|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||25 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||May 24; Jun 14, 28; Jul 12, 26; Aug 9, 23; Sep 6, 2014 (minimum 12 participants)|
|Start city:||Gdansk, Poland|
|End city:||Klaipeda, Lithuania|
This tour begins in Gdansk, Poland, a city with over 1,000 years of history and an important European seaport with a spectacular old town.
After touring the fortress in Malbork, you cycle in Pomerania to the Russian border, which you cross and enter the Russian enclave in the EU. Kaliningrad, the former Koenigsberg, has been redeveloped after the war to become a true Soviet city - don't miss your chance to witness it.
You leave Russia by bike, cycling along the Curonian Peninsula to Lithuania. Many bathing possibilities are on the way. After stopping in Nida, you finish in Klaipeda, Lithuania's most important seaport.
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Day 1: 1,000-year old Gdansk - Poland
After you arrive individually in Gdansk, your local guide awaits you in Gdansk before 5 p.m. at the hotel's reception. Then enjoy dinner in a resaturant located in the Old Town followed by a guided tour of Gdansk.
Overnight in Gdansk.
Day 2: Malbork – the medieval stronghold - Poland (23 miles/37 km)
After breakfast we take a train/bus to Malbork, where a guided tour of the mightiest European fortress awaits. In the afternoon you will start the first bicycle journey, quite an easy route with beautifully scenic views of the landscape. Afterwards, you transfer by bus to Elblag.
Overnight in Elblag.
Day 3: Elblag Canal - Poland (28 miles/45 km)
After breakfast, we ride towards Frombork, the city of Nicholas Copernicus. On the way, we will have the opportunity to take a look on the Vistula Lagoon, between Poland and Kaliningrad. In the evening we will enjoy a presentation of the Cathedral's organ.
Overnight in Frombork.
Day 4: Welcome to Russia (Rest Day)
On this day we shall travel to Kaliningrad, formerly Königsberg (Russia). From Frombork we ride with a bus to Kaliningrad, where a guided tour awaits us. Lunch is also scheduled in the programme.
Overnight in Zelenograd/Kaliningrad.
*Please note that crossing the Russian border requires the possession of a passport and a Russian visa. The visa applications will be handled by Nature Travel. You shall receive detailed information from us by post after booking.
Day 5: Amber coast in Russia (25 miles/40 km)
Today we take a beatiful bicycle trip through shadowy tree alleys in Zelenogradsk. On the road we make a stop in Yantarny and visit the amber mine. We also take a walk in the resort of Svietlogorsk to end the day smoothly.
Overnight as on day four in Zelenograd/Kaliningrad.
Day 6: Curonian Spit- Russia/Lithuania (34 miles/55 km)
Today's bicycle trip leads us through the Russian part of the Spit. Riding over asphalt roads we reach the field station in Ribachnoye, a dedicated to bird observatory where almost a million birds can be seen each year. In the afternoon we head further into the Russian part of the Spit and observe sand dunes. Bathing breaks are also scheduled. In the late afternoon we pass the Russian border and head to Nida in Lithuania.
Overnight in Nida.
Day 7: Curonian Spit - Lithuania (9 miles/15 km)
Right after breakfast we head for the summer home of Thomas Mann, German Nobel Prize laureate, today a museum. After visiting the museum we ride to the highest dune of the Spit, where we can admire panoramic views of the Baltic and Curonian Lagoon. The afternoon is free, the perfect opportunity to enjoy sea bathing.
Dinner and overnight as on day six in Nida/Lithuania.
Day 8: Curonian Spit and the Klaipeda Region - Lithuania (38 miles/60 km)
We cycle along one of the most beatiful bicycle routes in eastern Europe we reach Klaipeda, having crossed the whole Lithuanian part of the Spit by bike. In Juodkrante we take a break to admire the bizarre sculptures of Lithuanian legends on the Witch Hill. In the late afternoon a guided tour of Klaipeda's old town awaits us.
Overnight in Klaipeda.
Day 9: End of the tour
After breakfast, you will depart individually.
May 24; Jun 14, 28; Jul 12, 26; Aug 9, 23; Sep 6, 2014 (minimum 12 participants)
|Low season:||May 24-Jun 1; Sep 6-Sep 14, 2014|
|High season:||Jun 14-Sep 5, 2014|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Dom Muzyka, Gdansk
Day 2: Arbiter, Elblag
Day 3: Kopernik, Frombork
Day 4 and 5: Baltische Krone, Zelenogradsk
Day 6 and 7: Jurate, Nida
Day 8: Euterpe, Klaipeda
Bikes available for rent on this tour (reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.
