Listen to advice: Bike trip organisers can lead you to delightful corners
TALLIN: Estonia is a safe place for bicycle trips. Main roads are all paved and have sparse traffic, while still passing through populated urban areas. You can choose to bike though the flatlands of Northern andwestern Estonia, or enjoy southern Estonia with its rolling hills, lakes, fields and forests. Summer days in Estonia are so long that you can circle the entire country on bike in just 10–14 days. And we have more bicycle trips in Estonia.
Accommodation locations are situated closely enough for you to reach the next one within a day’s journey. It is also easy to find designated campsites or to put your tent up in nature scenery; camping without a permit is allowed in designated and marked camping spots in state-owned forests.
Bike routes. The Eurovelo route that passes through Estonia starts from the Latvian border, runs along the coast and the islands, passes Tallinn and heads to the Russian border via the northern coast (Saint Petersburg is only 140 km away from the border). Additionally, there are signs for a selection of local and regional bike routes. You get a whole new experience when traveling through Estonia on a bike, meadows and forests alternate with villages and stop at the nearest farm to ask for a glass of cold water.
Rent a bike. There are plenty of places that lend out equipment, in cities, but in tourism farms and spas as well. If you would like to get help from local tour operators, check the routes and trips listed below. Bike trip organisers can lead you to delightful locations that are tricky to find on your own and show a lot of interesting places that you might not notice.
If you are travelling on your own, be sure to stop by at local tourist information centres. These provide detailed regional maps, thorough information about local sights, dining and accommodation.
In Pärnu Baltreisen offers bikes and helmets, but also maps. If you wish or need to, you can also ask for the services of a guide and bike transport. You can choose from bikes for men, women and children, as well as tandem bikes and bikes with a child seat.
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