Treasures of the Baltic Self Guided Cycle

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
11 days
From: $ 1,990 $ 181 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cycling on the beautiful Estonian island of Hiiumaa
  • Discovering the small towns and villages enroute
  • Exploring the historic centres of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn
  • The coastal scenery of the Baltic coast and the wildness of the national parks
  • Soaking up the hospitality of local hotels

Short Description

A self guided supported cycle through Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania exploring the contrasting cultures and natural landscapes of the Baltic

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cycling & Biking

Destinations

Lithuania Estonia Latvia

Cities & Attractions

Riga Tallinn

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Tallinn, Estonia

On arrival in Tallinn, make your way to the hotel (we can arrange an arrival transfer for you if required - supplement applies). In the early evening at 6pm you can join a guided tour of Tallinn's old town. The city grew in importance as a strategic port between Russia and Scandinavia, and has evolved into a vibrant cultural city with a delightful walled historic centre. There is an eclectic mix of medieval and modern, Soviet and classic Estonian, grand church spires and crumbling wooden houses. Dinner at leisure in Tallinn's emerging culinary scene.

Day 2 Cycling in Lahemaa National Park (52km/32.5mi), overnight Palmse

This morning at 10am you'll have a transfer by minibus (90km/56mi) before you begin cycling through the Lahemaa National Park, which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast. Lahemaa, or 'land of bays' is a nature lover’s paradise and the largest national park in Estonia, established in 1971. There are dense woods, marshes, lakes and waterfalls to discover. If you prefer wildlife to landscape, the park has moose, wild boars and over 220 bird species. Continue to the town of Palmse or nearby Sagadi and your hotel.

meals : B

Day 3 Cycle along Peipsi Lake (50km/31mi), transfer to the university town of Tartu

Following a transfer by minibus to Mustvee, you begin a pleasant bicycle trip along the Peipsi Lake shore to Varnja. Peipsi is the 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). Total Transfer: 160km/99.5mi

meals : B

Day 4 Cycle through the 'Estonian Switzerland' (28km/17.5mi), transfer to Sigulda

After a short bus transfer to Otepää, a beautiful place with many lakes, you begin cycling through the so-called “Estonian Switzerland”, absorbing the stunning landscape. The route takes you to Sangaste which is famous for its 19th century romantic castle built in the style of Windsor Palace. From here you 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. Total Transfer: 235km/146mi

meals : B

Day 5 Cycle through Gauja National Park (17km/10.5mi), transfer to Riga

As you cycle through Gauja National Park, enjoy spectacular views of Gauja River valleys with the Gutmana Cave, the ruins of a 13th Century Crusaders Castle in Sigulda and the restored medieval style Turaida Castle. Afternoon transfer to Riga, the Latvian capital, where a guided tour of the charming Old Town awaits. After checking-in at the hotel you can explore this medieval Hanseatic town, famous for its Art Nouveau buildings. Total Transfer: 50km/31mi

meals : B

Day 6 Explore Riga, cycle to Jurmala (35km/21.5mi), return to Riga by train

Today is free to explore Riga on your own and take a cycle ride on a bicycle path to Jurmala, a Latvian seaside resort well known for its long, white, sand beaches, mineral waters and mud with healing properties. We recommend taking the opportunity to bathe in the sea and cycling along the beach – its well worth it! In the evening take a local train back to Riga (30 min; not included).

meals : B

Day 7 Cross into Lithuania to visit Hill of Crosses, cycle to Klaipeda (46km/29mi or 30km/16mi)

Transfer by minibus to the Lithuanian coast, stopping en route at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. You begin cycling towards Klaipeda on a great bicycle path, which follows the Baltic Coast along 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. Total Transfer: 290km/180mi

meals : B

Day 8 Cycle to Curonian Spit National Park (57km/36mi), transfer to Nida

After breakfast you cross the lagoon by ferry (not included - allow EUR1 pp) 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 and the Amber Gallery. En route you can visit the Hill of Witches which houses almost one 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 and take in some sun on the golden beaches.

meals : B

Day 9 Cross the Curonian Lagoon, cycle to Vente Cape (31km/19mi), transfer to Kaunas

Take a morning boat across the Curonian Lagoon to the mainland (approx. 1.5 hours), enjoying a beautiful view of the Curonian Spit sand dunes. The cycle route takes you to Vente Cape where you can visit a bird observatory and the 19th century lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years. In the afternoon ride through the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park then transfer by minibus along the Nemunas River to Kaunas, en route passing 16th-17th century castles of Raudone and Panemune. Total Transfer: 185km/115mi, boat 14km

meals : B

Day 10 Cycle to the island castle at Trakai (35km/21.5mi), transfer to Vilnius

After breakfast you are transferred by minibus to the Lake District where you begin cycling through picturesque countryside over gentle hills. Arrive in Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Here you can visit the famous 14th century Gothic island castle erected on a small island in Lake Galve. Later a short transfer takes you to Vilnius, capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. Set on the Vilnia river and with its historic centre awash with beautiful buildings and cobblestone streets, Vilnius has a wonderful ambiance. It has been known as the 'Jerusalem of Lithuania' or the 'Jerusalem of the north' and was declared the European Capital of Culture in 2009. This evening, a guided tour of the city awaits you. Total Transfer: 75km/46.5mi

meals : B

Day 11 Trip concludes

The trip concludes after breakfast. Transfers can be organised to the airport, or additional accommodation booked - please ask our staff for details.

meals : B

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Seeing so many residents on bikes, young and old, and admiring the beautiful neat and tidy Dutch homes and gardens.

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Only ground transport

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3 star hotels

Physical Requirements

MODERATE – GRADE 3 The trip requires a reasonable level of fitness to fully participate in the cycling. Daily biking routes are mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 17 to 60km/10.5 to 37mi. The terrain is varied and rolling with some gradual hills on some riding days (some steep ups and downs in the Gauja River valley and Otepää region) and dead flat most of the tour.

Rules & Other Requirements

Wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

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