Overview for Cycling the Baltics Highlights: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Despite their geographical proximity, the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have a lot of cultural and geographical particularities, and exploring them on a single bike trip is an adventure of a lifetime. During this 9-days tour, you will ride from Tallinn, Estonia, in the north, through Latvia and on to Lithuania in the south, enjoying a great variety of towns, villages and landscapes, and get an excellent feel for the different characters of these distinctive countries. In order to enrich your experience, we have added a guided city tour in the capital cities of Tallinn and Riga, making this adventure a perfect combination of cycling and cultural exploration.
The tour is fully supported, meaning that there will be a minivan with a bike trailer accompanying you all the time (except Jurmala and the Curonian Spit), so in case you get tired or need any kind of assistance you can call the driver at any time and get the help and support you need. This way you can enjoy the trip to the fullest, no matter if you are a keen cyclist or a beginner enthusiast.
This trip takes 9 days to complete; if you have more time, we highly recommend our 11-day cycling itinerary in the Baltics.
- Lahemaa National Park
- Gauja National Park
- The Hill of the Crosses
- Curonian Spit National Park
- The charming old towns of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius
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Day 1: Arrive to Tallinn
Individual arrival in Tallinn. Depending on your arrival time, you will have the rest of the day for attending a guided city tour (starting at 18:00) and exploring the old town on your own.
- Accommodation: Hestia Ilmarine or similar
Day 2: Tallinn – National Park Lahemaa
Today you meet with your driver and after a bus transfer you shall begin your first bicycle trip through National Park Lahemaa, which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast.
- Cycling for the day: 53 km
- Minibus transfer: approx. 90 km
- Accommodation: Hotel Sagadi or similar
Day 3: Along Lake Peipsi to Tartu
Morning transfer by bus to Mustvee, where you start a pleasant bicycle trip along Peipsi Lake shore to Varnja. After finishing your cycling trip for the day, the minibus will take you to Tartu, a famous university town.
- Cycling for the day: 50 km
- Minibus transfer: approx. 160 km
- Accommodation: Dorpat or similar
Day 4: Through the „Estonian Switzerland“ to Sigulda
After a transfer to Otepää, a lovely place with many lakes, you will start your cycling through the so-called „Estonian Switzerland“ and have the chance to admire the environment. Transfer to the hotel in Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia.
- Cycling for the day: 28 km
- Minibus transfer: approx. 235 km
- Accommodation: Hotel Sigulda or similar
Day 5: Gauja National Park – Riga
Today you cycle through Gauja National Park to Ragana, enjoying en route spectacular views of the Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, medieval castles in Sigulda & Turaida, and the oldest church in Latvia (1205 AD). Afternoon transfer to Riga, the Latvian capital, where you will get on a guided tour of the charming Old Town.
- Cycling for the day: 17 km
- Minibus transfer: approx. 50 km
- Accommodation: Avalon or similar
Day 6: Riga & Jurmala Seaside Resort
Today is a free day to explore Riga on your own or take a ride on a bicycle path to Jurmala, a renowned Latvian seaside resort well known for its long, white, sand beaches, mineral waters and mud with healing properties. In the evening you can take a local train back to Riga.
- Cycling for the day: 35 km
- Return ride by train: approx. 25 km
- Accommodation: Avalon or similar
Day 7: Hill of Crosses & Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route
A minibus transfer will take you to the Lithuanian Seaside, stopping en-route at the Hill of Crosses, a remarkable site of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Begin your cycle ride to Klaipėda on a beautiful bicycle path lying along the Baltic Coast in the Seaside Regional Park. En route stop in Palanga, the renowned Lithuanian sea resort (Botanical Park & Amber Museum).
