Wired Baltic Sea Beauty

Estonia

This tech-savvy coastal beauty is just across the Baltic Sea from Finland and next door to Russia.  Its lovely islands, lakes and forested countryside complement the cobbled Old Town of the capital, Tallinn.  Estonia’s cultural identity is closely linked to its music; hundreds of thousands of Estonians participated in the heartfelt Singing Revolution leading to the reinstatement of independence.

Why Travel with MIR to Estonia
  • Over two decades of Estonia travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Stanford University and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Estonia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
Signature Experiences

We regularly garner raves from our travelers for the inspired opportunities we provide to help them get to know the local people, distinctive art, architecture and accomplishments of the Baltics.  Below is just a sampling of the Estonia experiences MIR has designed to take our clients far from the familiar.

  • Trace the history of Estonia’s “Singing Revolution”
    Trace Estonia’s musical history at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, where Estonians defied the Soviet Union from 1986 to 1991 by singing traditional songs; this was...
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    Trace the history of Estonia’s “Singing Revolution”

    Estonia

    Tallinn, Estonia

    Trace Estonia’s musical history at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, where Estonians defied the Soviet Union from 1986 to 1991 by singing traditional songs; this was a part of the country’s nonviolent "Singing Revolution."

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  • Tour Kadriorg Park, Peter the Great’s Estonian summer palace
    Tour Peter the Great’s 18th century summer palace and park which originally encompassed almost 250 acres and hundreds of trees...
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    Tour Kadriorg Park, Peter the Great’s Estonian summer palace

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    Kadriorg, Estonia

    Tour Kadriorg Park, Peter the Great’s 18th century summer palace and park here that originally encompassed almost 250 acres and hundreds of trees, including horse chestnuts intended for Peterhof.

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  • Discover the “Baltic Riviera,” a favorite Estonian summer retreat
    Discover Pärnu, called the "Baltic Riviera" for its location on the Gulf of Riga, with the friendly, laid-back atmosphere of a beach town...
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    Discover the “Baltic Riviera,” a favorite Estonian summer retreat

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    Pärnu, Estonia

    Discover Pärnu, called the "Baltic Riviera" for its location on the Gulf of Riga, with the friendly, laid-back atmosphere of a beach town.

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  • Wander Estonia’s UNESCO-listed red-roofed capital, Tallinn
    Begin a walking tour of UNESCO-listed Tallinn at Dome Hill (Toompea); Estonia’s oldest church, the Lutheran Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin, or the Dome Church...
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    Wander Estonia’s UNESCO-listed red-roofed capital, Tallinn

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    Tallinn, Estonia

    Begin a walking tour of UNESCO-listed Tallinn at Dome Hill (Toompea); Estonia’s oldest church, the Lutheran Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin, or the Dome Church, was first mentioned in 1219.

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Ways to Travel to Estonia with MIR

Estonia’s forward-looking, optimistic and adaptable population is one of its biggest assets. With a GDP higher than any of the former Soviet republics, Estonians not only welcome travelers but know how to treat them, too. We are happy to introduce you.

Take a look at your options, from small group escorted tours to independent, custom and private travel:

Small Group Tours
Kaliningrad & The Baltics

Kaliningrad & The Baltics

Definitive Journey through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Kaliningrad

Travels to: Baltics, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia

13 Days / Departures in April, July 2017

Small Group land tour from $6,795

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Rail Journeys by Private Train

At the moment, we don’t offer any rail tours that include this destination. However, we do have a variety of options for rail journeys by private train, including those that travel along the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway.

Custom and private travel is our specialty. We’ve been designing unforgettable custom itineraries through the islands and the mainland of little Estonia for over two decades; a majority of our guests travel on custom itineraries.

For ideas, peruse one of our Regional Travel Planners, a roundup of the must-sees from our savvy staff.

Take a look at our suggested Private Journey, Essential Baltics, or read more about how to design your own trip.  Also, consider this: You can customize our small group tour Kaliningrad & The Baltics to match your preferred dates of travel.

Design Your Own Custom Trip

Traveling privately on a custom program means flexibility:

  • You set the dates, the focus and the level of accommodations.
  • You are met on arrival and seen off at the end of your trip.
  • Your in-country transportation is pre-arranged hassle-free.
  • Your own expert local guides ensure that you get the most out of your visit.
  • And the best part? You travel at your own pace on an itinerary exclusive to you.

Check out just a handful of our Estonia signature experiences below and then get in touch with a MIR Private Journey Specialist to craft an itinerary that suits your travel goals, budget and style.  Or get started planning now.

Suggested Itineraries for Private Travel

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip with all the highlights or something a little roomier with some of the extras, MIR offers itineraries that are available on a private departure basis with your choice of dates. They can also serve as inspiration for your own custom itinerary.

Our itinerary, your dates – great for solo travelers, couples or small groups.

