Baltic Capitals: The Historic Cities of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn

    4/5 (15)
    10 nights | 22 miles/day
    Guided from EUR € 1399
    Self guided from EUR € 1155
    Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours
    4/5 (15)

    10 nights | 22 miles/day
    Guided from EUR € 1399
    Self guided from EUR € 1155

    Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours

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    • Baltic Capitals

      10 night guided or self guided bike tour in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

      Highlights

      • Vilnius Old Town
      • Trakai Castle
      • Curonian Spit national park with sand dunes and beaches
      • Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route
      • The Hill of Crosses near Siauliai
      • Riga Old Town
      • The Gauja River Valleys and Turaida Castle
      • Tallinn Old Town
      • Saaremaa Island with Sorve lighthouse

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      Not sure whether to book a guided or self-guided tour? Learn about the differences between guided and self-guided tours.

    • Daily program

      The itinerary differs slightly based on the which tour package is booked. Both itineraries are detailed below.

      Self-guided tour itinerary

      Day 1: Arrival to Vilnius, Lithuania
      Arrive in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. Settled into your hotel and prepare for the welcome meeting and tour briefing which will be held in the hotel at 7:00pm (19:00).
      Overnight in Vilnius

      Day 2: Vilnius – Trakai Insular Castle – Kaunas (cycling 21 miles/33 km, transfer 47 miles/75 km)
      After breakfast a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town. Afternoon trip to 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. Start your first cycle ride through picturesque countryside on gentle hills, then transfer by coach to Kaunas.
      Overnight in Kaunas

      Day 3: Along the Nemunas River: Kaunas – Ventė Horn – Nida (cycling 23 miles/37 km, transfer 110 miles/177 km, + by boat 9 miles/14 km)
      Morning bike ride along the Nemunas River cycle trail. Finish the ride with a short cable ferry trip across the river. Bus transfer to Ventė Horn famous for its bird observatory and the 19thC lighthouse. 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.
      Overnight in Nida

      Day 4: Curonian Spit National Park (36 miles/57 km)
      Sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Then cycling on the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit famous for its amber and fine sand beaches. 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, the main seaport of Lithuania.
      Overnight in Klaipėda

      Day 5: Klaipėda – Palanga Resort – Hill of Crosses – Riga (cycling 20 miles/32 km, transfer 180 miles/290 km)
      Early morning ride to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park, a former soviet military training area. Palanga is the well-known Lithuanian seaside resort. Enjoy a break here; perhaps visit the renowned Botanical Park, Amber Museum and the 470m pier heading out into the Baltic Sea. 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.
      Overnight in Riga

      Day 6: Riga and Jurmala Seaside Resort (cycling 19 miles/30 km, train transfer 16 miles/25 km)
      After breakfast, you may take part in 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 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 minutes; not included in tour cost).
      Overnight in Riga

      Day 7: Riga and Gauja National Park (cycling 25 miles/40 km, transfer 62 miles/100 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. Cycling through Gauja National Park, en route enjoy spectacular views of Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda, built in 1205.
      Overnight in Sigulda

      Day 8: Sigulda – Saaremaa (cycling 24 miles/38 km, transfer 205 miles/330 km + ferry 4 miles/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. Travel on picturesque roads along the Baltic Sea Coast to the village of Angla where the iconic windmills are located. Transfer to Mändjala or Kuressaare, check into your hotel for 2 overnight stays at the seaside.
      Overnight in Mändjala or Kuressaare

      Day 9: Saaremaa Island (cycling 34 miles/55 km, transfer 25 miles/40 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. 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 13thC. Optional dinner at the hotel or city restaurant in Kuressaare
      Overnight in Mändjala or Kuressaare

      Day 10: Saaremaa and Tallinn (cycling 25 miles/40 km, transfer 130 miles/210 km + ferry 4 miles/6 km)
      Take a morning ride to the Kaali meteorite crater which is listed on the world's giant craters list and it is the rarest nature wonder in Estonia. 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: Tallinn, Estonia
      Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.


