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Lithuania to Latvia

Lithuania to Latvia

Degree of difficulty - A

A leisurely tour, taking in much coastline, linking the wonderful capital cities of Vilnius in Lithuania to Riga in Latvia. Our Safari explores the unique countryside, coastline and towns that make up this fascinating part of Europe that was formerly part of the USSR. It includes visiting two capital cities, Vilnius (Lithuania) and Riga (Latvia), both of which have old towns that are justifiably designated by UNESCO as world heritage sites. The biking is very leisurely as the country is not hilly.

We start our safari in Vilnius where we have an opportunity to take a city tour of this wonderful capital city.  Our cycle then takes us on picturesque country roads towards Kaunas before heading to the coast and the charming resort towns of Nida and Klaipeda located on the Curonian Lagoon itself designated a UNESCO world heritage site.   We cycle on asphalt bicycle paths of the newly reconstructed Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route and enjoy breathtaking views of the colossal sand dunes on the Curonian Spit (reached by boat trip across a lagoon).   The tour includes a visit to the memorable Hill of Crosses near Siauliai before continuing on to Riga,  the captial of Latvia.  

A chance to experience more than 500 years of incredible culture and architecture - on a bicycle it's all within your reach!
You can extend this tour (10 days) and travel further to Tallin, the capital of Estonia 

Day 1 Sunday: VILNIUS
Arrival to Vilnius. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel.
welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide.

Day 2 Monday: VILNIUS-TRAKAI-KAUNAS (cycling app. 26 km, by coach app. 95 km)
After breakfast a city tour of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. The tour includes: the Cathedral Square, St.Ann and Bernardines’ Church, the Gates of Dawn with a holy image of the Virgin Mary, Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit, Town Hall Square and Vilnius University (founded in 1579) with St. John’s Church. Afternoon trip to Trakai (25 km from Vilnius), the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit to the insular castle of the 14th century, erected on a small island in lake Galvė. Then cycling on picturesque hilly road and transfer by coach to Kaunas.

Day 3 Tuesday: KAUNAS-VENTĖ-KLAIPEDA (cycling app. 28 km, coach app. 240 km)
Morning transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast. En route passing the impressive 16th-17thC castles of Raudonė and Panemunė. In the afternoon cycling to Ventė Horn including visit to a bird observatory and the 19thC lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years. After a short bus transfer arrive in Klaipeda, the main seaport of Lithuania.

Day 4 Wednesday: CURONIAN SPIT NATIONAL PARK (cycling ~55 km, boat ~50 km)
Take a morning boat across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida en-route enjoying the beautiful view of Curonian Spit sand dunes which separate the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. Sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. In the afternoon cycling back to Klaipeda on the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit famous for its amber and finde sandy beaches. Arrive in Klaipeda.

Day 5 THURSDAY: KLAIPĖDA-PALANGA Resort-Hill of Crosses-RIGA
(cycling 30km, by coach 290 km)
Early morning ride to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park, a former soviet military polygon area. Arrival in Palanga, the biggest seaside resort of Lithuania. City tour including the visit to the Botanical Garden and Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz, with over 25000 pieces of amber and 15000 inclusions of insects on display. Afternoon transfer to Riga (Latvia). Stop at the Hill of Crosses (16 km from Šiauliai), the unforgettable place with thousands of crosses on two small hills. Continue to Riga, the capital of Latvia.

Day 6 Friday: RIGA-JURMALA Seaside Resort (cycling ~30 km, by coach ~20 km)
After breakfast a guided tour of Riga Old Town, a medieval Hanseativ town which is famous for its Art Noveau buildings. In the afternoon free time in Riga or cycling 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 (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 Saukrasti, 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.

Day 8 SUNDAY: RIGA
Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.

IT IS POSSIBLE TO EXTEND THIS TOUR BY 3 DAYS AND CONTINUE ON TO ESTONIA.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.
As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

2018 ~ 7 NIGHT GUIDED TOUR 
€915 per person sharing
€1,150 for single occupancy (if travelling on your own, we will endeavour to find a room mate for you)
€130 supplement for E bike - limited availability, on request
€110 half board supplement (5 dinners)

2018 ~ 10 NIGHT GUIDED TOUR 
€1,275 per person sharing in a twin / double room
€1,570 single room occupancy
€150 supplement for E bike - limited availability, on request
€130 half board supplement (6 dinners)

Tour Includes

- 7 / 10 nights accommodation in hotels
- all breakfasts
- 2 dinners incl. on 7 day tour;  3 dinners incl. on 10 day tour
- coach transfers as per the itinerary
- 21 speed trekking bike/pannier bag
- helmet on request
- entrances and excursions as per itinerary
- Guide cycling with the group
- information pack with city guides, tour programme and maps
- luggage transfers as per the itinerary
- Boat trip across lagoon
- Route description, map, city guides

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

20-May, 27-May,
3-June, 10-June, 17-June, 24-June,
1-July, 15-July, 29-July,
12-August, 19-August, 26-August,
2-September,

Self Guided Tour Information

Self led tours are not available on this route.

On this tour we use a mix of guesthouses and small hotels.
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.


VILNIUS

Vilnius Tilto Hotel Vilnius Tilto Hotel1 Vilnius Tilto Hotel2

Day 1: Tilto Hotel***


KAUNAS

Kaunas Santaka Hotel Kaunas Santaka Hotel1 Kaunas Santaka Hotel2

Day 2: Santaka****


NIDA

Nidos Banga Hotel Nidos Banga Hotel1

Day 3: Nidos Banga***

Nerjia Neringa Hotel Nerjia Neringa Hotel1 Nerjia Neringa Hotel2

Day 3: Nerija Hotel***


KLAIPEDA

Klaipeda Old Mill Hotel Klaipeda Old Mill Hotel1 Klaipeda Old Mill Hotel2

Day 4: Old Mill Hotel***


RIGA

Riga Konventa Seta Hotel Riga Konventa Seta Hotel1

Day 5, 6 & 7: KONVENTA Seta***

NIDOS BANGA*** http://hotelbanga.lt/en

How to get to the start point in Vilnius: 

We suggest flying to Vilnius airport which is approx 8kms from the start point (15mins) 

Arrival or departure transfer can be pre booked for a party of 2 persons - €15 per person

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

We had a great time. This was our 10th trip. The guides were wonderful and we enjoyed being with them.
Bicycles were good and no complaints.
Tours and countries were great. Would return in a minute.

Olli Sovio (Lithuania to Estonia 2015)

I have come back from the cycling tour from Vilnius thru Tallinn, and it has been a sheer pleasure. Our guide Vilmante has done an excellent job and accompanied us very friendly.
The bikes were very good, no problems whatsoever.
All the hotels were a great place to stay and had been chosen with care.
Food was delicious as well, mostly homemade just as I appreciate.
Thanks a lot, and I will continue to recommend your site and travels through Europe by bike.

Charlotte (Lithuania to Latvia 2013)

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