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Cycle the Baltics

Cycle through three countries from Estonia to Lithuania

Trip CodeMVB
Duration11 Days
ActivityCycling
Group Size5-16
Minimum Age16
Leisurely / Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate
Prices (excl. flights & transfers) from

R31,479

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Cycle through three countries from Estonia to Lithuania

Crossing Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, this ride will take you on a journey of discovery through historic cities, untouched wilderness, and along breathtaking coastline. Our trip will start in Tallinn where the fairytale architectural style sets an enchanting scene. This will feature throughout the trip as we journey through Tartu, Riga, Trakai, and Vilnius. Between the architectural highlights, we will also enjoy some of the best cycling this region has to offer, through beautiful national parks and along idyllic coastal paths.

Highlights

  • Cycle in the Baltic states through three countries
  • Explore three fascinating capital cities
  • Visit the fairytale Trakai castle

Key Information

  • 9 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 80% tarmac roads, 20% gravel paths
  • Group normally 5 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 10 nights hotels, all en suite   

What's Included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • Local bike hire 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Day 1

Start Tallinn; transfer to hotel.

On arrival, there should be some time to explore Tallinn. Tallinn is a fascinating historical city with many sites to explore. We recommend strolling through the streets of the Old Town to Raekoja Plats (Town Hall Square); the square historically served as a market and meeting place and is surrounded by elaborate merchant houses – the perfect setting to enjoy a coffee. If you find the round stone with a compass rose in the middle of the square you will be able to see the 5 church spires of the old town. The Cathedral of Saint Mary, St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Olav's Church have long characterised the skyline of the old town and are well worth a visit, as are the old town walls.
  • Go Shnelli or similar 

Day 2

Explore Tallinn; transfer to the Lahemaa N.P. for a scenic ride.

This morning there is some free time to further explore Estonia's capital (timings will be confirmed by the guide in the welcome briefing). In the afternoon we leave Tallin behind and drive out of the city (approx. 1h), we will begin our first ride through National Park Lahemaa. The park, one of the last unspoilt regions of the Baltic Coast, extends over 700 square kilometres. Its nature is rich and unique. Here you will cycle through thick woods, marshes and lakes. Above all, the coastline is what makes this area so distinctive. It is also a rich environment for wildlife with moose and wild boar, although difficult to spot, and over 220 species of bird – keep your eyes open! Our accommodation for the evening is situated in the national park itself and is in a spectacular setting in the grounds of an old distillery.
  • Park Hotel Palmse or similar

Meals included: breakfast

Distance travelled: 30km

Day 3

Full day riding through Lahemaa N.P.

Today we have a full day to explore the largest national park in Estonia and one of the biggest in Europe. We will embark on a circular route taking in as many of the parks wonderful attractions as possible. Starting from Palmse Hotel (the former park manor house), we will pass Sagadi manor, the 400 year old fisherman’s village of Altja, the popular seaside resort of Vosu, and Kasmu village which is home to the fisherman’s museum. We finish the loop cycling back through Estonian forests and meadows until we arrive at the hotel.
  • Park Hotel Palmse or similar

Meals included: breakfast

Distance travelled: 55km

Day 4

Transfer to Peipsi and cycle along the shore of the lake; transfer to Tartu.

We start the day with a bus transfer to the shore of Peipsi Lake (approx. 1.5h), then start cycling from the 17th Century fisherman’s village of Mustvee. From here we pass through ancient towns and churches. Following an old Russian tradition, villages in Peipsi only have one street. Because of this, the shore of Peipsi Lake is one long street with lots of small settlements dotted along it. We continue cycling into Varnja and then transfer to Tartu (approx. 30min).
  • Tartu Hotel or similar 

Meals included: breakfast

Distance travelled: 56km

Day 5

Cycle through 'Estonian Switzerland' to Otepaa; transfer to Riga.

After breakfast, we have a 40km transfer to Otepaa. This area is known as ‘Estonian Switzerland’ because of its stunning scenery and pine forests. As you would expect, there are a few hills on today’s ride, though nothing too steep and challenging with the gradient not going above 7%. Once over the hills, we cycle through beautiful forest and meadows and past Lake Puhajarve on our way to Sangaste town. We will visit the park and castle in Sangaste – walking up the castle tower gives us a great view over Otepaa and the surrounding green natural areas. After visiting the castle we continue cycling to Valga city, and from here we transfer by bus to Riga (approx. 2.5h), our base for the next two nights.
  • Ibis Centre Riga or similar

Meals included: breakfast

Distance travelled: 48km

Day 6

Cycle to Jurmala; transfer to Riga for the night.

Our journey today will start in the bustling town Riga, Latvia’s largest town and capital city. The city has a mediaeval old town which is famous for its wooden buildings and art nouveau architecture. We will then follow the cycle paths to the beautiful town of Jurmala, which is famous for its incredible wooden buildings and 19th Century Russian villas. Jurmala is also one of Latvia’s largest seaside resorts – it has a 33km stretch of white sandy beach for us to explore on our bikes. There will be plenty of time to have a swim in the sea before we transfer back to Riga for the night.
  • Ibis Centre Riga
  •  or similar 

Meals included: breakfast

Distance travelled: 39km

Day 7

Transfer to Sventoji; cycle to Klaipeda.

After breakfast, we leave Latvia and transfer directly to Lithuania (approx. 4h). We begin our ride in Sventoji on a beautiful cycle route to Klaipeda, which lies along the Baltic Coast. On the way we pass Palanga, a traditional bucket and spade seaside town with a long stretch of sandy beach. It's a really fun place to stop, have a wander around, a dip in the sea, and see one of the most favoured seaside towns among Lithuanians. We will visit the Palanga Botanical Gardens and manor house which is now home to the amber museum. There are numerous cafes to sit and enjoy the atmosphere and have some lunch before we set off again for our final destination of Klaipeda, our base for two nights. Our hotel is close to the Old Town, so a good spot from which to explore.
  • Amberton Hotel Klaipeda or similar 

Meals included: breakfast

Distance travelled: 43km

Day 8

Transfer to the Curonian Spit N.P; explore by bike.

We transfer to Nida (approx. 1.5h including the ferry ride), known as the town of retreat, and an artist’s resort. It was home and inspiration for two summers to the author Thomas Mann and its affluent feel and tranquillity encourages the feeling that you are on a holiday within a holiday. From here we explore the 68km long Curonian Spit. The high dunes (up to 60m) running along the spit have encouraged the local people to refer to the area as the 'Lithuanian Sahara'. During our ride we will make a stop in Juodkrante and admire the bizarre wooden carvings on what is known as Witch Hill. The sculpture park was started in 1979 and now has more than 70 wooden carvings representing characters of Lithuanian folktale and legend. We will then continue along the spit with the Baltic Sea extending far into the distance. We finish the ride at the ferry port, and from here we take the ferry across the lagoon then transfer back to the hotel in Klaipeda for the night.
  • Amberton Hotel Klaipeda or similar

Meals included: breakfast

Distance travelled: 63km

Day 9

Transfer to Kintai village; cycle to Vente Cape and Silute; transfer to Vilnius.

We start the day with a bus transfer to Kintai village (approx. 45mins), and from here we cycle through dense green forests and beautiful meadows to Vente Cape. There is a lot of wildlife at Vente Cape as it is a popular resting place for birds on their migration, and it's home to one of the first bird ringing stations in Europe. We will visit the 11m high lighthouse which offers breathtaking views of the lagoon and golden sand dunes of the Curonian Split; the lighthouse is a fascinating place, built in 1863 when the cape was still part of Germany. We continue cycling to the town of Silute where we get on the bus and transfer to Vilnius (approx. 4h).
  • Comfort Hotel or similar 

Meals included: breakfast

Distance travelled: 37km

Day 10

Transfer to Trakai; cycle around town and visit Trakai Castle; return to Vilnius.

After breakfast, we transfer by bus to the small village of Semeliskes(approx. 1h). From here we have a picturesque ride over undulating terrain to Galve Lake. Here the magical and famous Trakai Castle sits, as if floating on its own island in the middle of the lake – it’s a truly magical place. We will explore the surrounding areas of the lake and visit the Castle before transferring back to Vilnius for the night.
  • Comfort Hotel or similar

Meals included: breakfast

Distance travelled: 25km

Day 11

End Vilnius.

We have a free morning in Vilnius before the trip ends here.

Meals included: breakfast

Trip for You

Average daily distance: 45km (28 miles) 9 days cycling with full vehicle support  Our cycling routes follow mainly quiet backroads, paths through national parks, and coastal cycle tracks. There are some undulating sections, so a moderate level of fitness is required, though the majority of the route is flat. As we are covering a large area there are bus transfers on most of the cycling days, this enables us to cover the distances to see all the highlights and use the bikes to cover the best bits. Please note that before reaching the cities, the leader will give you information on their history and places of interest and will guide you into town, however, they are not allowed to give you a guided tour of the city once you are there due to restrictions of tour leaders, only official city guides are allowed to do this. You will have the choice of wandering around the cities at your own pace, or you can pay locally for a guide. We will leave this up to you.

Group Description

The group is normally 6 to 16, plus 1 local leader and driver. 

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts included. Breakfast: These will be taken in the hotels. In most places, these will be buffet style and will offer plenty of choice including cold meat, cheese, eggs, bread, jams and juice. Lunches: On many of the days due to our remote rides there will be the option to buy a picnic from the hotel or get supplies on the way – we can then chose a spot on our ride to stop for a break. This means we can be flexible and chose the best views for lunch. On some of the days there will be opportunities to buy lunches in cafes in the towns that we go through such as Palanga. Dinners: These will be taken in the hotels or in restaurants and will be hearty meals. Cuisine in this area is often centred around pork, veal, fish, potatoes, sauerkraut and soups such as borsch (beetroot soup with meat, in Lithuania this is also served cold). In Trakai, Kibinai are very popular, these are large savoury baked pastries traditionally filled with lamb or beef and are very good.

Transportation

The group is accompanied by a transfer bus with a trailer to carry the bikes. In places the routes follow cycle paths where the bus is unable to follow, so it is important that you are comfortable cycling the distances, however, the routes are not challenging. 

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 11 days
The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.  We normally use the scheduled services of Lufthansa (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.
UK Regional Flights
The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please visit www.exodus.co.uk/regionaldepartures [1] for a useful overview of the options available, and contact our sales team for expert advice. If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1½ hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.
Travelling land only: 11 days starting in Tallinn and ending in Vilnius
Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Tallinn in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure. [1] http://www.exodus.co.uk/regionaldepartures

Transfer Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Weather Info

The climate is largely influenced by the Baltic Sea. The summers are warm with temperatures from 20 to 30 degrees Celcius. In the evenings the temperatures will not drop too much. There is little rain in the summer but of course, it is always a possibility so it is best to be prepared. The days will be long, with up to 19 hours of daylight. In spring and autumn, there is the possibility of light rain. Estonia is the furthest north and therefore the coldest, although the temperature range described applies. Lithuania is the furthest south, which makes it the warmest country of the three. Estonia is often described as more Scandinavian than the other two countries.

Essential Equipment

We recommend packing the following items: Normal daily clothes Cycling helmet  (compulsory on all Exodus cycling holidays) Padded cycling shorts and gloves Breathable top or cycling jersey Sunglasses/eye protection Stiff-soled shoes suitable for cycling Waterproofs and long cycling trousers For the earlier departures, you may need some warmer layers Sun cream Water bottle Insect repellent  Reflective strips Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

Equipment Hire

Local Bike Details:
Kalkoff Voyager 8-speed touring bikes with front suspension. (Panniers for the bikes will be provided for each customer) 
Discount for bringing your own bike:£90.

Spending Money

Allow €8-12 for lunch, €10-20 for dinners (depending on what you choose we suggest you budget around €20-30 per day for meals) During our journey, there are opportunities to visit a few small museums (all optional), €15 should cover this. 

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus, however, most of our clients wish to give a tip to their guides and in appreciation of their help and friendliness. This, of course, is in no way compulsory and depends on the service received. If you feel you would like to leave a tip, as a guide we would suggest a total of approximately €30 per person in total on this itinerary to be broken down as follows: €20 for the leader €10 for the driver

(Please note, visa information cannot be guaranteed and should be checked with the relevant country's embassy prior to departure.)

Latvia

Important Note

Visas are administered via Hungary.

Hungary

Delay

Jan:  01      

Requirements

Jan:  01      

Business Visa

Jan:  01      

Days Closed

Jan:  01      

Office Hours

14h00-16h00

Contact Details

Pretoria: Hungarian Embassy 

Hotels

10 nights in 2-3-star hotels, all with en suite facilities in a great locations, including two nights in a converted distillery set in the magnificent grounds of the Lahemaa National Park.


Gastrocycle

A gastronomical experience on 2 wheels. Every day had a culinary surprise including grilled salmon, onion (not the crappy French) soup, onion pie, pink soup, mushroom soup, venison, pork knuckle and Zeplins!
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Swimming in the Baltic Sea in all 3 countries and in Lake Galve by Trakai Castle. Visiting the Cold War Museum and nuclear missile bunker (which really should go on the itinerary).
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andrius is the master of the flexible plan and suggested that we abandon the planned cycle in the rain and crafted an excellent ride in the sunshine. Importantly Andrius is old enough to have experienced soviet occupation and is able to regale many tales of that era. He delivered much more than was expected, with little surprises and optional extras. He clearly enjoys his job.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Alcohol limits are much lower than in the UK. Cycling under the influence of alcohol is never a good idea.

Sunny Baltics

The trip was very interesting with lots of variation, capital cities lovely little fishing villages. Lots of culture and history and easy cycling. Excellent food. Andries was a really great tour leader with a great sense of humour.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The villages around Peipsie lake .The hill of crosses . Cycling around Vilnius. Swimming in Trakai lake.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andrius was a great tour leader with a brilliant sense of humour. He was very knowledgeable and a great story teller. He definitely went the extra mile nothing was ever to much trouble and some special little surprises .
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Just do it you will have a great trip.

A wonderful trip

A thoroughly enjoyable and interesting trip. The Baltic states are great places to cycle with lots of dedicated and well maintained cycle paths away from the main road. Cycling through beautiful forests and by lakes and the sea, we also had time to sample the culture as well. Very good food too. Highly recommended.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Almost too many to mention but top days included: Cycling through Laheema National Park and Curonia Spit National Park plus the Witch Wood; smoked salmon lunch in the museum; onion soup cafe!; Trakai Castle; swimming in the lake by Trakai castle; organ recital in Riga Cathedral
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andrius was a great group leader - great sense of humour, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the Baltics and through his story telling skills bought the history of the country to life. Was alert to the needs of the group and ensured that were able to do our choice of activities whether minority or majority. We were lucky to have him take us this beautiful region.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be relaxed, follow your guide's advice, go with the flow and take a swimming costume

Cycle the Baltics

Easy cycling with mostly flat terrain throughout. The three main cities, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius are all a very interesting but quite different. The climate drier and warmer than I expected but maybe we were lucky. Food and drink really good.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Cycling the Curonian Spit and I really enjoyed the folk night in Vilnius contrary to expectations
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andrius held my interest from beginning to end with his extensive knowledge and great sense of humour.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Take your swimming trunks and have the smoked salmon at the fisherman's museum.

Enjoyable trip cycling through the Baltics

Overall this was a very enjoyable trip, visiting the Baltic capitals and countryside, learning about the history of the countries and enjoying some very good local food. It is a relatively flat route through the countries on some very good quality cycle paths and roads (compared to the pot holes in the UK) and the distances are not too challenging.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There was some enjoyable cycling, interspersed with some unusual but very interesting sights such as the Hill of Crosses and the Nuclear Missile site in Lithuania, which were about as different as you can imagine but both worth seeing. The nightlife in Vilnius was also a lot of fun!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andrius was an excellent group leader, with great local knowledge, a sharp sense of humour, and able to tell interesting stories about the history of the places we were visiting. He was well organised, and coped well with a couple of first aid incidents! Food choices were good (the smoked fish a personal highlight!) and having a plan B on the only day it rained was great as well, as it meant we cycled an alternative route, while still heading in the right direction for the final destination, which the group appreciated.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Go with the flow and you’ll have a very enjoyable trip

Lovely Baltics

Our trip was full of surprises, it was warm and sunny, the Baltic sea wasn't freezing, there were flowers everywhere, the food was great for a vegetarian and it's not boring cycling through a forest. Andrius was a great guide and storyteller, lots of jokes, folk tales, history and local information. We ate as many local specialities in unique locations as he could track down. On our one wet day he came up with a brilliant alternative of cycling round Kaunos instead which was lovely. A great holiday.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Cycling through the villages around Peipsie lake
  What did you think of your group leader?
Excellent.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Bring your swimming costume.

Wonderful Trip

We enjoyed ten days of fun, sightseeing, riding and good food. The countryside we rode through was picturesque and always interesting. The villages, towns and cities all had their own unique charm. Our accommodation was very comfortable and our group were all friendly and good to ride with.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Riding in Lahemaa National Park and along the Curonian Spit.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Our group leader, Andrius, was very informative and explained the history and culture of the Baltic countries with candour and humour. He was very well organised so it all ran without a hitch and the pleasant extras were very enjoyable.

Very informative

Andrius was an excellent guide through the three Baltic countries. Th cycling was not too challenging but at times rather monotonous as we cycled in forests or along roads with little changing scenery.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Eating smoked fish outside the fisherman's house, the delicious salmon lunch, gazing out over the Baltic. Understanding a little more about life in Soviet times.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andrius was witty, sardonic, extremely knowledgeable and completely made the trip for us.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Relax, enjoy your fellow cyclists (we had a great bunch!)and if Andrius has any little suggestions follow his advice!
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
We will be travelling with Exodus again!

