Tour distances: cycling ~360 km/~225 mi., by coach ~566 km
Cycling grade: Easy to moderate. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 32 to 65 km (20-41 miles) each day with a possibility to cycle more kilometres on some days like Day 3 (Dzūkija National Park in Lithuania), Day 5 & 6 (Grodno Region in Belarus) and Day 8 (Wigry National Park in Poland). The terrain is dead flat most of the tour except a few rolling roads with some gradual hills on the first riding days in Lithuania.
Arrival / Departure: Arrival in Vilnius Airport or Kaunas Airport (100 km from Vilnius) in Lithuania and departure from the main International Warsaw-Chopin Airport or Warsaw-Modlin Airport (39 km from Warsaw), Poland. For more information about flights, see websites:
11 days self-guided supported bike tour from Vilnius (Code SG15)
Explore on your own (self-guided) a borderland of Lithuania, Poland and Belarus which is the land of gentle hills, sandy plains, vast primeval forests, crystal clear lakes and deep river valleys. The tour starts in the Lithuanian capital city Vilnius and finishes in the Polish capital city Warsaw, both cities famous for their Old towns designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The tour also includes the Čepkeliai - Dzūkija National/PAN Park with Druskininkai Resort in Lithuania, visa free Grodno region with Augustow Canal in Belarus, Masurian Lakeland with Wigry and Biebrza National Parks in Poland. Experience a wide variety of towns, villages and countryside for an excellent introduction to the very distinct characters of these different countries, especially Belarus, which still remains a blank spot on the map for many foreigners. Now you have a chance to fill up this gap!
The tour begins in Vilnius where you get your tour maps with detailed program and route description. Next day your rental bikes will be ready for your first ride in Trakai. This trip is a half-guided tour ie during the whole trip, except Grodno Town, our driver with a minibus and bike trailer is with you and you can take part in city tours (Vilnius, Grodno, Warsaw) 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 the driver or our office. To make certain that you are well looked after, we only employ people, who have good local knowledge and speak either English, or German.
Day 1 Tuesday (Lithuania): Arrive in Vilnius
Arrive in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included), check-in at the hotel and welcome meeting with Baltic Bike representative. OVERNIGHT: Vilnius; HOTEL: TILTO***
Day 2 Wednesday (Lithuania): VILNIUS-TRAKAI Insular Castle-DRUSKININKAI Resort (cycling ~35 km/22 miles, by coach ~125 km)
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 on gentle hills around the lake. Then transfer by coach to Druskininkai which is one of the best climatic and wellness springs resorts in Europe. Arrive in Druskininkai, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Druskininkai; HOTEL: REGINA***
Day 3 Thursday (Lithuania): ČEPKELIAI – DZŪKIJA NATIONAL/PAN PARK (cycling ~43 km/27 miles, by coach ~45 km)
Morning transfer to the Čepkeliai - Dzūkija National/PAN Park, the largest park in Lithuania overgrown with pine forests (90% of the territory) and one of 13 wild PAN parks in Europe. Here begins your cycle route which goes through a few ethnographical villages. En route you can also visit Grūtas Park, which has a unique distinction in Lithuania of being the place where all unwanted statues of Lenin were taken after Lithuania regained its independence from the Soviet Union. Optional dinner at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Druskininkai; HOTEL: REGINA***
Day 4 Friday (Lithuania-Belarus): DRUSKININKAI-LIŠKIAVA-GRODNO (cycling ~32 km, by coach ~70 km)
Morning ride on picturesque road along the Nemunas River. Today’s cycle route passes through Liškiava famous for its 17-18thC Dominican monastery ensemble with an impressive church on the Nemunas River bank. In the afternoon transfer to Grodno in Belarus, the region capital and mysterious place for those, who are fond of history, culture and architecture (Grodno is visa free region for foreigners!). Arrive in Grodno, check-in at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Grodno; HOTEL: SLAVIA***
Day 5 Saturday (Belarus): GRODNO - the region capital of Belarus
After breakfast a guided tour of Grodno historical old town located on steep bank of the Nemunas River. The most interesting sights of Grodno include a Cathedral Basilica of St Francis Xavier, Kolozhskaya Church of St Boris and St Gleb (12thC), Old and New Castles, Great Choral Synagogue, Sovetskaya Street, Soviet Square and others. In the afternoon free time for shopping and sightseeing on your own or going for a cycle ride around the city and its extensive parks at the Nemunas River. OVERNIGHT: Grodno; HOTEL: SLAVIA***
Day 6 Sunday (Belarus): Along AUGUSTOW Canal (cycling ~63 km/43 miles, by coach ~11 km)
After breakfast transfer by minibus outside Grodno city. Today’s loop cycle ride will start from a soviet style village and lead you on a country road towards the Augustow canal which was built in 19thC to connect water basins of the Nemunas and Vistula Rivers. This Canal is very special and protected as a historic monument. Continue cycling along the canal on paved roads and forest trails. En route you can explore several locks and weirs which were renovated 10 years ago. OVERNIGHT: Grodno; HOTEL: SLAVIA***
Day 7 Monday (Belarus-Poland): AUGUSTOW TOWN & CANAL (cycling ~53 km/33 miles, by coach ~100 km)
Morning bus transfer to Poland. Start our cycle ride from the town centre of Augustow, a small but appealing town, the gateway to the Suwałki region at the Netta River and Augustow Canal bearing the town's name. Today’s cycling leads you to Wigry National Park along several lakes and Augustow canal using extensive network of cycle trails. Arrive in Gavrych Ruda and check into the hotel for 2 overnight stays. Optional dinner at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Gavrych Ruda (Wigry National Park); HOTEL: HOTEL NAD WIGRAMI***
Day 8 Tuesday (Poland): WIGRY NATIONAL PARK (cycling ~53 km/33 miles)
Today's circular cycling route leads you on marked trails around Wigry Lake which is the largest, one of the deepest (73 m) and most beautiful in Podlasie region. En route you can explore a former Camaldolese monastery with a church and 17 hermitages, built by the death-obsessed Camaldolese monks in 17thC. Visiting Suwalki Town on the Green Velo route might be of interest for long distance riders (extra loop of 15 km/9 miles). Optional dinner at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Gavrych Ruda (Wigry National Park); HOTEL: HOTEL NAD WIGRAMI***
Day 9 Wednesday (Poland): BIEBRZA NATIONAL PARK (cycling ~48 km/30 miles, by coach ~35 km)
Transfer to Biebrza National Park which protects vast and relatively untouched fenlands with a unique variety of plants, rare wetland birds and mammals such as Elk and Beaver. Today’s cycle route leads you along the GreenVelo route to Goniadz. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Goniadz; HOTEL: BARTLOWZINA*** or similar
Day 10 Thursday (Poland) GONIADZ – WARSAW (cycling ~39 km/24 miles, by coach ~180 km)
Morning is dedicated for the final cycling ride along the Royal Route (Polish: Trakt Królewski) through Biebrza National Park and then transfer by bus to Warsaw, capital of Poland. Check-in at the hotel followed by a guided tour of Warsaw Old Town. OVERNIGHT: Warsaw; HOTEL: METROPOL*** or similar
Day 11 Friday (Poland): Warsaw
Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.
2019 TOUR DATES
SG15-1. 25.06 - 05.07.2019 (en/de) - Fully booked!
SG15-2. 23.07 - 02.08.2019 (en/de)
SG15-3. 27.08 - 06.09.2019 (en) - Fully booked!
*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* hotels
- Rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC