Klaipeda to Gdansk via Kaliningrad Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 9 days | 8 nights | From £1059 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
The tour begins in Klaipeda where you get your tour maps with detailed program and route description. Next day your rental bicycles will be ready for your first ride along the Curonian Spit to Nida. This trip is a half-guided tour ie during the whole trip, except the Lithuanian part of the Curonian Spit, the driver with a minibus and bike trailer is close to you; and you can take part in city tours (Kaliningrad, Gdansk) lead by professional guides. Our driver will transport your luggage every day to the next hotel. If you have a breakdown, then our driver will take care of everything for you.
Day 1 (Lithuania): KLAIPEDA
Arrive in Klaipeda. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel. 7:00 p.m. (19:00) welcome meeting at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Klaipeda; HOTEL: OLD MILL*** or similar
Day 2 (Lithuania): CURONIAN SPIT & NIDA (cycling ~57 km/36 miles)
After breakfast you cross the lagoon by ferry (not included) and start cycling on an asphalt bike path which takes you along the Curonian Spit to Nida, the most beautiful resort in Lithuania famous for impressive sand dunes, the Amber Gallery, etc. En route you can visit the Hill of Witches which houses almost a hundred whimsical wooden sculptures about Lithuanian legends scattered along a forest path. Or, if you prefer, watch a colony of grey herons and cormorants, explore the “Dead” sand dunes on foot, swim in the Baltic Sea or, simply relax, & take in the sun on golden beaches. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Nida; HOTEL: NERIJA*** or similar
Day 3 (Lithuania-Russia): CURONIAN SPIT – Russian Side (cycling ~ 56 km/35 miles)
Today´s bike trip leads you through the Russian part of the Curonian Spit to Zelenogradsk, a popular seaside resort with elegant old villas. En route explore the Baltic Coast with picturesque dunes, the “dancing” forest and an ornithological museum, known as the first in the world such kind of bird observation field station. The Curonian Spit is known as place where almost one million migrating birds “pass/stop off”’ each year. Arrive in Zelenogradsk, check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Zelenogradsk; HOTEL: LOGER HAUS or similar
Day 4 (Russia): SVETLOGORSK Seaside Resort & AMBER TOWN Yantarny (~50 km/31 miles, by minibus 50 km)
Minibus transfer to Svetlogorsk (formerly Rauschen founded in 1228) which is another traditional seaside Spa town with its impressive 60 meters high coastal cliffs. Today’s cycling takes us through Sambian peninsula to Yantarny, the town named after Amber in Russian. This place is famous for its open pit amber mines where more than 500 tones of amber is produced annually. Enjoy picturesque countryside by cycling towards Kaliningrad on small roads framed with tree alleys. Finish the ride with a transfer to the next overnight place in Kaliningrad, check-in at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Kaliningrad; HOTEL: MOSKVA*** or similar
Day 5 (Russia): KALININGRAD (KÖNIGSBERG) – on foot and by minibus (no cycling)
After breakfast you may take part in a guided tour of Kaliningrad, a former German city of Königsberg, capital of East Prussia where Prussian kings were crowned. The city tour includes the King’s Gate and the Konigsberg Cathedral with a grave of Immanuel Kant, city fortifications and bastions, etc. Afternoon free to explore Kaliningrad on your own.
OVERNIGHT: Kaliningrad; HOTEL: MOSKVA*** or similar
Day 6 (Russia-Poland): Along GREEN VELO Route to Frombork (~32 km/20 miles, by minibus 50 km)
Morning transfer to Mamonovo where start cycling and crossing the Polish border. Continue cycling to Frombork following the newly established Green Velo cycle route along the Vistula Lagoon. Arrive in Frombork known as “The Jewel of Warmia” with an intriguing astronomical legacy. Traditionally a home of merchants, farmers and fishermen, Frombork’s most illustrious inhabitant was the astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus who lived and worked here as a priest. Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Frombork; HOTEL: KOPERNIK*** or similar
Day 7 (Poland): Hilly GREEN VELO Route & Elblag (cycling ~42 km/26 miles)
Cycle to Elblag along the picturesque coast of Vistula Lagoon (mainly flat terrain) or party on newly built asphalt cycle trail rolling through a Landscape Park of the Elblag Upland (hilly terrain). Arrive in Elblag town, a former Hanseatic Elbing founded by Teutonic Order and nowadays famous for its reconstructed Stare Miasto (the Old town). Check-in and optional dinner at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Elblag; HOTEL: ELBLAG**** or similar
Day 8 (Poland): the Elblag Canal – Malbork Castle & Gdansk (cycling ~ 32 km/20 miles, by minibus ~ 120 km)
Have a free day from cycling by taking a half day cruise on board of passenger ships along the Elblag Canal – the famous early technical masterpiece (not included) or cycle by bike to Buczyniec where you may take a leisure cruise on Buczyniec Ramp (~1 hour, not included), a winch which was used to lift boats 100 m up and across dry land before returning them back to the Elblag Canal above. In the afternoon transfer to Gdansk. En route stop in Marienburg (Malbork), the capital of Teutonic Knights, where the greatest European fortress from the Middle Ages is located (it needs a whole day to explore the castle, and you can come here by train after the tour). Arrive in Gdansk, check-in at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Gdansk; HOTEL: DOM MUZYKA*** or similar
Day 9 (Poland): Gdansk. Morning city tour of Gdansk (Danzig). End of the tour.
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.
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Tour Route Map
The Klaipeda to Gdansk via Kaliningrad tour stays in 3* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
- 8 nights stay in hotels, including all taxes
– Breakfast daily
– Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned coach /minibus
– Luggage transport as per itinerary
– Guided city tours in Kaliningrad and Gdansk (any entrance fees are payable individually)
– Official invitation for Russian visa (since July 2019, citizens of 50 European countries can apply for eVisa to Kaliningrad District which is free of charge)
– Individual information package (city guides, maps, programme and route description)
– Emergency contact numbers for our English or German speaking representatives
– GPS tracks
- Arrival and departure transfers
– Lunches and dinners
– Bicycle rent
– Entrance fees
– Train tickets
– Ecological fee to the Curonian Spit National Park (Russian sides)
– Cruising Elblag Canal
– Russian visa
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 via Kaliningrad, 9 days, 8 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.
Category A: 3* Hotels
Holiday Price: (June to September):
Cat A: From £1059
Departure Days: Tuesdays
Duration: 9 days
Bike Hire: Included
E-bike: From £139
Half-Board Upgrade: From £119
Holiday Price: From £1059
Single Supplement: From £239