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.
In case that the minimum participant number is not attained 21 days prior to the departure date, Velociped may cancel the trip.
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.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
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.
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.
Prices are per person.
19.06. – 14.08.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional 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
Worth knowing about your Baltic states guided tour
Below please find more information about your bike trip. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Arrival and departure
Flights to Tallinn: Direct flights to and from Germany are offered by the following companies.
From the airport to the Hotel Metropol in Tallinn it is about 4.5 km. The easiest way to reach the hotel is by taxi. We recommend the taxi company Tulika Takso driving white Opel. The taxi ride takes about 15 - 20 minutes depending on traffic and costs about 10 euros per trip. A bus trip costs about 2 Euro.
The hotel in Vilnius is about 0.5 km from the bus or train station. We recommend taking a taxi. The trip costs about 5 - 6 Euro.
The taxi ride to the airport in Vilnius costs about 50 litas / about 15 Euro.
Although the distance is not far, the journey can take up to 1 hour due to traffic jams. In general it is about 15 - 20 minutes. We kindly ask you to ask at the front desk of the hotel: In the hotel you can order the transfer to the train station / airport.
Condition of cycle path
Latvia and Lithuania's main roads and main roads are without cobblestones and mostly without potholes. There are many dusty sandy and gravel roads. The majority of the roads are paved, but rough, as they are often covered with coarse gravel after the last layer of asphalt. There is now dense traffic in the big cities and their immediate surroundings. The bike tour is mostly flat, but also includes smaller slopes. You cycle on cycle paths, paved secondary roads but also on some forest and dirt roads.
Available rental bikes
There are 7-speed women's bikes with back pedal brakes and 6-speed men's bikes with derailleur available.
On request, 18-speed women's and men's bikes with freewheel can be booked.
Electric bikes (Pedelecs): Giant LaFree, wheel size 26 inches
A tandem (on request), children's and youth bikes (limited number).
All bikes are equipped with luggage bag.
Warm summers, spring and autumn are relatively mild. The precipitation is distributed relatively evenly throughout the year. Best travel time: May to September.
Ticks: warning area! Vaccination recommended!
Mosquitoes: At the lakes in the three countries, in the warmest months of the year abundant mosquitoes can occur. By contrast, it is directly on the Baltic Sea because of the consistently light breeze usually there are few mosquitoes.
In all cities and larger towns there are now ATMs ("ATM"), where you can withdraw money with a debit card or with credit cards (Eurocard / MasterCard, VISA). In addition to banks and large hotels, credit cards are increasingly accepting larger businesses. The opening hours of the banks: Mon-Fri 10 am to 4 pm, sometimes longer.
Every country has its own language. Estonian is very similar to Finnish. Latvian and Lithuanian form their own Indo-European language group, but have some loanwords from German and Russian. Although most people speak Russian, it is generally rather unpopular (except for populations of Russian origin) and is mostly not learned by young people in school. With German or English you have mostly more success, especially in Estonia and increasingly also in Latvia and Lithuania. But there are enough situations in which even low language skills of the respective country help.
Coasts which are not included in the travel price
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally in the Hotel.
7 day hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.