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 11-day 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 each of the capital cities, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, making cycling the Baltics an adventure into both natural and cultural heritage.
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 keen cyclist or a beginner enthusiast.
- Lahemaa National Park
- Gauja National Park
- The Hill of the Crosses
- Curonian Spit National Park
- The old towns of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius
This trip takes 11 days to complete; if this is too long for you, you can also check our 9-day cycling the Baltics itinerary.
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Day 1: Arrive in Tallinn
Arrive in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia as well as the most populous city in the country. Nestled in a bay which faces out to the Baltic Sea in the North of Estonia. Tallinn boasts over sixty museums and galleries which delve into the city’s rich and complex history and culture. Depending on arrival time, spend the the day exploring the old town, the museums or even book a guided tour.
- Accommodation: Hestia Ilmarine or similar in Tallinn
Day 2: Tallinn – National Park Lahemaa | 59km
In the morning, meet with the designated local driver who will handle the transfers. Then, after a bus transfer, begin the first leg of the cycle which runs through National Park Lahemaa which lies across the northern coast of Estonia. Lahemaa is Estonia’s largest national park, while cycling through it, observe the native forests, wetlands and horizon, maybe even stop for a rest at one of its rocky or sandy beaches.
- Cycling for the day: 59km
- Minibus transfer: approximately 100km
- Accommodation: Hotel Sagadi*** or similar in National Park Lahemma
Day 3: Along Lake Peipsi to Tartu | 50km
Take a morning bus transfer to Mustvee, which is the starting point of a pleasant cycle along Peipsi Lake shore. This lake lies across the border between Estonia and Russia, and hosts a vast amount of wildlife including fish, birds, and small mammals. Finish the ride in Varnja, a very small borough, and then ride the minibus to Tartu.
- Cycling for the day: 50km
- Minibus transfer: approximately 160km
- Accommodation: Dorpat or similar in Tartu
Day 4: Through Otepää to Sigulda | 28km
Take a transfer to Otepää a town in Southern Estonia, situated in a lovely area featuring many lakes. Then start cycling through Otepää, which is fondly referred to as Estonian Switzerland, or the Winter Capital due to its popularity for skiing, and don’t forget to take in the scenery. Transfer to the hotel in Sigulda, making the cross over into Latvia.
- Cycling for the day: 28km
- Minibus transfer: approximately 235km
- Accommodation: Hotel Sigulda or similar in Sigulda
Day 5: Gauja National Park – Riga | 17km
Today cycle through Gauja National Park, which is the oldest and largest national park in Latvia, all the way to Ragana. During the ride enjoy the views of the Gauja River valley with Gutmana Cave, medieval castles in Sigulda & Turaida. In the afternoon take a transfer to Riga, the Latvian capital, and go on a guided tour of the Old Town.
- Cycling for the day: 17km
- Minibus transfer: approximately 50km
- Accommodation: Avalon or similar in Riga
Day 6: Riga or Jurmala seaside resort | 35km
Today is a free day to explore Riga independently or take a ride on a bicycle path to Jurmala. Riga is a culturally rich capital with markets, museums, galleries, monuments, spend the day exploring these gems and maybe even visit Riga’s famous Very Old Oak Tree. Jurmala is a renowned Latvian seaside resort which is well known for its long, white, sand beaches, mineral waters and mud with healing properties. In the evening, take a local train back to Riga.
- Cycling for the day: 35km
- Return ride by train: approximately 25km
- Accommodation: Avalon or similar in Riga
Day 7: Riga – Seaside Regional Park | 42km
A minibus transfer to the Lithuanian Seaside, stopping en route at the Hill of Crosses, a remarkable site of thousands of crosses on two small hills. Begin the cycle ride to Klaipėda on a beautiful bicycle path going along the Baltic Coast in the Seaside Regional Park. En route stop in Palanga, a renowed resort city in western Lithuania with long beaches, towering dunes, piers and a pedestrianised street lined with bars and restaurants.
- Cycling for the day: 42km
- Minibus transfer: approximately 290km
- Accommodation: Old Mill Hotel Conference or similar in Seaside Regional Park
Day 8: Seaside Regional Park – Curonian Spit | 57km
After breakfast, cross the lagoon by ferry and start cycling on an asphalt bike path, passing along the Curonian Spit to Nida. This resort is famous for its impressive dunes and the Amber Gallery. En route, 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.
