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Guided cycling tour in Latvia & Estonia:  Riga-Saaremaa Island-Tallinn-Lahema-Riga
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Guided cycling tour in Latvia & Estonia: Riga-Saaremaa Island-Tallinn-Lahema-Riga

Guided cycling tour in Latvia & Estonia:  Riga-Saaremaa Island-Tallinn-Lahema-Riga
from 1075 €

GUIDED CYCLING TOUR IN LATVIA & ESTONIA: RIGA-SAAREMAA Island-TALLINN-LAHEMAA-RIGA

9 days / 8 nights

9 days guided group circular cycling tour from Riga (Code G4)

Explore the Baltic coast and the National Parks of Latvia and Estonia on very scenic routes. The tour includes the two capital cities – Riga and Tallinn – with their Old towns designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO; and  the largest and most beautiful Estonian island of Saaremaa. Start and finish the tour in Riga, travel on to Estonia in the north, experience a wide variety of towns, villages and countryside for an excellent introduction to the very distinct characters of these quite different countries.


TOUR INFORMATION

Tour distances: cycling ~255 km/159  mi., bus ~1121 km/700 mi., by boat ~12 km/8 mi.

Cycling grade: We rate this trip Easygoing to Moderate. Short rides, up to about 5 hours (or 55 kilometres / 35 miles) per day, mainly on flat or gently undulating terrain with some steep ups and downs in Otepää lake region and Gauja National Park. You don't have to be a regular cyclist but you should be reasonably fit and active.

Arrival / Departure: RIGA Airport

2018 TOUR DATES*

TOUR CODE LANGUAGE START END
G4-1. EN/DE May 26 June 3
G4-2. EN/DE June 2 June 10
G4-3. EN/DE June 23 July 1
G4-4. EN/DE July 7 July 15
G4-5. EN/DE July 21 July 29
G4-6. EN/DE August 4 August 12
G4-7. EN/DE August 18 August 26
G4-8. EN September 1 September 9

de - German speaking tour guide, en - English speaking tour guide
*departure any date (May-September) possible on request with min. 15 people per group (valid the same rates), but also possible for smaller groups with higher rates

ITINERARY (cycling ~255 km/159 mi.)

Day 1 Saturday (Latvia): RIGA

Arrive in Riga. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel.
7:00 p.m. (19:00) welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide. Optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Riga

Day 2 Sunday (Latvia-Estonia): RIGA-SAAREMAA (cycling ~35 km, by coach ~340 km, by ferry 6 km)

Morning transfer to the largest Estonian island of Saaremaa which has preserved all that is best about old Estonia. With little traffic and flat roads Saaremaa provides the perfect rural setting for cycling. Travel on picturesque roads along the Baltic Sea Coast to the village of Angla where the iconic windmills are located. Transfer to Mandjala, check into the hotel for 2 overnight stays at the seaside. Dinner at the hotel (included).
OVERNIGHT: Mandjala (Saaremaa)

Day 3 Monday (Estonia): SAAREMAA ISLAND (cycling ~55 km, by coach ~40 km)

Enjoy a day ride across Saaremaa Island's wild beauty – Sorve Peninsula, with a finish at the Sorve lighthouse. Historically, the peninsula had considerable military significance, dominating the Irbe Strait and the Baltic Sea route to Riga. Transfer back to the hotel. Optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Mandjala (Saaremaa)

Day 4 Tuesday: SAAREMAA & TALLINN (cycling ~10 km, by coach ~216 km, by ferry 6 km)

Take a short morning ride to Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, a home to one of the finest preserved medieval Episcopal Castles in the Baltics, dating from 13thC. Free time to explore the town and the Bishop's castle. Then transfer by coach to Tallinn. En route stop at the Kaali meteorite crater which is listed on the world's giant craters list and it is the rarest nature wonder in Estonia. In the afternoon arrive in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel followed by a guided tour of Tallinn Old Town. Optional dinner in local restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: Tallinn

