WEEKEND IN TALLINN
Arrival to Tallinn. Transfer to your hotel. Afternoon walking tour of Tallinn takes you to the surroundings of Tallinn and its Old Town. Among other attractions, it includes a visit of Catherine’s Valley Park and Palace, the Song Festival Amphitheatre, the venue of 120 - years old song festival tradition. You’ll see Tallinn's number one attraction: Toompea Hill and the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tall Hermann, Kiek in de Kök and Dome Cathedral. The tour ends in Town Hall Square with a view of the Town Hall, a Gothic masterpiece of the 13th - 14th centuries.
Morning tour to Rocca al Mare Open Air museum. Estonian Open Air Museum is located about 10 km from Tallinn center in the beautiful park by the sea, referred to by its old Italian name Rocca al Mare - Rock by the Sea. The museum gathers a fine collection of 17th-19th century rural architecture from all over the Estonia. Farmhouses, country pubs, windmills, and chapels will be on display and furnished according to period styles. In summer on Saturdays and Sundays a folk programme in the courtyard of one of the farmsteads stages a merry folk - dance in which all the visitors are invited to join. You'll also be able to buy very fine Estonian handcrafts.
Transfer to the airport.
A day on your own. The most lasting impression of Tallinn comes from just wandering through Old Town’s narrow streets and passageways. Everywhere you turn, it seems, there is a church spire, an outdoor café, a tiny antique shop. Rich in culture and history, Tallinn surprises even the most well travelled visitor. Find your own treasures in Tallinn on one of those white summer nights when the sun just never seems to set.
Transfer to the airport.
A full day excursion to Lahemaa. Estonia's largest national park is an interesting mix of coastal bluffs, dense forest, 7000 year old bogs, 18th century manor houses, and numerous lakes, rivers and waterfalls that cascade down some of the 56 m (184ft). Palmse manor is the showpiece of Lahemaa. The 18th century baroque house, open to the public, is filled with period furniture, and you can wander the landscaped grounds to see the 17th century distillery, hotel and granary. A few kilometres north of Palmse, on Kasmu Bay, are the old Soviet Coast Guard barracks at Kasmu, which now house a maritime museum with excellent exhibits on the Soviet era and the history of the village. The 400 - year - old fishing hamlet of Altja, in the north - western corner of the park, has been beautifully preserved.
Tour features: bed/breakfast, return transfer, transport and guide services as per itinerary, admission fees, info package.