Estonia Luxury Travel Vacation Guide

You can experience some of the best of exotic activities year round when you choose to visit Estonia. Bog walking and canoeing are very popular and bird watchers flock to this country to take in a guided day hike of the Matsalu Nature reserve. Seventy different species of birds breed at the Kaina Bay Bird Preserve. During the winter, there are fantastic opportunities for skiing and you can take a snow bike expedition from Voru. The time of the year to visit Estonia depends on what you want to do. Winter is the best time to visit if you enjoy snow sports, but the winter weather can be quite severe. The summer months are hot, while late spring and early summer offer very comfortable temperatures.
Attractions

The best of the old world is still intact in much of Estonia. You can get a glimpse of what life was like hundreds of years ago by visiting any of the small villages and the cities have a wealth of treasures for you to explore.

Tallinn

Amid the modern buildings of Tallinn, you can also take in medieval walls and turrets as you stroll the cobbled winding streets of the older part of the city. Toompea is home to many of the architectural treasures of the past, such as the Lutheran Cathedral dating back to the 1200?s, Tullinn Castle, the Kiek-in-de-Kök ? a tower built in the 1400?s and the Estonian Art Museum. Take a tour of the Kadriog Palace, which was built for Peter the Great and is now the home of the Peter the Great Home Museum.

Hiiumaa

Spend some time on an island when you visit Estonia. There are few people living here so you won?t find it overcrowded. It was once off-limits to visitors and the locals are very dedicated to protecting the environment. The main town on the island, Kardla, has many gardens and trees, making it a photographer?s delight. Visit the lighthouse and the Hill of Crosses, where handmade crosses mark the spot from which 1200 Swedes were deported in the late 1700?s. Kaina is the site of a bird reserve and the ruins of a stone church dating back to the 15th century are worth a visit.

Travel to Estonia

Major European cities have daily flights to the airport in Tullinn. There are no departure taxes when you leave this country. Buses also arrive in Estonia from all over Europe and you can also travel there by sea with the many ferries from different ports. You can also drive into Estonia, but you may have a long wait at the border.

Travel Within Estonia

The roads of Estonia are good and there are many car rental agencies if you prefer to see the country on your own time. There are many buses and trains that travel throughout the country and there are domestic flights to the smaller airports.

Language

The official language is Estonian, but due to the high numbers of Western visitors that come to this country each year, many of the people, especially in the tourist areas, can speak English.

Visa

Tourists travelling to Estonia do not need a travel Visa. A valid passport allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days.

Food and Drink

There is a wide variety of restaurants and eateries where you can get just about any food you desire. However, if you want to sample traditional Estonian fare, typical dishes include pork with sauerkraut and roast potatoes, Baltic herring, broth containing meatballs and dumplings and of course, blood pudding. Local sausage is often heavily smoked and the lamb you order may actually be mutton.

Safety

You do have to be careful in this country because tourists are often the target of muggings. You should never display your money or valuables when at the market or in the major tourist areas.

Shopping

Today, Estonia is a place with many shopping malls and specialty boutiques. The traditional market is still the focus for shopping in all the towns and villages and offers tourists the chance to buy local handicrafts. Most of the stores are open from 10 A.M. until 6 P.M. Monday to Saturday, although some of the smaller stores may close early on Saturday.

Entertainment

There are a wide variety of nightclubs and bars offering live and tapes music. You can choose a bar where you can just sit and chat or dance the night away at one of the larger facilities. Tullinn also offers symphony concerts and operatic performances, as well as chamber music in the medieval churches.

 

 

 

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