Baltics Bike Tour - Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia, 9 days
Djoser's active vacation in the Baltic States is a diverse cycling journey through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Our Baltics bike tours combines a stay in the historic cities Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn cycling in the unspoiled natural areas. Cycling through the Baltic States offers a wide variety of culture and nature in a pleasant climate. We cycle in the historic Trakai National Park, along the unique dunes on the Curonian Spit, the forests in Jurmala and in the Lahemaa National Park in Estonia. Djoser, has been a Baltics tour operator for over 15 years so we bring vast experience.
- Vilnius; Trakai
- Vilnius – Kintai – Klaipeda
- Klaipeda; Nida, Curonian Spit
- Klaipeda – Palanga – Riga
- Riga; Jurmala
- Riga – Lahemaa Nationaal Park
- Lahemaa NP – Tallinn
Land program begins: Vilnius 3:30 PM
Land program ends: Talinn 1:30 PM
Subject to change
Day by day
On the Road with Djoser
Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. During Djoser travels, the daily schedule is not rigidly set.
The day to day descriptions describe the anticipated, or possible daily activities. Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.
We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day to day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day to day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.
During our bike tours, some days we bike for the day and return to our lodgings. Other days we make a multi-day bike tour. On rest days you can choose to bike more or choose to do other things. The tour leader will make suggestions. You are free to participate or not, in any activity. Due to the nature of the trips and local circumstances, unexpected situations may occur and a ride or activity may be canceled or adjusted
Day 1 Vilnius
The Baltics bike tour begins in Lithuania where you will meet the guide and group participants. Since 1990 Vilnius has been the capital of the independent Lithuania. Before we begin cycling you can wander through the ancient streets of the city, with its Baroque Polish character. Along the winding streets are churches and monasteries dating from the late Gothic and Baroque. The bright pastel-colored houses give the city a pleasant atmosphere.The city stretches along both banks of the fast flowing Neris, nestled between wooded hills with pine forests. The heart of the old town is next to the Gedimino Hill. At the foot of it is the white cathedral built in 1990 for the Catholic Lithuanians which symbolized the revival of national consciousness.
Day 2 Vilnius, Trakai
We make our first bike ride of about 19 miles from Trakai, which 12 miles southwest of Vilnius. The village has beautiful wooden houses and beside the best known and largest lake Galve, lies the beautiful island castle ,where in 1253 the first king of Lithuania was crowned. In this area, there are about 200 lakes so cycling is great along the river and through the woods surrounding the historic National Park Trakai. At the end of the afternoon the bus takes us back to Vilnius.
Distance: 18 Miles
Day 3 Vilnius - Kintai Klaipeda
We leave Vilnius and the bus takes us to Kintai in Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. We get back on our bikes and we cycle along the coast south to Vente Horn, an ornithological station from the 19th century. We stay overnight in the port city of Klaipeda, which in the past saw German knights, Swedish, Nazi Germany and Soviet troops. The port city, formerly known as Memel German name, has an old center. The Baltic countries are known for their deposits of amber and fossilized resin, which is millions of years old. Buffs collect the amber with entrapped insects. This property has ensured that his name amber (from the Greek electron) has special powers. It is now found in lignite layers. There is plenty to be found at the markets.
Day 4 Klaipeda, Nida, Curonian Spit
From Klaipeda the next day we visit the Curonian Spit. This peninsula is rich with birds and wildlife. There are beautiful clean beaches, tall white sand dunes and grand vistas of the lagoon and the Baltic Sea.The bus brings us to the old fishing village of Nida, where the bank of the Curonian Lagoon is located. In Nida, the former summer residence of the the German writer Thomas Mann, is now on display. The town was once an exclusive holiday destination for the communist elite. From the beautiful village with colorful wooden houses and a huge sand dune that is backdrop to the village village you step back on the bike and make a trip to the Curonian Spit National Park.
The cycle journey is about 19 miles along the dunes and through the woods. We cycle to where you can walk on wooden decks overlooking the Dead Dunes. From here you can enjoy a magnificent view over the sea and the Curonian lagoon. In Juodkrantė we stop at the Witch Hill with a forest full of wooden sculptures and here you discover the colonies of cormorants and herons that live here. Enthusiasts can bike the route back to Klaipeda.
Distance - 18 Miles
Day 5 Klaipeda - Palanga - Riga
From Klaipeda we bike today about 19 miles. We cycle through the forest of Giruliai and the through beautiful nature along the coast. The "Olandu Kepures" is a 78 foot high cliff in the fishing village Karkle, which we stop to admire. Central to the Botanical Park of Palanga is a palace that now serves as the Amber Museum, where beautiful jewelry can be found. After arriving in Palanga we load our bikes on the bus and you have a moment to visit one of the cafes or restaurants or you can walk along the long pier in the Baltic Sea to Palanga.
In the afternoon we drive to Riga. Vecriga is located n the Latvian capital of Riga's old town. The 800 year-old town, originally a trading settlement of German knights. From the tower of St. Peter, in the 17th century, it would have been the highest tower in the world. From here you have a fantastic view over the city. Among the numerous monuments and museums you will find "the three brothers' houses from the 15th and 16th centuries.In Alberta Iela you find a whole series of houses in art nouveau style. There are numerous shops, cafes and theaters which demonstrate the vitality restored after Soviet domination.
