Itinerary: Vilnius, Kaunas, Nida, Klaipeda, Palanga, Liepaja, Jurmala, Riga, Cesis, Tartu, Lahemaa, Tallinn
Period: July-August 2018
Length: 10 days / 9 nights.
Tour languages: English German
DAY 1: ARRIVAL VILNIUS
Arrival to Vilnius, optional transfer to Hotel Europa City Vilnius*** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
DAY 2: VILNIUS-TRAKAI-KAUNAS
Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning sightseeing tour include a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anna’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. In the afternoon we continue to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. We enjoy a 15 km biking tour in the surroundings of Trakai. We continue to Kaunas and take a short stroll in the Old Town with its elegant Old Town Hall and Gothic cathedral. Check in at Hotel Magnus *** or similar.
DAY 3: KAUNAS-PALANGA-KLAIPEDA
We get up early to continue the tour in the direction of Palanga where we make a sightseeing tour and see the Botanical Gardens with the Amber Museum in the former Tiskevicius Palace before we enjoy a 30 km biking tour to Klaipeda. Klaipeda first became a part of Lithuania in 1923 and has a long history as a German town called Memel. The sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with its narrow cobblestone streets and old guild houses and we visit the Theatre Square and the Aennchen von Tharau Fountain, check-in at Hotel Ibis Aurora*** or similar.
DAY 4: KLAIPEDA-CURONIAN SPIT-LIEPAJA
A ferry from Klaipeda takes us to the Curonian Spit, a 100 km spit of land between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon with small fishing villages, pine forests and endless sand dunes. We go down the spit to Nida. With its location at the Curonian Lagoon and its combination of old-fashioned fishing village and fashionable sea resort, Nida is one of the most attractive places on the entire Baltic Sea Coast. We visit the High Dunes and get acquainted with the charming resort town. In the late afternoon we enjoy a 30 km biking tour from Nida to Juodkrante before we go back to Klaipeda from where we continue into Latvia and arrive in Liepaja. Check-in at Hotel Liva**** or similar.
DAY 5: LIEPAJA-JURMALA-RIGA
Liepaja takes its name from the numerous lime trees in the city and we start the day with a short stroll in the Old Town with its Trinity Church. Afterwards we drive through the former Duchy of Courland to Kemeri, where we enjoy a 25 km biking tour through the Kemeri National Park. The balance of the day is spent for visiting Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. We reach Riga in the late afternoon. Check-in at the Hotel Days Riga VEF*** or similar.
DAY 6: RIGA-SIGULDA-CESIS
Riga founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert is the largest of the 3 Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument. In the afternoon we continue to Saulkrasti and do a 30 km biking tour to Sigulda, a popular holiday resort. We see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and the ruins of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword. We continue to Cesis and check-in at the Hotel Cesis*** or similar.
DAY 7: CESIS-TARTU
Cesis is a Hanseatic city with winding streets, castle ruins and beautiful gardens. During the morning tour we see the ruins of the Castle of the Livonian Order and St. John’s Church. We head to Estonia and the Hanja Nature Park where we do a 30 km biking tour through the national park and around the Munamägi Hill, the biggest hill in the Baltic countries at just 300 m. We continue on to Tartu. Check-in at the Hotel Tartu*** or similar.
DAY 8: TARTU-LAHEMAA
Tartu is the university town, where Estonia gained its statehood. During the morning tour we see the charming Old Town and the University founded in 1632. After the tour we head for Lake Peipsi and in the middle of the day we enjoy a 40 km biking tour from Kolka via Kallaste to Raja along the lake. The balance of the day is spent on a drive to the Lahemaa National Park. Check-in at the Hotel Sagadi Manor or similar.
DAY 9: LAHEMAA-TALLINN
The day starts with a 45 km biking tour through the Lahemaa National Park from Vihula via Sagadi and Palmse to Kasmu and the Kasmu Peninsula and afterwards we continue to Tallinn. Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, out-doors cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. Check in at the Hotel Susi*** or similar.
DAY 10: TALLINN DEPARTURE
Optional transfer to the airport.
Package prices per person:
Bikes are new modern Estonian produced tour bikes, model comfort and cruiser, 3-6 speeds,hand or foot brakes,equipped with bike bags,luggage boots, mud flaps, reflectors, bells and helmet. Child seat available upon request. Max 21 participants in the groups. The tours are recommended for guests in normal physical conditions between 35-65 years