Tour distances: cycling ~336 km/~210 mi., by coach ~460 km/288 mi.
Cycling grade: We rate this trip Easygoing. The terrain by Trakai and Suwalki Landscape Park is slightly hilly. Daily biking on small asphalt roads and bicycle paths. More gravel and forest roads are in Belarus.
Arrival / Departure: Vilnius or Kaunas (100 km from Vilnius). For more information about flights, see websites:
10 days guided group cycling tour from/to Vilnius (Code G5)
Explore a borderland of Lithuania, Poland and Belarus which is the land of gentle hills, sandy plains, vast primeval forests and river valleys. The tour starts and finishes in the Lithuanian capital city Vilnius famous for its Old town designated as a World Heritage Site 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 and Masurian Lakeland with Wigry National Park 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!
Day 1 Monday (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.
7:00 p.m. (19:00) welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide. Optional dinner at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Vilnius
Day 2 Tuesday (Lithuania): VILNIUS-TRAKAI Insular Castle-DRUSKININKAI Resort (cycling ~32 km/20 miles, by coach ~130 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 for 2 overnight stays, check-in and dinner at the hotel (included).
Day 3 Wednesday (Lithuania): ČEPKELIAI – DZŪKIJA NATIONAL/PAN PARK (cycling ~50 km/31 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 our cycle route through ethnographical villages. The route also passes through 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
Day 4 Thursday (Lithuania-Belarus): DRUSKININKAI-GRODNO (cycling ~50 km, by coach ~20 km)
Cycle on an asphalt cycle path through pine woods along the Nemunas River to Belarus border. After crossing the border (no visa needed, only special permission) continue cycling on small gravel roads and field paths along the Nemunas River separating Belarus from Lithuania. In the afternoon transfer to Grodno, the region capital and mysterious place for those, who are fond of history, culture and architecture. Arrive at hotel in Grodno for 2 overnight stays, check-in and dinner at the hotel (included).
Day 5 Friday (Belarus): GRODNO - the region capital of Belarus (cycling ~20 km/12 miles)
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 guided cycling tour around the city and its extensive parks at the Nemunas River. Optional dinner at the hotel. OVERNIGHT: Grodno
Day 6 Saturday (Belarus-Poland): Along AUGUSTOW Canal (cycling ~38 km/24 miles, by coach ~65 km)
After breakfast transfer by minibus towards 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. We'll start our cycle ride from a soviet style village on a country road towards the beginning of Augustow canal near the Nemunas River. Then we'll cycle along the canal on paved roads and forest trails. En route we'll explore several locks and weirs which were renovated 10 years ago. Finally we cross the border to Poland using one of the canal locks and take a minibus transfer to an overnight place in Augustow town. Check-in and dinner at the hotel (included).
Day 7 Sunday (Poland): AUGUSTOW TOWN & CANAL (cycling ~48 km/30 miles, by coach ~20 km)
Free morning for sightseeing around Augustow, a small but appealing town, the gateway to the Suwałki region at the Netta River and Augustow Canal bearing the town's name. Though the town itself has retained little historical character due to WWII, today Augustów is a popular tourist destination. We'll start our cycle ride from the hotel and continue cycling along several lakes and Augustow canal using extensive network of cycle trails. Transfer to Wigry National Park for 2 overnight stays, check into the hotel for 2 overnight stays. Dinner at the hotel (included).
Day 8 Monday (Poland): WIGRY NATIONAL PARK (cycling ~53 km/33 miles)
Cycling tour on marked trails around Wigry Lake which is the largest, one of the deepest (73 m) and most beautiful lake in Podlasie region. Its shoreline is richly indented, forming numerous bays and peninsulas, and there are 15 islands on the lake. En route explore a former Camaldolese monastery, built by the death-obsessed Camaldolese monks soon after they were brought to Wigry by King Jan II Kazimierz Waza in 1667. The whole complex, complete with a church and 17 hermitages, is spectacularly located on a peninsula in the lake. Optional dinner at the hotel.OVERNIGHT: Wigry National Park
Day 9 Tuesday (Poland-Lithuania): SUWALKI Landscape Park & VILNIUS (cycling ~45 km/28 miles, by coach ~180 km)
Today we cycle along the GreenVelo route to Suwalki, the largest town and a capital of historical Suwałki Region. After a short break and sightseeing around, continue cycling along the Czarna Hańcza River towards Lithuania. Finish your last ride in a picturesque place of Suwałki Landscape Park and take a transfer back by minibus to Vilnius (Lithuania). Check-in at hotel and farewell dinner in local restaurant. OVERNIGHT: Vilnius
Day 10 Wednesday (Lithuania): Vilnius
Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.
2018 TOUR DATES
G5. 01.05 – 30.09.2018 (Daily)
TOUR PRICE per person for group min. 12 people
Double/Twin room € 1099
Single room € 1288
- 3* hotels
- Rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC