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Activities

  • Small Adult Group
  • Food

    • All breakfasts included. Breakfast: These will be taken in the hotels, in most places these will be buffet style and will offer plenty of choice, including cold meat, cheese, eggs, bread, jams and juice. Lunches: On many of the days due to our remote rides there will be the option to buy a picnic from the hotel or get supplies on the way, we can then chose a spot on our ride to stop for a break. This means we can be flexible and chose the best views for lunch. On some of the days there will be opportunities to buy lunches in cafes in the towns that we go through such as Palanga. Dinners: These will be taken in the hotels or in restaurants and will be hearty meals. Cuisine in this area is often centred around pork, veal, fish, potatoes, sauerkraut and soups such as borsch (beetroot soup with meat, in Lithuania this is also served cold). Dumplings are also very popular and in Trakai, large, baked dumplings called kibinai are traditionally served and are very good.
    • All breakfasts included. Breakfast: These will be taken in the hotels, in most places these will be buffet style and will offer plenty of choice, including cold meat, cheese, eggs, bread, jams and juice. Lunches: On many of the days due to our remote rides there will be the option to buy a picnic from the hotel or get supplies on the way, we can then chose a spot on our ride to stop for a break. This means we can be flexible and chose the best views for lunch. On some of the days there will be opportunities to buy lunches in cafes in the towns that we go through such as Palanga. Dinners: These will be taken in the hotels or in restaurants and will be hearty meals. Cuisine in this area is often centred around pork, veal, fish, potatoes, sauerkraut and soups such as borsch (beetroot soup with meat, in Lithuania this is also served cold). Dumplings are also very popular and in Trakai, large, baked dumplings called kibinai are traditionally served and are very good.

    Activities

    • Accom: hotel/lodge
    • Adult group
    • Culture & Discovery
    • Cycling
    • Cycling: road
    • Guided Group
  • 1

    Start Tallinn.

    Start at the hotel in Talinn. On arrival there should be some time to explore Tallinn. Tallinn is a fascinating historical city with many sites to explore. We recommend strolling through the streets of the Old Town to Raekoja Plats (Town Hall Square), the square is surrounded by elaborate merchant houses and is the perfect setting to enjoy a coffee. Historically it served as a market and meeting place. If you find the round stone with a compass rose in the middle of the square you will be able to see the 5 church spires of the old town. The Cathedral of Saint Mary, St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Olav's Church have long characterised the skyline of the old town and are well worth a visit, as are the old town walls.

  • 2

    Explore Tallinn; transfer to the Lahemaa N.P. and explore by bike.

    After a bus transfer out of the city we will begin our first ride through National Park Lahemaa. The Park, one of the last unspoilt regions of the Baltic coast, extends over 700 square kilometres. Its nature is rich and unique. Here you will cycle through thick woods, marshes and lakes. Above all, the coastline is what makes this area unique. It is also a rich environment for wildlife, moose and wild boar maybe more difficult to spot but over 220 species of bird populate this area, so keep your eyes open. Our accommodation for the evening is situated in the National Park itself. It is a spectacular setting in the grounds of an old distillery. Ride Approx. 37km

  • 3

    Full day to explore the Lahemma N.P..

    Today we have a full day to explore the largest national park in Estonia and one of the biggest in Europe. We will embark on a circular route taking in as many of the parks wonderful attractions as possible. Starting from Palmse Hotel (the former park manor house), we will pass Sagadi manor, the 400 year old fisherman’s village of Altja, the popular seaside resort of Vosu and Kasmu village which is home to the fisherman’s museum. We finish the loop cycling back through Estonian forests and meadows until we arrive at the hotel. Ride Approx. 55km

  • 4

    Transfer to Peipsi and cycle along the shore of the lake; short transer to Tartu.

    We start the day with a bus transfer to the shore of Peipsi lake, we start cycling from the 17th century fisherman’s village of Mustvee. From here we pass through ancient villages and churches. Following an old Russian tradition, villages in Peipsi only have one street, because of this the shore of Peipsi lake is one long street with lots of small villages dotted along it. We continue cycling into Varnja and then transfer to Tartu. Ride Approx. 56km

  • 5

    Cycle through 'Estonian Switzerland' to Otepaa; transfer to Riga.

