Cycling the Baltic States

Cycling the Baltic States

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Cycling the Baltic States

9 Days Starting in Vilnius and ending in Talinn

Visiting: Vilnius, Trakai, Klaipėda, Curonian Spit National Park, Palanga, Šventoji, Riga, Jurmala, Lahemaa National Park, Tallinn

Tour operator:

Explore!

Tour code:

CBS

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium, Easy

Age range:

16-

Special diets catered:

Vegans, Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

Activities:

Cycling, Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Explore the Baltic States by bicycle on this guided route through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Cycle through national parks, coastal scenes and medieval towns; past feudal castles and picturesque fishing villages.



Three Baltic capitals - Explore Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn

Coastal scenery - Discover Lahemaa and Curonian Spit National Parks

Trakai Castle - Cycle around the Historical National Park

Highlights

  • Three Baltic capitals - Explore Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn

  • Coastal scenery - Discover Lahemaa and Curonian Spit National Parks

  • Trakai Castle - Cycle around the Historical National Park

Itinerary

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Day 1: Join Tour Vilnius, Lithuania
Location: Vilnius
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: No Meals

We start the trip in Vilnius, our base for two nights. Vilnius is known for its old town of beautiful Baroque architecture, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. It has a strong historical Jewish influence and Napoleon named it 'the Jerusalem of the North' as he was passing through in 1812. In the year 2009, Vilnius was the European Capital of Culture, together with the Austrian city of Linz.



The Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 7.00pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner.



If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Vilnius Airport (VNO), which is a 20-30 minute drive from the hotel. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

Day 2: Trakai Historical National Park And Castles
Location: Trakai
Accommodation: Hotel

This morning we drive 28 kilometres from Vilnius to Trakai Historical National Park. Outside the capital we find a peaceful land of forests, lakes, rivers and farmsteads. Our first stop is to visit Trakai island castle. Trakai was an important seat of power in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania during the 14th and 15th centuries, ruling an empire that stretched all the way down to the Black Sea. After our visit we continue to Senieji Trakai, or Old Trakai, to prepare our bikes for the first ride and check that everybody is happy and comfortable. We cycle back through town and the Trakai peninsula, where there are many cafés and restaurants to choose from for a lunch break. Our ride continues away from Trakai and around the shores of the lake, along a mixture of asphalted back roads with light traffic and dedicated cycle paths to Uzutrakis Manor House.



Our total cycling distance today is approximately 13 kilometres.

Day 3: Cycle Curonian Lagoon, Bird Watching And Klaipeda
Location: Klaipėda
Accommodation: Hotel

This morning we see more of Lithuania's countryside with a 4 to 5 hour drive towards the Baltic Sea to Kintai village where we have lunch before getting our bikes ready. After lunch we cycle for about 10 km on the flat and beside the Curonian Lagoon, along a quiet paved road to Vente Cape. Vente Cape is a small peninsula on the eastern side of Curonian Lagoon. More than 50,000 visitors come each year in order to get acquainted with one of the most important spots for bird migration in the region. We make a visit to Ventes Ragas and 19th century lighthouse and the Ornithological Station where the migration patterns of many bird species are tracked and recorded. Huge nets are used to catch the birds they tag. We then cycle back the same 10 km route to Kintai village. From here we join a forest bike track and continue along this bumpy gravel track through the fishing villages of Priekule, Surmai to Dreverna where the group ride finishes and we rejoin our vehicle for the transfer to Klaipeda. Klaipeda is the third biggest city in Lithuania, an important port and Lithuania's chief gateway to the Baltic Sea. It has a long history from a tribal fishing village and later arrival of German Crusaders who seized this land and built their castle here in 1252, later known as Memel.



Our total cycling distance today is approximately 39 kilometres.

Day 4: Curonian Spit National Park
Location: Curonian Spit National Park
Accommodation: Hotel

Today we take a short ride by bus to the harbour and take the 5 minute ferry ride to Curonian Spit National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) then drive for about 1 hour to Nida. We stop en route briefly at the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante to see a colony of grey herons and cormorants. Nida is a charming fishing village with a number of well-preserved old wooden fisherman's houses. A peaceful and relaxing atmosphere pervades throughout the Curonian Spit. We get on our bikes in Nida to explore the village, visiting a giant sundial and the highest dune for views over the surrounding landscape. We continue by bike along the spit through forests on paved bike paths mostly on the flat. We will cycle alongside giant sand dunes, hundred year-old pine forests and white sand beaches; learning about its unique culture and architecture and you may like to try some of the typical local smoked fish. We leave the bikes for a short walk up the Dead Dunes beyond Pervalka where a panoramic view of both the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon opens up. After relaxing in Juodkrante you have the choice to take the bus to our hotel or cycle the remaining 12 km from Juodkrante to Smiltyne then take the ferry back to Klaipeda harbour, ending with a final 2 to 4 km to the hotel.



