Cycle the Baltics 2024 (self-guided)

Cycle the Baltics 2024 (self-guided)

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Cycle the Baltics 2024 (self-guided)

11 Days Starting in Vilnius, Lithuania and ending in Tallinn, Estonia

Visiting: Vilnius, Comfort Hotel LT - Rock 'n' Roll Vilnius, Cathedral Square, Užutrakio dvaro sodybos parkas, Trakai Island Castle, Semeliškės, VICTORIA hotel Kaunas, Kaunas Old Town, Old Church of St. John the Baptist, Zapyškis, Nida, Preila, Pervalka, Grey Dunes, Juodkrantė, Klaipėda, Theatre Square, Olando kepurė, Palangos botanikos parkas, Palangos tiltas, Gora Krizhyu-Kalnas, Hestia Hotel Jugend, Riga Cathedral, Jurmala Beach, Saulkrasti Bicycle Museum, Raganas ķēķis bistro, restorāns, viesnīca, Turaida castle, Sigulda, Krimulda church, Pärnu Beach, Port of Virtsu, Orissaare, Angla Windmill Park, Kuressaare, Sõrve Lighthouse, Kuressaare Castle, Kaali Crater, Kuivastu sadam, Vanalinn, Hestia Hotel Ilmarine

Tour operator:

Baltic Bike Travel

Tour code:

SG11

Group Type:

Independent

Recommended For:

Couples, Singles

Guide Type:

Self Guided

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

8-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Meat

Tour operated in:
English , German
Interests:

Cultural

Activities:

Cycling, Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

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 to 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.

Highlights

  • Vilnius Old Town

  • Kaunas - European capital of culture 2022

  • Curonian Spit National Park

  • Trakai Insular Castle

  • Palanga Botanical Park and Amber Museum

  • Riga - the capital of Latvia

  • Jurmala beach

  • Saulkrasti Bicycle Museum

  • Turaida Castle

  • Saaremaa Island with Angla windmill park and Kuressaare Castle

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Places You'll See

Trakai Insular Castle

Klaipeda Seaside Town

The Baltic Seacoast

Cycling Along The Nemunas River

Kaunas - Cultural Capital Of Europe 2022

Lithuania - Paradise Of Birds

Art Novou In Riga

Angla Windmill Park, Saaremaa Island

Ortodox Church In Tallinn

Hill Of Crosses

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Vilnius (Lithuania)
Location: Vilnius, Comfort Hotel LT - Rock 'n' Roll Vilnius
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Comfort Hotel LT - Rock 'n' Roll Vilnius
Meals Included: No Meals, Welcome drink

Individual arrival in the tour start hotel. Arrival transfers from Vilnius airport is possible if ordered in advance for extra charge.
19:00 Welcome meeting at the hotel with our representative.

Day 2 : Vilnius, Trakai Island Castle & Kaunas (Lithuania)
Location: Cathedral Square, Užutrakio dvaro sodybos parkas, Trakai Island Castle, Semeliškės, VICTORIA hotel Kaunas
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: VICTORIA KAUNAS Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town. Afternoon trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Here you may visit the famous 14thC Gothic island castle erected on a small island in Lake Galvė. Start your first cycle ride through picturesque countryside on gentle hills, then transfer by coach to Kaunas. Arrive in Kaunas, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
(cycling ~33 km/21 miles, by minibus ~75 km)

Day 3 : Along The Nemunas River And Transfer To Klaipeda
Location: Kaunas Old Town, Old Church of St. John the Baptist, Zapyškis
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: OLD MILL Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Morning bike ride around Kaunas on picturesque cycle trail along the Nemunas River. En route stop in Zapyškis famous for its unusual small 14thC gothic church. Finish the ride with a bus transfer to the Baltic coast. Arrive in Klaipeda, a modern town at the Baltic Sea, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
(cycling ~40 km/23 miles, by minibus ~230 km)

Day 4 : Along The Curonian Spit National Park (Lithuania)
Location: Nida, Preila, Pervalka, Grey Dunes, Juodkrantė, Klaipėda
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: OLD MILL HOTEL
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today go for the longest ride to Nida. Follow the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit famous for its amber and fine sand beaches. En-route enjoy beautiful views of the Curonian Spit which separates the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. Sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Transfer by bus or boat back to Klaipėda, optional dinner at the hotel.
(cycling ~57 km/36 miles, by minibus or boat~50 km)

Day 5 : Klaipeda To Palanga By Bike Then Drive To Riga (Lithuania - Latvia)
Location: Theatre Square, Olando kepurė, Palangos botanikos parkas, Palangos tiltas, Gora Krizhyu-Kalnas, Hestia Hotel Jugend
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hestia Hotel Jugend
Meals Included: Breakfast

Early morning ride to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park, a former soviet military training area. Palanga is the well-known Lithuanian seaside resort. Enjoy a break here; perhaps visit the renowned Botanical Park, Amber Museum and the 470m pier heading out into the Baltic Sea. Afternoon transfer to Riga (Latvia). En-route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Continue to Riga, the capital city of Latvia. Arrive in Riga, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
(cycling ~32 km/20 miles, by minibus ~290 km)

Day 6 : Riga & Jurmala Beach (Latvia)
Location: Riga Cathedral, Jurmala Beach
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hestia Hotel Jugend
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast you may take part in 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 on a bicycle path to Jurmala, a renowned Latvian seaside resort 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).
(cycling ~30 km/19 miles, by train ~25 km)

Day 7 : Gauja National Park & Bicycle Museum (Latvia)
Location: Saulkrasti Bicycle Museum, Raganas ķēķis bistro, restorāns, viesnīca, Turaida castle, Sigulda, Krimulda church
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: SIGULDA Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to Saulkrasti, where you may visit the Latvian bicycle museum. Start your bike ride to Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia. Cycling through Gauja National Park, en route enjoy spectacular views of Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda, built in 1205. Arrive in Sigulda, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
(cycling ~40 km/25 miles, by minibus ~50 km)

Day 8 : Sigulda - Saaremaa (Latvia - Estonia)
Location: Pärnu Beach, Port of Virtsu, Orissaare, Angla Windmill Park, Kuressaare
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: JOHAN SPA Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Morning transfer to the largest Estonian island of Saaremaa which has preserved all that is best about old Estonia. 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 Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, check into the hotel for 2 overnight stays in the old town, optional dinner at the hotel.
(cycling ~38 km/24 miles, by minibus ~330 km, by ferry 6 km)

Day 9 : Saaremaa Island
Location: Sõrve Lighthouse, Kuressaare Castle
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: JOHAN SPA Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a day ride across Saaremaa Island’s wild beauty – Sorve Peninsula famous for its lighthouse. Finish the day in Kuressaare, a home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from 13thC.
(cycling ~56 km/35 miles, by minibus ~50 km)

Day 10 : Saaremaa Island & Tallinn
Location: Kaali Crater, Kuivastu sadam, Vanalinn
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hestia ILMARINE Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Take a morning ride to the Kaali meteorite crater which is listed on the world's giant craters list and it is the rarest nature wonder in Estonia. Transfer by bus to Tallinn. In the afternoon arrive in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel followed by a guided tour of Tallinn Old Town.
(cycling ~28 km/18 miles, by minibus ~210 km, by ferry 6 km)

Day 11 : Tour Ends In Tallinn
Location: Hestia Hotel Ilmarine
Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. You can extend your stay in Estonia; please ask for details.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    10 nights stay in 3-4* hotels, including breakfast and all taxes

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Local Taxes

  • Ferry tickets to/from Saaremaa Island

  • Individual information package (one per room)

  • Crossing the Curonian Lagoon by boat from the mainland to Nida

  • GPS Tracks

  • Emergency contact numbers for our English or German speaking representatives

  • Luggage transport as per itinerary

  • Meals – Breakfast Only

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What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Entrance Fees

  • Meals - Lunches and dinners

Optional Extras

  • POST- TOUR ACCOMMODATION - HESTIA ILMARINE HOTEL (DBL/TWIN for 2 people)

    (price per room per night with breakfast)

  • PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION - COMFORT HOTEL LT in VILNIUS (SGL room)

    (price per room per night with breakfast)

  • POST- TOUR ACCOMMODATION - HESTIA ILMARINE HOTEL (SGL room)

    (price per room per night with breakfast)

  • Transfer from Vilnius airport

    by car up to 3 people

  • Transfer to Tallinn airport

    by car up to 3 people

  • Rental of carbon gravel bike (SILVERBACK Siablo CF)

    with 10-speed gears, including a waterproof handlebar bag with a plastic cover for GPS/smartphone (Ortlieb), and tachometer (1 x booking)

  • Rental of E-bike/Pedelec with Bosch driving system (VDV, Kalkhoff)

