This is a truly fascinating trip that explores the World Heritage listed Curonian Spit in Lithuania. Blessed with stunning sandy beaches, remarkable dunes and a timeless landscape of pine forests and traditional fishing villages, this unique area also includes the first official cycle route in the country. The spit is a loved holiday destination and as such features some delightful small towns and characterful hotels. Crossing the lagoon that separates the spit from mainland Lithuania, the tour includes the historic town of Klaipeda with its Old Town charm and the traditional seaside resort of Palanga. Alongside this, you will experience traditional Lithuanian country life as you pedal through meadows, villages, forests and deltas, often protected because of their unspoilt nature, and their unique birdlife and location. The cafes, restaurants and hotels you will visit offer traditional dishes and excellent hospitality. Prepare to be charmed and surprised by Lithuania.

The cycling is wonderfully flat, very scenic and has little traffic. With its relaxed itinerary, the trip is very suitable for families.



Holiday details

Price

Classic

from £690 per person

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

Transfer to/from Palanga or Vilnius airport.  See what’s included as standard

Duration

7 nights

Start & Finish

From 23 May to 6 September and is circular from Klaipeda. Klaipeda is a short distance from Palanga airport which has direct flights with Wizz Air and Ryanair from London Luton, Stansted and Glasgow airports from the UK

Hotels

Classic

A renovated mill and characterful hotels in central locations

Holiday type

Self-guided

This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own.  If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide

Activity level

Gentle cycling (1) More info...

Electric bikes

Available

Mileage

5 days of cycling 16 - 26 miles (26 - 42 km) per day and 1 day of optional cycling.

Terrain

Pretty flat with the occassional dune

Traffic-free

70 % very low traffic on the rest



Itinerary day-by-day


Classic

  1. 1. Day one

    Klaipeda

    Arrive at Palanga airport and we will transfer you the short distance to Klaipeda. Check into your hotel - a renovated mill located right on the waterfront and in the heart of the Old Town. Take a stroll through this historic seaside town that dates from the 13th Century, was known as Memel for many years and has a fascinating old town quarter. Nowadays, it is 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!

  2. 2. Day two

    Circular ride from Klaipeda

    Our local host will meet you in your hotel at 9 am, organise your bicycles 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 Giruliani Forest and the seaside Regional Park. En route you will pass Plazė Lake and the Dutchman's Cap - a coastal cliff and have many opportunities to detour to the seashore should you wish. 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. Basanavicius pedestrian street. Cycle back or we can transfer you to Klaipeda to your hotel.

    35 miles (56 km)

  3. 3. Day three

    Klaipėda to Šilutė

    Transfer inland to start your cycling ride on picturesque countryside roads through Pamarys meadows to Šilutė. This region is known as a land of storks, the White Stork today is Lithuania's national bird. Stop in Švėkšna village to explore the estate with its beautiful park and impressive neo-gothic church of St. Jacob the Apostle. Arrive in Šilutė, a town founded on its fish market.

    25 miles (40 km)

  4. 4. Day four

    Circular ride round Šilutė

    Explore Šilutė, a town named after “Šilokarčema” (a pub in the pine forest) and enjoy a circular 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 can see the Russian oblast of Kaliningrad just a hundred 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. An idyllic day.

    28 miles (45 km)

  5. 5. Day five

    Šilutė to Nida

    Cycle to Ventė Cape where you can visit a renowned bird ringing station, one million birds pass through, together with its museum of ornithology and a 19th century lighthouse which has a panoramic view of the unique landscape including a glimpse of the glistening Curonian Spit sand dunes. Take a boat across the Curonian Lagoon to Nida. Arrive in Nida and then cycle to the hotel.

    33 miles (21 km)

  6. 6. Day six

    Nida

    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 6 miles (10 km)

  7. 7. Day seven

    Nida to Klaipeda

    Relax in Nida this morning and after lunch pedal through the timeless landscape of the spit on the peaceful seaside bike path. 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. Juodkrante is also a fishing village with the waters of the lagoon lapping along its shoreline providing a truly charming location for you to enjoy. From here you hop on the ferry back to Klaipeda, return your bikes and enjoy the last night of the tour in Klaipeda.

    38 miles (60 km)

  8. 8. Day eight

    Depart Klaipeda

    Enjoy a final stroll through this fascinating town before we transfer you to Palanga airport for your departure.