Estonia - Touring Holidays
An escorted tour of Estonia will take you to the most northerly of the three Baltic States. Sandwiched between Latvia to the south and the Gulf of Finland to the north, Estonia’s independence was restored in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed. Today it oozes European charm, forest blankets almost half the land and visitors are lured by the intriguing mix of historical sights and contemporary urban living.
A lively and compact city
The captivating capital Tallinn is where most visitors begin their discovery. Lying on the shores of the Baltic Sea, it was established in medieval times and is a lively and compact city that’s easy to explore. The well-preserved walls and towers surrounding the Old Town conceal an array of cobblestone alleyways, charming buildings and the delightful Town Hall Square. Elsewhere the city offers everything from first-class restaurants and trendy shopping malls to fascinating museums and the magnificent Kadriorg Palace and Park. During your time in Tallinn, be sure to take a stroll up to Toompea, where you’ll see the castle, now home to Estonia’s parliament, and take in exceptional views of the city.
An unspoiled landscape
Not too far from Tallinn, on the country’s northern coast is the Lahemaa National Park, an unspoiled landscape of boulder-strewn coastline, verdant forest, rivers, lakes and bogs. A plethora of wildlife, including brown bear, lynx and wolves, lots of birds and more than 20 species of fish have been spotted here, and there’s a network of picturesque trails to be explored.
The new Estonian National Museum
Around three hours to the southeast of Tallinn is Tartu, a handsome university town on the banks of the Emajõgi River. Its vibrant Town Hall Square is lined with impressive buildings and the brand new Estonian National Museum is well worth a visit. It opened in October 2016 and charts the history and traditions of life in Estonia.
Sleepy villages and wooden windmills
For a slice of authentic Estonian life, many people take the ferry to Muhu island and then cross the 2.5 km causeway to Saaremaa, an island about the size of Luxembourg off the country’s western coast. Sleepy villages and wooden windmills dot the landscape, and the magnificent castle in Kuressaare has been described as one of the finest in the Baltic region.
Estonia’s principle seaside resort is Pärnu, a historic city whose white-sand beaches are washed by shallow waters. Here you can take a leisurely stroll along the beach promenade, relax on the sun-drenched sands or take your place in one of the many inviting restaurants or bars.
Every Travelsphere holiday offers exceptional value for money. Included in the price are return scheduled flights/rail travel and internal flights, where applicable, overseas transfers and transportation, carefully chosen hotels, many meals and excursions and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or Local Guide.
Articles about Estonia
The ‘singing nation’
In Estonia’s capital Tallinn, there is a large open-air amphitheatre where an audience of tens of thousands sit on a sloping hill in front of a vast stage. This graceful piece of Soviet-era architecture is the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.
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