Trip Around Estonia

New to Estonia? Mareti offers you to visit the main cities and interesting places of Estonia during three long days! Our country is small but there is much to see. Join this intensive week-end – that’s your chance to discover Eestimaa!

This bustrip will make a big round through many different cities (Haapsalu, Pärnu, Viljandi, Tartu, Võru, Narva, Valga-Valka) plus sightseeing places (highest mountain, beaches, lakes, forest, convent, fortresses), two nights in a hotel, traditional food and visits to exciting cultural places.

Dates for Autumn will be announced in August 2021.

*All trips depart at 8am on Friday and arrival back at 9pm on Sunday.

The trips are open to everybody, so bring your friends and family with you! Places for the trips are limited.

Price for the trip will be announced in August 2021.

We travel in small and safe and very private group. The places we visit are booked for our group and we have our own individual guide and comfortable bus for us only.

Please take a moment to read from the programme (below) or talk to students who have been to Mareti trips before how much is included in the price. And get your ESNcard for discount!

Registration to the trip is here: trip.mareti.ee.

Day 1, Friday
Early morning (8am), we welcome you with home-made chocolate muffins and we say goodbye to Tallinn. We drive to Haapsalu and we visit its nice city center, its castle and promenade. We drink hot tea and taste Kalev Chocolate factory products at the renovated Haapsalu railway station.

Then we drive towards the summer-capital of Estonia: Pärnu. We first take lunch in the most famous restaurant of the city: Steffani pizzeria! We’ll taste some local pastry and then we spend our calories with a walk in the city center and by the popular beach area.

In the end of the afternoon, we  stop in Viljandi, to discover this folklore-hearted little town and drive to Tartu, our home for the next two nights. Tartu, the second biggest city of Estonia is also known as student city or actually a university with a town as the biggest university of Estonia is located here. We will advise you where to find restaurant with student friendly prices and how to spend your free evening here.
Day 2, Saturday
After breakfast in our 5* hostel, we discover South-Estonian most important places: the highest “mountain” of the Baltics called Suur Munamägi, the deepest lake in Estonia in Rõuge, the city of Võru and the winter-capital of Estonia called Otepää.  We hug trees, taste some local pastries and not only.
We also go to visit Valga-Valka, a twin city in south Estonia and we’ll enjoy some Latvian ice cream. We have lunch in Võru and after lunch and drive back to Tartu, we’ll have a walking tour in the famous university-city Tartu. After all this, we go to have fun in Science Centre AHHAA. We will advise you again, where to go for dinner and what else to do in Tartu on Saturday evening.
Day 3, Sunday
On the last day, we head towards East-Estonia by the lake Peipsi. We drive by the lake and make a stop at it to touch the water and enjoy the view in Mustvee. We visit Kuremäe convent, the only functioning Russian Orthodox one in Estonia.
For lunch we will have open air picnic with very Estonian sandwiches and kringel. Once we arrive in the far-east city of Narva, we visit its castle that is just across the river from Russia. We will give you a bit of free time to fill your stock for the drive back to Tallinn and on the way, we will stop also at the highest waterfall of Estonia – Valaste waterfall. This area was recently renovated and gives a good opportunity to enjoy a small hike, views and touch the sea water. The drive from Narva to Tallinn is around three hours and you will enjoy your dinner already at home.

Included in the price

  • Comfortable bus transportation from and to Tallinn
  • Accommodation 2 nights in a 3* hotel
  • Food for 3 days:
    • Breakfasts
    • Lunches
    • Estonian food and drinks tasting during the days
  • Visits to:
  • Guidance by Mareti group leader at all times (of course) + gifts

Not included in the price

  • Dinners

Travel insurance

We can be as careful as possible but things can happen. If you are at home, you are secured and safe but far from home and from the city where you study abroad, medical help can be very expensive, especially if you do not have health or travel insurance. In case something happens, the health/travel insurance covers medical costs and if necessary, trip back home. We do not compensate any of your unforeseen expenses in the event of cancellation of your failure to make your trip, lost baggage, loss of health and/or accidents. The only possibility to protect oneself from such an expense is to get a travel insurance policy.
Please prepare (you can do it online or in an agency) your travel insurance; for example here: Salva.ee
In case you do not want to buy an insurance, you assume sole financial liability for all direct and indirect consequences of events occurring before or during the trip.

If you have the European Health Insurance Card, take it with you! It makes sure that if something happens, you will have access to the same state-provided health care services under the same conditions and at the same cost as people insured in that country. Be careful: it does NOT mean that the health care services will be free and it is not a travel insurance!

Cancelling policy

We need 30 people to make this trip happen.

After you pay for the trip you give us a clear signal that you are interested in this trip and we take care that you have a place and that you are part of the trip. We book the bus, ferry, accommodation, food, programme…
It means that:

  • 3 weeks (21 days) before the trip, there is no refund of what you have paid for the trip
  • 21 to 30 days before the trip you can get refund 50% of what you have paid for the trip
  • more than 30 days before the trip we can refund you 75% of what you have paid for the trip

Being late or missing the trip

If you are late for the trip or sleep too long in the morning and miss the daily activities, there is no refund. Who is late, misses the programme.

 

Haapsalu

Haapsalu is a seaside resort town located on the west coast of Estonia. It has been a popular summer destination where people from all around the world come for medical treatment because of its warm seawater, curative mud and peaceful atmosphere. Salt mud spas frequented by the Russian Romanov family still operate.
Haapsalu has a fencing school founded by Estonian fencer Endel Nelis, used as the setting of the Finnish/Estonian film “The Fencer”.
Haapsalu scarf is a knitted lace shawl from fine lamb’s wool yarn. The master artisans knit the shawls so fine that they can be pulled through a ladies’ wedding ring.
Finally, Haapsalu castle, one of the main attractions, was founded in the thirteenth century and under Russian rule the walls were partially demolished at the command of the Peter I of Russia, turning the castle into ruins. According to legend, during full moons in August, an image of a maiden, The White Lady, appears on the inner wall of the chapel.

Pärnu

Pärnu, Estonia’s summer capital is first and foremost known for the warm and white sandy beach. It is the fourth-largest city in Estonia, located on the coast of Pärnu Bay and is a popular summer holiday resort with many hotels, restaurants, and large beach.
Pärnu has lovely parks and resort area with its famous sandy beach and promenade that invite for long walks. The cultural life in Pärnu is enriched by numerous museums and art galleries. Pärnu Beach House, Mud Baths and Beach Hotel are valuable examples Estonian architectural heritage.

Suur Munamägi

“Big Egg Mountain”, is the highest peak in Estonia and the Baltic states reaching 318 meters above sea level. It is located in the middle part of Haanja uplands in Võru county. On the top of the mountain there is an observation tower – the view from 346.7 meters is 50 km in radius. On the hill, there have been 5 towers. The first tower, built in 1812, is the subject of a folk legend: it was supposedly destroyed because it confused ships headed toward the coast. The new fifth tower was built of concrete in 1939. The tower was made 25.7 meters high. It was built of 36 000 bricks and 80 tons of cement which all were carried up to the mountain. The tower was finished in the same year in June but the ceremonial opening was cancelled because of World War II.

Rõuge Suurjärv

It is the deepest Estonian lake with a maximal depth of 38m, average depth of 11,9 meters and an area of 13.5 hectares. “Big Lake”, or as the locals call it, “Witch’s Lake”, forms part of a chain of lakes in Rõuge valley in Võru county. The lake formed at the end of the last ice age due to the eroding action of melting ice.
It is an open system, with creeks flowing into it from Lakes Liinjärv, Valgjärv and Kaussjärv. There is a well-maintained public beach by the lake and a hiking trail that runs along the shoreline.

Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu

The aim of AHHAA is to introduce science to everyone and encourage studying through the joy of discover – to trying out numerous ´hands-on´ exhibits on our various exhibitions, visitors of AHHAA can also take part in workshops, enjoy planetarium and science theater shows.

In Hall of Technology, you can ride a bicycle on the rope, pass the shaking tunnel and explore mysterious shadow exhibits.

Hall of Nature is a home to thousands of lively wood ants, tropical fish and axolotls (Mexican salamanders). Tiny chicken hatch from their eggs every day and you can observe the different species of birds that live in Estonia. Visitors definitely enjoy the water exhibits and a special corner filled with colorful building blocks.

In the Hall of Temporary exhibitions, you’re welcome to the race to space!

Otepää

Otepää, formerly named Nuustaku is a small town in southern Estonian hills and valleys in Valga county that has a population of 2,189. Otepää is a popular skiing resort, known as the “winter capital” of Estonia (in contrast to the “summer capital” Pärnu). During the 2005–2006 season it became the site for FIS Cross-Country World Cup events.
Otepää is a well-known winter holiday destination for all those who love the snow, it is a real ski resort. Cross country and downhill skiing, skating, snowboarding in all its forms can be enjoyed at this relaxed winter resort boasting luxurious spa hotels and restaurants. During the summer you can hike along the paths of Otepää nature park, admire rolling hills and lakes, winding village roads and small rivers. The nearby Pühajärve is one of the largest lakes in Estonia and is perfectly suited for a quiet weekend camping trip in the wild.

Peipsi lake

Peipsi lake is the biggest transboundary lake in Europe, on the border between Estonia and Russia. The lake is the fifth largest in Europe, 3555 sq/m, though its maximum depth is only 15m. There are some good, uncrowded beaches to be found on its sandy, 42km-long, northern coast. This area had popular resorts during Soviet times but many of them have been left to crumble and very few new developments have taken their place. The lake water is fresh, with a low transparency of about 2.5 m due to plankton and suspended sediments caused by the river flow. Water currents are weak (5–9 cm/s) and they are induced by the wind and stop when it ceases. Because of the shallow depth, the lake quickly warms up and cools down. Water temperature reaches 25–26 °C in July. The lakes freeze in late November – early December and thaws in late April – early May. About 30 rivers flow into the lake and the lake contains 29 islands.

Autumn 2020

It’s great to meet new people.

Thank you for doing this for us! You do it with such a passion and love, everything is nicely planned and prepared.

I am very happy to have seen so much of Estonia (now i can say that i have been to every corner) Would very much recommend it!

Thanks! Especially to Mariane. Thanks for organizing this extra trip, I think everyone appreciated it!

I just sincerely want to say thanks to Mariane, Made, Someone whose name is forgotten, Gregori, the driver and everyone involved in the organization committee.

I am so happy. So many great people and just having a good time.

I had a really good time and Mariane was very nice and a pleasant guide.

Excellent dates for the trips! Good weather.

A really nice trip.

I really enjoyed the trip. The atmosphere and communication with the Mareti representatives were excellent. I would definitely go on another of such trips. It was fun for sure.

Well organized and really tight schedule. Best opportunity to see a lot.

Thanks a lot for the great weekend and very friendly and funny Mariane.

The trip was really interesting, I learnt a lot about Estonian culture. Mariane is a good guide and explains a lot of things.

Great places, good time with new people. The sights had been great. Good when you are the first time in Estonia.

Nice and friendly tour guide.

Very well organized, a lot of information given.

I met a lot of new great people.

Thre is a lot of input for three days. This is just possible because of the good organization.

The trip was very good and well organized.

It was amazing to have had the possibility to visit the main Estonia sights and to had such nice weather on our site!

I really enjoyed the trip. Thanks! Nice muffins and soup.

Perfect trip, totally worth the money.

All the cities we visited – worth it. Especially Haapsalu, Tartu, Pärnu. We discovered a lot.

Gave a nice overview of Estonia.

The guides are very nice and friendly.

I like the fact that you (Mariane) don’t speak as an average guide, but you speak from your own experience.

Trip is very nice and well organized. Mariane is a great guide.

Thanks for making the trip happen! The food was really good!

Aitäh for this trip. Discovering Estonia was a really great experience

Estonia has a lot of things to discover.

Spring 2020

The trip of Spring 2020 did not take place due to the special situation

Autumn 2019

Everything was perfect. Really good organization! I love Mareti trips!

I liked the personal touch on the stories you shared. Good mixture of tight schedule and free time.

Our guide was very nice and positive, prepared to help and knew a lot.

I love it. It’s a really good wat to know and learn more about Estonian traditions and places.

The best way to explore Estonia in one weekend. Thanks for all the sweets!

I would recommend it to all my friends!

I had the best time. Our guide was lovely and made the trip and the vibe very pleasant. I liked it very much that we got the chance to try local food.

Thank you for the amazing trip! You are so nice people! Everything was so well organized. I tried things that I would never eat by myself and I liked it. I could not imagine a better guide! And it’s so affordable.

With this trip you get an idea from whole Estonia and also from the locals. But do it as soon as possible so that you can visit the cities again.

The experience as very good and I would book this trip again. Our guide provided a lot of information.

Get ready for a lot of natural landscapes and cross your fingers for some sun.

Thank you for the trip! Thanks to Mareti I have memories for the rest of my life.

You could not see more wonderful things in Estonia in that time for that price.

The trip was perfect! I got a very good impression of Estonia.

You put so much effort in it. Thank you!

Great experience where you get an overview about Estonia (culture, landscape, nature).

Thank you for all the work you have done for us. It was an experience that made richer and closer to Estonia.

Thank you for the trip! I really loved to know the country where I’m doing my Erasmus.

Do it! You’ll never see so much of Estonia in just 3 days and so much nice people at the same time.

If you want to get to know Estonia, this is the trip you need to do. I feel that I learned a lot about Estonia.

After this trip I feel like a real Estonian. Actually, I think I know more about Estonia than my home country.

I really feel like I’ve seen Estonia now. It’s the perfect trip to get to know Estonia.

You will get a good overview about the country. You learn to know the culture a lot more. This all in a group with young people.

Wonderful experience where you see so much for such a little price. You get to know new people. I would recommend anyone to do it!

If you want to know more about Estonia – this trip is made for you! So much information and many beautiful places are included in this trip.

It’s the best way to get to know Estonia and all its amazing places.

It was so well organized. Damn good trip.

Really nice trip to get a good impression about Estonia, well organized and plenty of different activities. I can definitely recommend.

Great three days spent with my friends experiencing new interesting things.

Very reliable and trustworthy. The Around Estonia is a must.

I think it is a must to do for a better understanding of Estonia, each place is particular and must be visited.

A perfect and fun trip if you want to see the rest of Estonia.

Amazing weekend with a really nice insight in Estonia.

The trip was fun and the experience was amazing. You get to understand more the culture and know places that I wasn’t planning on going.

Best way to see Estonia. I had high hopes and they topped that.

Worth every cent spent. Experience Estonian food and culture, learn and laugh together, discover Estonia. Perfect balance between warm bus, sightseeing and fun facts – lots of things learned, but no stress.

Don’t think about it. Book the trip! So worth it!

Spring 2019

Great way to know more about Estonia.

It’s an amazing experience to visit different parts of this country and not only Tallinn. You see beautiful landscapes and discover interesting things.

Absolutely worth it! Go for it, it’s worthy.

Best opportunity for Estonia in one weekend.

I enjoyed a lot. Making new friends, seeing new places, learning stories about Estonian history and culture, eating a lot of good snacks. All was amazing.

A really nice experience to discover Estonian cities and culture.

Best trip while coming alone over!

Just do it. It was a great opportunity to explore the country when you spend 6 months of your life here.

This trip around Estonia was highly better than I expected. I was hesitating to do it because I was afraid that everything would be done/seen too fast, but finally the rhythm was correct, and we saw a lot of beautiful ad interesting places. I highly recommend you join this trip.

Perfect and easy way to discover your new country.

Always have fun and enjoy the trip with Mareti 🙂

After 8 months I’m in Estonia now I got to know the country better.

It is a good opportunity to see Estonia, because we saw things that we couldn’t have seen otherwise in such a little time.

Don’t be afraid trying it!

If you like learning about Estonian culture in a fun way and with nice people, I recommend going! I did all the trips with Mareti!

Exceptional! This was quite cheap trip, but the quality returned in terms of money was something I did not expect.

Well planned, interesting places, lovely tour guide. I liked each and every place we went to.

If you like learning about Estonian culture in a fun way and with nice people, I recommend going! I did all the trips with Mareti!

Actually, it was better than what I expected. It is the vest way to see all Estonia. Really worth it!

Thank you for showing us new and different Estonian food. It was always more than enough!

We saw so many great places in such a short time, totally worth it.

It is a great overview to the whole country and afterwards you know that you really want to come back to all these lovely places for a second time. It’s a very long drive, but you get a lot of delicious food and you will see even hidden attractions, like a disco-toilet.

I love this trip because I discover Estonia, its food, towns and history. It was wonderful.

Really complete and amazing experience. Well organized, good selection of places. Thank you very much!

Vital trip to get to know more about Estonia – culture, cuisine, traditions).

Excellent choice of places to see in three days. No worries about anything as Mareti group leader is there to take care of all our needs. If it is no this Mareti trip, you will miss out many information about Estonia.

You can’t buy happiness, but you can go to this trip!

You should take part of this trip! It shows how real Estonia looks like and helps to understand the culture better.

Autumn 2018

Very surprising trip with good atmosphere and really interesting guide. Loved it!

A fulfilling trip. We visited so many amazing places. Totally worth your money.

We had an absolutely excellent guide and the trip was very good and definitely worth it!

Thank you so much for making me discover this beautiful country.

Very good, I liked it so much. I had fun and made new friends.

We really enjoyed the trip. It was full of fun for my kid and we are ready to do more trips with Mareti in the future.

Great trip to get to know the country and see beautiful places you otherwise wouldn’t visit. Thank so much!

The trip was so nice and impressive, the best way to discover Estonia in just a short time!

It was really food surprise for me, more than I expected! I highly recommend, the group leader is really nice. Trip where you discover unexpected beauty.

For me it was a great opportunity to get to know the country where I study for one semester a lot better.

I got so much information about the country that is important knowledge if you live there for a longer time.

Thank you so much! Aitäh! This was a very good experience. Everything well organized, all the time peaceful and calm without stress. Very beautiful spots and such a perfect weather. Feeling totally happy.

Such a good opportunity to learn more about the country and culture!

It was amazing chance to better know the Estonian culture. Great way to learn about Estonian life.

Great trip to get to know Estonia, there is nothing I would’ve missed!

I can definitely recommend it! Thank you it was wonderful.

It was a great trip to get an overview of Estonia and make new friends.

The best way to know Estonia. It is a great introduction and then it helps to decide where you want to go next or go back.

A great experience. It makes me feel to know more of Estonia in a great way.

Come and experience Estonia at its best by yourself! Amazing experience.

Amazing trip to get to know Estonia! Would never have seen so many places in the same time without spending far more money.

It was really nice trip that allowed me to discover Estonia in depth. I have no regrets doing this trip.

It was an amazing trip! We had the chance to visit many beautiful and interesting cities around Estonia and the organization was fantastic.

I really enjoyed it. Very good weekend, full of discoveries, history and sightseeing visits. Food was good!

It was amazing. We’ve discovered so much in just three days.

Really good to get deep into Estonian culture and to see what Estonia outside Tallinn looks like!

After this trip I can truly say that I was and visited Estonia. Totally worth it.

I really enjoyed seeing what Estonia has to offer except for Tallinn.

Spring 2018

It is a great weekend and a great opportunity to see a very interesting overview over different sides of Estonia.

I was really happy with the whole trip! So much to see in Estonia. It was never boring or disorganized + the tour guide was able to provide a lot of info and answers to further questions. Thank you!

Best way to discover Estonia!

I’m glad I decided to book this awesome trip. I had the chance to truly discover the food, culture and traditions of the lovely country I’m living in.

It is the best chance to see a lot of places for a good price. Just do it!

Amazing way to get to know your new home country Estonia! We visited places I would never go on my own.

Capturing beautiful memories around Estonia.

Great overview on many recommendable places at Estonia that you maybe would like to see again.

Getting the chance to meet new students of Tallinn, the organization and the number of things we got the opportunity to do. Thanks for everything.

Great trip, good price, they show you, tell you, many things that you cannot see/read by yourself.

Do it!!! You won’t get a better view on Estonia with such nice people.

It was a really good trip and it was interesting to see Estonia in general.

At first, I was worried, how this trip is going to be, because 1200km in 3 days… but it was worth it.

The group, the leaders, the places, the food, everything was perfect. Highly recommended.

Autumn 2017

Really cool trip, had a lot of fun and the group leaders are just lovely. I would recommend it 100%!

Now I really can say I have been and seen Estonia

I learned so much more and had a great time making new friends.

Nice places, easy going and lot of fun! I would do it again.

It was a great trip, great tour guide and great group!

Best spent euros since I arrived to Estonia.

I really like the feeling of getting to know more about the Estonian culture while having fun.

My favorite part was the trip to Setomaa. The food was delicious and the museum very interesting.

The best way how to know more about country – definitely go!

It was very interesting to visit country border, Narva. Thanks for good memories!

I fell in love with Tartu. It’s very nice city and the explanation of its history was interesting.

You must go. It’s the best opportunity to visit the most important places in Estonia for a good price.

Visit a lot of places I wouldn’t go on my own.

Estonia is beautiful! You must see it with your own eyes. A big thank you to the Mareti-team for organizing such a great weekend!

Join the trip to get a great overview to Estonia.

Autumn 2016

“It’s a great opportunity to discover the country where are living”

“I think for me it was the best trip ever”

“So many things to see in just 3 days!”

“Friendly atmosphere and everything was according to the agenda”

“Now I can say that I have been in Estonia”

“Definitely the best way to see Estonia”

“It was good place to meet a lot of new people, see the most important places in Estonia, and try some traditional dishes. Perfect!”