Baltic Capitals: Historic Cities of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn

4.2/5 (25)
10 nights
22 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 1599
Self guided from EUR € 1355
Bike tour in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours

Baltic Capitals: Historic Cities of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn

4.2/5 (25)

Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours

10 nights
22 miles/day

Guided from EUR € 1599
Self guided from EUR € 1355
Bike tour in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

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  • An enchanting cycle journey through Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia

    Explore the breathtaking Baltic coast and the wonderful National Parks of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on picturesque guided or self-guided cycle routes. This terrific tour includes the three capital cities of the region – Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn – with their UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Towns.

    Cycle to the stunning Curonian Spit, previously closed to visitors and now known as the Lithuanian Sahara. Glide through the beautiful Gauja River Valley, and ride to the largest and most exquisite of the Estonian islands - Saaremaa.

    Your tour will lead you south from Lithuania, through Latvia, and on to Estonia in the north, delighting your sense of adventure every pedal of the way as you explore a wide variety of Baltic towns, villages, and countryside in these three distinctive, characterful countries.

    • Vana Tallinn liqueur in Tallinn, Estonia. Mike Beales@Flickr
    • Cepelinai, a Lithuanian dish! CC:Jpatokal
    • Tiškevičiai Palace with the Amber Museum in Palanga, Lithuania. CC:Diliff
    • Vilnius, Lithuania. Igor Gubaidulin, Unsplash
    • The famous Curonian Spit. Dainius Urbanavicius, Unsplash
    • Trakai Island Castle in Lithuania. CC:Jerzy Strzelecki
    • Estonian breakfast in Tallinn. Michael Petrov@Flickr
    • Palanga Resort Town in Lithuania. CC:BigHead

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    Highlights

    • Vilnius Old Town
    • Trakai Castle
    • Curonian Spit National Park with its sand dunes and beaches
    • Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route
    • The Hill of Crosses near Siauliai
    • Riga Old Town
    • The Gauja River Valley and Turaida Castle
    • Tallinn Old Town
    • Saaremaa Island with Sorve Lighthouse

    Learn More

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

    Interested in adding to your itinerary? Take a look at our cycling day tours in Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn.


    Baltic Capitals

    Photos 

  • Traveler photos

    •  (photo by Marilyn Miller)
    •  (photo by Marilyn Miller)
    • Tallinn (photo by Michael Drake)
    • Estonian island (photo by Michael Drake)
    • Old fortress above a river valley... (photo by Michael Drake)
    • Trail thru the trees....to a beach view. (photo by Michael Drake)
    • Walking along Klaipeda (photo by Michael Drake)
    • One of many Baltic beach access points. (photo by Michael Drake)
    • Latvian Folk Music and Dance Festival (photo by Lindsey Parkinson)
    • Riga - UNESCO World Heritage (photo by Lindsey Parkinson)
    • Spin and wish! (photo by Lindsey Parkinson)
    • Our coach with bike trailer and some of our members getting ready for the day's ride. (photo by MarcieB)
    • This particular Eurasian Sparrowhawk was banded and then released when we arrived. (photo by MarcieB)
    • The Hill of Crosses between Palanga and Riga. It is actually in Lithuania. (photo by MarcieB)
    • 14 C castle on a small island in Lake Galve, Lithuania. (photo by MarcieB)
    • A bit of a headwind, plus the packed sand, made for a good workout. (photo by MarcieB)
    • Ristna lighthouse, designed by Gustave Eiffel, on Hiiumaa Island, Estonia. (photo by MarcieB)
  • Daily program

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

    • Day 1: Arrival in Vilnius
      Arrive in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. Settle into your hotel and prepare for the welcome meeting and tour briefing which will be held in the hotel at 7:30 pm.

      Overnight in Vilnius.

      Day 2: Vilnius – Trakai Insular Castle – Kaunas (cycling 21 miles/33 km, transfer 47 miles/75 km)
      After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town. You'll take an afternoon trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Here, you may visit the famous 14th-century Gothic 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 – Klaipėda (cycling 23 miles/40 km, transfer 136 miles/230 km)
      Begin your bike ride around Kaunas, then venture further on, following a picturesque cycle trail along the Nemunas River. En route, you may stop in Zapyškis, famous for its unusually small 14th-century gothic church. Finish the ride with a bus transfer to the beautiful Baltic Coast and arrive in Klaipėda, a modern town on the Baltic Sea.

