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Cycle The Baltics

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  • Cycle through three countries from Estonia to Lithuania
The Cycle the Baltics tour starts in Tallinn and ends in Vilnius. The Cycle the Baltics is a Natural Wonders tour that takes 11 days taking you from Tallinn to Vilnius and through other destinations in Europe.

Crossing Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, this ride will take you on a journey of discovery through historic cities, untouched wilderness and along breathtaking coastline. Our trip will start in Tallinn where the fairytale architectural style sets an enchanting scene. This will feature throughout the trip as we journey through Tartu, Riga, Trakai and Vilnius. Between the architectural highlights we will also enjoy some of the best cycling this region has to offer, through beautiful national parks and along idyllic coastal paths.

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4.5 - Excellent Based on 10 reviews
Cycle the Baltics
5 - Excellent
“A great trip, blending cultural aspects, great sightseeing, exploring the 3 capital cities as well as some nice cycling. Terrain was nice and flat and was within the capability of everyone in our group. Distances were very manageable and there was a minimum of waiting around. Lukas, our guide and the driver were simply outstanding in getting us up on our bikes each day with a minimum of fuss. Fast turnaround time between finishing our cycling and being back on the move again on the bus.”
Cycle the Baltics, August 2016
4 - Very Good
“A very enjoyable trip with great weather - we had sunshine every day. The cycling (for a reasonably fit non-cyclist) was manageable and we arrived in towns and cities in time to see some/most of the major sites.”
Cycling the Baltics
4 - Very Good
“Cycling in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for 10 days.”
Biking in the Baltics
4 - Very Good
“A fun trip as always with a lovely group of people and an excellent leader. Loved all three capitals and the other cities we citied as well as the countryside we cycled through.”
Start Tallin. On arrival there should be some time to explore Tallinn. Tallinn is a fascinating historical city with many sites to explore. We recommend strolling through the streets of the Old Town to Raekoja Plats (Town Hall Square), the square is surrounded by elaborate merchant houses and is the perfect setting to enjoy a coffee. Historically it served as a market and meeting place. If you find the round stone with a compass rose in the middle of the square you will be able to see the 5 church spires of the old town. The Cathedral of Saint Mary, St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Olav's Church have long characterised the skyline of the old town and are well worth a visit, as are the old town walls.

After a bus transfer out of the city we will begin our first ride through National Park Lahemaa. The park, one of the last unspoilt regions of the Baltic Coast, extends over 700 square kilometres. Its nature is rich and unique. Here you will cycle through thick woods, marshes and lakes. Above all, the coastline is what makes this area unique. It is also a rich environment for wildlife, moose and wild boar more difficult to spot but over 220 species of bird populate this area, so keep your eyes open. Our accommodation for the evening is situated in the national park itself. It is a spectacular setting in the grounds of an old distillery.



Today we have a full day to explore the largest national park in Estonia and one of the biggest in Europe. We will embark on a circular route taking in as many of the parks wonderful attractions as possible. Starting from Palmse Hotel (the former park manor house), we will pass Sagadi manor, the 400 year old fisherman’s village of Altja, the popular seaside resort of Vosu and Kasmu village which is home to the fisherman’s museum. We finish the loop cycling back through Estonian forests and meadows until we arrive at the hotel.

Park Hotel Palmse
We start the day with a bus transfer to the shore of Peipsi Lake, then start cycling from the 17th Century fisherman’s village of Mustvee. From here we pass through ancient villages and churches. Following an old Russian tradition, villages in Peipsi only have one street, because of this the shore of Peipsi Lake is one long street with lots of small villages dotted along it. We continue cycling into Varnja and then transfer to Tartu.

Tartu Hotel 
After breakfast we have a 40km transfer to Otepaa, this area is known as ‘Estonian Switzerland’ because of its stunning scenery and pine forests. As you would expect there are a few hills on today’s ride, though nothing too steep and challenging with the gradient not going above 7%. Once over the hills we cycle through beautiful forest and meadows and past Lake Puhajarve on our way to Sangaste town. We will visit the park and castle in Sangaste, walking up the castle tower gives us a great view over Otepaa and the surrounding green natural areas. After visiting the castle we continue cycling to Valga city, from here we transfer by bus to Riga, our base for the next two nights.

Ibis Centre Riga
Our journey today will start in the bustling town Riga, Latvia’s largest town and capitol city. The city has a mediaeval old town which is famous for its wooden buildings and art nouveau architecture. We follow the cycle paths to the beautiful town of Jurmala, which is famous for its incredible wooden architecture and 19th Century Russian villas. Jurmala is also one of Latvia’s larges seaside resorts, it has a 33km stretch of white sandy beach for us to explore on our bikes. There will be plenty of time to have a swim in the sea before we transfer back to Riga for the night.

Ibis Centre Riga 
After breakfast we leave Latvia and transfer directly to Lithuania. We begin our ride in Sventoji on a beautiful cycle route to Klaipeda, which lies along the Baltic Coast. On the way we pass Palanga, a traditional bucket and spade seaside town with a long stretch of sandy beach. It's a really fun place to stop, have a wander around, a dip in the sea, and see one of the most favoured seaside towns among Lithuanians. We will visit the Palanga Botanical Gardens and manor house which is now home to the amber museum. There are numerous cafes to sit and enjoy the atmosphere and have some lunch before we set off again for our final destination of Klaipeda, our base for two nights. Our hotel is close to the Old Town, so a good spot from which to explore.

Amberton Hotel Klaipeda 
We transfer to Nida, known as the town of retreat, and an artist’s resort. It was home and inspiration for two summers to the author Thomas Mann and its affluent feel and tranquillity encourages the feeling that you are on a holiday within a holiday. From here we explore the 68km long Curonian Spit. The high dunes (up to 60m) running along the spit have encouraged the local people to refer to the area as the 'Lithuanian Sahara'. During our ride we will make a stop in Juodkrante and admire the bizarre wooden carvings on what is known as Witch Hill. The sculpture park was started in 1979 and now has more than 70 wooden carvings representing characters of Lithuanian folktale and legend. We will then continue along the spit with the Baltic Sea extending far into the distance. We finish the ride at the ferry port, from here we take the ferry across the lagoon then transfer back to the hotel in Klaipeda for the night.

Amberton Hotel Klaipeda
start the day with a bus transfer to Kintai village, from here we cycle through dense green forests and beautiful meadows to Vente Cape. There is a lot of wildlife at Vente Cape, it is a popular resting place for birds on their migration and is home to one of the first bird ringing stations in Europe. We will visit the 11m high lighthouse which offers breathtaking views of the lagoon and golden sand dunes of the Curonian Split; the lighthouse is a fascinating place, built in 1863 when the cape was still part of Germany. We continue cycling to the town of Silute where we get on the bus and transfer to Vilnius.

Panorama Hotel 
After breakfast we transfer by bus to the small village of Semeliskes, from here we have a picturesque ride over undulating terrain to Galve Lake. Here the magical and famous Trakai Castle sits, as if floating on its own island in the middle of the lake, it’s a truly magical place. We will explore the surrounding areas of the lake and visit the Castle, before transferring back to Vilnius for the night.

Panorama Hotel 
Free morniing in Vinius before the trip ends here.

what’s included
  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • Local bike hire 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Tallinn and from Vilnius are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Cycle the Baltics tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 11 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Minimum Participants 6 people
Age Requirement 16+ yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Tallinn, Estonia/Vilnius, Lithuania
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A deposit of 207 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 14 March 2018 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Cycle the Baltics tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Cycle the Baltics tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycle the Baltics tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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