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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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Type: Land Only

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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: Tallinn

End destination: Vilnius

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 historically served as a market and meeting place and
is surrounded by elaborate merchant houses – the perfect setting to enjoy
a coffee. 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.

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 so distinctive. It is also a rich
environment for wildlife with moose and wild boar, although difficult to
spot, and over 220 species of bird – keep your eyes open! Our accommodation
for the evening is situated in the national park itself and is in a
spectacular setting in the grounds of an old distillery.*
*

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 towns 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 settlements 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, and 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 capital city. The city has a mediaeval old town which is famous for
its wooden buildings and art nouveau architecture. We will then follow the
cycle paths to the beautiful town of Jurmala, which is famous for its
incredible wooden buildings and 19th Century Russian villas. Jurmala is also
one of Latvia’s largest 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, and
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

We start the day with a bus transfer to Kintai village, and from here we
cycle through dense green forests and beautiful meadows to Vente Cape. There
is a lot of wildlife at Vente Cape as it is a popular resting place for birds
on their migration, and it’s 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

We have a free morning in Vilnius before the trip ends here.

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Customer Feedback

Cycling the Baltic States

Summary:
A really outstanding Exodus cycle trip, aided by the most marvellous European
summer. Great group of fellow cyclists, excellent choice of hotels and really
beautiful forest cycleways. Tour leader Lina and driver Andre added
significantly to the overall experience. We have been on a few Exodus trips
and as always we were very well looked after. The cycling was fairly straight
forward and relatively easy.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
So, so many! Hearing Lina’s family history put so much of the trip into
perspective. We had the delightful combination of beautiful rides, the
sharing of stories and the incredible history of the proud peoples of the
Baltic States.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Absolutely sensational! Lina was the best tour guide we have ever had, and
that is saying something. Caring, considerate, always looking out for
opportunities to improve our experience, there was never a time when she was
anything other than a delight to be with. Her willingness to share her story
put everything into perspective. Faultless! For goodness sake give her more
work, she is a wonderful ambassador for Exodus. I do have to add that your
choice of tour guides on all of the trips we have done gives significant
credit to Exodus as an organisation. We always look at Exodus tours before
considering other travel companies.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you are even reasonably fit, do this cycle tour. A really wonderful way to
see and hear about the incredible Baltic States.

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

Answer:
A really wonderful holiday in all respects. Keep up the excellent work and
consider paying Lina a significant bonus, she is wonderful!

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Cycling the Baltic States

Summary:
A really outstanding Exodus cycle trip, aided by the most marvellous European
summer. Great group of fellow cyclists, excellent choice of hotels and really
beautiful forest cycleways. Tour leader Lina and driver Andre added
significantly to the overall experience. We have been on a few Exodus trips
and as always we were very well looked after. The cycling was fairly straight
forward and relatively easy.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
So, so many! Hearing Lina’s family history put so much of the trip into
perspective. We had the delightful combination of beautiful rides, the
sharing of stories and the incredible history of the proud peoples of the
Baltic States.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Absolutely sensational! Lina was the best tour guide we have ever had, and
that is saying something. Caring, considerate, always looking out for
opportunities to improve our experience, there was never a time when she was
anything other than a delight to be with. Her willingness to share her story
put everything into perspective. Faultless! For goodness sake give her more
work, she is a wonderful ambassador for Exodus. I do have to add that your
choice of tour guides on all of the trips we have done gives significant
credit to Exodus as an organisation. We always look at Exodus tours before
considering other travel companies.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you are even reasonably fit, do this cycle tour. A really wonderful way to
see and hear about the incredible Baltic States.

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

Answer:
A really wonderful holiday in all respects. Keep up the excellent work and
consider paying Lina a significant bonus, she is wonderful!

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A great holiday

Summary:
My first cycling trip couldn’t have gone better, a great group of people, an
excellent leader and luck with the weather. There is a good mixture of
cycling and tourism although the itinerary is full so there isn’t a lot of
free time or opportunity for stopping en route.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
I liked the undulations of the day around Trakkai as knew I would get lost
and didnt have to save any energy for other rides! Enjoyed seeing how fast I
could go. Really enjoyed the beauty of Palmse. The day at Jurmala was good as
we had free time and loved the dachas.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Lina was excellent, organised but friendly. Her sharing of her personal
experiences of life in Lithuania brought the whole trip alive. She has an
extensive factual knowledge of the Baltic and found some great places for us
to eat.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If I had known that a cycle pannier was provided, I wouldn’t have brought a
cycling rucksack. Water was also provided so a single water bottle was fine.
The trip notes said that there should be time to look round Tallinn but the
Exodus flights were an evening arrival. Some of the group arrived a day
earlier to see the city which was a good idea.

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

Answer:
A 5 hour stop over in Riga was too long, there was an earlier flight
connection. Paper maps are hard to use when you are cycling in a lot of pine
forest, could there be an option to give us GPX routes as well. This would
have really helped anyone getting lost.

I do not wish my name to be used.

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Comments from Christine and David Martin

Summary:
We enjoyed the holiday very much, we had a good insight into the three
capital cities and a fiar understanding of how the countyry side worked.
The food was much better than expected ,
we had feared it might mainly be pork and dumplings but it was a good
selection of ‘western ‘ and local dishes.
The cycling was mainly through forest tracks which do not give many views of
the country side but perhaps it is very difficult to design a cycling holiday
in a very forested area to include time to stop and look aroun villages .
Although the cycling was not technically difficult there were times when it
was necessary to keep close to the leader mto avoid getting lost. A back
marker would have been very useful and would have been able to cope with any
problems (punctures, accidents) as well as ensuring.

