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Lithuania - Lithuanian Seaside

Lithuania - Lithuanian Seaside

Degree of difficulty - A

A fascinating trip taking you to along the Lithuanian coast to the UNESCO heritage Curonian Spit.  With no great hills this is one of our easier cycles.  Our Safari explores the unique countryside, coastline and towns that make up this fascinating country that was formerly part of the USSR. 

The tour starts and finishes in the historic coastal town of Klaipeda which boasts a rich, turbulent history from the 13th century.   Nowadays it is a great place to visit with its bars,  restaurants and many different festivals. You head out on asphalt bicycle paths of the newly reconstructed Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route; en route you will cross 24 km long Klapeida Canal (also known as King Wilhem's Canal). The cycle takes us along a forest trail to the town of Silute  with a possible stop en route at a local winery where they are famous for making wines from local berries.

Your route continues towards Vente Cape where you can visit a bird ringing station with a museum of ornithology and 19th century lighthouse which offers amazing views of the colossal sand dunes on the Curonian Spit in the horizon.  We head towards the Spit which is now designated as a UNESCO world heritage site and the town of Nida, one of the most beautiful resorts of Lithuania,  where we stay two nights.   The last day takes you along the cyclepath of the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route all along the Curonian spit route back to the town of Klaipeda.

Day 1 Saturday: KLAIPĖDA
Arrive in Klaipėda. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included).

Day 2 Sunday: Along the Seaside Cycle Route to Palanga / KLAIPĖDA-PALANGA SeasideResort -KLAIPĖDA,
(~55 km/35 mi.)

9:00 a.m. information meeting at your hotel where you will be greeted by our representative. Cycle to Palanga resort along the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route leading through Giruliai Forest and the Seaside Regional Park. En route explore the Dutchman’s Cap – a 24-meter-high coastal cliff and Plazė Lake. In Palanga you can visit the Botanical Park and Amber Museum, cycle along J.Basanavičius pedestrian street with many cafes & restaurants and explore the 470m pier heading into the Baltic Sea. Return to Klaipėda using the same or slightly different route.

Day 3 Monday: On Countryside Roads through Pamarys Meadows / KLAIPĖDA-ŠVĖKŠNA-ŠILUTĖ
(~55 km/40 mi., by minibus ~30 km/19 mi.)
Transfer by minibus to the inland where you start your cycling ride on picturesque countryside roads through Pamarys meadows to Šilutė. This region is known as a land of storks and the White Stork truly deserves its place as Lithuanian's national bird. En route stop in Švėkšna village to explore the estate with its beautiful park and impressive neo-gothic church of St.Jacob the Apostle.

Day 4 Tuesday: RUSNĖ Island & NEMUNAS River Delta (~ 45 km/28 mi.)
Explore Šilutė, a town named after “Šilokarčema” (a pub in the pine forest) and go for a return cycling trip to Rusnė Island, Lithuania’s only island, located in the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. When you stand on the bank of the Nemunas River in Rusnė you see the Russian oblast of Kaliningrad just 100 metres across the river. En route you can explore a traditional fisherman’s smallholding at the Rusnė museum, the old water pumping station and the 19th C lighthouse in Uostadvaris Harbour.

Day 5 Wednesday: ŠILUTĖ-VENTĖ Cape- crossing the Curonian Lagoon to NIDA
(~35 km/22 mi., by boat ~14 km/9 mi.)

Cycling to Ventė Cape where you may visit a renowned bird ringing station with a museum of ornithology and the 19th C lighthouse which has a panoramic view of the unique landscape including a glimpse of the glistening Curonian Spit sand dunes. Today, one million birds pass through the station each migratory period. Take a boat to cross the Curonian Lagoon to Nida. Arrive in Nida followed by a bike ride to the hotel.

Day 6 Thursday: NIDA – leisure time by the Baltic Sea
(~10 km/6 mi.)
Free day to explore Nida which is a former old fishermen’s village on the Curonian Spit washed by the Baltic Sea on one side and the Curonian Lagoon on the other. Today Nida is the largest settlement in Neringa region and one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Cycle or walk along impressive sand dunes, visit the most popular places of interest – the Fisherman’s House, the summer house of famous German writer Thomas Mann and the Amber Gallery.

Day 7 Friday: Along sand dunes of the Curonian Spit NIDA-JUODKRANTĖ-KLAIPĖDA
(~60 km/38 mi.)
Cycling on an asphalt bike path of the Seaside Cycle Route which takes you along the Curonian Spit to Klaipėda. En route you can explore the “Dead” sand dunes on foot, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants, visit the Hill of Witches which houses a hundred fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures of Lithuanian legends scattered along a forest path, swim in the Baltic Sea or, relax, take the sun on golden beaches. Arrival in Smiltynė where you take a ferry to the Old Town of Klaipėda.

Day 8 Saturday: KLAIPĖDA
Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour. It is possible to extend your stay in Lithuania.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.
As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

2017 GUIDED TOUR 
€700 per person sharing ( off peak)
€900 single occupancy ( off peak)
€730 per person sharing ( peak)
€960 single occupancy ( peak)
Half board price (7 dinners) €135

Off peak guided tour: May 1 - June 27, Aug 28 - Sept 30
Peak guided tour: June 27 - Aug 28

2017 SELF GUIDED TOUR
€560 per person sharing ( off peak)
€750 single occupancy ( off peak)
€590 per person sharing ( peak)
€820 single occupancy ( peak)
Half board price (7 dinners) €135

Off peak self guided tour: May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, Sept 2
Peak self guided tour: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation in hotels
- all breakfasts
- 21 speed tour bike / pannier bag
- helmet on request 
- luggage transfers 
- guide cycling (group tour) 
- boat trip Curonian Lagoon to Nida 
- transfers on day 2 & 3 & 7 (group tour) 
- entrances to museums
  as per the itinerary (group tour) 
- route description, maps, city guide

- €90 E-Bike supplement

Self Guided Tour Information

Tours can arrive on : May 27( Off peak ) June 3, 10, 17, 24 ( Off peak ) July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 ( Peak ) August 5, 12, 19, 26 ( Peak ) September 2 ( Off peak ) Tour departure is available on any date from May – September with a group of 4 pax or more.

On this tour we use a mix of guesthouses and small hotels.
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.

KLAIPEDA

Klaipeda Old Mill Hotel Klaipeda Old Mill Hotel1 Klaipeda Old Mill Hotel2

Day 1, 2 & 7: Old Mill Hotel***


SILUTE

Gilija Silutes Gilija Hotel Gilija Silutes Gilija Hotel1 Gilija Silutes Gilija Hotel2

Day 3 & 4 Gilja****

NIDA

Nidos Banga Hotel Nidos Banga Hotel1

Day 5 & 6: Nidos Banga***

Nerjia Neringa Hotel Nerjia Neringa Hotel1 Nerjia Neringa Hotel2

Day 5 & 6: Nerija Hotel***


How to get to the start point in Klaipeda:

We suggest flying to Palanga International Airport (approx 30 minutes from the start point in Klaipeda)
We can pre book arrival or departure transfer €25 per person ( based on 2 people ) (Palanga Airport)

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

We really appreciated our tour in Lithuania!  
Yhe surroundings impressed us very much. This country must be created for cycling, sunbathing and swimming! 
We will certainly be back on the bikes in some years. This is our favorite!

Evelyn Nilssen (Lithuanian Curonian Lagoon 2012)

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