|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||22 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 2014 (minimum 2 participants)|
|Start city:||Vilnius, Lithuania|
|End city:||Tallinn, Estonia|
Explore 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 – with their Old towns designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO; and the previously-closed Curonian Spit and beautiful Estonian island of Hiiumaa. Travel from Lithuania in the south, through Latvia and on to Estonia in the north; experience a wide variety of towns, villages and countryside for an excellent introduction to the very distinct characters of these quite different countries.
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Day 1: Arrive in Vilnius
Individual arrival in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. Check-in at the hotel and prepare for the welcome meeting with your tour guide at 7:00 p.m. (19:00). Optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Vilnius.
Day 2: Vilnius - Trakai Insular Castle - Kaunas (cycling 19 miles/30 km, transfer 68 miles/110 km)
After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town. In the afternoon take a trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. After visit to the 14th century island castle on a small island in Lake Galvė, start your first cycle ride through picturesque countryside on gentle hills, then transfer by coach to Kaunas. Arrive in Kaunas, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Kaunas.
Day 3: Kaunas - Vente Horn - Nida (cycling 22 miles/35 km, transfer 124 miles/200 km)
Morning transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast. En route pass the 16th-17th century castles of Raudonė and Panemunė. In the afternoon cycle to Ventė Horn famous for its bird observatory and the 19th century lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years.
Take a boat across 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. Arrive in Nida, check-in at the hotel and dinner in local restaurant (included).
Overnight in Nida.
Day 4: Curonian Spit National Park (37 miles/60 km)
Sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Then cycle on the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit famous for its amber and fine sand beaches. En route to Klaipėda 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, the main seaport of Lithuania. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Klaipeda.
Day 5: Klaipeda - Riga (cycling 19 miles/30 km, transfer 180 miles/290 km)
Early morning ride to Palanga 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 25,000 pieces of amber and 15,000 insects on display.
Afternoon transfer to Riga (Latvia). En-route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Continue to Riga, the capital city of Latvia. Arrive in Riga, check-in and dinner at the hotel (included).
Overnight in Riga.
Day 6: Riga and Jurmala Seaside Resort (cycling 19 miles/30 km, transfer 12 miles/20 km)
After breakfast 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 back by coach to the hotel in Riga. Optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Riga.
Day 7: Gauja National Park & Bicycle Museum (cycling 25 miles/40 km, transfer 62 miles/100 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, visit Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda, built in 1205. Finish the ride with a visit to the Latvian bicycle museum followed by a transfer to Riga. Optional dinner at the hotel.
Day 8: Riga - Ikla - Parnu - Haapsalu (cycling 19 miles/30 km, transfer 155 miles/250 km)
Morning transfer to the Estonian border where the cycling begins, travel on picturesque roads along the Baltic Sea Coast. Transfer to Haapsalu with a stop in Pärnu, the Estonian “Summer Capital”. Arrive in Haapsalu famous for its Bishop’s Castle, healing mud baths and the longest railway station in Estonia built to accommodate the arrival of the Russian royal family’s train in the 19thC. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Haapsalu.
Day 9: Hiiumaa Island (cycling 34 miles/55 km, transfer 75 miles/120 km)
Early morning transfer to Rohuküla to catch a ferry to the beautiful Estonian island of Hiiumaa known as a nature lovers’ paradise. Take a cycle ride along the Baltic coast; en route explore several famous lighthouses – from Tahkuna and Ristna designed by French architect Eiffel to Kopu lighthouse, one of the oldest still operating lighthouses in the world (1531). Dinner at the hotel (included).
Overnight in Kaina/Hiiumaa.
Day 10: Kassari and Tallinn (cycling 16 miles/25 km, transfer 75 miles/120 km)
Enjoy a morning ride across Hiiumaa island’s wild beauty before crossing a road bridge onto Kassari. In keeping with local tradition, add your stone to the tip of Sääretirp before the final ride. After visiting a local family wool factory transfer by coach back to the ferry going to the mainland. In the afternoon 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
Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour. Individual departure.
Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 2014 (minimum 2 participants)
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Best Western Santakos Hotel
Old Mill Hotel
Domina Inn Hotel
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available on this tour (included in tour cost, reserved in advance at time of booking):
Additional bikes available to rent:
Equipment provided with all rentals:
Helmets are available upon request on this tour. We recommend, for safety and hygeine purposes, that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.
This tour is mainly on quiet roads or a dedicated bicycle paths. The terrain is mostly flat with occasional hills.
Nearest airport: Vilinus (VNO), Lithuania
Nearest airport: Tallinn (TLL), Estonia
Nearest bus station: Tallinn airport
Private transfers are available for a fee at the start and end of this tour.
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"Now we are back from a most interesting and well-organized "Baltic Capital City" guided bicycle tour. We have cycled in France, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic and Ireland in all kinds of landscapes ... so we have some guided cycle tours to compare with.
"My husband and I are so very satisfied with the whole tour. It was just what we expected except for some extra positive factors.
"Of all our cycling guides we have had, Marius takes the lead! Such a pleasant, knowledgeable and diplomatic person and with such a good sense of humor - never have the two of us had so much fun along the roads and at the tables! Our driver, Linas, was everywhere every time serving water, carrying luggage, honking the horn, waving from the bus.
"The bicycles were excellent except for some trouble they had to cope with the fine sand that caused the brakes to wear. You could not have planned a better tour for us, and it was with great sadness I said goodbye to my good workhorse, womens' No. 7.
"Wish you all the best with your business ... and thank you for another three European countries in our cycling lives!"
- Anita B.
Estonia is a small Baltic country popular for its charming rural villages and beautiful natural landscape. More than half of the country is covered by conserved forest, so active travelers enjoy exploring the untouched acres of trees and wildlife. Marshlands, beaches, and swamplands have remained unspoiled, and Estonia also boasts some natural wonders including craters and waterfalls.
While Estonia is respectful of its indigenous heritage, today it is a multinational country representing the development of formerly Soviet lands. The medieval buildings of the capital, Tallinn, are a backdrop to its ethnic diversity and vibrant arts, nightlife, and shopping scenes.
As a former Soviet-bloc nation, Lithuania’s historical heritage is influenced by its connection to Russia, but its rich culture is also heavily influenced by neighboring Poland. Lithuania’s complex and fascinating history is surprisingly diverse as a result. This diversity is seen in its art, architecture, folk traditions and cuisine. Travelers enjoy Lithuania’s old-world charm while appreciating its modern sensibility. Whether you want to visit the ancient villages and rural farm towns or the historical cities with their feudal castles and fortresses, there are plenty of attractions to enjoy in Lithuania. Active travelers will enjoy Lithuania’s excellent locales for winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding, and dog sledding.
Baltic Bike Travel is the leading incoming tour operator in Lithuania specializing on cycling holidays. Our team members are experts on cycling and other active holidays in the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) since 2001. Besides guaranteed departure, escorted and self-guided cycling tours, we provide a full range of services for individual travelers and groups. We have an experienced team - more than 10 years of specialist travel know-how and experience in cycle map and travel guide publishing, developing cycle routes, promotion of bicycles as mode of transport and tourism.