Baltic Sea cycling tour in Lithuania
Baltic Sea and Curonian Lagoon
Klaipeda – Heydekrug – Klaipeda
- Golden sandy beaches, Amber Museum, Dutchman cap, Thomas-Mann-House, Nature Park "Memeldelta"
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Sun, sand and blue sea are what await you on this Baltic Sea cycling tour in Lithuania. Discover the former east Prussian Memelland and the Curonian Spit, learn more about German and Lithuanian history and the modern, busy life in Memel. On each section of the tour you can take time to relax at the area's wonderful sandy beaches.
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8 days / 7 nights
approx. 255 km
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between 10 and 60 km, Ø 45 km
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Day 1: Individual arrival in Klaipeda
This prettily restored town's landmark is the statue of Annie of Tharaw, the main character of a 17th century love story. In the historic quarter you'll find pretty timber-framed houses and the former sailing school ship Meridianas, which is a restaurant now, on the River Dane. Easy to reach in a 30-minute ferry trip are the expansive sandy beaches on the Curonian Spit.
Day 2: Excursion to Palanga, approx. 60 km
Your bike tour through the regional park on the Baltic Sea coast to Polangen / Palanga. Discover the old fishing village, Karkle, and the botanic garden and amber museum in the former castle of the Count of Tiszewicz. Over 25.000 samples of the so-called Tears of the Gods are shown here. The 470 m long pier and the numerous cafes in Polangen are beautiful sights.
Day 3: Klaipeda – Heydekrug, approx. 45 km + transfer
A minivan takes you east, to travel through the length of Memelland. From Ramučiai you cycle close to the Lithuanian-Russian border. In the village of Sveksna, take a break to visit the estate, its parkland and the impressive church. At the mouth of the Memel/Nemunas is Rusne island, home to many species of bird.
Day 4: Round trip Nemunas Delta, approx. 45 km
Use the day for a trip to the Memel delta, which extends to the west of the town. The unspoiled countryside features small islands, lagoons, waterways, reeds and grasses. In Russ / Rusne, which is on one of the recovered islands, you can visit the local museum. The 19th-century old lighthouse is worth visiting, which you'll find in the harbour of Uostadvaris.
Day 5: Heydekrug – Nida, approx. 35 km + boat trip
You leave Heydekrug and its unusually large market place and cycle along quiet roads through the delta estuary. On the headland at Windenburger Eck, you can take a photo of the lighthouse from 1863 and visit the famous bird observatory. Next, a boat takes you via Curonian Lagoon to the spit of land at Nidden. Enjoy the views from the boat of the lovely sand dunes.
Day 6: Swim and short bike trip, approx. 10 km
The author Thomas Mann loved the fresh air and natural beauty of this area so much he bought a summer house here in Nidden for himself and his family. Today, the old wood fishing house holds a small museum and a cultural centre. Enjoy the small spa town of Nidden, the sun and the sea. Or cycle to Preila, a small village that still mostly makes its living from fishing.
Day 7: Nida – Klaipeda, approx. 60 km
You follow the cycle path along the Baltic Coast: home to Europe's biggest dunes. First, you cycle to Schwarzort/Juodkrantė, one of the country’s oldest holiday resorts. The Witch’s mountain here has made it famous, where the wood figures from Lithuanian fairy tales and legends originate. Significant findings of amber were also discovered here. And the end of the landspit is practically the end of your tour.
Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay
After breakfast, your Baltic Sea cycling tour in Lithuania and on Memelland unfortunately comes to an end. We would be happy to extend your stay on the Baltic.
If you'll start your tour on Sunday or Thursday, you will drive to Heydekrug on the 2nd day and do the excursion to Palanga on the 7th day.