:00 a.m. a minibus will pick you up for short transfer (90 km) before you begin the first bicycle trip through National Park Lahemaa, which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast. The National park is 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 Palmse.

Day 3: Palmsi, along the Russian border - Lake Peipsi – Tartu, Estonia,  31 mi. (50 km). Bus transfer, 100 mi. (160 km)     
After breakfast, you will be transferred first by bus (150 km)  and then, your bike  tour leads along Peipsi Lakeshore, to Varnja. Peipsi is the 4th largest lake in Europe, divided in two by the Russian border. On the road, you will pass many fishing villages.  You will have another bus transfer in the afternoon to your final destination of Tartu, the second largest city of Estonia, often considered the intellectual center of the country, especially since it is home to Estonia's oldest and most renowned university.

Day 4: Tartu - Otepää - Sigulda, Latvia 18 mi. (28 km). Bus transfer, 147 mi. (235 km)
Again this morning,  there will be a short bus transfer to  Otepää (Estonia's Switzerland).  This is the perfect place to begin the day's bike tour. It is a lovely landscape of rolling hills and lakes, romantic winding village roads and small rivers.  Your bike ride will end in Sangaste, famous for its 19th-century Romantic castle, and then enjoy an afternoon bus transfer to Latvia. (235 km)  Final destination today is Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia, in the Gauja  River Valley. En route stop in Cesis where you can visit the medieval old town.

Day 5: Sigulda - Riga, Latvia, 11 mi. (17 km). Bus transfer, 31 mi. (50 km)
This day begins with cycling through Gauja National Park to Ragana through spectacular scenery, especially the view of the Gauja River valley. Explore the ruins of the 13th C Crusaders Castle in Sigulda, Turaida Castle and the oldest church in Latvia (built in 1205) in Krimulda.  Once again this afternoon, there will be a transfer by bus to Riga (31 mi./50 km) to the Latvian capital, where a guided tour of the charming Old Town awaits.  Much of Riga was bombed during World War II and the ruins were mostly left to decay. After being the capital of Latvian Socialist Soviet republic throughout the Soviet period, the city emerged in the 1990s as the capital of newly-independent Latvia. It is now experiencing a new Renaissance and many large-scale restoration projects on old buildings have made Riga one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Highlights include the German Art Nouveau buildings, Riga castle, St. Peter`s Church, Dome Cathedral, and the Old Guild Houses. 

Day 6: Riga - Jurmala Seaside Resort - Riga, Latvia, 22 mi. (35 km). Train, 15 mi. (25 km)
Today is free to explore Riga on your own and take a ride on a bicycle path to Jurmala, a renowned Latvian seaside resort well known for its long, white sand beaches, mineral waters and mud with healing properties. We recommend that you take the opportunity to bath in the sea and try cycling along the beach – its well worth it! In the evening take a local train back to Riga (30 min; not included).

Day 7: Riga - Klaipeda,  Hill of Crosses and Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route, 30 mi. (48 km) or 16mi. (30 km). Bus transfer 181 mi. (290 km)
Transfer by minibus to Lithuanian Seaside. En-route there will be a stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Begin your cycle ride to Klaipėda on a beautiful bicycle path, which lies along the Baltic Coast in the Seaside Regional Park. En route pass Palanga, the well-known Lithuanian seaside resort. Enjoy a break here; perhaps visit the renowned Botanical Park, Amber Museum and the 470 m pier heading out into the Baltic Sea. 

Day 8: Klaipeda - Curonian Spit - Nida, Curonian spit and Hill of Witches, Lithuania,  37 mi. (60 km)
After breakfast, you cross the lagoon by ferry (not included)  and start cycling on an asphalt bike path which takes you along the Curonian Spit to Nida. En route you can visit the Hill of Witches which houses a hundred fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures of Lithuanian legends scattered along a forest path, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants, explore the “Dead” sand dunes on foot, swim in the Baltic Sea or, relax, take the sun on golden beaches. 

