35 days in Estonia Itinerary

35 days in Estonia Itinerary

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35 days in Estonia Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Rakvere
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Narva
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Tartu
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Parnu
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Saaremaa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Tallinn
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Moscow

5
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum and Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rakvere: Lahemaa rahvuspark (in Vihasoo), Vosu Rand (in Vosu) and Viru Bog Trail (in Kolga). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Rakvere Castle, explore the world behind art at Viinistu Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Jarva-Jaani Firefighting Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Viru-Nigula kirik.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rakvere trip website .

Moscow, Russia to Rakvere is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Rakvere is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Narva.

Things to do in Rakvere

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haljala Parish, Sagadi Mois Museum, Viru Bog Trail, Viinistu Art Museum, Vosu Rand
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Lahemaa rahvuspark ©
Lahemaa rahvuspark
Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum ©
Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum
Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa ©
Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa

5
nights
Narva

Narva ©
Explore hidden gems such as Oru Park and Narva Castle. Explore Narva's surroundings by going to Saka Klindimoisa Hiking Trail (in Saka), Toila Martsa Hiking Trail (in Toila) and Langevoja Waterfall (in Vaivara).

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Narva holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Rakvere to Narva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tartu.

Things to do in Narva

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Toila, Vaivara, Estonia Mining Museum, Saka Klindimoisa Hiking Trail, Crucifixion of Our Lord Church
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Narva Castle ©
Narva Castle
Oru Park ©
Oru Park
Narva River Promenade ©
Narva River Promenade

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to AHHAA Science Centre and University of Tartu. Explore Tartu's surroundings by going to Vaike Munamagi Hill (in Nupli), Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle (in Viljandi) and Otepaa (Pühajärv, Lake Puhajarv Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Tartu Old City, see the interesting displays at University of Tartu Museum Tartu Ülikooli muuseum, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Bronze Pig, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tartu University Botanical Garden.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tartu trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Narva to Tartu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Parnu.

Things to do in Tartu

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Otepaa, Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle, Vaike Munamagi Hill
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Tartu University Botanical Garden ©
Tartu University Botanical Garden
AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Prison Escape and Haapsalu Old Town. Get out of town with these interesting Parnu side-trips: Soomaa National Park (in Viljandi) and Haapsalu (Haapsalu Castle, Lasteraamatukogu, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Parnu Beach Promenade, relax in the rural setting at Alpakafarm, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Peter Carl Faberge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parnu Beach Playground.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Parnu travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Tartu to Parnu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Parnu sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saaremaa.

Things to do in Parnu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Haapsalu, Soomaa National Park, Car Museum
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Haapsalu Castle ©
Haapsalu Castle
Parnu Beach Promenade ©
Parnu Beach Promenade
Alpakafarm ©
Alpakafarm

4
nights
Saaremaa

Saaremaa ©
Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, measuring 2673km2. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kuressaare Castle and Sorve Cape. Change things up with a short trip to St Catherine’s Church in Muhu (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Suur Toll and Piret, stroll around Kuressaare Town Park, contemplate the long history of Trahter Veski, and pause for some serene contemplation at Karja Catherine Church.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Saaremaa day trip app .

Drive from Parnu to Saaremaa in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Saaremaa are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Saaremaa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

St Catherine’s Church, Karja Catherine Church
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Kuressaare Castle ©
Kuressaare Castle
Suur Toll and Piret ©
Suur Toll and Piret
Saaremaa Museum ©
Saaremaa Museum

9
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood and Tallinn Legends. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, make a trip to Tallinna Raekoja Plats, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, and take a stroll through Rotermann Quarter.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tallinn visit planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Saaremaa to Tallinn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. January in Tallinn sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town

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