Cycle tour Estonia – 10 days Tallinn and the islands of the Baltic Sea

10 Days

Your trip

Estonia is the perfect country for cycling. Many beautiful and low-traffic roads are waiting for you: lonely beaches in a varied landscape, friendly people, a lot of original nature. All in all, you hardly ever drive longer distances.

This cycling tour of Estonia in the Baltic States will take you through the western part of the country from Tallinn via the islands of Saaremaa, Hiiumaa and Muhu, the largest in the country.

The route leads, as far as possible, on smaller roads. It will show you the best that Western Estonia has to offer – idyllic little villages with stone walls and thatched as well as romantic summer cottages in Haapsalu, Kuressaare and Pärnu, windmills in Angla, natural wonders in Kaali, friendly people and of course the Baltic Sea with its beaches, which are especially beautiful in the Baltic States.

Ferries will take you from one island to another. And finally, you can feel the unique island atmosphere – here the clocks seem to go a little slower, the islanders are never in a hurry.

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.

Accommodation

You will stay in small country hotels, guest houses or even in old farms that have been converted into tourist farms. Everywhere you will enjoy friendly service and local cuisine. In Tallinn, stay within walking distance of the Old Town in a 3*** or 4**** hotel. All accommodations are very lovingly and individually furnished.

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!

Route

They mostly ride relatively flat, sometimes slightly hilly terrain. There are no major inclines to overcome. In 7 daily stages you will travel between 40 and about 80 km. Alternatively, we are happy to divide the route into shorter stages.

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

Rental bicycles

> Robust touring bikes (e.g. Merida), 24 gears with derailleur gears and freewheel or 7 gears with hub gears and coaster brake, comfort saddle, various frame heights, 28″ rims, splash guard, pannier rack, bottle cage.

> Electric bikes (e.g. Cube) 7-speed gears with freewheel; range max. 120 km, depending on driving style: e.g. CUBE Touring Hybrid, Shimano 9-speed, motor: Bosch Drive Unit Active Plus GEN3 (50Nm), battery: PowerTube 625

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.

Luggage transport

For ecological and logistical reasons, we are unfortunately unable to offer you daily luggage transportation from place to place on this trip. However, you can bring one piece of luggage of max. 20 kg from the starting point to the destination. Please book the option “Luggage transportation from start to destination”.

If you also book the “Luggage bags for the bike” option, you can repack your luggage from your suitcase into the bike bags on the start day and send your suitcase to your destination with a clean sock. You then take your luggage for the journey with you on the bikes. Our local partner will provide you with 2 Ortlieb Bike-Roller Classic luggage side bags with a volume of 20 liters per bike. Optionally, you can also book a 10-liter handlebar bag.

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 Pärnu to Tallinn

From the destination Pärnu you can comfortably return to the starting point Tallinn with a regularly running public bus for about 15 € / person. You can see timetables and prices here (www.tpilet.ee/en) . The driving time is about 2 hours.

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

Please note: The buses do not take bicycles. If you wish to travel with your own bicycles, we are happy to provide a private return transfer from Pärnu to Tallinn.

We strongly recommend purchasing the bus ticket in advance on the Internet, especially during the peak season.

Onward journey to Riga

Alternatively, from Pärnu you can continue by bus to Riga. The price is about 20 € / person. The travel time is about 2.5 hours. You can see timetables and prices here (www.tpilet.ee/en) .

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 - Haapsalu :
Day 2

Bike tour from Tallinn to Haapsalu, about 45 km and about 1 hour train ride.

Today you will travel the first part to Turba by train. From there your route will take you through a varied nature of Estonia with forests, meadow landscapes and a few bogs. For such a small country, the diverse nature is unique in Europe.

The highlight today is Haapsalu. A charming seaside resort famous for its spa hotels and fine sandy beaches. The Old Town is also very popular, as well as Haapsalu Castle, where many events and music festivals are held.

Breakfast
Haapsalu - Hiiumaa Island :
Day 3

Bike tour from Haapsalu to Hiiumaa Island, approx. 40 km and 1 hr. 15 min. Ferry ride

Today the route takes you to the second largest island of Estonia – Hiiumaa. It was once formed by a meteorite explosion and is one of the oldest islands in the world.

Hiiumaa is known for its lighthouses, unspoiled nature and the small neighboring island Kassaari with its humorous inhabitants. After the ferry crossing, the route takes you to the main town of the island, Kärdla, known for its cozy island atmosphere.

Breakfast
Hiiumaa - Saaremaa Island :
Day 4

Bike tour from Hiiumaa to Saaremaa Island, approx. 65 km and 1 hr. ferry ride

From Kärdla the route takes you to South Hiiumaa and first to Kassari Island. On your way is the Vaelma wool factory, where the yarn is still spun with the technology and machines from the last centuries. Visit the romantic chapel of Kassari and walk to the famous Sääre Tirp peninsula.

In the evening the ferry will take you to the largest island of Estand – Saaremaa. You will spend the night in a romantic tourist farm. If you love nature, beach and the sea, then this is a place for you to spend more than just one night.

Saaremaa - Kuressaare :
Day 5

Bike tour to the capital on Saaremaa – Kuressaare, approx. 50 km

Windmills are the symbol of Saaremaa. Today the route takes you to the Angla Windmill, where you can learn about the characteristic windmills of the island, watch a miller at work and taste the homemade bread. Stop at Kaali meteorite craters, this very rare and spectacular natural wonder in Estonia.

Your stage destination for today – Kuressaare – is a small, charming summer resort, known for its medieval castle.

Breakfast
Kuressaare :
Day 6

Enjoy a break day in this Baltic Sea jewel Kuressaare and the surrounding area.

Breakfast
Kuressaare - Tornimäe :
Day 7

Bike tour from Kuressaare to Tornimäe, approx. 50 km

Today the route takes you further across the island of Saaremaa. Small villages with ancient churches, moors, forests and meadows are your travel companions today.

Breakfast
Muhu - Varbla :
Day 8

Bike tour across the island of Muhu to Varbla, about 65 km and 30 min. Ferry

From Tornimäe the route takes you across the island of Muhu. Time seems to stand still here – sleepy fishing villages, turning windmills, thatched houses.

Tip: Take a detour to the museum village of Koguva. The best preserved 19th century village in all of Estonia, where all the buildings are architectural landmarks. Or cycle to the magnificent Pädaste manor house.

The ferry will then take you back to the mainland. You follow the cycling route 1 to the coast to Varbla.

Breakfast
Varbla - Pärnu :
Day 9

Bike tour from Varbla to Pärnu, about 70 km

On quiet roads it goes through very small towns to the coast. Enjoy a break at Valgeranna beach and then continue to Estonia’s summer capital Pärnu. Pärrnu is famous for its beach life and was on the list of Russian imperial resorts as early as 1890. Long white beaches, shallow waters and ‘the best sun in Estonia’ have always attracted the tourists and also the Estonians themselves.

Take a walk on the promenade, visit the old town, have a cup of coffee in Ammende Villa and just enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.

Breakfast
Pärnu - Home / Onward journey :
Day 10

Pärnu and individual departure

After breakfast your cycling tour through Estonia’s west ends. Leave your rental bikes at the hotel and take the public bus back to Tallinn.

Or you can take the bus on to Riga and explore yet another Baltic capital well worth seeing.

Services

included in the price:

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

not included:

  • Train ride from Tallinn to Turba (approx. € 6,- / person + € 3 / bike)
  • Ferry tickets for crossings as advertised in the program (approx. € 30,- / person incl. bike, as of 2024)
  • Bus ride from Pärnu to Tallinn (approx. € 15,- / person)
  • Bus ride from Pärnu to Riga (approx. € 20,- / person)
  • Entrance fees for museums and other attractions
  • Everything that is not explicitly listed as included

Dates and prices

Arrival days 2024: every Mon – Fri in …
Season 1 01.05. – 15.10.
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 900 €
Single room w. breakfast 1.400 €
Extra nights
Extra night in Tallinn, 3*** or 4**** hotel in the center, double room with breakfast / pers 120 €
Extra night in Tallinn, 3*** or 4**** hotel in the center, single room with breakfast 160 €
Additional services
Transportation of one piece of luggage up to max. 25 kg from start to destination 40 €
Note: Please note that you must transport your own luggage for the journey on the bikes.
Rental bicycles
E-bike, incl. Return transportation 280 €
Touring bike 7- or 24-speed, incl. Return transportation 150 €
Panniers for touring bike or e-bike: 2 x 20 l 20 €
Handlebar bag 1 x 10 l 15 €

Map

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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