Tallinn, Muhu & Saaremaa (Spring/Summer)

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Summary

This is a unique luxury trip to Estonia, which helps experience the best that this beautiful and authentic Baltic country has to offer in spring/summer time.

During this six-day journey you will stay at the boutique Hotel Telegraaf, which is perfectly placed for familiarization with Estonia's capital Tallinn and its soulful Old Town. You will hear many interesting stories and legends from your guide who will also take you to Tallinn Portrait Gallery, by kariné - a fine jeweler’s brand, a boutique studio Amanjeda. You will experience the charm of Kalamaja district by bike and visit the beautiful Kadriorg Park. Besides cultural activities, you will also indulge in Tallinn's cuisine while dining at the city's best restaurants!

For the last two days you will travel to the dreamy Muhu Island and you will stay at the charming five-star property Pädaste Manor, surrounded by magical natural beauty. You will also have a trip to Saaremaa Island, where you will see its famous Bishop Castle and a lovely Kuressaare Town.

 

Duration 6 days/5 nights
Package price EUR 6124.00 for two people

The package includes:
- Three-night stay at the luxurious Hotel Telegraaf (5*), located in the heart of Tallinn's Old Town (room type - Junior Suite)
- Two-night stay at Pädaste Manor (5*), which is located on Muhu Island (room type - Junior Suite)
- Breakfast
- VIP check-in and check-out
- All private transfers mentioned in the program
- All private activities and tours mentioned in the itinerary
- Private guide services

The package does not include:
- Flights
- Meals (except all breakfasts)
- Optional activities
- Alternative transfer from Tallinn to Muhu Island by helicopter

If you are looking for a shorter trip to Estonia in spring/summer, check our Exclusive Tallinn Discovery itinerary.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2
Excursion starts:

You will be picked up from Tallinn International Airport and transferred to a five-star luxury boutique Hotel Telegraaf, which is nestled in Tallinn's Old Town.

After check-in you will have some tome for relaxation and later you will enjoy a 3-hour private walking in tour in Tallinn's Old Town. Your guide will help you discover some of the most fascinating aspects of Tallinn's rich history and present life. Keeping the dry facts and figures at a comfortable level, the guide will tell you about the things that really matter. You will hear many colorful tales of the city, about its history and its people.

During this walking tour you will also have a private visit to Tallinn Portrait Gallery. Located on the first floor of a Medieval building, it offers unique exhibitions. During this visit you will be welcomed by the owner of the gallery and offered a glass of Champagne and some sweets. He will also tell you more about this place.

Later you will visit a studio by kariné, which is a fine jeweler’s brand, 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 colourful 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 jewellery should be as unique as the person who wears it. In 2009, a by kariné pendant known as the ‘dagger’ was given to Madonna as a gift by the organisers of her concert in Tallinn, Estonia.

After some time for relaxing you will enjoy dinner (for an additional cost) at restaurant Tchaikovsky which is a walking distance from your hotel. At the end of the eighteenth century, the best French chefs found their way to Russia. The resulting fusion of Russian and French cuisine has given the world a symbiosis that is eternally enjoyable. The restaurant, which offers high quality dining experience for real gourmets, where even the tiniest details are important, boasts prestigious Silver Spoon gastronomy awards as the Best Gourmet Restaurant of 2011/2012 and 2012/2013.

Day 2 - 3
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After breakfast at the hotel you will have a private bike tour around Kalamaja area. Beneath all the shining modernity and the medieval charm, Tallinn has another side. You don't need to look far beyond the Old Town's walls to discover a whole new Tallinn in Kalamaja area with its wooden houses, Soviet industrial landscapes, Russian flea-market, abandoned prison and many well-hidden retreats. The quiet backstreets of the wooden Kalamaja district snake through a neighbourhood rich in history and top it all off you'll get to taste the life in what was once the most notorious prison in the country. The guide will take you to the places you wouldn't stumble across on your own and share personal stories about Estonia from the perspective of the local youth.

After that you can enjoy an optional excursion to the Seaplane Harbour Museum (for an additional cost), which is one of the most exciting museums in the region.  The Seaplane hangars are architecturally unique in the whole World. The complex was initially completed as part of Peter the Great’s Naval Fortress in 1916-1917. The new museum combines both past and present. This newly opened exhibition in the historical seaplane hangars tells you stories from under the water, on the water and over the water. 