Great experience and would definately use exodus again

A brilliant trip all round. The cycling was very moderate on good comfy hybrid bikes through a variety of landscapes. The cities in the countries were interesting and vibrant. The group were a fantastic bunch of people and our guide was superb. Very informative , humorous , inclusive and clever with his little extras.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There isn’t one but a few. The smoked fish dinner outside at the fisherman’s house. The delicious salmon dinner in the museum. The ritual at the border signs and the hill of crosses.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Our leader was fantastic on all levels. He had a very professional manner . He included everyone in the group well , had a good sense of humour and was very knowledgable about all the aspects of the trip eg history, restaurants , distances . He used his common sense well to ensure the days plans worked for all.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be open minded and relax .

Cycling The Baltics

The trip was a leisurely cycle and very much as described but further enhanced by the sites of interest we visited. The food was great and Andrius took us to a variety of restaurants, all reasonably priced - eating in the fisherman's garden and the folk evening were highlights. This was our first trip with Exodus, we thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The fish lunch in the museum, food was delicious, the museum was really interesting and in a picturesque location.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andrius was an amazing ( and very witty) group leader, his flexibility in adapting the trip programme to the interests of the group was a huge plus. His knowledge of the area is vast and the insight he provided in to history of The Baltic States complemented the cycling - he was the icing on the cake! Thank you.

Great cycle of the Baltics

A great, relaxing cycle tour of the 3 Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The cycling is gentle with few hills to worry about. The accommodation was great particularly the distillery hotel. The bikes were great, robust and panniers provided. The tour leader, Android, was fantastic and very knowledgeable about the history and cities we visited. He arranged some great lunch and dinner stops where he ensured all distant requirements were met. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to try out a cycle tour.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The 2 fish lunches were fantastic - The smoked fish lunch in the museum was great from a food and location perspective. The smoked fish lunch in the fisherman’s garden a fish tasting delight. The trip to Cross Hill and the soviet Rocket launch sites memorable
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andrius was fantastic. He knew the cycling areas well and excellent eateries. He provided detailed historical context which was really interesting. He was thoughtful to everyone’s needs and we all loved his arrangements for toasting each country as we departed each one

The Baltics

If you are after some easy cycling in three very interesting countries, this is the trip for you. It is a good mix of each country's scenery, rich history and lovely capital cities. The cycling is relatively easy with most days cycling on flat, quiet roads and bike paths. There are a couple of undulating hills here and there but nothing too taxing so this trip is well within the capabilities of a new cyclist or someone wanting a relaxed trip. Each day is well paced with plenty of rest stops. The bikes were solid and comfortable and we were provided with pannier bags for carrying essentials.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Getting to experience the history of the three countries was really the highlight for me. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been through a lot in the past centuries and you get to see and hear about all the invasions, rulers and quirky beliefs in each country. In Lithuania we got to visit the Hill of Crosses (Christian protests) and the Hill of Witches (pagan legends) which were both interesting in different ways. My favourite country was Estonia and the couple of days cycling in Lahemaa National Park were brilliant. It was also enjoyable seeing the capital cities. Fairy tale Tallinn (get up early and go for a wander before the crowds appear), Riga is good for souvenir shopping in the little cobbled streets and squares and Vilnius has plenty of churches to see. I even found a beer and music festival in Klaipeda. I really enjoyed wandering the old town in Riga during and after a rain storm which drove most people indoors. Perfect for some moody, uncrowded photos.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Lukas was a great guide with infinite patience and a good sense of humour. His knowledge of the local history is endless! He was able to recommend some great restaurants along the way and my favourite meal was a home-smoked salmon lunch that he arranged for us on one of the days in Lahemaa NP. He gave clear instructions each day and was quick with his antiseptic spray on the odd scratch and bump that happened! I have to give a special mention to our Ukrainian driver Anatoli as well who was a very competent chap! He was able to pack the truck each day with precision, got the bikes sorted for us in record time and was an excellent driver. He didnt speak much English but I think it understood more than he let on!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Make sure to add a day or two pre and post tour. There is plenty to see in both Tallinn and Vilnius so well worth extending if you have the time. Be prepared for all sorts of weather. I was there in early July and we got rain, sun and everything in between. A good waterproof jacket is essential as is an umbrella for exploring the cities. You will get rain at some point! Pack light if you can as some of the hotels do not have elevators. All the hotels used are well located within walking distance of town. The only exception to that is the hotel in Palmse which is remote but that in itself is a charm, located in the grounds of an old manor so take some time to explore the gardens here. Also be prepared to eat - a lot! The food was surprisingly good everywhere we went and plenty of local dishes to taste. As was the beer. You can eat reasonably cheaply too. Take some euros with you but credit cards are readily accepted and almost all restaurants split the bills for the group. ATMs are available everywhere too. It is worth waiting til you get to Vilnius if you want to buy any amber jewellery. There are plenty of shops in the old town. Other people have mentioned taking a travel plug for the sinks and I would advise that too if you want to do some handwashing. Dont rely on hotel laundry facilities as the hotels that did offer it were charging ridiculous rates! It's worth handwashing your gear yourself. The hotels are adequate but the rooms are small in some places so expect 2-3 star properties. Breakfasts are included and were very good, particularly in Tartu. Some of the bigger hotels were swamped with German tour groups so breakfast was a bit of a scrum at times!
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
I wouldnt hesitate to recommend this trip. It a great combination of cycling and culture with good food and beer thrown in along the way. A great way to escape and experience a quieter, more laid back part of Europe.

Flexibility makes for a great holiday!

This was our first ever cycling holiday and so we were unsure before going whether we'd be fit and prepared enough. Building up our cycling beforehand as per the Exodus training plan definitely helped our fitness. The distances and routes each day were very manageable. We did buy padded shorts for the trip and these were definitely helpful. We also took our own bike seats and after a couple of days using the one that came with the bikes (which I found a bit narrow and hard) I switched to my own which was definitely more comfortable and supportive for me, while my husband was happy with the Exodus one. The bikes were good with more gears than expected and an easy lever to flick the suspension on for bumpy ground. The pannier bag provided was an unexpected bonus and easily came on and off so can be taken to your room at night and packed for the following day. There are no separate compartments in them so after a few days of groping around in the dark space at the bottom every time I needed something, I organised smaller items into separate plastic bags which could be pulled out easily. Hotel rooms were clean and spacious with good facilities, though we may have hit lucky with our room allocation as some people felt cramped and not so happy with theirs. The hotel in Palmse was more basic but this was definitely compensated for by the lovely location. Breakfasts at all the hotels were good with plenty of choice. A gluten-free Exodus guest managed ok, helped by bringing a print out of 'I can't eat gluten' translated into the 3 languages to show staff and by buying a loaf of gluten free bread for when rice cakes got too boring. As non-meat eaters our meals out tended to be dominated by fish with very limited choices at some places for total vegetarians. Generally though the food was tastier and more varied than I had expected with some great places suggested by Andrius - we definitely needed those bike rides to keep the calories from piling on!
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There were several lovely moments - the tranquility of Palmse, looking out of our window at midnight and it still being light (we were there around midsummer) seeing so many stork nests with young being fed, the wild flowers and of course the delicious and interesting food were just a few!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andrius is a great tour leader with a natural sense of humour which helped us all bond as a group. He guided us very well and engaged with us as very much a part of our group rather than just going through the motions of doing his job. He was able to be flexible and adaptable, adjusting the schedule according to needs and requirements- a detour to a bike shop for necessary repairs enabled a walk around an old castle for the rest of us. He had some great tips and recommendations and used his experience of the countries and the trip to really enhance our experience. Thank you Andrius!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Pack insect repellent and bite relief cream, your own seat or gel cover, a couple of small bags for putting bits in the pannier bag, and a flexible attitude and you'll have a great time!
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
This was a great holiday and has definitely left us wanting to do more cycling trips. I only have one suggestion for improvement and that is for Exodus to have slightly better arrangements for biking as a group, perhaps by agreeing to stop and meet up at more regular points. Although Andrius had asked at the start of the trip for faster cyclists not to bike too far ahead of the rest of the group this didn't happen with the perhaps inevitable problem at times of the group spreading out too much and people at the back getting split from the rest of the group, resulting in unnecessary waiting and worrying until they were found. This also meant that there were times, especially at the start of the trip, when I didn't stop to admire the view or take photos incase I lost sight of the others.

