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Introducing Estonia

When is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit the Baltic States is late spring or summer. Spring begins in late April (or late May in the north) and the countryside takes on a green lushness, drawing horses out from their winter barns and city-dwellers out in droves to sidewalk cafés. Summers are relatively short (mid-June through August). You may experience a string of hot, dry days during this time, but showers and chilly nights can also be expected.

Temperatures cool down rapidly from September onwards. Autumn can be a beautiful season, as the golden leaves of deciduous trees begin to contrast with dark green pines. The first snowfalls can come as early as mid-November, and by December winter sets in with a vengeance. Average daytime temperatures can remain below freezing until March. That said, winter can also be a magical time, with lakes, rivers and large expanses of the Baltic Sea freezing over, crunchy snow cover adding an air of enchantment to medieval city centers, and cross-country skiing in the southern hills. 

Where should you go?
Dive into the cultural center of Tallinn, the easily-navigable capital city filled with historic churches, cobblestone streets, palaces, museums, and galleries. One or two days will be enough to explore Tallinn—perfect for a weekend. You'll also want to visit the AHHAA Science Centre in Tartu. The biggest science center in the Baltic States, this family-friendly spot offers excellent exhibitions and a planetarium. Narva Castle is also a must-visit: Founded in 1256 by the Danes, it's the most impressive and best-preserved defense castle in the country. 

How many days do you need?
Travelers with 7 days will have enough time to tour Estonia or check out the highlights of the three Baltic capitals—Tallinn, Riga (Latvia), and Vilnius (Lithuania). With 10 days, you can combine an in-depth Latvia tour with stops in Riga and Vilnius, and two weeks is enough to see all three countries, including rural places and hidden gems.

Estonia Travel Insights

The festival grounds
Map of Tallinn Song and Dance Festival  (July 2019) - 5 Days
Tallinn Song and Dance Festival (July 2019) - 5 Days

Take part as Tallinn becomes the world capital of song and dance from July 4–7, 2019, when they host the XXVII Song and XX Dance Celebrations. This festival takes place every five years and has become a symbol of Estonian culture and identity, with thousands of singers and dancers participating. Pair it with visits to Tallinn's historic Old Town, museums, and culinary hotspots for a five-day cultural excursion you won't forget.

Lahemaa National Park
Map of Baltic States National Parks - 11 Days
Baltic States National Parks - 11 Days

Explore the beautiful scenery of the Baltic States national parks on this packed 11-day trip. Visit the medieval capital cities of Riga and Tallinn, explore beautiful nature in Lahemaa National Park, and relax on the white sand beaches of the Curonian Spit. Tour the fairytale Trakai Castle, discover regional architecture in ethnographic museums and see a vast variety of wildlife and plants at Panemuniai Nature Reserve.

Panoramic view of Tallinn
Map of Baltic Highlights: Estonia, Finland, & Russia - 9 Days
Baltic Highlights: Estonia, Finland, & Russia - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary is the perfect introduction to three of the most popular Baltic States. You'll begin with some of Estonia's most charming medieval sites in Tallinn, head to the quirky Finnish capital of Helsinki, and end your trip with some of Russia's most opulent landmarks and artworks in St. Petersburg.

Estonia
Map of Explore Estonia - 7 Days
Explore Estonia - 7 Days

Discover the highlights of Estonia, from unspoiled national parks to seaside towns and medieval cities. The adventure begins in the capital of Tallinn, where guided tours take you to hilltop castles and ancient churches. Between cities, you'll visit the countryside and explore coastal Lahemaa National Park and the wetlands of Soomaa National Park. The trip wraps up on Saaremaa Island, where you'll cycle to trestle windmills and coastal cliffs plus visit the town of Haapsalu, home to an impressive medieval castle.

Snowy Christmas Market in Tallinn
Map of Christmas in Estonia - 5 Days
Christmas in Estonia - 5 Days

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.

Windmills on Saaremaa island
Map of Bike Estonia's Cities & Countryside - 5 Days
Bike Estonia's Cities & Countryside - 5 Days

This rural and metropolitan cycling tour begins in Estonia's capital of Tallinn, where you'll discover its medieval Old Town. Then you'll cycle through the bogs of Laheema National Park, ride along the shores of Lake Peipus, and bike around the trestle windmills of Saaremaa Island. Cap the adventure with visits to charming villages plus enjoy one last cycling excursion on the scenic Noarootsi Peninsula.

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Tallinn Song and Dance Festival - July 2019 - 5 Days
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Trip Reviews for Estonia

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Jewish & cultural Tour of Tallin · Estonia - Aug 20 - Aug 20, 2019

Traveler: Lorie G. - Local specialist: Lina Cudzanovskaite

At first, there was some confusion on where we would meet our guide. We had thought we would meet inside the shipyard but that was not the case. We tried to call Jolita but could not get through. We eventually met our guide outside of customs. There was a communication problem for the meeting point but after we met the guide was pleasant and apologized for the misunderstanding. We enjoyed the rest of the day and the tour was as promised. We enjoyed the trip to the Synagogue the most. The tour... read more

At first, there was some confusion on where we would meet our guide. We had thought we would meet inside the shipyard but that was not the case. We tried to call Jolita but could not get through. We eventually met our guide outside of customs. There was a communication problem for the meeting point but after we met the guide was pleasant and apologized for the misunderstanding. We enjoyed the rest of the day and the tour was as promised. We enjoyed the trip to the Synagogue the most. The tour guide made a special effort by calling the day before we arrived to have a synagogue representative meet us at the synagogue.
We arrived back on time and had enough time to see all of the planned sites.
We will try KimKim again.
Regards

Lawrence Goldfinger

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Lina Cudzanovskaite, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lawrence,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! I'm glad that you enjoyed this trip.

We hope to welcome you again in this or any other country!

Thank you for traveling and I wish you many more joyful trips in the future!
Lina