Later you will have lunch (for an additional cost) at NOA restaurant ('Noah' in English). It is anything but a sinking ship. On the contrary – Noa is remarkable for its location, architecture and interior design. Naturally, you can find the best of Estonian cuisine here accompanied by a million dollar view of the Tallinn skyline and the sea. Chief of Noa is one of the very best chief in Estonia.

After delicious lunch you will have some time for relaxing. Later you will enjoy a private visit to Amanjeda. Amanjeda Group was established by designer Katrin Kuldma. She has studied and worked in the fashion field in Tallinn and in New York. Strong impact to her style is made by the chic fashion capital Milan. Katrin Kuldma started with her Design Studio in 1993. Amanjeda is a traveler after dreams. Any one of us can be an Amanjeda following his or her dreams and heart. An Amanjeda looks for the best, for discreet luxury. The Amanjedas have high demands for quality and design. They value authenticity, functionality and uncompromising aesthetics in their clothing. The brand's endless inspiration sources are the authentic embroideries of the small island of Muhu and the passion for modern architecture. The embroidery tradition of Muhu has been strong for centuries. Muhu Island has unique vibe of relaxed luxury with its small boutique resorts and spas.  This discreet luxury in harmony with expressive embroideries and colors, precise shapes and cuts is characteristic also to Amanjeda collections. The flaming colors and powerful flower motives are the highlights of the brand's sophisticated and structured minimalism. During this special visit to Amanjeda you will be offered some sweets and champagne – perfect aperitif before dinner at restaurant!

You will then enjoy dinner (for an additional cost) at restaurant Dominic (which is a walking distance from Amanjeda. Dominic is a classical restaurant in one of the oldest houses in the Tallinn´s Old Town. European cuisine is graced by the best wine list in the town. After dinner walk back to your hotel.

Day 3 - 4
Excursion starts:

After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to Kadriorg for a private 1,5-hour walking tour, where the guide will help you discover some of the most fascinating aspects of history and present life. Kadriorg Park is the marvelled jewel of Estonia's capital Tallinn. Aristocratic yet cosy by nature, here you will find a large manicured park dotted with baroque architecture. The construction of the Kadriorg Palace was commenced by the Tsar Peter the Great of Russia in 1718. It was named Kadriorg (in German Catharinenthal) in honour of his wife Catherine I and its abundantly decorated main hall is one of the most exquisite examples of baroque architecture both in Estonia and in northern Europe. Surrounded with fountains, hedges and flowerbeds, Kadriorg was planned after the model of Versailles and served as an imperial summer residence. Soon the word spread, and Tallinn grew to be a popular summer resort of the 19th century. Today, the palace welcomes visitors as Art Museum of Estonia and has hosted several high profile guests such as the U.S President Barack Obama in September 2014.

After that you can enjoy an optional excursion to KUMU Art Museum (for an additional cost), which was opened in 2006. This is the new and grand headquarters of the Art Museum of Estonia, which attracts everyone that is interested in Estonian art and culture. Both Estonian art classics as well as the works of artists that cultivate modern trends are on display at Estonia's largest museum. In 2008, the KUMU Art Museum was recognized as the best museum in Europe and the winner of the European Museum of the Year Award.

Later you will be transferred to FARM restaurant for lunch (for an additional cost). The secured Estonian farm’s atmosphere of bourgeois period and absolutely new taste of truly Estonian products in the modern culinary performance settled at the very heart of the medieval Tallinn.

Following the lunch you will walk back to hotel and have time for relaxing. Later you will enjoy dinner (for an additional cost) at the restaurant Art Priori, which is a walking distance from the hotel. In Art Priori high-level art is elegantly combined with excellent food. The restaurant’s interior has been executed according to special creative projects in the spirit of Gothic architecture characteristic of Tallinn. Ideas of the old world are linked with the new in a modern way. Art Priori has three separate dining halls – high value original art is exhibited in each of them. Paintings from the past up to contemporary times offer intellectual and aesthetic experiences that accompany the delicious food like refined gourmet. After dinner you will come back to the hotel on foot.

