Cycling Along The Lithuanian Seaside

Cycling Along The Lithuanian Seaside

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Cycling Along The Lithuanian Seaside

8 Days Starting and ending in Klaipeda

Visiting: Klaipėda, Theatre Square, Palanga, Dutchman's Cap, Memel-Nord Ekspozicija, Plazės gamtinis rezervatas, Gintaro muziejus, Meridian, Šilutė, Veiviržėnai, Švėkšna, Žemaičių Naumiestis, Rusnė Island, Uostadvaris Lighthouse, Paminklas Mahatma Ghandžiui ir Hermanui Kalenbachui, K. Banio etnografine zvejo sodyba-muziejus, Nida, Kintai, Ventės Rago Lighthouse, Ventė Cape Ornithological Station, Ventainė kempingas, K. Mizgirio gintaro galerija-muziejus, Misko filialas, Beach Of Nida, Preila, Pervalka, Grey Dunes, Juodkrantė

Tour operator:

Baltic Bike Travel

Tour code:

SG1

Group Type:

Independent

Recommended For:

Couples

Guide Type:

Self Guided

Physical rating:

Low, 50% route on cycle trails

Age range:

2-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Meat

Tour operated in:
English , German
Interests:

Beach Tours, Cultural

Activities:

Cycling, Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

The Baltic Sea coast in Lithuania with Palanga Resort and the Curonian Spit National Park, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, explored individually by bicycle on very scenic cycling routes. Experience traditional Lithuanian country life when cycling with storks in the Nemunas River Delta region. This tour partly covers the Seaside Cycle Route which is still only officially signposted, good quality cycle route in Lithuania. The tour begins & ends in the historic coastal town of Klaipeda (known as Memel for many years) which boasts a rich, turbulent history from 13thC. Nowadays, it’s a bustling, modern town offering many excellent leisure options ranging from history tours, to water sports. There’s a wide range of cafes and restaurants, many annual music and cultural festivals, e.g. jazz, folklore. You can choose to spend extra nights here either at the beginning or end of the tour. During the tour you will spend 2 nights in Nida, the largest settlement on the Curonian Spit. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing seaside break or explore on foot, by cycle or canoe its unique surroundings; its geology, birdlife, the influence of the Lagoon etc.

Highlights

  • Klaipeda Old Town

  • Palanga Amber Museum

  • Seaside Regional Park

  • Curonian Spit National Park

  • the Great sand dunes of the Curonian Spit

  • The Nemunas River Delta regional nature park

  • Bird ringing station in Vente Horn

  • Baltic Sea white sand beaches (more than 50 km long)

  • Thomas Mann house in Nida

  • New monument of famous Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi and his intimate friend Hermann Kallenbach located in Rusne

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Places You'll See

The Great Sand Dunes In Nida, Curonian Spit National Park

Meridianas Sailing Boat In Klaipeda

Coastal Cliff In The Seaside Regional Park

Dead Sand Dunes In The Curonian Spit National Park

The Nemunas River Delta Area Is Famous White Stork Population

Amber Museum In Palanga

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Klaipeda
Location: Klaipėda, Theatre Square
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: OLD MILL HOTEL
Meals Included: No Meals, optional dinner at the hotel

Arrive in Klaipėda. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel.

Day 2 : Along The Seaside Cycle Route To Palanga Resort (~58 Km/36 Mi.)
Location: Palanga, Dutchman's Cap, Memel-Nord Ekspozicija, Plazės gamtinis rezervatas, Gintaro muziejus, Meridian
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: OLD MILL HOTEL
Meals Included: Breakfast, Optional dinner at the hotel

9:00 a.m. information meeting at your hotel where you will be greeted by a BALTIC BIKE TRAVEL representative. Cycle along the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route to Palanga resort. The route leads you through Giruliai Forest and the Seaside Regional Park, a former soviet military polygon area. En route explore the Dutchman’s Cap – a 24-meter-high coastal cliff and Plazė Lake. In Palanga you can visit the Botanical Park and Amber Museum, explore J.Basanavičius pedestrian street with many cafes & restaurants and the 470 m pier heading into the Baltic Sea. Return to Klaipėda using the same or slightly different route. Optional dinner at the hotel.
(~58 km/36 mi.)

