Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia. Flickr:Jean-Pierre Dalbera

Bike Tour starts in Vilnius. Lithuania. Photo via Flickr:F Mira
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Cycling in the Baltics - Vilnius to Tallinn Bike Tour

Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia Bike Tours

Capital cities, Curonian Spit National Park, and Saaremaa Island

  • This Baltic Bike tour explores the Baltic coast and the National Parks of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia on very scenic routes. Offered as self-guided with support or fully guided, the itinerary includes the three capital cities, Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn, whose Old towns have been designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

    Another highlight of this unique experience is the previously-closed Curonian Spit and the largest and most beautiful Estonian island of Saaremaa. Traveling from Lithuania in the south, through Latvia and on to Estonia, in the north, you will experience a variety of villages and farmland, and enjoy the very distinct cultures of these quite different countries.

    There are several bus transfers included in the tour that will allow you to cover more distance and to see and experience the resurgence and resilience of these Baltic Countries.

    If you choose the self-guided with support, throughout the entire tour, except Jurmala and the Curonian Spit, there will be a driver with a minibus and bike trailer for support and 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. Guided includes a cycling guide who rides with the group.

    This tour is offered in the reverse direction as self-guided with support. Click here for details!

    A full list of bike tours in Lithuania is here.

  • Guided

    Season 1:
    Tour starts from May 1 to June 7 & August 24 to September 30

    Twin/double: $ 2186 £ 1135 $ 1,969 1319 $ 2283 kr 14176 $ 1,494 Single room: $ 2767 £ 1437 $ 2,491 1669 $ 2889 kr 17938 $ 1,890
    Season 2:
    Tour starts from June 8 to August 23
    Twin/double: $ 2263 £ 1175 $ 2,037 1365 $ 2363 kr 14671 $ 1,546 Single room: $ 2876 £ 1493 $ 2,589 1735 $ 3003 kr 18647 $ 1,965  

    Self-guided/supported

    Double/twin:  $ 2112 £ 1097 $ 1,901 1274 $ 2205 kr 13693 $ 1,443 Single room: $ 2758 £ 1432 $ 2,483 1664 $ 2880 kr 17884 $ 1,885

    extra options

    Guided

    Electric bike: $ 323 £ 168 $ 291 195 $ 338 kr 2096 $ 221 Dinners included (Four, 3-course dinners with coffee/tea): $ 164 £ 85 $ 148 99 $ 171 kr 1064 $ 112

    Self guided

    Electric bike: $ 300 £ 156 $ 270 181 $ 313 kr 1945 $ 205 Dinners included (Six, 3-course dinners with coffee/tea, excluding Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn): $ 247 £ 128 $ 222 149 $ 258 kr 1601 $ 169

    Extra nights

    Vilnius (3 stars): 
    Twin/double: $ 75 £ 39 $ 67 45 $ 78 kr 484 $ 51 Single: $ 66 £ 34 $ 60 40 $ 69 kr 430 $ 45 Tallinn (4 stars):
    Twin/double: $ 91 £ 47 $ 82 55 $ 95 kr 591 $ 62 Single room: $ 83 £ 43 $ 75 50 $ 87 kr 537 $ 57

    Arrival/departure transfers
    (up to 3 people)

    From Vilnius airport: $ 50 £ 26 $ 45 30 $ 52 kr 322 $ 34 To Tallinn airport: $ 50 £ 26 $ 45 30 $ 52 kr 322 $ 34 (up to 7 people):
    From Vilnius airport: $ 98 £ 51 $ 88 59 $ 102 kr 634 $ 67 To Tallinn airport: $ 98 £ 51 $ 88 59 $ 102 kr 634 $ 67

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Vilnius or Kaunas (100 km from Vilnius) and depart from Tallinn

    Local Travel

    Train:
    There is a special train "Vilnius-Airport" running regularly to/from Vilnius railway station. The train shuttles 16 times a day and takes approximately 7 minutes. The fee is less than €1 which can be purchased on the train. You will find the railway stop next to the airport passenger terminal. There is a footway leading from the railway stop to the airport terminal.
    Taxi:
    Vilnius Airport approved taxi cabs are cheap, quality and comfortable. Approved taxi rank can be found just in front of the arrivals terminal. All taxi cabs accept cash and credit cards. Always ask for a printed receipt at the end of the trip! From the airport to the old town, fare is approximately €10.

