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Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania: guided tour

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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - culture, nature and beautyful coasts

You like primeval forests, blue lakes and landscapes where you won't meet a car for hours? Villages that seem to belong to former centurys or baroque magnificence in well restored old citys? Yes? Then join us! You will learn a lot about the three baltic states, their people and their history.

1. day Tallinn / arrival

Individual arrival at Tallinn. Meeting with your tour guide in the hotel at 6 pm local time. Your journey starts with a dinner in an estonian restaurant in the old city centre of Tallinn followed by a walk through the city with your tour guide.

2. day Lahemaa national park / Estonia app. 35 km (bus 70 km)

After breakfast there's enough time left to discover Tallinn on your own. After a transfer by bus you can look forward to the first bike tour through Lahemaa national park, one of the last unspoiled regions around the baltic sea. The bike path leads you through woods and along lakes. This area is a paradise for a unique wildlife.

3. day Tartu / Estonia app. 50 km (bus 150 km)

After breakfast you have a transfer to Mustavee. Here starts your cycle tour to Varnja along lake Peipuss. This lake is one of the biggest in Europe! In the evening another transfer brings you to today's destination Tartu.

4. day Tartu / Estonia - Latvia app. 30km (bus 205 km)

The day starts with a guided walk through the historic city centre of Tartu which is very much worth visiting. After another transfer by bus today's bike tour leads you on small roads and with some up and down through the so called "Estonian Switzerland" towards Latvia. The bus finally brings you to the Latvian capital Riga.

5. day Riga / Latvia (no bike tour today)

After breakfast you get to know Riga on a guided city walk. Afterwards today's tour continues by bus to the latvian capital Riga. Riga, also named "Paris of the North", will impress you with 800 houses built in art nouveau style, elegant boulevards, small winding alleys and the lust for life of the inhabitants. After lunch (incl.) you can explore Riga on your own in the afternoon. Your hotel is in the city centre.

6. day Liepaja / Latvia app. 43 km (bus 220 km)

In the morning the bus brings you towards the coast to Lielupa. Here the bike tour to Jurmala starts. For more than 150 years Jurmala is a well known seaside resort very much frequented by Latvians and Russians. After picknick and a swim on a lonely spot on the coast you head towards the important harbour of Liepaja.

7. day Klaipeda / Latvia - Lithuania app. 44 km (bus 65 km)

By bus you pass the border between Latvia and Lithuania. At Sventoji you start your bike tour and on a beautyful bike path along the coast you cycle to Klaipeda. On the way you take a break at Palanga, the most famous seaside resort of Lithuania. At Klaipeda you will have another guided city walk. Dinner will be served in a restaurant in the old city centre.

8. day Nida, Courland Spit / Lithuania app. 50 - 60 km

In a few minutes a ferry brings you over the courland lagoon to the beautyful 68 km long courland spit. Here you will be astonished by a landscape formed by dunes with a height up to 60 m! That's why this landscape is called "Lithuanian Sahara". After a stop at Juodkrante where you can visit the so called "witches hill" with a lot of wooden sculptures from Lituanian legends and sagas you cycle along the coast to Nida. In the beginning of the 20th century Nida was famous because a lot of artists and writers lived there.

9. day Nida, High Dune app. 10 km

Today you discover the surroundings of Nida by bike. In the morning you cycle to the highest dune of the spit and enjoy a fantastic view over the lagoon and the Baltic Sea. Afterwards you visit the summer residence of Thomas Mann (nowadays a museum). The afternoon you have at your own disposal. We recommend to take a swim!

10. day Courland Spit, Kaunas / Lithuania 20 km (bus 210 km, boat app. 20 km)

You go back to the mainland and on the river Minija by boat and later on by bike you approach the swampy delta of the Memel river. In the afternoon the bus brings you to Kaunas, the former capital of Lithuania, in the afternoon.

11. day Vilnius / Lithuania 31 km (bus 100 km)

After a transfer you start today's bike tour in the lithuanian lake district. You ride through a landscape of rolling hills before you reach lake Galve. Within the blue of the water and the green of a lot of small islands you discover the shining red bricks of the gothic castle Trakai built in the 15th century. After visiting the castle it's just a 30 km bus ride to Vilnius, the final destination of your bike holiday. You have a guided walk through the city with its impressive buildings in baroue and neo-classical style and in the end of the day you enjoy dinner in a restaurant well known for lithuanian specialties.

