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Lithuania-Russia: Cycling around the Curonian Lagoon (the Curonian Spit & Kaliningrad District)

 


TOUR INFORMATION

Tour distances: cycling ~ 590 km/369 mi.

Cycling grade: We rate this trip easygoing to moderate. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths of the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route (range from 55 to 85 km (35-53 miles) each day. The terrain is varied and rolling with some gradual hills on some riding days on the Curonian Spit.

Arrival & departure information:

Ferry terminal in Klaipėda (ferries from Kiel, Germany, & Karlshamn, Sweden)

Airports:

  1. PALANGA (30 km/19 mi. away from Klaipėda) with regular flights from Copenhagen (Denmark), Oslo (Norway), Riga (Latvia), Warsaw (Poland) - New LOT flight! & London Luton (Great Britain) - New WizzAir flight! Due to good connecting flights (SAS, AirBaltic, LOT) it is easy to reach this airport from many cities in Europe via Copenhagen, Riga and Warsaw.
  2. KAUNAS (220 km/64 mi. away from Klaipėda) with regular flights operated by low cost airline RYANAIR. There is a regular Kaunas Airport Express minibus connection to Klaipėda.

Parking: free car parking at the arrival hotel.

 

12 days self-guided circular cycling tour from Klaipėda (Code SG5)

Discover the Baltic Sea coast in Lithuania and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad by cycling around the Curonian Lagoon. On this tour you will experience traditional country life when cycling in the Nemunas River Delta region, explore the Curonian Spit National Park with its former fishermen’s villages, an impressive, unique landscape of dunes and enjoy typical, shady East Prussian tree lined avenues. Everywhere you’ll discover traces of rich culture and fascinating history, especially in Russian towns like Sovetsk (Tilsit) and Kaliningrad, the former Koenigsberg, which has been redeveloped after the war to become a true Soviet city - don't miss your chance to experience it.
The tour begins & ends in the Lithuanian coastal town of Klaipėda (known as Memel for many years) which boasts a rich, turbulent history from 13thC. Nowadays, it’s a bustling, modern town offering many excellent leisure options ranging from history tours, to water sports. There’s a wide range of cafes & restaurants & many annual festivals, e.g. jazz, folklore. Guests can choose to spend extra nights here either at the beginning or end of the tour. Guests spend 2 nights in Nida the largest settlement on the Curonian Spit. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing seaside break or explore on foot, by cycle or canoe its unique surroundings; its geology, birdlife, the influence of the Lagoon etc.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Klaipėda

Arrival in Klaipėda. Individuall transfer to your hotel (not incl.) Overnight in Klaipėda.

2. Day: Klaipėda –Šilutė, ~65 km/41 mi.

Information meeting and delivery of rental bicycles at the hotel where you will be greeted by our representative. Then start cycling on countryside roads through Dituva allotment gardens and Pamarys Meadows to Šilutė. En route you will cross the 24-km long Klaipėda Canal, also known as King Vilhelm’s Canal, which was dug in the 19th century to link the Minija River with the Curonian Lagoon in Klaipėda. Overnight in Šilutė.

3. Day: Šilutė– Pagėgiai, ~55 km/35 mi.

Explore Šilutė, a town named after “Šilokarčema” (a pub in the pine forest); cycle along the Nemunas River Cycle Route, on roads with little traffic to Pagėgiai. Overnight in Pagėgiai.

4. Day: Pagėgiai - Sowetsk – Tschernjachowsk, (~85km/53mi.)

Cycle over the Queen Louise Bridge to the Russian border which you cross and enter the Russian enclave within the EU. Explore the city of Sovetsk, formerly Tilsit, known for its rich traditions of cheese production (Tilsit cheese) before continuing to cycle to Tschernjahovsk. Overnight in Tschernjachowsk .

5. Day: Tschernjachowsk – Polessk, ~70 km/44 mi.

Cycling to Polessk, a small town, 3 km away from harbour edge. You may visit the castle ruins from the 17th century.  Overnight in Polessk.

6. Day: Polessk – Kaliningrad (Königsberg), ~65 km/41 mi.

Today there’s a beautiful bike ride which, from time to time, passes through shaded lanes lined with trees. Arrival in Kaliningrad, former Koenigsberg, the previous capital of East Prussia. The city has developed enormously since its’ 750th celebrations. The most important being the King's Gate and the Cathedral. Overnight in Kaliningrad.

