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7 days - 3 day pass to the Festival plus countryside manor house stay
The year 2025 will be the 21th year for the Estonian Dance Festival and the 150th year for the Song Festival - one of the largest amateur choral events in the world and titled by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Join us for this incredible event with a central city stay in a hotel that the procession passes and concert tickets to see the festival. Before the event, spend a few days in the peaceful countryside at a historic manor house.
Tallinn is wonderful any time of year but certainly comes to life during this festival. Plenty of cosy cafes and cheery pubs fill the town with a great spirit and will be overflowing in July 2025.
- Day 1
- Arrive Tallinn and transfer to your countryside manor house
- Day 2
- A free day at Vihula Manor house
- Day 3
- Transfer back to Tallinn and guided city walk
- Days 4 - 6
- 3 day Estonian Song and Dance Festival
- Day 7
- Departure Day
- Start/End Place
- Tallinn , Estonia tours
- Country Visited
- Estonia tours
- 7 Days
- All accommodation in unique 4* boutique hotel where available
- Guided 1.5 hour tour of Tallinn Old Town
- Concert tickets to the Estonian Song and Dance Festival
- Private car with driver at Lahemaa National sightseeing
- Private transfer from Vihula to Tallinn at day 3
- 2 nights overnight in Vihula Manor Country Club and Spa - Zen Rooms
- Daily Buffet breakfasts
- Swimming pool and sauna centre entry at Vilula
International flight tickets, meals other than described, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
Day 1 - Arrive Tallinn and transfer to your countryside manor house
Arrive Tallinn airport and meet your English-speaking guide and driver and travel to Lahemaa National park. The drive is approximately 30 - 45 mins and the tour duration approx: 5 hours.
This is opportunity to learn about the diverse Estonian cultural history and see the Lahemaa nature preserve situated at the Gulf of Finland east of Tallinn. The most attractive part of Lahemaa is indeed the nature - bays, forests, bogs, limestone cliff and huge boulders.
Enjoy a short walk in Oandu along the ‘beaver trail’. It passes through the Altja River valley, in which you will see a diversity of plant and animal life. You can spy beaver activity in the valley too: the dams they build, their dens on the banks of the river and the trees whose trunks they gnaw through.
Then it is time to travel further passing beautiful manor houses of German landlord families dating back to the 18th centuries (Palmse or Sagadi manor). At the idyllic captain's village of Käsmu, you will be introduced to Estonian seafaring past. Käsmu was home to a maritime school, and virtually every family had its captain or coxswain.
Moving on, stop also at Altja village, which is typical seaside village, with all of its houses stretching along one street. On this point in Altja, you can see the fishing net sheds, which were reconstructed on the basis of old photographs and the memories of the villagers. The village also has its own quirky village wooden swing and old-fashioned tavern.
Arrive at Vihula Manor house and settle in.
TransportationPrivate, guided transfer.
AccommodationVihula Manor House or similar
Day 2 - A free day at Vihula Manor house
There is lot to do in Vihula starting with a leisurely stroll around the gardens, hire bikes or golf buggies to explore the near by area.
You can also have an optional guided tour of the manor grounds and learn about the thrilling 500-year history of Vihula Manor. The manor is shrouded in legends that have been past on from generation to generation. Visit the old historical houses, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and get acquainted with the large renovation project, financed in part by the Estonian Cultural Heritage Fund. You are welcome to join the full daily manor tour with price 10 € (price is subject to changed and will be confirmed by Vihula).
Locally, you can visit different places for lunch or dinner - the manor house concierge will help with recommendations. On the Manor house grounds, you have a small coffee shop for light meals or the tavern for traditional Estonian food or a la carte dining in the main building.
AccommodationVihula Manor house - either ZEN or ZEN Deluxe rooms.
Day 3 - Transfer back to Tallinn and guided city walk
This morning, transfer back into Tallinn and meet your guide for your private walking tour of Tallinn's Old Town (1.5 hours).
The walking tour goes through the two sharply contrasting parts of the Old Town: the Lower Town, once a free trading town and member of the Hanseatic League with its guild houses, warehouses, a unique Gothic Town Hall, dwellings of prosperous merchants, and churches with charming slender towers; and Toompea or the Upper Town, the seat of German landlords and their houses from the 18th-19th centuries.
You will also visit the biggest churches of Tallinn: the Alexander Nevski cathedral is an active Russian orthodox church, built just over 100 years ago, and the Dome church, the church of the local German nobility for centuries, which contains a valuable collection of their family coats of arms. The church itself is one of the oldest in Estonia and is built in the Gothic style. From the viewing platform you can see a panoramic view of not only the Old Town but also the rest of the city.
The rest of the day is free to explore the city.
TransportationPrivate van transfer
AccommodationCentrally located hotel such as Nordic Hotel Forum or similar (availability will be scarce).
Optional Add Ons
Days 4 - 6 - 3 day Estonian Song and Dance Festival
Each day, enjoy festival tickets to various shows at the Estonian Song and Dance Festival. The festival is an unparalleled dip into another culture - a lovely and immensely powerful insight into a nation. But even more than that, there is something powerful and universal about music - in this case sung by a choir of 30,000 singers to an audience of 80,000 people! - that transcends language and culture.
Each day will have processions, evening events and many options for your pleasure. You will get the final details closer to the event.
Day 7 - Departure Day
After breakfast, transfer to the airport.
All prices listed are per person. Please note 2025 prices are early indicative and final prices will be available in early 2023. Booking for concert tickets starts October 2024.
7 Jul 2025
Concert tickets are organised before the event as soon as the event ticket bookings open. Secure the tickets by booking this tour before October 2024.
There are many optional activities that you can add to this tour - cooking classes, additional walking tours or theatre. Please ask us for details.
We can add a guided tour of the KUMU Art Gallery or the Kadrioga Park. Please note that both of these attractions are not open on a Monday.
Combine this short Tallinn city break with any of our Finnish packages. Tallinn is a short 2-hour trip from Helsinki by express boat across the Baltic Sea. We can organise the express boat from Helsinki, the train from St.Petersburg or the overnight boat from Stockholm.
You can choose between these rooms at the Vihula Manor House:
Romantic ZEN rooms are offering astonishing park views or river views. The ZEN rooms are located in Vihula Manor houses at-Back Manor, Vodka Distillery and Laundry House. Room Amenities: High-speed internet Access; Flat-screen satellite TV;MP3 input sockets; International direct dial telephone; Coffee and tea making facilities; Safe; Hairdryer; Natural stone bathrooms; Jacuzzi; Extra bathroom amenities; Air conditioner.
Spacious and elegant ZEN Deluxe rooms feature premium locations in Main Manor House and Vodka Distillery. Room Amenities:High-speed Internet Access; Flat-screen satellite TV; MP3 input sockets, International direct dial telephone; Coffee and tea making facilities; Safe; Mini-bar; Natural stone bathrooms; Bathrobes; Slippers; Jacuzzi or power showers; Extra bathroom amenities; Air conditioner
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Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/