Baltic Highlights Half-Guided Cycling Holiday
Half-Guided | Individual | 11 days | 10 nights | From £1179 p.p
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Explore the Baltic Coast and National Park of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
• Visit three capital cities of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius
• Ride around the lakelands and river valleys
• Cycle around Curonian Spit Sand Dune previously closed to visitors in Soviet times
• A half-guided tour with city tours included in the price!
The Baltic coast and National Parks of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania explored on very scenic routes, including the three capital cities – Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius – with their old towns designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
Featuring the National Park Lahemaa, which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast, Otepää Lakeland – the so-called “Estonian Switzerland” and the beautiful Gauja River valleys.
The tour includes cycling on the Curonian Spit which was previously closed to visitors; nowadays it is often called the Lithuanian Sahara. Travel from Tallinn, Estonia, in the north, through Latvia and on to Lithuania in the south, enjoy a great variety of towns, villages and landscapes, and get an excellent feel for the different characters of these distinctive countries.
Cycle Route profile
We rate this trip Easygoing to Moderate. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 25 to 60 km (15-37 miles) each day. The terrain is varied and rolling with some gradual hills on some riding days (some steep ups and downs in the Gauja River valley & Otepää region) and dead flat most of the tour.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Tuesday: Arrive to Tallinn, Estonia.
Arrive in Tallinn. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included) where you get your tour maps with detailed program and route description. Check-in at the hotel.
6:00 pm (18:00) you can join in a guided tour of Tallinn.
OVERNIGHT: Tallinn; HOTEL: HESTIA ILMARINE**** or similar
Day 2 Wednesday: National Park Lahemaa, Estonia (cycling ~53 km/33 miles, by minibus ~90 km)
10:00 a.m. meet your minibus driver. After a short transfer you’ll begin your first bicycle trip through National Park Lahemaa which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast. The National park is a nature lover’s paradise. There are dense woods, marshes, lakes and waterfalls to discover. If you prefer wildlife to landscape, you can see moose, wild boars and over 220 bird species. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Palmse; HOTEL: PALMSE PARK*** or similar
Day 3 Thursday: Along the Russian border & Lake Peipsi to TARTU, Estonia (cycling ~50 km/31 miles, by minibus ~160 km)
Morning transfer by bus to Mustvee where you’ll begin a pleasant bicycle trip along Peipsi Lake shore to Varnja. Peipsi is 4th largest lake in Europe, divided in two by the Russian border. En route, you’ll pass many fishing villages. You reach your hotel after a bus transfer to Tartu, a famous, historic university town (the university was founded in 1632). Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Tartu; HOTEL: DORPAT*** or similar
Day 4 Friday: OTEPÄÄ (“Estonian Switzerland”) & SIGULDA, Latvia (cycling ~28 km/18 miles, by minibus ~235 km)
After a short bus transfer to Otepää, a beautiful place with many lakes, start your cycling through the so-called “Estonian Switzerland” and begin to appreciate your surroundings. Finish your cycling for the day in Sangaste which is famous for its 19th century romantic castle built in the style of Windsor Palace.
Transfer into Latvia where your destination is Sigulda, in the Gauja River Valley, which is the most popular resort in Latvia. En route stop in Cesis where you can visit the medieval old town. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Sigulda; HOTEL: SIGULDA*** or similar
Day 5 Saturday: GAUJA National Park & RIGA, Latvia (cycling ~17 km/11 miles, by minibus ~50 km)
Cycling through Gauja National Park, en route enjoy spectacular views of Gauja River valleys with the Gutmana Cave and ruins of 13thC Crusaders Castle in Sigulda and Turaida Castle. Afternoon transfer to Riga, the Latvian capital, where a guided tour of the charming Old Town awaits. After check-in at the hotel exploring the medieval Hanseatic town famous for its Art Nouveau buildings.
OVERNIGHT: Riga; HOTEL: AVALON **** or similar
Day 6 Sunday: RIGA & JURMALA Seaside resort, Latvia (cycling ~35 km/22 miles, by train ~25 km)
Today is free to explore Riga on your own and take a cycle ride 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).