Day 4 - 5
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Today, after breakfast at the hotel, you will have to say "Bye" to Tallinn and will be transferred by car & ferry (helicopter transfer is also available for an additional cost) to Pädaste Manor, a luxury hotel on Muhu Island. The origins of the manor go back to the 14th century & some of these ancient walls are now at the very heart of the house. The Manor House is the latest building of the Pädaste Estate that has been entirely renovated. The owner’s goal was to create one of the finest hotels in the Baltic countryside, which they have perfectly gained. Today Pädaste Manor has all facilities that a discerning traveler might expect from a five star luxury hotel. This is the best combination of luxury travel and the purest nature.  With 7-hectare landscaped park & 22 hectares of meadows & forests this destination offers magical experience for even the most sophisticated modern traveler. World-class award-winning fine dining restaurant ‘Alexander’, The Bar, The Cellar & The Billiard Room & Poetry Loft – a perfect choice to enjoy quality time being away from everyday life.

You will have lunch (for an additional cost) at Seahouse Terrace. The stylish, warm and laid back atmosphere of the Sea House is an ideal venue for a delicious, leisurely lunch. Here Pädaste classics are served - such as the legendary Pädaste mushroom soup, Muhu antipasti, hotel's own fresh garden greens or – when in season – the famous chanterelle Carpaccio. The terrace overlooks the meadows towards the sea, it is an idyllic place to watch the sunset over a glass of wine before dinner at the Alexander. 


Later you will have time for relaxation at Pädaste SPA (for an additional cost). The experience offered at Pädaste Spa is based on harmony and revitalization of all six senses, in the understanding that our well-being is complete only if all senses get positive stimulation, rest and relaxation. 
Relaxation and well being based on -sometimes centuries old- Estonian herbal traditions befit the unspoiled beauty and harmony of Muhu Island. At Pädaste Spa there is no place for global brands.

In the evening you will enjoy dinner (for an additional cost) at Pädaste Manor restaurant Alexander, which occupies the most prominent space on the ground floor of the Manor House. The gloriously proportioned, elegant room with high ceilings opens into a spectacular winter garden and offers sweeping views over the park with it’s ancient trees.
 The team at Alexander is proud to serve innovative Nordic Islands’ Cuisine, respecting the seasons and making maximum use of fresh local ingredients by working with the island’s producers and farmers, while many of the greens and herbs are grown in Pädaste’s own gardens and green houses. Pädaste Manor offers an arresting culinary combination of urban sophistication and wholesome countryside traditions.

Day 5 - 6
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After breakfast you will have a full day private tour which will help you discover the islands of Muhu and Saaremaa.

Muhu Island is an unspoiled treasure. The dolomite cliff and caves on the northern shore, the 13th century St. Catharine’s Church and the old Koguva fishing village are all worth a visit during your stay. Discovery of the island with one a local guide is highly recommended. You will go to places that might have otherwise escaped your attention. The guide is multilingual and loves to make your trip an individual experience. Together with your guide you also will cross over to the Island of Saaremaa, a charming town famous for the Bishops Castle. The 14th Century Castle is the only one still intact in the Baltics and beautifully surrounded by moats and a park.

Enjoy a walk through the center of Kuressaare,  visit its small market and charming streets with wooden houses, cafes. You will also visit an eco-soap farm owned and managed every day by a local family.

Your guide will also take you to visit Estonia's first farm winery, to hear 100-year old tales and legends on the magical Muhu Island. Muhu Farm Winery family invites you to see Estonia's vineyards, to sample a glass of Estonian wine, and to be a part of the Luscher & Matiesen legend. Muhu Farm Winery has operated as a lodging company and taken good care of its guests already for 15 years.

You will have lunch (for an additional price) at restaurant Arensburg Kuressaare. It is located in the centre of Kuressaare in the Arensburg Boutique Hotel & SPA. The hotel has two restaurants: spacious and cozy lounge-restaurant and a formal à la carte restaurant with a fireplace in the older wing. For lovers of good wine, there is a wine cellar with an antique interior and fireplace.

Later you will have dinner (for an additional cost) at Nami-Namaste restaurant. It is an old fisherman’s cottage on the islands’ southern shore dating back to the 18th century. ”Namaste” is a Sanskrit word and it means, among other things, welcome to my heart. Ten years ago I started with cooking workshops and bed & breakfast. Today we are slightly bigger but the core is the same”.

After dinner you will be transferred to Pädaste Manor.

Day 6 -
Excursion starts:

After breakfast it is time to say "Goodbye" to Pädaste Manor and Muhu Island. You will be transferred by car and ferry (for an additional cost helicopter ride is available) to Tallinn International Airport for your flight back home.

- This is a guide itinerary and can be modified to suit. It is subject to availability and price at the time of booking. Other conditions may apply -

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