      Overnight in Klaipėda.

      Day 4: Curonian Spit National Park (36 miles/57 km, transfer 31 miles/50 km)
      Today features the longest ride of the tour as you follow the route to Nida. The stunning Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit is a delight for the senses, whilst the spit itself, which separates the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon, is rightfully famous for its fine sand beaches and brilliant amber. Enjoy a spot of sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania, before transferring by bus or boat back to Klaipėda.

      Overnight in Klaipėda.

      Day 5: Klaipėda – Palanga Resort – Hill of Crosses – Riga (cycling 20 miles/32 km, transfer 180 miles/290 km)
      Enjoy an early morning ride to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park, a former Soviet military training area. Palanga is a well-known, picturesque Lithuanian seaside resort. Enjoy a break here, perhaps visiting the renowned Botanical Park, Amber Museum, and the 470-meter pier clambering out into the Baltic Sea. There'll be an afternoon transfer to Riga (Latvia), with an en-route stop at the Hill of Crosses, an unforgettable spectacle featuring thousands of crosses covering two small hills.

      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. There'll be free time this afternoon to spend enjoying extra sightseeing in Riga, or cycling the lovely bike path to Jurmala, a renowned Latvian seaside resort well known for its blissful white sand beaches, mineral waters, and mud with healing properties. We recommend taking a dip in the sea and exploring the beach - it's 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 36 miles/50 km)
      Board the morning transfer to Saulkrasti, where you may like to visit the Latvian Bicycle Museum. You'll start your bike ride to Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia. Cycling through Gauja National Park, you'll enjoy spectacular views of the verdant Gauja River Valley with its 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)
      Board the 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 Coast to the village of Angla where the iconic windmills are located. You'll transfer to Kuressaare and check into your hotel for 2 overnight stays at the scenic seaside.

      Overnight in Kuressaare.

      Day 9: Saaremaa Island (cycling 35 miles/56 km, transfer by minibus 31 miles/50 km)
      Enjoy a day ride through Saaremaa Island’s wild beauty, including a cycle over the Sorve Peninsula, famous for its picturesque lighthouse. Historically, the peninsula had considerable military significance, dominating the Irbe Strait and the Baltic Sea route to Riga. You will finish the day in Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, home to one of the finest preserved medieval episcopal castles in the Baltics, dating back to the 13th century.

      Overnight in Kuressaare.

      Day 10: Saaremaa and Tallinn (cycling 18 miles/28 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 is the rarest natural wonder in Estonia! You'll transfer by minibus to Tallinn, Estonia's breathtaking capital. Upon arrival in the afternoon, check into your hotel and enjoy a guided tour of Tallinn's phenomenal Old Town.

      Overnight in Tallinn.

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

      Don't want the tour to end? Add a superb cycling day tour in Tallinn to the end of your itinerary! Arriving a day early? Make the most of Vilnius on a variety of day tours.

    • 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 7:30 pm.

      Overnight in Vilnius.

      Day 2: Vilnius – Trakai Insular Castle – Kaunas (cycling 21 miles/33 km, transfer 62 miles/100 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 featuring numerous lakes and gentle hills. En route, stop in Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, where you can visit the 14th-century castle built on a small island in Lake Galvė. Afternoon transfer by bus to Kaunas.

      Overnight in Kaunas.

      Day 3: Along the Nemunas River: Kaunas – Klaipeda (cycling 23 miles/40 km, transfer 143 miles/230 km)
      Explore Kaunas by bike followed by a ride on a picturesque cycling trail following the Nemunas River. En route, stop in Zapyškis, famous for its unusually small 14th-century gothic church. At the end of the ride, take a bus transfer to the Baltic Coast, enjoying a picnic lunch along the way (included). Arrive in Klaipeda, a modern town on the Baltic Sea.

      Overnight in Klaipeda.

      Day 4: Curonian Spit National Park (cycling 36 miles/58 km + boat or bus ride 50km)
      Today features the longest ride of the tour as you follow the route to Nida. The stunning Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit is a delight for the senses, whilst the spit itself, which separates the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon, is rightfully famous for its fine sand beaches and brilliant amber. Enjoy a spot of sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania, before transferring by bus or boat back to Klaipėda. Dinner will be served 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)
      Enjoy an early morning ride to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park, a former soviet military training area. Arrive in Palanga, Lithuania's largest seaside resort, for a tour which includes a visit to the Botanical Garden and the Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz, where over 25,000 pieces of amber are on display.

