This tour gives you’re the best introduction of top sights of the three Baltic States and perfect for travellers looking both cultural and exciting cycling experiences in intact natural reserves. On this tour you will take your bike to discover the essential highlights of the Baltic region: the three marvellous capitals – Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn that are definitely “must see” sights of the Baltics, and its most spectacular natural parks – the Curonian Lagoon, the best sea-side resorts Palanga and Jurmala, foresty Lahemaa national park and the beauty of the isolated Saaremaa island.
Cycle along white sand beaches, sparking lakes, high dunes, pine forests, ancient cities and medieval castles to have the “real taste” of one of the least travelled parts of Europe.
Highlights: Vilnius Old Town
After arrival and transfer to your hotel, find some free time for your personal discoveries of the Vilnius Old Town. The spacious Old city is dotted with special “Lithuanian” Baroque building and churches, and it perfectly suits all sorts of interests – cultural exploring, modern city lifestyle, gastronomic enjoying, hipstery lifestyles, just name it.
We’d especially recommend a walk from the Cathedral square up-hill to the Gediminas’ tower – the never-forget panoramic view will give you a real feeling of Vilnius.
Meet us at the hotel and join for a late welcome dinner, getting to know your future travel mates and trying out local specialties.
Highlights: Trakai castle, Uztrakis Manor
After the breakfast transfer from Vilnius to Trakai (28 km), the first capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
For the first ride we will start with discovering the indescribable Trakai Castle, standing gorgeously in the midst of the lake, and going on to the old Manor House, surrounded by the bowery park. Trakai area will grant us with vast panoramic views of untouched lake and forest landscapes, meanwhile the old city will show its narrow streets and old wooden houses. Enjoy local cuisine in some cosy tavern, offering traditional and unique meals of this region.
Transfer back to Vilnius is organized in the late afternoon.
Cycling: 20 km
Highlights: Ornithological Station, Vente Cape lighthouse, Klaipeda Old Town
This morning you leave Vilnius for the Lithuanian seaside (330 km from Vilnius), where bike riding proved to be the best way to discover whole greatness of the Vente Cape peninsula.
The Ventė Cape is a peculiar natural sight, where you can approach a wild life really close, as this place is an important spot of birds migration in the world. The Ornithological Station notes that sometimes during early autumn period more than 3 million birds fly over this area per day! You will also be able to admire the open view on the terrific Curonian lagoon from the top of the romantic old lighthouse located here.
Unhurried cycling will lead you through ancestral fishermen villages directing Klaipeda. You can choose between the direct transfer and your own private way to the hotel (extra ~20km).
This evening and overnight you will spend in Klaipeda, the old Hanseatic city and the only port of Lithuania.
Cycling: 35 km
Highlights: Curonian Spit dunes, Nida and Juodkrante villages, Hill of Witches
After the breakfast we will transfer by ferry to Curonian Spit National Park.
The Curonian spit itself is a unique natural formation, and is the part of the UNESCO World heritage; and it will show you its best during you bike ride adventure.
An absorbing view on the largest “nude” sand dunes in Europe will reveal from one of their highest points, demonstrating also wild charm of the Baltic Sea and the Curonian lagoon from this perspective. Following ride along the Spit you will find a plenty of pearls – from seashore forests with hundred year-old trees to white-sand secluded beaches and from old fishermen villages to the Hill of Witches, the open-air museum of woodcarvings.
After this saturated day take a ferry back to Klaipeda
Cycling: 30-50 km
Highlights: Dutchman’s Cap, Palanga, Amber museum
The morning ride will begin towards Palanga resort, exploring the Seaside Regional Park and observing diverse and unique local ecosystems, including both sea sights and forest trails. Take a break on the Dutchman’s Cap – a 24-meter-high coastal cliff, and breathe in the beauty of the Baltic Sea here.
In Palanga, the biggest Lithuanian seaside resort, first take a slow ride along its main pedestrian avenue, and follow the 470 meters long pier, heading into the Baltic Sea. Afterwards, the biggest in the Baltic States Amber museum, which huge collection has a rich number of amber pieces with inclusions of insects and plants. The Museum is surrounded by the Botanical Garden, designed in mid-19th century, where you could see hundreds of imported and indigenous plants, including those from rare and endangered species list of Lithuania.