Essential Baltics

Essential Baltics

The Best of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

Travels to: Baltics, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Departures in January, March, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2017

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Our Favorite Places in Estonia
Estonia

Tallinn

Tallinn’s Old Town is the best-preserved medieval town center in Eastern Europe, in spite of various invasions of Danes, Swedes, Teutonic Knights, Russians, Nazis and Soviets. Its wind­ing, cobbled streets, red roofs and remaining turreted fortress wall are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located across the narrow Gulf of Finland from Helsinki and not far from St. Petersburg, Tallinn has been a trading and strategic center for hundreds of years. Today, Tallinn’s citizens are some of the most “wired” in the world.

The pagan Finno-Ugric people who originally settled this area were not organized into any kind of political unit. By 1219 the Danish nobility had conquered them and built a castle on Toompea Hill. The Danes ruled from Toompea until 1346, when they sold the territory to the Teutonic Knights, already ruling southern Estonia. As members of the Hanseatic League, the lower town’s merchants and artisans built a defensive wall with 66 towers. Nineteen of them remain today. So does Northern Europe’s only surviving Gothic town hall, built from 1371 to 1404.

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Estonia

Song Festival Grounds

Visit the Song Festival Grounds where Estonians defied the Soviet Union in 1988 by gathering here to sing their patriotic songs, and where every five years an enormous international festival is held. Estonia’s cultural identity is closely linked to music. The oldest Estonian song type, the runic chant, dates to the first millennium BC. Native traditions were passed down through the generations, preserving the rich oral folklore that survives to this day.

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Estonia

Lahemaa

Lahemaa, Land of Bays, is the only national park in Estonia. About 25 miles from Tallinn, the 160,000-acre park is set among four peninsulas and numerous islands in the Gulf of Finland. Established in 1971, the park protects bear, moose, beaver, lynx and sea birds. Hundreds of stone-covered mounds – the remnants of ancient settlements – can be found throughout the park. Also within the park’s boundaries is the 18th century cream and yellow Palmse Manor House, providing a glimpse of how the German barons lived. Begun in 1698, the elaborate manor was rebuilt in the late 1800s and exhibits exceptional period furniture. Its old bathhouse is now a romantic restaurant.

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Journeys that travel to Lahemaa

Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at privatejourneys@mircorp.com or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip to Lahemaa.

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Estonia

Saaremaa

Saaremaa, Estonia’s largest island, has been inhabited for at least 5,000 years. Before it was conquered by the Teutonic Knights in 1227, notorious Estonian pirates apparently operated from the island. After 300 years of German rule, the bishop of Saaremaa sold the island to Denmark. From there it was ceded to Sweden, which in turn ceded it to Imperial Russia in 1721 at the end of the Great Northern Wars. Today the island in the Gulf of Riga is famous for its bread, its beer and its windmills.

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Journeys that travel to Saaremaa

Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at privatejourneys@mircorp.com or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip to Saaremaa.

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Estonia

Tartu

Tartu, the second-largest city in Estonia, is known as the cultural capital. The country’s first and foremost university was founded here in 1632, and this town of 100,000 people still has a large student population. Located in southwest Estonia, a land of hills and lakes, Tartu is said to be more “Estonian” than Tallinn. A city tour of Tartu includes a visit to the University of Tartu; the turn-of-the-century wooden houses of Karlova and Supilinn; the beautiful Estonian gardens in Tahtvere and Tammelinn; and the ruins of the 15th century Dome Church on Toome Hill.

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Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at privatejourneys@mircorp.com or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip to Tartu.

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When to Travel to Estonia

Hanseatic Days, Pärnu and Tartu (July)

Folk dancing in EstoniaHanseatic Days are annual medieval festivals that take place in various locations, with entertainment and shopping for locals and visitors alike. The festivals incorporate medieval and Estonian flea markets that sell handicrafts, antiques and old books. Craftsmen demonstrate their skills in period costumes, and offer era-specific services such as bootblacking, hair shearing, and witch doctor pronouncements. The colorful Hanseatic fairs include historical festivities, children’s activities, farmers’ markets and traditional Estonian cuisine.

Õllesummer, Tallinn (July)

Õllesummer is the biggest open-air music festival in Scandinavia, where hundreds of Estonian and internationally famous artists perform every year on the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.

Medieval Days in Tallinn’s Old Town, Tallinn (July)

Medieval Days is an important Estonian Folk Art Festival that takes place annually in Tallinn’s Old Town. In addition to the medieval marketplace on the Town Hall Square, musicians and dancers perform and there is a medieval procession through Old Town.

Tallinn Maritime Days, Tallinn (July)

Tallinn’s Maritime Days Festival takes place every year in the Port of Tallinn, Seaplane Harbor and Peetri Harbor, and has a unique cultural and sea-related program of events. Maritime Days are attended by over 100,000 people and boast a number of competitive events, including the annual Muhu Strait Regatta, and musical performances by local artists.

Birgitta Festival, Tallinn (August)

One of the cultural highlights of Estonian summer, the Birgitta Festival combines the charm of the medieval Pirita convent in Tallinn with the latest in modern musical theater, including opera, staged oratorios and performances of world music.