Cycling the Baltic States with National Parks of Lahemaa, Gauja and the Curonian Spit

Cycling the Baltic States with National Parks of Lahemaa, Gauja and the Curonian Spit 1095 , 9 Days

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. This trip is a half-guided tour ie during the whole trip, except Jurmala and the Curonian Spit, our driver with a minibus and bike trailer is with you and you can take part in city tours (Tallinn, Riga) 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.

Highlights:
- Tallinn and Riga - with their old towns designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
- The National Park Lahemaa - one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast,
- Otepää Lakeland - the so-called “Estonian Switzerland”
- The beautiful Gauja River valleys


Itinerary

Day 1. 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 in Tallinn: Hotel HESTIA ILMARINE**** or similar.

Day 2. Tallinn - National Park Lahemaa, Estonia (cycling ~51 km/32mi., by minibus ~100 km)
Meeting with your driver. After bus transfer you shall 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 ot Vihula; HOTEL:PALMSE GUESTHOUSE or  VIHULA MANOR**** or similar.

Day 3. Along Lake Peipsi to Tartu, Estonia (cycling ~50 km/31 mi., 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. Through the „Estonian Switzerland“ to Sigulda, Latvia (cycling ~28 km/18 mi., 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. Gauja National Park – Riga, Latvia (~17 km/11 mi., 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: HESTIA JUGEND **** or similar.

Day 6. Riga & Jurmala Seaside resort, Latvia (~35 km/22 mi., 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: HESTIA JUGEND **** or similar.

Day 7. Hill of Crosses & Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route, Lithuania (cycling ~42 km/29 mi. or 32 km/20 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. Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania & the Hill of Witches(~57 km/36 mi., by minibus or boat ~50 km)
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. Take a boat (2 hours) or minibus transfer back to Klaipėda and optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Klaipėda; HOTEL: OLD MILL*** or similar.

Day 9. Klaipeda, Lithuania
Individual departure after breakfast. You can extend your stay in Lithuania; please ask for details.


Price Includes:
8 nights stay in hotels including all taxes (rooms with WC/shower)
Breakfast daily on days 2-9
Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned minibus
Luggage transport as per itinerary
Guided 2-hour tours in Tallinn and Riga (any entrance fees are payable individually)
Individual information package (one per room): city guides; maps; programme and route description
Emergency contact numbers for our English or German speaking representatives
GPS Tracks

Not Included:
flight tickets
drinks and meals nort mentioned in the program
tips
personal expenses
arrival/departure transfers
insurance
bike rental
Arrival and departure transfers
Entrance fees

Additional Services:
Rental of trekking bicycle (VDV) with 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears & free-wheel - all supplied with a waterproof back pannier and handlebar bag with a plastic cover for GPS/smartphone (Ortlieb) and tachometer (1 x booking) - 85 EUR
Rental of E-bike/Pedelec (VDV Kalkhoff) with Bosch driving system - 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears & back-pedal break or free wheel equipped with waterproof back pannier and handlebar bag with a plastic cover for GPS/smartphone (Ortlieb) – 220 EUR per person
Rental of a helmet – 13 EUR per person
5 x 3-course dinners package at the hotels excluding Tallinn & Riga – on request
Extra nights in Tallinn or Klaipeda - on request


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Cycling the Baltic States with National Parks of Lahemaa, Gauja and the Curonian Spit (Rated 4.71 / 5 Based on 176 Reviews.)
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1095 EUR
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9 Days
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390 EUR
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1095 EUR
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9 Days
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390 EUR
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1095 EUR
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9 Days
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390 EUR
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1095 EUR
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9 Days
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390 EUR
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Price
1095 EUR
Duration
9 Days
Single Supplement
390 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
1095 EUR
Duration
9 Days
Single Supplement
390 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
1095 EUR
Duration
9 Days
Single Supplement
390 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
1095 EUR
Duration
9 Days
Single Supplement
390 EUR
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

No special experience is needed; everyone who is in condition to cope with long Saturday walks in the forest can also cope with these tours. As a rule, the trips are short and at a low altitude. Often, it is your choice to join or skip a day-tour. The routes follow a hilly terrain without steep ascents and descents. Normally we walk 3/5h a day.

Most of you, who are used to walking/cycling during a long weekend, will be in condition to cope with a tour of this level. You should be in a good health condition. We have successive days of longer and more difficult walking and days of lighter walking/cycling. Some parts of the day routes are done at a higher altitude. The paths are in good condition. We walk/cycle for 5/7h a day.

Group Size
Min. 2
Reservation System Code
LTCYCSELF
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