If your energy is still there, you can continue your ride for more 14 km, finishing your trip in Sventoji (extra 14 km of cycling).
Take your rest, while transferring to Riga, the capital city of Latvia (~270 km).
Cycling: 30-45 km
Highlights: Jurmala beach
After the breakfast we will move on for a great cycling to Jurmala, the “trademark” resort in the Baltic States.
Jurmala is stretched for 30 km and is sandwiched between the river and the sea gulf, having a very special combination of natural resources, thus providing perfect routes for bike rides.
Start with unhurried observing a unique wooden architecture, with classicism, national romanticism and Art Noveau buildings of late 19th–20th century. Then continue with some peaceful pine-tree forest trails and switch to ride along the very sea shore.
The city also has a plenty of nice places for enjoying some refreshments on you way.
Cycling: 30-50 km
Highlights: Kuressaare town, Saaremaa island
After the early breakfast transfer to Saaremaa island (251 km from Riga). Saaremaa Island is a destination for those, who seek for pure raw nature and silence away from civilization. It has retained its uniqueness due to its location and isolation. In the villages there are still stone fences and houses with thatched roofs, beautiful national costumes and dialectal language are still used. Junipers, dolomite, windmills and the famous local home-brewed beer are considered the symbols of Saaremaa.
Through your ride you will see all of that, as well as the pure treasure of the island – the intact and well-restored medieval castle in its only city, Kuressaare.
Cycling: 37 km
Highlights: Kuressaare castle, Meteor Lake, windmills
After the breakfast continue to explore Saaremma island by bike – and create your route out of many options the island is offering. For example, travel to the highest cliffs of the island – the exposed limestone wall that rises straight up from the beach and opens unforgettable view to the sea.. or search for meteorite craters field, with one of them being the biggest in Europe.
At the same time, the island gives you a great chance of cultural discoveries – you can visit the museum in Kuressaare castle or several medieval fortified churches placed on the island.
On any of the ways you choose remember to observe the local living way, meet the local people and try out some traditional food and drinks!
Cycling: 30-50 km
Highlights: Lahemaa National park
After the breakfast transfer to Lahemaa National Park (285 km from Kuressaare).
Estonia’s first and largest national park, Lahemaa (or the “Land of Bays”) literally has it all: riding though the Park you can have a “slide show” of most of the natural and cultural landscapes characteristic of the country.
The well-developed cycling trails will guide you through a sparkling mix of coastal bluffs, dense forests, 7000 year old bogs, 18th century manor houses, old fishermen villages and numerous lakes and rivers.
The short intro ride of the evening will be your foretaste of the next day.
Overnight: Lahemaa National Park
Highlights: Palmse historical manor, forest trails in Lahemaa National Park
This is day is completely devoted to the delights of the Lahemaa National park, which shows all of its secrets to those travelling by bikes. The curvy and shady forest route will take you to the cultural pleasures of historical manor complex, the typical fishermen coastal villages, where local people were both the honest fishermen and seal hunters, and outlawed spirit smugglers.
Lahemaa is known for its long-standing forest conservation areas, and a lot of big mammals, rare birds and flora’s species can be met here. There are several animals and birds observations trails and a plenty of information, which will satisfy any nature-lover.
There is an opportunity for some rest and swim just next to the sea side, with perfectly calming sunset view in the end of a long day.
Cycling: 30 km
Overnight: Lahemaa National Park
Highlights: Tallinn Old Town, Kadriorg Palace
After the breakfast transfer from Lahemaa to Tallinn (60 km). You can create the perfect ending of your travel by personal exploration of Tallinn.
Tallinn’s Old City is a charming in its unity of style (unlike the other European capitals, which have a bit chaotic mixture of old and modern buildings). Enter the main gates of the Old city, and follow the medieval maze of narrow cobblestone streets, which leads you towards the Gothic building of Town Hall and uphill – to the Upper Town, with to impressive Cathedrals and the wide panoramic view on the whole city is waiting for you.
And if you search for some more nature – Tallinn can provide it to you at your arm’s length. Just go to one of the huge parks next to the very city centre, as Kadriorg, commissioned by the Russian Czar Peter the Great. Pass the parks – and get to the sea-side promenade, which is great for enjoying in any sorts and shapes – walking, riding, or skating.
After the breakfast transfer to the airport. Departure.