    Climate

    A good site to research regional weather conditions such as average high/low temperatures, average precipitation, and more weather related facts is www.weatherbase.com. For example in Tallinn, average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit are: June, 66/50°, July, 70/53°, August, 68/53°, and September, 58/45°.

    Documents:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the U.S. Passports & International Travel website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. If you are not an American citizen, ​please make sure you contact your own embassy before travel.


Tour Dates

2020

Self-guided with support

Tour start on Mondays: June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 29, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, and August 24, 2020

Guided

Season 1:
May 18*, May 25*, June 1**, August 24**, August 31*, and September 7*, 2020

Season 2: 
June 8**, June 15*, June 22**, June 29***, July 6***, July 13***, July 20***, July 27***, August 3**, August 10**, and August 17**, 2020

*Tours will be conducted by an English speaking guide.
**Tours will be mixed English/German-speaking group with bilingual tour guide. The second tour leader will be added for larger groups.
***Tours will be conducted for English and German-speaking groups with two guides.

Departure any other date (May-September) possible on request with min. 15 people per group (valid at the same price), but also possible for smaller groups with a supplement.

Skill Level

Easy to moderate self-guided tour with van support or fully guided tour. 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. The walking in the capital towns is along cobbled streets.

Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in 3 and 4 star hotels such as the 3 star Hotel Tilto, the 4 star Best Western Santakos, 3 star Hotel Nidos Banga, etc. Sample hotel lists can be provided upon request. Final hotel list will be based on availability.

What’s Included

Guided

  • Accommodation for 10 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels with breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with a glass of wine or beer
  • 4 three course dinners with coffee/tea (Klaipeda, Riga, Saaremaa, Tallinn)
  • 1 picnic lunch in Ventė
  • Water bottle
  • Mineral water at your disposal on cycling days
  • Bike rental with a back pannier and helmet (on request)
  • Services of local tour guide(s) on days 2-10
  • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned coach /minibus
  • Luggage transfer
  • Excursions as shown in itinerary
  • Ferry tickets to/from the Curonian Spit and to/from Saaremaa Island
  • Ferry tickets to Klaipeda
  • Entrance to museums: Ventė Ornithological station, Amber in Palanga, Turaida Castle, Bicycle in Saulkrasti, Angla Windmill Park in Saaremaa
  • Individual information package (one per room)

Self-guided

  • 10 nights accommodations with breakfast
  • 7 speed or 24-speed hybrid bike equipped with pannier (1 per bike) and odometer (1 per booking)
  • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned minibus
  • Luggage transfer as per itinerary. The driver also serves as support.
  • Guided tours in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn (any entrance fees are payable individually)
  • Crossing the Curonian Lagoon by boat from the mainland to Nida on the Curonian Split
  • A return ferry ticket to Saaremaa Island
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Individual information package (city guides, maps, and program)
  • GPS tracks

What’s Not Included

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Cycling Guide (Self-guided)
  • Lunches and dinners (Self - guided)
  • 8 Lunches and 7 dinners (Guided)
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
  • Handlebar bag rental with plastic cover for GPS/smartphone
  • Helmet rental
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length11 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Cycling in the Baltics - Vilnius to Tallinn Map

Guided


Day 1: Arrive in Vilnius (Lithuania)
Day 2: Vilnius, Trakai Island Castle -  Kaunas (Lithuania), 18 mi. (28 km). Bus transfer 100 km
Day 3: Along the Nemunas River (Lithuania), Kaunas - Ventė Horn - Klaipėda, 19 mi. (30 km). Bus transfer 290 km
Day 4: The Curonian Spit National Park (Lithuania), 36 mi. (58 km). Bus or boat transfer, 50 km
Day 5: Klaipeda to Palanga by bike and transfer to Riga (Lithuania - Latvia), 20 mi. (32 km). Bus transfer, 290 km
Day 6: Riga and Jurmala Beach (Latvia), 19 mi. (30 km). Bus transfer, 20 km
Day 7: Gauja National Park and  Bicycle Museum (Latvia), 25 mi. (40 km). Bus transfer, 100 km.​​
Day 8: Riga - Saaremaa (Latvia - Estonia), 24 mi. (38 km). Bus transfer, 340 km and ferry 6 km
Day 9: Saaremaa Island, 34 mi. (56 km).  Bus transfer, 40 km or 50 km
Day 10: Saaremaa Island and Tallinn, 6 mi. (10 km). Bus transfer, 210 km/ Ferry, 6 km
Day 11: Tallinn

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrive in Vilnius (Lithuania)
Individual arrival to Vilnius. Welcome meeting at the hotel at 7 pm with the tour guide. Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 2: Vilnius, Trakai Island Castle -  Kaunas (Lithuania), 16 mi. (26 km), Bus transfer ~95 km
After breakfast, you will enjoy a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town followed by an afternoon trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. You will visit the 14th C island castle built on a small island in Lake Galvė and start your first cycling ride through picturesque countryside on gentle hills. You will then be transferred by bus to Kaunas for the overnight.  Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel (not included).  Overnight in Kaunas.