12. day Vilnius / departure

If you haven't decided to add one or a few days to your holiday, the tour ends with breakfast and you start your way home.

Please note:

In case that the minimum participant number is not attained 21 days prior to the departure date, Velociped may cancel the trip.

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Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania: guided tour
tour no.:
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tour type:
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Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.

Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.

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duration:
12 days
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This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:

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easy: Very relaxed cycling in mostly flat terrain.
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beginners-intermediate: Easy cycling, pushing the bike now and then.
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moderate: for people in a general good shape, a few stretches across more difficult terrain, or pushing the bike.
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difficult: For experienced bikers, several tracks in hilly terrain.
beginners-intermediate
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In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.

So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.

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Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.

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Prices are per person.

Season 1

19.06. – 14.08.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 1.370,00 €
Single room 1.620,00 €
 

cycles

tourer
90,00 €
 
electric bike
170,00 €
 

bookable additional nights

Tallinn Cat. A
Double room 60,00 €
Single room 100,00 €
 
Vilnius Cat. A
Double room 45,00 €
Single room 69,00 €
 

bookable additional services

Picnic service (except in Riga, Palanga, Nida and Trakai)
54,00 €
Travel services
  • 11 overnight stays in 3*-hotels including breakfast
  • 11 dinner
  • guided city tour in Tallin, Tartu, Riga, Klaipeda, Trakai and Vilnius
  • visit of the Thomas Mann museum
  • shipping trip at the courland lagoon
  • accompanying bus
  • English-speaking guide

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worth knowing

Wissenswertes zur Fahrradreise im Baltikum

Nachfolgend finden Sie konkrete Informationen zur geführten Fahrradreise in den baltischen Ländern. Sollten Sie weitere Fragen zu dieser Reise haben, so rufen Sie uns ganz einfach an: Tel.: 06421 - 886890.

An- und Abreise

Flüge nach Tallinn: Direktflüge von und nach Deutschland bietet folgende Fluiggesellschaften an.

www.airbaltic.com

www.lufthansa.com

www.flysas.com

www.klm.com

www.lot.com

Vom Flughafen zum Hotel Metropol in Tallinn sind es ca. 4,5 km. Sie erreichen das Hotel am einfachsten mit dem Taxi. Wie empfehlen die Taxigesellschaft Tulika Takso, die weiße Opel fährt. Die Taxifahrt dauert ca. 15 - 20 Minuten je nach Verkehrslage und kostet etwa 10 Euro pro Fahrt. Eine Busfahrt kostet etwa 2,- Euro.

 

Das Hotel in Vilnius ist ca. 0,5 km vom Bus- bzw. Hauptbahnhof entfernt. Wir empfehlen, ein Taxi zu nehmen. Die Fahrt kostet ca. 5 - 6 Euro.

Die Taxifahrt bis zum Flughafen in Vilnius kostet ca. 50 Litas / ca. 15 Euro.

Obwohl die Entfernung nicht groß ist, kann die Fahrt wegen Staus sogar bis zu 1 Stunde dauern. In der Regel sind es aber ca. 15 – 20 Min.. Fragen Sie an der Rezeption des Hotels: Im Hotel kann man den Transfer zum Bahnhof / Flughafen bestellen.

Beschaffenheit der Radwege

Die Haupt- und Landstraßen Lettlands und Litauens sind ohne Kopfsteinpflaster und zumeist auch ohne Schlaglöcher. Dafür gibt es viele staubige Sand- und Schotterstrecken.

Die Mehrzahl der Straßen ist zwar asphaltiert, aber rau, da sie nach der letzten Asphaltschicht oft mit grobem Rollsplitt abgedeckt werden.

Dichten Verkehr gibt es mittlerweile in den Großstädten und ihrem unmittelbaren Umland.

Die Radtour ist überwiegend flach, beinhaltet aber auch kleinere Steigungen. Sie fahren auf Radwegen, asphaltierten Nebenstrassen aber auch auf einigen Wald- unnd Schotterwegen.

Verfügbare Mieträder

Es stehen 7-Gang Damenräder mit Rücktritt und 6-Gang Herrenräder mit Kettenschaltung zur Verfügung.

Auf Anfrage können auch 18-Gang Damen- und Herrenräder mit Freilauf gebucht werden.

Elektro-Räder (Pedelecs): Giant LaFree, Radgröße 26 Zoll

Ein Tandem (auf Anfrage), Kinder- und Jugendräder (begrenzte Anzahl).

