A tour guide will give an introduction to the country of Estonia and its people, as well as synopsis of the history of Tallinn and its Old Town – Tallinn’s number one attraction. During the tour, the guide will elaborate on the Hanseatic League and Tallinn’s position in overseas trade. Participants will visit the most important sights in the Old Town.
The numerous and mysterious passages within the bastions were constructed simultaneously with the building of bastions themselves in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The hidden passages served to shelter the men, ammunition and supplies, but primarily to hide their relocation from the enemy. The passages also served as observation posts to spy on enemy activities in mining explosives.
A guide will make a medieval medicine presentation of medieval cures and common diseases. The group meets a plague doctor and a nun who show medieval props and assist the guide. This is an infotainment presentation where guests experience medieval treatments and thinking. The show takes place in the Town Hall Pharmacy established in 1422. This is the oldest functioning pharmacy in Europe. After the presentation, the guide takes guests to the old town where they’re exposed to the fundamentals of medieval medicine. Duration of the tour is 1,5 hours.
Congress guests will enjoy a panoramic overview of Tallinn as they are driven around the Old Town and other districts, witnessing and hearing about the everyday life of Tallinn. A short stop is made at the Song Festival Grounds to get a closer look at the site which has become a symbol of the national identity and independence of Estonia. The Estonian choral singing tradition has been acknowledged by UNESCO as world cultural heritage. To convey the full power of our Song Festivals we will then proceed to KUMU, the National Art Museum of Estonia. The present building was completed in 2006, and in 2008 it was awarded the title of Best Museum of the Year in Europe.
Medieval Tallinn was a bustling trade centre, one of the great Northern European merchant cities, and some traditions of the craft and artistic work of the period continue today.
Participants take a walk through the cobblestone streets to the art galleries on the picturesque streets of Long Leg and Short Leg. From there we will proceed to Katariina käik (Catherine’s Passage) where master craftsmen’s workshops are busy producing finely-crafted hand-made goods in the original stone buildings of the medieval town street.
You can watch glass-blowers, goldsmiths and other craft-masters as they work, and buy their wares and other unique Estonian souvenirs directly from the artists.
The tour includes a coffee break at the Master’s Courtyard (coffee + handmade chocolate).
The brewing traditions in Estonia and Livonia date back to 1820 when Count Karl Friedrich Rehbinder built a distillery and a brewery on his estate on the bank of the Vääna River. From the same year onward the beer masters of Saku have brewed great Estonian beer from the best local groundwater, malt, hops and yeast.
As the oldest brewery in Estonia, we take pleasure in showing you our history, production process and products. The excursion lasts about 1½ hours and will be partly spent in the brewery learning about the production processes and partly spent tasting the products of Saku Brewery – water, soft drinks, cider and beer.
The Open Air Museum owns the largest collection of national architecture in Estonia. Ours is the only museum in Estonia with the primary goal of collecting and researching countryside architecture. 72 old village structures have been transported to the museum and rebuilt on location. We hope to continue this work with newer structures of the 20th century. Our other collections supplement the national architecture collection and help to demonstrate the genuine country life of the past. The tour includes transportation from the hotel and back, an English-speaking tour guide, entrance to the museum and a 2 hour tour on site.
Paldiski is a small town of 4000 people with a very interesting history. The town was occupied by the Soviet Union (USSR) for about 50 years! It was a large military base and a leading training centre of the Soviet nuclear submarine forces. When Estonia regained independence, the base was closed, and most servicemen and their families returned home to Russia. Paldiski today is a very prosperous area for the development of transit, industry and tourism, as well as a training-centre for Estonian peacekeeping forces. Many former military buildings and bases remain. The end of 2004 saw beginning of the construction of a wind farm at Paldiski. Today it provides clean and renewable electricity equivalent to ca 1% of Estonia’s electricity consumption. Paldiski’s natural environment is not to be missed – Pakri Cliff is very interesting and unique in North Europe and all over the world! Paldiski was mentioned in the Swedish movie “Torsk på Tallinn.”
Next, to the Padise Manor are the Padise Monastery ruins. The predecessor of the Padise monastery was a chapel built around 1250 by the Dünamünde Cistercian monks. The monastery was burnt down during the St. George’s Night Uprising in 1343. The rebuilding of the monastery began only after 1370, the consecration of the main building taking place as late as 1448. The monastery was destroyed in 1559 during the Livonian War.
Lahemaa National Park, located about a one hour drive from Tallinn, is the biggest nature protection area in Estonia. It encompasses several typical Estonian landscapes – forests, wetlands, lakes and rivers with abundant wildlife, as well as exciting cultural attractions: restored manor houses and small seaside fishing villages.
The excursion to the Lahemaa National Park (approx. 70km from Tallinn) will include visits to the Manor Houses in Palmse, Sagadi, and a stroll on the premises of the recently restored Vihula Manor complex. Following that will be a visit to the old and unique fishing village of Altja, including a stroll in the village and on the beach area followed by lunch at the authentic “Altja Tavern” (with indoor and outdoor seating).