      Guided tour itinerary

      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 7:00pm (19:00). Optional dinner at the hotel.
      Overnight in Vilnius.

      Day 2: Vilnius – Trakai Insular Castle – Kaunas (cycling 21 miles/33 km, transfer 59 miles/95 km)
      After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town followed by a bus transfer outside the city. Start your first cycle ride through picturesque countryside with many lakes and gentle hills. En route stop in Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, where you may visit the 14thC island castle built on a small island in Lake Galvė. Afternoon transfer by bus to Kaunas. Arrive in Kaunas, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
      Overnight in Kaunas.

      Day 3: Along the Nemunas river: Kaunas – Vente Horn – Klaipeda (cycling 22 miles/35 km, transfer 146 miles/235 km)
      Morning bike ride along the Nemunas River cycle trail. Finish the ride with a short cable ferry trip across the river and picnic lunch (included). Bus transfer to the Baltic coast. En route stop in Ventė Horn famous for its bird observatory and the 19thC lighthouse. Arrive in Klaipeda, a modern town at the Baltic Sea, check-in and dinner at the hotel (included)
      Overnight in Klaipeda.

      Day 4: Curonian Spit National Park (cycling 36 miles/58 km + boat or bus ride 50km)
      Today we go for the longest ride to Nida. Follow the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit famous for its amber and fine sand beaches. En-route enjoy beautiful views of the Curonian Spit which separates the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. Sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Transfer by bus or boat back to Klaipėda, optional dinner at the hotel.
      Overnight in Klaipeda.

      Day 5: Klaipeda – Palanga Resort-Hill of Crosses – Riga (cycling 20 miles/32 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 25000 pieces of amber on display.

      Afternoon bus transfer to Riga, the capital city of Latvia. En-route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. 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 and Bicycle Museum (cycling 25 miles/40 km, transfer 31 miles/50 km)
      Morning transfer to Saulkrasti. After visiting the Latvian bicycle museum, start your ride to Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia, in the Gauja River Valley. Cycling through Gauja National Park, enjoy spectacular views of Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, visit Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda, built in 1205. Arrive in Sigulda, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
      Overnight in Riga.

      Day 8: Sigulda – Saaremaa (cycling 24 miles/38 km, bus transfer 205 miles/330 km + ferry 3 miles/6km)
      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. Travel on picturesque roads along the Baltic Sea Coast to the village of Angla were the iconic windmills are located. Transfer to Mandjala or Kuressaare, check into the hotel for two overnight stays at the seaside. Dinner at the hotel (included).
      Overnight in Mandjala or Kuressaare.

      Day 9: Saaremaa Island (cycling 34 miles/55 km, transfer 31 miles/50 km)
      Enjoy a day ride across Saaremaa Island's wild beauty–Sorve Peninsula famous for its lighthouse. 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 13thC. Free time to explore the town and the Bishop’s castle. Optional dinner at the hotel or city restaurant.
      Overnight in Mandjala or Kuressaare.

      Day 10: Saaremaa and Tallinn (cycling 23 miles/37 km or 198miles/28 km, transfer 130 miles/210 km + ferry3 miles/6km)
      Morning ride to the Kaali meteorite crater which is listed on the world's giant craters list and it is the rarest nature wonder in Estonia. In the afternoon transfer by coach to Tallinn. Arrive in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel followed by a guided tour of Tallinn Old Town. Farewell dinner in a city restaurant (included).
      Overnight in Tallinn.

      Day 11: Tallinn
      Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour. Individual departure.

      Surface and terrain

      This tour is mainly on quiet roads or a dedicated bicycle paths. The terrain is varied and rolling with some gradual hills on some riding days (some steep ups and downs in the Gauja River valley) and dead flat most of the tour.


