House of Blackheads in Riga, Latvia. Photo via Flickr:Bryan Ledgard

Ballooning in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photo via Flickr:Dmitrijus Jarasius

Cycling in the Baltics - Vilnius to Tallinn

Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia Bike Tours

Capital cities, Curonian Spit National Park, and Saaremaa Island

  • Offered as self guided with support or fully guided, this Baltic Bike tour explores the Baltic coast and the National Parks of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on very scenic routes. The tour 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 the previously-closed Curonian Spit and the largest and most beautiful Estonian island of Saaremaa. Travelling 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 characters 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 suppport 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!

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  • Guided:
    Twin/double: £ 1223 $ 1,951 1295 NOK 12842 kr 11854 $ 1,541 Single room: £ 1502 $ 2,395 1590 NOK 15768 kr 14555 $ 1,892 Self-guided/supported:
    Twin/double: £ 1149 $ 1,833 1217 NOK 12069 kr 11140 $ 1,448 Single: £ 1433 $ 2,285 1517 NOK 15044 kr 13886 $ 1,805

    extra options

    Guided:
    Electric bike: £ 142 $ 226 150 NOK 1488 kr 1373 $ 179 Dinners included (6 x 3 course dinners with coffee/tea): £ 122 $ 194 129 NOK 1279 kr 1181 $ 154 Self guided:
    Electric bike: £ 144 $ 229 152 NOK 1507 kr 1391 $ 181 Dinners included (5 x 3 course dinners with coffe/tea, excluding Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn): £ 104 $ 166 110 NOK 1091 kr 1007 $ 131 Handlebar bag: £ 19 $ 30 20 NOK 198 kr 183 $ 24  

    Extra nights:
    Vilnius (3 star): 
    Twin/double: £ 80 $ 128 85 NOK 843 kr 778 $ 101 Single: £ 66 $ 105 70 NOK 694 kr 641 $ 83 Tallinn (4 star):
    Twin/double: £ 94 $ 149 99 NOK 982 kr 906 $ 118 Single room: £ 84 $ 134 89 NOK 883 kr 815 $ 106  

    Arrival/departure transfers
    (up to 3 people):

    From Vilnius airport: £ 28 $ 45 30 NOK 298 kr 275 $ 36 To Tallinn airport: £ 28 $ 45 30 NOK 298 kr 275 $ 36 (up to 7 people):
    From Vilnius airport: £ 56 $ 89 59 NOK 585 kr 540 $ 70 To Tallinn airport: £ 56 $ 89 59 NOK 585 kr 540 $ 70

     

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    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

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

    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°.


Tour Dates

Self guided with support:
June 17, June 24, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, and August 19, 2018
Guided:
May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, August 19, August 26, and September 2, 2018 
(Generally 2 people are necessary to confirm a departure. However, most guided dates are already a confirmed departure so if you are a solo traveler, please do inquire!)
*On some guided tour dates, the tour will be conducted in both the English and German language

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 x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea (1x Klaipėda, 1 x Riga, 1 x Saaremaa, 1x Tallinn)
  • Mineral water at your disposal on cycling days
  • Bike rental with a back pannier
  • Services of local tour guide(s) on days 2-10
  • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned coach /minibus
  • Luggage transport
  • Boat trips across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida
  • Ferry tickets to Klaipeda
  • Ferry tickets to/from Saaremaa Island
  • Entrance to museums: Trakai Castle, 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
  • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned minibus
  • Luggage transfer as per itinerary
  • Guided tours in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn (any entrance fees are payable individually)
  • Crossing the Curonian Lagoon by boat from the mainland to Nida
  • A return ferry ticket to Saaremaa Island
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Individual information package (city guides, maps and program)

What’s Not Included

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Cycling Guide (Self-guided)
  • Lunches and dinners (Self - guided)
  • Lunches and 6 dinners (Guided)
  • Entrance fees (Self - guided)
  • Gratuities
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TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length11 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Guided:

