–  2018

Starting in Latvia and finishing in Estonia, this unique challenge links two beautiful capital cities in Eastern Europe. From the renowned art nouveau district of old Riga we follow the Baltic coastline all the way to the Gothic old town of Talinn, taking in picturesque villages and stunning landscapes along the way.

Itinerary

Day 1

London – Riga

Travel to Latvia

Your adventure begins on day one! We fly to Riga from London and transfer to our hotel. 

The afternoon will be spent bike fitting and preparing for our challenge ahead of us. If time permits, we'll have an optional tour of the town. We stay overnight in Riga. 

Day 2

Riga – Cesis

Cycle 75 miles

On day two we start the challenge today through beautiful glacial hilocks and ponds. We cycle through Sigulda and the stunning Gauja National Park to Cesis, famous for its 13th century castle of the Order of Knights.

Day 3

Cesis – Valka (Latvia)/Valga (Estonia)

Cycle 62 miles

Day three is our last day in Latvia as we head north passing through forests and meadows in the ancient valley of the Gauja River.

We finish today in the unique twin town of Valka and Valga, divided between Latvia and Estonia and known by a different name by each country. 

Day 4

Valka/Valga - Parnu

Cycle 75 miles

We leave Valka/Valga on the morning of day four. We cycle west to the Gulf of Riga, through the town of Staicele, along the Salaca River.

We reach Ainazi and cross the border here into Estonia. Our route takes us through fishermen's villages onto Parnu where you'll spend a well deserved night. 

Day 5

Parnu - Haapsalu

Cycle 68 miles

On day five we continue in a westerly direction today along the Matsalu Nature Reserve, a wetland and major water bird habitat.

This is an intriguing region of Estonia with coastal vistas and islands. We stay in Haapsalu for the night. 

Days 6 - 8

Haapsalu – Talinn – London

Cycle 50 miles, travel home

Day six is the final day of cycling. We visit Keila-Joa, a small village on the high coastal cliffs. Here we have time to explore the beautiful cascading waterfall before we get back on the bikes for the final stretch to Tallinn.

You'll have a free day on day seven to explore Talinn, the captial of Estonia. What better way to recover from your 335 mile adventure?

Day eight is the final day. We bid farefell to Estonia as we jump on our flight home back to London. 

Information

What's included?

  • Return flights
  • Local transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Tour leader
  • Medic
  • All meals

Event information

  • Date

    5 – 12 August 2018

  • Distance

    50 – 75 miles cycling a day

  • Fitness

    To take on this challenge you'll need a high level of fitness

  • Minimum age

    You must be 18 years or older to register for this event

  • Minimum fundraising

    £2,750 – we'll help you with your fundraising every step of the way

  • Location

    Latvia – Estonia

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The trip of a lifetime

Every mile you cycle will make sure people living with a terminal illness get the most from the time they have left.

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Contact us

0845 052 4184
events@mariecurie.org.uk

How the money you raise helps

£180 pays for someone with a terminal illness to attend the day therapy unit at the hospice.

£400 pays for someone to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so that they can receive the hands-on care they need in their final days.

£1,250 pays for a portable oxygen system that will relieve distressing symptoms, so a person doesn’t have to be confined to bed.

"If you want a real challenge, with some fantastic people, raising money for a wonderful charity, this is it! You will have one of the most fulfilling weeks of your life."

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Frequently asked questions

  • Do I need to sign up online?

    Signing up online is quick and easy to do and it saves us vital money to put towards supporting people living with a terminal illness. The registration form is also available to download and print. If you are not able to sign up right now, why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up online later?

  • Who can take part?

    People over the age of 18 who are looking for a challenge are able to take part. The group size will be approximately 30-40 with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.

    The event will be tough and exhilarating, but it will be fantastically rewarding and is suitable for anyone with a bit of grit, determination and willingness to work as part of a team.

  • How fit do I have to be?

    All our challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part - the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure. We will cycle approximately 70 miles per day. 

  • Will I need specialist kit?

    We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.

  • What is not included in the package?

    -Registration fee

    -Travel insurance

    -Recommended vaccinations

    -Tips and gratuities

    -Visa for non-EU nationals 

    -Cycle helmet.

  • What food and drink will there be?

    A typical breakfast will consist of bread, cheese, eggs, salads, cake, jams, tea and coffee.

    Lunch will be hot pasta or baked potato meals. Evening meals will include meat, chicken or fish with potatoes, pasta or rice, salads, vegetables and fruit.

    Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.

  • What about vaccinations?

    Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain. Diptheria may be advised. This is a guideline only and we recommend you seek professional medical advice from your GP. You may also look on fitfortravel.nhs.uk    for further advice

  • How will I be supported?

    Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other trekkers and hear more about the challenge.

    During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a doctor and tourleader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle each day.

  • Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?

    We ask you to raise a minimum of £2,750. A minimum of £1,292* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on 0800 716 146 for further information.

    * Based on minimum participant numbers

  • What will the weather be like?

    Day time temperatures may be 10-15°C with pleasant night time temperatures around 2-5°C. You should be prepared for rain as well as strong winds. Weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for all conditions.

  • Passports and visas

    Participants should have at least six months’ validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. British passport holders and EU nationals do not require a visa. Other nationals should check with their embassies. 

  • Can I extend my stay?

    Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through Sport Ecosse at an additional cost and subject to availability. Requests must be submitted at least 3 months before the trip.

  • How can I help limit the environmental impact of travelling abroad for this trek?

    Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, Sport Ecosse, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. 

  • What are the deadlines for my sponsorship money?

    We require the 80% minimum of £2,200 by 21 May 2018. The remainder of the sponsorship is due 4 weeks after you return from the event.

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Sport Ecosse

This challenge is organised through Sport Ecosse. Sport Ecosse was set up in 2008 by Kevin Gerrie. With over 20 years of event management experience, Sport Ecosse organise highly professional and tailored cycling challenges in some of the world’s best landscapes.