      Hotels

      These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

      Comfort Hotel LT, Vilnius
      www.comforthotel.com

      Best Western Santaka Hotel, Kaunas
      www.santaka.lt

      Old Mill Conference, Klaipeda
      www.oldmillhotel.lt

      Monika Centrum, Riga
      www.monika.centrumhotels.com

      Saaremaa Thalasso Spa, Mandjala
      www.saarehotell.ee

      Hestia Hotel Ilmarine, Tallinn
      www.hestiahotelgroup.com

      Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


      How to get there

      Tour start
      Nearest airport: Vilinus (VNO), Lithuania

      Tour end
      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.

      Tips on getting to and from your tour

    • Dates

      Self-guided: Jun 13, 20; Jul 4, 18; Aug 1,15, 29; Sep 5, 12, 2022 (minimum 2 participants; additional dates available May-Sep with minimum 6 participants)
      Guided: May 30; Jun 20; Jul 4, 18; Aug 1, 15; Sep 5, 2022 (minimum 2 participants; *indicates fully booked date)

      • Low season:
      • May 16, 2022 - May 30, 2022, Aug 22, 2022 - Sep 12, 2022
      • High season:
      • Jun 06, 2022 - Aug 15, 2022

      Prices

      Self-guided tour package

      Per person, double occupancy € 1155
      Optional dinner plan € 149

      Guided tour package

      Per person, double occupancy € 1399
      High season surcharge € 46
      Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)

      Low season

      € 380
      High season € 380
      Optional dinner plan € 99

      Bike Rentals

      Hybrid trekking bike *included in guided package € 99
      Electrically assisted bike € 249

      Extra Nights, Tallinn

      Per person, double occupancy € 55
      Single room (1 person/1 room) € 99

      Extra Nights, Vilnius

      Per person, double occupancy € 40
      Single room (1 person/1 room) € 70

      Transfer

      Final hotel to Tallinn airport, per vehicle (1-3 persons) € 30
      Vilnius airport to first hotel, per vehicle (1-3 persons) € 30

      Included services

      Self-guided tour includes:

      • 10 nights accommodations in hotels, including all taxes
      • Breakfast daily
      • Luggage transfers and transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned minibus
      • Individual information package (city guides, maps, and program)
      • Emergency contact numbers for English/German-speaking representatives
      • Guided tours in Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn (any additional entrance fees are payable individually)
      • Crossing the Curonian Lagoon by boat from the mainland to Nida
      • Return ferry ticket to Saaremaa Island
      • GPS tracks

      Guided tour includes:

      • 10 nights accommodations in hotels, including all taxes
      • Breakfast daily
      • Guided 2-hour city tours in English in the capital cities: Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn
      • Luggage transfers and support vehicle throughout
      • Individual information package (city guides, maps, and program)
      • English speaking guide escort on days 2-10
      • 1x picnic lunch (Day 3)
      • 4x dinners (3 courses with coffee/tea in Klaipeda/Nida, Riga, Saaremaa, and Tallinn)
      • Welcome meeting with a glass of beer or wine
      • Mineral water at your disposal on cycling days; reusable waterbottle
      • Rent of trekking bicycle with waterproof panniers (helmet upon request)
      • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned coach/minibus
      • Excursions as shown in itinerary
      • Ferry tickets to/from the Curonian Spit and to/from Saaremaa Island
      • Entrance to: Ventė Ornithological station, Amber museum in Palanga, Turaida Castle, Saulkrasti Bicycle Museum
        and Angla Windmill Park in Saaremaa

      Bike rentals

      Bikes available to rent (must be reserved in advance at time of booking):

      • Hybrid touring/trekking bike (included in cost of guided tour package)
      • Electrically assisted bike*

      *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

      Rental bikes are equipped with a waterproof pannier (1 per bike) and tachometer (1 per self-guided group).

