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Cycle Tour in the Baltics with the Capital Cities (Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn), Curonian Spit National Park & Saaremaa Island


TOUR INFORMATION

Tour distances: cycling ~344 km/~215 mi., by coach ~1390 km/869 mi., by boat/ferry ~12 km/8 mi.

Cycling grade: We rate this trip Easygoing to Moderate . Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 28 to 58 km (18-36 miles each day). The terrain is varied and rolling with a few gradual hills on some riding days (a few steep ups and downs in the Gauja River valley) and dead flat most of the tour. The tour covers all three Baltic States and therefore it includes a few long bus transfers between the most interesting cycling destinations and the capital cities. Our walking sightseeing tours in the capital old towns are along cobbled streets.

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

VILNIUS airport
KAUNAS airport
TALLINN airport

 

11 days guided group cycling tour of the Baltics from Vilnius to Tallinn (Code G1)

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 as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO; and 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 quite different countries.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Vilnius (Lithuania)

Welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide. 
OVERNIGHT: Vilnius; HOTEL: TILTO*** or similar

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, where you may visit the 14thC island castle built on a small island in Lake Galvė. In the afternoon 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. (Cycle ~28 km/18 miles, bus ~100 km).
OVERNIGHT: Kaunas; HOTEL: EUROPA ROYALE KAUNAS**** or similar

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

Morning transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast. En route passing 17thC castle of Panemunė. In the afternoon, after picnic lunch (included), 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. (Cycle ~30 km/19 miles, bus ~290 km)
OVERNIGHT: Klaipėda; HOTEL: OLD MILL*** or similar

Day 4: The Curonian Spit National Park (Lithuania)

Take a morning ferry to the Curonian Spit and transfer by coach 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. Overnight and dinner at the hotel or city restaurant in Klaipėda (included) (Cycle ~58 km/36 miles, bus ~50 km).
OVERNIGHT: Klaipėda; HOTEL: OLD MILL*** or similar

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 ~32 km/20 miles, bus ~290 km).
OVERNIGHT: Riga; HOTEL: RIXWELL KONVENTA SETA*** or similar

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. (Cycle ~30 km/19 miles, bus ~20 km). 
OVERNIGHT: Riga; HOTEL: RIXWELL KONVENTA SETA*** or similar

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

Morning transfer to to Saulkrasti. After visiting the Latvian bicycle museum start your bike ride 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. Arrive in Sigulda, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel. (Cycle ~40 km/25 miles, bus ~100 km). OVERNIGHT: Sigulda; HOTEL: SIGULDA*** or similar

Day 8: Sigulda - Saaremaa (Latvia - Estonia)

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 willage of Angla where the iconic windmills are located. Transfer to Mandjala or Kuressaare, check into hotel for 2 stays at the seaside. Dinner at the hotel (included). (Cycle ~38 km/24 miles, bus ~330 km, ferry ~6 km)
OVERNIGHT: Mandjala or Kuressaare (Saaremaa Island); HOTEL: SAAREMAA*** or similar

Day 9 Monday: Saaremaa Island

Enjoy a day ride across Saaremaa Island's wild beauty - Sorve Peninsula, with a finish at the Sorve lighthouse. Historically, the peninsula had considerable military 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 or Kuressaare (Cycle ~56 km/34 miles, bus ~40 km or 50 km)
OVERNIGHT: Mandjala or Kuressaare (Saaremaa Island); HOTEL: SAAREMAA*** or similar

Day 10 Tuesday: Saaremaa Island & Tallinn

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 local restaurant (included). (cycling ~40 km/25 miles or 30 km/19 miles, by coach ~210 km, by ferry 6 km)
OVERNIGHT: Tallinn; HOTEL: HESTIA ILMARINE**** or similar

Day 11: Tour ends in Tallinn

Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.

