Cycling tour Estonia – 8 days from Tallinn through Lahemaa National Park

8 Days

Your trip

Estonia – not only a digital pioneer in Europe but also a dream for cyclists.

This bike tour takes you from the Baltic coast to Estonia’s most famous national park Lahemaa:. High moors, sleepy fishing villages, beaches and beautiful manor houses await you.

On your way to Lake Peipus, the fifth largest lake in Europe, lies the small and charming village of Rakvere with its medieval castle ruins. The unique villages of the Old Believers on the so-called Onion Trail along the lake shore are surrounded by a very special atmosphere. Here two nations and three cultures meet. Your cycling tour in Estonia ends in the friendly university town of Tartu.

Estonia offers plenty of space and air to breathe! Even in high summer you will always find enough space for yourself on the long sandy beaches.


In Tallinn, stay in the center at a 4**** hotel such as Hotel Hestia Ilmarine or Hotel Hestia Euroopa.

On the way you will find accommodation either in small hotels or inns. The rooms each have shower & WC. In Sahargu we spend one night in a simple B&B with shared bathroom. Everywhere you will enjoy friendly service and local cuisine. All accommodations are very lovingly and individually furnished.

All accommodations offer a rich cyclist breakfast. Their detailed route description includes restaurant recommendations and tips on supply options along the way.

We will be happy to make you an offer for an extra night for each place of accommodation, both in Tallinn and for the entire bike tour.

If you wish, you can also interrupt daily stages with an overnight stay and thus shorten one or the other stage a little. Feel free to contact us!


> The route is mostly on smaller side roads. Often you drive for what feels like eternities until you run into someone again. Short sections can also be more heavily trafficked at times. There are hardly any bike paths like in Germany.

You can expect mostly relatively flat, sometimes slightly hilly terrain. There are no major inclines to overcome. You should be able to cover the daily stages of up to 70 km by bike.

Please note: The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Please note: For this trip we can unfortunately not offer luggage transport!
Leave your luggage that you do not need for the bike trip in Tallinn.
We also offer transportation of your luggage directly to Tartu to the last hotel (price on request).

Rental bicycles

> Robust touring bikes (e.g. Merida), 24 gears with derailleur and freewheel or 7 gears with hub gears with coaster brake (please choose when booking), comfort saddle, different frame heights

> Electric bikes (e.g. Cube) 7-speed gears with freewheel; range max. 120 km (depending on the driving style)

All wheels are equipped with puncture-proof tires, mudguard, lock and repair kit. Please leave a deposit of € 100,- / bike or € 200,- / electric bike by credit card number.

Own bikes

It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk. For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable.

For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.

Arrival by plane

There are regular flights to Tallinn Airport from Germany. For example, Air Baltic offers connections to and from Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf.

Arrival by car

If you want to arrive by car, you can use the following ferry crossings:

> from Kiel to Kleipeda (Lithuania) with DFDS

> from Lübeck to Helsinki (Finland) and on to Tallinn with Finnlines / Silja Lines.

Return transfer from Tartu to Tallinn

> You can get back to Tallinn from Tartu by bus (about € 10,- to € 12,-) or train (about € 12,50). Travel time: approx. 2 hours, 20 minutes (bus schedules see here, train schedules see here).

> If you wish, you can also book a private return transport through us (price on request).

> We recommend, especially in the high season, to buy the bus tickets in advance on the Internet.

Onward journey to Riga

From Tartu it is also possible to continue by bus to Riga (price: approx. € 20,- / person; travel time: approx. 4 hours). You can view timetables here .

We strongly recommend purchasing the bus ticket in advance on the Internet, especially during the peak season. We are happy to offer you additional nights in Riga.

Country information

Please note our information on entering Estonia under our country information. Please also see our notes on package tours.

From day to day

Arrival to Tallinn :
Day 1

Individual arrival to Tallinn

The capital of Estonia is known for its very well preserved old town. Take advantage of the day and immerse yourself in this medieval milieu. Then you will quickly understand why many people describe Tallinn as mystical, spellbinding and mesmerizing.

In the relaxed atmosphere of the city, with its rich cultural scene and many galleries, there are also a variety of restaurants and cafes from which to choose.