      Equipment available to rent for an additional fee:

      • Waterproof Ortlieb handlebar bag

      Pedals:
      The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

      Helmets:
      Helmets are available upon request on this tour. We recommend, for safety and hygiene purposes, that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.


      Tour Company Terms

    • Route Map

      Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

      • Mariag July 17, 2019

        much more than I expected

        The tour was the perfect way to get to know both the landscape and the history/culture of the baltic republics

        What was the date of your tour?
        June 29 to July 9
        How many tours have you completed?
        2
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat harder
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Kirk June 6, 2019

        Fantastic tour, exceeded all expectations

        The Baltic Capitals Tour is ideal for getting to know all three countries. Our guide brought history to life, making the stories of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia exciting and fun. The pace was leisurely enough to allow for great sightseeing, and the biking was delightful. An amazing and unforgettable experience.

        What was the date of your tour?
        May 19, 2019
        How many tours have you completed?
        3
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Yeow September 16, 2018

        What was the date of your tour?
        2 september 2018
        How many tours have you completed?
        2
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 3/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Baltic biker September 15, 2018

        What was the date of your tour?
        August-September 2018
        How many tours have you completed?
        2
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 1/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 3/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Lynn September 9, 2018

        Fascinating history and culture in this area

        It was very interesting to see the three Baltic capitals, but the long distances between them requires too much time spent on the bus. Riders considering this tour should look carefully at details regarding biking distances and bus transfer distances.

        What was the date of your tour?
        August 28, 2018
        How many tours have you completed?
        6
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
        Do you recommend this tour?
        No
        • 5/5 Value
        • 3/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 3/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 1/5 Ease of navigation
        • 1/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 3/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Anneohio June 21, 2018

        Absolutely fantastic

        We were unfamiliar with the Baltic states but wanted to visit and learn about them and bike. This trip exceeded all expectations! Our guide was informative, showed us many places while biking (as well as in the capital cities) and he was a whole lot of fun, drawing the group together. The biking routes are ideal....along the shoreline, through forests, often arriving at a castle or spectacular view. The hotels were excellent/great breakfasts and well located in towns. The schedule of trip was calibrated nicely to have a longer stay in Riga midway on the trip (a chance to do laundry, take a rest day--if desired, and sightsee....OR ride)
        We rode at a good pace...everyone could keep up (one woman had a e-bike) and the distances worked well each day. I loved the two longer days on the bike because of the scenery, but on "travel" days we also had really nice rides through interesting landscape (after all, we also saw and learned about three countries)

        One of the very best trips we've taken (and we've taken many).

        What was the date of your tour?
        May 27
        How many tours have you completed?
        8
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Chelle October 11, 2017

        Our guide was excellent. The trip was as advertised, and very enjoyable. I think we should have spent an extra day in Tallinn and one less day in the previous location. The stairs in the Riga hotel were difficult for some people.

        What was the date of your tour?
        3/9/2017
        How many tours have you completed?
        1
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 3/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Ronb September 25, 2017

        Good value for money way to see the Baltic countries with great guide.

        Our guide Romas was excellent. Lots of stories about where we visited. Most hotels very good with useful location. Easy riding. Bus always available if somebody wanted to rest. Great way to see Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Riga hotel not up to the standard of the others though it had perfect location.

        What was the date of your tour?
        27th Aug 2017
        How many tours have you completed?
        10
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 3/5 Scenery
        • 3/5 Ease of navigation
        • 1/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • jjgomez0371 June 15, 2017

        Exceeded Expectation!!!

        First time on a bike tour. So happy I chose the Baltic Capitals. Tour had a great mixture of cycling and sightseeing at various locations. The capitals are absolutely breathtaking...fairy-tale castles, lovely cobblestone streets.

        The countryside during the cycling was absolutely gorgeous. The bus support was fantastic. If for some reason you couldn't cycle or something happened to the bicycle, the bus was there to take care of everything.

        The hotels were very nice with very good breakfasts. The included meals were very good too. I was really surprised.

