Klaipeda to Gdansk Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 11 days | 10 nights | From £889 p.p
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Discover three cities well known for their rich history
• The Baltic Coast cycle route leads you from Lithuania across the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad into Poland.
• From Russia you enter Poland and cycle in Pomerania
The tour begins in the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipėda and takes you along the Curonian Spit with many swimming opportunities on the way to Kaliningrad, the former Koenigsberg. This city has been extensively redeveloped since the war to become a true Soviet city – don’t miss your opportunity to see it. From Russia you enter Poland and cycle in Pomerania. Here you may enjoy a boat trip on Druzno Lake and experience a famous, early technical masterpiece – the Elblag Canal.
Day 1 Klaipėda (Memel)
Individual arrival in Klaipeda and transfer to your hotel. Visit the quaint old town where you will enjoy the city’s oldest buildings, dating from the middle of the 18th century. Many are former warehouses built in the “Fachwerk” style.
OVERNIGHT at a central 3* hotel in KLAIPĖDA.
Day 2: Klaipėda– Juodkrantė – Nida (~ 60 km/38 miles)
Information meeting and delivery of rental bicycles at the hotel where you will be greeted by our representative. The Curonian Spit is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared by two countries: Lithuania and Russia.
Today you will cycle along the whole of the Lithuanian part of the Spit, one of the most beautiful cycle routes in Eastern Europe. En route you can visit the Hill of Witches, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants and stop off at the “Dead” sand dunes.
OVERNIGHT at 3* hotel in NIDA.
Day 3: Nida
Free day to explore Nida. A former fishing village, Nida is now the largest town in the Neringa region and one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. Cycle or walk along impressive sand dunes and visit the most popular places of interest – the traditional Fisherman’s House, the summer house of the famous German writer, Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Mann and the Amber Gallery. The Curonian Spit is renowned for its sandy beaches, take the opportunity to relax and enjoy it.
OVERNIGHT at 3* hotel in NIDA.
Day 4: Nida – Zelenogradsk (~ 55 km/35 miles)
Today´s bike trip leads you through the Russian part of the Spit to reach the field station in Rybachnoye, the first in the world dedicated to bird observation. There’s an interesting museum to see here in this important location for migrating birds where almost one million birds “pass/stop off”’ each year. There’s plenty of time to stop & enjoy a swim in this area which is perfect for cycling.
OVERNIGHT at 3* hotel in Zelenogradsk.
Day 5: Zelenogradsk – Yantarnyj- Svetlogorsk (~ 80 km/50 miles)
Zelenogradsk is a traditional, popular seaside Spa resort with elegant old villas, some of them have been renovated to reveal their former glory. Despite that, or perhaps because of that, it’s an interesting place with a special atmosphere. Today’s cycling takes you through West Sambia to Yantarnyj, the town named after Bernstein & whose name means “amber” in Russian; continue cycling to Svetlogorsk. OVERNIGHT at 3* hotel in Svetlogorsk.
Day 6: Svetlogorsk – Kaliningrad (~ 55 km/35 miles)
Svetlogorsk (formerly Rauschen was founded in 1228) lies just 35km northwest of Kaliningrad and makes for a quick and pleasant getaway from the city. It also another traditional, seaside Spa town with its impressive 60 meter high coastal cliffs.
The narrow beach is backed by steep, sandy slopes and pretty wooden houses set among tree-lined streets dot the little town. Cycling on local roads with very little traffic to follow the coast. If you prefer, take a train to Kaliningrad.
OVERNIGHT at a central 3* hotel in Kaliningrad.
Day 7: Kaliningrad (Königsberg)
Free day to explore Kaliningrad. As well as its natural wonders, Kaliningrad is well-known for its history which differs markedly from the rest of Russia. From the 13th century until 1945, the entire region was German, part of the core territory of the Teutonic knights and their successors, the dukes and kings of Prussia.
It’s capital, now named Kaliningrad, was the famous German city of Königsberg, capital of East Prussia where Prussian kings were crowned. The city has grown considerably since its 750-year anniversary. The most interesting places to explore are the King’s Gate and the area around the Cathedral. OVERNIGHT at a central 3* hotel in Kaliningrad.
Day 8: Kaliningrad -Mamonovo– Frombork (~ 70 km/44 miles)
Leave Kaliningrad to cycle to the Polish border at Mamonovo, cross the border & cycle on to Frombork. This city has developed into a peaceful, seaside tourist destination with an intriguing astronomical legacy.
Traditionally the home of merchants, farmers and fishermen, Frombork’s most illustrious inhabitant was the astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus who lived and worked as a priest in Frombork. Today you can visit the museum of this well- known astronomer & the Cathedral – the city’s, oldest original building is also worth visiting.
OVERNIGHT at a central 3* hotel in Frombork.
Day 9. Frombork – Elblag (cycling ~ 40 km/25 miles)
Cycle along the picturesque coast of Vistula Lagoon from Frombork to Elblag through a rolling landscape & have many opportunities to observe numerous kinds of wild birds nearby. Explore Elblag town, a former Hanseatic Elbing founded by Teutonic Order and nowadays famous for its reconstructed Stare Miasto (the Old town).
From Elblag you may also take a boat and travel on the Druzno Lake to see the Elblag Canal – the famous early technical masterpiece – a winch which was used to lift boats 100 m up & across dry land before returning them back to the Elblag Canal above.
OVERNIGHT at 3* hotel in Elblag.
Day 10. Elblag – Malbork – Gdansk (cycling ~ 55 km/35 miles, by train ~ 60 km/38 miles)
After breakfast cycle to Marienburg (Malbork), the capital of Teutonic Knights, and visit the greatest European fortress from the Middle Ages. In the afternoon take a train to Gdansk.
OVERNIGHT at a central 3* hotel in Gdansk.
Day 11: Gdansk
Breakfast at the hotel. Individual departure.
We rate this trip as moderate level. Daily biking routes mainly on low traffic roads and cycle paths range from 30 to 75 km each day. Some stretches along the Nemunas River will be on roads with more traffic. The terrain is varied and rolling with some gradual hills on riding days around Vilnius, Trakai and on the Curonian Spit.
The tour begins in the capital, Vilnius, known as the ‘Jerusalem’ of the North because of its Jewish culture. The cycle route first leads to Trakai & its 14thC island castle before heading towards Kaunas, a former Lithuanian capital.
Follow the Nemunas River from Kaunas to the coast, cross the unique Curonian lagoon by boat to the beautiful resort, Nida. Cycle along the spit to explore its treasures before taking a ferry back across the lagoon to the historic coastal town of Klaipeda (known as Memel for many years) which boasts a rich, turbulent history from 13thC.
Nowadays, it’s a bustling, modern town with a wide range of cafes & restaurants & many annual festivals, e.g. jazz, folklore.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Klaipeda to Gdansk tour stays in middle range hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
- 10 nights stay at hotels (rooms with WC/shower)
– All hotel taxes
– Breakfasts daily
– Official invitation for Russian visa
– Passport fee for registration in Kaliningrad (Russia)
– 24 hours emergency hotline
– Individual information package (city guide, maps, program and route description)
- Arrival and departure transfers
– Lunches & dinner
– Bicycle rent
– Entrance to museums
– Russian visa
– Train tickets
– Boat trip on Druzno Lake/along Elblag Canal
Trekking bicycle (Kalkhoff or Panther) with 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears & back-pedal break or 24-speed Shimano derailleur gears & free-wheel (optionally), equipped with waterproof pannier (Ortlieb).
Also includes a bicycle tachometer (min. 4 functions) and it’s installation on the bicycle –and a waterproof handlebar bag with plastic map holder (Ortlieb).
Klaipeda to Gdansk, 11 days, 10 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.
Category A: 3* Hotels
Holiday Price: (1st May to 30th September 2018):
Cat A: £889
Seasonal Supplement: 15th June to 31st August 2018
Double room: £49
Single room: £99
Departure Days: Daily
Duration: 11 days
Bike Hire: Included
Half-Board Upgrade: £209 – 10 dinners package (3 courses + coffee/tea)
Holiday Price: £889
Single Supplement: From £389