Best of Estonia - 10 days
Private tour

Best of Estonia

  • 10 days / 9 nights
  • Estonia
  • Tallinn - Lahemaa National Park - Lake Peipus - Tartu - Viljandi -Saaremaa Island - Kurasaare - Haapsalu - Tallinn

Program

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN TALLINN

Welcome to the capital of Estonia! Tallinn has one of the region’s best-preserved medieval centers, but there is also a modern edge that you can discover in its lively dining and nightlife scenes. Its waterfront promenades and nearby beaches offer great views of the city and coast and are perfect spots for a romantic stroll at any time of year.

DAY 2: TALLINN

In the morning you will go on a guided walking tour of Tallinn to explore a well-preserved medieval center known as the Old Town. You will see many historic sites, for example, Toompea Castle, a stately baroque castle which today houses the Parliament of Estonia; the 13th century Dome Church; the Russian Revival Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. At the end of the tour you will enter Great Guild Hall, which was a guild for merchants in the 14th century and is now the Estonian History Museum.

DAY 3: TALLINN – LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast at your hotel, you will transfer to Lahemaa National Park, a scenic coastline northeast which is considered one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic Coast. Within Lahemaa National Park, you will visit Käsmu village, which sits on a bog with many lakes and streams. You will also stop at fishermen’s villages and historic manor estates, including Palmse Manor. This manor estate dates to the early 16th century and is considered one of the country’s most impressive examples of Baroque architecture. Besides the main house, the expansive grounds feature a greenhouse, hedgerows, gardens and a park with gazebos and a bathhouse overlooking a pond.

DAY 4: LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK – LAKE PEIPUS – TARTU

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and afterward, you will visit the shores of Lake Peipus. It is the fifth-largest lake in Europe and also the largest trans-boundary lake on the continent, as it shares borders with both Estonia and Russia. Beyond its natural beauty, this area has its own cultural and religious legacy. The Estonian side of the lake is home to one of the biggest Russian Orthodox Old Believers communities in Europe. Next you will transfer to Tartu, Estonia’s second-largest city.

You will go on the guided walking tour and indulge in Tartu’s young, bohemian atmosphere. After all, this city is home to Tartu University, which was established in 1632 and is the national university. The tour begins in Town Hall Square with a visit to the statue of Kissing Students. Nearby you will find St. John’s Church with its many terracotta sculptures, and the university.

DAY 5: TARTU

Today you will join a guided tour of the Estonian National Museum. Founded in 1909, this museum preserves Estonian national heritage. It traces the cultural history of the region’s inhabitants dating as far back as the Ice Age and is home to an impressive collection of artefacts contributing to better understanding of cultural development until World War II and after. The rest of the day is on your own leisure to enjoy Tartu.

DAY 6: TARTU – VILJANDI – PARNU

In the morning, you will continue an hour west from Tartu to the town of Viljandi, to join a guided walking tour. Viljandi has a unique history, as it became part of the German Hanseatic League in the early 14th century. Today it is a charming town nestled in the woods and featuring well-preserved medieval buildings. These include the iconic St. John’s Church, a 17th-century Baptist church with a tall steeple and long spire.

In the afternoon you will arrive in Parnu, the fourth-largest city in Estonia located in the west coast. This is a popular summertime retreat for Estonians with its long, sandy beach and resort-like accommodations. You will go on a guided walking tour of Parnu downtown to get to know its 19th-century timber villas and the eclectic mix of old and new architecture, as well as beautiful parks filled with trees, walking paths and fountains. The highlight of the city is, of course, Parnu Beach, where you can relax for the remainder of the day.

DAY 7: PARNU – KURESSAARE

You will wake up early today for a morning transfer and a scenic ferry ride to Estonia’s largest island, Saaremaa Island. It is a great place to explore what life was once like throughout Estonia, as the island maintains its calm atmosphere and simple way of living.

Your first stop will be Kaali Meteorite Crater, a group of nine craters estimated to be created 7,500-7,600 years ago. You will then head to the island’s capital city Kuressare, where you will explore its impressive fortress. The Kuressaare Episcopal Castle is a medieval fortification that has remained mostly in its original state. It was built in the 14th century by crusaders looking to Christianize the island and remained a strategic stronghold until the early 19th century. You will learn more about this history with a visit to the castle’s museum followed by a walk up the towers where you will be treated with unforgettable views.

DAY 8: SAAREMAA ISLAND TOUR

After breakfast, you will start the tour of Saaremaa Island and first visit the Sõrve Peninsula. There is a famous lighthouse with an impressive height – 170 feet (52 meters). Head up the stairs to the top and you can look out over Irbe Strait, all the way out to mainland Latvia.

After, you will head to the north of the island and the village of Angla, where you will tour Angla Windmill Park. The park complex exists to preserve the area’s wooden trestle windmills. Next stop will be Panga Cliffs! This unique geologic formation consists of bedrock outcroppings that start on the island of Gotland, in Sweden, and then pass through the Baltic Sea and surface on Estonia’s west coast. Along the way, they form part of Saaremaa Island’s north coast.

DAY 9: KURESAARE – HAAPSALU – TALLINN

After breakfast, you will head to the seaside resort town of Haapsalu, which is known for its narrow streets, romantic wooden houses and seaside promenade. You will visit the Haapsalu Castle Museum. The castle was founded in the middle of the 13th century and was used until the end of the 17th century. After, you will continue to Tallinn.

DAY 10: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, at the appropriate time, you will transfer to the airport for your flight home. This concludes your grand Baltic adventure. Until next time!

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Price in double occupancy
  • In 4-star hotels for 2 persons traveling is 2300 EUR per
  • In 3-star hotels for 2 persons traveling is 2170 EUR per person.
  • In 4-star hotels for 4 persons traveling is 1480 EUR per person.
  • In 3-star hotels for 4 persons traveling is 1350 EUR per person.
  • In 4-star hotels for 6 persons traveling is 1210 EUR per person.
  • In 3-star hotels for 6 persons traveling is 1080 EUR per person.
  • In 4-star hotels for 8 persons traveling is 1070 EUR per person.
  • In 3-star hotels for 8 persons traveling is 940 EUR per person.

Single supplement

Single supplement in 4-star hotels – 590 EUR

Single supplement in 3-star hotels – 430 EUR

Services included

  • 9 overnights in centrally located hotels with breakfast;
  • English speaking driver and tour leader throughout the program;
  • Transportation in private car or minivan per program;
  • Walking tour in Tallinn, Tartu, Viljandi and Parnu;
  • The Lahemaa National Park sightseeing tour;
  • Saaremaa Island sightseeing tour;
  • Entrances in Great Guild, Palmse Manor, Estonian National Museum, Kuressaare Castle, Angla Windmill Park and Haapsalu Castle Museum.
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What travelers say about us

Barry Toward
Barry Toward
2022-09-18
We have just spent 9 days travelling through the Baltic countries with Valdis as our guide. Although the itinerary and accommodation had been pre-arranged Valdis supported our trip brilliantly, bringing to life the individual countries with city walking tours, nature trails and visits to other sites. He is great fun, extremely knowledgable and became an integral part of our small group. His contribution to our holiday played a key part in making it a great and enjoyable experience (and he recommends good places to eat!)
Sam Paliwal
Sam Paliwal
2022-09-02
If you are looking to go to the Baltic's on an active vacation, make sure to check out Baltic Nature Travel as your travel advisor. We recently finished a 10-day self-driving tour of the Baltic's and wanted to have an active trip whilst not missing out on all the cultural highlights of the region. Valdis, the owner of Baltic Nature Travel was very responsive and organized a trip that included kayaking, long distance bicycle riding, hiking in different forests, cooking activities, cultural highlights, hot-air balloon riding, etc-- all in a matter of 10 days and customized the trip to our liking. We were very satisfied with his responsiveness to our needs and his ability to stay ahead and plan various activities appropriately. Just to give you one example of Valdis's ability to think ahead: in one of the hotels, they have very limited parking. On his own initiative, Valdis made a to call to the hotel and reserved a parking spot for us for the one night that we were going to stay at that hotel. It helped out a lot, as we had to leave very early in the morning. There are other numerous examples where he was available to answer questions and help us as necessary, both before and during the trip. He is an excellent guide, calm and collected and his team of guides around the region were quite knowledgeable and fluent. The accommodation for the trip were quite good and and they can be easily adjusted based on your budget. I highly recommend his touring company for your Baltic travel experience and would like to add that as a person he's very likable and easy-going.
Lajos Nagy
Lajos Nagy
2022-07-23
A perfect series of daily hiking tours and town walkarounds. I especially was amused by the jungle-like forests and friendly conversations along the way. Everything was perfectly planned and organized, I definitely recommend, worth thousand-times more than simply visiting cities in a rush.
Tom Demandt
Tom Demandt
2022-05-30
We had an excellent day hike with our guide Valdis. He was very friendly, very service minded and knowledgeable. The hike through Gauja National Park was really beautiful. Heartily recommend for anyone looking for an active day trip outside Riga.
Sergey Zhuravlev
Sergey Zhuravlev
2022-02-28
I enjoyed the hiking tour in the Beberbeķi-Skulte regions of Riga. The route was mainly through the forest, so this is a great opportunity to get away from the city bustle and daily routine and to spend a few hours in nature. The tour guide Valdis is very friendly and he has a lot to tell about the area. I am looking forward to the next tour and recommend joining it.
Sa Si
Sa Si
2022-02-15
I had a wonderful hiking tour trough Kemeri National Park with Baltic Nature Travel. Valdis is a very well informed and nice guide! I would totally recommend a tour with him!
aarpr
aarpr
2022-01-24
Really nice activities and tours by Valdis. Highly recommended. Definetely I will repeat soon.
Eimear Friel
Eimear Friel
2022-01-18
Thoroughly enjoyed my hike with Valdis and Solveiga. It was exactly what I hoped for. Perfect for someone looking to explore more of Latvia but nto sure where to go!
Fiona Koe
Fiona Koe
2022-01-18
Awesome hike, beautiful scenery. Valdis was very friendly and knowledgeable. Will recommend

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