- Cycling for the day: 42 km
- Minibus transfer: approx. 290 km
- Accommodation: Old Mill Hotel or similar
Day 8: Curonian Spit National Park
After breakfast you cross the lagoon by ferry and start cycling on an asphalt bike path taking you along the Curonian Spit to Nida, the most beautiful resort in Lithuania famous for impressive sand dunes, the Amber Gallery, etc. En route you can visit the Hill of Witches, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants, explore the “Dead” sand dunes on foot, swim in the Baltic Sea or, simply relax on the golden beaches. Transfer back to Klaipėda and optional dinner at the hotel.
- Cycling for the day: 57 km
- Accommodation: Old Mill Hotel or similar
Day 9: Departure
Individual departure after breakfast.
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Accommodation is in charming 3-star and 4-star hotels, some of them with pools and spa facilities. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will give you exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included each day. For lunch and dinner, you will have many choices of restaurants and grocery stores all along the way. Once you arrive at your accommodation, you can ask the local hosts about the best places to eat around.
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Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.
We strongly recommend protecting the cost of your trip and other non-refundable travel expenses with travel insurance. Our Signature Travel Insurance allows you to insure all of your expenses. While a Signature Travel Insurance policy can be purchased at any time, purchasing a policy within 20 days of making your initial trip deposit gives you the widest range of policy options, including a Cancel for Any Reason coverage. For complete peace of mind, we also recommend enrolling with Global Rescue, the worldwide leader in field rescue, evacuation and security extraction services.
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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate
We grade this trip as Easy to Moderate, with routes ranging from 20 to 57 km per day, mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths (read more about difficulty grades). Have in mind that the itinerary offers a lot of flexibility, faster riders can cycle more kilometres on some sections like Day 2 (more detours on the circular route in Lahemaa national park), Day 3 (extra distance towards Tartu) and Day 6 (exploring Jurmala Resort), and the less experienced can rent an E-bike or skip the hard sections by getting on the escorting minivan. So the trip is suitable for everybody wanting to explore the Baltics on a bike, whether experienced or a novice.
In case you would like to rent a bike from us, we can offer you our standard hybrid bikes equipped with 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears or our E-bikes with Bosch driving system, 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears. Both options come equipped with waterproof back pannier and handlebar bag with a plastic cover for GPS/smartphone.
We provide individual information package upon arrival, including city guides, maps, programme and route description. We can also provide GPX files with all the tracks, which you can load on your smartphone app or GPS device. The road signage is good so navigating between the towns is quite easy.
When to Go
The tour can depart on each Wednesday between late May and early September. Individual departures on other days are also possible for groups of more than 4 people (upon request). Weather is best in July and August, still accommodation availability is limited in these months, so better book well in advance.
The climate is slightly continental, with cold winters and mild, moderately rainy summers. Winter temperatures are cold, with average highs around 0 °C (32 °F), while in summer the maximum temperatures range around 20/22 °C (68/72 °F). In the summer the temperatures are mild during the day and cool at night. Typically, August is a bit rainier than June and July.TALLINN WEATHER
What to Bring
Main luggage is limited to 25 kg. On the cycling days when changing hotels, your main luggage is transported to the next accommodation. For your daily essentials, you should bring a comfortable rucksack or panniers which you can mount on your bike rack.
Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.
- Several t-shirts (synthetic or preferably breathable/fast drying);
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood;
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece;
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation;
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve;
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies).
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- 8 overnight stays in double/twin en-suite rooms (3 and 4-star hotels, some with spa facilities)
- 8 breakfasts (on Days 2-9)
- Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned minibus
- Luggage transport as per itinerary
- Guided tours in Tallinn and Riga (any entrance fees are payable individually)
- Individual information package (one per room): city guides, maps, programme and route description (electronic copy sent by email in advance and a hard copy provided at first hotel)
- GPS tracks
- 24/7 phone support by our local office/representative
- Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
- This holiday is also available for solo travellers
- Optional extra nights before or after the tour
Options and Extras
- Bike rental (standard trekking bike or E-Bike)
- Helmet rental
- Airport transfers
- Lunches and dinners
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not explicitly mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme
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