The terrain on this tour is rolling hills. It follows mostly asphalt, with some forest, field and gravel roads. In Pomerania there are short sections of cobblestone. Approximately 60% of the tour is on quiet roads; 25% on dedicated bike paths; 10% on dirt and gravel roads; and 5% on roads shared with traffic.
Nearest airport and train station: Gdansk, Poland
Nearest airport and train station: Klaipeda, Lithuania
We advise travelling by plane. Gdansk airport offers connections from numerous European cities, as well as international hubs (Frankfurt, London, Warsaw).
One can depart from Palanga airport (neighbouring Klaipeda), which offers connections to: Riga, Copenhagen, Moscow. Alternatively, it is possible to depart from Riga, which offers connections i.e. to Franfurt, London, Berlin, Warsaw, and more.
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Since the founding of Nature Travel, bike tours remain our specialty. We are among the biggest and most experienced tour operators in the region, offering guided bike tours with accommodations, baggage handling and bike transport between the cycling sections. Our tour guides are not only keen cyclists, but also possess extensive knowledge of countries and settlements the group visits with them and are fluent in foreign languages. Thanks to the presence of our bus drivers, we can easily react to all incidents and conduct repairs.
Our tours usually last between 7 and 13 days. The season starts at the beginning of May and lasts until the end of September. Cycling sections usually are about 50 km/30 miles, thoroughly checked and described by us, fully suitable for beginners. The roads we ride are bicycle routes and local roads with small traffic. During each section as one of the very few operators we offer our guests a rich picnic, which allows not only to regenerate, but also to taste the local specialties.
Besides cycling, tours by Nature Travel contain also cultural programme - our guests tour the cities and landmarks which they pass with professional city guides, participate in dinners, are accommodated in good class hotels. It is an excellent way to spend your vacation the original way, allowing to experience the place from a different perspective than just the seat of the bus. You not only cycle, but also take photos, bathe in the sea, smell the flowers, and, most of all - enjoy yourself.
1. Booking and payment
Bookings of closed groups are based on the following conditions:
The bikes are rented from Nature Travel, which costs additionally. It is possible to bring your own bicycles, although please note that this will add to to the cost of the tour (starting from 20 Euro, which stands for transportation costs). The all-terrain bicycles are inapplicable due to numerous field and forest roads. During the tour, each participant is financially responsible for his/her bicycle (in case of damages or losses). Since the route descriptions, which you will receive, contain the distance in kilometers, we advise you to bring a speedometer to the trip. It shall be installed by your driver free of charge. You can also rent a speedometer from us, which costs 10 Euro (installation included). Please let us know upon reserving your tour, which option do you choose.
The first installment is 50 Euro and is paid upon receiving the confirmation. The remaining amount is to be paid at the latest two weeks before the tour.
4. Children discounts
5. Number of participants
Usually, between 10 and 20 people. Minimum number of participants for guided tours is 10 people, excluding: BNT (Baltic), GKM (Koenigsberg), UKR (PL&Ukraine) and RNT (Russia), which require at least 12 participants to take place. Individual tours in Poland require at least 2 participants, LI - 6, IB - 8 people. If the minimum number of participants isn't met, the group is cancelled. You shall be informed about it right away - at the latest, 6 weeks before the tour.
In case you have to cancel your reservation, please be aware that we have already started our work and have carried certain costs. We muss charge you with the following costs:
We always consider the date of receiving your resignation by us.
7. Our offer does not include insurance
Our offer does not include insurance (from resignation costs, luggage loss, accidents, illness, legal responsibility). We advise you to buy insurance personally.
The organizer is responsible to do everything, for the tour to take place and be of highest quality. In particular, he is responsible for:
9. Limited liability
Our liability for any losses etc. is limited to the price of tour, multiplied by three. Rarely, we come to a situation where we have to change the programme, or the place of accommodation without notice. We ask for your understanding on this matter.
If you feel you have a reason to complain on our services, please write us immediately. Please do it at the latest one month after the end of your tour. The seat of the operator is relevant in case of legal arguments.