Day 3 : Cycling With Storks On Country Roads To Šilutė (~47 Km/29 Mi., By Minibus ~40 Km)
Location: Šilutė, Veiviržėnai, Švėkšna, Žemaičių Naumiestis
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: GILIJA
Meals Included: Breakfast, optional dinner at the hotel

Take a short transfer by minibus to the inland and start your cycling ride on picturesque country roads to Šilutė. This region has one the largest population of storks in Europe. The White Stork truly deserves its place as Lithuanian's national bird. En route stop in Švėkšna village to explore the estate with its beautiful park and impressive neo-gothic church of St.Jacob the Apostle. Arrival in Šilutė, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
(~47 km/29 mi., by minibus ~40 km)

Day 4 : Rusnė Island & The Nemunas River Delta (~ 47 Km/29 Mi.)
Location: Rusnė Island, Uostadvaris Lighthouse, Paminklas Mahatma Ghandžiui ir Hermanui Kalenbachui, K. Banio etnografine zvejo sodyba-muziejus
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: GILIJA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Optional dinner at the hotel

Explore Šilutė town and go for a return ride to Rusnė Island, which is the only Lithuania’s island located in the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. Be sure to visit Rusnė village and find a new monument of famous Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi and his intimate friend Hermann Kallenbach. From there you can see the Russian oblast of Kaliningrad just 100 metres across the Nemunas river. Cycle around the island and explore its wild nature and beautiful views from birdwatching towers and the 19th C lighthouse in Uostadvaris Harbour. Optional dinner at the hotel.
(~ 47 km/29 mi.)

Day 5 : Cycling To Ventė Cape & Crossing The Curonian Lagoon To Nida (~33 Km/21 Mi., By Boat ~14 Km/9 Mi.)
Location: Nida, Kintai, Ventės Rago Lighthouse, Ventė Cape Ornithological Station, Ventainė kempingas
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: NERIJA
Meals Included: Breakfast, optional dinner at the hotel

Cycle to Ventė Cape where you may visit a museum of ornithology and one of the first bird ringing stations in Europe, the 19th C lighthouse which has a panoramic view of the unique landscape - glistening waters of the Curonian Lagoon and the great sand dunes. Today, one million birds pass through Ventė Cape each migratory year. Take a boat to cross the Curonian Lagoon. Arrival in Nida followed by a bike ride to the hotel. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
(~33 km/21 mi., by boat ~14 km/9 mi.)

Day 6 : Nida – Leisure Time By The Baltic Sea (~10 Km/6 Mi.)
Location: Nida, K. Mizgirio gintaro galerija-muziejus, Misko filialas, Beach Of Nida
Accommodation Name: NERIJA
Meals Included: Breakfast, optional dinner at the hotel

Free day to explore Nida which is a former old fishermen’s village on the Curonian Spit washed by the Baltic Sea on one side and the Curonian Lagoon on the other. Today Nida is the largest settlement in Neringa region and one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Cycle or walk along impressive sand dunes, visit the most popular places of interest – the Fisherman’s House, the summer house of famous German writer Thomas Mann and the Amber Gallery. Optional dinner at the hotel.
(~10 km/6 mi.)

Day 7 : Along Sand Dunes Of The Curonian Spit Nida-Juodkrantė-Klaipėda (~58 Km/36 Mi.)
Location: Klaipėda, Preila, Pervalka, Grey Dunes, Juodkrantė
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: OLD MILL HOTEL
Meals Included: Breakfast, optional dinner at the hotel

Follow an asphalt bike path of the Seaside Cycle Route which takes you along the Curonian Spit to Klaipėda. En route you can stop to explore on foot the “Dead” sand dunes, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants, visit the Hill of Witches which houses a hundred fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures of Lithuanian legends scattered along a forest path, or just relax, swim in the Baltic Sea and take the sun on golden beaches. Finally, take a local ferry from Smiltynė to the Old Town of Klaipėda and cycle to the hotel. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
(~58 km/36 mi.)

Day 8 : End Of The Tour In Klaipėda
Location: Klaipėda
Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour. It is possible to extend your stay in Lithuania.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    7 nights stay at 3* hotels including all hotel taxes

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

    — Luggage transport Klaipeda – Šilute, Šilute – harbour – Nida, Nida – Klaipeda — Transfer by minibus Klaipeda – Veivirženai — Boat trip across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Meals – Breakfast Only

    7 x buffet breakfasts at the hotels

  • Individual information package

    City guide, maps, program and route description

  • GPS Tracks

    GPS tracks in gpx format could be downloaded by guests or received by E-mail, and used on own devices (mobile phone or other GPS devise)

  • Emergency contact numbers

  • Drinks with Meals

    Coffee/tea and soft drinks during breakfast

  • Local Taxes

    All local taxes at hotels are included

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Book arrival/departure transfers for extra charge.

  • Entrance Fees

  • Fully Guided

    It's possible to book a tour guide for extra charge.

    Please contact us for availability and quote.

  • Meals – Half Board

    Book a dinner package for extra charge

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Rental of bikes and tourist equipment

    Book a rental bike for extra charge.

    There is a choice: trekking bike, E-bike, cyclecross bike, tandem bike, bike trailer or seat for children, helmet, etc.

  • Pre/post tour accommodation

    Book extra nights in Klaipeda before or/and after the tour!