Awesome Trip

I joined this trip as an alternative way of seeing the 3 Baltic States which got you away from the 3 capital cities, but it may have converted me to non too strenuous cycle holidays too. Not only was the trip a very enjoyable 9 days of cycling but we also had a foodie experience and a cultural experience thrown in too thanks to our amazing guide Anders
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The trip has daily inspirational moments. I found eating lunch in various rural restaurants quite inspirational because they were away from the tourist crowds and I would not have found them had I not been travelling with Anders. Eating freshly smoked fish in the garden of a fisherman on the Curonian Spit in Lithuania was a highlight
  What did you think of your group leader?
Anders was awesome. He guided us in a very laid back style but was extremely conscientious and knowledgeable. Those who fancied doing their own thing were free to do so and I particularly liked how he adjusted the schedule to ensure we appreciated where we were rather than just cycling for cyclings sake. The maps we were given each morning were very useful too
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
1. All rooms had hairdryers 2. You get a bike pannier on day one which you keep with you each evening so no need for the backpack 3. Don't worry about "dietary requirements" All can be accommodated 4. There is time to explore Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius but not to do the "full tourist thing" visiting things 5. Tartu is a wonderful university town 6. Although you cycle by a lake and by the sea you don't see much water - most of the cycle routes are in trees or slightly inland 7. You need bug spray during the day

It's not all about the bike.

Apart from a bevy of Brits on our trip there were a couple of kiwis intent on causing havoc and taking flight. Unwilling to despatch them down under our tenacious guide, Andrius, set out to distract and subdue them with Baltic diversions of seaside villages, a smoked fish and wild apple juice lunch in a hidden location, elusive beer tents, lavazza coffee car and a rotunda with champagne. Fresh berries and fairytales in the forest. Ice creams, beer and Pink Soup. And a freezing but fun swim. And then he iced the cake with with his humour, baltic jokes and music. Andrius turned out Baltic Bike trip into a delight of unexpected adventures. It didn't shut those kiwis up but at least they were bearable. Just.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I don't think I'll reveal that.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Acutely funny and committed to his job.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Take your own bike seat. Or at least a gel seat.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
I had a blast.

Easy Cycling in the Sunny Baltics

We thoroughly enjoyed the easy cycling on mostly flat terrain through lovely countryside mixed with city visits. We were lucky with the weather as it was warm without being too hot, much of the cycling is through forest providing welcome shade. There was a mix of personalities and fitness levels in our group that overall was supportive and gelled well. The trip visits all 3 capitals but also more rural spots and much of the cycling is near the coast or lakes. The amount of cycling per day was such that there was never any rush and plenty of time for breaks. The cycling infrastructure (segregated paths) and courtesy of the drivers when cycling on roads is something I miss back in Britain. In most cases we stayed 2 nights in the same hotel giving time to explore the city or in the case of Palmse – explore the wonderful gardens and enjoy the peace and quiet. See Stephen Mardon's extensive write up for further details.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The day spent on the Curonian Spit starting with a walk up Hill of the Witches (forest area with wooden sculptures depicting creatures from Lithuanian fairy tales – expertly brought to life by our group leader), then a walk up to giant stone sundial by Nida with view across the sand dunes to Russian territory, then cycle back to lunch stop at fishermans' house for freshly smoked fish and home made apple juice all eaten in his garden. Whilst this felt like a long day by the time we finally reached the afternoon cafe/beer stop near ferry to Klaipeda the landscape around the sand dunes with birds and flowers on this sunny day was just wonderful.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andruis was very keen to ensure we would get to experience a good balance between cycling and the local culture and cuisine. Everyday we got printed paper maps and description of our route, so we could cycle to pre-agreed points at our own pace. A big thank you also has to go to our driver Arthur who ensured we were well hydrated, didn't get lost at key junctions and efficiently got the bikes in/out of the trailer and set up everyday. At each city/town Andrius offered orientation walks and optional group dinners. In consultation with the group we changed the programme in both Riga and Vilnius. In Riga this gave us a free afternoon in the city after the cycle out to Jumala whilst in Vilnius we did a city cycling tour then visited Trakai castle by bus. Along the way Andrius provided little extras such as strawberries, water melon, etc to keep us 'sweet' and the couple of long transfers were broken up by extra stops and onboard entertainment. We had many excellent food stops and recommendations for cafe/cake and evening meals at each overnight location – since Andrius is a pescetarian/vegetarian there were always good non meat options available.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
It pays to do some cycle rides before the trip so you will still feel fresh by second half of the week and continue to enjoy the longer days in the saddle. Apply midge repellent BEFORE getting out of the bus for first cycle ride & around Palmse especially. Don't bother booking a private transfer with Exodus in Tallin or Vilnius – airport taxi in Tallin should be
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Too many food highlights to list them all but they included lots of good salmon/smoked fish throughout the trip plus Onion Pie in Kivi Koerts/Alatskivi, Cafe Weber in Tartu, Lido Vērmanītis for lunch in Riga, Lukys (Bear) restaurant for final night in Vilnius.

A great way to explore three Countries

Interested in visiting a corner of Europe which is not on most people's itinerary? If so, then the cycle trip around the three Baltic Countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is definitely worthwhile considering. You get to see a variety of the countryside as well as the three Capitals so a full package. However, it's not a rushed holiday so it never feels like you're trying to cram everything in.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The coastal scenery was very interesting, especially the cycle along the Curonian Spit in Lithuania with its high dunes and woodland built to protect the landscape. The lunch spot was also excellent with smoked fish of all sorts to enjoy.
  What did you think of your group leader?
If you get Andrius as your group leader you've struck gold as he's one of the best guides I've ever experienced - informative, great organiser, great sense of humour, relaxed in approach to leading and goes the extra mile to make the trip a fantastic time.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
If you go in late Spring or Summer take anti-mossie spray as you will get bitten when stopping in the forests during breaks. Having the latest cycle clothing isn't necessary but padded shorts will of course protect a delicate part of the body! Unless it gets exceptionally hot you only need one water bottle as the support vehicle provides regular fill-ups with water during stops. The recommended spending money is about right unless you plan to buy lots of wine/beer etc. As you'll be in plenty of towns and cities getting money from cash machines isn't a problem so I wouldn't take lots of cash and many of the restaurants will take visa etc.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The accommodation is fine but in a couple of locations fairly basic. If you like quiet locations you'll enjoy staying at the at the old distillery at Hotel Palmse as long as you don't mind the water which is a bit sulfurous and therefore smells a bit but still perfectly safe.

Great way to visit three countries with long histories and appreciate their cities and countryside

This was an excellent way to visit 3 countries, including the opportunity to explore their capital cities as well seeing the best parts of the countryside. A mixture of cycling and culture which appealed to me. Having made my own travel arrangements, I arrived at the hotel in Tallinn in advance of the main party flying in from Gatwick so had a chance to explore the city that evening myself. After meeting up with the others at breakfast on Sunday morning our leader gave us a short guided tour of the city before our minibus took us to the Lahemaa National Park where our cycling started.. The bikes we had were brand new sturdy Merida trekking bikes with water bottle holders, rear pannier frames and front suspension. Everyone was given a waterproof pannier to carry their belongs and a number of cycle locks were distributed to secure cycles when parked up unsupervised at stops. The bikes were well suited for the cycling which was primarily on flattish terrain with mostly tarmac roads, but with some gravel trails. The cycling was mainly on rural roads and cycle paths, with a small percentage of urban cycling. Maps showing the route were given out each day, and there were regular stops during the day to get water(supplied) from the minibus and to allow the group to come together. Apart from one day when we bought a picnic in a supermarket, daily lunch stops were at cafes or restaurants where food selections could be limited but there was always a vegetarian option. The leader suggested a restaurant for an evening meal which group members were welcome to join him at. These were local establishments which served local dishes which were well worth trying. There were a couple of long vehicle transfers towards the end of the holiday but these were broken up by stops along the route to stretch legs and buy drink and snacks. Overall prices of food & drink were very good value.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
For me the 2 days of cycling in the Lahemaa National Park, Estonia right at the start of the holiday. Beautiful coastal, woodland and farming scenery, quiet roads and cycle trails, and a stay on a historic mansion in the country.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andrius was the consummate host, cheerful, welcoming and willing to go the extra mile to ensure everyone on the trip got the best out of their holiday. His stories about the histories of the 3 countries and of growing up during a time of massive change as they regained independence brought the realities of life alive. His suggestions as to where to stop for meals, and where to eat in the evening were (with one exception) excellent, while his mini-tours of the 3 capitals and Tartu were informative and really helpful, allowing people to orientate and thereafter explore themselves. He also gave the group options as to routes so we had an excellent city cycling tour of Vilnius rather than a less interesting route.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Take a good insect repellent (and anti-histamine) as Baltic mosquitoes and other biting insects are voracious. None of the hotels where we stayed have sink plugs, so carry a universal one. Make sure you have cash in low denomination notes. A number of the places where we stopped only accepted cash. Cash is available from ATMs in the cities. Take some fruit or bread,from the breakfast buffet, in your pannier in case you need an energy boost.

