Winter Wonderland: Tallinn, Muhu And Saaremaa Islands

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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 winter 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 taste the feel of Tallinn's Christmas Market, which delivers magical smells of gingerbread cookies, marzipan-filled sweets and sugar-glazed nuts. You will also visit Seaplane Harbor Museum, by kariné - a fine jeweler’s brand and a boutique studio Amanjeda. Besides cultural activities, you will also experience Tallinn's cuisine while dining at the city's best restaurants and even enjoy a cooking class!

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 4633.00 for two people


The package includes:
- Three-night stay at the luxurious Hotel Telegraaf (5*), located in the heart of Tallinn's Old Town
- Two-night stay at Pädaste Manor (5*), which is located on Muhu Island
- Breakfast
- VIP check-in and check-out
- All private transfers mentioned in the program (transfers by luxury class vehicles Mercedes S with soft drinks offered)
- All private activities and tours mentioned in the itinerary
- Private cooking class and dinner


The package does not include:
- Flights
- Meals (except all breakfasts and one dinner)
- Optional activities (chocolate truffle making - EUR 342.00 for two, beer tasting - EUR 198.00 for two, Juniper schnapps workshop - EUR 104.00 for two)
- Alternative transfer from Tallinn to Muhu Island by helicopter - EUR 1725.00 one way


If you are looking for a shorter trip to Estonia in winter, check our Christmas Fairytale In Tallinn 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 the check-in and some free time, you will enjoy dinner (for an additional cost) at the restaurant Tchaikovsky. 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
Excursion starts:

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.

Day 3 - 4
Excursion starts:

After breakfast at the hotel you will have a private tour at Seaplane Harbor Museum, which will take about one hour and a half. The Seaplane Harbor is one of the most exciting museums in the region, as its 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.

After this thrilling excursion you will be transferred for lunch (for an additional cost) at NOA Restaurant. It is remarkable for its location, architecture and interior design. Naturally, you can find the best flavors here accompanied by a million dollar view of the Tallinn skyline and the sea. After delicious lunch you will be travel back to the hotel and have some time for leisure and relaxation.

Later you will enjoy a private visit (approximately one hour and a half) to the boutique studio "Amanjeda". Amanjeda Group was established by Estonian designer Katrin Kuldma. Amanjeda is a traveller following his dreams. Anyone of us can be an Amanjeda following his or her dreams and heart. An Amanjeda looks for the best discreet luxury. The Amanjedas have high demands for quality and design. They value authenticity, functionality and uncompromising aesthetics in their clothing. People from different fields have become Amanjedas, such as architects, actors, singers, business-people and politicians. 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 colours 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!

After that you will be transferred to Art Priori Restaurant for dinner (for an additional cost). 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.

A transfer back to the hotel. 

Day 4 - 5
Excursion starts:

After breakfast at the hotel you will have to say "Goodbye" to Tallinn. This day you will travel to Estonia's enchanting Muhu Island by car and ferry (for an additional cost a transfer by helicopter is available). For the next two nights you will at the luxe Pädaste Manor, whose origins go back to the fourteenth century. Today Pädaste Manor has all facilities that a discerning traveller 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 a 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.

After your arrival at the hotel you will have time for leisure and relaxation. You can enjoy the hotel's sauna or procedures at the spa. The spa experience 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.

In the evening, enjoy dinner (for an additional cost) at Pädaste Manor's restaurant Alexander, occupying the most prominent space on the ground floor of the hotel's Manor House. Gloriously proportioned, this restaurant with high ceilings opens into a stunning winter garden and offers knockout views over the park with it’s ancient trees. The restaurant's team serves creative 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.

Day 5 - 6
Excursion starts:

After delicious breakfast at Pädaste Manor, you will enjoy a full day private guided tour, which will help you discover the islands of Muhu and Saaremaa. Firstly, you will discover Muhu Island's best places: the dolomite cliff and caves on the northern shore, the thirteenth century St. Catharine’s Church and the old Koguva fishing village.

Together with your local guide you will then cross over to Saaremaa Island. You will visit a charming Kuressaare town, which is famous for the fourteenth-century Bishops Castle. It is the only still intact castle in the Baltics region and it is beautifully surrounded by moats and a park. You will walk through the center of Kuressaare, visit its small market and streets with wooden houses and cafes.

Your guide will also take you to visit Estonia's first farm winery, where you will hear 100-year old tales and legends of the magical Muhu Island and taste a glass of Estonian wine.

Then you will have time for lunch (for an additional cost) at a local café in Saaremaa.

Optional activity (for an additional cost):

- Juniper Schnapps Workshop
A simple workshop where you will be shown how to make one of the most traditional alcoholic drinks in Christmas time.    

Later, you will also enjoy dinner (for an additional cost) at the Arensburg Restaurant, which is nestled in the centre of Kuressaare, at the Arensburg Boutique Hotel & Spa. The hotel has two restaurants: a 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.

Return 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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