Trip around Estonia

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

This bus-trip will make a big round through many different cities (Haapsalu, Parnu, Tartu, Võru, Narva) plus sightseeing places (highest mountain, beach, lakes, forest, convent), two nights in a hotel, food and visits to exciting cultural places.

Dates for Spring 2018 trips Around Estonia are:

Around Estonia #1
02.03 - 04.03
Friday to Sunday
Around Estonia #2
09.03 - 11.03
Friday to Sunday
Around Estonia #3
16.03 - 18.03
Friday to Sunday

All trips depart at 08am and arrival at 09pm

The trips are open to everybody, so bring your friends and family with you!

Price of the trips will be announced soon.

Get your ESN Card  for discount.

Day 1, Friday
Early morning (8am), we welcome you with home-made cookies and we say goodbye to Tallinn. We drive to Haapsalu and we visit its nice city center, its castle and promenade. Then we drive towards the summer-capital of Estonia: Pärnu. We first take lunch in the most famous restaurant of the city: Steffani pizzeria! Then we spend our calories with a walk in the city center and by the beach (there is quite a big one there). In the end of the afternoon, we let you refill your stock of supplies in a grocery store and we continue our drive towards South-Estonia until our hotel. We will cook dinner and have sauna to finish this long first day the right Estonian way.

Day 2, Saturday
After breakfast, we discover South-Estonian most important places: the highest “mountain” of the Baltics called Suur Munamägi, the deepest lake in Estonia in Rõuge, the kingdom of Setomaa and its museum, the city of Võru and the winter-capital of Estonia called Otepää. We have a traditional lunch in Tsäimaja restaurant. If we are on schedule, we can walk in the forest of Taevaskoja (Heaven’s Hills). In the afternoon we visit the famous university-city Tartu. The bus brings us back to the hotel in the evening where we can enjoy our dinner.

Day 3, Sunday
On the last day, we head towards East-Estonia by the lake Peipsi. We visit Kuremäe convent, the only functioning Russian Orthodox one in Estonia. Once we arrive in the far-east city of Narva, we visit its castle that is just across the river from Russia. Then we go for lunch in Fama centre (own expenses). On the way back to Tallinn we pass by Rakvere and Käsmu if we have time. In the evening we are in Tallinn.

Included in the price

  • Comfortable bus transportation from and to Tallinn
  • Accommodation 2 nights in a hotel
  • Food for 3 days:
    • Breakfasts
    • Lunch 3x
    • Dinner in the hotel 2x
    • Estonian food and drinks tasting
  • Visits to:
    • Suur Munamägi (the highest mountain)
    • Seto museum (south-Estonia culture)
    • Narva castle
    • City walks in Haapsalu, Pärnu, Viljandi, Tartu, Narva, Kuremäe + other places (if we have time)
  • Help from Mareti group leader at all times (of course)

Not included in the price

  • Nothing

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 40 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.

Setomaa

Setomaa is a region south of Lake Peipsi and inhabited by the Seto people. The Seto language is a variety of South Estonian. This ethnic and linguistic minority living in an area covering South East Estonia and North West Russia are renowned, admired and loved for their impressive vocal heritage, traditional villages and food. For their geographical location, religion and roots, seto culture is often viewed as existing on the border of two worlds showing some European indigenous culture.
Setos have kept close ties to their traditional roots throughout the history and boast their own unique lifestyle including their own language and clothing customs. Setos are also well known for their ancient polyphonic singing tradition that is kept alive and well by older and younger generations alike.
The Café Tsäimaja (Tea House) offers a selection of traditional food served in the handicraft ceramic dishes; the visitors can listen to Seto songs and music. We will have our Seto lunch in this very special café.

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 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!”