A thoroughly enjoyaqble trip

A memorable holiday with a group of compatible people who were all keen to enjoy the experience and learn about the region
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Perhaps not inspirational in the normal sense, but the ride on the first day around the northerly peninsula to Vinistu and Peripea brought home how oppressive the Soviet occupation had been. Subsequently we were able to appreciate just how much all three states valued the fact that they had been able to re-establish their independence and re-assert their own cultures.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Our Group leader, Lina, was extremely knowledgeable about the geography, history, culture and cuisine of the three Baltic states and she shared that knowledge in a most engaging manner. She coped admirably with a group of cyclists with widely different levels of experience, four, and sometimes five of whom were using e-bikes. She chose meal stops where we enjoyed lovely local food during the rides and very good restaurants for our evening meals. Her organisational skills were excellent and she was unfailingly good humoured throughout the trip
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Take a plug for the washbasins - the hotels don't provide them.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The weakest aspect of the holiday was the hotel accommodation, which varied between being good and being pretty poor in terms of room size and quality.

Baltic by bike

Three different countries starting a little chilly but warming up nicely. Three different capitals with lots of different foods to try. Generally flat cycling with good maps on bikes which were adequate but probably heavier than most people were used to. Hotels variable but always well positioned.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Seeing the Constitution posted for all to see in every language.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andreas was very knowledgeable about the history of all the countries visited. He was willing to answer questions. On longer bus journeys he found ways to keep us amused. Andreas treated all the group members with respect and ensured that the cycling was accessible to all. He took us to some zany places to eat and explained all about the foods etc.. In all he was great!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Ensure you have clothes for all weathers! Be prepared to try different foods. Always laugh at Andreas jokes!!
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Hope you like castles.

Cycling the Baltics

Interesting countries that I’d not visited before. Good guide. Lovely food. Interesting cities. Easy riding but heavy bikes making the trip harder and more demanding. Pretty unspoiled countryside and lovely views across the Baltic Sea.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Loved the fish lunch at the Fisherman’s museum. Just gorgeous! Loved hearing about the history and what it was like living in a communist country Loved the hill of crosses. So weird! Loved visiting the capital cities. All very different.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andrius worked really hard to make our trip enjoyable. He had some lovely surprises for us like a glass of Prosecco overlooking the lake and was always so excited for us to see the upcoming highlights! He loved us trying the local food but was mortified to discover a traditional Lithuanian kybyn was in fact a Cornish pasty! He was really interesting talking about the countries and their history. It was tricky for him as half the group were pushing the average pace up but he managed to support the slower riders whilst allowing the faster ones to go on or do a little extra. A really nice guy.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
This isn’t a tough trip in that it’s fairly flat or gently undulating, but the bikes were very heavy which made it harder. Also on some of the more exposed roads you can get headwinds. So it’s not always as leisurely as you’d imagine. I do think lighter hybrid bikes would be better.

Cycle the Baltics

Excellent trip with wonderful guide. Andrius was extremely interesting, focussed and engaging. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary and the add-ons he introduced. Cycle tour of Vilnius was terrific.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Sun dial on the Curonian Spit
  What did you think of your group leader?
Andrius was extremely interesting, focussed and engaging. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary and the add-ons he introduced.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
I would be happy to recommend this trip.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
No

Cycling through the Baltics

The trip was well organised and the leader was excellent. The bikes were disappointing. The bikes were new and in excellent condition but they were very heavy and had only 8 gears and were not to the standard I have experienced in previous exodus cycling tours. In addition neither the guide nor the driver were experienced mechanics which resulted in one of the experienced cyclists on the tour helping out.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The places we visited could only have been found through local knowledge. The smoked salmon lunch was excellent and every member of the tour party commented on this lunch for days afterwards. The tour around Vilnius was also excellent.
  What did you think of your group leader?
He was very good and knowledgeable on the history of all 3 countries visited. He was enthusiastic and helpful throughout the trip.

Our Baltic Cycle Was The Best!

There were only seven of us on our trip but we all felt this was a perfect number. Our guide Minda was wonderful. He was patient, flexible, had a great sense of humour and was full of information. He answered all our questions and had so much knowledge about the history of the Baltics. We rode in May and it was cool when we started in Estonia but warmed us as we went south. The added bonus was we were doing it before the season really started so we didn’t have the crowds. We all enjoyed the varied itinerary and have learned so much from our experience.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There were many wonderful moments. It is difficult to pinpoint one!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Minda was wonderful and is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour leader.

Excellent trip..

A very enjoyable trip thanks to a great guide (Lena), a very friendly group ,a very professional driver, a well planned itinerary &,good weather.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Palmse Manor and the Distillery accommodation . The Onion Villages on the shores of the Lake. Guild Hall in Tallinn
  What did you think of your group leader?
Lena was outstanding. She was knowledgeable about the three countries and was a very good communicator. We appreciated the way she shared some of the story of her own family in the changing situation of Lithuania. She selected good places for lunches and dinners. She took great care of the slower riders (us ) and ensured that we didn't take wrong turns and get lost.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Do some training so that you can ride 50 km on fairly flat country without discomfort. Take the right sort of gear - lycra makes life much easier on the saddle.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
We would have liked more time in Riga but understand that it's hard to cover everything. The accommodation was very satisfactory throughout.

Excellent trip..

We had a very enjoyable cycle through the Baltic States form Tallinn to Vilnius. We left on August 28 and finished on September 9th. Our guide Lena was excellent, the group were all friendly and our driver was highly professional. We were blessed with fine weather and we thought that the Grading of 2 was spot on.We would have liked more time in Riga.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The time spent at Palmse at the Manor house grounds. The Onion Villages on the side of the lake were also notable. The Guild Hall in Tallinn .
  What did you think of your group leader?
Lena was outstanding - could not have done more for us all. She was knowledgeable and was able to communicate the stories of the three countries very well.We appreciated the way she was prepared over the trip to share elements of her family story. Always thoughtful and took great care of the tail end riders - us ! She selected very good places for lunches and dinners.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be prepared - do some training beforehand and have the appropriate gear - lycra pants make the ride more comfortable.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Highly recommend this trip to cyclists of a range of abilities.

Quality product - loved the History, Culture, Food, and scenery

I chose the itinerary as it was rated a 2 for physical exertion. (not too many hills) It was quite different from 3 other European bike tours I have completed in that most of the country side is either heavily forested or agricultural. Not a lot of villages in close proximity. Exodus has done a great job designing the itinerary to get you into the most interesting scenic areas, the 3 capital cities that have stunning "old city quarters, some beautiful national park regions I each country. The variety of accommodations made it memorable, and the food in all 3 countries is outstanding for freshness of taste and the artistic presentation of meals. All in I thoroughly enjoyed the 11 days experience.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Thoroughly enjoyed the 3 capital cities Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius. Learning the history of the region over the past 100 years with the brutal occupation by the Germans and the Russians.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Simon was outstanding. If you are lucky to have him as your guide, enjoy every moment of him. He is from Lithuania and is impassioned about the Baltic Region its history, culture and people. He entertained us with his musical skill and singing voice. Added in many personal experiences, took us to great restaurants and gave us 3 hour bike city tours in Riga and Vilnius.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Hope for some good weather - we had the best average 25c each day

Excellent guide and very good itinerary

The riding was great. The leader knowledgeable and inspirational. Accommodations were pretty basic - not much charm there.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
It was inspirational to learn of the passion of the Baltic peoples to retain their recently won freedom. There’s a lot of pride and beauty in these countries.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Simon knows the history of the countries and also knows the terrain we were covering. He had a lot of great stories. Was fun to spend time with.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
There isn’t much time on the trip to explore independently in the cities visited. If you’d like to do that, book extra time before and after the trip. Also, unless Exodus adds another guide, be prepared to ride independently much of the time.

Almost excellent trip

I have just finished the wonderful Exodus cycle trip crossing the three Baltic Countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. First rate trip made extra special by our wonderful guide Lina Duseviciene who shared with us her family´s history and their and her own experience of the Soviet era. This brought us closer to the people of these countries while we cycled through the beautiful forest and scenery. Not to forget our driver Edvardus who entertained us with music while driving between locations. I would like to mention that the hotel we stayed in in Tallin had a really bad or no air-conditioning.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Our guide Lina Duseviciene´s told us her family´s history. In Kolkja villagers where selling their onions -

Cycling the Baltic States

A really outstanding Exodus cycle trip, aided by the most marvellous European summer. Great group of fellow cyclists, excellent choice of hotels and really beautiful forest cycleways. Tour leader Lina and driver Andre added significantly to the overall experience. We have been on a few Exodus trips and as always we were very well looked after. The cycling was fairly straight forward and relatively easy.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
So, so many! Hearing Lina’s family history put so much of the trip into perspective. We had the delightful combination of beautiful rides, the sharing of stories and the incredible history of the proud peoples of the Baltic States.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Absolutely sensational! Lina was the best tour guide we have ever had, and that is saying something. Caring, considerate, always looking out for opportunities to improve our experience, there was never a time when she was anything other than a delight to be with. Her willingness to share her story put everything into perspective. Faultless! For goodness sake give her more work, she is a wonderful ambassador for Exodus. I do have to add that your choice of tour guides on all of the trips we have done gives significant credit to Exodus as an organisation. We always look at Exodus tours before considering other travel companies.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
If you are even reasonably fit, do this cycle tour. A really wonderful way to see and hear about the incredible Baltic States.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
A really wonderful holiday in all respects. Keep up the excellent work and consider paying Lina a significant bonus, she is wonderful!

