This Baltic beauty is famous for its fairytale rooftop cities and peaceful countryside
Activities in Estonia
FAQs on Estonia Tours
Boasting over 2,000 islands, 2.3 million hectares of forest and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe, there are endless reasons to book Estonia holidays. Wherever you go, you’ll come across remains of fascinating ancient sites, centuries old traditions and an abundance of wildlife. The UNESCO city of Tallinn will be of particular interest to history buffs and lovers of architecture, with magnificent buildings that line ancient cobblestone streets. There are six national parks in Estonia, with the oldest being Lahemaa, which is home to moose, wild boar and over 220 species of bird.
Late spring or summer is a fabulous time to book Estonia holidays in the countryside as the weather tends to be hot and dry throughout the day and cooler in the evenings. But if you prefer cooler daytime temperatures, spring is ideal and the scenery becomes lush and green. From mid-September onwards, the temperatures begin to drop, and the landscapes come alive with autumn colours. Unlike many other European countries, whatever time of year you visit Estonia, you won’t usually encounter crowds of tourists.
Influenced by northern European and Scandinavian dishes, Estonian food incorporates hearty meat stews, fish dishes and an array of fresh vegetables. The country’s national dish is mulgikapsad, a heartwarming stew made with sauerkraut, barley and smoked pork which is often served with fried onions. Other favourite dishes include cauliflower cheese topped with breadcrumbs, baked apples and semla, a traditional sweet roll that originates from Nordic countries.
Without a doubt, Tallinn, the walled capital city of Estonia, should be on your itinerary. The old, cobbled alleyways give way to cool plazas and imposing buildings that tell of Estonia’s rich past. Explore places such as the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompae Palace and castle and Dome Church and stroll through the quiet streets of the old town. If it’s nature and wildlife that interests you, head to Lahemaa National Park to explore the pine forests, sandy beaches and beautiful waterfalls. It’s also worth visiting the capital of southern Estonia, Tartu, as you’ll get a real taste of the local culture with an array of festivals, theatre performances and concerts that are held throughout the year.
There are so many wonderful places to discover in Estonia that it’s easy to spend at least a week in the country. However, if you’re visiting Estonia on a multi-destination trip then you can still see many of the main attractions and sights in two to three days.
If you’re travelling from the UK, EU or US, you would not usually require a visa to enter the country for leisure or business trips. However, these requirements are often subject to change so you should always check before you travel. You can contact your nearest embassy or visit the local government website to check the current visa requirements.
Estonia is a great place for cycling as the major roads are smooth and relatively quiet and there are lots of well-developed networks that lead you through beautiful countryside. Our cycling tour of Estonia mainly follows peaceful back roads and trails that wind among national parks. While most of the routes are flat, there are some hilly sections which add to the thrill of the ride. Good transport links mean that it’s also easy to transfer between routes by bus.
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