Best of Estonia
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!
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 in 4-star hotels – 590 EUR
Single supplement in 3-star hotels – 430 EUR
- 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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