Cycling the Baltic States

A really outstanding Exodus cycle trip, aided by the most marvellous European summer. Great group of fellow cyclists, excellent choice of hotels and really beautiful forest cycleways. Tour leader Lina and driver Andre added significantly to the overall experience. We have been on a few Exodus trips and as always we were very well looked after. The cycling was fairly straight forward and relatively easy.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
So, so many! Hearing Lina’s family history put so much of the trip into perspective. We had the delightful combination of beautiful rides, the sharing of stories and the incredible history of the proud peoples of the Baltic States.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Absolutely sensational! Lina was the best tour guide we have ever had, and that is saying something. Caring, considerate, always looking out for opportunities to improve our experience, there was never a time when she was anything other than a delight to be with. Her willingness to share her story put everything into perspective. Faultless! For goodness sake give her more work, she is a wonderful ambassador for Exodus. I do have to add that your choice of tour guides on all of the trips we have done gives significant credit to Exodus as an organisation. We always look at Exodus tours before considering other travel companies.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
If you are even reasonably fit, do this cycle tour. A really wonderful way to see and hear about the incredible Baltic States.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
A really wonderful holiday in all respects. Keep up the excellent work and consider paying Lina a significant bonus, she is wonderful!

A great holiday

My first cycling trip couldn't have gone better, a great group of people, an excellent leader and luck with the weather. There is a good mixture of cycling and tourism although the itinerary is full so there isn't a lot of free time or opportunity for stopping en route.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I liked the undulations of the day around Trakkai as knew I would get lost and didnt have to save any energy for other rides! Enjoyed seeing how fast I could go. Really enjoyed the beauty of Palmse. The day at Jurmala was good as we had free time and loved the dachas.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Lina was excellent, organised but friendly. Her sharing of her personal experiences of life in Lithuania brought the whole trip alive. She has an extensive factual knowledge of the Baltic and found some great places for us to eat.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
If I had known that a cycle pannier was provided, I wouldn't have brought a cycling rucksack. Water was also provided so a single water bottle was fine. The trip notes said that there should be time to look round Tallinn but the Exodus flights were an evening arrival. Some of the group arrived a day earlier to see the city which was a good idea.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
A 5 hour stop over in Riga was too long, there was an earlier flight connection. Paper maps are hard to use when you are cycling in a lot of pine forest, could there be an option to give us GPX routes as well. This would have really helped anyone getting lost. I do not wish my name to be used.

Comments from Christine and David Martin

We enjoyed the holiday very much, we had a good insight into the three capital cities and a fiar understanding of how the countyry side worked. The food was much better than expected , we had feared it might mainly be pork and dumplings but it was a good selection of 'western ' and local dishes. The cycling was mainly through forest tracks which do not give many views of the country side but perhaps it is very difficult to design a cycling holiday in a very forested area to include time to stop and look aroun villages . Although the cycling was not technically difficult there were times when it was necessary to keep close to the leader mto avoid getting lost. A back marker would have been very useful and would have been able to cope with any problems (punctures, accidents) as well as ensuring.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
looking around the old towns and being told of the problems which the three countries had faced during the last 100 or so years.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Lina was very personable, knowledgable about the areas we went throuh. She told us in great detail about the histories of the countries, the problems which they faced and, potentailly, still face. She interacted well with all members of the group, ensured that the eveing and lunch time restaurants wer einteresting. It seemsed that the distances which we cycled and were transferred were quite long for the times allocated , we always seemed to be trying to catch up with the schedule. Not sure if that is a problem of the design of the holiday. but loading a nd unloading the bikes takes about one hour
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
be prepared for fairly hectic days

Great trip

Great trip
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Lina’s Stories of Lithuania
  What did you think of your group leader?
Excellent. Thankyou Lina
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Don’t take too much luggage. It soon becomes a pain, especially in small hotels with stairs. Take a travel kettle if you like to drink tea. Take cycling shorts.

Cycle the Baltics

It was a great rip - well-organised, lovely routes, reasonable accommodation and food, excellent guide, great group -met some lovely people who I'll be seeing again.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Last night party was a lot of fun!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Lukas was terrific - knowledgable, considerate, patient, addressed every issue & answered every question
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
This is a great trip - just as described in the blurb. Go for it!
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Very hard work for just one guide, especially when riding. When Lukas was at the back, the people at the front often had to wait quite some time for the others, or else if Lukas was at the front, he led us a short distance at a time to keep us all together. Trip could benefit from 2nd guide.

Cycling and sightseeing in the Baltics

A very well organised and interesting trip, combining exercise and sightseeing in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Our guide Vaida was calm, helpful, knowledgable, kind and fun - an ideal cycling guide. The trip gave 4 nights in Estonia, 2 in Latvia and 4 in Lithuania, with a combination of cycling, learning about the cities we visited, and socialising with the group. The cycling was straightforward, mostly flat riding in forests or by the sea, sometimes with a headwind. It was mostly cool which is good for cycling. The group were of mixed ability, so some went ahead whilst others went more slowly to enjoy the views. It was good to visit this area of Europe to get to know more about it. Breakfasts were substantial, and I have developed a love of herring - though this is not necessary!
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I really enjoyed cycling to Jurmala from Riga, and riding along the sand. We swam in the sea which was rather chilly! Cycling in Lahemma Park by the sea was also lovely.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Vaida was really great; enthusiastic and so helpful. She was keen to help as much as she could and couldn’t be faulted.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
There are no kettles in Baltic hotels, so I would take a travel kettle if you want to make a cup of tea... I never realised how much I love tea until I couldn’t make a cuppa at the end of a ride. You can buy teabags when you get there. Take some warm base layers as well as summer clothes as it is cooler than the UK - and a wind proof gilet is useful as well as a waterproof jacket. Not being a regular cyclist I found doing some longer cycle rides before going away helpful in preparing for cycling every day.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
I hadn’t been on a cycling holiday before, and was worried about how I would manage cycling every day, but needn’t have as everyone went at their own pace. It was a good way to holiday in a friendly group.

Wonderful scenery, pleasant and safe bike routes and an amazing guide

Our guide Vaida took us to see a fabulous variety of highlights in both large cities and small villages. The three capital cities - Tallin, Riga and Vilnius all had exceptionally interesting landmarks, historic sites and interesting excursions into areas of the every day lives of the people. Large national forests, small fishing villages and lovely seaside towns provided a pleasant contrast to our days in th3 featured cities.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The lunch at the fishing village where the host smoked his own fish, the forest roads with nesting storks and the pretty seaside settlements with families of swans were lovely. The cities offered a glimpse into the history and lives of three very interesting countries. Our guide, Vaida, gave us a wealth of interesting interesting information. She was the most impressive guide we have had in our fifteen years of traveling. She anticipated needs, answered a huge variety of questions, found wonderful restaurants. She was literally at our “beck and call” every moment of the trip - and we were an interesting variety of fourteen cyclists.
  What did you think of your group leader?
See above.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Make this trip a priority.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The two night stays in most places were a real bonus.

Beautiful autumn cycling

Great trip with a wonderful group and just sooo much to see plus lots of great food!
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Waving to Kaliningrad (Russia) from the lithuanian part of the curonian spit.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Very professional, knowledgeable and fun!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Book an extra day in Tallinn and Vilnius at the beginning and end of the trip.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
It would be wonderful, if there was a possibility to extend the trip a little bit to include an extra day in Riga.

Baltics Cycling

Good trip overall for both culture and cycling. You learn a lot about the Baltic countries and their uneasy relationship with Russia. The cycling was mostly flat, which is hard in the legs especially in a head wind. At times their were unavoidable long flat straight stretches on roads which were dull.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Visiting the farmhouse with museum on the Gulf of Finland. The location, lunch, and history provided by the owners were all great.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Vaida was excellent. Knowledgable, helpful, personable and always 'ready, ready'. Even though she was suffering with a sore throat.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
It's colder than you think. Layers!
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The food was brilliant. Had expected heavy dishes, but the restaurants chosen by Vaida gave us an excellent taste of all that the Baltics had to offer.

Wonderful first group cycling trip experience!

