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January 25, 2021

The Best of Tallinn & Muhu Island, Estonia

The northernmost Baltic State, Estonia has a beautiful coastline and two popular destinations—Tallinn and Muhu Island—that offer a wonderful combination of atmosphere, history, natural beauty and luxury.

Tallinn is the fairy-tale capital of Estonia. Its skyline is punctuated by church steeples, red-tile roofs and the stone watchtowers of the ancient city walls.

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Our private tours of Tallinn’s Old Town, a UNESO World Heritage Site, reveal its medieval roots and the way the city has evolved over the centuries.

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Many locals embrace Tallinn’s medieval spirit.

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Shops also celebrate this era of Tallinn’s past in their handmade wares.

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The landmark Tallinn Town Hall has its origins in the 1400s, when Tallinn was a prosperous Hanseatic League trading port on the Gulf of Finland.

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Its roofline has distinctive dragon-headed gargoyles.

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The dragon theme can be found in more recent designs around Tallinn, including this Art Nouveau facade.

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Our private touring in Tallinn includes visits to local markets, boutiques and galleries to browse for beautiful Estonian textiles and crafts.

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Marzipan is a favorite Estonian treat, and several shops around Tallinn sell marzipan animals and other sweet novelties.

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We make reservations at restaurants that best capture the Estonian lifestyle.

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More energetic travelers might like to climb the tower of St. Olaf’s Church in Tallinn for views over the Old Town to Toompea, a limestone hill topped with important churches, a castle and Estonian government buildings.

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We also arrange touring of the most interesting places outside the Old Town, such as Kadriorg, a leafy district with historic villas…

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…the Kumu Art Museum…

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…and Kadriorg Palace, which was built by Czar Peter the Great when the region was part of the Russian Empire.

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Another stop is the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, an amphitheater where Estonians gather for the Laulupidu celebration of Estonian song and dance. The festival has been a major cultural event for Estonians since 1869. The grounds were the site for key events in the non-violent Singing Revolution that led to Estonia’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

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Our private Estonia tours include options to spend time at the country’s seashore and on beautiful islands in the Baltic Sea.

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The highlight is rural Muhu Island and luxurious Padaste Manor.

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The finest resort in the region, Padaste Manor is a former estate with a traditional manor house and beautiful grounds on the edge of the Baltic Sea.

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The acclaimed fine-dining restaurant at Padaste Manor has consistently been ranked among the best in Estonia.

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The resort has ample outdoor space and a spa that incorporates traditional Estonian products such as birch and juniper leaves.

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Touring on Muhu Island includes visiting a traditional village that’s now an open-air museum of thatched roof houses. We can also arrange touring on the neighboring island of Saaremaa to see historic churches, windmills and other attractions.

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Back on the mainland, another option is visiting the seaside town of Parnu. Ammende Villa is an Art Nouveau hotel and Parnu landmark.

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In the historic center of Parnu, traditional buildings lead down to the broad beach on the Baltic Sea.

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Estonia combines well with Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and other nearby countries. Contact one of our Europe travel specialists to start planning.

Destinations:  Baltic States, Estonia, Europe

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