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
looking around the old towns and being told of the problems which the three
countries had faced during the last 100 or so years.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Lina was very personable, knowledgable about the areas we went throuh. She
told us in great detail about the histories of the countries, the problems
which they faced and, potentailly, still face.
She interacted well with all members of the group, ensured that the eveing
and lunch time restaurants wer einteresting. It seemsed that the distances
which we cycled and were transferred were quite long for the times allocated
, we always seemed to be trying to catch up with the schedule. Not sure if
that is a problem of the design of the holiday. but loading a nd unloading
the bikes takes about one hour

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
be prepared for fairly hectic days

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Great trip

Summary:
Great trip

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Lina’s Stories of Lithuania

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent. Thankyou Lina

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t take too much luggage. It soon becomes a pain, especially in small
hotels with stairs. Take a travel kettle if you like to drink tea. Take
cycling shorts.

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Cycle the Baltics

Summary:
It was a great rip – well-organised, lovely routes, reasonable accommodation
and food, excellent guide, great group -met some lovely people who I’ll be
seeing again.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Last night party was a lot of fun!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Lukas was terrific – knowledgable, considerate, patient, addressed every
issue & answered every question

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This is a great trip – just as described in the blurb. Go for it!

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

Answer:
Very hard work for just one guide, especially when riding. When Lukas was at
the back, the people at the front often had to wait quite some time for the
others, or else if Lukas was at the front, he led us a short distance at a
time to keep us all together. Trip could benefit from 2nd guide.

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Cycling and sightseeing in the Baltics

Summary:
A very well organised and interesting trip, combining exercise and
sightseeing in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Our guide Vaida was calm,
helpful, knowledgable, kind and fun – an ideal cycling guide.

The trip gave 4 nights in Estonia, 2 in Latvia and 4 in Lithuania, with a
combination of cycling, learning about the cities we visited, and socialising
with the group. The cycling was straightforward, mostly flat riding in
forests or by the sea, sometimes with a headwind. It was mostly cool which is
good for cycling. The group were of mixed ability, so some went ahead whilst
others went more slowly to enjoy the views.

It was good to visit this area of Europe to get to know more about it.
Breakfasts were substantial, and I have developed a love of herring – though
this is not necessary!

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
I really enjoyed cycling to Jurmala from Riga, and riding along the sand. We
swam in the sea which was rather chilly!

Cycling in Lahemma Park by the sea was also lovely.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Vaida was really great; enthusiastic and so helpful. She was keen to help as
much as she could and couldn’t be faulted.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
There are no kettles in Baltic hotels, so I would take a travel kettle if you
want to make a cup of tea… I never realised how much I love tea until I
couldn’t make a cuppa at the end of a ride. You can buy teabags when you
get there.
Take some warm base layers as well as summer clothes as it is cooler than the
UK – and a wind proof gilet is useful as well as a waterproof jacket.
Not being a regular cyclist I found doing some longer cycle rides before
going away helpful in preparing for cycling every day.

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

Answer:
I hadn’t been on a cycling holiday before, and was worried about how I
would manage cycling every day, but needn’t have as everyone went at their
own pace. It was a good way to holiday in a friendly group.

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Wonderful scenery, pleasant and safe bike routes and an amazing guide

Summary:
Our guide Vaida took us to see a fabulous variety of highlights in both large
cities and small villages. The three capital cities – Tallin, Riga and
Vilnius all had exceptionally interesting landmarks, historic sites and
interesting excursions into areas of the every day lives of the people. Large
national forests, small fishing villages and lovely seaside towns provided a
pleasant contrast to our days in th3 featured cities.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The lunch at the fishing village where the host smoked his own fish, the
forest roads with nesting storks and the pretty seaside settlements with
families of swans were lovely. The cities offered a glimpse into the history
and lives of three very interesting countries. Our guide, Vaida, gave us a
wealth of interesting interesting information. She was the most impressive
guide we have had in our fifteen years of traveling. She anticipated needs,
answered a huge variety of questions, found wonderful restaurants. She was
literally at our “beck and call” every moment of the trip – and we were
an interesting variety of fourteen cyclists.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
See above.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make this trip a priority.

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

Answer:
The two night stays in most places were a real bonus.

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Beautiful autumn cycling

Summary:
Great trip with a wonderful group and just sooo much to see plus lots of
great food!

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Waving to Kaliningrad (Russia) from the lithuanian part of the curonian spit.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very professional, knowledgeable and fun!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Book an extra day in Tallinn and Vilnius at the beginning and end of the
trip.

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

Answer:
It would be wonderful, if there was a possibility to extend the trip a little
bit to include an extra day in Riga.

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Baltics Cycling

Summary:
Good trip overall for both culture and cycling. You learn a lot about the
Baltic countries and their uneasy relationship with Russia.
The cycling was mostly flat, which is hard in the legs especially in a head
wind. At times their were unavoidable long flat straight stretches on roads
which were dull.

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
Visiting the farmhouse with museum on the Gulf of Finland. The location,
lunch, and history provided by the owners were all great.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Vaida was excellent. Knowledgable, helpful, personable and always ‘ready,
ready’. Even though she was suffering with a sore throat.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
It’s colder than you think. Layers!

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

Answer:
The food was brilliant. Had expected heavy dishes, but the restaurants chosen
by Vaida gave us an excellent taste of all that the Baltics had to offer.

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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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