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The Baltic Sea coast visiting Palanga Resort and the Curonian Spit National Park, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, explored individually by bicycle on very scenic cycling routes. Experience traditional Lithuanian country life when cycling in the Nemunas River Delta region. This tour partly covers the Seaside Cycle Route which was the first officially signposted, high quality cycle route in Lithuania opened a decade ago. The tour begins & ends in the historic coastal town of Klaipeda ((was known as Memel for many years and has a fascinating old town quarter) which boasts a rich, turbulent history from 13thC. Nowadays, it’s a bustling, modern place with a great selection of cafes and restaurants and many annual festivals focusing on jazz, folklore and the sea. The leisure options on offer range from history tours to watersports. Enjoy! You can choose to spend extra nights here either at the beginning or end of the tour. You also spend two nights in Nida the largest settlement on the Curonian Spit. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing seaside break or explore on foot, by cycle or canoe its unique surroundings; its geology, birdlife, the influence of the Lagoon etc.
Arrival in Klaipėda. Individual transfer to the hotel offered as optional extras. Check into your hotel – a renovated mill located right on the waterfront and in the heart of the Old Town. Hotel Old Mill or similar.
Your local host will meet you in the hotel at 9 am, organise your bicycles offered as optional extras and run through your itinerary. Today you are off to cycle to the resort town of Palanga, an idyllic route that leads north through the Giruliai Forest and the Seaside Regional Park. En route you will pass Plazė Lake and the Dutchman’s Cap. Arriving in Palanga, you can visit the Botanic Park and the remarkable Amber Museum housed in a former palace, relax on the miles of sandy white beach, stroll along the 470 metre pier and delight in the charming cafes and restaurants of J.Basanavičius pedestrian street. Return to Klaipėda using the same or slightly different route. Overnight in Klaipėda.
Start the day with a short transfer to the small town of Veiviržėnai where start your cycling ride on picturesque countryside roads through Pamarys meadows to Šilutė, once a notable fish market with the old market square and harbour and plenty of cafes and restaurants. All day cycle through the region known as the 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. Overnight in Šilutė: Gilija hotel or similar.
This morning you ride on the tiny lanes and bridlepaths to Lithuania’s only island – Rusnė Island on the Russian border and located in the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. The village of Rusnė is full of rural charm and its museum houses a traditional fisherman’s smallholding. 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 back to Šilutė stop at the old lighthouse in Uostadvaris harbour and the old water pumping station. Overnight in Šilutė: Gilija hotel or similar.
Cycling to Ventė Cape with a bird ringing station and ornithological museum along the way. Stop at the 19th Century lighthouse for glimpses of the glistening Curonian Spit sand dunes and then sit back as you cross the lagoon by ferry (1.5-2 hrs) to arrive in Nida, the largest settlement on the Curonian Spit. Your hotel lies at the heart of this former fishing village. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Nida: Nerija or Nida banga.
Nida is one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania blessed with the Curonian Lagoon one side and the fine sandy beaches of the Baltic coast on the other. Famous for its amber – trawled from the sea bed and its impressive sand dunes, there is plenty to do here. Visit the Fisherman’s House, the Amber Gallery and the summer home of the famous writer Thomas Mann; relax on the beach, cruise in a traditional sailing boat, canoe to see the Dead Dunes and take your pick of the cafes and restaurants. Optional dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Nida: Nerija or Nidos Banga.
Pedal through the timeless landscape of the spit today on the peaceful seaside bike path leading to Klaipėda. Often in pine forests with the coast always nearby, the bike path gives you one or two dunes to scale – the only slopes of the tour! Stop at the Dead Dunes and spot the colonies of grey herons and cormorants. Stop en route at golden sandy beaches, go swimming in the Baltic Sea and saunter through the forests to reach Smiltynė where you take the ferry back to the Old Town of Klaipėda for your last night.
Enjoy a final stroll through this fascinating town before we transfer you to Palanga airport or international ferry terminal or bus/train station for your departure offered as optional extras. You may also stay extra nights (offered as optional extras) and enjoy Klaipėda longer.
|Season||Low Season||High Season|
|Departure on Saturdays or Sundays minimum 2 people||
May 1st – Jun 26th
Aug 27th – Sept 30th
Jun 26 – Aug 27
|Base tour price per person double room in 3/4* hotels||499€||535€|
|Surchage single room||250€||290€|
|Rental bike 24 gear with handlebar bag, waterproof rear pannier 20 kg||80€||80€|
|Electric bike with waterproof pannier bag||165€||165€|
|Extra night Klaipèda||85€||85€|
|Extra night sgl/B&B||75€||75€|
|Supplement half-board 7 x 3 course dinner||139€||139€|
|Palanga airport transfer up to 3 people||49€||49€|
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