Day 9:  Crossing the Curonian Lagoon by ship, Nida - Kaunas, Lithuania,  19 mi. (31 km). Bus transfer, 115 mi. (185 km). By boat, 14 km
Take a morning boat across the Curonian Lagoon to the mainland (~1.5 hours), en-route enjoy a beautiful view of the Curonian Spit sand dunes. Cycling to Ventė Horn, you may visit a bird observatory and the 19thC lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years. The afternoon ride takes you through the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park to Rusnė Island. Then transfer by minibus along the Nemunas River to Kaunas en route passing 16th-17thC castles of Raudonė and Panemunė. 

Day 10: Kaunas - Trakai Insular Castle - Vilnius, 22 mi. (35 km). Bus transfer, 47 mi. (75 km)
After breakfast, you are transferred by bus to the Lithuanian Lake District 75 km) where the  cycling begins through the  picturesque countryside on gentle hills to arrive in Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Here you may visit the famous 14thC Gothic Island castle erected on a small island in Lake Galvė. Finish the tour with a short bus transfer to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. The Old Town stuns the spectator with the beauty and variety of Baroque and Classical buildings. This evening, a guided tour of the city awaits you. 

 Day 11: Vilnius
Individual departure after breakfast. It is possible to extend your stay in Lithuania. 

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Tour Reviews

  • Mike Morin 5 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We are a group of ten seniors who arranged a modified 8 day trip with guide and van support for this tour. The tour was first class, the guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about all three countries. The van driver was very good as well and a character!
    I wouldn't recommend abbreviating the tour as we did because it involves too much riding in the van but in every other respect, the tour is excellent. A great way to gain knowledge and see the sights of an area of the world less travelled!

  • Delfina S. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    [itinerario especial] Muy bien organizado el viaje,excelentes los guías muy profesionales y con mucha suerte ya que Romas mi guía hablaba perfecto español,muy cultural ,la llegada a los hoteles en minutos teníamos nuestras habitaciones,chofer muy atento y colaborador,la comida aceptable y paisajes increíbles..bicicletas buenas y atención durante todo el recorrido asistiéndonos con agua en todo momento, buenos compañeros de viaje y divertidos muy buena experiencia ,aunque ya es el tercer viaje que hago con Tripsite.

  • Pedro Gonzalo-Bilbao 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Del 8 al 18 de julio del año 2016, un grupo de doce personas adultos y ya entrados en años, pues el más joven tiene 54 años y el mayor 70, hicimos el recorrido en bicicleta de las Repúblicas Bálticas. Somos un grupo de cicloturistas experimentados, que ya hemos recorrido medio Europa en bicicleta.
    La organización de TRIPSITE del recorrido fue muy buena, pues estaba mezclado la actividad física con el turismo de naturaleza y el cultural. Tanto el guía como el chófer del vehículo de apoyo fueron dos personas encantadoras, atentas y se adaptaron muy bien a las características del grupo.
    La actividad en bicicleta, para nuestro grupo, nos pareció corta, pero nos dimos cuenta que no todos los grupos ciclistas suelen ser gente experimentada y los guías y programas se tienen que adaptar a la generalidad de los grupos.
    La experiencia fu e interesante, y las Repúblicas Read more… Bálticas con sus pueblos, ciudades y pobladores nos parecieron simpáticas y alegres.

  • J. McKee 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Curonian spit was great!. Really liked being able to bike directly to the ferry in Klaipeda and ride to Nida at our own pace.
    Most of the hotels were very good, but did not care for location, staff, or rooms in Sigulda.

  • Augusto Terrero 6 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    El itinerario y el programa previsto se han cumplido con precisión. El itinerario realizado está muy bien estructurado para hacerse una idea general de los tres países en los pocos días que hemos estado. El viaje recorre de forma amplia los países con sus pintorescos y verdes parque naturales y con sus tres capitales. El viaje ha sido muy intenso y lleno de interés.

    La combinación de bicicleta y autobús ha funcionado perfectamente y las bicicletas no han dado ningún problema. Siempre el vehículo de apoyo estaba cerca por si hubiera alguna incidencia.

    Buen itinerario, bellos paisajes, ciudades con historia y buena comida. ¿Qué más se puede pedir? Podemos decir que el viaje ha sido estupendo. Recomendable.

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