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Cycle the Baltics

Cycle through three countries from Estonia to Lithuania



At a glance

* 9 days cycling with full vehicle support
* 80% tarmac roads, 20% gravel paths
* Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
* 10 nights hotels, all en suite 

 

Cycle through three countries from Estonia to Lithuania

Crossing Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, this ride will take you on a journey
of discovery through historic cities, untouched wilderness and along
breathtaking coastline. Our trip will start in Tallinn where the fairytale
architectural style sets an enchanting scene. This will feature throughout
the trip as we journey through Tartu, Riga, Trakai and Vilnius. Between the
architectural highlights we will also enjoy some of the best cycling this
region has to offer, through beautiful national parks and along idyllic
coastal paths.

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What’s included

* All breakfasts
* All accommodation
* Local bike hire 
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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.

Start destination:

End destination:

Cycling profile

Day 1

Start Tallin.
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.
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Day 2

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 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.
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Day 3

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.
*Park Hotel Palmse*

Day 4

We start the day with a bus transfer to the shore of Peipsi Lake, then 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.
*Tartu Hotel *

Day 5

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 there are a few hills on today’s ride, though nothing
too steep and challenging with the gradient not going above 7%. Once over the
hills 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, our base for the
next two nights.
*Ibis Centre Riga*

Day 6

Our journey today will start in the bustling town Riga, Latvia’s largest
town and capitol city. The city has a mediaeval old town which is famous for
its wooden buildings and art nouveau architecture. 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.
**Ibis Centre Riga* *

Day 7

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, a traditional bucket and spade
seaside town with a long stretch of sandy beach. It’s 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 base for two nights.
Our hotel is close to the Old Town, so a good spot from which to explore.
*Amberton Hotel Klaipeda *

Day 8

We transfer to Nida, known as the town of retreat, and an artist’s 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. From here we explore the 68km long Curonian Spit.
The high dunes (up to 60m) 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. We finish the ride at the ferry port, from
here we take the ferry across the lagoon then transfer back to the hotel in
Klaipeda for the night.
*Amberton Hotel Klaipeda*

Day 9

start the day with a bus transfer to Kintai village, from here 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 11m 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.
*Panorama Hotel *

Day 10

After breakfast we transfer by bus to the small village of Semeliskes, from
here we have a picturesque ride over undulating terrain to Galve 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 the Castle, before transferring back
to Vilnius for the night.
*Panorama Hotel *

Day 11

Free morniing in Vinius before the trip ends here.
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Customer Feedback

Wonderful first group cycling trip experience!

Summary:
The itinerary is accurate. This was my first experience with a group cycling
tour and I was a solo traveler. I would say the trip exceeded my expectations
because I saw local towns/areas that I would not have normally visited on my
own in the country-side, the travel group was a great set of people from all
over the world, and the places we visited for food were very tasty and a
great sampling of local cuisine.

During the visits to capital cities, I learned a lot about the history of
various Baltic countries from the medieval to modern era. Overall, I enjoyed
the routes we cycled (generally minimal car traffic) as they were in scenic
areas.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling through a small town and the tour guide striking up a conversation
with an old lady sitting with her cat. Hearing about the lady’s history in
the town was fascinating and was something I would not have been able to do,
had I been traveling on my own.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our trip leader was a wonderful tour guide. She worked very hard to make sure
everyone was having a good time and was clear in her directions for what the
itinerary for the day would be. She worked well with our driver to coordinate
van support and our safe transportation. In addition, her friendly
personality helped facilitate the group getting to know each other.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
While the route is very flat, I would say ‘leisurely’ is not so accurate. As
generally the group needs to cover 20-30mi/day and have time for van
transfers, there is not so much time for frequent breaks. While the pace is
certainly comfortable and doable, ‘leisurely’ to me implies more frequent
stops for photo opportunities or small snacks/picnics during the route. I
would rate the trip as a 3 or 4, as 10 days of riding in a row on mostly flat
terrain does require some level of effort.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Overall wonderful trip with comfortable hotels, great restaurant selection,
safe and scenic cycling routes, and a very friendly local tour guide!

