23 days in Estonia Itinerary

23 days in Estonia Itinerary

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23 days in Estonia Itinerary

Start: Reno
Fly:  22​h
1
Tallinn
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saaremaa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Haapsalu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Parnu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Tartu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Narva
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
7
Rakvere
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Reno

6
nights
Tallinn

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Visiting Keila Waterfall and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Rotermann Quarter and Jagala Waterfall. There's much more to do: make a trip to Long Street (Pikk tanav), take some stellar pictures from Patkuli Viewing Platform, contemplate the long history of Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, and examine the collection at Great Guild Hall.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tallinn trip planning app .

Reno, USA to Tallinn is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Reno to Tallinn due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reno in September, expect nights in Tallinn to be slightly colder, around 47°F, while days are colder, around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saaremaa.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Jagala Waterfall, Keila Waterfall
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Keila Waterfall ©
Keila Waterfall
Jagala Waterfall ©
Jagala Waterfall

2
nights
Saaremaa

Saaremaa ©
Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, measuring 2673km2. On the 9th (Wed), walk around Kuressaare Town Park, then explore the historical opulence of Kuressaare Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Saaremaa Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Suur Toll and Piret. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Viidumae Nature Reserve, contemplate the long history of Trahter Veski, then delve into the mystery of Kaali Meteorite Crater, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Angla Tuulikumägi.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Saaremaa trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Tallinn to Saaremaa by combination of car and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Saaremaa are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Haapsalu.

Things to do in Saaremaa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kuressaare Castle ©
Kuressaare Castle
Viidumae Nature Reserve ©
Viidumae Nature Reserve
Kaali Meteorite Crater ©
Kaali Meteorite Crater

2
nights
Haapsalu

Haapsalu ©
Haapsalu is a seaside resort town located on the west coast of Estonia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Haapsalu Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Haapsalu Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Tchaikovsky's Bench, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Puhtulaid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Africa Beach and Promenade, then pause for some photo ops at Carl Abraham Hunniuse Monument, then look for all kinds of wild species at Vormsi, and finally examine the collection at Railway and Communication Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Haapsalu itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Saaremaa to Haapsalu in 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Haapsalu are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Parnu.

Things to do in Haapsalu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Puhtulaid, Vormsi
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Haapsalu Castle ©
Haapsalu Castle
Puhtulaid ©
Puhtulaid
Vormsi ©
Vormsi

2
nights
Parnu

Parnu ©
A holiday hotspot among Estonians and nearby nations, the coastal city of Parnu offers golden sandy beaches, an assortment of parks, and lively center.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then relax in the rural setting at Alpakafarm, then let the kids burn off some steam at Parnu Beach Playground, and finally kick back and relax at Parnu Beach Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Tervise Paradiis Water Park, then contemplate the long history of Prison Escape, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Parnu Jetty.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Parnu vacation website .

You can drive from Haapsalu to Parnu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tartu.

Things to do in Parnu

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Parnu Beach Promenade ©
Parnu Beach Promenade
Spas & Wellness
The Parnu Jetty ©
The Parnu Jetty

3
nights
Tartu

Tartu ©
One of the oldest cities in the Baltic region, Tartu boasts heaps of cultural attractions, a quaint Old Town, and bustling main square.
Escape the urban bustle at Piusa River Ancient Valley Landscape Reserve and Toome Hill (Toomemagi). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tartu Old City and Tartu University Botanical Garden. And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at AHHAA Science Centre, examine the collection at Estonian National Museum, admire the local landmark of The Kissing Students fountain, and gain insight at University of Tartu.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tartu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Parnu to Tartu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Narva.

Things to do in Tartu

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Piusa River Ancient Valley Landscape Reserve
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AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City
Toome Hill (Toomemagi) ©
Toome Hill (Toomemagi)

2
nights
Narva

Narva ©
On the 18th (Fri), walk around Oru Park, then grab your bike and head to Narva River Promenade, then appreciate the history behind Swedish Lion, and finally step into the grandiose world of Narva Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Langevoja Waterfall, make a trip to Puhtitsa Stavropegial Holy Dormition Monastery, then appreciate the history behind Pushkin Statue, then stroll through Narva Joesuu, and finally steep yourself in history at Fama Centre.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Narva trip planning tool .

You can drive from Tartu to Narva in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Rakvere.

Things to do in Narva

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Oru Park, Langevoja Waterfall
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Narva River Promenade ©
Narva River Promenade
Narva Joesuu ©
Narva Joesuu
Oru Park ©
Oru Park

4
nights
Rakvere

Rakvere ©
Rakvere is a town in northern Estonia and the county seat of Lääne-Viru County, 20 km south of the Gulf of Finland.HistoryThe earliest signs of human settlement dating back to the 3rd–5th centuries AD have been found on the present theatre hill. Step off the beaten path and head to Lahemaa rahvuspark and Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Emumagi Hill and Wile Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rakvere: Ojaaarse Forest Trail (in Vosupere) and Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa (in Vihula). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Rakvere Castle, cool off at Aqva Hotel & Spa Water Park and Sauna Complex, and see the interesting displays at Sagadi Forest Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rakvere trip tool .

Traveling by train from Narva to Rakvere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Rakvere sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rakvere

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Haljala Parish, Lahemaa rahvuspark, Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa, Wile Farm, Emumagi Hill
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Lahemaa rahvuspark ©
Lahemaa rahvuspark
Rakvere Castle ©
Rakvere Castle
Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum ©
Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum

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