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Baltic self-guided cycling tour: Estonia-Latvia-Lithuania
12 days / 11 nights
The 12-day cycling tour embraces 3 Baltic countries, Estonia and Latvia and Lithuania. Each country has its own distinctive cultural traditions and historical heritage, which you will experience in greater detail directly on this tour. You will see aspects of each country that other travellers miss.

Day 1: Tallinn-Keo village 15 km from Rapla (day route 56,3 km)
This tour starts with a train to Saku (20 km from Tallinn, possibility also to cycle same distance), Estonia’s largest brewery. The museum of which gives an overview of the history of brewing; there is also a pub where you can have a meal and drink the local beer. The rode continues to a summer cottage area in Kiisa, and then to Rapla town. From Rapla you continue cycling to your overnight place in Keo village (holiday home).
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Day 2: Keo village-Pärnu (day route 70 km)
This day takes you to the Pärnu summer resort, on your way you will pass Järvakandi, Tori and Sindi. Järvakandi is a typical monofunctional country town with its community and industrial history. You can visit Järvakandi class museum, where you can get overview about Estonian glass making history through the ages, Järvakandi is still elated with glass. Tori is well known in Estonia for the breeding of throughbreed horses (Tori horse) and Tori Hell, a cave in the sandstone cliffs of Pärnu river. You can also see Tori Manor, tarven and Tori Stud. In Sindi you can visit Sindi Trout Fish farm where you can fish and have a lunch. Day ends in Pärnu. Pärnu is a popular summer vacation resort with many hotels, restaurants, and large beaches. Pärnu is also a Hanseatic and a harbour city. Overnight in Pärnu (guesthouse).
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Day 3: Pärnu-Kabli (day route 54 km)
This road follows the coastline, through conservation areas. You can take a break and enjoy the gently rolling waves at Tolkuse Bog. Here there is also a 1,5 km study trail and viewing tower. A feature of this route is the small villages that you will pass on your way; where you will have a very local experience. Overnight stay in Kabli (hotel).
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Day 4: Kabli-Limbazi (day route 76 km)
This route marks the crossing of the Estonian and Latvian border to Limbazi. Limbaži is a town that originally developed as a junction of trading routes and later became one of the 8 important trading Latvian towns – members of the Hanseatic League. Today Limbaži is both an active commercial centre and a hospitable resort town, offering its visitors a wide range of recreation activities and a fine selection of monuments of arts and culture. You can visit Limbazi museum inside a manor house with a historical exposition and art saloon. The Limbaži castle ruins with sight tower and Town hall are also fine sights of an older era. You will then spend overnight in Limbazi (guesthouse).
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Day 5: Limbazi-Sigulda (day route 54 km)
The journey then continues to Sigulda, one of Latvia’s most beautiful cities. There are not many places in the world where the beauty of nature becomes an integral part of the city. Sigulda is situated in a picturesque part of Gauja National Park territory. Gauja National Park was founded in 1973, the first national park to be established in the territory of Latvia. Other sights in Sigulda include: The Medieval Sigulda Castle - built by the Order of the Brethren of the Sword, The Devil’s Cave – a natural wonder, this cliff was formed over 300 million years ago, Painter’s hill – this hill offers a spectacular landscape view and is portrayed in the works of many artists. Overnight in Sigulda (hotel).
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Day 6: Sigulda train to Riga 52 km)
Overnight in Riga (hotel). Riga is the capital of Latvia, and is situated on the Baltic Sea coast on the mouth of the river Daugava. Riga is the largest city in the Baltic states. The Historic Centre of Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a host of cathedrals and old town merchant buildings. Possibility also to cycle to Riga, around 64 km.
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Day 7: Riga-Bauska (day route 77 km)
The tour then continues to Bauska, situated in the Southern part of Latvia, bordering Lithuania. Sights to see include the impressive Bauska Castle, the remains of which were recently restored. It stands on the narrow peninsula at the confluence of the rivers Musa and Memele, the oldest building in the Bauska Old Town is the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit built for a German congregation, and Bauska Town hall. The night is then spent at a Bauskas guesthouse.
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Day 8: Bauskas-Pasvalys (day route 56 km)
This part of the journey crosses the Latvia-Lithuania border. Sights to visit include the Pasvalys area museum, with a collection of ethnography, geology, archaeology, folk art, photographs, prints and other documentary material. There are more than 150 cultural and natural monuments, the most important whereof – an ensemble of manor buildings and a park in Jonišklis, Balsiai watermill, Puškoniai windmill, the church of Sts Peter and Paul the Apostles in Krincinas. Overnight is spent in Pasvalys.
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Day 9: Pasavalys-Anykšciai (day route 84 km)
On your way to Anykšciai you can make stops in Vabalinkas. Vabalninkas is a small country town in the north of Lithuania near the small rivers Vabala and Tatula. In this town there is situated an Old Jewish Cemetery- that pre-dates WW2. In this town there once lived many Jewish people, and today the cemetery is a sad remnant of their presence and a reminder of the tragedy of WWII. In Anykšciai you can visit the Narrow Gauge Railway complex, which is a technical, architectural and historical monument.
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Day 10: Anykšciai-Moleta (day route 49 km)
In Moletai you can visit Moletai Astronomical observatory. Overnight in Moleta.
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Day 11: Moleta-Vilnius (day route 65 km)
On your way to Vilnius you can make a stop in Giedraiciai, where resides the monument to Lithuanian soldiers killed in the 1920 fights against the Zeligowski’s army (Polish army). Vilnius has always attracted visitors and fascinated everyone with its architectural diversity. The ruins of castles, a network of old narrow cobbled streets, church spires, bell towers, red tile roofs, residential cellars. To view a panorama of the city then you should visit TV tower. Lithuania was once the largest empire in Europe, the evidence of which is shown in the Bastion of Vilnius City Wall and many other religious and empiric symbols and monuments of power. In a more modern context, the centre of Europe is marked by an EU built ‘Europa sculpture park’ just 12km outside of Vilnius (on your way). Here is comprised over 80 sculptures from various artists around the world. Vilnius is also known for a wide range of commissioned street art works. Look for the bust of Frank Zappa’s head, an oversized fibreglass Tony Soprano in a park and a giant egg in a birds nest. Overnight in Vilnius (hotel).
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Day 12:
End off the tour, enjoy your stay in Vilnius.
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Dates:
Self-guided tours could be started any time between May – September.
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Price per person:
Depends on your group size (starting with 1 person).
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Included:
  • Bicycle rental for 12 days (Trekking +)
  • Accommodation in categories stated in the itinerary with breakfast (double/twin occupancy)
  • Detailed description (turn by turn) with local maps and recommended places to visit, useful contacts and more
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Optional:
  • Ortlieb/Vaude pannier rental
  • Ortlieb handlebar bag rental with map case
  • Train tickets Tallinn-Saku and Sigulda-Riga
  • Your personal travel insurance
  • Lunches, dinners
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To receive our special offer for Baltic cycling tours please contact us info@baltictour.com.
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