      Board the afternoon bus transfer to Riga, the capital city of Latvia. En route, stop at the Hill of Crosses, an unforgettable spectacle featuring thousands of crosses on two small hills. Arrive in Riga, check in, and enjoy 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, you can enjoy a guided tour of Riga Old Town, a medieval Hanseatic town famous for its Art Nouveau buildings. There'll be free time this afternoon to spend enjoying extra sightseeing in Riga or cycling the lovely bike path to Jurmala, a renowned Latvian seaside resort well known for its blissful white sand beaches, mineral waters, and mud with healing properties. We recommend taking a dip in the sea and exploring the beach - it's well worth it! Catch the transfer coach back to the hotel in Riga.

      Overnight in Riga.

      Day 7: Gauja National Park and Bicycle Museum (cycling 28 miles/45 km, transfer 31 miles/50 km)
      Board the morning transfer to Saulkrasti, where you may like to visit the Latvian Bicycle Museum. You'll start your bike ride to Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia. Cycling through Gauja National Park, you'll enjoy spectacular views of the verdant Gauja River Valley with its 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, bus transfer 205 miles/330 km + ferry 3 miles/6km)
      Board the 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 Coast to the village of Angla where the iconic windmills are located. You'll transfer to Kuressaare and check into your hotel for 2 overnight stays at the scenic seaside. Dinner at the hotel (included).

      Overnight in Kuressaare.

      Day 9: Saaremaa Island (cycling 34 miles/55 km, transfer 31 miles/50 km)
      Enjoy a day ride through Saaremaa Island's wild beauty, exploring Sorve Peninsula, famous for its picturesque lighthouse. Finish the day with a visit to Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, and home to one of the finest-preserved medieval episcopal castles in the Baltics, dating back to the 13th century. Enjoy some free time to explore the town and the Bishop's Castle.

      Overnight in Kuressaare.

      Day 10: Saaremaa and Tallinn (cycling 18miles/28 km, transfer 130 miles/210 km + ferry 3 miles/6km)
      Enjoy the morning ride to the Kaali meteorite crater which is listed on the world's giant craters list and is the rarest natural wonder in Estonia! In the afternoon, take the coach transfer to Tallinn, Estonia's captivating capital. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and enjoy a guided tour of Tallinn's phenomenal 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.

      Don't want the tour to end? Add a superb cycling day tour in Tallinn to the end of your itinerary! Arriving a day early? Make the most of Vilnius on a variety of day tours.


    Baltic Capitals

     Photos Accommodation 

  • Accommodation

    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

    Vilnius: Comfort Hotel LT

    Kaunas: Victoria Hotel

    Klaipeda: Old Mill Conference (self-guided) or Hotel National (guided)

    Riga: Hestia Hotel Jugend

    Sigulda: Hotel Sigulda

    Kuressaare: Johan Spa Hotell

    Tallinn: Hestia Hotel Ilmarine

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


    Baltic Capitals

     Daily program Bikes 

  • Bikes

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

    • Standard touring/trekking bike: (included in cost of guided tour package)
      • 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears & back-pedal break OR
      • 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears & free-wheel
    • Electrically assisted bike*: Pedelec with Bosch driving system (VDV, Kalkhoff), 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears and back-pedal break OR free wheel
    • Cyclecross bike: KONA Jake with 20-speed gears (available only on self-guided tour)
    • Carbon gravel bike: SILVERBACK Siablo CF with 10-speed gears (available only on self-guided tour)

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    Rental bikes are equipped with a waterproof pannier (1 per bike), handlebar bag (with plastic cover) 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 for rent (€10), please be able to provide your head circumfirence (in cm) or helmet size (S, M, L, XL) . We recommend, for safety and hygiene purposes, that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.

