Explore the Baltic coast and the National Parks of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on very scenic routes. The tour includes the three capital cities – Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn – with their Old towns designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO; and the previously-closed Curonian Spit and beautiful Estonian island. Travel from Lithuania in the south, through Latvia and on to Estonia in the north; experience a wide variety of towns, villages and countryside for an excellent introduction to the very distinct characters of these unique and beautiful countries.
Day 1 (Sunday) Vilnius:
Arrive in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, which boasts one of the most impressive examples of Baroque architecture in northern Europe. It lies on the bank of Neris river, and the centre is a maze of atmospheric alleyways lined with solid, eighteenth-century town houses, punctuated by archways leading through to cobbled backyards. There is a welcome meeting at 7.00pm with your tour guide.
Overnight: Vilnius (Optional dinner at hotel)
Day 2 (Monday) VILNIUS-TRAKAI Insular Castle-KAUNAS Cycling ~30 km, by coach ~110 km:
After breakfast there is a guided tour of Vilnius, exploring the highlights of the 600 year old capital city. Most sights are concentrated in a reasonably compact area on the south bank of the River Neris. At the centre of the city is the main square, Katedros aikštė, site of the cathedral. South of here extends the atmospheric Old Town, with its impressive Baroque churches and esteemed university buildings. Afternoon trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit the 14th century island castle built on a small island in Lake Galvė. Then cycle through the picturesque countryside with gentle hills, and then transfer by coach to Kaunas.
Overnight: Kaunas (Optional dinner at hotel)
Day 3 (Tuesday) KAUNAS-VENTĖ Horn-NIDA Cycling ~35 km, by coach ~200 km, by boat ~14 km
Morning transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast. Along the way you pass the Veliuona mound hill and the impressive 16th-17th century castles of Raudonė and Panemunė. In the afternoon you cycle to Ventė Horn including visit to a bird observatory and the 19th century lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years. Take a boat across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida en-route enjoying the beautiful view of the Curonian Spit sand dunes which separate the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. Arrive in Nida, check-in at the hotel and, dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Nida - Dinner Included
Day 4 (Wednesday) CURONIAN SPIT & the Hill of Witches Cycling ~60 km
Enjoy some sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Explore the Amber Gallery and a summer house of the famous German writer Thomas Mann. We then cycle on the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit to Klaipėda. En route we stop at the “Dead” sand dunes and colony of grey herons and cormorants, visit the Hill of Witches which houses a hundred fanciful wooden sculptures of Lithuanian legends scattered along a forest path. Arrive in Smiltynė, and take a ferry to the Old Town of Klaipėda, the main seaport of Lithuania. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
Day 5 (Thursday) KLAIPĖDA-PALANGA Resort-Hill of Crosses-RIGA Cycling ~30 km, by coach ~290 km
Early morning ride to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park. Arrive in Palanga, the biggest Lithuanian seaside resort for tourists which includes a visit to the Botanical Garden and the Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz, with over 25000 pieces of amber and 15000 insects on display. Afternoon transfer to Riga (Latvia). En-route stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable sight of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Continue to Riga the capital city of Latvia. Dinner is included at your hotel.
Day 6 (Friday) RIGA-JURMALA Seaside Resort Cycling ~30 km, by coach ~20 km:
After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of Riga, a medieval Hanseatic town: see Riga castle, St.Peter`s Church, Dome Cathedral and the Old Guild Houses. In the afternoon we cycle to Jurmala, the largest resort in the Baltic States well known for its long, white, sand beaches, mineral waters and mud with healing properties. Transfer back by coach to the hotel in Riga.
Day 7 (Saturday) GAUJA National Park & Bicycle Museum – RIGA Cycling ~40 km, by coach ~100 km:
Morning transfer to Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia, in the Gauja River Valley. Cycling through Gauja National Park to Saulkrasti, en route enjoy spectacular views of Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, visit Turaida Castle and the oldest Latvian Church, Krimulda, built in 1205. Finish the ride with a visit to the Latvian bicycle museum followed by a transfer to Riga. Optional dinner at the hotel.
Day 8 (Sunday) RIGA-IKLA-PäRNU-HAAPSALU Cycling ~30 km, by coach ~250 km:
Morning transfer to the Estonian border where today’s cycling begins, travel on picturesque roads along the Baltic Sea Coast. Transfer to Haapsalu with a stop in Pärnu, the Estonian “Summer Capital”. Arrive in Haapsalu famous for its Bishop’s Castle, healing mud baths and the longest railway station in Estonia built to accommodate the arrival of the Russian royal family’s train in the 19th century.
Day 9 (Monday) HIIUMAA ISLAND Cycling ~55 km, by coach ~120 km, ferry 22 km
Transfer to Rohuküla to catch a ferry to the beautiful Estonian island of Hiiumaa. Known as a nature lovers’ paradise, enjoy a cycle along the Baltic Coast. We see many lighthouses, from Tahkuna designed by the French architect Eiffel, to Kupo lighthouse which is one of the oldest operating in the world, built in 1531. Dinner in the hotel is included tonight.
Day 10 (Tuesday) KASSARI &-TALLINN Cycling ~25 km, by coach ~120 km, ferry 22 km:
Enjoy a morning ride across Hiiumaa island’s wild beauty before crossing a road bridge onto Kassari. In keeping with local tradition, add your stone to the tip of Sääretirp before the final ride. After visiting a local family wool factory transfer by coach back to the ferry going to the mainland. In the afternoon arrive in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel is followed by a guided tour of Tallinn Old Town. Optional farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 11 (Wednesday) TALLINN
Tour Ends after Breakfast at the hotel.
Moderate level of fitness is required, cycling varies between 30km- 55km each day. Terrain is mostly flat and cycling on asphalt.