2020 TOUR DATES (Guaranteed Departures)*

SEASON I:

G1-01. 18.05 - 28.05.2020 (en)
G1-02. 25.05 - 04.06.2020 (en)
G1-03. 01.06 - 11.06.2020 (en/de)
G1-15. 24.08 - 03.09.2020 (en/de)
G1-16. 31.08 - 10.09.2020 (en)
G1-17. 07.09 - 17.09.2020 (en)

SEASON II:

G1-04. 08.06 - 18.06.2020 (en/de)
G1-05. 15.06 - 25.06.2020 (en/de)
G1-06. 22.06 - 02.07.2020 (en/de)
G1-07. 29.06 - 09.07.2020 (en/sp & de)
G1-08. 06.07 - 16.07.2020 (en & de)
G1-09. 13.07 - 23.07.2020 (en & de)
G1-10. 20.07 - 30.08.2020 (en & de)
G1-11. 27.07 - 06.08.2020 (en & de)
G1-12. 03.08 - 13.08.2020 (en/de)
G1-13. 10.08 - 20.08.2020 (en/de)
G1-14. 17.08 - 27.08.2020 (en/de)

de - German speaker tour guide, en - English speaker tour guide, en/de - mixed English/German speaking group with billingual tour guide (smaller group) or two guides, en & de - separate English and German speaking groups with two guides, en/sp - mixed English/Spanish speaking group with billingual tour guide

*departure any date (May-September) possible on request with min. 15 people per group (valid the same rates), but also possible for smaller groups with higher rates

TOUR PRICE per person

SEASON I (starting the tour May 1 - June 7 & August 24 - September 30)
Double/Twin room - 1299 EUR
Single room - 1649 EUR

SEASON II (starting the tour June 8 - August 23)
Double/Twin room  - 1345 EUR
Single room - 1715 EUR

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Breakfast on days 2-11
  • Welcome meeting with a glass of wine or beer
  • 1 x picnic lunch in nature
  • 4 x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea (1 xKlaipeda, 1xRiga, 1xSaaremaa, 1xTallinn)
  • Mineral water at your disposal on cycling days + reusable water bottle
  • Bike rental with a back pannier
  • Services of local tour guide(s) on days 2-10
  • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned coach /minibus
  • Luggage transport
  • Ferry tickets to the Curonian Spit in Klaipeda
  • Ferry tickets to/from Saaremaa Island
  • Entrance to museums: Ventė Ornithological station, Amber in Palanga, Turaida Castle, Bicycle in Saulkrasti, Angla Windmill Park in Saaremaa
  • 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 - 195 EUR
  • Half board (4 x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea; 1xKaunas, 1xKlaipeda, 1xSigulda, 1xSaaremaa) - 99 EUR
  • Pre-tour accommodation in Vilnius 3* (price per room per night with breakfast)
    Double/twin room - 90 EUR
    Single room - 80 EUR
  • Post-tour accommodation in Tallinn 4* (price per room per night with breakfast)
    Double/twin room - 110 EUR
    Single room - 99 EUR
  • Arrival/departure transfers (price for one way for up to 3 people)
    from Vilnius airport/to Tallinn airport  - 30 EUR

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 (17  x guaranteed departures)
    – 15 people (any other date May-September on request)
  • Maximum group size – 19 people with one guide and 25 people with two guides
G1-01. 20.05 - 30.05.2018 (de/en)
G1-02. 27.05 - 06.06.2018 (de/en)
G1-03. 03.06 - 13.06.2018 (en)
G1-04. 10.06 - 20.06.2018 (de&en) - 6 places left!
G1-05. 17.06 - 27.06.2018 (de/en)
G1-06. 24.06 - 04.07.2018 (de&en)
G1-07. 01.07 - 11.07.2018 (de/en) - 2 places left!
G1-08. 08.07 - 18.07.2018 (de)
G1-09. 15.07. - 25.07.2018 (de/en) - 2 places left!
G1-10. 22.07 - 01.08.2018 (de)
G1-11. 29.07 - 08.08.2018 (de/en) - 6 places left!
G1-12. 05.08 - 15.08.2018 (de)
G1-13. 12.08 - 22.08.2018 (de/en)
G1-14. 19.08 - 29.08.2018 (de&en)
G1-15. 26.08 - 05.09.2018 (en)
G1-16. 02.09 - 12.09.2018 (en)

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