This cycling tour takes you through cities and countryside, starting in Estonia's capital of Tallinn, where you'll discover its preserved medieval Old Town and 18th-century Kadriorg Park. Then cycle through Laheema National Park's bogland, plus ride along the shores of Lake Peipsi, visit the city of Tartu, and bike on Saaremaa Island, Estonia's largest island with a beautiful windmill park. End the tour with visits to the towns of Kuressaare, Haapsalu, and Nõva, plus one last cycle through the scenic Noatootsi Peninsula.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a tour of Tallinn's preserved, medieval Old Town and Kadriorg Park
  • Cycle through the unique bogland in Lahemaa National Park
  • Explore Saaremaa Island and visit the old trestle windmills
  • Ride along the shores of Lake Peipsi, Europe's largest trans-boundary lake
  • Bike through Noatootsi Peninsula, starting in the historic town of Haapsalu

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Tallinn Tallinn
Day 2 Cycle through Lahemaa National Park Vihula
Day 3 Ride along the shores of Lake Peipsi - Transfer to Tartu Tartu
Day 4 Cycle to the windmill park on Saaremaa Island - Transfer to Kuressaare Kuressaare
Day 5 Bike through the Noatootsi Peninsula - Depart Tallinn  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tallinn

Tallinn's Old Town
Tallinn's Old Town

Welcome to Estonia!

Your trip starts in the historic capital city of Tallinn. After arriving at the airport, transfer to your hotel and settle in before heading out to explore the city. You'll meet your host for a guided walking tour of the Old Town.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tallinn's city center is a well-preserved medieval town originating between the 11th and 15th centuries. Enjoy strolling its cobbled streets, admiring houses that have been protected by an old city wall, complete with guard towers. You'll find plenty of churches, merchant buildings, and craftsman houses that have maintained their centuries-old look with brightly-colored facades and red-tiled roofs. You can't miss the famous pink church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, nor Toompea Castle.

Grab a snack at one of the many cafés, bistros, and restaurants in the heart of the Old Town. Then walk down to Seaplane Harbour, where you'll find a modern maritime and military museum, complete with tours aboard historic ships. In the late afternoon, you'll make your way to Kadriorg Park and visit its 18th-century palace built by Peter the Great. Your next stop is the Kumu art museum, which is the largest and most impressive exhibition venue in Estonia.

The evening is yours to roam Tallinn at your leisure. Enjoy the city at night and find a traditional meal at one of the restaurants near Town Hall Square.

Day 2: Cycle through Lahemaa National Park

Lahemaa National Park in Autumn
Lahemaa National Park in Autumn

After breakfast at your hotel, you'll transfer to Estonia's scenic coastline northeast of Tallinn. Upon arriving, your host will introduce you to your bike, ensuring you have all the gear needed for today's cycle.

The first route of the trip will be through Lahemaa National Park, which is set along the country's northern coast and considered one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic Coast. You'll cycle through a unique bog landscape, filled with many lakes, streams, and boardwalks. You'll also visit old forests, historic manors, and an abundance of wildlife, particularly several species of birds. 

In the late afternoon, you'll end your cycle in the small town of Vihula, where you can view the 16th-century Vihula Manor. Take some time to settle into your accommodation and rest your legs before heading out for dinner.

Cycling Route: About 40 miles (60 km)

Day 3: Ride along the shores of Lake Peipsi - Transfer to Tartu

Kissing Students Statue in Tartu
Kissing Students Statue in Tartu

Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation, you'll transfer to the town of Mustvee. Today's cycle is a pleasant route along the shores of Lake Peipsi, which is the fifth largest lake in Europe. It's also the largest trans-boundary lake on the continent, as it shares its borders with both Estonia and Russia.

You'll cycle along a designated path from Mustvee to the small village of Varnja, which is home to under 200 people. You'll pass marshy wetlands, rural fields, small towns and forests, and long stretches of coastline with beaches that feel more like the sea than a lake. In Varnja, you can enjoy its traditional houses before transferring to Tartu, Estonia's second largest city.

After settling into your accommodation, take some time to enjoy Tartu's young, bohemian atmosphere, as it's known as the city of students, intellectuals, and artists. Stroll through its streets, starting in Town Hall Square with a visit to the statue of Kissing Students. Nearby you'll find St. John's Church with its many terracotta sculptures, plus Tartu University, which was founded in 1632. Enjoy dinner at one of its hip eateries near the university.

Cycling Route: About 40 miles (60 km)

Day 4: Cycle to the windmill park on Saaremaa Island - Transfer to Kuressaare

Lighthouse on the Sõrve Peninsula
Lighthouse on the Sõrve Peninsula

Wake early for your morning transfer and scenic ferry ride to Estonia's largest island, Saaremaa Island. With little traffic and flat roads, Saaremaa provides the perfect rural setting for cycling. It's also a great place to explore what life was once like throughout Estonia, as the island maintains its calm atmosphere and simple way of living.

You'll start your ride along scenic roads, following the coastline of the Baltic Sea and enjoying views of forests, rocky beaches, dramatic sea cliffs, and the lighthouse on Sõrve Peninsula. Then make your way to the village of Angla, where you'll visit the iconic trestle windmills at Angla Windmill Park. There's a small museum in the park, depicting the peasant life in Estonia.

In the late afternoon, you'll transfer to Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa Island. Enjoy some time exploring its impressive fortress, the Kuressaare Castle. You can also relax at the city's public beach or stroll through the historic center, enjoying dinner in one of the many restaurants lining the main street.

Cycling Route: About 35 miles (50 km)

Day 5: Bike through the Noatootsi Peninsula - Depart Tallinn

Ruins of Haapsalu Castle
Ruins of Haapsalu Castle

After a leisurely breakfast, you'll have more time to explore the city of Kuressaare. Visit the castle museum or walk around the park surrounding the fortress, enjoying one last moment on the shores of Saaremaa Island.

Afterward, you'll head back to Tallinn via the ferry to the mainland, stopping in the town Haapsalu on the way. Walk around the historic town, visiting the ruins of its castle before setting off on your final cycle of the trip. Today's route connects Haapsalu to the town of Nõva via the scenic Noarootsi Peninsula. You'll pass scenes of Estonian countryside, with goats grazing in the fields and old farmhouses in the distance, plus a beautiful coastline full of sandy beaches and rugged forests. 

By the afternoon, you'll return to Tallinn. You can either stay longer in the city on your own time, or transfer to the airport  to catch your flight. 

Cycling Route: About 28 miles (45 km)