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

  • 3.4

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  • 10 nights | 22 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Guided from: €1275
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Tour description

Explore the Baltic coast and the National Parks of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on very scenic routes. The tour includes the three capital cities – Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn – with their Old towns designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Experience the previously-closed Curonian Spit and the largest and most beautiful Estonian island of Saaremaa.

Travel from Lithuania in the south, through Latvia and on to Estonia in the north. Experience a wide variety of towns, villages and countryside for an excellent introduction to the very distinct characters of these distinctly unique countries.

Daily Program

Day 1: Arrive in Vilnius
Individual arrival in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. Check-in at the hotel and prepare for the welcome meeting with your tour guide at 7:00 p.m. (19:00). Optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 2: Vilnius – Trakai Insular Castle – Kaunas (cycling 16 miles/26 km, transfer 59 miles/95 km)
After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town. In the afternoon take a trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. After visit to the 14th century island castle on a small island in Lake Galvė, start your first cycle ride through picturesque countryside on gentle hills, then transfer by coach to Kaunas. Arrive in Kaunas, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Kaunas.

Day 3: Kaunas – Vente Horn – Klaipeda (cycling 16 miles/28 km, transfer 149 miles/240 km)
Morning transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast. En route pass the 16th-17th century castles of Raudonė and Panemunė. In the afternoon cycle to Ventė Horn famous for its bird observatory and the 19th century lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years. After a short bus transfer arrive in Klaipeda, the main seaport of Lithuania, check in at the hotel and optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Klaipeda.

Day 4: Curonian Spit National Park (cycling 34 miles/55 km + boat ride)
Take a morning 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. Sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. In the afternoon cycling back to Klaipeda on the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit famous for its amber and fine sand beaches. Arrival in Klaipeda for dinner at the hotel (included).
Overnight in Klaipeda.

Day 5: Klaipeda – Riga (cycling 19 miles/30 km, transfer 180 miles/290 km)
Early morning ride to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park, a former soviet military training area. Arrive in Palanga, the biggest Lithuanian seaside resort for a tour which includes a visit to the Botanical Garden and the Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz, with over 25,000 pieces of amber and 15,000 insects on display.

Afternoon transfer to Riga (Latvia). En-route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Continue to Riga, the capital city of Latvia. Arrive in Riga, check-in and dinner at the hotel (included).
Overnight in Riga.

Day 6: Riga and Jurmala Seaside Resort (cycling 19 miles/30 km, transfer 12 miles/20 km)
After breakfast a guided tour of Riga Old Town, a medieval Hanseatic town famous for its Art Nouveau buildings. In the afternoon free time in Riga or cycling to Jurmala, the largest resort in the Baltic States well known for its long, white, sand beaches, mineral waters and mud with healing properties. Transfer back by coach to the hotel in Riga. Optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Riga.

Day 7: Gauja National Park & Bicycle Museum (cycling 25 miles/40 km, transfer 62 miles/100 km)
Morning transfer to Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia, in the Gauja River Valley. Cycling through Gauja National Park to Saulkrasti, en route enjoy spectacular views of Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, visit Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda, built in 1205. Finish the ride with a visit to the Latvian bicycle museum followed by a transfer to Riga. Optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Riga.

Day 8: Riga – Saaremaa (cycling 20 miles/35 km, transfer 213 miles/340 km + ferry)
Morning transfer to the largest Estonian island of Saaremaa which has preseved 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, check into the hotel for two overnight sea-side stays. Dinner at the hotel (included).
Overnight in Mandjala.

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, with a finish at the Sorve lighthouse. Historically, the peninsula had considerable miliatry significance, dominating the Irbe Strait and the Baltic Sea route to Riga. Transfer back to the hotel. Optional dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Mandjala.

Day 10: Saaremaa and Tallinn (cycling 6 miles/10 km, transfer 135 miles/216 km + ferry)
Take a short morning ride to Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, and home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from the 13th century. Free time to explore the town and the Bishop's castle. Then transfer by coach back to the ferry going to the mainland. Be sure to stop en route at the Kaali meteorite crater which is listed on the world's giant crater list and is the rarest natural wonder in Estonia. In the afternoon, arrive in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel followed by a guided tour of Tallinn Old Town. Farewell dinner in local restaurant (included).
Overnight in Tallinn.

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

Dates

May 20, 27; Jun 3, 10, 17, 24; Jul 1, 15, 29; Aug 12, 19, 26; Sep 2, 2018 (minimum 2 participants)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1275
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€295
Optional dinner plan
€129
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€150
Extra Nights, Tallinn
Per person, double occupancy
€50
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€89
Extra Nights, Vilnius
Per person, double occupancy
€43
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€70
Transfer
Vilnius airport or to Tallinn airport, per vehicle/one way (1-3 persons)
€30
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  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
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  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Baltic Bike Travel Terms and Conditions

GENERAL CONDITIONS of Guaranteed Departure Cycling Tours

CANCELLATIONS
The following cancellation charges with apply for cancellation of the Tours received in written form by the tour operator:

  • 25% of the full amount due: 29 -10 days before departure
  • 50% of the full amount due: 9 - 4 days before departure
  • 90% of the full amount due: less than 4 days or no show

CANCELLATION FEES FOR OPTIONAL SERVICES
Cancellations is free of charge 3 days before arrival at the latest, 2-1 days – 50% of the cost of the optional services, less than 24 hours or no show – 100% of the cost of the services. The cancellation terms are valid for business days.

VALIDITY
Prices of Guaranteed Departure Escorted and Self-Guided Cycling Tours are valid for min 2 persons for all indicated departure dates till August 19th, 2015.

SUPPLEMENTARY CHARGES
An extra 20% fee will be charged for services to be rendered during night hours (11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.) and bank holidays.

NB: GUARANTEED DEPARTURE TOURS
NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR ANY UNUSED PORTION OF THE PROGRAM.

 

RESPONSIBILITY
The responsibility of the tour operator is limited. The tour operator acts only as agent for the passengers in all functions pertaining to hotel reservations and accommodations, restaurants, meals and services, sightseeing tours and transportation whatsoever and assume no liability for any injury, loss, damage, accident, delay or inconvenience which may be occasioned either by reason or defect or as a direct or indirect result of natural causes, or as acts of government or other authorities (wars, civil disturbances, strikes, etc.) or from causes beyond the tour operator control. The tour operator can accept no responsibility for loss or additional expenses due to delay or changes in scheduled or other causes.

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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 3
  • 4 Star 1
  • 3 Star 3
  • 2 Star 1
  • 1 Star 1

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    3.4

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.1
  • Value 4.1
  • Included meals 3.8
  • Bikes & equipment 4.1
  • Hotels or boat 3.9
  • Scenery 4.3
  • Ease of navigation 3.6
  • Tour documents 4.3
  • Local tour company services 4.2
  • Route selection 4.2
  • Guides (if applicable) 4.2

Reviews

Chelle October 12, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Marcie 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).

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.

quin101 July 19, 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.

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

Responses from Biketours.com

Lindsay Nash April 24, 2018
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.
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.