Tour distances: cycling ~341 km / 213 miles, by bus ~1135 km/ 710 miles, by boat ~26km/ 17 miles, by train ~25 km/ 16 miles
Cycling grade: We rate this trip Easygoing. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 25 to 60 km (15-37 miles each day). The terrain is varied and rolling with some gradual hills on some riding days (some steep ups and downs in the Gauja River valley) and dead flat most of the tour. Our walking in the capital towns is 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:
11 days self-guided cycling tour from Vilnius to Tallinn (Code SG11)
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; the Curonian Spit which was previously closed to visitors; nowadays it is often called the Lithuanian Sahara; the beautiful Gauja River valleys 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.
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 the Curonian Spit and Jurmala, our driver with a minibus and bike trailer is with you and you can take part in city tours (Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn) 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 Sunday (Lithuania): Arrive to Vilnius
Welcome meeting at the hotel with our representative. Overnight in Vilnius.
Day 2 Monday (Lithuania): Trakai island castle & capital Vilnius (Cycle ~35km., bus ~75 km)
City tour of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. Afternoon trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Then cycling through picturesque countryside on gentle hills and transfer by coach to the hotel in Kaunas. .
Day 3 Tuesday (Lithuania): Crossing the Curonian Lagoon (cycling ~35 km, by minibus ~200 km, by boat ~14 km)
Morning transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast. In the afternoon cycling to Ventė Cape including visit to a bird observatory and the 19thC lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years. Take a boat across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida en-route enjoying the beautiful view of the Curonian Spit sand dunes which separate the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. Overnight in Nida.
Day 4 Wednesday (Lithuania): Curonian Spit National Park (cycling ~60 km)
Sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Then cycling on the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit. En route to Klaipėda you may stop at the “Dead” sand dunes, visit Juodkrantė settlement and go swimming in the Baltic Sea. Arrive in Smiltynė, take a ferry to the Old Town of Klaipėda. Overnight in Klaipeda.
Day 5 Thursday (Lithuania-Latvia): the Seaside Cycle Route & Hill of Crosses (cycling ~30 km, by minibus ~290 km)
Cycling to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park and visiting the Botanical Garden and Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz. Afternoon transfer to Riga (Latvia). En route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills.Overnight in Riga.
Day 6 Friday (Latvia): Riga & Jurmala Beach (cycling ~35 km, by train ~25 km)
Morning guided tour of a medieval hanseatic town of Riga. In the afternoon cycling to Jurmala, the largest resort in the Baltic States well known for its long white sand beaches. In the evening take a local train back to Riga (30 min; not included).
Day 7 Saturday (Latvia): Riga & Gauja National Park (cycling ~21 km, by minibus ~50 km)
Morning is free to explore Riga on your own followed by a transfer to the Gauja National park. En route you can visit Gutmana Cave, also Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda. Overnight in Riga.
Day 8 Sunday (Latvia-Estonia): Saaremaa Island (cycling ~35 km, by minibus ~330 km, by ferry 6 km)
Morning transfer to the largest Estonian island of Saaremaa. 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 village of Angla where the iconic windmills are located. Transfer to Mandjala, check into the hotel for 2 overnight stays at the seaside. Overnight I Mandjala.
Day 9 Monday (Estonia): Saaremaa Island & Sorve Peninsula
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 by minibus or cycling back to the hotel. (cycling ~55 km, by minibus ~40 km)
Day 10 Tuesday (Estonia): Saaremaa Island & Tallinn
Take a morning ride to the Kaali meteorite crater. En route stop in Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, a home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from 13thC. Transfer by minibus to Tallinn. In the afternoon arrive in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel followed by a guided tour of Tallinn Old Town. Overnight in Tallinn.(cycling ~35 km, by coach ~190 km, by ferry 6 km)
Day 11 Wednesday (Estonia): Tallinn
Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.
2017 TOUR DATES*
SG11-01. 04.06 – 14.06.2017 - fully booked!
SG11-02. 18.06 – 28.06.2017 - fully booked!
SG11-03. 02.07 – 12.07.2017 - fully booked!
SG11-04. 16.07 – 26.07.2017
SG11-05. 30.07 – 09.08.2017
SG11-06. 13.08 – 23.08.2017
SG11-07. 27.08 – 06.09.2017
*departure any date (May-September) possible on request with min. 4 people per group
TOUR PRICE per person
Double/Twin room € 1099
Single room € 1399
- 3-4* hotels
- Rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC