Estonia Itinerary- 10 days
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jul 5, 2011 4:59 AM Last Post By: freudenthal
Apr 28, 2011 5:55 PM
Estonia Itinerary- 10 daysMy boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Estonia July 24-August 3 and I'd love some feedback on our potential itinerary. For reference, we are 21 & 22 and our main interests are folk music and dance, photography, abandoned/ruined buildings, beautiful architecture, contemporary art, and nature. Feel free to make suggestions about specific sites/museums/etc to visit, and comment on if this plan is manageable in terms of time spent in each place. We want to see a lot but we're also fairly laid-back and would rather enjoy ourselves than stress about fitting everything in or catching the next bus.
July 24 (Sunday): we arrive at the airport at 13:05, head into town, self-guided walking tour around old town, photographic museum
25 (Monday): morning in Tallinn, catch 13:00 bus to Kuressaare, arrive at 17:00, explore Kuressaare on foot
26 (Tuesday): rent bikes to explore Saaremaa- any suggestions about which part of the island would be the best to visit?
27 (Wednesday): possibly another short bike trip or morning in Kuressaare, catch 14:15 bus to Pärnu, arrive at 17:35, explore Pärnu on foot
28 (Thursday): morning on the beach, catch 12:00 bus to Viljandi, arrive at 13:50, folk festival
29 (Friday): Viljandi folk festival/ explore Viljandi
30 (Saturday): Viljandi folk festival/ explore Viljandi
31 (Sunday): catch 13:05 bus to Tartu, arrive 14:05, explore Tartu on foot
August 1 (Monday): morning in Tartu, 14:30 bus to Tallinn, arrive at 17:00, evening in Tallinn
2 (Tuesday): bike to see sights on outskirts of Tallinn, trip to open air museum?
3 (Wednesday): morning in Tallinn, early afternoon ferry to Helsinki
any input? Also, has anyone been to the Viljandi folk festival and could share experiences/thoughts?
Edited by: stars_inyourcoffee
May 6, 2011 2:43 PM
I'd rent a car in Kuressaare. The sights on Saaremaa are scattered around the island. You can see most of them in a day (with a car).
Also I'd rent a car in Viljandi and spend a day in Soomaa N.P.: swamps, bogs etc. Pretty unique landscape. You can even swim in some of the waterholes (it's officially allowed). It was a bit difficult to rent the car. In the end I rented the B&B owners' private car. :-)
May 11, 2011 10:15 AM
2While renting a car is a good idea, Saaremaa is doable on a bike as well if you don't mind a bit bigger daily mileages.
Jul 5, 2011 4:59 AM
3To me (a local) the itinerary sounds incredibly compressed (at least to my personal tastes... :) ). Given the amount of travel you are going to do, it could make more sense to rent a car. This way you are not confined to major cities but can explore smaller places and countryside. The cities are not that different and I'm not sure whether it is worth to ride n hours to a city just to have an evening walk in it. With car, you can check out the smaller but interesting places that lie on the road between the major destinations. :)
Anyway, good luck with your trip and I hope you enjoy Estonia.
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