Welcome to Saaremaa


During the Soviet era the entire island was off limits to visitors (due to an early-radar system and rocket base stationed there), even to ‘mainland’ Estonians, who needed a permit to visit. This resulted in a minimum of industrial build-up and the unwitting protection of the island’s rural charm.

This unique old-time setting goes hand-in-hand with inextinguishable Saaremaan pride. Saaremaa has always had an independent streak and was usually the last part of Estonia to fall to invaders. Its people have their own customs, songs and costumes. They don’t revere mainland Estonia’s Kalevipoeg legend, for Saaremaa has its own hero, Suur Töll, who fought many battles around the island against devils and fiends.

Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, is on the south coast (75km from the Muhu ferry terminal) and is a natural base for visitors. It’s here among the upmarket hotels that you’ll understand where the island got its nickname, ‘Spa-remaa’. When the long days arrive, so too do the Finns and Swedes, jostling for beach and sauna space with Estonian urban-escapees.

More information is online at www.saaremaa.ee.


Top experiences in Saaremaa

Saaremaa activities

$277.66 Transfers & Ground Transport

Riga to Tallinn Private Transfer via Parnu and Saremaa island

Estonia’s largest and third largest island are almost addictive: it is best to spend one’s  holiday away from the mainland, in a completely different scenery.Exciting destinations also include the famous Kaali Meteorite Crater Field (which is the first scientifically proven meteorite crater in Europe) and the Panga Cliff, which is perfect for scenic walks, and the Järve beach, which is a great spot for sunbathing. Small islands Vilsandi, Abruka, Ruhnu and Viirelaid are great locations all year round.Tour HighlightsFerry trip across the straitSt Katherine´s Church of MuhuRide across the damAngla Windmill ParkPanga cliffMeteorite crater- lake KaaliKuressaare Local capital- KuressaareMedieval Bishop Castle of Kuressaare08:00-10.00 Driving from Riga to Parnushort walking at Parnu city10:30-11:15 Parnu -Virtsu port11:15-12:00  ferry ride to Muhu island12:00-17.00 Drive thorugh Muhu island to Saaremaa and at Saremaa islandAngla Windmill Park visit Visit to Kaali meteorite craterVisit Panga cliffKuressaare Episcopal Castle visit, city tour and a short time for shoppingVisit Kuresare city17.00 Drive back to ferry port17:50-18:30 ferry ride to mainland18:30-20:00 Drive back to Tallinn

$283.44 Transfers & Ground Transport

Tallinn to Riga Private Transfer via Saremaa island andParnu

Estonia’s largest and third largest island are almost addictive: it is best to spend one’s  holiday away from the mainland, in a completely different scenery.Exciting destinations also include the famous Kaali Meteorite Crater Field (which is the first scientifically proven meteorite crater in Europe) and the Panga Cliff, which is perfect for scenic walks, and the Järve beach, which is a great spot for sunbathing. Small islands Vilsandi, Abruka, Ruhnu and Viirelaid are great locations all year round.Tour HighlightsFerry trip across the straitSt Katherine´s Church of MuhuRide across the damAngla Windmill ParkPanga cliffMeteorite crater- lake KaaliKuressaare Local capital- KuressaareMedieval Bishop Castle of Kuressaare08:00-10.00 Driving from Riga to Parnushort walking at Parnu city10:30-11:15 Parnu -Virtsu port11:15-12:00  ferry ride to Muhu island12:00-17.00 Drive thorugh Muhu island to Saaremaa and at Saremaa islandAngla Windmill Park visit Visit to Kaali meteorite craterVisit Panga cliffKuressaare Episcopal Castle visit, city tour and a short time for shoppingVisit Kuresare city17.00 Drive back to ferry port17:50-18:30 ferry ride to mainland18:30-20:00 Drive back to Tallinn