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Cycle the Baltics

Summary:
It was a fantastic trip, every day was a new adventure. The cycling was
varied, and there was a lot of custom made cycle paths, e.g. on the Coronian
Spit which consisted of just miles of cycle paths. The hotels were great,
the best being the one in the National Park called Palmse Manor, with a
stunning lake. The Hotel Braavo in Tallin was probably one not to return to,
as they were obviously doing some refurbishments and it was a bit like a
“work in progress”.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Finding out we’d cycled 403 kilometres over 9 days! It was tough sometimes,
but it was a challenge and I was glad I did it. Another inspirational moment
was going into a Russian Orthodox church in Vilnius and there was some
chanting going on, and it really was very unique and special. The food we
had during the whole trip was excellent, I couldn’t fault it.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Minda was a really nice guy and was very encouraging. I was always at the
end of the line (out of a group of 16) and sometimes I’d see them disappear
into the distance on rides but he would wait for me. I feel that maybe a
back-marker might have been useful. When we talked to us in the bus, I was
at the back and couldn’t hear him that well, a microphone might have been
useful.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t take too much luggage and because you’re moving on, you never get to
unpack your case!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I think maybe a non-cycling day in the middle of this holiday would have been
nice to just recuperate from the relentless schedule – sometimes we’d have
barely half an hour to get ready to go out to dinner. It was all so well
organised – it was my first Exodus trip and I’d definitely go on another one.

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Cycle the Baltics

Summary:
Excellent trip with brilliant tour leader, with surprisingly good weather for
the time of year.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Visiting Tallin, and the pretty villages as we cycled down the coast around
Klaipeda. The Castle at Trakai was lovely as much of the architecture in all
the many “Old Towns” that we visited.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Vaida Jusaite was just the best in everyway possible,she has lead this trip
many times,so knew all about everything and everywhere in detail. Vaida also
selected the very best restaurants everywhere that we went, all were
excellent and we would have never found them had we travelled independently.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
For an easy cycling trip without challenging conditions as the roads are very
quiet,do try this trip as if you enjoyed it as much as we did, you will be
very pleased that you went,especially if you are lucky enought to have Vaida
as your tour leader.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Try it,you will like it.

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Cycle the Baltics

Summary:
Just as explained in the brochure enhanced by our wonderful tour leader,
Simon. From the fairy-tale castles, westernised beauty of Talinn we cycled
through lush forested paths to Riga and the wonderful Old Town of Vilnius.
It was eerie actually being in a spot where the Iron Curtain once was and
having it brought to mind how close the Russian bear actually lurks.
Our guide was able to explain to us the sad history of the Baltic nations on
one hand and the resilience of a most beautiful wonderful people on the
other. A great group of fellow cyclists led to the enjoyment of delicious
food, eclectic B&B s and an amazing culture.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Feeling the resilience and hope of such wonderful people in countries
historically neglected by the Western democracies. The passion of our tour
leader Simon and our wonderful guide, Ira.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our leader, Simon, was extraordinary. In all instances he went beyond the
call of duty to make everyone feel like a valuable member of our group and as
such our group’s convivial nature was enhanced. Simon told us wonderful
tales of Lithuanian folklore and he even sang for us in his rich voice.
Simon took in consideration the weather etc and was ready to alter situations
as per daily requirements, if necessary. He went out of his way to find us
local tour guides in Riga and Vilnius who passionately (especially in Riga)
recounted the history of their country as we toured each country’s respective
Old Town.
Simon was probably the greatest reason the trip was such a success.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Even though terrain was definitely leisurely- moderate, the most proficient
cyclist of our group admitted the history and positives of the cycle far our
weighed the lack of challenge. Nevertheless, we had great fun enjoying the
fun a flat our fun cycle on a relatively flat terrain.
Go – enjoy the culture, food and history of the Baltic Nations.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
One of my best trips ever.

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Cycle the Baltics, August 2016

Summary:
A very enjoyable trip with great weather – we had sunshine every day. The
cycling (for a reasonably fit non-cyclist) was manageable and we arrived in
towns and cities in time to see some/most of the major sites.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The Baltics themselves – each country and their towns and cities are full of
history and culture. I’m definitely going back to see more.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Vaida was brilliant – I arrived a day early and she was there to greet me and
some other travellers, and she contacted me a couple of days after the tour
ended with my transfer arrangements. She really did go the extra mile to
ensure we were all happy and sorted.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring bug spray – I was murdered by mozzies.

