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Cycling in Lithuania and Latvia: Vilnius - Curonian Spit & Gauja National Park - Riga

 


TOUR INFORMATION

Tour distances: cycling ~206 km/~129 mi., by coach ~745 km/466 mi., by boat/ferry ~50 km/31 mi.

Cycling grade: We rate this trip Easygoing. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 25 to 60 km (15-37 miles each day). 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. Our walking in the capital towns is along cobbled streets.

Arrival / Departure: Arrive in Vilnius or Kaunas (100 km from Vilnius) and depart from Riga. For more information about flights, see websites:

VILNIUS airport (excluding 14.07 - 18.08 , airport will be closed due to renovation)
KAUNAS airport (Ryanair only, but 14.07 - 18.08 - other airlines)
RIGA Airport

 

8 days guided group cycling tour from Vilnius to Riga (Code G2)

The Baltic coast and National Parks of Lithuania and Latvia explored on highly scenic routes, including the two capital cities –Vilnius and Riga – with their old towns designated by UNESCO as the World Heritage Sites; and featuring the previously-closed Curonian Spit. Start your tour in Vilnius, travel to the Baltic Sea Coast in the West and further on to Latvia in the north, enjoy a great variety of towns, villages and landscapes, and get an excellent feel for the different characters of these distinctive sister countries.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Vilnius (Lithuania)

Welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide. Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 2: Trakai Island Castle & Kaunas (Lithuania)

After breakfast a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town. Afternoon trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. After visit to the 14thC island castle built 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 (Cycle ~26 km., bus ~95 km).

Day 3: Along the Nemunas River to Klaipėda (Lithuania)

Morning transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast. En route passing 16th-17thC castles of Raudonė and Panemunė. In the afternoon cycling to Ventė Horn famous for its bird observatory and the 19thC 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 Klaipėda (Cycle ~28 km., bus ~240 km)

Day 4: The Curonian Spit National Park (Lithuania)

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 Klaipėda on the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit famous for its amber and fine sand beaches. Dinner at the hotel (included). Overnight in Klaipėda (Cycle ~ 55 km, boat ~50 km).

Day 5: Klaipeda to Palanga by bike then drive to Riga (Lithuania - Latvia)

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 and 15000 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) (Cycle ~30 km, bus ~290 km).

Day 6: Riga & Jurmala Beach (Latvia)

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 (Cycle ~30 km, bus ~20 km).

Day 7: Gauja National Park & Bicycle Museum (Latvia)

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 (Cycle ~40 km, bus ~100 km).

Day 8: Tour ends in Riga

Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.

2017 TOUR DATES*

G2-01. 28.05 - 04.06.2017 - fully booked
G2-02. 04.06 - 11.06.2017 - fully booked
G2-03. 18.06 - 25.06.2017 - fully booked
G2-04. 02.07 - 09.07.2017 - fully booked
G2-05. 16.07 - 23.07.2017
G2-06. 30.07 - 06.08.2017
G2-07. 13.08 - 20.08.2017
G2-09. 27.08 - 03.09.2017
G2-10. 03.09 - 10.09.2017

*departure any date (May-September) possible on request with min. 15 people per group

TOUR PRICE per person

Double/Twin room € 895
Single room € 1110

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Breakfast on days 2-8
  • Welcome meeting with a glass of wine or beer
  • 2 x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea (1xKlaipėda, 1xRiga)
  • Mineral water at your disposal on cycling days
  • Bike rental with a back pannier
  • Services of local tour guide(s) on days 2-7
  • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned coach /minibus
  • Luggage transport
  • Boat trips across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida
  • Ferry tickets to Klaipeda
  • Entrance to museums: Trakai Castle, Ventė Ornithological station, Amber in Palanga, Turaida Castle, Bicycle in Saulkrasti
  • Individual information package (one per room)

ACCOMMODATION

- 3-4* hotels
- Rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Rent of E-bike/Pedelec with a pannier -  € 125
  • Half board (5 x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea) - € 104
  • Pre-tour accommodation in Vilnius 3* (price per room per night with breakfast)
    Double/twin room - € 79
    Single room - € 69
  • Post-tour accommodation in Riga 3* (price per room per night with breakfast)
    Double/twin room - € 75
    Single room - € 65
  • Arrival/departure transfers (price for one way for up to 3 people)
    from Vilnius airport/to Riga airport  - € 30 (excluding 14.07 - 18.08 in Vilnius)
    from Kaunas airport (100 km from Vilnius) - € 119

NOTES

  • Discounts for extra bed in double/twin room for people from 5 yrs. old – 25 %
  • Children under 5 yrs. old – free of charge
  • Minimum group size:
    – 2 people (9  x guaranteed departures)
    – 15 people (any other date May-September on request)
  • Maximum group size – 21 people with one guide and 25 people with two guides

Your booking request is valid only with our written confirmation.

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8-day guided cycling in Lithuania & Latvia (from Vilnius)

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