    8-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears free wheel, equipped with a waterproof back pannier + handlebar bag with a plastic cover for GPS/smartphone (Ortlieb)

  • Rental of trekking bicycle (VDV)

    equipped with 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears & free-wheel, all supplied with a waterproof back pannier + handlebar bag with a plastic cover for GPS/smartphone (Ortlieb) and tachometer (1 x booking)

  • PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION - COMFORT HOTEL LT in VILNIUS (DBL/TWIN room)

    (price per room per night with breakfast)

  • Rental of cyclecross bike (KONA Jake)

    with 20-speed gears, including a waterproof handlebar bag with a plastic cover for GPS/smartphone (Ortlieb), and tachometer (1 x booking)

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Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No, but you are welcome to book arrival/departure transfers from Vilnius airport/to Tallinn airport as optional extras.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    This trip is a half-guided tour ie during the whole trip, except the Curonian Spit and Jūrmala, 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 speaking English or German.

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    You can pay for services and souvenirs in cash Euro (all places) or by credit card (almost everywhere). US dollars and British pounds are accepted by people selling handicrafts in street markets.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No, all entrance fees are on your account.

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

  • What is the tipping policy?

    At your discretion, you might also consider tipping your city guides and driver/-s in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    4* centrally located hotels are booked in Kaunas, Riga, Tallinn and Kuressaare in low season; the rest accommodation is booked at centrally located 3* hotels

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, there is a single room supplement. Sometimes we can offer staying in TWIN room in case we have two solo travellers of similar age and gender, both wanting to share the room.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Entry visas to the Baltics NOT required by EU, CH, NO, AUS, NZ, USA or CAN citizens. Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes, you will get updated list of all accommodation before you depart

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    All 3-4* accommodations provide free of charge Wi-Fi.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No, we don't offer booking flights.

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes, all transfers are done by air-conditioned coach or minibus

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    We rate this trip as Moderate one. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 30 to 57 km (19-36 miles) each day with a possibility to cycle more kilometres on some days like Day 6 (Jūrmala Resort) and Day 9 (detours in Saaremaa Island). The terrain is varied and rolling with a few gradual hills on some riding days.

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    We always recommend taking one big suitcase up to 23 kg and small handbag/suitcase. Our driver will transport your luggage every day to the next hotel.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, you may book pre- and post-tour accommodation at the tour hotels in Vilnius and Tallinn

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    During the whole trip, except the Curonian Spit and Jūrmala, our driver with a minibus and bike trailer is with you, and you can take part in city tours (Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn). 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.

  • What is the maximum group size?

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Due to Covid-19 pandemic there is a requirement for statutory Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners entering the Baltics without self-isolation and testing.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    The tour program is rather intensive, but you travel self-guided and decided yourself where to spend more time to explore places. You may have more free time to explore the capital cities if you book extra nights before the tour in Vilnius and after the tour in Tallinn. You may also enjoy a free afternoon in Riga if not going for a cycle ride to Jūrmala.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, you are welcome to travel with your children who could stay in rooms with extra bed (maximum one extra bed in a room). Children from 8 years old are allowed to cycle on road together with their parents.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Marion Leff and co. - USA  

We had great support on our custom trip from Vilnius to Tallinn

15-Sep-2018

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.

Danielle Weber and co.  

11 day tour of the Baltics with Baltic Bike travel was sensational!

12-Jul-2018

The self-guided 11-day tour of the Baltics with Baltic Bike travel was sensational! Well organised, informative, varied and flexible it provided the perfect introduction to the Baltics on a bike! Although it was self-guided, Alius, our friendly driver, was there at every step of the way to make sure we went the right way, while also providing background information about life in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and tips on good places to eat. Every day provided something new and interesting from castles, to forests, beautiful old towns, beaches, villages and rural landscapes. Alius also adjusted the schedule to suit our needs, for example when we felt too tired to cycle on the last day and also took care of a member of our team who became sick and couldn't cycle. He was fantastic! I highly recommend this tour and Baltic Bike Travels and can't wait to do another of their tours.

Australia
Gitta and Steffen Hoy  

perfect organisation

15-Sep-2021

Dear Baltic Bike Travel Team, We would like to thank you very much for the perfect organisation of the bike tour from Vilnius to Tallinn. Everything worked out great - even the weather played along with sun, sun, sun. Igor was a great travel companion who did his job confidently in every situation - with a high level of commitment and obvious joy. We are taking home many very good impressions from the three Baltic States.

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