It makes sense to arrive a day early to see Tallinn as there is not enough
time on the trip to properly enjoy it.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The food and hotels were better than I expected.

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Cycle the Baltics

Summary:
Cycled and toured with a great group of travelers. Despite the occasional
rain and cold, we managed to see quite a bit and explore new places. The
accommodations were conveniently located to important places of interest and
restaurants; liked the fact that we stayed in almost all the hotels for at
least two consecutive nights.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Visiting the Vilnius Jewish ghetto and synagogue and imagining how life was
during the war.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Lukas was attentive to all our needs and very knowledgeable about the places
we visited. He always addressed our concerns promptly and appropriately. He
just needs to relax more!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Keep a close eye on the weather reports and pack accordingly.

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Cycle the Baltics

Summary:
A great trip, blending cultural aspects, great sightseeing, exploring the 3
capital cities as well as some nice cycling.
Terrain was nice and flat and was within the capability of everyone in our
group. Distances were very manageable and there was a minimum of waiting
around. Lukas, our guide and the driver were simply outstanding in getting us
up on our bikes each day with a minimum of fuss. Fast turnaround time between
finishing our cycling and being back on the move again on the bus.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I really enjoyed the Riga and Vilnius walking tours…. It was great to get
local insight into the history and the people. As for the cycling… the
scenery everywhere was pretty good… cycling by the sea, through Forest,
rolling country-side, stopping for lunches in very scenic settings (castles),
great seafood and sampling the many potato dishes on offer!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Lukas was outstanding. He handled the group very well, was very attentive to
everyone’s needs and couldnt’ do enough to help. Very knowledgeable about all
3 countries and clearly passionate about his beloved Lithuania!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring rain gear. We were very fortunate to only have experience a small
amount of rain while cycling, but the weather is changeable and you could be
unlucky and hit a few rain-showers… so be prepared.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I’m happy to recommend the trip. A great balance of health exercise,
sightseeing and immersion in different cultures.

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Cycling the Baltics

Summary:
Cycling in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for 10 days.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The Holocoust Museum in Lithuania, just outside Vilnius was absolutely
humbling and eye-opening. This history was not something I was aware of and
the museum was extensive about the history of the Lithuanian Jewish people’s
treatment at the hands of the Nazis, as well as the Lithuanian people’s
struggles and persecution during the Soviet occupation.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Lukas was great. He was so knowledgable about the Region and shared it
enthusiastically. He made sure everything went smoothly and that everyone
arrived at their destination.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you bring bug spray for the first days of cycling in the National
park in Estonia. Also, make sure you have rain gear.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The trip was great. Not too physical, but at the same time enough cycling
every day. This is a perfect trip for a balance between culture and activity.

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Biking in the Baltics

Summary:
A fun trip as always with a lovely group of people and an excellent leader.
Loved all three capitals and the other cities we citied as well as the
countryside we cycled through.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling in the Lahemaa National Park to the lovely Park Hotel.
Cycling along the Curonian Spit.
All 3 capitals especially Riga and Villnius. Tallin was a little spoilt by
the noisy hen/stag parties and the cruise shippers.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Vaida was excellent – Knowledgeable about all 3 countries not just her own,
with excellent English, and a really friendly fun way about her. Our first
driver/mechanic Edgar was also excellent despite speaking no English.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Would recommend anyone who is gluten and dairy-free take some breakfast food
with you if like me you like a traditional as opposed to continental
breakfast. Also the airline didn’t provide any food despite Exodus specifying
my dietary needs.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I would recommend the trip avoids Tallin on a weekend or changes hotel to one
less noisy.

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Cycling in the Baltics

Summary:
Vaida is an exceptional tour guide, I would go on any trip with her. The
biking was great and the areas were beautiful. Really get a nice sense of the
country. But we had beautiful weather, very lucky. The one thing I would
change is the hotel in Kleipeda; it was so terrible it almost ruined the trip
for me. Also, vegetarians need to make arrangements – bring protein bars,
etc, because it is mostly meat and fish.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Most inspirational moment of the trip was along the roads around Lake Peipsi.
Beautiful houses.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
She was exceptional, I would follow her on any trip.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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