About this trip
Explore the Baltic States by bicycle on this guided route through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Cycle through national parks and medieval towns, past feudal castles and picturesque fishing villages.
- DAY 1
- DAY 2
- DAY 3
- DAY 4
- DAY 5
- DAY 6
- DAY 7
- DAY 8
ARRIVE IN KLAIPĖDA
Arrive in Klaipėda. Individual transfer to the hotel (offered as optional extras). Check into your hotel - a renovated mill located right on the waterfront and in the heart of the Old Town. Overnight in Klaipėda
CIRCULAR RIDE FROM KLAIPĖDA
Cycling distance: along the Seaside Cycle path to Palanga, ~58 km/36 mi. Your local host will meet you in the hotel at 9am, organise your bicycles (offered as optional extras) and run through your itinerary. Today you are off to cycle to the resort town of Palanga, an idyllic route that leads north through the Giruliai Forest and the Seaside Regional Park. En route you will pass Plazė Lake and the Dutchman's Cap – a coastal cliff and have many opportunities to detour to the seashore should you wish. Arriving in Palanga, you can visit the Botanic Park and the remarkable Amber Museum housed in a former palace, relax on the miles of sandy white beach, stroll along the 470 metre pier and delight in the charming cafes and restaurants of J.Basanavičius pedestrian street. Return to Klaipėda using the same or slightly different route. Optional dinner at the hotel.
FROM KLAIPĖDA TO ŠILUTĖ
Cycling ~ 44 km/28 mi., minibus ~40 km/25 mi. Start the day with a short transfer to the small town of Veiviržėnai where start your cycling ride on picturesque countryside roads through Pamarys meadows to Šilutė, once a notable fish market with the old market square and harbour and plenty of cafes and restaurants. All day cycle through the region known as the land of storks and the White Stork truly deserves its place as Lithuanian's national bird. En route stop in Švėkšna village to explore the estate with its beautiful park and impressive neo-gothic church of St.Jacob the Apostle. Optional dinner at the hotel.
CIRCULAR RIDE FROM ŠILUTĖ
Cycling distance: Rusnė Island, ~ 47 km/29 mi. This morning you ride on the tiny lanes and bridlepaths to Lithuania's only island - Rusnė Island on the Russian border and located in the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. The village of Rusnė is full of rural charm and its museum houses a traditional fisherman's smallholding. When you stand on the bank of the Nemunas River in Rusnė you see the Russian oblast of Kaliningrad just 100 metres across the river. En route you can explore Rusnė village with a new monument to Mahatma Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach, the old water pumping station and the 19th C lighthouse in Uostadvaris Harbour. Optional dinner at the hotel.
ŠILUTĖ TO NIDA & CROSSING THE CURONIAN LAGOON
Cycling distance ~33 km/21 mi., by boat ~14 km/9mi. Cycling to Ventė Cape with a bird ringing station and ornithological museum along the way. Stop at the 19th Century lighthouse for glimpses of the glistening Curonian Spit sand dunes and then sit back as you cross the lagoon by ferry (1.5-2 hrs) to arrive in Nida, the largest settlement on the Curonian Spit. Your hotel lies at the heart of this former fishing village. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
Cycling distance: ~10 km/6 mi. or more if cycling to Russia Nida is one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania blessed with the Curonian Lagoon one side and the fine sandy beaches of the Baltic coast on the other. Famous for its amber - trawled from the sea bed and its impressive sand dunes, there is plenty to do here. Visit the Fisherman's House, the Amber Gallery and the summer home of the famous writer Thomas Mann; relax on the beach, cruise in a traditional sailing boat, canoe to see the Dead Dunes and take your pick of the cafes and restaurants. If you prefer to have more cycling and experience something special, go for a return bike trip to the Russian part of the Curonian Spit where you can explore the Efa Dune (13 km from Nida), the Dancing Forest (18 km from Nida), Rybachy village with a nice lagoon view restaurant (22 km from Nida), etc.
NIDA TO KLAIPĖDA along sand dunes of the Curonian Spit
Cycling distance: ~ 58 km/36 mi. Pedal through the timeless landscape of the spit today on the peaceful seaside bike path leading to Klaipėda. Often in pine forests with the coast always nearby, the bike path gives you one or two dunes to scale - the only slopes of the tour! Stop at the Dead Dunes and spot the colonies of grey herons and cormorants. Juodkrante is also a forming fishing village with the waters of the lagoon lapping along its shoreline providing a truly charming location for you to enjoy. Stop en route at golden sandy beaches, go swimming in the Baltic Sea and saunter through the forests to reach Smiltynė where you take the ferry back to the Old Town of Klaipėda for your last night. Here you will return your bikes before checking into your hotel. Otional dinner at the hotel.
Enjoy a final stroll through this fascinating town before we transfer you to Palanga airport or international ferry terminal or bus/train station for your departure (offered as optional extras). You may also stay extra nights (offered as optional extras) and enjoy Klaipėda longer.
- 7 nights stay in hotels (rooms with WC/shower)
- 7 x buffet breakfast
- Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
- Minibus transfer Klaipėda - Veiviržėnai
- Boat trip across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida
- Individual information package
Dates & prices
Cycling along the Lithuanian Seaside
Cycling along the Seaside