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Self- guided bike tour – EXPLORE THE BALTICS in 10 days

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Duration

10days

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Tour Type

Bike tours in Baltics

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Group Size

Unlimited

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Languages

English, On request

Overview

CYCLING BALTICS – three countries, three cultures, hundreds of impressions

Indulging combination of cognitive, experiential and recreational cycling riding across all three Baltic States – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – with carefully selected stops:

  • Historic sites
  • Delicious local nourishments
  • Breathtaking views
  • Chats with locals

The cycling will include the city tours in all three capital cities – Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, historic viewpoints with specific Baltic castles and manors, nature rides with changing scenery of the Baltic coastline, lakes, aromatic pine forests, endless rye fields and ethnic villages. Self-guided tour in Baltics is combined itinerary of selfdriving and local guide tours in main cities.

Total distance by bike: 410 km. Distance includes non-busy roads as bicycle roads, paved roads, forest paths, gravel paths.

 

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Itinerary

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ITINERARY

DAY 1. VILNIUS (40km by bike)
Arrival
Exploring capital of Lithuania – Vilnius
Cycling city tour starting from the hotel, riding through main streets of the Old Town, along the river Neris, reaching out to the secret gems of its outskirts.
Lunch at the Farmers Market including tastings of local cheese and wine
Folk dinner with traditional entertainment
*Local guide
Overnight in Vilnius

DAY 2. TRAKAI-KAUNAS (50km by bike)
Exploring ancient capital of Lithuania –Trakai
Bus ride to Senieji Trakai
Countryside cycling undulating along lake sides, ancient forest tracks and sites of Medieval and modern history.
Guided boat tour around the Lake Galvė and Trakai castle island
Lunch at a local place of exceptional ethnic minority Karaims including tastings of their ethnic dishes.
Bus ride to the second largest city of Lithuania - Kaunas
Evening walk and dinner in Kaunas Old Town
*No guide

DAY 3.KAUNAS-CURONIAN BAY (65km by bike)
Exploring the largest river of Lithuania – Nemunas
Cycling tour starting at the hotel riding across the historic and industrial districts to reach the picturesque river-side tracks taking across charming resort towns and villages with extraordinary history.
Lunch at a local riverside café with enchanting views.
Bus ride to the Baltic Sea coast
Dinner and overnight at a camping on the coast of the Curonian Bay.
*Local guide

DAY 4. CURONIAN SPIT (60km by bike)
Exploring unique natural spot – Curonian Spit
Boat ride to Nida, last town on the Curonian spit.
Long meditational cycling tour from Nida to Klaipėda along both coasts of the Spit with changing scenery of pine trees, sand dunes, fishermen villages, bird colonies.
Lunch at a local fishermen estate
Bus ride to Plateliai lake country cabins
Ethnic dinner and overnight in the country side
*No guide

DAY 5. RIGA (40km by bike)
Exploring Latvian Baltic coastline – Riga Bay and capital city Riga
Bus ride to most famous Latvian resort , next to capital of Latvia Riga
Lunch at a beach cafe
Cycling along dacha style villas of Jurmala, taking a cycling track to Riga and city touring along its streets.
Dinner and overnight in the Old Town of capital of Latvia Riga
*No guide

DAY 6. SIGULDA-TARTU (25km by bike)
Exploring Switzerland of the Baltics – National park of the River Gauja
Walking tour and lunch in capital of Latvia Riga
Bus ride to Sigulda
Cable-car ride across the River Gauja
Short but steep cycling in the hills and forests around the most diverse landscape of the tour up to Turaida Castle
Bus ride to second largest city in Estonia Tartu
Dinner, the best deserts and overnight in Tartu
*Local guide

DAY 7. LAHEEMA NATIONAL PARK (30km by bike)
Exploring the Onion Route of Old Believers community in Eastern Estonia – by Lake Peipsi
Bus ride to Varnja village
Cycling across ethnic traditional villages of Russian Old Believers along the fifth largest lake in Europe - Lake Peipsi
Lunch at a local café with variety of onion specialties
Bus ride to Laheamaa National Park in the very North of Estonia
Dinner at an ethnic tavern
Overnight at a restored manor of Baltic Germans.
*No guide

DAY 8. LAHEEMA NATIONAL PARK (53km by bike)
Exploring Lahemaa National Park
All day cycling along Lahemaa bays, learning about Iron Curtain of soviet times, Nordic nature, fishermen lifestyle, visiting ancient and contemporary fishermen villages
Lunch of homey food at a restored customs estate
Bus ride to capital of Estonia Tallinn
Ethnic dinner and overnight in the Old Town of Tallinn
*No guide

DAY 9. TALLINN ( 40km by bike)
Exploring capital of Estonia – Tallinn
Cycling city tour starting at the hotel in the Old Town, riding along the UNESCO protected defense walls and towers, newly reconstructed sea-port areas
Lunch at a brand new industrial hipster area Kalamaja
Free time
Overnight in Tallinn
*No guide

DAY 10.DEPARTURE (0km by bike)
Departure from Tallinn

Included

  • Accomadation with breakfast 3-4* level (upon availability)
  • New touring bike rent( bikes up 2 years)
  • Experienced and certificated guide services in main cities as per itinerary
  • Comfortable transportation through all trip ( bus size depends on group size)
  • Information package

Excluded

  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch
  • Dinners
  • Entrances fee
  • Personal expenses
  • Ferries

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Explore baltics by bike

Ieva

14/11/2020

Interesting trip

Trip is combined of nature and city sights. We liked it very much.
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