Day 3: Kaunas - Ventė Horn - Klaipėda, Along the Nemunas River (Lithuania), 19 mi. (30 km), Bus transfer ~290 km.
In the morning, a transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast, en route passing the 17th C castle of Panemunė. In the afternoon, enjoy a picnic lunch (included) before cycling to Ventė Horn famous for its bird observatory and the 19th C lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years. A short bus transfer will transport to Klaipeda, the main seaport of Lithuania.  Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel (not included). Overnight in Klaipėda

Day 4: The Curonian Spit National Park (Lithuania), 36 mi. (58 km), Bus or boat transfer, ~50 km
By boat, you cross the Curonian Lagoon to Nida en-route enjoying the beautiful view of the Curonian Spit sand dunes which separate the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. After sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania, you will cycle back to Klaipėda on the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit famous for its amber and fine sand beaches. Dinner at the hotel (included). Overnight in Klaipėda. .

Day 5: Klaipeda to Palanga by bike and transfer to Riga (Lithuania - Latvia), 20 mi. (32 km), Bus transfer, ~290 km
Early morning ride to Palanga will lead through the Seaside Regional Park, a former soviet military training area. Arrive in Palanga, the biggest Lithuanian seaside resort for a tour which includes a visit to the Botanical Garden and the Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz, with over 25000 pieces of amber and 15000 insects on display. Afternoon transfer to Riga (Latvia). En-route, you will stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Overnight in Riga. Dinner at the hotel this evening is included. Bus transfer ~290 km.

Day 6: Riga and Jurmala Beach (Latvia), 19 mi. (30 km). Bus transfer, 20 km
After breakfast, you will enjoy a guided tour of Riga Old Town, a medieval Hanseatic town famous for its Art Nouveau buildings. In the afternoon free time in Riga or cycling to Jurmala, the largest resort in the Baltic States well known for its long, white, sand beaches, mineral waters, and mud with healing properties. Transfer by coach to the hotel in Riga. Dinner this evening is at your own expense.  Overnight in Riga. 

Day 7: Gauja National Park and  Bicycle Museum (Latvia), 25 mi. (40 km). Bus transfer, 100 km.​​​​​​
You will be provided a morning transfer to Saulkrasti. After visiting the Latvian bicycle museum, you start your bike ride to Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia, in the Gauja River Valley. The cycling will lead through Gauja National Park to Saulkrasti, en route enjoying spectacular views of Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, a visit Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda, built in 1205. Arrive in Sigulda. Optional dinner at the hotel, not included. Overnight in Sigulda. 

Day 8: Riga - Saaremaa (Latvia - Estonia), 24 mi. (38 km). Bus transfer, 340 km and ferry 6 km
Morning 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. You will bike on picturesque roads along the Baltic Sea Coast to the village of Angla where the iconic windmills are located. Transfer to Mandjala, check into hotel for 2 nights at the seaside. Dinner at the hotel (included). Overnight in Mandjala or Kuressaare. 

Day 9: Saaremaa Island, 34 mi. (56 km).  Bus transfer, 40 km or 50 km
Enjoy a day ride across Saaremaa Island's wild beauty, Sorve Peninsula, with a finish at the Sorve lighthouse. Historically, the peninsula had considerable military significance, dominating the Irbe Strait and the Baltic Sea route to Riga. Transfer back to the hotel. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Mandjala or Kuressaare 

Day 10: Saaremaa Island and Tallinn, 19 or 25 mi.  (30 or 40 km). Bus transfer, 210 km/ Ferry, 6 km
A short morning ride will lead to Kaali meteorite crater which is listed on the world's giant craters list and it is the rarest natural wonder in Estonia. By bus, you will be transferred to Tallinn. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel followed by a guided tour of Tallinn Old Town. Optional dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in Tallinn. 