The itinerary is accurate. This was my first experience with a group cycling tour and I was a solo traveler. I would say the trip exceeded my expectations because I saw local towns/areas that I would not have normally visited on my own in the country-side, the travel group was a great set of people from all over the world, and the places we visited for food were very tasty and a great sampling of local cuisine. During the visits to capital cities, I learned a lot about the history of various Baltic countries from the medieval to modern era. Overall, I enjoyed the routes we cycled (generally minimal car traffic) as they were in scenic areas.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Cycling through a small town and the tour guide striking up a conversation with an old lady sitting with her cat. Hearing about the lady's history in the town was fascinating and was something I would not have been able to do, had I been traveling on my own.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Our trip leader was a wonderful tour guide. She worked very hard to make sure everyone was having a good time and was clear in her directions for what the itinerary for the day would be. She worked well with our driver to coordinate van support and our safe transportation. In addition, her friendly personality helped facilitate the group getting to know each other.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
While the route is very flat, I would say 'leisurely' is not so accurate. As generally the group needs to cover 20-30mi/day and have time for van transfers, there is not so much time for frequent breaks. While the pace is certainly comfortable and doable, 'leisurely' to me implies more frequent stops for photo opportunities or small snacks/picnics during the route. I would rate the trip as a 3 or 4, as 10 days of riding in a row on mostly flat terrain does require some level of effort.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Overall wonderful trip with comfortable hotels, great restaurant selection, safe and scenic cycling routes, and a very friendly local tour guide!

Cycle the Baltics

It was a fantastic trip, every day was a new adventure. The cycling was varied, and there was a lot of custom made cycle paths, e.g. on the Coronian Spit which consisted of just miles of cycle paths. The hotels were great, the best being the one in the National Park called Palmse Manor, with a stunning lake. The Hotel Braavo in Tallin was probably one not to return to, as they were obviously doing some refurbishments and it was a bit like a "work in progress".
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Finding out we'd cycled 403 kilometres over 9 days! It was tough sometimes, but it was a challenge and I was glad I did it. Another inspirational moment was going into a Russian Orthodox church in Vilnius and there was some chanting going on, and it really was very unique and special. The food we had during the whole trip was excellent, I couldn't fault it.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Minda was a really nice guy and was very encouraging. I was always at the end of the line (out of a group of 16) and sometimes I'd see them disappear into the distance on rides but he would wait for me. I feel that maybe a back-marker might have been useful. When we talked to us in the bus, I was at the back and couldn't hear him that well, a microphone might have been useful.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Don't take too much luggage and because you're moving on, you never get to unpack your case!
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
I think maybe a non-cycling day in the middle of this holiday would have been nice to just recuperate from the relentless schedule - sometimes we'd have barely half an hour to get ready to go out to dinner. It was all so well organised - it was my first Exodus trip and I'd definitely go on another one.

Cycle the Baltics

Excellent trip with brilliant tour leader, with surprisingly good weather for the time of year.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Visiting Tallin, and the pretty villages as we cycled down the coast around Klaipeda. The Castle at Trakai was lovely as much of the architecture in all the many "Old Towns" that we visited.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Vaida Jusaite was just the best in everyway possible,she has lead this trip many times,so knew all about everything and everywhere in detail. Vaida also selected the very best restaurants everywhere that we went, all were excellent and we would have never found them had we travelled independently.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
For an easy cycling trip without challenging conditions as the roads are very quiet,do try this trip as if you enjoyed it as much as we did, you will be very pleased that you went,especially if you are lucky enought to have Vaida as your tour leader.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Try it,you will like it.

Cycle the Baltics

Just as explained in the brochure enhanced by our wonderful tour leader, Simon. From the fairy-tale castles, westernised beauty of Talinn we cycled through lush forested paths to Riga and the wonderful Old Town of Vilnius. It was eerie actually being in a spot where the Iron Curtain once was and having it brought to mind how close the Russian bear actually lurks. Our guide was able to explain to us the sad history of the Baltic nations on one hand and the resilience of a most beautiful wonderful people on the other. A great group of fellow cyclists led to the enjoyment of delicious food, eclectic B&B s and an amazing culture.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Feeling the resilience and hope of such wonderful people in countries historically neglected by the Western democracies. The passion of our tour leader Simon and our wonderful guide, Ira.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Our leader, Simon, was extraordinary. In all instances he went beyond the call of duty to make everyone feel like a valuable member of our group and as such our group's convivial nature was enhanced. Simon told us wonderful tales of Lithuanian folklore and he even sang for us in his rich voice. Simon took in consideration the weather etc and was ready to alter situations as per daily requirements, if necessary. He went out of his way to find us local tour guides in Riga and Vilnius who passionately (especially in Riga) recounted the history of their country as we toured each country's respective Old Town. Simon was probably the greatest reason the trip was such a success.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Even though terrain was definitely leisurely- moderate, the most proficient cyclist of our group admitted the history and positives of the cycle far our weighed the lack of challenge. Nevertheless, we had great fun enjoying the fun a flat our fun cycle on a relatively flat terrain. Go - enjoy the culture, food and history of the Baltic Nations.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
One of my best trips ever.

Cycle the Baltics, August 2016

A very enjoyable trip with great weather - we had sunshine every day. The cycling (for a reasonably fit non-cyclist) was manageable and we arrived in towns and cities in time to see some/most of the major sites.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The Baltics themselves - each country and their towns and cities are full of history and culture. I'm definitely going back to see more.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Vaida was brilliant - I arrived a day early and she was there to greet me and some other travellers, and she contacted me a couple of days after the tour ended with my transfer arrangements. She really did go the extra mile to ensure we were all happy and sorted.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Bring bug spray - I was murdered by mozzies. It makes sense to arrive a day early to see Tallinn as there is not enough time on the trip to properly enjoy it.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The food and hotels were better than I expected.

Cycle the Baltics

Cycled and toured with a great group of travelers. Despite the occasional rain and cold, we managed to see quite a bit and explore new places. The accommodations were conveniently located to important places of interest and restaurants; liked the fact that we stayed in almost all the hotels for at least two consecutive nights.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Visiting the Vilnius Jewish ghetto and synagogue and imagining how life was during the war.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Lukas was attentive to all our needs and very knowledgeable about the places we visited. He always addressed our concerns promptly and appropriately. He just needs to relax more!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Keep a close eye on the weather reports and pack accordingly.

Cycle the Baltics

A great trip, blending cultural aspects, great sightseeing, exploring the 3 capital cities as well as some nice cycling. Terrain was nice and flat and was within the capability of everyone in our group. Distances were very manageable and there was a minimum of waiting around. Lukas, our guide and the driver were simply outstanding in getting us up on our bikes each day with a minimum of fuss. Fast turnaround time between finishing our cycling and being back on the move again on the bus.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I really enjoyed the Riga and Vilnius walking tours.... It was great to get local insight into the history and the people. As for the cycling... the scenery everywhere was pretty good... cycling by the sea, through Forest, rolling country-side, stopping for lunches in very scenic settings (castles), great seafood and sampling the many potato dishes on offer!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Lukas was outstanding. He handled the group very well, was very attentive to everyone's needs and couldnt' do enough to help. Very knowledgeable about all 3 countries and clearly passionate about his beloved Lithuania!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Bring rain gear. We were very fortunate to only have experience a small amount of rain while cycling, but the weather is changeable and you could be unlucky and hit a few rain-showers... so be prepared.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
I'm happy to recommend the trip. A great balance of health exercise, sightseeing and immersion in different cultures.

Cycling the Baltics

Cycling in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for 10 days.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The Holocoust Museum in Lithuania, just outside Vilnius was absolutely humbling and eye-opening. This history was not something I was aware of and the museum was extensive about the history of the Lithuanian Jewish people's treatment at the hands of the Nazis, as well as the Lithuanian people's struggles and persecution during the Soviet occupation.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Lukas was great. He was so knowledgable about the Region and shared it enthusiastically. He made sure everything went smoothly and that everyone arrived at their destination.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Make sure you bring bug spray for the first days of cycling in the National park in Estonia. Also, make sure you have rain gear.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The trip was great. Not too physical, but at the same time enough cycling every day. This is a perfect trip for a balance between culture and activity.

Biking in the Baltics

A fun trip as always with a lovely group of people and an excellent leader. Loved all three capitals and the other cities we citied as well as the countryside we cycled through.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Cycling in the Lahemaa National Park to the lovely Park Hotel. Cycling along the Curonian Spit. All 3 capitals especially Riga and Villnius. Tallin was a little spoilt by the noisy hen/stag parties and the cruise shippers.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Vaida was excellent - Knowledgeable about all 3 countries not just her own, with excellent English, and a really friendly fun way about her. Our first driver/mechanic Edgar was also excellent despite speaking no English.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Would recommend anyone who is gluten and dairy-free take some breakfast food with you if like me you like a traditional as opposed to continental breakfast. Also the airline didn't provide any food despite Exodus specifying my dietary needs.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would recommend the trip avoids Tallin on a weekend or changes hotel to one less noisy.

Cycling in the Baltics

Vaida is an exceptional tour guide, I would go on any trip with her. The biking was great and the areas were beautiful. Really get a nice sense of the country. But we had beautiful weather, very lucky. The one thing I would change is the hotel in Kleipeda; it was so terrible it almost ruined the trip for me. Also, vegetarians need to make arrangements - bring protein bars, etc, because it is mostly meat and fish.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Most inspirational moment of the trip was along the roads around Lake Peipsi. Beautiful houses.
  What did you think of your group leader?
She was exceptional, I would follow her on any trip.