        All in all and fantastic experience. The best part was meeting and sharing experiences with my fellow cyclists.

        What was the date of your tour?
        May 28
        How many tours have you completed?
        First one
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • eboneo June 14, 2017

        Great first trip by bike

        Perfect way no know this great contries!! The hotels, bike paths, guides, all was perfect!! The perfect tour for your first trip by bike in europe.

        What was the date of your tour?
        May 28th, 2017
        How many tours have you completed?
        one
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • MarcieB September 14, 2016

        Cycling and Coach Travel through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

        Our tour consisted of 25 cyclists and 2 guides plus coach driver (1 English-speaking guide and 1 German-speaking guide). Over a period of 11 days and 10 nights our group experienced a series of amazing adventures that included walking tours of each capital (Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn), biking through rolling hills en route to Kaunas, cruising along the Curonian Spit National Park (where we visited the bird observatory at Vente Horn to experience the release of an Eurasian Sparrow hawk) and a catered meal of delicious pancakes (sweet and savory) by a local farm family. Before arrival in Riga, Latvia, we stopped at the very moving Hill of Crosses where thousands of believers have planted crosses to profess their varied faiths. Day 6 offered a) either a day of riding on the beach or b) touring around Riga. We elected to ride to Jurmala where we were actually able to cycle on the beach for what seemed a very long time (picture endless white sand beaches). Thanks to the Cycling Club of Perth, Australia, there were coffee/tea breaks that broke up the intense cycling. I say intense, because for a recreational cyclist, the pacing felt like I was pedaling hard and fast to keep up with the group. About 4 members of our group had E-bikes and, in retrospect, I would have opted for one as well. The cycling through National Parks was particularly beautiful and the trails varied from packed gravel to rocky causeways. The only busy day of riding with traffic came on a Friday when we cycled through Gauja National Park in the Gauja River valley. Our time on the island of Haapsalu was very relaxing and the ferry ride to Hiiumaa Island was a nice respite before tackling the 55 km of island riding to view some outstanding lighthouses. Our farewell dinner at the Hotel was filled with heartfelt toasts and praise for our guides and bus driver. There were several opportunities to experience the local culture (Amber Museum in Palanga, castles, botanical gardens, resorts and even a family wool factory).

        What was the date of your tour?
        August 28, 2016
        How many tours have you completed?
        Seven
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat harder
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • Our coach with bike trailer and some of our members getting ready for the day's ride.
        • This particular Eurasian Sparrowhawk was banded and then released when we arrived.
        • The Hill of Crosses between Palanga and Riga. It is actually in Lithuania.
        • 14 C castle on a small island in Lake Galve, Lithuania.
        • A bit of a headwind, plus the packed sand, made for a good workout.
        • Ristna lighthouse, designed by Gustave Eiffel, on Hiiumaa Island, Estonia.
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 3/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • nunn August 28, 2016

        Glad we went

        We vacillated on taking this tour because of age and stamina. We called Biketour and asked about the tour. They said we could do it. The cycling is not difficult/technical, it is the pace that was difficult. We had to cover 800+ miles between cycling and bus in 9 days. There is a time-line that had to be kept to get us to the each destination. It was not a leisurely pace for us. One of us could not have done the tour if it were not for the guide suggesting to get an e-bike. It saved the trip. The Baltic tour company did a great job with logistics and getting us through the Baltics and the guides were awesome. We enjoyed meeting and making new friends on the tour. It was our first guided tour and took some adjusting on our part. We enjoyed the trip.