7. Day: Kaliningrad – Svetlogorsk, ~ 55 km/35 mi.

Free morning to discover Kaliningrad. Visit the old market, the newly designed Hansa Square and Dohna Tower. Afternoon cycling on picturesque country roads with little traffic along tree lined avenues to Svetlogorsk. Or you could spend the whole day in Kaliningrad and take an evening train to Svetlogorsk which is an old spa town with 60 meter high coastal cliffs.Overnight in Svetlogorsk.

8. Day: Svetlogorsk – Yantarnyj– Zelenogradsk , ~ 80 km/50 mi.

Cycling through West Sambia to Yantarnyj which means “amber” in Russian and everything here is related to the amber business before cycling on to Zelenogradsk. This used to be a popular seaside resort with elegant old villas some of which have now been renovated. It’s an interesting place with its own interesting atmosphere. Overnight in Zelenogradsk.

9. Day: Along the Curonian Spit ~ 55 km/35 mi.

The route today takes you along the Russian part of the Curonian Spit washed by the Baltic Sea on one side and the Curonian Lagoon on the other. En route visit the world's first ornithological station in Rybacznoje, an interesting museum and huge hunting sites. As many as one million birds migrate to this area every year. There is plenty of time today to visit the dunes and go for a swim before crossing the Lithuanian border in late afternoon and cycling on to Nida. Overnight  in Nida.

10. Day: Nida

Free day to explore Nida for swimming, sunbathing or simply strolling around this former old fishermen’s village on the Curonian Spit. Nowadays Nida is the largest settlement in the Neringa region and one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Cycle or walk along impressive sand dunes, visit the most popular places of interest – the Fisherman’s House, the summer house of famous German writer Thomas Mann and the Amber Gallery. Overnight in Nida.

11. Day: Nida – Juodkrantė– Klaipėda, ~ 60 km/38 mi.

Cycling on an asphalt bike path (part of the Seaside Cycle Route) which takes you along the Curonian Spit to Klaipėda. En route you can explore the “Dead” sand dunes on foot, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants, visit the Hill of Witches which houses a hundred fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures of Lithuanian legends scattered along a forest path, swim in the Baltic Sea or, relax, take in the sun on golden beaches. Arrival in Smiltynė where you take a ferry to the Old Town of Klaipėda. Check-in at the hotel and drop off the rental bicycles (if any). Overnight in Klaipėda.

12. Day: Klaipėda

After breakfast departure home or staying longer.

TOUR DATES

SG5. 01.05 – 30.09.2017 (daily departure)

TOUR PRICE per person

  1. Low season (01.05-20.06.2017 & 25.08-30.09.2017)
    DBL/Twin room -  € 699
    SGL room - € 1098

  2. High season (20.06-25.08.2017)
    DBL/Twin room - € 739
    SGL room - € 1168

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 11 nights at the hotels/guesthouses with en-suite facilities (rooms with WC and bath or shower)
  • All hotel taxes
  • Breakfast daily
  • Official invitation for Russian visa
  • Passport fee for registration in Kaliningrad (Russia)
  • 24 hours emergency hotline
  • Individual information package (one per room): tour program with route description, maps and city guides

ACCOMODATION

3* middle-range hotels & guesthouses

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

  • Rent of trekking bike (7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears & back-pedal break or 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears) + waterproof handlebar bag with a map holder (Ortlieb) - € 99
  • Rent of E-bike/Pedelec + waterproof bag + tachometer + repair set with spare inner tubes - € 245
  • Bicycle tachometer rental (min. 4 functions) - € 15
  • Half board (11 x 3-course dinners with coffe/tea) - € 215
  • Pre/post-tour accommodation with breakfast in Klaipėda 3*
    Double/twin room - € 76
    Single room - € 65
  • Transfer by car from/to: (price for one way up to 3 peoples):
    Palanga airport -  € 48
    Klaipeda ferry terminal (ferries from Germany) - € 35
    Klaipeda Central Ferry Terminal (ferries from Sweden) - € 29

NOTES:

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

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Cycling around the Curonian Lagoon in Lithuania & Russia (12-day self-guided bike tour)

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