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  • I was part of Ann Scolnick's tour from Tallin to Vilnius.  I was extremely pleased and satisfied with our tour. The organization, and hotels were excellent.  Our meals outside of the hotels were better than the ones provided in the hotels.  The best part of our tour was our guide Vaida!  She was exceptional, in fact better than any guide I have had during any of my extensive travels.  I will recommend your company to my friends, and hope they also will be lucky enough to have such a wonderful guide.
    Ginny Hackney, USA, 2015 (G1 tour in opposite direction Tallinn-Vilnius)
  • My wife and I loved the Baltic self-guided tour of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.  The route selected meant each day had a good piece of riding on quiet roads or bike paths through interesting countryside plus stops in all of the major cities and towns.  Our small group got on very well together.
    Simon Flowers, Switzerland, 2015 (self-guided tour of the Baltics: Tallinn to Vilnius)
  • Yes we had a good trip. Saw some nice nature and pleasant villages. The hotels were also good. And the bikes. The driver drove us fast and safe from / to Riga. And we were lucky with the weather. Just a few drops of rain the last day. Mostly sunny. It rained a lot more in Sweden during that week. Best regards,
    Hans Brandtberg, Sweden, 2013 (tour SG1, along the Lithuanian Seaside)
  • Hi Saulius, We had a great time on our trip, and would recommend you to anyone. If you ever figure out how to do a Helsinki - Tallinn via St Petersburg ride, we'd be in!"
    Richard Seton, USA, 2014 (self-guided tour of the Baltics: Tallinn to Vilnius)
  • Our cycling-group has spent 10 days in Lithuania and explored your country on Baltic Bike Travel route “Vilnius-Curonian Spit-Klaipeda" – we all want to thank you again for your efforts and great assistance in planning and organizing our individual intentions to realize our this years cycling idea.
    Ludwig Enser, Germany, 2012 (tour SG2, Lithuania – from the capital to the Seaside)
  • Now we are back from a most interesting and well-organized "Baltic Capital City" guided bicycle tour. We have cycled in France, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic and Ireland in all kinds of landscapes ... so we have some guided cycle tours to compare with. My husband and I are so very satisfied with the whole tour. It was just what we expected except for some extra positive factors...
    Anita Bostrom-Baversten, Sweden, 2011 (tour G1)
  • We have arrived home after the Baltic Bike trip with Ramos from Vilnius to Talinn. It was fantastic, absolutely wonderful. We've done bike trips in Europe and the US with other groups and this trip was the very best. Of course we loved the country side and the weather was an unexpected bonus.
    But the real advantage of this ride was Ramos. He is a leader with knowledge beyond any tour guide.....he offered us information on the history, the culture, the geography, the religion, the botany....everything.....the best teacher/guide possible. But, beyond that, his personality is ideal for this....he understood group dynamics and the group really connected because he drew us together; building bridges between the German speakers and the English speakers, providing humor, music, etc. And the biking was perfect....the distances worked well, the scenery and places he chose to stop were ideal.
    You've done a really good job with the pace of the trip...the 2 days in Klaipedia, 3 in Riga, 2 on the island. Good hotel, simple logistics (for the guests anyway) And, the stops were at interesting places. Albinis was a really good driver and such a friendly, helpful person to have with us. Due to an old injury, I spent one afternoon on the bus. Albinis was informative and made me feel less badly about missing the biking....a really caring man and very careful with the bikes.
    Anne Badanes from USA, 2018 (G1 - guided tour of the Baltics from Vilnius to Tallinn)
  • Wishing to see a part of the world we knew little about, we 6 friends took a chance on BalticBike and were not disappointed. We had great support on our custom trip from Vilnius to Tallinn, including the support we had for an unexpected trip to the emergency room in Lithuania.  The contrast of the capital cities and the rural national parks was visually impressive.  We would not hesitate to recommend BalticBikes, professionally managed from start to finish.
    Marion Leff and co. - USA, 2018 (self-guided supported cycle tour from Vilnius to Tallinn, SG11)

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Estonia has borders to the south with Latvia and Russia to the east. It is separated from Finland in the north by the narrow Gulf of Finland and from Sweden in the west by the Baltic Sea.
Official name: Republic of Estonia
Total area: 45 227 square kilometres
Population: 1,342,000
Official language: Estonian (a Finno-Ugric language), English is widely spoken
The biggest ethnic groups: Estonians 67.9%, Russians 25.6%, Ukrainians 2.1%, Byelorussians 1.3%, Finnish 0.9%
Broadly divided into 4 regions: Tallinn, North, South and West Estonia; and into 15 maakond (counties): Harjumaa, Hiiumaa, Ida-Virumaa, Jõgevamaa, Järvamaa, Läänemaa, Lääne-Virumaa, Põlvamaa, Pärnumaa, Raplamaa, Saaremaa, Tartumaa, Valgamaa, Viljandimaa and Võrumaa.
Capital: Tallinn (402 000 inhabitants)
Number of islands: 1 521
Highest point: Suur-Munamägi (318 m)
Currency: Euro (EUR) since 1st of January 2011
Time: GMT +2, from April to November GMT +3

Economy
More than 71% of the Estonian GDP is derived from the service sectors, industrial sectors yield 25% and primary branches(including agriculture) approximately 4% of the overall output. The important sectors of the Estonian economy are theprocessing industry (approximately 14.5% of the overall production), transport, warehousing and communications (10%),commerce (13.5%) and estate, rental and letting, as well as business services (21%). Agriculture and forestry amount to 2.2%of the overall production, construction approximately 7% and government, education and health care to more than 17%. Exportholds such a prominent position for the Estonian economy and its growth. The volume of export of goods and services amountsto 73% of the Estonian GDP, export of services constitutes about one third thereof. The main services the export of which bringsprofit to Estonian enterprises are various services related to transport and Russian transit but also proceed from tourism. Morethan two thirds of the Estonian industrial production is for export.

Energy
Estonia produces nearly all of the energy needed for the country, supplying over 90% of its electricity needs with locally minedoil shale. Alternative energy sources such as wood, peat, and biomass contribute approximately 9% of primary energyproduction. The importance of wind power has been increasing steadily in Estonia and currently the total amount of energyproduction from wind is nearly 60 MW while at the same time roughly 399 MW worth of projects are currently being developedand more than 2800 MW worth of projects are being proposed in the Lake Peipus area and the coastal areas of Hiiumaa.

Nature
Over 10% of Estonia’s land territory is a protected area, which includes nature reserves, landscape reserves and five nationalparks. The area of forestland in Estonia cover 50 % of Estonia’s mainland territory. There are approximately 7,000 swamps (22% of Estonian territory), 1500 islands and 3800 km of coastline. The highest point is Suur Munamägi in South-Estonia - 318m. Rich Estonian forests are the home to many animals – seeing a hare, fox or deer is a common thing.Estonian bird fauna consists of approximately 340 natural species: over 200 are nesting birds, around 30 are migrating birdsand about 70 are occasional visitors. Many birds are found on small islands where there are up to 13,000 nesting couples per km2.

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