Difficulty Rating : 3 Start: KLAIPĖDA Finish: KLAIPĖDA Terrain: Mainly flat, Daily Average: Mainly flat, Weekly Average: 250km Tour Type: Self Guided Teaser: A fascinating trip taking you to along the Lithuanian coast to the UNESCO heritage Curonian Spit.
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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 bicycle paths of the newly reconstructed Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route. 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 which offers amazing views of the colossal sand dunes on the Curonian Spit in the horizon.  We head towards the Spit which is 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 back to the town of Klaipeda.

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Day 1

Saturday or Wednesday): Arrival Klaipeda

Arrive in Klaipėda. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included).

Day 2

Palanga Seaside Resort loop (55 km)

The tour starts with a cycle to Palanga resort along the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route through Giruliai Forest and the Seaside Regional Park. 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 a pedestrian street with many cafes & restaurants and explore the 470m pier heading into the Baltic Sea. Return to Klaipėda using the same or a slightly different route.

Day 3

Silute (44km)

Transfer inland by minibus where you start your cycling 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

Rusne Island & Nemunas River Delta ( 47 km)

Explore Šilutė, a town named after “Šilokarčema” (a pub in the pine forest) and on 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 Century lighthouse in Uostadvaris Harbour.

Day 5

Silute - Nida (33 km)

ycling to Ventė Cape where you can visit a renowned bird ringing station and the 19th Century 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 hot

Day 6

Nida - leisure time

ree 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 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

The Curonian Spit Nida - Klaipeda (58 km)

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 wooden sculptures of Lithuanian legends scattered along a forest path or take the sun on golden beaches. Arrival in Smiltynė where you take a ferry to the Old Town of Klaipėda.

  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels including all breakfasts
  • luggage transfers 
  • boat trip Curonian Lagoon to Nida 
  • transfer on day 2  
  • route description, maps, city guide
  • GPS Tracks
  • Emergency contact number

Optional Extras
€155 Half board (7x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea) 3* hotel in Klaipeda
€170 Half board (7x 3-course dinners with coffee/tea) 4* hotel in Klaipeda 

Bike rental is not included in our 2023 tour price. This is an additional
€70   Hybrid Bike
€160 Electric Bike
€120 Cyclecross Bike
€160 Tandem Bike

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For the first two nights and the last night you are in: Old Mill Hotel*** or a hotel of a similary standard

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For the 3rd & 4th night you stay in the 3 star Hotel Gilja*** or a hotel of similar standard

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For the two nights in Nida you stay in the : Nerija Hotel***  or a hotel of similar standard

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Season 1: 
€545 per person sharing / €835 single occupancy
June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24 (Sat departure)
June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25 (Sunday departure)
May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21 (Wednesday departure)
June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22 (Thursday departure) 

Season 2:
€595 per person sharing / €855 single occupancy  
May 20, May 27 (Sat departure)
May 21, May 28 (Sun departure)
May 24, August 30 (Wednesday departure)
May 25, August 31 (Thursday departure)

Season 3:
€595 per person sharing / €915 single occupancy
July 1, 8, 15, August 5, 12, 19, 26 (Saturday departure)
July 2, 9, 16, August 6, 13, 20, 27 (Sunday departure)
June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 9, 16, 23 (Wednesday departure)
June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 10, 17, 24 (Thursday departure)

Self Guided Tour Information

Tour departure is available to start on Saturday,  Sunday,  Wednesday and Thursday
From 20 May to 31 August
Tour can start on any other dates May to September with a minimum of 4 people
There is a slightly different itinerary depending on your start day

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 €55 ( based on 2 people ) (Palanga Airport)

Ferry terminal: Klaipeda (DFDS ferries from Kiel, Germany & Karlshamm, Sweden; TT-Line ferries from Travemunde/Rostock, Germany & Trelleborg, Sweden)
Airport: Klaipeda/Palanga (35 km / 22 mi. away from Klaipeda, www.palanga-airport.lt). Regular flights from Copenhagen (DK), Riga (LV), London Luton (GB) & London Stanstead (GB). Due to many connection flights (SAS, Air Baltic) it is easy to reach this airport from many cities in Europe via Copenhagen and Riga.

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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If you have been on a previous tour, there is a €50.00 discount on our week long tours in Ireland (unfortunately this discount does not apply to other European trips)

A €250.00 deposit is required for each person booking on a holiday. The Balance payment is required two month prior to the starting date. The deposit is forfeited in the event of a cancellation of your booking. The balancing payment is also non-refundable in the event of the cancellation occuring within 14 days of the tour starting date. All transactions are taken in Euro.

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Irish Cycling Safaris Ltd (“the Company”) accepts bookings subject to the following conditions:

  • The contract is between the Company and the client, being any person travelling or intending to travel on a tour operated by the company. The contract, including all matters arising from it, is subject to Irish law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts. A booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when the company sends a confirmation. It is at this point that a contract between the company and the client comes into existence. Before your booking is confirmed and comes into existence the company reserves the right to increase or decrease brochure prices. The company or their agents reserve the right to decline any booking at their discretion.
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  • The balance of all monies due, including any surcharges applicable at the time, must be paid to the company or their agents not later than 60 days before departure. In the case of non-payment of the balance by the due date the Company reserves the right to cancel your booking and cancellation charges will apply. If any cheque is dishonoured we reserve the right to charge €25 to cover administration costs.
  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients whilst on a tour organised by the Company. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. Clients are responsible for ensuring that they are in possession of private Travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the tour in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate cover.
  • An administration fee of €25 per booking plus any additional costs incurred will be charged if a confirmed booking is changed or transferred to a different departure date or tour, up to 60 days prior to departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the relevant charges. Changes are subject to availability. For an administration fee of €25 you may request a credit voucher. This must be redeemed within 12 months of issue and must be used against a new booking. The voucher is non transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. In certain circumstances, which the Company considers reasonable, the booking may be transferred to another suitable person; however the tour arrangements must remain the same and will only be allowed if all suppliers agree to accept the name change. If a transfer is allowed an administration charge of €25 per person will be charged plus any extra charges levied by suppliers.
  • Should the client wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written notification is received by the company or their agent as a percentage of the total tour price, including surcharges as follows:

    > 60 days before departure – retention of deposit

    60-14 days before departure – 50%

    < 14 days before departure – 100%

  • Clients are responsible for arranging, and must be in possession of, a valid passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for the whole of their journey. Information about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal items etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.
  • Should the client have a reason to complain, you must immediately notify our representative and the relevant supplier. If the client’s complaint is not dealt with satisfactorily at the time, they must write to us with full details of the complaint within 28 days of the end of the tour. Failure to notify complaints entirely within accordance of this clause will diminish or extinguish the client’s ability to claim compensation.
  • The company provides all services on a “ground only” basis. The client is responsible for arranging their own travel to the designated start points of each tour. The company cannot accept any liability for any delay/cancellation in your transportation and cannot offer any refunds for lost holiday time.
  • Clients agree to accept the authority and decisions of the Company’s employees, tour leaders and agents whilst on the tour with the company. If in the opinion of such persons the health, level of fitness or conduct of a client at any time before or after departure appears likely to endanger the safe, comfortable or happy progress of a tour the client may be excluded from all or part of the tour without refund or recompense. In the case of ill health the company may make such arrangements as it sees fit and recover the costs thereof from the client. If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and the Company shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. If you are affected by a condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect you or affect other people’s enjoyment or active participation of the tour, you must advise us at the time of booking. No refund will be given for any unused services.
  • The Company will use its best endeavours to operate all tours as advertised. However, it reserves the right to change any of the facilities, services, prices or itineraries described in our brochure/website. If a major change is necessary or deemed advisable, the company will advise the client as soon as reasonably possible, if there is no time before departure. A major change does not apply to a change of transport or named accommodation, but is usually considered a major change in itinerary or change in duration of a client’s holiday. If advised of a major change before departure, the client will have the choice of accepting changes (at additional cost if applicable), purchasing another available tour from the company, or cancelling the tour with a full refund.

    Provided that the major change is not as a result of situations outside the company’s control or consolidation, compensation will be paid as follows:

    Notification Period Given / Compensation Per Person

    More than 30 days: Nil

    14-30 days: €40

    Less than 14 days: €50

  • Force Majeure. We regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by reasons of circumstance amounting to “force majeure”. In these conditions “force majeure” means any event which we the supplier of services in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions, epidemics or health risks and all similar events outside our control.
  • The company reserves the right to cancel a tour in any circumstances but will not cancel a tour less than 4 weeks before departure except for “force majeure”, consolidation, or the client’s failure to pay the final balance. Unless the client fails to pay the final balance, the company, upon cancellation will return all monies paid to it, or offer the client an alternative holiday of comparable standard if available (if less expensive than original we will refund the difference, if more expensive, the client will have to pay the difference). Compensation will not be payable (1) where the company is forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) where an insufficient number of people book the clients chosen holiday and we notify we are cancelling for this reason not less than 28 days before departure. In all cases our liability is limited to offering the above choices and the compensation payments (where applicable) set out in clause 11. No compensation is payable if we notify you of cancellation more than 8 weeks before departure. We cannot be held responsible for any costs or expenses you may have as a result of cancellation.
  • Client’s bookings are accepted on the understanding that they appreciate the risks inherent in adventure travel and that they undertake the tours featured in our programme at their own volition. Our obligations, and those of any suppliers providing any service or facility involved in any travel arrangements you book with us, are to provide services and facilities with reasonable care and skill. Facilities will be provided to the realistic minimum standard recommended by the regulatory authorities responsible.
  • Bike Hire: The equipment including all accessories supplied is let out on hire. The equipment remains the property of the company and the Client will not sell, hire out or otherwise part with the possessions thereof.

    The Client undertakes not to misuse the equipment and to return it with all accessories in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear accepted). The company shall be entitled to charge the client for any damages caused to equipment during the period of hire. In event of a breakdown, other than a result of the Clients misuse, the company will use its best endeavours to repair or procure repair of the equipment.

    The company will not be liable for any damage or loss whatsoever, through breakdown or other defect in the equipment or other circumstances beyond the company’s control. The Client shall indemnify the company with respect to all costs, claims, expenses and demands suffered or incurred which arise directly or indirectly out of the use of the equipment during the period of hire. The company reserves the right to charge the client for partial or full settlement of any claim. In the event of the equipment being stolen or lost, the company reserves the right to call upon the client to indemnify the company the replacement of the equipment. However, should the equipment subsequently be returned in a satisfactory condition, the company undertakes to refund the clients indemnity within 14 days.

    The Client will ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use, will not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and will immediately notify the company in the event of breakdown or loss of equipment.

  • Clients bringing their own bikes do so on the proviso that their equipment is in a suitable condition for participation in a tour. Responsibility for maintenance of bicycles brought by clients rests with the client. The company will endeavour to accommodate such clients, but cannot guarantee that correct tools and spares will be available, given the wide range of possibilities that exist.