This tour gives you the best introduction of top sights of the three Baltic States and perfect for travelers looking at both cultural and exciting cycling experiences in intact natural reserves. On this tour you will take your bike to discover the essential highlights of the Baltic region: the three marvelous capitals – Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn that are definitely “must see” sights of the Baltics, and its most spectacular natural parks – the Curonian Lagoon, the best sea-side resorts Palanga and Jurmala, foresty Lahemaa National Park.
Cycle along white sand beaches, sparkling lakes, high dunes, pine forests, ancient cities, and medieval castles to have the “real taste” of one of the least traveled parts of Europe.
Arrival in Vilnius (D)
Transfer to your hotel once you arrive
Many tourists after visiting Vilnius and its region tend to fall in love with Vilnius, pegging it as their favourite Baltic city of them all. Vilnius Old Town is one of the biggest in Eastern Europe, there more than 1500 buildings which remained from various centuries: city boasts the most wonderful architectural styles of Southern and Western Europe, Gothic and Renaissance, as well as the original “Lithuanian” Baroque, also called the last vivid flash of Baroque in Europe.
Welcome dinner. Overnight in Vilnius
Transfer to Semeliskes; Cycle to Trakai (30 km Cycling); Head back to Vilnius; Vilnius – 3 hr Walking Tour (B, L)
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive by bus to the small village of Semeliskes. From here start cycling through undulating terrain to Galve Lake. Here the magical and famous Trakai Castle sits as if floating on its own island in the middle of the lake – it’s a truly magical place. We will explore the surrounding areas of the lake, Uzutrakis Manor and visit the Castle. Lunch in the local Karaites restaurant. Transfer back to Vilnius. Refresh in the hotel.
Afternoon walking City Tour, the 3 hours acquaintance with Vilnius Old Town, where you can feel the atmosphere of the city's history of the 16 - 19th centuries while walking along its narrow winding streets or visiting the most exciting architectural and historic monuments: Vilnius Cathedral erected on the historic site where pagan gods were worshiped and where Vilnius was founded as far back as the 13th century, a nearby Gediminas Castle on the hill rising above the city centre, a gem of the Lithuanian Gothic’s - the 16th century St. Anne's Church, the Vilnius University, a famous centre of science and enlightenment since its very foundation in 1579, Vilnius Town Hall, Jewish Quarter and the Dawn Gate with a miraculous icon of Virgin Mary. Entrance to the tower of St. John.
Free evening. Overnight in Vilnius
Vilnius – Klaipeda (308 km; 3½ hrs); Cycle to Nida via Smiltyne - Juodkrante - Pervalka (Cycling 50 km) – Klaipeda (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Klaipeda (308 km, approx. 3h 30 min).
Lunch in a local restaurant. Check in to the hotel. Transfer to the Curonian Spit N.P. by ferry (5 km, 40 min).
We cycle to Nida, known as the town of retreat, and an artist’s resort. From here we explore the 68 km long Curonian Spit. The high dunes (up to 60m) running along the spit have encouraged the local people to refer to the area as the 'Lithuanian Sahara'. During our ride, we will make a stop in Juodkrante and admire the bizarre wooden carvings on what is known as Witch Hill. The sculpture park was started in 1979 and now has more than 70 wooden carvings representing characters of Lithuanian folktale and legend. We will then continue along the spit with the Baltic Sea extending far into the distance. After dinner we transfer to the ferry port, from here we take the ferry across the lagoon to Klaipeda.
Overnight in Klaipeda.
Klaipeda – Palanga – Sventoji (Cycling 50 km); Transfer to Riga (272 km; 4½ hrs) (B, L)
After having breakfast at the hotel we begin our ride to Palanga and Sventoji on a beautiful cycle route, which lies along the Baltic Coast. On the way, we pass Palanga, a traditional bucket and spade seaside town with a long stretch of sandy beach. It's a really fun place to stop, have a wander around, a dip in the sea, and see one of the most favored seaside towns among Lithuanians. We will visit the Palanga Botanical Gardens and a manor house which is now home to the amber museum. There are numerous cafes to sit and enjoy the atmosphere and have some lunch before we set off again for Riga. Transfer to Riga (272 km, 4.5 hrs). Evening arrival to Riga.
Overnight in Riga.
Riga – Jurmala – Riga (cycling 50 km) (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel
The morning starts with a ride to the beautiful town of Jurmala, which is famous for its incredible wooden buildings and 19th Century Russian villas. Jurmala is also one of Latvia’s largest seaside resorts – it has a 33 km stretch of white sandy beach for us to explore on our bikes. There will be plenty of time to have a swim in the sea before we transfer back to Riga.
Lunch in Jurmala.
Evening Riga Walking City Tour. The tour includes the most significant sights of Riga and begins along the central boulevards of Riga, enjoying the view of the City Canal parks, the Art Nouveau buildings of the beginning of the 20th century, the Opera House. In Old Riga you will see the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the old Guild Houses, the Swedish Gate, the architectural ensemble Three Brothers, St. Jacob's Church, the Parliament House, Old Riga Castle, and view the many wonderfully restored buildings, now housing cozy restaurants, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. Overnight in Riga.
Riga Transfer from Riga – Laahema National Park (359 km; 5 hrs 30 min); Cycling 50 km in Laahema N.P. (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer from Riga to Laahema National park (359 km, 5.5 h). Lunch en route. Cycle in Laahema National park. The park, one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic Coast, extends over 700 square kilometers. Its nature is rich and unique. Here you will cycle through thick woods, marshes, and lakes. Above all, the coastline is what makes this area unique. It is also a rich environment for wildlife, moose and wild boar more difficult to spot but over 220 species of bird populate this area. Overnight stay in Laahema National Park.
Tallinn (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tallinn (47 km, 50 min)
Morning: Walking City Tour of medieval Tallinn (2 h.), to feel the aura of the 14th and 15th centuries that survived intact in a maze of medieval walls and towers, soaring church spires and winding streets. It includes the main historical and architectural monuments as Toompea Palace and Castle, Town Hall Square, the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and a visit of Tallinn Dome Church. Lunch at a restaurant in Old town. Free time.
Time to say goodbye, head to the airport for your flight back home.
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Opened in 2016, the interactive museum will have you questioning what you’re seeing. It features nearly 70 exhibits demonstrating optical illusions, 3-D art, virtual reality, and installations that challenge the senses. Here, images bend and shift, people seem to have the ability to walk on walls, and stories are told in light.
The museum’s 3-D paintings and the perspective illusions were created by local artists. Four times a week, the museum also features dance performances from Liepsnose Studios. Their performances combine dance and technology in an LED light show about the history of Vilnius.
Kiek in de Kök Museum and Bastion Tunnels
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Kiek in de Kök Museum and Bastion Tunnels
Strong medieval fortification tower Kiek in de Kök (German for ‘peek in the kitchen’) got its name from a legend about some soldiers in the tower who liked to peek from the top of the tower into the kitchens in the town below.
The museum, located in the cannon tower and bastion passages, introduces the genesis of Tallinn, its development, as well as the most important war events from the 13th to the 18th century. In the arms room, you can explore historical weapons and try out a shooting simulator.
The tower offers unique views of the city and port. From there, you can visit the passages in the city wall, Neitsitorn Tower, Tallitorn Tower, the gate tower of Lühike Jalg, and the bastion passages.
Landing and the spot where Sansa met with Lady Tyrell to discuss whether Joffrey will make a good husband for Margaery.
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