Optional Extras

  • Pre-/post-tour accommodation at OLD MILL HOTEL - DBL or TWIN room

    Price per room per night, including breakfast (excluding the Sea Festival period July 21-23, 2023)

  • Rental of helmet for 6 days

    Difference helmet size size S, M, L, XL, XXL

  • Upgrade to 4* hotel in Klaipeda in SGL room

    3 nights at NATIONAL Hotel instead of Old Mill Hotel

  • Dinner package at 3* hotels

    7 x dinners (3 courses with coffee/tea)

  • Rental of child seat for 6 days

    Suitable for a child up to 22 kg

  • Rental of trekking bicycle (KTM, VDV) for 6 days

    24-speed Shimano derailleur gears & free-wheel or 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears (optionally), equipped with a waterproof back pannier (20 litres) + handlebar bag with map/smartphone holder (Ortlieb) + tachometer + lock + repair kit (one per couple or group)

  • Upgrade to 4* hotel in Klaipeda in DBL room

    3 nights at NATIONAL Hotel instead of Old Mill Hotel

  • Transfer by minivan (4-7 people)

    Arrival from or departure to Palanga Airport (35 km from Klaipeda) — price per transfer one way

  • Transfer by car (1-3 people)

    Arrival from or departure to Palanga Airport (35 km from Klaipeda) — price per transfer one way

  • Rental of trailer-bike (tagalong) for children of 5-10 years old

    suitable only for bikes without back rack

  • Rental of cyclecross bike (Kona Jake or similar) for 6 days

    Equipped with a waterproof back pannier (20 litres) + handlebar bag with map/smartphone holder (Ortlieb) + tachometer + lock + repair kit (one per couple or group)

  • Rental of E-bike/Pedelec with Bosch driving system (VDV) for 6 days

    8-speed Shimano hub gears & free wheel, equipped with a waterproof back pannier (20 litres) + handlebar bag with map/smartphone holder (Ortlieb) + lock + repair kit (oner per couple of group)

  • Rental of bicycle trailer (Winther Dolphin) for 6 days

    Suitable for 1-2 children from 6 months old (up to 45 kg in total)

  • Pre-/post-tour accommodation at OLD MILL HOTEL - SGL room

    Price per room per night, including breakfast (excluding the Sea Festival period July 21-23, 2023)

  • Rental of Y-Tandem bike (Panther) for 6 days

    Equipped with a pair of waterproof back panniers (2 x 20 litres) + handlebar bag with map/smartphone holder (Ortlieb) + tachometer + lock + repair kit

Check out our Q&As

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

    Yes, this is a self-guided cycle tour where you have plenty of time to explore the most interesting places on your own pace.

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

    There might be people from other countries participating in the tour, and you will meet them during our information meeting (Day 2), transfer by minivan to the inland (Day 3), boat transfers across the Curonian Lagoon (Day 5), and during your stays at hotels.

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes, there is one transfer of 40 km long included, and it is done by air-conditioned minivan or larger minibus.

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

    No, but entry visas to Lithuania NOT required by EU, CH, NO, AUS, NZ, USA or CAN citizens. Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate.

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

    Yes, all hotels offer free of charge Wi-Fi services in all hotel areas, including hotel rooms.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    More information about Covid-19 vaccination will be available later.

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    This tour is guaranteed with minimum 2 people, private tour for other dates than standard fixed ones can be booked from min. 4 people.

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

    Yes, you will get a list of all hotels booked for your tour 2 weeks before the tour start.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    No, this is a self-guided tour, but you will have emergency phone numbers which you can use to contact us in case of any troubles.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, you are welcome to book extra nights at the same hotel in Klaipeda before and after the tour.

  • 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.

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

    There are 3* hotels booked in all places, but you could upgrade to 4* hotel in Klaipeda (3 nights).

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No, but arrival/departure airport transfers can be booked as optional services. You can book the transfer by car for 1-3 people or by minivan for up to 7 people with luggage.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No, you should pay all entrance fees to museums and nature trails in the places.

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

    We rate this trip Easygoing to Moderate. You will cycle on low traffic roads (a few stretches on gravel/sandy road) and separate cycle paths (half of the tour), including the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route. The terrain is dead flat most of the tour, except a few hills on the Curonian Spit.

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

    There might be people from other countries participating in the tour, and you will meet them during our information meeting, transfer by minivan to the inland, boat transfers across the Curonian Lagoon, and at hotels.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, you are welcome to take your children even from 2 years old. You can choose to rent extra equipment like a child seat (up to 22 kg), two-wheel trailer for 1-2 children up to 45 kg in total or trailer bike suitable for 5-10 years old children.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, you should pay a single room supplement if travelling alone.

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

    On our self-guided tours you are welcome to bring up to two luggage pieces per person at no more than 30 kg / 66 lbs in total.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    No, this is a self-guided tour, but you have an emergency phone numbers which you can contact us 24 hours.

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

    Yes, you will get a list of all hotels booked for your tour two weeks before the tour start.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No, we don't offer international flights, but we may offer for extra charge international ferry tickets for DFDS and TT-Line routes from Sweden and Germany.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Hans Brandtberg, Sweden  

We had a good trip!

15-Aug-2013

Dear Inga, 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

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