  • Dates

    • May 27; Jun 10, 17; Jul 1, 8, 22; Aug 5, 12, 26; Sep 2, 2024

      Low season: May 27, 2024 - Jun 9, 2024, Aug 26, 2024 - Sep 12, 2024
      High season: Jun 10, 2024 - Aug 25, 2024

      Minimum 2 participants; additional dates available May-Sep with minimum 6 participants

    • May 27; Jun 10, 17; Jul 1, 8, 22; Aug 5, 12, 26; Sep 2, 2024

      Low season: May 27, 2024 - Jun 9, 2024, Aug 26, 2024 - Sep 12, 2024
      High season: Jun 10, 2024 - Aug 25, 2024

      Minimum 2 participants

    Prices

    • Tour package

      Low Season High Season
      Per person, double occupancy €1355 €1395
      Single use room (1 person/1 room) €1775 €1845

      Bike Rentals

      Trekking bike €119
      Electrically assisted bike €269
      Cyclecross bike €249
      Gravel bike €299
      Helmet €10

      Additional Services

      Optional dinner plan* €225

      Extra Nights, Vilnius

      Per person, double occupancy €48
      Single use room (1 person/1 room) €85

      Extra Nights, Tallinn

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

      Transfers

      Vilnius airport to first hotel, per vehicle (1-3 persons) €39
      Final hotel to Tallinn airport, per vehicle (1-3 persons) €39
      Vilnius airport to first hotel, per vehicle (4-7 persons) €65
      Final hotel to Tallinn airport, per vehicle (4-7 persons) €65
    • Tour package

      Low Season High Season
      Per person, double occupancy €1599 €1645
      Single use room (1 person/1 room) €2024 €2095

      Bike Rentals

      Trekking bike included
      Electrically assisted bike €195
      Helmet included (on request)

      Additional Services

      Optional dinner plan* €155

      Extra Nights, Vilnius

      Per person, double occupancy €48
      Single use room (1 person/1 room) €85

      Extra Nights, Tallinn

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

      Transfers

      Vilnius airport to first hotel, per vehicle (1-3 persons) €39
      Final hotel to Tallinn airport, per vehicle (1-3 persons) €39
      Vilnius airport to first hotel, per vehicle (4-7 persons) €65
      Final hotel to Tallinn airport, per vehicle (4-7 persons) €65

    Included services

      • 10 nights accommodations in hotels, including all taxes
      • Breakfast daily
      • Luggage transfers
      • 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)
      • Speed boat from Nida to Klaipeda or transfer by minibus (Day 4)
      • Return ferry ticket to Saaremaa Island
      • GPS tracks

      *Dinner plan available at additional cost:
      Self-guided tour (6x dinners, 3-courses; see pricing chart)

      • 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, 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 pannier
      • Individual information package (city guides, maps, and program)
      • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned coach/minibus
      • Speed boat from Nida to Klaipeda or transfer by minibus (Day 4)
      • Ferry tickets to/from the Curonian Spit and to/from Saaremaa Island
      • Entrance to: Dead Dunes on the Curonian Spit, Saulkrasti Bicycle Museum and Angla Windmill Park in Saaremaa

      *Dinner plan available at additional cost:
      Guided tour (additional 4x dinners, 3-courses; see pricing chart)


    Tour Company


    Baltic Capitals

     Bikes Other Details 

  • Map

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

    Surface and terrain

    This tour is mainly on quiet roads or 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), but completely flat for most of the tour.


    How to get there

    Tour start
    Nearest airport: Vilnius (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.


    Baltic Capitals

     Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

    • Marilyn Miller 1 day ago

      Great combination of antiquities and nature

      All three Baltic countries were fascinating. We were happy we decided to go guided when we became acquainted with our guide, Minda. He is a great asset to the trip. So well organized, cordial, and full of interesting history and other facts.

      •  (photo by Marilyn Miller)
      •  (photo by Marilyn Miller)
    • Alexandra England 1 week ago

      Wonderful experience

      Cycling through the countryside and visiting the towns and cities was a great way to experience the culture and historic sites of the Baltic countries. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history and current culture of each region, giving us a better understanding of what people experienced during the transition to independence.

