5 days - This short countryside escape visiting National Parks and historical houses.
Despite the boom of 21st-century development, Tallinn remains loyal to the fairy-tale charms of its two-tiered Old Town – one of Europe’s most beguiling walled cities. Enjoy a private walking tour of Tallinn's Old town before heading out of town to the Lahemaa National park with your private driver and English speaking guide.
Enjoy this two-night stay at the luxurious manor house, Vihula Manor as you explore the Estonian countryside. This hotel was awarded the title ‘Historic Hotel of 2020’ by the European Hotel Awards. Highlights include visiting seaside villages, spying on beavers in their natural habitat and relaxing at local taverns & fine dining restaurants.
The hotel has now opened a new swimming pool and Sauna centre. The whole original Cattle Barn of over 700 sq.m. has been converted into a small paradise for families and features a 15-metre swimming-pool with massage seats, kids’ pool and cold pool, two big jacuzzi, four different saunas: Finish Sauna, Steam Sauna, Smoke Sauna and a Sanitarium together with lounges and rest areas. The spacious facilities of the estate allow visitors to relax whilst observing all precautions needed during the covid-19 pandemic.
Surrounded by flowers in summer or snow in winter, celebrate Estonia hospitality in this lovely escape.
Walking tour of the medieval Old Town of Tallinn
Historical manor houses from the 18th century
Enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Vihula Manor
Tallinn Private Guided Tour
Private transfer to your countryside Manor house with guided tours along the way
A free day at Vihula Manor house
Private transfer back to Tallinn
Tallinn , Estonia tours
Easy independent holiday suitable for singles, couples & families
Private car with driver at Lahemaa National sightseeing and a private transfer from Vihula to Tallinn return.
English speaking guide for Tallinn walking tour and Lahemaa National park sightseeing
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
Arrive Tallinn. Private transfer from the port (airport transfer on request) to your hotel. Wander the design shops, art galleries and fashion boutiques in the Old Town, with the main focus on local Estonian brands and artists. Enjoy an optional ballet or opera performance at the Estonian Theatre before the day ends. If you wish, there is a food tour that you can join as well.
In the late afternoon to early evening, be sure to head to the Patkuli viewing platform on the north side of Toompea hill. On the right you'll see the Town Wall with its defensive towers. On the left lies Kalamaja and Pelgulinn areas with Railway Station as landmark. This platform allows you to have the complete view of the Old Town spread out below like a toy fort.
Schlössle Hotel or similar
Optional Add Ons
Day 2 - Tallinn Private Guided Tour
Discover the sights and stories of Tallinn's beautiful Old Town and beyond on a 3-hour walking tour with a private guide. Explore the most interesting sights of the medieval Old Town, as well as some of Tallinn’s modern architecture.
The excursion will start with a brief history of Estonia and Tallinn as you enter one of the best-preserved Hanseatic towns in the world.
In the Upper Old Town, you can admire Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - the largest Orthodox church in the city - as well as the Houses of Estonian Parliament and one of the oldest churches in Estonia, the Dome Church. Experience the panoramic views from Toompea Hills over the Lower Town and the rest of the city of Tallinn.
In the Lower Old Town, you will hear stories about the people that lived here in the past, but also about present day life in Estonia. You’ll see the Gothic Town Hall, the Town Hall Square, and the Town Council Pharmacy, which is the oldest continuously functioning pharmacy in Europe, old merchant houses, and St. Catherine's Passage, the most picturesque of the Old Town's lanes.
We will leave the Old Town and continue to the Rotermann Quarter, which will give you a true taste of 21st century Tallinn. Here, the old industrial buildings have been given new functions and a modern look.
Schlössle Hotel or similar
Day 3 - Private transfer to your countryside Manor house with guided tours along the way
After breakfast, meet the guide and driver for your drive to Lahemaa National park with your guide. The drive is approximately 30 - 45 mins.
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 say goodbye to your guide.
Vihula Manor house - either ZEN or ZEN Deluxe rooms.
Day 4 - 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.
Vihula Manor house - either ZEN or ZEN Deluxe rooms.
Day 5 - Private transfer back to Tallinn
Private transfer to Tallinn (no guide).
Dates & Prices
All prices listed are per person, based on two people sharing a room. Prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs.
1 Sep 2023 31 Dec 2024
1 Sep 2023
31 Dec 2024
You can choose between these two room types: Standard - Superior.
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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