Weekend in Tallinn, 3 nights

  • Day 1: Tallinn (arrival)

    • Arrival to Tallinn
    • Transfer to hotel
  • Day 2: Tallinn

    • Breakfast
    • City tour of Tallinn
    • Visit of the Lutheran Cathedral
    • Free time for lunch
    • Visit of the Kadriorg District
    • Visit of the Castle of Kadriorg
  • Day 3: Tallinn

    • Breakfast
    • Visit of the National Park of Lahemaa
    • Visit of Sagadi Mansion
    • Free time for lunch
    • Visit of the Ethnographic open air museum «Rocca-al-Mare»
  • Day 4: Tallinn (departure)

    • Breakfast
    • Transfer to airport

DETAILED PROGRAM

Day 1 – Thursday or Friday: Tallinn (arrival)

Arrival in Vilnius

Transfer to hotel

Day 2 – Friday or Saturday: Tallinn

Breakfast at hotel

City tour of Tallinn. Although there is a mentioning of the city from the second millennium of AC, the city was officially founded in 1219 by the Danish invaders that explain its name that in Estonian means “Danish city”. They were followed by the Teutonic horsemen of German origin, whose descendants formed the main part of the population till the XIX century. In spite of the fact that it was a part of Sweden from 1561 and a part of Russia from 1710, the main part of the population remained of the German origin, that influenced both the architecture and the religion, mostly Lutheran. After the independence, returned in 1991, the city has been reconstructed and nowadays is one of the most beautiful European capitals. We will admire the medieval ancient castle, declared as Heritage of the Humanity by the UNESCO, divided in three parts: Toompea, or the “Cathedral Hill”; the Old City and the City Estonia. Visit of the magnificent Lutheran Cathedral, gothic edifice constructed after the Danish invasion in the XIII century. The Cathedral in its walls preserves the traits of arms of the principle families of the Baltic-German community that formed the elite of the city. Finally, we will appreciate the fabulous beauty of the orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky, constructed in 1900 and Toompea castle, headquarters of Estonian Parliament.

Free time for lunch

Visit of the Kadriorg District. No doubt about the interest of the place: it must be seen. Located to short distance of the centre of Tallinn, the place is divided into a gorgeous park and several buildings: the imposing Palace of Kadriorg (18th century), old residence of Tsar Peter the Great I; the Palace of Weizenberg, current presidential palace and numerous villas and mansions of the local middle-class, constructed in its majority in 19th century and principles of the 20th century. The park offers footpaths and splendid gardens, decorated with numerous statues and furrowed by streams and channels. There are also some of the most important museums of Estonia, such as «Kumu», the greatest and most complete museum of art of the country, and the «Mikkel» museum (collections of Russian icons and Chinese porcelains).

Visit of the Castle of Kadriorg. After the victory of the Russian troops of Peter the Great I on Sweden, Russia annexed Estonia in 1710. In 1718 Tsar Peter the Great order to Italian architect Nicolo Michetti the construction of this gorgeous Castle. Built in baroque style, in the centre of a park of French inspiration, with the intention of becoming a sumptuous villa where to spend time in summer, far from the agitation of Saint-Petersburg. The palace was named Catherinenthal, Kadriorg in Estonian, which means “Valley of Catherine”, in honour of his wife Catherine I. Nowadays the building is a museum where we can admire collections exhibited in sumptuous halls, as well as its gorgeous outer architecture and the harmony of its gardens. Last but not least, the house from which the Tsar looked at the progression of works still exists.

Day 3 – Saturday or Sunday: Tallinn

Breakfast at hotel

Visit of the National Park of Lahemaa. Peninsula located 80 km away from Tallin Lahemaa is a place of exceptional beauty. It was the first national park in the Soviet Union, in 1971, and from the independence of Estonia it has been put even but persistence in the conservation of this splendid example of coastal Baltic Sea landscape: the dense forests of firs and birches alternate with high grass and salt marshes, with beautiful rocky strange beaches and pink granite formation. In the coastal zone of the park there is a colourful fishermen town of Kasmu, as well as sumptuous villas and mansions built by Tallinn and Saint-Petersburg aristocracy.

Visit of Sagadi Mansion. Located in the exceptional natural frame of the National Park Lahemaa, the Sagadi Mansion is composed of the Museum of the Forest and the Center of Interpretation of the Nature. Moreover, it will be possible to see numerous furniture of time. The place belonged from 1687 to 1919 to the family Von Fock, of German origin like most of the Estonian nobility. In year 1749, Johann Ernest Von Fock initiated the construction of this palace of Baroque style and Rococo decoration, that has been enlarged throughout the centuries with new dependencies and pavilions. The set is not only used as a museum but also as a place fort events and receptions.

Free time for lunch

Visit of the Ethnographic open air museum «Rocca-al-Mare». Visit of the Ethnographic open-air a splendid reconstitution of Estonian village, located in a nice forest near the Baltic Sea coast. An open-air museum which includes 72 small houses and typical wind and water mills that allows the visitor to discover the country life in Estonia during XVIII and XIX centuries.

Day 4 – Sunday or Monday: Tallinn (departure)

Breakfast at hotel

Transfer to airport

HOTELS

3*

  •  Park Inn Central
  •  Metropol
  • or similar

4*

  • Meriton Grand
  • Sokos Viru
  • or similar