Tallinn - Valkla :
Day 2

Bike tour from Tallinn to Valkla, about 50 km ~ 4 h

You will first cycle on a bike path out of Tallinn to Maardu. Along the way, enjoy the view of Tallinn from the TV tower or visit the botanical garden with its variety of foreign and native plants.

Behind Maardu you will come to the river Jõelähtme with the biggest waterfall in Estonia, Jägala. Continue to Valkla, your destination for today. You will spend the night in a vacation village directly on the beach.

Vacation home
Valkla - Palmse :
Day 3

Bike tour from Valkla to Lahemaa National Park to Palmse, approx. 70 km

Your route will first take you to one of the most famous sights, the Viru High Peat Bog in Lahemaa National Park. Take the time to hike the marked trails and boardwalks to the lookout tower for views of the expansive moorland.

A winding route takes you through old fishing villages to the Palmse manor house, which is decorated in bright yellow. Besides the manor house, you can also visit the National Park Visitor Center here. You will spend the night in the Palmse guesthouse.

Palmse - Rakvere :
Day 4

Bike tour Palmse – Rakvere, approx. 70 km ~ 5 h

First you will get to the manor house of Vihula, which today houses a hotel business and offers local products in a small store. Once in Rakvere, you can visit the castle ruins and look at the beautiful old wooden houses in the town.

You will spend the night in a small hotel in the city center.

Rakvere - Sahargu :
Day 5

Bike tour Rakvere – Sahargu, about 70 km ~ 5 h

Today’s cycling stage takes you through typical Estonian forest and meadow landscape to the small village of Sahargu. Your accommodation is a small B&B.

Sahargu - Alatskivi :
Day 6

Cycling tour Sahargu – Onion trail – Alatskivi , about 70 km ~ 5 h

Your route today runs along Lake Peipus, one of the largest lakes in Europe. You will cycle through the small villages of the Old Believers, who grew onions here in long straight rows, which gave the road its name.

On the way you should stop and admire the Russian icons in the church of Raja. The route continues along Lake Peipus to Alatskivi with its impressive manor house.

Alatskivi - Tartu :
Day 7

Cycling tour Alatskivi – Tartu, about 65 km

In Kavastu you will take a short ferry crossing before arriving at your destination, the university town of Tartu. Just enjoy the friendly atmosphere or visit one of the more than 30 museums and galleries in the city. You will spend the night in Hotel Pallas or equivalent.

Tartu - Tallinn :
Day 8

Return journey Tartu – Tallinn

After breakfast your bike tour ends. Take the train or bus back from Tartu to Tallinn (approx. € 15 / person; payable locally).

Tip: If you want to continue to Riga, you can take a bus from Tartu to Riga (approx. € 20,- / person; 4 hours driving time).



included in the price:

  • 7 nights in country hotels, bed & breakfast, guest houses or in Tallinn in 4**** or 3*** hotel in the city center
  • daily rich bicycle breakfast
  • Detailed route description in English and German, bike map
  • GPS data for the route on request
  • English-speaking service hotline on site - daily
  • Informational talk about the tour in English, if needed
  • Bike rental, if booked
  • Luggage transport from Tallinn to Pärnu by stages, if booked

not included:

  • Train ticket from Tartu to Tallinn approx. € 15 / person or
  • Bus ticket from Tartu to Tallinn approx. € 15,- / person
  • Possible entries

Dates and prices

Arrival days: any Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu in …
Season 1 01.05. – 15.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1
Double room w. breakfast 650 €
Single room w. breakfast 950 €
Extra nights
Extra night in Tallinn, 3*** or 4**** hotel in the center, double room with breakfast on request
Extra night in Tallinn, 3*** or 4**** hotel in the center, single room with breakfast on request
Additional services
Note: Please note that this tour is offered WITHOUT luggage transport. So you have to carry your luggage on the wheels yourself.
Rental bicycles
E-bike 160 €
Touring bike 7 or 24 speed 80 €
Rental bike bags 2 x 40 L rear panniers 20 €


Please note: Depending on the accommodations we book for you, the overnight stops may differ from those indicated in the route plan. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! Also, in many places you have freedom to shorten the path or make it different. The proposal presented here is therefore more for inspiration and orientation than for compulsive imitation. If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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