$1619.66 Cultural & Theme Tours

14 days guided Baltic tour

day 1- arrival at Vilnius. Transfer from airport.   day 2-day at Vilnius, walking tour   day 3- Vilnius-Trakai-Kaunas   day 4- Kaunas- Hill of Crosses-Palanga   day 5- Palanga-Curonian Split-Palanga  day 6- Palanga-Liepaja-Kuldiga  day 7- Kuldiga-Sabile-Rundale palace-Riga  day 8- day at Riga, walking tour  day 9- Riga-Sigulda-Cesis-Tartu  day 10- Tartu-Viljandi-Parnu-Kuresare  day 11- explore Saremaa  day 12- Kuresare-Haapsalu-Keila waterfall-Tallinn  day 13- explore Tallinn. Tallinn walking tour.  day 14- end of tour, transfer to airport Three Baltic capitals - Explore the historic centres of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius from car and by foot! 2 days in each city.  The Keila Waterfall is a waterfall in Northern Estonia on Keila River. It is the third most powerful waterfall in Estonia after Narva and Jägala. It is 6 meters high and 60-70 meters wide.  Calm and friendly small town Haapsalu located less than 2-hour’s drive from the capital enjoys a long standing history as a spa resort. Once a popular summer holiday destination for the Russian aristocracy, modern Haapsalu hosts a number of international festivals and is home to charming restaurants. Haapsalu is a wonderful little town with narrow streets, a miniature town hall and romantic wooden dwelling houses. On the romantic seaside promenade stands Kuursaal, one of the finest wooden buildings in Estonia.   The first Haapsalu mud spa opened its doors in 1825 and since then Haapsalu has attracted spa lovers from all over the world including the Old Russian czars. Haapsalu’s serene vibe is loved by families and romantic couples who enjoy having picnics, walking, visiting spas and sailing. Once in Haapsalu, don’t forget to browse for a traditional hand-woven woollen Haapsalu shawl with fine and elegant patterns.  Saaremaa - the biggest island of Estonia is known as a good recreation place with unique nature and a lot of sights. Saaremaa has retained its uniqueness due to its location and insulation. In the villages there are still stone fences and houses with thatched roofs, beautiful national costumes and dialectal language are still used. Junipers, dolomite, windmills and the famous local home-brewed beer are considered the symbols of Saaremaa. Sigulda and its surroundings is the most popular tourist area where you can enjoy a rare combination of medieval castles, picturesque hilly landscapes (with a river running amidst sandy caves). Here you can enjoy a ride on the cable car 40 meters above the valey.   Curonian Spit National Park - Search for moose and wild boar in this spectacular setting.   Kuldīga is the pearl of Kurzeme. Kuldīga boasts distinctive architecture, the Venta River with the widest waterfall ledge in Europe, and an old brick bridge. Kuldīga was recognised an EDEN destination in 2000 

$1735.35 Cultural & Theme Tours

14 days guided Baltic tour

day 1- arrival at Tallinn. Transfer from port or airport. day 2- explore Tallinn. Tallinn walking tour. day 3- Tallinn - Keila-Haapsalu- Saremaa island Kuresare day 4- explore Saremaa day S- Kuresare-Parnu-Viljandi-Tartu day 6- Tartu--Cesis-Sigulda-Riga day 7- day at Riga, walking tour day 8- Riga-Bauska-Rundale-Sabile-Kuldiga day 9- Kuldiga-Jurkalne-Liepaja-Palanga day 10- Palanga-Curonian Split-Palanga day 11- Palanga-Hill of Crosses -Kaunas day 12- Kaunas-Trakai-Vilnius day 13- day at Vilnius, walking tour day 14- end of tour, transfer to airport Three Baltic capitals - Explore the historic centres of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius from car and by foot! 2 days in each city.  The Keila Waterfall is a waterfall in Northern Estonia on Keila River. It is the third most powerful waterfall in Estonia after Narva and Jägala. It is 6 meters high and 60-70 meters wide.  Calm and friendly small town Haapsalu located less than 2-hour’s drive from the capital enjoys a long standing history as a spa resort. Once a popular summer holiday destination for the Russian aristocracy, modern Haapsalu hosts a number of international festivals and is home to charming restaurants. Haapsalu is a wonderful little town with narrow streets, a miniature town hall and romantic wooden dwelling houses. On the romantic seaside promenade stands Kuursaal, one of the finest wooden buildings in Estonia.   The first Haapsalu mud spa opened its doors in 1825 and since then Haapsalu has attracted spa lovers from all over the world including the Old Russian czars. Haapsalu’s serene vibe is loved by families and romantic couples who enjoy having picnics, walking, visiting spas and sailing. Once in Haapsalu, don’t forget to browse for a traditional hand-woven woollen Haapsalu shawl with fine and elegant patterns.  Saaremaa - the biggest island of Estonia is known as a good recreation place with unique nature and a lot of sights. Saaremaa has retained its uniqueness due to its location and insulation. In the villages there are still stone fences and houses with thatched roofs, beautiful national costumes and dialectal language are still used. Junipers, dolomite, windmills and the famous local home-brewed beer are considered the symbols of Saaremaa. Sigulda and its surroundings is the most popular tourist area where you can enjoy a rare combination of medieval castles, picturesque hilly landscapes (with a river running amidst sandy caves). Here you can enjoy a ride on the cable car 40 meters above the valey.   Curonian Spit National Park - Search for moose and wild boar in this spectacular setting.   Kuldīga is the pearl of Kurzeme. Kuldīga boasts distinctive architecture, the Venta River with the widest waterfall ledge in Europe, and an old brick bridge. Kuldīga was recognised an EDEN destination in 2000

$2099 Classic

Baltic Adventure

Decades after the fall of communism, the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia remain a mystery to most travellers. We’re not complaining, though; more mystery means fewer crowds and an easier time getting to know these fantastic countries. Beginning in charming cobblestoned Vilnius and ending in beautiful Helsinki, this two-week trip gets to the very heart of the region. Get an up-close glimpse of Riga’s castles and art district, experience rural life in Estonia, and venture into the fortresses and medieval architecture of Tallinn before crossing to Finland by ferry. Make the Baltics your special travel secret.

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