Distance- 18 Miles
Day 6 Riga, Jurmala
Riga is also said to be the pulse of the Baltics. Just outside the city you will find on the shores of Lake Juglas the anthropological museum, which provides an overview of Latvian architecture, folklore and lifestyle in the region for centuries. The nearby Jurmala, is actually a long chain of fishing villages, and traditionally known as a posh resort and spa. Many villas testify to this rich past. The surrounding forests are perfect for a bike ride where we follow a specific cycle that goes through all the towns.
Distance: 18+ miles
Day 7 Riga - Lahemaa National Park
We leave Latvia today and the bus brings us to Estonia our last Baltic country to cycle. We stay the first night Laheema National ark, the land of coves. This is the oldest and largest national park in Estonia with a beautiful coastline that is made by striking boulders from glaciers in Finland and Sweden. We cycle a route of about 25 miles through picturesque villages and as Vosu there and enjoy the versatile Estonian flora and fauna. You can choose the length of your ride.
Distance: 25 miles
Day 8 Lahemaa NP - Tallinn
Day 9 Tallinn - Land ends
The bicycle tour will end in Tallinn, with its romantic medieval town. The old Hanseatic city of Tallinn on the Gulf of Finland flourished from the 13th to the 16th century, when it was warehouse in the eastern Baltic Sea. The old center with its Gothic churches, within the high walls, is virtually preserved intact. Walking through the alleyways paved with cobblestones you can easily lose yourself in the atmosphere of that bygone time. Very special is the newly reopened Kata Riina käik alley, where many workplaces are housed behind the medieval walls.
The old city consists of an upper and lower part. In the upper town is on the same hill Toompea Castle, where the Estonian Parliament sits. From the original castle only three of the four towers survived; "Llong Herman", wears the national flag and is a clear landmark. By the parliament is the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with its onion domes and mosaics. There is much debate about the demolition of this symbol of tsarist imperialism.Downtown, around the town hall square, the vibrant part of the old city, with many shops and restaurants. Opposite the station you can drink in a Wagon Lit cafe, sitting on the uncomfortable benches of austere Soviet Trains. 1.25 miles outside the old walled city center is located in the Kadriorg Park one summer palace of Peter the Great, now the residence of the Estonian president.
A little further in the park you will find the half-dome of the national contest. The Estonians are known as great singers, ie, there are thousands of choirs at the festival. West of the city you will find the Rocca al Mare open air museum, where many fine examples of wooden architecture can be seen from the 18th and 19th centuries. On the last day you still have enough time to Tallinn to explore before you fly back home.
Dates and prices
Departure dates 2017
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Departure dates 2018
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|May-27-18||$1,755||20 seats||book now >|
|Jun-24-18||$1,755||20 seats||book now >|
Conditions "Guaranteed leave"
Included in out Baltics bike tour: land program beginning and ending at hotels, hotel accommodation with breakfast, bike rental, transport, excursions according to program, tour guide from Holland (speaks Dutch & English).
Excluded in our Baltics bike tour: international flights from/to North America, travel insurance, other meals, entrance fees, optional excursions, gratuities, personal expenses.
|Extension hotel city #1||Vilnius|
|Double room per person||$38|
|Extension hotel city #2||Tallinn|
|Double room per person||$50|
|Estimated out-of-pocket, weekly||$300|
|Deposit due upon booking||25% of total costs or $500 minimum per person|
|* Balance due 60 days prior to departure.|
Accommodations & Meals
Accommodations – During our Baltics bike tour we stay in hotels where the rooms are always equipped with private shower and toilet. The hotels have recently been built or renovated and located within walking distance of the city centers.
Some examples of out usual hotel (subject to change)
|Tallinn||City Hotel Portus|
Single room - Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.
Hotel extensions - It is always great to be well-rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed in the '"Dates & Prices" page. The cost of a hotel extension does not include transfers to or from the airports.
Meals - Breakfasts during our Baltics bike tour are included in the fare. Breakfast in most hotels includes an extensive buffet. You can make your own choice of restaurant for lunch and dinner. In most places we stay there is a wide choice of restaurants, from budget to luxury. In the big hotels and restaurants the usual European fare is prepared: soup, meat / fish with rice or potatoes. A known favorite in Estonia is the warthog and in Lithuania the “Zeppelin”. This is a thick layer of potato dough filled with meat, vegetables, cheese or whatever you want topped with sour cream. In the Baltics one eats large quantities and there are major differences between the heavier winter meals and lighter meals served in the summer. You will fill your stomach with fish, mushrooms, berries and other fruits of the forest. Yogurt and salads are available in abundance.
Tap water is good and clean, but not always delicious. Nida tap water has a rust color and aroma, but is otherwise harmless. Here it is best to by bottled water.
Flights & Transportation
Land program begins: Vilnius 3:30 PM
Land program ends: Talinn 1:30 PM
Subject to change
Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arriving from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the Land Begin and End times are listed below. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind.
Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
NL participants arrive: Vilnius 13:40
NL participants depart: Tallinn 17:15
Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.
Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.
Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.
Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section
If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.
Airport transfer to/from hotel (not Included) - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.
Useful Links for booking your flights
Local transportation - During the tour we use a private bus, equipped with air and heating. We are free to stop for a photo or to stretch our legs.
Cycling - The trip includes the use of a good quality bike with gears. We make bike rides from the three Baltic capitals (Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn) and Klaipeda in Lithuania. In particular the tours focus on the surrounding nature.We cycle between 12.4 and 34 miles a day on good terrain. The landscape is mostly flat which makes this bike trip suitable for anyone with a normal condition. You should keep in mind that there may be hills along the way.
Electric bike (e-bike) - It is possible for this trip to reserve an electric (E-bike) bicycle. The electric motor of an electric bike gives you that little boost, making the hills pleasantly managable. You decide how much support you want from the bike. The cost for an electric bike is from $110, - for the entire trip. If you are interested, please inquire at it, and we can reserve the e-bike for you.
Bus - We cover portions of the journey with our private, comfortable bus, which will remain with us until arriving in Tallinn. The buses are equipped with ventilation and heating. The roads have been improved in recent years in the Baltic countries, making for pleasant drives in the areas we cover in the bus. The bus is with us for the whole journey and often drops us a some point from where we begin our bike ride. At the end of the ride (if we did not cycle to our accommodation), the bus picks us up again. The bikes are carried along in a trailer.
A summary of all trip costs can be found on our 'Dates & Prices' page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.
Included in price of our Baltics bike tour package
- Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
- Hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Bike rental, transport
- Excursions according to program
- Services of tour guide.
When you book a trip
- 25% of total costs.
- Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date
- Payments by charge card or check are accepted
While you are traveling
|Local Currency:||Litas in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - euro|
|ATMS:||This is the easiest way to get money, in all places where the night will include ATMs|
|Other Currency Accepted:||Dollars can be exchanged at banks|
|Credit cards:||Can be used in many places|
Tipping - It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.
** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.
Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.
When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.
VISA NEEDED? NO
Visa & Passport Expeditor – For an extra fee, you can hire an expediting service to process your visa application. They will look over your paperwork and they can offer a faster return of your visa or passport. We recommend TRAVISA.
Health Issues & Insurance
Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.
When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance. It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as Immodium) Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellant, salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.
Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.
Usual vaccinations & medications recommended for this trip:
No vaccinations are recommended. Drinking tap water is not recommended in Nida.
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP.
Insurance - For peace of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses. Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.
You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792
How Strenuous is this Trip? - The bike tours are suitable for anyone who in in good health, has a good condition, and bikes regularly. We have arranged the trips according to challenge level. This takes into account the heights to which we cycle, the distance that we cover and the duration of the cycling. This of course is only an estimate. Plus, your personal experience and other factors such as weather conditions and your physical condition will determine your own difficulty levels.
The trips cover both flat and hilly terrain. Typically the bus drops us at the top and then we descend by bike. Those up to the challenge may ascend on their own. On each bike journey a bus accompanies us, so you can interrupt any ride. On many trips we can shorten or extend a ride on the spot depending on the wishes of the group.
On this bike tour we ride from the three Baltic capitals (Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn) and Klaipeda in Lithuania. The tours focus, in particular, on the surrounding nature. We cycle between 12.4 and 34 miles a day on good terrain. The landscape is mostly flat which makes this bike trip suitable for anyone with a good physical condition. You should keep in mind that some climbs are inevitable . This is especially common in the cycling tour in Trakai, on the day trip from Vilnius. The long distances are accompanied by the. The bus often puts us out at a certain point where we begin our bike ride. At the end of the ride (if we did not cycle to our accommodation), the bus picks us up again. The bikes come along in a trailer.
Be Prepared! - Make sure you are well-prepared. Spend the months leading up to your trip working out and getting preapred for your bike trip. This will help you to get the most enjoyment from your journey.
Minimum group size: 10
Maximum group size: 16
What to expect when traveling with an international group – Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been a Baltics tour operator for over 15 years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a Baltics tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience. Our group trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.
Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. You will find couples and singles on our trips. Join our international groups with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America. There are rarely more four North Americans per group. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular and this adds another cultural element to the trip. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trip (number of singles and age range.
You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.
The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. Unless otherwise indicated, you will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.
Tour Leaders & Support Staff
This trip is accompanied by a Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she assists you throughout the journey. The tour guide provides practical information about the bike ride, the route and the different activities during rest days. In addition, the tour leader tells something about daily life and the different habits of the country. However, the tour guide is not a lecturer. For any questions, comments or concerns you can always contact the tour leader. The tour guides are enthusiastic cyclists and do everything to make a success of your cycling trip.
Climate & Geography
In Northeastern Europe, a temperate climate prevails. The tours take place in the period from April to October. In spring and autumn,you should consider cool days and cold nights, in the summer the temperature is usually pleasant. The temperature during the day than between 68 ° and 77 ° C.
Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org
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