Day 5 Wednesday (Estonia): TALLINN- National Park LAHEMAA (cycling ~52 km, by coach ~90 km)

The morning is free to explore Tallinn. After short bus transfer cycling through National Park Lahemaa, which is one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coast. Its nature is rich and unique. Here we shall observe thick woods, marshes, lakes and waterfalls. Here is the realm of mooses, wild boars and over 220 bird species. Check-in and dinner at the hotel (included).
OVERNIGHT: Sagadi

Day 6 Thursday (Estonia): LAKE PEIPSI – along the Russian border – TARTU (cycling ~53 km, by coach ~150 km)

Morning transfer to Mustvee. There we start a pleasant bicycle trip along Peipsi Lake shore to Varnja. Peipsi is 4th largest lake in  Europe, divided in two by the Russian border. On the road, we pass many fishing villages. We reach our hotel after coach transfer to Tartu, a famous university town where Estonia gained its statehood. Arrival in Tartu followed by a night walk around the Old Town and its university founded in 1632. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Tartu

Day 7 Friday (Estonia-Latvia): TARTU – OTEPÄÄ (“Estonian Switzerland") – SIGULDA  (cycling ~30 km, by coach ~235 km)

After a short bus transfer to Otepää, a lovely place with many lakes, start cycling through the so-called „Estonian Switzerland“ and admire the environment. Finish the tour in Sangaste, famous for its 19th century romantic castle built following the example of Windsor Palace, and transfer to Sigulda (Latvia) with a stop in Cesis. Arrival in Sigulda, the most popular resort in Latvia, in the Gauja River Valley. Check-in and dinner at the hotel (included).
OVERNIGHT: Sigulda

Day 8 Saturday (Latvia): SIGULDA – GAUJA National Park – RIGA (cycling ~20 km, by coach ~50 km)

Cycling through Gauja National Park, en route enjoy spectacular views of Gauja River valleys with the Gutmana Cave and ruins of 13thC Crusaders Castle in Sigulda and Turaida Castle. Afternoon transfer to Riga, the Latvian capital, where a guided tour of the charming Old Town awaits. After check-in at the hotel exploring the medieval Hanseatic town famous for its Art Nouveau buildings. Optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Riga

Day 9 Sunday (Latvia): RIGA
Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

- 8 nights stay in hotels, including all taxes
- All hotel taxes
- Breakfast daily
- Welcome meeting with a glass of beer or wine
- 4 x dinners (3 courses with coffee/tea; 1x Saaremaa, 1xTallinn, 1x Sagadi & 1x Sigulda)
- Mineral water at your disposal on cycling days
- Guide escort on days 2-8
- Rent of trekking bicycle with waterproof pannier (+ helmet on request)
- Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned coach /minibus
- Luggage transport as per itinerary
- Excursions as shown in itinerary
- Ferry ticket to Saaremaa Island
- Entrance to: Angla Windmill Park in Saaremaa, Käsmu Maritime Museum in Lahemaa, Turaida Castle.
- Individual information package (city guides, maps and program)

THE TOUR DOESN'T INCLUDE:

- Arrival and departure transfers
- Lunches and dinners
- Tips

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

A. TRANSFERS:

- Arrival or departure transfer by car for 1-3 people - 30 EUR per transfer

B. RENT

- supplement for an E-bike/Pedelec with a waterproof pannier – 140 EUR per person

C. MEALS:

- 4 dinners package (3 courses with coffee/tea) – 90 EUR per person

D. PRE/POST TOUR ACCOMMODATION:

Hotel in Riga 3*** / 4****

SGL 75 EUR / 85 EUR per room per night, including breakfast
DBL 85 EUR / 95 EUR per room per night, including breakfast

Minimum group size on fixed departure dates – 2 people!
Maximum group size – 21 people with one guide and 25 people with two guides!

More information: info@klaipedatours.lt