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Cycling along the Baltic Coast from Riga to Tallinn (Latvia - Estonia)


TOUR INFORMATION

Tour distances: cycling ~488 km /305 mi., by train ~ 53 km/33 mi

Cycling grade: Cycle routes mainly on roads with little traffic and cycle paths, except 27 km on highway when going to Pärnu. Routes range from 54 to 86 km (34-54 miles) each day. The route is flat, except for a few undulations in the Gauja River valleys (Latvia) and between Padise and Tallinn (Estonia).

Arrival & departure information:

Airports:

Ferry terminals:

  • RIGA - ferries from Stockholm (Sweden)
  • TALLINN - ferries from Stockholm (Sweden) &  Helsinki (Finland)

9 days self-guided cycling tour from Riga to Tallinn (Code SG4)

This cycle tour leads along the Baltic coast from the Art Nouveau capital city, Riga, through a National Park passing numerous, sleepy fishing coastal villages, little known beaches & Spa towns towards Tallinn. A rewarding cycle tour along flat cycle ways in the invigorating air & natural beauty of the Baltic coastline.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Riga

Individual arrival in Riga and transfer to your hotel (not included). Overnight in Riga.

Day 2. Riga – train to Sigulda – Turaida – Igate,  ~42 km/26 mi.)

Collect rental cycles at your hotel (if preordered). Cycle to train station and take a train to Sigulda (~1h). The cycle route leads through the Gauja River national park known for its impressive sandstone cliffs and caves, hilly landscape, thick forests and castles. En route you can visit Turaida castle complex, the oldest Latvian church, Krimulda, look at Birini and Igate Manor houses. Overnight in Igate or near in Limbaži.

Day 3. Igate - Limbaži – Ainaži, ~71 km/44 mi.

Continue cycling through picturesque countryside of Vidzeme region to the Baltic coastline. En route crossing the Salaca River famous for the Red Cliffs nearby the iron bridge in Mernieki. Arrive in Ainaži near the Estonian border on the site of an ancient Liv fishing village, hotel check-in. Overnight in Ainaži.

Day 4. Ainaži – Häädemeeste – Pärnu, ~68 km/43 mi.

After crossing the Latvian-Estonian border, cycle on the old coastal road winding through old coastal villages in the direction of Pärnu. On the left side of the road, the seaside meadows and lagoons overgrown with reeds are favourite resting places for migratory birds. Join the Via Baltica road at Rannametsa where there is a sign to the 1.5 km long Tolkuse bog nature trail.Arrive in Pärnu, Estonia’s most popular spa resort famous for its wide sandy beaches, the Old town, the Ruutli pedestrian street & the old fortifications. Overnight in Pärnu.

Day 5. Pärnu – Tostamaa – Varbla, ~76 km/48 mi.

Cycle along the Baltic Coast following the national cycle route No.1 and EuroVelo signs. En route you will pass several resort villages popular among holiday makers because of the 60-km beach. If you stop in Kastna village you can see the biggest oak tree in the Pärnumaa Region. Overnight at guesthouse in Varbla.

Day 6. Varbla – Lihula – Haapsalu, ~94 km/59 mi.

Today cycle on a winding road around Matsalu Bay which is one of the most important wetland bird areas in Europe. This area is now a conservation area, the Matsalu National Park. Arrive in today’s destination Haapsalu, a picturesque summer resort, famous for the ruins of the Bishop’s castle, healthy mud baths, beautiful sea promenade and the longest railway station built to accommodate the arrival of the Russian royal family’s train in the 19thC. Hotel check-in. Overnight in Haapsalu.

Day 7. Haapsalu – Padise, ~58 km/36 mi.

Cycle on the old Haapsalu-Tallinn asphalt road which has very little traffic, many forests and meadows. Arrive to  Padise where explore cloister ruins & climb its tower to see the Estonian landscapes. There is a possibility to do a longer route of 91 km along the Baltic Coast following EuroVelo route No.10. Hotel check-in. Overnight in Padise.

Day 8. Padise – Keila-Joe – Tallinn, ~65 km/41 mi

Follow the signposted cycle route towards Tallinn passing by or visiting Paldiski, a former soviet nuclear submarine military base (+7 km detour). You may also finish cycling after 19 km in Paldiski and take a train to Tallinn. After Paldiski you may stop on your way to see the sights along the Baltic Coast: Keila-Joe waterfall, Tabasalu and Rannamõisa Cliffs. En route to Tallinn city centre you can visit Rocca al Mare Open Air Museum. Arrive in Tallinn, Hotel check-in. Collection of rental cycles. Overnight in Tallinn.

Day 9: Tallinn

Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.

TOUR DATES

SG4. 01.05 – 30.09.2019 (daily departure)

TOUR PRICE per person

  1. Low season (01.05-15.06.2019 & 15.08-30.09.2019)
    DBL/Twin room - 525 EUR
    SGL room - 820 EUR

  2. High season (15.06-15.08.2019)
    DBL/Twin room - 575 EUR
    SGL room - 870 EUR

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 8 nights stay at the hotels/guesthouses (rooms with WC/shower)
  • 8 x breakfast
  • 24 hours service hotline
  • Individual information package (one per room): tour program with route description, maps and city guides

ACCOMODATION

3* middle-range hotels & guesthouses
Rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

  • Rental of hybrid trekking cycle (Kalkhoff, Panther oder Merida) equipped with 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears or 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears (optional), including waterproof handlebar bag with a map holder (Ortlieb), cycle delivery to the hotel in Riga/collection from the hotel in Tallinn & cycle transport Tallinn-Riga – 115 EUR per person (Day 2-8), 12 EUR per extra day
  • Rental of E-bike / Pedelec (Kalkhoff, Cube or Giant) + waterproof bag (Ortlieb) + tachometer + repair set with spare inner tubes, cycle delivery to the hotel in Riga/collection from the hotel in Tallinn – 275 EUR per person (Day 2-8), 30 EUR per extra day
  • Rental & fitting of cycle tachometer (min. 4 functions) – 10 EUR per cycle
  • Rental of a pair of waterproof panniers (Ortlieb) for mounting on back rack (capacity of 20 litres x 2 panniers) – 25 EUR per bicycle (Day 2-8), 3 EUR per extra day
  • Half board (8 x 3-course dinners + coffee/tea) - 299 EUR
  • Luggage transport (Riga-Igate, Igate-Ainaži, Ainaži-Pärnu, Pärnu-Varbla, Varbla-Haapsalu, Haapsalu-Padise, Padise-Tallinn) – 599 EUR for group up to 8 people
  • Bus ticket Tallinn-Riga – 33 EUR / person
  • Arrival/departure transfer by car from/to: (price for one way up to 3 people):
    From/to Riga/Tallinn airport - 30 EUR

NOTES:

  • Discounts for extra bed in Double/Twin room - 15 %
  • Minimum group size – 2 people

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SG4
Bike tour along the Baltic Coast in Latvia & Estonia (Riga-Tallinn) - 9 days, self-guided

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