Enjoy a thrilling mix of cycling, canoeing, walking and trekking in the best National Parks and cultural sights of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This tour offers the best possible way to appreciate every place you visit: boat trip in a picturesque lake around Trakai caste in Lithuania; cycling along stunning Lithuanian Seaside Coast and Curonian Spit – The Baltic nature gem and UNESCO Heritage Sight; kayaking in Guaja River – the most exciting river in the Baltics; exploring the wild nature of Estonia by cycling in Saaremaa Island and Lahemaa Park. Visits of the 3 Baltic Capitals – Baroque Vilnius, Art Noveau Riga and colorful medieval Tallinn will complete your travel experience with cultural discoveries.
Arrival to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Transfer to the hotel.
Free time in Vilnius. After visiting Vilnius and its surroundings many tourists fall in love with Vilnius, designating it as their favorite Baltic city. Vilnius’s Old Town is one of the biggest in Eastern Europe. There are more than 1500 buildings from various epochs: the old town boasts the most wonderful architectural styles of Southern and Western Europe, Gothic and Renaissance, as well as the original “Lithuanian” Baroque, also called the last vivid flash of Baroque in Europe.
Overnight in Vilnius.
Morning transfer to Trakai (28 km from Vilnius).
Enjoy sailing in 2-seats boats in a picturesque Galve Lake, visit some of 21 islands, one of them houses Trakai Island Castle. Trakai Peninsula Castle is located on its southern shore. There are ruins of the little Orthodox church in Bažnytėlė Island. The lake and most of the other lakes surrounding the castle and city have myths and legends connected to them, of which most contain a tragic love story. The lakes and castle are part of natural and historical reserve.
Have a nice walk in a historical town of Trakai, enjoy traditional Karaite cuisine in some cozy tavern, admire a view to a picturesque Trakai castle, visit famous Trakai Church of the Visitation of the blessed Virgin Mary.
Transfer back to Vilnius later afternoon.
After the breakfast transfer from Vilnius to Kintai Village (330 km from Vilnius). Cycling to Vente Cape peninsula, situated in the eastern side of Curonian Lagoon. This place is famous by being one of the most important spot of birds migration in the world. Every year more than 50 thousand tourists visit this peninsula to admire a breathtaking view of the lagoon and shining sand dunes of the Curonian Spit. Here you get acquainted with Visit Ventes Ragas Ornithological Station and make photos of a romantic sight – a lighthouse of the 19th century.
Cycling back to Kintai village and continue direction Klaipeda through fishing villages of Seacoast Region. Transfer to the main resort of the Curonian Spit – Nida.
After the breakfast transfer to other picturesque resorts of the Curoninan Spit – Juodkrante (32 km) or Smiltyne (20 km from Juodkrante). Cycling through the Curonian Spit national park (UNESCO list of World Intangible heritage Lists) on asphalt bike path and forest trail. Admire amazing views to sand dunes with the sparse vegetation, seashore forest with hundred year-old trees and hill pine trees planted by people, white sand beaches, fishing villages with unique culture and architecture – these are the accents making the Curonian Spit an attractive holiday destination.
Sights: Leave bikes behind and walk for 15 min on a wooden path to the Dead Dunes where you can see a panoramic view of both the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon, a colony of grey herons and cormorants and the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante – an open-air museum of woodcarvings.
Free day in Nida resort.
Relax in one of its Blue Flag beaches. Explore Nida by bike: it is the biggest resort in the Curonian Spit with its cozy, colorful cottages located near the high white dunes that help to make it famous. The population of the village is approximately 1650, but in summer it raises to several thousands.
Places to visit: amber gallery, Thomas Mann house, the highest dune Parnidzio to see breathtaking views.
Overnight in Nida.
After the breakfast transfer to Klaipeda, the only port and the third biggest town in Lithuania.