OVERNIGHT: Riga; HOTEL: AVALON **** or similar
Day 7 Monday: Hill of Crosses & Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route (cycling ~46 km/29 miles or 30 km/16 miles, by minibus ~290 km)
Transfer by minibus to Lithuanian Seaside. En-route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Begin your cycle ride to Klaipėda on a beautiful bicycle path, which lies along the Baltic Coast in the Seaside Regional Park.
En route pass Palanga, 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. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Klaipėda; HOTEL: OLD MILL*** or similar
Day 8 Tuesday: CURONIAN SPIT & the Hill of Witches, Lithuania (cycling ~57 km/36 miles)
After breakfast you cross the lagoon by ferry (not included) and start cycling on an asphalt bike path which takes you along the Curonian Spit to Nida, the most beautiful resort in Lithuania famous for impressive sand dunes, the Amber Gallery, etc. En route you can visit the Hill of Witches which houses almost a hundred whimsical wooden sculptures about Lithuanian legends scattered along a forest path.
Or, if you prefer, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants, explore the “Dead” sand dunes on foot, swim in the Baltic Sea or, simply relax, & take in the sun on golden beaches. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Nida; HOTEL: NERIJA*** or similar
Day 9 Wednesday: Crossing the Curonian Lagoon by ship – KAUNAS, Lithuania (cycling ~31 km/19 miles, by minibus ~185 km, by boat ~14 km)
Take a morning boat across the Curonian Lagoon to the mainland (~1.5 hours), en-route enjoy a beautiful view of the Curonian Spit sand dunes. Cycling to Ventė Horn where you may visit a bird observatory and the 19thC lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years.
Afternoon ride through the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park and transfer by minibus along the Nemunas River to Kaunas, en route passing 16th-17thC castles of Raudonė and Panemunė. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Kaunas; HOTEL: SANTAKA BEST WESTERN**** or similar
Day 10 Thursday: TRAKAI Insular Castle and the ancient city of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania (cycling ~35 km/22 miles, by minibus ~75 km)
After breakfast you are transferred by minibus to the Lake District where begin cycling through picturesque countryside on gentle hills. Arrive in 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.
Finish the tour with a short transfer to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. The Old Town is stunning with many, varied & beautiful Baroque and Classical buildings. This evening, a guided tour of the city awaits you. Check-in at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Vilnius; HOTEL: TILTO*** or similar
Day 11 Friday: VILNIUS
Individual departure after breakfast. You can extend your stay in Lithuania; please ask for details.
We rate this trip easy going to moderate. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 25 to 60 km (15-37 miles) each day. The terrain is varied and rolling with some gradual hills on some riding days (some steep ups and downs in the Gauja River valley & Otepää region) and dead flat most of the tour.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Baltic Highlights tour stays in middle range hotels and includes all taxes carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
- 10 nights stay in middle-range hotels, including all taxes
– Breakfast daily
– Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned minibus
– Luggage transport as per itinerary
– Guided tours in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius (any entrance fees are payable individually)
– Crossing the Curonian Lagoon by boat from Nida to the mainland
– Individual information package (city guides, maps, programme and route description)
– Emergency contact numbers for our English or German speaking representatives
Trekking bicycle (Kalkhoff or Panther) with 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears & back-pedal break or 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears & free-wheel (optionally), equipped with waterproof pannier (Ortlieb).
Also includes a bicycle tachometer (min. 4 functions) and it’s installation on the bicycle –and a waterproof handlebar bag with plastic map holder (Ortlieb).
Baltic Highlights, 11 days, 10 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire. This trip is a half-guided tour ie during the whole trip, except on the Curonian Spit, our driver with a minibus and bike trailer is with you and you can take part in city tours (Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius) 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 him or our office. To make certain that you are well looked after, we only employ people, who have good local knowledge and speak either English, or German.
2019 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Arrival between 28.05. and 03.09.2019
Season 1: 27.08. – 03.09.2019
Season 2: 28.05. – 20.08.2019
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Hotel Category Descriptions
Middle range hotels.
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
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Holiday Price: £1179
Single Supplement: From £369