    After breakfast we have a 40km transfer to Otepaa, this area is known as ‘Estonian Switzerland’ because of its stunning scenery and pine forests. As you would expect from an area known as ‘Estonian Switzerland’ there are a few hills on today’s ride, nothing too steep and challenging with the gradient not going above 7%. Once over the hill we cycle through beautiful forest and meadows and past Lake Puhajarve on our way to Sangaste town. We will visit the park and castle in Sangaste, walking up the castle tower gives us a great view over Otepaa and the surrounding green natural areas. After visiting the castle we continue cycling to Valga city, from here we transfer by bus to Riga for the night. Ride Aproxx. 48km

  • 6

    Cycle to Jurmala; transfer to Riga for the night.

    Our journey today will start in the bustling town Riga, we follow the cycle paths to the beautiful town of Jurmala, which is famous for its incredible wooden architecture and 19th century Russian villas. Jurmala is also one of Latvia’s larges seaside resorts, it has a 33km stretch of white sandy beach for us to explore on our bikes. There will be plenty of time to have a swim in the sea before we transfer back to Riga for the night. Ride Approx. 39km

  • 7

    Transfer to Sventoji; cycle to Klaipeda.

    After breakfast we leave Latvia and transfer directly to Lithuania. We begin our ride in Sventoji on a beautiful cycle route to Klaipeda, which lies along the Baltic Coast. On the way we pass Palanga. Palanga is the traditional bucket and spade seaside town, with a long stretch of sandy beach it is a really fun place to stop, have a wander around, a dip in the sea, and see one of the most favoured seaside towns among Lithuanians. We will visit the Palanga Botanical gardens and manor house which is now home to the amber museum. There are numerous cafes to sit and enjoy the atmosphere and have some lunch before we set off again for our final destination of Klaipeda. Our hotel is close to the Old Town, so a good spot from which to explore. Ride Approx. 43km

  • 8

    A ferry ride across the lagoon; explore the Curonian Spit N.P. by bike.

    A short bus transfer will take us to the ferry port, from here we cross the lagoon and reach the 68-kilometer long Curonian Spit. The high dunes (up to 60 meters) running along the spit have encouraged the local people to refer to the area as the 'Lithuanian Sahara'. During our ride we will make a stop in Juodkrante and admire the bizarre wooden carvings on what is known as Witch Hill. The sculpture park was started in 1979 and now has more than 70 wooden carvings representing characters of Lithuanian folktale and legend. We will then continue along the spit with the Baltic Sea extending far into the distance. Our journey will end in Nida, known as town of retreat and an artists resort. It was home and inspiration for two summers to the author Thomas Mann and its affluent feel and tranquillity encourages the feeling that you are on a holiday within a holiday. After exploring the split we transfer back to Klaipeda for the night. Ride Approx. 63km (no bus transfer today).

  • 9

    A short transfer to Kintai village; cycle to Vente Cape and Silute; transfer to Vilnius.

    We start the day with a bus transfer to Kintai village, from hear we cycle through dense green forests and beautiful meadows to Vente Cape. There is a lot of wildlife at Vente Cape, it is a popular resting place for birds on their migration and is home to one of the first bird ringing stations in Europe. We will visit the eleven meter high lighthouse which offers breathtaking views of the lagoon and golden sand dunes of the Curonian Split; the lighthouse is a fascinating place, built in 1863 when the cape was still part of Germany. We continue cycling to the town of Silute where we get on the bus and transfer to Vilnius. Ride Approx. 37km

  • 10

    Transfer to Trakai; cycle around Trakai and visit Trakai Castle; return to Vilnius.

    After breakfast we transfer by bus to the small village of Semeliskes, from here we have a picturesque ride over undulating terrain to Glave Lake. Here the magical and famous Trakai castle sits, as if floating on its own island in the middle of the lake, it’s a truly magical place. We will explore the surrounding areas of the lake and visit Trakai Castle, before transferring back to Vilnius for the night. Ride Approx. 25km (Bus journey approx. 1 hour 30 mins).

  • 11

    Free to explore Vilnius before the trip ends.

    Free morning in Vilnius before the trip ends.

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