Tour distances: cycling ~334 km/~209 mi., by coach ~535 km
Cycling grade: Easy to moderate. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 32 to 57 km (20-36 miles) each day with a possibility to cycle more kilometres on some days like Day 2 (along the Baltic coast in Jūrmala, Latvia), Day 6 (~30 km extra to finish the cycle ride in Kaliningrad, Russia) and Day 10 (instead of cruising Elblag Canal cycle ~50 km directly to Malbork in Poland). The terrain is dead flat most of the tour except a few gradual hills on the Curonian Spit in Lithuania and hilly coastal terrain in the Landscape Park of the Elblag Upland, Poland.
Arrival / Departure: Arrival in Riga Airport in Latvia and departure from Gdansk Airport in Poland. For more information about flights, see websites:
11 days self-guided supported bike tour from Riga (Code SG18)
Explore the Baltic coast of the four countries on very scenic routes. Travel from Latvia in the north, through Lithuania and across the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad into Poland in the south; experience a wide variety of towns, villages and countryside for an excellent introduction to the very distinct characters of these quite different countries. The tour includes the capital city Riga and former Hansa Cities - Kaliningrad (Koenigsberg) and Gdansk (Danzig), two of them having Old towns designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO; Lithuanian seaport of Klaipėda (Memel) and the Curonian Spit National Park, both Lithuanian and Russian parts. At the end of the tour you will have a chance to explore Nicolaus Copernicus town of Frombork, the Elblag Canal – a famous early technical masterpiece and impressive Malbork Castle, the biggest medieval brick structure in the world built by the Teutonic Knights, and finally Gdansk (Danzig) - Poland’s principal seaport and a city with over 1000 years of history featuring beautiful old town with the country’s biggest cathedral
The tour begins in Riga where you get your tour maps with detailed program and route description. Next day your rental bicycles will be ready for your first ride to Jurmala Resort. This trip is a half-guided tour ie during the whole trip, except Jurmala and Lithuanian part of the Curonian Spit, our driver with a minibus and bike trailer is close to you; and you can take part in city tours (Riga, Kaliningrad, Gdansk) lead by professional guides. Our driver will transport your luggage every day to the next hotel. If you have a breakdown, then our driver will take care of everything for you. If you have any problems – contact our office or the driver. To make certain that you are well looked after, we only employ people, who have good local knowledge and speak English.
Day 1 Saturday (Latvia): RIGA
Arrive in Riga. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel. 7:00 p.m. (19:00) welcome meeting at the hotel with with Baltic Bike Travel representative. OVERNIGHT: Riga; HOTEL: AVALON**** or similar
Day 2 Sunday (Latvia): RIGA & JURMALA Seaside Resort (cycling ~30 km/19 miles, by train or coach ~25 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. We recommend that you take the opportunity to bath in the sea and try cycling along the beach – its well worth it! In the evening take a local train back to Riga (30 min; not included). OVERNIGHT: Riga; HOTEL: AVALON**** or similar
Day 3 Monday (Latvia-Lithuania): Hill of Crosses & LITHUANIAN SEASIDE Cycle Route (cycling ~35 km/22 miles, by coach ~290 km)
Transfer by minibus to the Lithuanian Seaside. En-route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Begin your cycle ride to Klaipėda on a beautiful bicycle path, which lies along the Baltic Coast in the Seaside Regional Park. En route pass Palanga, the well-known Lithuanian seaside resort. Enjoy a break here; perhaps visit the renowned Botanical Park and the 470 m pier heading out into the Baltic Sea. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Klaipėda; HOTEL: OLD MILL*** or similar
Day 4 Tuesday (Lithuania): CURONIAN SPIT & NIDA (cycling ~57 km/36 miles)
After breakfast you cross the lagoon by ferry (not included) and start cycling on an asphalt bike path which takes you along the Curonian Spit to Nida, the most beautiful resort in Lithuania famous for impressive sand dunes, the Amber Gallery, etc. En route you can visit the Hill of Witches which houses almost a hundred whimsical wooden sculptures about Lithuanian legends scattered along a forest path. Or, if you prefer, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants, explore the “Dead” sand dunes on foot, swim in the Baltic Sea or, simply relax, & take in the sun on golden beaches. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Nida; HOTEL: NERIJA*** or similar