- Cycling for the day: 57km
- Accommodation: Hotel Neringa or similar in Curonian Spit
Day 9: Curonian Spit – Kaunas | 31km
Today, take a morning boat across the Curonian Lagoon to the mainland, from there cycle to Ventė Cape to explore the bird observatory and the 19th-century lighthouse. Transfer by minibus along the Nemunas River to Kaunas. Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania, with the impressive Kaunas Castle as well as the Old Town which is home to the Kaunas Cathedral Basilica.
- Cycling for the day: 31km
- Minibus transfer: approximately 210km; Ferry transfer: 14km
- Accommodation: Hotel Kaunas or similar in Kaunas
Day 10: Kaunas – Vilnius | 20km
After breakfast, transfer to the Lake District. Start cycling through countryside on gentle hills. Arrive at Trakai, the former home of the Grand Duke of Lithuania. Finish the tour with a transfer to Vilnius which is Lithuania’s capital, where a guided tour of the lively and well preserved Old Town awaits you. On this tour small unique shops await you as well as impressive architecture and city-wide views.
- Cycling for the day: 20km
- Minibus transfer: approximately 97km
- Accommodation: Comfort Hotel LT or similar in Vilnius
Day 11: Departure
Individual departure after breakfast.
What to expect
Accommodation on this tour includes a mix of mostly small, locally-owned hotels and B&Bs. They have been carefully selected based on a variety of criteria including their location, warm hospitality, fine local food or commitment to responsible tourism. All rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms.
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- Hestia Ilmarine (Tallinn)
- Hotel Sagadi (National Park Lahemma)
- Dorpat (Tartu)
- Hotel Sigulda (Sigulda)
- Avalon (Riga)
- Old Mill Conference (Seaside Regional Park)
- Hotel Nerninga (Curonian Spit)
- Hotel Kaunas (Kaunas)
- Comfort Hotel LT (Vilnius)
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 on 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.
Difficulty and terrain
This trip is graded easy to moderate, with routes ranging from 20 to 57km 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, day 3 and day 6 by exploring national parks or resort areas. Less experienced riders 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.
We strongly advise you to only follow marked trails and never try to shorten the path through unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed route notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed information on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to go
The tour can depart each Wednesday between June and September. Individual departures on other days are also possible for groups of more than 6 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 0C, while in summer, the maximum temperatures range around 20/22C. In the summer, the temperatures are mild during the day and cool at night. Typically, August is a bit rainier than June and July.
- If you are able to travel to Estonia without flying, this holiday is reachable by rail with train stations in Tallinn and Tartu. For more details, see the Estonia national rail operator Elron.
- If you arrive at any of the Tallin airport, to get to the first hotel you can take a very short bus, a direct train or hire a taxi for the short drive. These can all be booked in the airport. Please use the Omio Planner above to see travel options. Otherwise use tlt to check local bus or tram timetables.
- If travelling to other airports such as Pärnu Airport or Ülenurme/Tartu Airport in Estonia, you can get a bus that will be around two and a half or three hours to reach Tallinn. From Tartu there is also the option to take a train to Tallinn. Check LuxExpress buses to see what options are available from Pärnu or Tartu.
- 10 nights accommodation
- 10 breakfasts
- Transfers according to the itinerary by air-conditioned minibus, on days two, three, four, five, seven, and nine.
- Luggage transfers to the next accommodation
- Guided tours in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius (any entrance fees are payable individually; note on some dates the tours in are German only)
- Morning boat trip on the ninth day across the Curonian Lagoon from Nida to the mainland
- Detailed tour materials, including maps, route notes and additional information about the area (electronic copy sent by email in advance and a hard copy provided at first hotel)
- GPS tracks
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not explicitly mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme
Options, extras and supplements
- If you’re travelling in a group, a supplement applies to group members who would like to have a room of their own
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Optional extra nights before or after the tour
- Bike rental (standard trekking bike or e-Bike)
- Helmet rental
Both hybrid and e-bikes are available to rent on this tour (hybrid bikes equipped with 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears and e-bikes with Bosch driving system, 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears). All bikes come with a waterproof back pannier and handlebar bag with a plastic cover for GPS/smartphone. Sample pictures attached below, note that the exact models may differ depending on availability, but the standard will be the same.