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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
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The Baltic coast and National Parks of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania explored on very scenic routes, including the three capital cities – Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius – with their old towns designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Featuring the National Park Lahemaa, which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast, Otepää Lakeland – the so-called “Estonian Switzerland" and the beautiful Gauja River valleys. The tour includes cycling on the Curonian Spit which was previously closed to visitors; nowadays it is often called the Lithuanian Sahara. 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.

The tour begins in Tallinn where you get your tour maps with detailed program and route description. Next day your rental bicycles will be ready for your first ride in Lahemaa. 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, Vilnius) 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. If you have any problems – contact the driver or our office. To make certain that you are well looked after, we only employ people, who have good local knowledge and speak either English, or German.


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 ~53 km/33mi., by minibus ~90 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.
Overnight in Palmse or Sagadi: Hotel PALMSE PARK*** 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. There you start a pleasant bicycle trip along Peipsi Lake shore to Varnja. You reach your hotel after bus transfer to Tartu, a famous university town.
Overnight in Tartu: Hotel DORPAT*** or similar.

Day 4 : Through the „Estonian Switzerland“ to Sigulda, Latvia (cycling ~28 km/18 mi., by minibus ~235 km)

After bus transfer to Otepää, a lovely place with many lakes, start your cycling through the so-called „Estonian Switzerland“ and admire the environment. Transfer to the hotel in Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia.
Overnight in 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 to Ragana, en route enjoy spectacular views of the Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, medieval castles in Sigulda & Turaida, the oldest church in Latvia (1205). Afternoon transfer to Riga, the Latvian capital, where a guided tour of the charming Old Town awaits.
Overnight in Riga: Hotel AVALON**** 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. In the evening take a local train back to Riga (30 min; not included).
Overnight in Riga: Hotel AVALON**** or similar.

Day 7 : Hill of Crosses & Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route, Lithuania (cycling ~46 km/29 mi. or 30 km/16 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 stop in Palanga, the renowned Lithuanian sea resort (Botanical Park & Amber Museum).
Overnight in Klaipeda: OLD MILL HOTEL*** or similar.

Day 8 : Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania (~57 km/36 mi.)

After breakfast you cross the lagoon by ferry 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, 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.
Overnight in Nida: Hotel NERIJA*** or similar.

Day 9 : Crossing the Curonian Lagoon, Lithuania (~31 km/19 mi., by minibus ~185 km, by boat ~ 14 km)

Take a morning boat across the Curonian Lagoon to the continent (~1.5-2 hrs), en route enjoy a beautiful view of the sand dunes. Cycle to Ventė Cape to explore bird observatory and the 19thC lighthouse. Transfer by bus along the Nemunas River to Kaunas.
Overnight in Kaunas: Hotel BEST WESTERN SANTAKOS**** or similar.

Day 10 : Trakai island castle & capital Vilnius, Lithuania (~35 km/19 mi., by minibus ~75 km)

After breakfast drive by bus to the Lake District where start cycling through picturesque countryside on gentle hills. Arrive in Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Finish the tour with a transfer to Vilnius where a guided tour of the Old Town awaits you.
Overnight in Vilnius: Hotel TILTO*** or similar.

Day 11 : Tour ends in Vilnius, Lithuania

Individual departure after breakfast.


Price Includes:
10 nights stay in hotels including all taxes (rooms with WC/shower)
Breakfast daily on days 2-10
Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned minibus
Luggage transport as per itinerary
Guided tours in Tallinn; Riga and Vilnius (any entrance fees are payable individually)
Boat trips across the Curonian Lagoon from Nida to the mainland
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

Additional Services:
Rent of trekking bike (VDV / Kalkhoff) with 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears & free-wheel (optional) all supplied with a waterproof pannier (1 x bike) and tachometer (1 x booking) - 110 EUR
Rent of E-bike/Pedelec (VDV / Kalkhoff / KTM) with Bosch driving system; 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears; equipped with a waterproof pannier - 280 EUR
Rent of helmet - 15 EUR
Half board (6 x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea at the hotels; excluding Tallinn; Riga & Vilnius) - 165 EUR
Pre-tour accommodation -on request
Arrival/departure transfer by car up to 3 people - 35 EUR,by minibus up to 7 people - 65 EUR


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Cycling the Baltic States with National Parks of Lahemaa, Gauja and the Curonian Spit (Rated 4.71 / 5 Based on 92 Reviews.)

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.

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