Day 5 Wednesday (Lithuania-Russia): CURONIAN SPIT - Russian Side (cycling ~ 56 km/35 miles)
Today´s bike trip leads you through the Russian part of the Curonian Spit to Zelenogradsk, a popular seaside resort with elegant old villas. En route explore the Baltic Coast with picturesque dunes, the “dancing” forest and an ornithological museum, known as the first in the world such kind of bird observation field station. The Curonian Spit is known as place where almost one million migrating birds “pass/stop off”’ each year. Arrive in Zelenogradsk, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Zelenogradsk; HOTEL: LOGER HAUS or similar
Day 6 Thursday (Russia): SVETLOGORSK Seaside Resort & AMBER TOWN Yantarny (~50 km/31 miles, by minibus 50 km)
Minibus transfer to Svetlogorsk (formerly Rauschen founded in 1228) which is another traditional seaside Spa town with its impressive 60 meters high coastal cliffs. Today’s cycling takes us through Sambian peninsula to Yantarny, the town named after Amber in Russian. This place is famous for its open pit amber mines where more than 500 tones of amber is produced annually. Enjoy picturesque countryside by cycling towards Kaliningrad on small roads framed with tree alleys. Finish the ride with a transfer to the next overnight place in Kaliningrad, check-in at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Kaliningrad; HOTEL: MOSKVA*** or similar
Day 7 Friday (Russia): KALININGRAD (KÖNIGSBERG) – on foot and by minibus (no cycling)
After breakfast you may take part in a guided tour of Kaliningrad, a former German city of Königsberg, capital of East Prussia where Prussian kings were crowned. The city tour includes the King’s Gate and the Konigsberg Cathedral with a grave of Immanuel Kant, city fortifications and bastions, etc. Afternoon free to explore Kaliningrad on your own. OVERNIGHT: Kaliningrad; HOTEL: MOSKVA*** or similar
Day 8 Saturday (Russia-Poland): Along GREEN VELO Route to Frombork (~32 km/20 miles, by minibus 50 km)
Morning transfer to Mamonovo where start cycling and crossing the Polish border. Continue cycling to Frombork following the newly established Green Velo cycle route along the Vistula Lagoon. Arrive in Frombork known as “The Jewel of Warmia” with an intriguing astronomical legacy. Traditionally a home of merchants, farmers and fishermen, Frombork’s most illustrious inhabitant was the astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus who lived and worked here as a priest. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Frombork; HOTEL: KOPERNIK*** or similar
Day 9 Sunday (Poland): Hilly GREEN VELO Route & Elblag (cycling ~42 km/26 miles)
Cycle to Elblag along the picturesque coast of Vistula Lagoon (mainly flat terrain) or party on newly built asphalt cycle trail rolling through a Landscape Park of the Elblag Upland (hilly terrain). Arrive in Elblag town, a former Hanseatic Elbing founded by Teutonic Order and nowadays famous for its reconstructed Stare Miasto (the Old town). Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Elblag; HOTEL: ELBLAG**** or similar
Day 10 Monday (Poland): the Elblag Canal – Malbork Castle & Gdansk (cycling ~ 32 km/20 miles, by minibus ~ 120 km)
Have a free day from cycling by taking a half day cruise on board of passenger ships along the Elblag Canal - the famous early technical masterpiece (not included) or cycle by bike to Buczyniec where you may take a leisure cruise on Buczyniec Ramp (~1 hour, not included), a winch which was used to lift boats 100 m up and across dry land before returning them back to the Elblag Canal above. In the afternoon transfer to Gdansk. En route stop in Marienburg (Malbork), the capital of Teutonic Knights, where you may shortly visit the greatest European fortress from the Middle Ages. Arrive in Gdansk, check-in at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Gdansk; HOTEL: WOLNE MIASTO*** or similar
Day 11 Tuesday (Poland): Gdansk
Morning city tour of Gdansk (Danzig) - a city with over 1000 years of history. End of the tour.
2019 TOUR DATES
SG18-1. 15.06 - 25.06.2019 (en/de) - fully booked!
SG18-2. 06.07 - 16.07.2019 (en/de)
SG18-3. 03.08 - 13.08.2019 (en/de)
SG18-4. 31.08 - 10.09.2019 (en) - Guaranteed departure!
*Language of city guide/-es: EN – English speaker, DE – German speaker
TOUR PRICE per person
Double/Twin room - 1150 EUR
Single room - 1449 EUR
- 3-4* hotels
- Rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC