A perfect option for families and couples looking for a short escape during the holiday season, this five-day trip will introduce you to Estonia's cherished Christmas traditions and charming capital city. Explore Europe's best Christmas market in Tallinn's Old Town, sip hot beverages in cozy cafes, see medieval streets decked out in twinkling lights, and take a snowmobile ride through a fairytale forest.

Highlights

  • Take a walking tour of Tallinn's most impressive historical sites
  • Browse Europe's best Christmas market in Tallinn's Old Town Hall Square
  • Ride on a snowmobile and go snowshoeing in an untouched nature reserve
  • Spend a day with a dogsledding team of Siberian Huskies

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Tallinn Tallinn
Day 2 Walking Tour of Tallinn - Christmas Market Tallinn
Day 3 Põhja-Kõrvemaa Nature Reserve Tallinn
Day 4 Day-Trip to Paasiku Dogs' Manor Tallinn
Day 5 Depart Tallinn  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tallinn

Telliskivi Creative City in Tallinn
Telliskivi Creative City in Tallinn

When you land in Tallinn Airport (TLL), a driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in the city. After you check in, you'll have the rest of the evening free to explore and rest.

Day 2: Walking Tour of Tallinn - Christmas Market

Christmas market in Tallinn
Christmas market in Tallinn

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and urban modernity. The Old Town is especially magical during the run-up to Christmas when there are cheerful decorations on every corner. Today, you will take a morning walking tour of the historic district and see Toompea Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral, and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. You'll then continue to the St. Nicholas Church and the medieval Old Town Hall. The tour ends at the Old Town Hall Square where we join the bustle of the traditional Tallinn Christmas Market and shop for unique gifts.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Kiek in de Kök Fortification Museum. Kiek in de Kök was the mightiest medieval artillery tower in the Baltics when it was built in the 15th century. Today, the museum displays the history of Tallinn’s fortifications and the history of crime and punishment in the capital. You'll also tour the Bastion Passages, a system of hidden tunnels from the 17th and 18th centuries that run underneath Toompea Hill.

After your visit to the museum, you'll be returned to your hotel where you'll have the rest of the evening free.

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Day 3: Põhja-Kõrvemaa Nature Reserve

Snowmobile ride through the nature reserve
Snowmobile ride through the nature reserve

After breakfast,  a driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to explore the wintry charms of the Põhja-Kõrvemaa Nature Reserve. You will dash along a snowy trail on a comfy 9-seat snowmobile across the hilly countryside of north Kõrvemaa.

This nature reserve is about 89,000 acres of untouched countryside, and a snowmobile is the only transport available during the winter. You'll have the opportunity to see many wild animals, including the chance to see a wolf from the wolf reserve. If you'd like, you can rent snowshoes for a short hike through the winter wonderland. After a ride or a hike, you will have a relaxing lunch of traditional Estonian dishes like blueberry soup, oven-baked pies, and a cake served with peaches.

Day 4: Day-Trip to Paasiku Dogs' Manor

The huskies of Paasiku Dogs' Manor
The huskies of Paasiku Dogs' Manor

After breakfast, a driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Paasiku Dogs' Manor, a special breeding center for Siberian Huskies. Once you arrive, a tour guide will give a presentation on the history of this beloved breed, the dogs' unique character, and their role in dogsledding. Later, you'll get to see each of the dogs, learn their individual stories, and pet and hug them. You'll have plenty of opportunities to take pictures with the dogs, and then you can choose your favorite dog to take on a 4-mile (7-km) hike. 

When your hike is over, you can have a cup of tea and say goodbye to the dogs before heading back to your hotel for the evening.

Day 5: Depart Tallinn

Tallinn's Old Town
Tallinn's Old Town

It's time to say goodbye to Estonia! After a leisurely breakfast on your own, you'll have the morning to take a final walk around the medieval town center before a driver takes you back to Tallinn Airport for your flight home.

Map

Map of Christmas in Estonia - 5 Days
Map of Christmas in Estonia - 5 Days