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9-day Self-Drive Tour in Estonia

Trip programme:

Day 1: Tallinn
Welcome to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia! Pick up your car at the airport. Drive to the hotel. Overnight stay in Tallinn.
Day 2: Tallinn
Enjoy a walk through the romantic, medieval city, a historic Old Town of which is included into UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Town Hall Square, the winding romantic alleys, St. Nicholas Church, the city walls with cannon towers and Castle Hill are just a small list of what you will see in Tallinn. Other highlights of the city include the former St. Brigitte’s Monastery in Pirita, the baroque Kadriorg Palace with its beautiful garden, the KUMU Art Museum and the legendary Tallinn Song Festival Ground. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 3: Tallinn - Haapsalu - Saaremaa Island (approx. 260km)
Today your way leads to an extraordinary beauty of Estonia – Saaremaa and Muhu islands. Sleepy fishermen’s villages, windmills, thatched houses and wildly romantic landscapes make the islands an unforgettable experience for visitors. On the way to Saaremaa Island, we recommend a stop in the little town of Haapsalu, knows as the Venice of the North. The direct location on the Baltic Sea, many colourful wooden houses, the medieval Episcopal’ s Castle surrounded by the legend of the “White Lady” characterise this town. Ferry ride from Virtsu to Kuivastu. Drive to Kuressaare. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 4: Saaremaa
Get to know the contrasting island of Saaremaa, a land of nature, culture and tradition. The highlights of Saaremaa include: Kuressaare with the Bishop’s Castle, Angla with the windmills, Karja with St. Catherine’s Church, Kaali with the Meteorite Crater, the Panga cliff, the Massilinn Order Castle, the Mihkli Farm Museum and much more. Overnight stay in Kuressaare.
Day 5: Saaremaa - Pärnu - Tartu (approx. 326km)
Departure to Pärnu, the famous seaside resort and summer capital of Estonia. Here you have time for a walk through the old town, where you should see beautifully renovated Elisabeth Church, the town hall in classicist style, the remains of the town fortifications. Enjoy a pleasant walk along the Baltic Sea coast.
Continue your journey to Tartu. On the way, stop in the small town of Viljandi and visit the ruins of the castle of the German Knights of the Order. Arrival in Tartu. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 6: Tartu
Self-guided walking tour of the university town of Tartu. The city has many attractions such as the 18th century Town Hall, the main building of the University of Tartu, the Cathedral Hill with the ruins of the Dome Church, St John’s Church with the unique terracotta sculptures from the Middle Ages, the Leaning House, the fountain with the sculpture “Kissing Students” and the Angel’s Bridge. Overnight stay in a hotel in Tartu.
 
Day 7: Tartu - Rakvere - Lahemaa National Park (approx. 280km)
Continue along picturesque landscapes to the fourth largest lake in Europe. On the way, you will see manors of the nobility, lighthouses, traditional markets and colourful houses along the so-called “Onion Trail”. Visit these villages of the Old Believers Kolkja, Kallaste, Mustvee and Raja, and immerse yourself in a very peculiar world.
The journey continues to the Rakvere, famous for the ruins of the medieval castle “Wesenberg”.
Continue to Lahemaa National Park, to Vihula. For today’s overnight stay we have chosen something very special for you. You will stay in the majestic former manor house of Vihula, surrounded by beautiful nature. Let the day end in a cosy atmosphere.
Day 8: Lahemaa National Park
Today you will spend in Lahemaa National Park, the largest national park in Estonia, established to promote preservation and searching into North-Estonian landscapes, ecosystems and biodiversity. Made up of four peninsulas and numerous islets, jutting into the Gulf of Finland, the park covers an area of 72,500ha. We recommend you to visit restored manor houses Palmse and Sagadi, the Jägala waterfall, the legendary “captain’s village” Käsmu with snow-white wooden houses and huge boulders, followed by a hike to the Viru Raba high moor. With many new experiences you return to Vihula. Overnight stay.
Day 9: Vihula - Tallinn (approx. 85km)
Drive to Tallinn airport. Return of the rental car. Journey home.
The following services are included in the price:
 
  • 8 nights with breakfast in good 3-star hotels;
  • 9 days rental car (e.g., VW Polo or similar for 2 people, VW Touran or similar for 4 people) with fully comprehensive insurance without excess:
    • Premium protection package; windscreen, headlight and tyre protection, accident insurance;
    • Unlimited kilometres;
    • Second driver, registered with the rental company for the entire duration of the trip;
  • Parking fees at hotels in Tallinn, Kuressaare and Tartu;
 
Price example:
The price from 920 EUR* per person in a double room (calculated for 4 people)
The price from 1060 EUR* per person in a double room (calculated for 2 people)
*The price was calculated for the low season (October - April). Prices for high season on request.
 
Programme changes are possible according to your wishes. Free choice of dates! The trip can be booked all year round!
 
 

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