This individual holiday to Estonia begins in the medieval city of Tallinn and uses the excellent local bus connections to include stays in a border town, a university city and a seaside resort. The itinerary can be extended to include Saaremaa and Hiiumaa Islands to complete the highlights of Estonia. The border town of Narva, sadly neglected from most travel itineraries, is a worthwhile stop even for just viewing two ancient frontier fortresses facing each other across a river - Hermann Castle on the Estonian side, and the Ivangorod Castle over on the Russian side.
To extend your stay head to the Estonia's summer capital Parnu, with is wide stretch of white sand beach, a magnificent historic town centre, leafy park areas and quiet streets lined with early 20th-century villas Parnu is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Please contact a Regent Baltic Travel Specialist for a tailor-made quote to Estonia or to upgrade to four or five star hotels.
Fly to Tallinn and check in to the hotel for two nights.
Spend today at leisure in Estonia's capital. Explore the medieval Old Town with its enchanting muddle of 13th-century church spires, maze of cobbled streets and impressive Town Hall Square. take some time to relax in the city's chic cafés and trendy bars, enjoy meals in gourmet restaurants and exercise your credit cards in the sparkling new designer malls. (B)
Take the bus to Narva (journey takes around 3 hours) and check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. Narva, made up of 90% Russians has a completely different feel to it than the rest of the country. Geographically it is closer to St Petersburg than to Tallinn and as with all border towns, it has a fascinating history. The city's skyline is defined by the imposing Hermann and Ivangorod Castles, which face each other across the Narva River. (B)
Travel by bus to Tartu (journey takes around 3 hours 40 minutes) and on arrival, check in to hotel for two nights. Tartu is the second oldest city in the Baltic region, and thanks to the University of Tartu (Northern Europe's second oldest university) the city is vibrant with its large student population. A large part of Tartu's allure is that it's an amazingly easy city to explore on foot. The most interesting parts are all concentrated in the same general area, with the historic Old Town flanked on one side by the leafy Toome Hill and on the other by the serene Emajogi River. (B)
Free day in Tartu to explore at leisure. (B)
Travel by bus to Parnu (journey takes around 2 hours 40 minutes) and check in to hotel for an overnight stay. A wide stretch of white sand beach, a magnificent historic town centre, leafy park areas and quiet streets lined with early 20th-century villas sums up Parnu to a tee. Throughout the summer months there are all kinds of festivals and the elegant Town Hall hosts many classical music concerts. (B)
Take the bus to Tallinn (journey takes around 2 hours) and check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
Spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
8 day tour, from £585 per person
Return flights with Easyjet in economy class from London Gatwick
All airport taxes
Accommodation in three/four-star hotels with breakfast
Bus tickets, Tallinn to Narva, Narva to Tartu, Tartu to Parnu and Parnu to Tallinn
Single room supplement £275
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