Our total cycling distance today is approximately 36 kilometres, with a further optional 22 km available.

Day 5: To Sventoji Via Palanga By Bike Then Drive To Riga
Location: Palanga, Šventoji, Riga
Accommodation: Hotel

After a short drive from our hotel in Klaipeda we cycle along the coastline on a dedicated and paved cycle route through the Giruliai Forest to the popular summer resort of Palanga. Along the way we visit the Seaside Regional Park including the Dutchmen's cap - a 24-metre-high cliff - the fishing village of Karkle, Plaze Lake and the former lifeguard station in Nemirseta. Before lunch we explore Palanga Botanical Park and the biggest Amber Museum in the Baltics. Palanga's population swells enormously in the summer months as it is the premier beach destination in Lithuania and boasts a beautiful sweeping beach. From Palanga after lunch we continue cycling a further 15 km on cycle paths and finish in Sventoji town before we drive to Riga - a journey of 4 to 5 hours. Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia and the Baltic States. It boasts superb architecture spanning over six centuries and has an impressive collection of beautifully decorated Art Nouveau buildings.



Our total cycling distance today is approximately 37 kilometres.

Day 6: Cycle Jurmala Sandy Beach
Location: Jurmala, Riga
Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast we drive to Jurmala - one of the largest resort towns in the Baltics with 32 km of white sandy beach fringed by pine forests old wooden summer cottages and more recently built villas. Jurmala's reputation as a spa destination began in the late 18th and early 19th centuries as many sanatoriums were built to take advantage of the sea breeze, pine aroma, mineral springs and beach. We explore the town by bike for around 12km, followed by some free time for ice cream, coffee, a cycle on the beach on hard packed sand or even a swim. We return to Riga by bus or there is the option to cycle the 25km back to the city. The rest of the day is left free to discover beautiful Riga.



Our total cycling distance today is approximately 12 kilometres, with a further optional 25 km available.

Day 7: Bike Trails In Lahemaa National Park
Location: Lahemaa National Park
Accommodation: Hotel

This morning we drive for about 6 hours to Lahemaa National Park, Estonia's first and largest national park. The park is an interesting mix of coastal bluffs, dense forest, 7000 year old bogs, 18th century manor houses, fishing villages and numerous lakes and rivers. The rocky coastline is strewn with erratic boulders, some very large, that were carried here by glaciers thousands of years ago. Most of the cycle routes are on well paved roads that have little traffic. Once we arrive we check into our hotel then head out on our bikes on a circular route to explore the park.



Our total cycling distance today is approximately 41 kilometres.

Day 8: Lahemaa National Park, Drive To Tallinn
Location: Tallinn
Accommodation: Hotel

This morning we continue to explore the vast natural beauty of Lahemaa National Park by bike. Established in 1971, it was the first national park in Estonia and two-thirds of the land is covered by forest. There are four large peninsulas in Lahemaa and one of them constitutes the northernmost point of continental Estonia. The park is home to moose, boars, brown bears, lynxes, foxes, beavers, the Ural Owl and Black Woodpecker. We plan to cycle another circular route before rejoining our bus. When we have finished in the park after a short lunch in a local cafe we drive for about 1.5 hours to Tallinn. Todays cycle route is planned first thing in the morning so we can check into our hotel in Tallinn in time to enjoy a free afternoon in this wonderful city.





Our total cycling distance today is approximately 37 kilometres.

Day 9: Tour Ends Tallinn
Location: Tallinn

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Tallinn.



There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Tallinn at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to depart from Tallinn Airport (TLL), which is a 20 minute drive away.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals – Breakfast Only

    Breakfast: 8

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Bike

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Country Entry Visas

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

Why Book this Tour

Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.

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

    8 nights comfortable hotel

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

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

    Yes

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Trasnfers are included on the first and the last day of the trip

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No

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

    Easy

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

    Yes

  • Are e-bikes available on this trip?

    Electric bikes (e-bikes) are available for an additional cost for the duration of the holiday. You will be required to pay a refundable deposit upon collection of the e-bike in country. Please contact us for more details or to request your e-bike.

  • I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

  • Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

  • What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Sustainability is embedded within the fibre of Explore, it emanates from the inside out. But as we enter a new decade it is clearer than ever that our world needs help, and Explore has created a sustainability strategy based on the 2015 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

  • Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

  • Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of explore! charges.

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