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Cycling route from Paris to St. Petersburg, Russia

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Cycling route from Paris to St. Petersburg, Russia

I am cycling from Paris to St. Petersburg during June/July'16. The route will begin with a portion of Eurovelo 3 and then merge onto Eurovelo 2.

The portion of Eurovelo in Eastern Europe (from Poland to Russia) is "not realized" and am wondering if someone has experience/routes to share.

Thanks for your help!

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I'm not sure where exactly

I'm not sure where exactly that route goes through, but I imagine across Poland then up through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.... The Baltic states have good roads and little traffic outside of their main cities - the only really busy road is the one that connects the three capitals. Estonia has a some nice cycle routes mapped out on very quiet small roads - if you have time take in the islands off the west coast. I used a road map in Lat and Lith and stuck to small roads and it was nice cycling, especially if the weather is good. All three countries are very flat. Lots of forest for camping, its all very easy going. People are friendly, distances between things are quite short.

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Thank you Sam

Thank you Sam

Yes you are correct -my route (still in the planning phase) includes the following waypoints- Poznan, Torun, Gdansk in Poland to Vilnius, then Smiltene, Narva and over to Saint Petersburg.

I will check out the Islands as you suggest-it all sounds lovely..

Do you have any experience cycling in Poland?

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Yes, I cycled from west to

Yes, I cycled from west to east across the north of Poland. initially I thought it would be a good idea to follow the northern coast, but it was summer and seemed like half of Poland was there on holiday - the roads were small but really busy and everywhere was crowded, instead I headed south a little then across to Gdansk. Gdansk was really interesting and it became much quieter the further east I went. There were two issues with Poland... the driving wasn't as respectful (most are but sometimes you have people passing you close and fast), and the country seems to go on forever!! There are some days where you end up cycling all day through forest on an almost straight road. Apart from that it is very nice, and again its very flat. Its cheap, friendly and there are lots of places to camp if you are planning on camping - just watch out for ticks as they are very common. I was meant to join a cycle path when I first crossed from Germany, but I think it had been set up 5 years before then fallen straight into disrepair so didnt really exist. Some small roads are made of cobble stones - not nice! Unfortunately not really a way of finding out in advance. Most of the larger roads have a big hard shoulder.

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Thank you

Thank you Sam

It seems like either option has its challenges. I selected this draft route based on other blogs. Your comments are most helpful in anticipating what the route will look like and what I need to be prepared for. I believe there are formal bike tours that cycle from Paris to Russia but the maps are not freely available.

When did you cycle through Poland? I am curious if the cycling infrastructure could have improved since you were there?

I know what you mean by a road of cobble stones-I found myself on one when cycling from Oslo to Paris last year and its not nice at all.

If you have any additional thoughts about cycling through Poland, I would appreciate hearing from you. Happy New Year!

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Hello Bertha,

Hello Bertha,
I am from Kaunas, Lithuania. If you need some concrete information about my country, feel free to ask. We don't have many bike paths, but usually it's easy to cycle on the roads.
Good luck for planning!

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