Cycling from Klaipėda through Seaside Regional park to Palanga Resort along the Seaside Cycle Route(~30 km). Here you will explore the Dutchman’s Cap – a 24-meter-high coastal cliff, as well as the fishermen’s village of Karkle and Plaze Lake. You will visit Palanga’s Botanical Park and the Amber Museum, the biggest Amber Museum in the Baltics, you will cycle along the main avenue of Palanga Resort – a car-free street dotted with numerous cafes, restaurants and ending in a pier heading 470 meters into the Baltic Sea.
Possibility to continue trip and finish in Sventoji town (extra 15 km of cycling). Departure from Palanga to Riga, the capital of Latvia (270 km).
After the breakfast free time to explore Latvian capital. Riga has numerous ways of enticing visitors through its rich history, architecture, spacious gardens and parks, museums, art galleries, world-class opera…and daily treats like a walk in the enormous and colorful central market or a visit to a cozy café, club or pub…
Main places of interest: in Old Riga to see the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the old Guild Houses, the Swedish Gate, the architectural ensemble Three Brothers, St. Jacob’s Church, the Parliament House, the Old Riga Castle. Other sights are city Canal parks, the Art Nouveau buildings of the beginning of the 20th century, and the Opera House. Overnight in Riga.
After the breakfast transfer to Gauja National Park, town Cesis by bus (86km). It is one of Latvia’s oldest and most beautiful Hanseatic towns, the former residence of the master of the Livonian Order. You will see the soaring Gothic tower of the 13th century of Church of St. John, enjoy a stroll through the narrow medieval streets and enjoy the small town atmosphere.
Kayaking in river Gauja, shaping the deepest river valley in Latvia with banks up to 90 meters high in Cesis area. This part of the Gauja valley contains numerous natural and cultural landmarks. You will see the famous sandstone cliffs on the Gauja.
Transfer to Riga by bus. Overnight in Riga.
After the breakfast transfer to Saaremaa island, to Kurressare town (327 km, 6-7h including ferry 30 min).
Exploring of the Saaremma Island by bike. We will visit Koguva village (Muhu museum) which is the best preserved ancient village in Estonia. You will see Vilsandi National Park with hundred small sea islands with a lot of birds breeding places and Loona manor house (19th century). Overnight in Kuressare town.
After the breakfast transfer continue exploring Saaremaa island by bike to see picturesque windmills standing together on a small patch of land, an ancient church, meteor crater and other cultural and natural sights.
Overnight in Kuressare town.
After the breakfast transfer by bus to Lahemaa National Park (302 km), Estonia’s first and largest national park is an interesting mix of coastal bluffs, dense forest, 7000 year old bogs, 18th century manor houses, fish men villages and numerous lakes and rivers. It is the place of most developed cycling trails in Estonia.
Check in at hotel. Start to explore the park. Short cycling around.
Overnight in Lahemaa National park.
After the breakfast continue cycling in Lahemaa National Park to see a variety of landmarks, such as Palmse manor, the showpiece of Lahemaa or beautifully preserved 400-year-old fishing hamlet of Altja.
Overnight in Lahemaa National park.
After the breakfast free time in Lahemaa.
Afternoon transfer by bus to Tallinn (60 km). Free evening in Tallinn. Unlike most European cities, which have old buildings mixed in between the modern ones, Tallinn’s Old City is a charming in its unity of style. You leave the bustling modern life behind when you enter into the world of cobblestone streets and dim alleys, sputtering torches and secret stairways. The Old City holds new surprises around every corner, even for its old inhabitants.
Overnight in Tallinn.
After the breakfast free day in Tallinn.
Recommended places to interest: in the Upper Town – Toompea (Cathedral Hill) with an impressive Russian Orthodox Church and the 13th century Gothic style Dome Cathedral. In the Lower Town- the Gothic Town Hall (early 15th century), the pharmacy, opened in 1422 and still functioning, the Great Guild and Blackheads Fraternity Houses – both from the 15th century.
Free time in Tallinn. Overnight in Tallinn.
After the breakfast transfer to the airport. Departure.
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