Day 11: Tallinn

Self-guided with support (almost exact same itinerary as guided tour)
 

Day 1: Vilnius - Individual arrival (Lithuania)
Day 2: Trakai Island Castle and capital Vilnius, Lithuania, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Crossing the Curonian Lagoon, Lithuania, 19 mi. (31 km)
Day 4: Curonian Spit National Park, Lithania, 36 mi. (57 km)
Day 5: Seaside Cycle Route and Hill of Crosses, Lithuania and Latvia, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 6: Riga and Jurmala Beach, Latvia,  19 mi. (30 km)
Day 7: Riga and Gauja National Park, Latvia,  25 mi. (40 km) 
Day 8: Sigulda - Saaremaa Island, Latvia and Estonia, 24 mi. (38 km)
Day 9: Saaremaa Island and Sorve Peninsula, Estonia, 29 mi. (46 km) 
Day 10: Saaremaa Island and Tallinn, Estonia, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 11: Departure

Day 1: Vilnius - Individual arrival (Lithuania)
Arrive in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included). At 7:00 pm (19:00), you will be offered a welcome meeting at the hotel with our representative.

Day 2: Trakai Island Castle and capital Vilnius, Lithuania, 22 mi. (35 km)
City tour of Vilnius Old Town. Afternoon trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Then cycling through picturesque countryside on gentle hills and transfer by coach to the hotel for ovenight in Kaunas. Bus transfer, 75 km.

Day 3: Crossing the Curonian Lagoon, Lithuania, 19 mi. (31 km)
Morning transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast. In the afternoon cycling to Ventė Cape including visit to a bird observatory and the 19th C lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years. By boat you will cross the Curonian Lagoon to Nida en-route enjoying the beautiful view of the Curonian Spit sand dunes which separate the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. Overnight in Nida. Bus transfer, 185 km. Boat transfer, 14 km.

Day 4: Curonian Spit National Park, Lithania, 36 mi. (57 km)
You will enjoy sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania and then cycling on the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit. En route to Klaipėda you may stop at the “Dead” sand dunes, visit Juodkrantė settlement and go swimming in the Baltic Sea. Arrive in Smiltynė, take a ferry to the Old Town of Klaipėda. Overnight in Klaipeda.

Day 5: Seaside Cycle Route and Hill of Crosses, Lithuania and Latvia, 20 mi. (32 km)
Cycling to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park and visiting the Botanical Garden and Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz. Afternoon transfer to Riga (Latvia). En route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. 
Overnight in Riga. Bus transfer, 290 km

Day 6: Riga and Jurmala Beach, Latvia, 19 mi. (30 km)
Morning guided tour of a medieval hanseatic town of Riga. In the afternoon cycling to Jurmala, the largest resort in the Baltic States well known for its long white sand beaches. In the evening take a local train back to Riga (30 min; not included). 
Overnight in Riga. 

Day 7: Riga and Gauja National Park, Latvia,  25 mi. (40 km) 
Morning transfer to Saulkrasti, where you may visit the Latvian bicycle museum. Start your bike ride to Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia, in the Gauja River Valley. Cycling through Gauja National Park to Saulkrasti, en route enjoy spectacular views of Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, Turaida Castle (not included) and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda, built in 1205. Arrive in Sigulda, check in and optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Sigulda, depending on group size. Bus transfer  ~100 km. 

Day 8: Sigulda - Saaremaa Island, Latvia and Estonia, 24 mi. (38 km)
Morning transfer to the largest Estonian island of Saaremaa. 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, check into the hotel for 2 overnight stays at the seaside. Overnight in Mandjala or Kuressaare. Bus transfer, 330 km, ferry, 6 km.

Day 9: Saaremaa Island and Sorve Peninsula, Estonia, 29 mi. (46 km) 
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, a home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from the 13th Century. Transfer by minibus or cycling back to the hotel. Bus transfer 40 km. Overnight in Mandjala or Kuressaare.

Day 10: Saaremaa Island and Tallinn, Estonia, 25 mi. (40 km)
Take a morning ride to the Kaali meteorite crater. En route stop in Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, a home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from 13thC. Transfer by minibus to Tallinn 210 km. In the afternoon arrive in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel followed by a guided tour of Tallinn Old Town. Overnight in Tallinn.

Day 11: Departure

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  • John E. 5 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Beautiful countryside, and charming small towns with history everywhere.
    Critical to download the GPS app for the ride! There are too many turns on poorly marked roads. GPS is a must. The company did a great job (Kate) helping us load the app properly.

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