Treasures of the Baltic by Bike


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    While Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia share the same Baltic coastline, the contrasting unique characters of these three countries will become evident as you follow this incredibly scenic cycling route from Vilnius to Tallinn. From the three capitals – Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn – to the many small villages that have changed little over time, this guided cycling experience along low traffic roads and dedicated cycle paths will showcase the diverse cultures, World Heritage sites and mainly flat landscapes that make travelling in this region so different to anywhere else in Europe. Discover the island castle at Trakai, enter the previously off-limits Curonian Spit, a wild pre-historic sand dune peninsula, and marvel at the pilgrimage sight of thousands of crosses of every size and design imaginable at the Hill of Crosses in northern Lithuania. Crossing into Latvia, dip your toes in the Baltic Sea at the white sandy beaches of Jurmula and on the island of Saaremaa, visit Latvia’s oldest Church and pay homage at a bicycle museum before heading into Estonia. We’ll stop at Saaremaa, famous for its Bishop’s Castle, before reaching the Estonian capital of Tallinn, where the trip concludes.

    Highlights

    • Exploring the historic centres of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn
    • Discovering the small towns and villages en route
    • The coastal scenery of the Baltic coast and the wildness of the national parks
    • Soaking up the hospitality of comfortable hotels

    Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrive Vilnius (Lithuania)

    Day 2 Vilnius city tour, Trakai Island Castle, cycle then transfer to Kaunas (28km/18mi)

    Day 3 Transfer to Nemunas River Delta, cycle to Vente Horn (30km/19mi), transfer to Klaipeda

    Day 4 Cycle at the Curonian Spit, return to Klaipeda (58km/36mi)

    Day 5 To Palanga by bike (32km/20mi), drive to Hill of Crosses then cross border to Riga

    Day 6 Morning Riga city tour, cycle to Jurmala Beach (30km/18.5mi), return to Riga

    Day 7 Visit Bicycle Museum then cycle through the Gauja National Park to Sigulda (40km/25mi)

    Day 8 Ferry to Saaremaa island, explore Baltic Sea coast by bike (38km/24mi)

    Day 9 Morning ride at Sorve Peninsula, afternoon visit to Kuressaare (56km/34mi)

    Day 10 Ride to Kaali meteorite crater (40km/25mi or 30km/19mi), transfer to Tallinn

    Day 11 Trip concludes

    Inclusions

    • 10 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch and 4 dinners
    • 8 nights in 3 star hotels and 2 nights in 4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
    • 24-speed bike rental with pannier and helmet (electric bike available – supplement applies)
    • Welcome meeting and welcome drink
    • Mineral water during cycle days and reusable water bottle
    • Tour guide – one tour guide for 2-19 people or two guides for groups sizes of 20-25 people
    • Internal transfers as described by air-conditioned coach/minibus
    • Luggage transfers and support vehicle
    • Boat trip across Curonian Lagoon
    • Ferry tickets to/from the Curonian Spit and to/from Saaremaa Island
    • Entrance to museums: Vente Ornithological station, Amber museum in Palanga, Turaida Castle, Bicycle Museum in Saulkrasti, Angla Windmill Park in Saaremaa
    • Information pack (one set per room booked)

    Bike information

    Hybrid Bike
    On this trip you will be provided with a 24 speed bike rental with handlebar brakes The comfortable hybrid/trekking bikes are best suited to the roads and paths of the Baltics. You will be provided with a pannier to carry your gear during the day.

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    Images courtesy of Utracks