Bike Holiday Lithuania and Latvia
8 days / 7 nights | from Vilnius to Riga | Guides cycle tours
The Baltic coast and National Parks of Lithuania and Latvia explored on highly scenic routes, including the two capital cities –Vilnius and Riga – with their old towns designated by UNESCO as the World Heritage Sites; and featuring the previously-closed Curonian Spit. Start your tour in Vilnius, travel to the Baltic Sea Coast in the West and further on to Latvia in the north, enjoy a great variety of towns, villages and landscapes, and get an excellent feel for the different characters of these distinctive sister countries.
Itinerary (cycling ~210 km/127 miles)
Day 1 (Sun): Vilnius
Arrive in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel. 7:00 p.m. (19:00) welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Vilnius.
Day 2 (Mon): Vilnius –Trakai Castle – Kaunas (Cycling 26 km / 16 miles , by coach 95 km / 59 miles )
After breakfast a guided tour of Vilnius Old Town. Afternoon trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. After visit to the 14thC island castle built on a small island in Lake Galvė start your first cycle ride through picturesque countryside on gentle hills, then transfer by coach to Kaunas. Arrive in Kaunas, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Kaunas
Day 3 (Tue): Kaunas – Vente Horn – Klaipeda (Cycling 25 km / 16 miles, by coach 240 km / 150 miles )
Morning transfer along the Nemunas River to the coast. En route passing 16th-17thC castles of Raudonė and Panemunė. In the afternoon cycling to Ventė Horn famous for its bird observatory and the 19thC lighthouse which was used for more than 100 years. Transfer by coach to Klaipeda and dinner in local restaurant (included). Overnight: Klaipeda
Day 4 (Wed): CURONIAN SPIT NATIONAL PARK (Cycling 55 km / 35 miles, ship 50 km / 31 miles )
In the morning we 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 sightseeing around Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Then cycling on the Seaside Cycle Route along the Curonian Spit famous for its amber and fine sand beaches. En route to Klaipėda stop at the "Dead" sand dunes and go swimming in the Baltic Sea. Overnight: Klaipėda
Day 5 (Thu): KLAIPĖDA-PALANGA Resort-Hill of Crosses-RIGA (Cycling 35 km / 22 miles, by coach 290 km / 180 miles )
Early morning ride to Palanga through the Seaside Regional Park, a former soviet military training area. Arrive in Palanga, the biggest Lithuanian seaside resort for a tour 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. Arrive in Riga, check-in and dinner at the hotel (included). Overnight: Riga
Day 6 (Fri): RIGA & JURMALA Seaside Resort (Cycling 30 km / 19 miles, by coach 20 km / 13 miles )
After breakfast a guided tour of Riga Old Town, a medieval Hanseatic town famous for its Art Nouveau 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. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Riga
Day 7 (Sat): GAUJA National Park & Bicycle Museum (Cycling 40 km / 25 miles, by coach 100 km / 63 miles )
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 (Sun): RIGA
Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.