Baltic Republics
Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia.
August 2003

 
               
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Day 1
Vilnius.

Flight from London Heathrow via Warsaw to Vilnius.
Cycle to hotel located close to the city centre, 6 km from airport. Free time in Vilnius.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Vilnius

Day 2
Vilnius /Trakai                                       Cycle  27 km

Exploring Vilnius famous for its Old Town, which was designated by UNESCO as the World Heritage Site.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in TRAKAI

Day 3
Trakai /Kaunas                                     Cycle 96-100 km.

Morning excursion to the 14th century gothic Castle built on an island in Lake Galve. Then
start your longest cycle day through hilly region of lakes to Kaunas. On the way, you visit Lithuanian open-air museum of ethnography in Rumsiskes. Visit Pazaislis monastery near Kaunas Marios.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Kaunas
Day 4
Kaunas/ Vente                                     Cycle 75 km, drive 140 km

Morning tour around the Old Town and city centre of Kaunas famous for its pedestrian boulevard of Freedom (Laisves aleja), remains of a castle, church of Vytautas, the Perkunas
House, the City Hall, Cathedral, etc. Pass Panemune Castle

Picturesque cycle along bumpy gravel road along the Nemunas River to Kacergine (9 km)
Short ferry ride across the Nemunas River to Vilkija. Transfer by minibus with a trailer to
overnight accommodation in Vente farmhouse style.

Day 5
Vente-Nida-Klaipeda                          Cycle  65 km

Local ferry to the Old town in the river Dane mouth (free ferry)
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Klaipeda

Day 6
Klaipeda / Plateliai                               Cycle 96 km

Mainly gravel roads through forests and following the Baltic coast
Accommodation and dinner in Rest house near Lake PLATELIAI.

Day 7
Zemaitija National Park                     Cycle 24 km, optional

Day-off in the Zemaitija National Park, possible to cycle around lake Plateliai.
Optional circular cycling route, along gravel, tarmar and sandy roads taking in the Museum of
Militarism, former missile base.
Accommodation and dinner in Rest house near Lake PLATELIAI.

Day 8
Plateliai /Riga                                       Drive 250 km

Transfer by minibus to Riga via Siauliai, visit the Hill of Crosses. After you cross the
Lithuanian/Latvian border you may go to visit Rundale Palace. After arrival to Riga, free
time to explore the city.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Riga.

Day 9
Riga / Sigulda                                       Optional cycle 25 km, drive 60 km.

Half day for exploring Riga and Latvian restaurant LIDO, which is good place to have lunch.
In afternoon, transfer by minibus to Sigulda.
Optional cycling route of the day (special radial route): Hotel – Sigulda (25 km).
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Sigulda

Day 10
Sigulda / Otepaa                                 Cycle 88 km, drive 110 km

Cycling route of the day: Sigulda – Valmiera
Transfer by minibus to Otepaa where cross the Latvian/Estonian border via Sangaste.
Dinner and overnight at hotel located close to Puhajarv lake.

Day 11
Otepaa /Tartu                                      Cycle 55 km

Enjoy the surrounding landscape of Otepaa characterized by high dome hills with lakes
between them, when cycle from Otepaa to Tartu along sign-posted national cycle route No.3.
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Tartu.

Day 12
Tartu / Palmse                                     Cycle 90 km, drive 120 km

After breakfast cycle toward Lake Peipsi and then along the lake to Mustvee. Afterwards
transfer to Palmse located in Lahemaa National park, and famous for the completely
restored manor. Now there is a museum in manor house, Tourist Info centre of Lahemaa
in stable-coach house, Palmse Elementary school in steward’s house and hotel in the
former distillery.
Overnight at Hotel in Palmse.

Day 13                                                    Cycle 50km optional
Palmse-Vosu-Sagadi-Palmse
Optional cycle ride in Lahema National Park:
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Palmse.

Day 14
Palmse / Tallinn                                   Cycle 105 km

Cycling route of the day along national route No.1 (Eurovelo route)
Dinner and overnight accommodation in Tallinn.

Day 15
Tallinn.

Free time to explore Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, and its highlights: the Old Town with
the only surviving gothic Town Hall in Northern Europe, ancient fortification walls, the Dome
Church and the Great Guild, etc. There are plenty of street cafes and restaurants.
Accommodation in Tallinn and Dinner in Estonian restaurant in the Old Town Tallinn.

Day 16
Tallinn / London

Flight from Tallinn via Warsaw to London Heathrow.