After breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a private two hour and half tour in Tallinn Old Town with some stops at cafes. Tallinn's medieval Old Town is at its fairytale best in winter, with its red rooftops covered in snow. A walk along the town's chaotic narrow streets leads to the center of Christmas and New Year festivities: Town Hall Square, where a huge Christmas Tree stands — a tradition stemming from 1441, when Tallinn's Brotherhood of Blackheads guild put up a tree, making it the first public Christmas tree ever put on display in Europe. With your private guide you will walk around Tallinn's Old Town and discover some of the most fascinating aspects of city's rich history and present life. Keeping the dry facts and figures at a comfortable level, the young and entertaining guides love getting down to the things that really matter. You will hear many colorful tales of the city, its history and people.
Later you will have a private one hour and a half visit to by kariné - a ﬁne jeweler’s brand, which was established in 2001. The lady behind it is Karin Eensaar, an internationally certiﬁed gemologist with an FGA diploma. After graduating from her studies at the London Gemological Association and Gem Testing Laboratory of Great Britain, she practiced for a number of years at the Antwerp birch exchange. What makes her brand signature unique is the handwriting, which starts from the gem itself – for example, a large baroque pearl or an intensely colorful precious stone or diamond. The gem dictates almost everything: nature has already done half the job. The brand’s handwriting is bold and strong but still feminine – for women with character. The ideology behind it is related to the meaning of the word ‘unique’: every piece of jewelers should be as unique as the person who wears it. In 2009, a pendant by kariné known as the ‘dagger’ was given to Madonna as a gift by the organizers of her concert in Tallinn, Estonia.
Then you will enjoy lunch (for an additional cost) at CRU Restaurant. Its head chef Dmitri Haljukov presented Estonia in the chef Olympics final Because d'Or in Lyon 2015. Reflecting the historic surroundings of the wonderful Tallinn Old Town, the aim of the restaurant is to find the perfect balance between the classic and modern kitchen that would make the Cru Restaurant experience truly timeless. Two inner halls were renovated to keep the original design of the building from the fifteenth century and help to create an authentic Late Medieval atmosphere. The outdoor terrace and courtyard offer a possibility to spend a lovely time either on the high street of the Old Town or in a quiet inner yard. The restaurant also houses a wine cellar with an excellent selection.
After walking back to the hotel, you will have time for leisure and relaxation. Then you will enjoy a private cooking class and dinner (a walking distance from the hotel). After just a couple of hours’ work you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Guided by professional, you will bake bread, meat, fish and even prepare outstanding sauces.
Optional actvities (for an additional cost):
- Chocolate truffles making
It is 1,5 - 2 hours class, where from three to five different kinds of truffles will be made from quality raw ingredients. You can enjoy the truffles at the place or take them home with you.
- Beer tasting
The craft beer market in Estonia has grown astonishingly during the last year. No longer are mass produced beers the only one’s on sale on supermarket shelves and bar fridges, they are alongside beers from niche producers from around the world, including local brewed craft beers from Estonia. If you are new to the beer world, or just a great fan of beer, then this course will provide a fascinating insight into the new fashionable drink, which is on everyone’s lips at the moment in Estonia.
Return to the hotel by a luxury class vehicle or on foot.