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Guided Cycle Tour in the Baltics with the Capital Cities (Vilnius, Klaipeda, Riga), Curonian Spit National Park & Gauja 8 days

Created with Sketch. A. Stulginskio gatvė, Vilnius, Lithuania
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Duration

8 days

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Tour Type

Bike tours in Baltics

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Group Size

15 people

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Languages

English

Overview

8 days guided small group cycling tour of the Baltics from Vilnius to Riga

Explore the Baltic coast and the National Parks of Lithuania and Latvia on very scenic routes. The tour includes the two capital cities – Vilnius and Riga   – with their Old towns designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO; and the previously-closed Curonian Spit, Gauja National park. Travel from Lithuania in the south to Riga 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.

TOUR INFORMATION

(cycling ~227 km / 146 miles, by coach ~780 km )

Cycling grade: We rate this trip Easygoing to Moderate . Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 28 to 58 km (18-36 miles each day). The terrain is varied and rolling with a few gradual hills on some riding days (a few steep ups and downs in the Gauja River valley) and dead flat most of the tour. For slow riders we recommend hiring e-bikes to keep pace with the group. The tour covers two Baltic States and therefore it includes a few long bus transfers between the most interesting cycling destinations and the capital cities. Our walking sightseeing tours in the capital old towns are along cobbled streets.

Arrival / Departure: Arrive in Vilnius or Kaunas (100 km from Vilnius) and depart from Riga. For more information about flights, see websites:

ITINERARY 

(cycling ~227 km / 146 miles, by coach ~780 km )

 

Day 1 Monday (Lithuania): VILNIUS

Arrive in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel. 7:30 p.m. (19:30) welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide.

OVERNIGHT: Vilnius

HOTEL: COMFORT HOTEL LT*** or similar

 

Day 2 Tuesday (Lithuania): VILNIUS-TRAKAI Insular Castle-KAUNAS (cycling ~33 km/21 miles, by bus ~100 km)

After breakfast a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town followed by a bus transfer outside the city. Start your first cycle ride through picturesque countryside with many lakes and gentle hills. En route stop in Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, where you may visit the 14thC island castle built on a small island in Lake Galvė. Afternoon transfer by bus to Kaunas. Arrive in Kaunas, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Kaunas

HOTEL: VICTORIA KAUNAS**** or similar

 

Day 3 Wednesday (Lithuania): Along the Nemunas River: KAUNAS-KLAIPĖDA (cycling ~35 km/22 miles, by bus ~220 km)

Kaunas by bike followed by a ride 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 and picnic lunch in the middle way (included). Arrive in Klaipeda, a modern town at the Baltic Sea, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Klaipėda

HOTEL: OLD MILL*** or similar

 

Day 4 Thursday (Lithuania): CURONIAN SPIT NATIONAL PARK (cycling ~58 km/36 miles, by bus or boat~50 km)

Today we 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, dinner at the hotel (included).

OVERNIGHT: Klaipėda

HOTEL: OLD MILL*** or similar 

 

Day 5 Friday (Lithuania-Latvia): KLAIPĖDA-PALANGA Resort-Hill of Crosses-RIGA (cycling ~32 km/20 miles, by bus ~290 km)

Early morning ride to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park, a former soviet military training area. Arrive in Palanga, the biggest Lithuanian seaside resort for a tour which includes a visit to the Botanical Garden and the Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz, with over 25000 pieces of amber on display. Afternoon bus transfer to Riga, the capital city of Latvia. En-route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Arrive in Riga, check-in and dinner at the hotel (included).

OVERNIGHT: Riga

HOTEL: HESTIA JUGEND**** or similar

 

Day 6 Saturday (Latvia): RIGA & JURMALA Seaside Resort (cycling ~30 km/19 miles, by bus ~20 km)

After breakfast 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 to Jurmala, the largest resort in the Baltic States well known for its long, white, sand beaches, mineral waters and mud with healing properties. Transfer back by bus to the hotel in Riga.

OVERNIGHT: Riga

HOTEL: HESTIA JUGEND **** or similar

 

Day 7 Sunday (Latvia): GAUJA National Park & Bicycle Museum (cycling ~45 km/28 miles, by bus ~50 km)

Morning transfer to Saulkrasti. After visiting 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 the Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave and Turaida Castle. En route visit Krimulda Church (1205) which is the oldest in Latvia. Transfer back by bus to the hotel in Riga, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Riga

HOTEL: HESTIA JUGEND*** or similar

 

Day 8 Monday (Latvia): RIGA

Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.

2023 TOUR DATES*

Language* Price per person in EUR:
EN DBL 1091   SGL 1373
** This tour is available on any other dates May-September with min 12 people

THE TOUR INCLUDES: 

  • 7 nights stay in 3-4* hotels, including all taxes
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 x picnic lunch (Day 3)
  • 2 x 3 courses dinners (1 x Klaipeda, 1 x Riga)
  • Welcome meeting with a glass of beer or wine
  • Mineral water at your disposal on cycling days + reusable water bottle
  • English speaking guide or driver/guide on days 2
  • Guided 2-hour city tours in English in the capital cities: Vilnius, Riga
  • Rent of trekking bicycle with waterproof pannier (+ helmet on request)
  • Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned coach /minibus
  • Speed boat from Nida to Klaipeda or transfer by minibus (Day 4)
  • Luggage transport as per itinerary
  • Ferry tickets to/from the Curonian Spit
  • Entrance to: Amber museum in Palanga, Saulkrasti Bicycle Museum
  • Information package (city guides, maps and program)

THE TOUR DOESN’T INCLUDE:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 7 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Tips

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

TRANSFERS:

– Arrival or departure transfer by car for 1-3 people – 35 EUR per transfer

– Arrival transfer by minibus for 4-7 people – 59 EUR per transfer

RENT

  • supplement for an E-bike/Pedelec with Bosch driving system – 195 EUR per person

PRE/POST TOUR ACCOMMODATION: 

Hotel in Vilnius COMFORT LT*** or similar 

SGL 69 EUR per room per night, including breakfast and city tax

DBL 80 EUR per room per night, including breakfast and city tax

 

NOTES:

  • Discounts for extra bed in double/twin room for people from 3 yrs. old – 15 %
  • Children under 3 yrs. old – free of charge
  • Minimum group size:- 12 people (any other date May-September on request)
  • Maximum group size – 15 people with one guide and 21 people with two guides!
  • Language of cycling tour guides (for groups from 8 people) or driver/guides (groups up to 7 people):EN – English speaker tour guide,

 

 

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