        What was the date of your tour?
        7/31/16
        How many tours have you completed?
        10
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat harder
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 3/5 Value
        • 3/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 3/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • quin101 July 18, 2016

        Beautiful area but hectic pace

        We did experience the Baltic Countries and we went to places we never would have seen. But, there are issues about the tour, that others should be aware of, the cycling was much faster then we thought, often cycling on roads, busy roads,it was not a relaxed pace, one guide for 15 riders, people often got lost/left behind. We never arrived to the hotel until at least 8pm No free time, no time to shop, take pictures. We feel the guide was unorganized, no care for the slower riders. When we booked this tour it was rated as a 1 in difficulty. This is too low for the terrain and pace that we encountered.
        That said we are still glad we did the tour as we did see beautiful and interesting places. I hope the company makes some changes to the tour to make it more enjoyable to all.

        What was the date of your tour?
        June 19
        How many tours have you completed?
        3
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat harder
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers
        Do you recommend this tour?
        No
        • 4/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 3/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 3/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 1/5 Local tour company services
        • 2/5 Route selection
        • 1/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • JEAN1999 July 16, 2016

        Unforgettable Experience

        Tour did not meet my expectations.
        The pace was actually 12 to 15 mph and not 8 -9 mph as advertised, we always seemed to be late; and the only time that could be made up was during the riding. I would not describe the pace as casual. Unless you were a strong rider or had an e-bike, we felt we could not stop for pictures for the fear of getting lost. One rider dropped a bottle at the start of the ride and by the time it was put away, she could not see anyone up the road and did not know which way to go, so she decided to get on the sag wagon. On-going bicycle problems which should have been resolved the first day. Riders kept getting 'lost' due to inadequate group management which caused delays. Some riders kept having problems with their bikes, brakes improperly adjusted, loose handlebars (to store the bikes in the trailer, handlebars are loosened), group start riding despite not everyone being ready. Riders brought much more luggage than is recommended and there was inadequate space on the bus for all the luggage which ended up in aisle. Every seat on the bus was occupied; back row of bus has inadequate viewing and cannot hear instructions, sight descriptions over the speakers. One bus driver had unhealthy health habits, such as directly drinking from the 5 liter jugs used to fill up rider water bottles; he was always the first off and last one on despite record temperatures (one time after everyone got on-board, he went for a smoke with bus off); the other two drivers kept bus comfortable at all times and never got lost using their Garmin. Five nights were in hotels without AC, which is generally not a problem except that we had near record temperatures of 32 deg C on those days. Even though riding miles on the beach is considered 'fun', most of us did not consider it safe having to dodge bathers and children (it was record heat and the beach was very crowded). Your suggested tipping is ridiculous; seasoned Europeans riders within our group recommended a maximum of 20 Euros per person for the entire trip (bus driver was tipped separately). We had 15 riders, two guides would have been helpful to avoid losing riders along the way. I had never been on a multi-day bike tour, but others in the group had been on several and they did not think this tour met expectations.
        Now the positives. The bus broke down on the worst possible day but we were able to proceed after a 6 hour delay for a new bus to arrive (this was handled well). The tour guide was very knowledgeable and had lots of information to share.
        I will post more details on TripAdvisor

        What was the date of your tour?
        06/19/2016
        How many tours have you completed?
        First multi-day tour
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat harder
        Do you recommend this tour?
        No
        • BikeTours.com staff reply from Lindsay Nash July 17, 2016

          Dear Jean,
          I know we've already been in touch with others in your party regarding your feedback on this tour but I just want to reiterate our apologies for your experience. We've taken this feedback to the operator so they'll know about it as well. In the past, we've only received very positive feedback and we're sorry this wasn't your experience.

        • 3/5 Value
        • 3/5 Included meals
        • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 2/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 1/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
        • 2/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Ronald June 15, 2016

        Endless amazing surprises.

        Marvellous cities,beautiful uncrowded countryside,and endless Baltic beaches - a great backdrop for a wonderful tour through centuries of tumultuous history brought into focus by our two fantastic Lithuanian guides. This is what great travel is all about. Ron Orieux. Vancouver.

        What was the date of your tour?
        May 30 2016
        How many tours have you completed?
        2
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat harder
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 3/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)