- Cycling on the beautiful Estonian island of Saaremaa
- Discovering the small towns and villages en route
- Exploring the historic centres of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn
- The coastal scenery of the Baltic coast and the wildness of the national parks
- Soaking up the hospitality of comfortable hotels
Explore the contrasting cultures and natural landscapes along the Baltic coastline connecting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. 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.
Day 1 : Arrive Vilnius (Lithuania)
Day 2 : Vilnius city tour, cycle to Trakai Island Castle, transfer to Kaunas (33km/21mi)
Day 3 : Transfer to Nemunas River Delta, cycle to Vente Horn (35km/22mi), transfer to Klaipeda
Day 4 : Cycle along 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 (37km/23mi or 28km/18mi), transfer to Tallinn
Day 11 : Trip concludes
- 8 nights in 3 star hotels and 2 nights in 4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
- Information pack (one set per room booked)
- 10 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch and 4 dinners (does not include drinks). The breakfast and dinners are provided at your overnight hotel or a local restaurant. Breakfast will generally be buffet style with breads, cheese, some meats, spreads and perhaps yoghurt and muesli. There will also be juice, coffee and tea available. Dinners will usually be 3 courses (sometimes 2).
- Tour guide - one tour guide* for 2-15 people or two guides for groups sizes of 16-21 people. Note *: for groups of up to 7 people the guide will also drive the van so will cycle with the group only at times, mainly guiding from the minivan
- Internal transfers as described by air-conditioned coach/minibus
- Ferry tickets to/from the Curonian Spit and to/from Saaremaa Island
- Guided 2-hour city walking tours in English in the capital cities: Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn
- 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
- Luggage transfers and support vehicle
- Boat trip across Curonian Lagoon
- Entrance to museums: Vente Ornithological station, Amber museum in Palanga, Turaida Castle, Bicycle Museum in Saulkrasti, Angla Windmill Park in Saaremaa
- Travel to Vilnius and from Tallinn
- 8 lunches and 6 dinners and drinks (optional 4 dinner package -3 course dinners - is available for a supplement - days 2,4,7 & 9)
- Tips for tour guides and crew
- Travel insurance - mandatory
- Items of a personal nature - eg. phone calls, laundry
- Entrances to museums not noted as included
- Personal Itinerary can be tweaked and customized.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Treasures of the Baltic by Bike tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 07 September 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 07 September 2022, a deposit of 303 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Treasures of the Baltic by Bike 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.Visa
For this Treasures of the Baltic by Bike 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 traveling to, as part of this itinerary.For Solo Travelers
A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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