41 days in Estonia Itinerary

41 days in Estonia Itinerary

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41 days in Estonia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
1
Rakvere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Narva
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Tartu
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Valga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Viljandi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Parnu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Haapsalu
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Saaremaa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Tallinn
— 9 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Dubai

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. Explore Rakvere's surroundings by going to Vihula (Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa & Toolse Order Castle), Lahemaa rahvuspark (in Vihasoo) and Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum (in Palmse). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Sagadi Mois Museum, admire the masterpieces at Viinistu Art Museum, stroll through Vosu Rand, and pause for some photo ops at Tarvas Sculpture.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rakvere travel itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rakvere is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in January: high temperatures in Rakvere hover around -3°C and lows are around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Narva.

Things to do in Rakvere

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Haljala Parish, Jarva-Jaani Firefighting Museum, Sagadi Mois Museum, Vosu Rand, Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Lahemaa rahvuspark ©
Lahemaa rahvuspark
Sagadi Mois Museum ©
Sagadi Mois Museum
Rakvere Castle ©
Rakvere Castle

4
nights
Narva

Narva ©
Get out of town with these interesting Narva side-trips: Toila (Toila Martsa Hiking Trail & Oru Park) and Estonia Mining Museum (in Kohtla-Nomme).

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Narva online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Rakvere to Narva by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Tartu.

Things to do in Narva

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toila, Narva-Joesuu Beach, Estonia Mining Museum, Kulturzentrum Sillamae
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Oru Park ©
Oru Park
Toila Martsa Hiking Trail ©
Toila Martsa Hiking Trail
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elistvere Animal Park (in Tabivere), Seto Farm Museum (in Varska) and Otepaa Seikluspark (in Otepaa). There's lots more to do: look and learn at AHHAA Science Centre, steep yourself in history at Tartu Town Hall Square, view the masterpieces at Estonian Print & Paper Museum, and learn more about the world around you at University of Tartu Natural History Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tartu trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Narva to Tartu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Valga.

Things to do in Tartu

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Varska Farm Museum, Estonian Road Museum, Otepaa Seikluspark, Elistvere Animal Park
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 16:
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AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City
Otepaa Seikluspark ©
Otepaa Seikluspark

2
nights
Valga

Valga ©
Valga is a town in southern Estonia and the capital of Valga County. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the striking features of Valga Town Hall, then explore the historical opulence of Sangaste Castle, then explore the activities along Pühajärv, and finally stroll around Lake Puhajarv Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sangaste kirik, then take in the dramatic natural features at Vaike Munamagi Hill, then contemplate the long history of Barclay de Tolly Mausoleum, and finally Head underground at Helme Caves.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Valga sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Tartu to Valga in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Viljandi.

Things to do in Valga

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sangaste, Otepaa, Helme Caves, Barclay de Tolly Mausoleum, Vaike Munamagi Hill
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
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Pühajärv ©
Pühajärv
Lake Puhajarv Park ©
Lake Puhajarv Park
Barclay de Tolly Mausoleum ©
Barclay de Tolly Mausoleum

2
nights
Viljandi

Viljandi ©
Viljandi is a town and municipality in southern Estonia with a population of 17,473 in 2013. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle, then take in the views from Viljandi Rope Bridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church, and finally view the masterpieces at Kondas Center. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Viljandi Pauluse Kirik and then explore the striking landscape of Soomaa National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Viljandi holiday planner.

You can drive from Valga to Viljandi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Viljandi sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Parnu.

Things to do in Viljandi

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:
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Soomaa National Park ©
Soomaa National Park
Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle ©
Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle
Viljandi Rope Bridge ©
Viljandi Rope Bridge

4
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.
Parnu is known for beaches, theme parks, historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Prison Escape, pause for some serene contemplation at Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Parnu Transformation of Our Lord Church, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Raimond Valgre.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Parnu trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Viljandi to Parnu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Parnu can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Haapsalu.

Things to do in Parnu

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Rannametsa Tolkuse Nature Trail
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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Room Escape Games
Parnu Central Library ©
Parnu Central Library

4
nights
Haapsalu

Haapsalu ©
Haapsalu is a seaside resort town located on the west coast of Estonia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haapsalu: Padise Abbey (in Padise), Ristna Lighthouse (in Kalana) and Ruins of Maasi Fort-Castle (in Orissaare). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Haapsalu Castle, see the interesting displays at Railway and Communication Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Haapsalu Maria-Magdaleena Church, and get to know the fascinating history of Haapsalu Old Town.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Haapsalu trip planner .

You can drive from Parnu to Haapsalu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Haapsalu can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saaremaa.

Things to do in Haapsalu

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Padise Abbey, Ruins of Maasi Fort-Castle, St. Mary's Church, Ristna Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
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Haapsalu Castle ©
Haapsalu Castle
Ristna Lighthouse ©
Ristna Lighthouse
Haapsalu Maria-Magdaleena Church ©
Haapsalu Maria-Magdaleena Church

4
nights
Saaremaa

Saaremaa ©
Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, measuring 2673km2. Change things up with these side-trips from Saaremaa: Muhu (Muhu Village Museum of Koguva, Muhu Jaanalind, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kaarma Church of Saints Peter and Paul, step into the grandiose world of Kuressaare Castle, take an in-depth tour of Saaremaa Museum, and enjoy the sea views from Sorve Lighthouse.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saaremaa day trip planning tool .

Drive from Haapsalu to Saaremaa in 3.5 hours. January in Saaremaa sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Saaremaa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Muhu, Karja Catherine Church
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
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Kuressaare Castle ©
Kuressaare Castle
Medieval Activity Centre Archebald ©
Medieval Activity Centre Archebald
Jarve ©
Jarve

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.
Tallinn is known for museums, historic sites, parks, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, and stroll around Kadriorg Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tallinn trip itinerary app .

Getting from Saaremaa to Tallinn by combination of car and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Tallinn are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 10:
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Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour ©
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill

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