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Tallinn-Helsinki-St. Peterburg-Tallinn

Enjoy the self guided bike tour around Baltic Sea and discover the Finland, Russia and Estonia! Medieval towns, modern metropolis, beautiful scenery, fascinating buildings, a lot of history and nature will wait for you.

This self-guided tour is for the experienced cyclists. Days are long, some streches are on main road, cutting day into half or shortnering the trip is not possible. 

St Petersburg and the Leningrad Region joined the Russian e-visa programme in Oct 2019. You can now apply single entry visa to Russia online. 

Price

Tour price starts from 665 EUR per person. 

Price includes:

  • Accommodation 9 nights in double/twin room. Last night in Tallinn is not included
  • 9 breakfast
  • Maps
  • Route description

Not included (extras)

  • Trekking bike rent 132 EUR per bike
  • E-bike rent 275 EUR per bike
  • Rent of pannier bags 19 EUR per pair
  • Single supplement +300 EUR
  • Ferry ticket to Helsinki is between 25-40 EUR per person
  • Sending bike to Helsinki is 45 EUR per bike
  • Visa to Russia
  • Daily luggage transfers are not availble
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Day 1: Tallinn-Helsinki-Porvoo. 60 km /37.2 mi
The ferry will take you to Helsinki, from where you start your cycling tour towards St.Peterburg. Getting out of Helsinki is no hassle - bicycle road running parallel with main road will take you to the second oldest city in Finland – Porvoo. A river flows through the city, passing Porvoo’s most well-known landmarks: its red shore houses. You will stay in a hotel in Porvoo.

Day 2: Porvoo-Kotka. 82 km / 51 mi
A bike road will first take you to Loviisa, a small seaside town that has retained its old wooden houses and its sense of authenticity. Market square, its surroundings and the Bonga Castle are worth visiting here.
Continue to Kotka, a picturesque town with a rich maritime tradition. It is home to the Maritime Museum of Finland and the Maretarium. Treat yourself with the local speciality Posso :). You will stay a hotel in Kotka.

Day 3. Kotka-Vyborg (Russia). 124 km / 77 mi
A bike road continues all the way to Finland's oldest fortress town Hamina. The city’s 360-year history can be appreciated by exploring the city centers circular town plan and fortifications. A small and twisty road will continue to Russian border.
Vaalimaa border crossing should be easy and with all formalities should not take more than 1 hour.
Your destination today is the city of Vyborg, birthplace of world-famous Jean Sibelius. This appealing provincial town on the Gulf of Finland is dominated by a medieval castle and peppered with beautiful Finnish art-nouveau buildings and romantic cobblestone streets. Stay in Vyborg in a hotel.

Day 4. Vyborg-Luzhki. 70 km / 43 mi
The route from Vyborg to Luzhki is on a secondary road, close to the shores of Baltic Sea and through the forests. This area is summer destination for bustling St.Petersburg citizens, feel the pine forests and find nice coffee stops along the route.
Primorsk, the second largest Russian port on the Baltic Sea, once belonging to Finland, has some well-preserved Finnish heritage worth visiting.
Your stay is nearby Luzhki in a hotel.

Day 5: Luzhki – St.Peterburg. 110 km / 68.3 mi
A secondary road will take you to St. Peterburg. On the way are summer resorts with both Soviet and Tsar Peter the Great heritage and a fine sandy beach for some refreshing swim. Local people have summer stalls on the road to find local berries or pastires, take your time to discover rural atmosphere. 
St. Peterburg is the highlight of this tour. With its numerous palaces, museums, churches, restaurants and cafes, St. Peterburg needs more time. It is recommended to stay here more than one night. Stay in a hotel.

Day 6: St. Peterburg – Peterhoff. 33 km / 19.8 mi
After short ride from St.Peterburg, you will reach to Peterhoff. The palaces and the gardens with numerous fountains, are the main sights there. Plan half a day  for the visit. Stay in a hotel.

Day 7. Peterhoff – Kingissepp. 115 km / 71.4 mi
The way from Peterhoff to Kingissepp is a cycling day, no sights on your way. You will still find local shops and cafes to stop, riding through small Russian villages.
Kingissepp got it's name after Estonian Communist, Nowedays it is modern and cozy Russian town with supermarkets, local restaurants and even McDonalds! Stay in a hotel in Kingissepp.

Day 8: Kingissepp – Toila (Estonia). 80 km / 49.7 mi
Morning ride will take you to the Russian border point in Ivangorod and you will cross the border to the Estonian town Narva. Narva is a melting pot of Estonian and Russian cultures. Once a prime example of Baroque architecture in Europe, the town was heavily damaged in the Second war and almost entirely rebuilt.
The main sight is the well-preserved castle (Hermann Fortress). Continue to Narva-Jõesuu resort dotted with spas and a large sandy beach.
You will also pass Sillamäe town, which due to its industry, was closed for visitors for a long time. Today, you can examine the buildings from the post-war period of Stalin, classical parkways, and museums. Then you will continue to Toila and stay in a Spa Hotel.

Day 9: Toila-Vihula. 100 km / 62.1 mi
The road from Toila to Vihula is on the top of the cliff with some amazing views to the Baltic Sea. You will pass Estonias highest waterfall in Valaste and the romantic Saka Spa Hotel (coffee break!). Then you will continue to the famous Lahemaa National Park and stay in Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa.

Day 10. Vihula-Tallinn. 105km / 65.2 mi
From Vihula, you will continue towards Tallinn. Sagadi and Palmse Manor houses are on your way as well as most famous Estonian nature sight, Viru Bog. The old Tallinn-Narva road will take you to Estonias biggest waterfall, Jägala Waterfall and then you will cycle around the old mine to Maardu. From there, there is a bike road to Tallinn, to the very centre of town.
Easy to find your hotel in the centre!

Great company and good service! Keep riding! George P