Day 1:
 Arrive in Vilnius (Lithuania)
Day 2: Trakai Island Castle & Kaunas (Lithuania), 16 mi. (26 km)
Day 3: Along the Nemunas River to Klaipėda (Lithuania), 17 mi. (28 km)
Day 4: The Curonian Spit National Park (Lithuania), 34 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Klaipeda to Palanga by bike then drive to Riga (Lithuania - Latvia), 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 6: Riga & Jurmala Beach (Latvia), 19  mi. (30 km)
Day 7: Gauja National Park & Bicycle Museum (Latvia), 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Riga - Saaremaa (Latvia - Estonia), 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 9: Saaremaa Island, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 10: Saaremaa Island & Tallinn, 6 mi.  (10 km)
Day 11: Tallinn

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrive in Vilnius (Lithuania)
Welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide. Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 2: Trakai Island Castle & Kaunas (Lithuania), 16 mi. (26 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 transfered by bus to Kaunas for the overnight.  Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Kaunas. Bus transfer ~95 km.

Day 3: Along the Nemunas River to Klaipėda (Lithuania), 17 mi. (28 km)
In the morning, a transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast, en route passing 16th-17th C castles of Raudonė and Panemunė. In the afternoon 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. Overnight in Klaipėda. Bus transfer ~240 km.

Day 4: The Curonian Spit National Park (Lithuania), 34 mi. (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. Boat transfer ~50 km.

Day 5: Klaipeda to Palanga by bike then drive to Riga (Lithuania - Latvia), 19 mi. (30 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 & Jurmala Beach (Latvia), 19  mi. (30 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. Bus transfer ~20 km.

Day 7: Gauja National Park & Bicycle Museum (Latvia), 25 mi. (40 km)
You will be provided a morning transfer 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. You will finish the ride with a visit to the Latvian bicycle museum followed by a transfer to Riga. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Riga. Bus transfer ~100 km.

Day 8: Riga - Saaremaa (Latvia - Estonia), 22 mi. (35 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. Bus transfer~340 km and ferry ~6 km.

Day 9: Saaremaa Island, 25 mi. (40 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. Bus transfer ~40 km

Day 10: Saaremaa Island & Tallinn, 6 mi. (10 km)
A short morning ride will lead to Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, aand home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from 13th C. You will enjoy free time to explore the town and the Bishop's castle. By bus, you will be transferred to Tallinn. En route, a stop at the Kaali meteorite crater is on the agenda. It is listed on the world's giant craters list and it is the rarest natural wonder in Estonia. 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. Bus transfer~216 km/ Ferry, 6 km

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, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 4: Curonian Spit National Park, Lithania, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 5: Seaside Cycle Route and Hill of Crosses, Lithuania and Latvia, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 6: Riga and Jurmala Beach, Latvia,  22 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Riga and Gauja National Park, Latvia,  25 mi. (40 km) 
Day 8: Saaremaa Island, Latvia and Estonia, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 9: Saaremaa Island and Sorve Peninsula, Estonia, 34 mi. (55 km) 
Day 10: Saaremaa Island and Tallinn, Estonia, 22 mi. (35 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, 22 mi. (35 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 ~35 km. Boat transfer  ~14 km.

Day 4: Curonian Spit National Park, Lithania, 37 mi. (60 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, 19 mi. (30 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,  22 mi. (35 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 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. Finish the ride in Saulkrasti where you may visit the Latvian bicycle museum (not included), and get a transfer back to Riga or Sigulda. 
Overnight in Riga. Bus transfer  ~100 km. 

Day 8: Saaremaa Island, Latvia and Estonia, 22 mi. (35 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. Bus transfer:~330 km, ferry 6 km

Day 9: Saaremaa Island and Sorve Peninsula, Estonia, 34 mi. (55 km) 
Enjoy a day ride across Saaremaa Island’s wild beauty – Sorve Peninsula famous for its lighthouse. Historically, the peninsula had considerable military significance, dominating the Irbe Strait and the Baltic Sea route to Riga. Transfer by minibus or cycling back to the hotel. Bus transfer ~40 km. Overnight in Mandjala.

Day 10: Saaremaa Island and Tallinn, Estonia, 22 mi. (35 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. 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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