Cycle the Baltics

A fascinating glimpse into the history and culture of these countries. The cycling is leisurely with frequent stops and comfort breaks. The scenery is varied with forest, coast, beach and countryside. The towns and cities visited have fabulous architecture and superb restaurants. We were lucky enough to have perfect weather for the whole trip and to experience the Jazz and Blues festival at Klepida, not to mention the best tour leader ever.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The most moving experience of the trip was being invited to join a young man who was about to propose to his girlfriend in the main square in Vilnius, Eventually 1000 people assembled and witnessed the proposal. She accepted his proposal and everyone was so happy!!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Vaida was the best tour leader I have ever had. She was caring and considerate and always concerned for everyone in the group's welfare. She organised everything well including the restaurants which she joined us at each night. Her knowledge of each of everywhere we visited was amazing and nothing was too much trouble for her.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Leave your hairdryer at home they are provided everywhere.

Great way to see the Baltics!

A lot is packed into this trip and that is a good thing. The changes from city to countryside to beach to city allows you to fully appreciate the diversity of nature that the Baltics have. The cities are interesting historically and architecturally.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
- The northern Estonian coast - Riding along the beach
  What did you think of your group leader?
Excellent! And excellent again!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Go with an open mind. Don't expect fine hotels - they are OK, comfortable and well situated. If you want 5 star this is not for you.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
We had a change of drivers. Edgar - the first one was great. The second one was rubbish in comparison. He didn't care about the bikes and every day with him one or more people had a damaged bike which slowed things down as they needed to be repaired. He wasn't where he should be on a number of occasions.

Baltic Cycle Tour

I did the first one back around 2002. It was fantastic. I had a great time. I shared my accom with a Scot from Glasgow, who was an interesting character, I'll leave it at that. We started in Vilnius and ended in Tallinn. By the look of the 2016 course guide it looks similar to 2002, just in reverse. There were only 5 of us, including Paulius our local leader from Klaepedia. The scenery was great. Lots of stone cottages, stone walls and roosting storks on farmhouse chimneys. The pace was nice and easy, no big hills to negotiate although a few long gradual climbs, that got the cardio system pumping. Back then you needed a separate visa to enter Latvia, but not the other 2 countries. This may have changed, if not don't think you can wing it at the border. It cost me a lost day in Vilnius, Lithuania while I negotiated with the Latvian embassy to get a visa after paying "an emergency process fee" in USD to the official who finally issued my visa.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Making contact with my relatives in Lithuania for the 1st time, and then meeting up them after the cycling tour was over and having a fantastic time with my uncle, aunts, cousins and their kids.
  What did you think of your group leader?
He was excellent.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Probably covered it in my summary
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
No

Cycle The Baltics

Pleasant cycling across 3 countries. Flat, green landscapes. Amazing history and culture in the 3 capital cities
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Walking around Tallin, Riga and Vilnius. Staying in some great hotels. Cycling on quiet roads. Not seeing any British stag parties in the cities!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Lucas was great - very informative and a good sense of humour
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
You may want to spend an extra night at the start and/or end to see Tallinn and Vilnius in more depth.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
A good selection of beers to try out on this trip...

Cycle the Baltics

An excellent family cycling trip, with plenty of time to appreciate the endless countryside (as well as the cities) of the Baltic States.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Visiting the old cities of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius
  What did you think of your group leader?
Vaida was an outstanding group leader, totally dedicated to her role, and very caring with the children. She went well beyond what we expected for a guide. Tadas, our driver was also excellent, and very reliable, in his own quiet way - following behind the bikes in his van if anyone needed help, and getting the bikes ready each morning.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
The trip works well for families (we were the first Exodus family trip), but best for older, rather than younger teenagers, who can find cycling each day a bit repetitive, and don't always have the stamina. Weather can be quite variable - just like the UK - so plan for sun, cloud and rain. Hire bikes were fine - newish hybrid bikes with standard brakes and 24 speeds, quite heavy but reliable and ideal for the cycling conditions.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The middle of the day when we cycled along Lake Peipsi was a bit tedious - a long straight road, cycling into the wind (but the start and the end, cycling through old Russian villages was fascinating) - perhaps this could be altered to cater for family groups? It would also be good to see more of Latvia by bike - we didn't visit the area around Cesis, although this is appears on the Exodus itinary. If you have the time - fly out a day early to explore more of Tallinn - it is a beautiful city, and a half day was barely enough to do it justice.

cycling the baltics

an easy ride
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
nothing in particular it was all interesting
  What did you think of your group leader?
He was excellent very proffesional and hard working. very knowlwdgeable about all 3 countries
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
its not the most demanding of rides
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
no

Cycle the Baltics

A most enjoyable and informative holiday. The tour leader Lukas was very knowledgeable on the history of the three countries and was passionate in sharing that knowledge.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Cycling through villages where the locals were all industriast in growing flowers and vegetables in their very tidy and neatly laid out gardens.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Lukas was exceptional in the amount of knowledge that he had to hand each day, in respect of which ever country we were in at the time. He was always conscious of health & safety and aware of the various abilities of his group. Lukas was anxious that we were informed of the best eating places and went the extra mile by taking us to them and joining us on several occasions.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Make sure that you choose a holiday suited to your ability if looking for an adventure holiday, this will ensure that you and your fellow travellers take the most enjoyment on offer.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The Baltic cycle ride was an education and most enjoyable, some days had some rather long distances with very similar scenery and conditions (tall pine trees) . I would have preferred more stops if possible in villages etc.

Cycling the Baltics

A great trip. Lovely countryside to cycle through(mostly flat) The scenery was through forest and along the coast in national parks with quaint villages. The cranes nesting atop trees cut off for them were lovely to see. The cities we visited, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius were all fantastic with plenty of atmosphere and plenty to see in the historic and architecturally restored old towns.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I loved cycling down the Curonian Spit in Lithuania knowing that Russia was just a few kilometres away. Cycling up hill and down dale through a beautiful landscape to Traika Castle was also very good,
  What did you think of your group leader?
He was very pleasant and helpful, keen to do his best for us in arranging picnics and getting us to try different local specialities. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the Baltic States, particularly Lithuania and gave us as much information as we wanted.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
You can't rely on the weather in June. I thought it was going to be warm but it was quite cold and rainy to start with, and then suddenly became hot towards the end. Make sure you take clothing to cover all weathers.

CYCLE THE BALTICS

This trip provides an informative, especially from a historical and political perspective, insight into the Baltic States. Experience it for yourself now and your perspective will change. Plus these countries will change and evolve in the coming years. The relaxed but still very busy trip, combines a balanced mix of exercise, scenery, history, architechture and an introduction to the three countries.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The cycle ride down the Curonian Spit a Unesco site.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Because of circumstances we had two guides (Polish) who spoke perfect English and were well versed especially from an historical point of view.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
You will not be totally fed on dumplings and pork. The food may come as a surprise as will the quality of the accommodation

CYCLE THE BALTICS

A well planned trip visiting the three Baltic Countries which have successfully emerged from being states of the USSR and now showing their individual characteristics. Cycling is an ideal way to see the Countries away from the big cities.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The Countryside is mostly flat and the traffic light so cycling was not a problem and we did not cycle in any of the large cities. The distances of a maximum of 50kms per day were easily manageable. I am not a cyclist but a runner and although I had done some cycle training before the holiday, I had no problem with the cycling. A measure of fitness is required for this trip.The Cities of Tallinn, Riga and Villinius are interesting and my only criticism of the trip is that insufficient time was allowed to visit these places and if you have the time available, I would recommend arriving a day earlier than the trip and leaving a day later. The tour araound Cecis Casle could be dropped in favour of an earlier departure for Riga.
  What did you think of your group leader?
We had two Group Leaders, Petyr met us in Tallinn and stayed to Lielupa and then Tomas took over for the remainder of the trip. Both Leaders were satisfactory but lacked the sprak of enthusiasm usually associated wth Exodus leaders.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Just as you are approaching Klaipeda you use a cycle track which is fast but a post has been broken off leaving about three inches protruding in the middle of the track. I did not see it and fell off the cycle breaking my collar bone and severely bruising myself. The Lithuanian A&E was excellent and I did not have to pay anything as I had the E111 card.Beware of that post, I am sure that all the potential leaders of this trip will be warned of its existence now and hopefully the local Company are putting pressure on the Klapedia authorities to saw off the post to ground level.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
This is a very well planned trip which is still in its first year of operation for Exodus and with just a few modifications to allow greater time in the Cities would make it a first class trip. The Hotels were excellent throughout and the food served of a high quality and the restaurants always took great care in the presentation of the meals.Another very enjoyable Exodus trip.

CYCLE THE BALTICS

A really excellent holiday that takes in some amazing countries and scenery. Everything about this holiday was great from the cities of Tallin, Riga and Vilnius to the Curonian Strait, beatiful beaches and lakes galore. The quality of the food and the accommodation was also surprisingly good. 
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
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