    • Rob Luken 1 week ago

      Beautiful Capitals of the Baltic States

      The Capitals of the Baltic States are beautiful, with plenty of interesting history and worth to visit. However, with the distances so large between the capitals, please note that there is a lot of transfer by mini-bus and ferry to get to the next interesting place to cycle.
      The cycling directions provided were insufficient and it would be good to provide the option of a GPS device attached to the steering wheel with pre-loaded maps and directions for those that can't download the route files on their own mobile phone devices. We got lost several times, on the first and last day, which meant cycling along roads with heavy traffic and thereby creating an unsafe and unpleasant experience.
      Though this was an interesting trip, my inclination is to not book any cycling vacation in the future that includes so much transfer by mini-bus and ferries, and to have a true cycling trip along well-indicated dedicated bicycle paths, in the absence of clear cycling directions. Our previous experience with cycling the west coast of Sweden is more indicative of the type of cycling trip we would prefer.

    • Karen Gail Lewis 10 months ago

      Baltic capitals

      Biking through these three countries - all so very different -- was special. The views, the historical information, the Old Towns -- a great trip.

    • Karen Gail Lewis 10 months ago

      Baltic capitals

      Great trip. Learned so much about a part of the world that we Westerners know so little about. Guides were very knowledgeable. Best, of course, was the biking, especially along the Baltic (and even biking on the sand on one beach.

    • John Matthew Schley 11 months ago

      Fun and intellectually stimulating

      Great bike trails. Great group of people to travel with. Really excellent guide. Searching out restaurants you can find excellent food. Dinners provide by tour were mediocre at best.

    • Robert Civiak 12 months ago

      Baltic

      Trip was to the Baltic countries for biking and walking tours. I went on the trip.

    • Michael Drake 12 months ago

      Baltic immersion!

      What a fun way to experience the Baltics! We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, getting a taste of each country and its capital. We normally do self guided tours, but in this case, the guided option was the way to go. Not only did we get non biking guided walking tours of each capital, the bike guides were always there to fill in the history and background of sites and scenes along the way. They were very, very well informed and helpful. There are a LOT of bus transfer segments on this ride, but being able to bike ride the 'gem' segments, and have a bit more time (due to the bus) to enjoy the towns and cities, was a good trade off. The quality and proximity to town of the hotels exceeded our expectations. We gave ourselves an extra day at the end to really experience Tallinn. Another could have been made good use of. Our day in Riga there was the option to ride out to the beach, or just keep walking the town after our tour guide was finished with us. There is so much there, we elected to just spend the day exploring the town (no regrets). If there was any downside to this trip, it was the group size was a bit large. Again, perhaps because we normally do self guided we were sensitive to that. Although we did enjoy the diverse company (NZ, Australian, Canadian, Irish, US), the bigger group did make getting going and stopping, and riding, a bit more of a herding cats feel at times.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      5 for one of us 7 for the other
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Tallinn (photo by Michael Drake)
      • Estonian island (photo by Michael Drake)
      • Old fortress above a river valley... (photo by Michael Drake)
      • Trail thru the trees....to a beach view. (photo by Michael Drake)
      • Walking along Klaipeda (photo by Michael Drake)
      • One of many Baltic beach access points. (photo by Michael Drake)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Lindsey Parkinson 12 months ago

      Fun for everyone!

      My brother and I chose this tour as away to meet in the middle between our travel styles - backcountry adventures and city explorations - without needing to stress about planning. We both had a great time! The tour stopped at well known highlights and less well known gems, all the guides were kind and incredibly knowledgeable. If another family member wanted to do it, I would happily join them for another round :).

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Latvian Folk Music and Dance Festival (photo by Lindsey Parkinson)
      • Riga - UNESCO World Heritage (photo by Lindsey Parkinson)
      • Spin and wish! (photo by Lindsey Parkinson)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 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)
    • Robert Civiak 12 months ago

      I enjoyed it

      Good trip with excellent guides. The trip is a combination of walking tours of historic cities and biking on paths and quiet road, mostly near the sea near the sea.

    • 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. (photo by MarcieB)
      • This particular Eurasian Sparrowhawk was banded and then released when we arrived. (photo by MarcieB)
      • The Hill of Crosses between Palanga and Riga. It is actually in Lithuania. (photo by MarcieB)
      • 14 C castle on a small island in Lake Galve, Lithuania. (photo by MarcieB)
      • A bit of a headwind, plus the packed sand, made for a good workout. (photo by MarcieB)
      • Ristna lighthouse, designed by Gustave Eiffel, on Hiiumaa Island, Estonia. (photo by MarcieB)
      • 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)

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