Alle Fahrräder sind mit Gepäcktasche ausgestattet.

Sonstiges

Klima:

Warme Sommer, der Frühling und Herbst sind relativ mild. Der Niederschlag ist relativ gleichmäßig über das Jahr verteilt. Beste Reisezeit: Mai bis September.

 

Plagegeister:

Zecken: Warngebiet! Impfung empfohlen!

Mücken: An den Seen in den drei Ländern können in den wärmsten Monaten des Jahres reichlich Mücken auftreten. Dagegen ist es direkt an der Ostsee wegen der beständig leichten Briese meist angenehm mückenarm.

 

Währung:

Estland: Euro

Lettland: Euro

Litauen: Euro

In allen Städten und größeren Orten gibt es mittlerweile Geldautomaten ("Bankomat"), bei denen man mit einer EC-Karte oder mit Kreditkarten (Eurocard/Mastercard, Visacard) Geld abheben kann. Kreditkarten akzeptieren neben Banken und großen Hotels auch mehr und mehr die größeren Geschäfte. Die Öffnungszeiten der Banken: Mo-Fr 10-16 Uhr, manchmal auch länger.

 

Sprache:

Jedes Land hat seine eigene Sprache. Das Estnische ist dem Finnischen sehr ähnlich. Lettisch und Litauisch bilden eine eigene indoeuropäische Sprachgruppe, haben jedoch einige Lehnwörter aus dem Deutschen und Russischen. Russisch können zwar die meisten Leute, es ist aber im Allgemeinen (außer Gegenden mit russischstämmiger Bevölkerung) eher unbeliebt und wird von jungen Menschen zumeist nicht mehr in der Schule gelernt. Mit Deutsch oder Englisch hat man, vor allem in Estland und zunehmend auch in Lettland und Litauen, meist mehr Erfolg. Doch gibt es genügend Situationen, in denen schon geringe Sprachkenntnisse des jeweiligen Landes weiterhelfen.

7 Tage Hotline Service

Wenn die Fahrradkette gerissen ist, Überschwemmungen die Weiterfahrt unmöglich machen oder sonstige böse Überraschungen auf Sie warten: Wir sind 7 Tage die Woche für Sie erreichbar und organisieren schnellstmöglich Hilfe.

Passport and visa requirements, health regulations

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

tour highlights

Tallinn, Old Town

Twisting cobblestone lanes and iron street lamps. Gothic spires and medieval markets. Cappuccino and Wi-Fi. This is the city's famous Old Town. If you're looking for that mix of historic ambience and cutting-edge culture that defines Tallinn, you'll find it here. Built up from the 13th to 16th centuries, when Tallinn – or Reval as it was known then – was a thriving member of the Hanseatic trade league, this enclosed neighbourhood of colourful, gabled houses, half-hidden courtyards and grandiose churches is, quite rightly, the city's biggest tourist draw. And the fact that it's all neatly packaged within a mostly-intact city wall and dotted with guard towers gives it an extra dose of fairytale charm. It’s small, compact, and very easily explored on foot. 

Tallinn

Tallinn, Old Town

Lahemaa National Park

Located on the northern coast of Estonia, Lahemaa is perfect for a hiking trip and nature watching. Here you will find stony and sandy seashores, picturesque bogs, pine and cliff forests, rivers that cut into the limestone cliff as well as erratic rocks left over from the last Ice Age.

Lahemaa is one of Europe’s most important forest conservation areas, where many large mammals live. Located south of the national park, the large forested Kõrvemaa area is a home to moose, wild boars, brown bears, lynxes, foxes an other wild animals. The nature reserve, which was founded under the Soviet rule in 1971, consists of almost two thirds of wooded area and approx. one third of lakes.

 After having been there, one will probably agree that protecting and preserving the north Estonian landscape, with its high trees, lakes and the soil, covered by rampant grasses and moss, is really important.

 Lahemaa National Park is one of the last untouched places in the Baltic region. It is very enjoyable not only because of its diverse nature but also because of the mythic stories, passed on and cultivated by local people for generations.

Lahemaa National Park

Riga

A Nordic blonde with a fiery heart, there’s much more to Riga than meets the eye.

In its 800 years of turbulent history, everyone from German knights to Swedish kings and Soviet commissars have left their footprints, and today Latvia’s capital is an exciting European metropolis at the crossroads of eastern and northern Europe. Riga’s astonishing skyline tells the story, as the timeless Gothic spires in the Old Town mingle with the fantastic facades of one of the world’s richest collections of Art Nouveau on the grand boulevards. 

Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage site of cobblestones and breathtaking river views, as well as Europe’s Wifi capital with almost 1,000 spots to get online for free.

Riga

Riga, Art Nouveau

The artistic style known as "Nouveau" first appeared at the turn of the century, and certainly was a fresh approach and stunning in its diversity - from ornate entrances, building facades to minimalistic detail, Art Nouveau considered functionality as a key guiding light for the new look - interior design and selection of furnishings with many innovative touches. Rīga was one of the cities at the forefront of the style’s active use, and the examples of it are truly bold and vibrant. The echo was heard in other cities in Latvia, and even in country locales. Central Riga, the downtown area, is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List thanks to its Medieval dwellings, quaint 19th century wooden structures and its prime examples of Art Nouveau architecture that, actually, are like no other.

Riga, Art Nouveau

Jurmala

With miles of sandy beaches, swaying pine trees and deliciously fresh air, eclectic architecture and plenty of fun, Jurmala is a resort like no other. Originally a cluster of fishing villages, Jurmala has been a beloved seaside resort for over 200 years. The generations of folk coming to relax have left a unique architectural blend with everything from ornate timber cottages to giant Soviet concrete sanatoria, plus a few contemporary masterpieces. 

Jurmala

Liepaja

Liepāja is the 3rd largest city in Latvia and 10th largest one in the Baltic States. Approximately 72 000 people have chosen it as their home place.
The city is located on a stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and the Liepāja Lake, which are connected by the Trade Canal.
The oldest electric tram line in the Baltic States’ territory curves through the city’s residential neighborhoods from north to south. It is also worth mentioning that this nature-friendly type  of public transportation in Latvia is only available in Liepāja and two other cities.
The sea with its widest sandy beach in the country, strolling, beautiful scenery and colorful sunsets – these are just a few of many magnets that attract locals, neighbors and guests from more distant lands located in Europe and around the world.

Liepaja

Klaipeda

Lithuania’s third-largest city is a mix of old and new. This former Prussian capital (when it was named Memel) has retained a distinct German flavour in the architecture of its heavily cobbled Old Town and one remaining tower of its red-brick castle. It’s also Lithuania’s only port of call for Titanic-sized cruise ships, and a vital sea link for cargo and passenger ferries between Lithuania, Scandinavia and beyond.

Klaipeda, Old Town

Juodkrante, Wiches Hill

Carved by local artists and growing in number since 1979, the Witches' Hill is a collection of devils, witches and other fantastical and grotesque wooden carvings from Lithuanian folklore that skulk along a wooded sculpture trail ranging from fairy tale to playful (slide down a giant devil's tongue) to nightmare. It's signposted immediately south of Liudviko Rėzos gatvė 46.

Juodkrante, Wiches Hill

Juodkrante, Wiches Hill

Parnidis Dune, Nida

One of the most amazing places in Lithuania – Parnidis Dune – was included in Patricia Schultz's book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. It is, without a doubt, the most impressive and unique place: on Parnidis Dune you can watch the path of the Sun: as it rises out of the water in the morning and again sinks into the water in the evening.

Parnidis Dune, Nida

Kaunas

Kaunas, a sprawling city 100km west of Vilnius at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris Rivers, has a compact Old Town, an abundance of artistic and educational museums, and a fascinating history. A sizeable student population provides plenty of energy, and some rough edges give it that extra bit of spice.

Kaunas

Island Castle, Trakai

The magnificent Trakai castle complex built across the island became a residential place for the dukes of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL). The Gothic-style castle was comprised of a palace built by medieval masters, and a donjon – a residential tower. These buildings were surrounded by a high, well-designed, solid defensive wall with Galvė lake waters behind it. The castle lost its political power when the capital city of the Grand Duchy was moved from Trakai to Vilnius. However, for a long time it remained a favourite residency in Lithuania of the GDL nobility and their family members. In the sixteenth century the castle was converted into a prison for nobles and noble prisoners of war were detained here. In 1962, the restored the castle was passed to the Trakai History Museum.

Island Castle, Trakai

Vilnius

Vilnius, the baroque beauty of the Baltic, is a city of immense allure. It easily tops the country’s best-attraction bill, drawing tourists like moths to a flame with an easy, confident charm and a warm, golden glow that makes you wish for long midsummer evenings every day of the year.

Vilnius

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