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The beautiful North Coast of Estonia (4 days)
Tallinn – Viinistu – Sagadi – Rakvere – Kohtla-Nõmme – Kuremäe – Purtse - Tallinn



Day 1   Tallinn
Arrival in Tallinn and meet your tour guide at the airport. Transfer airport - city centre hotel. Check-in for one night.
Afternoon walking tour in the Old Town, the best preserved old town in Northern Europe. We visit the Dome Church (13th century), the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevskij and admire the view across the red roofs of Tallinn Old Town from Toompea. There are still many fine examples of dwelling-houses and warehouses within the medieval main walls, many of which date back to the days of the Hanseatic merchants and their artisans. The 600 years old Town Hall is the only intact Gothic town hall in Northern Europe and is one of the most famed symbols of the city. Welcome dinner in the Old Town

Day 2   Lahemaa Natural Park
Departure by coach to the Lahemaa Natural Park; with its jagged coasts, vast forests, wetlands and many hiking trails, it is a nature enthusiast's dream. The first stop is at the Kolga Manor. The Kolga Estate, a beautifully designed complex in the early 13th century classical style. The manor has not been completely restored and so allows an opportunity to appreciate the original architecture. The next stop is in the small fishery village of Viinistu where we visit the private museum of Estonian art. We then continue through the coastal villages Käsmu, Võsu and Altja and enjoy Estonian food for lunch in an old tavern. The 400 year old fishing village of Altja will give you a taste of local coastal life. Near Altja is the Sagadi Manor. Built in 1749, this complex with museums, park and hotel is tastefully restored and refurbished. A few kilometres from Sagadi lies the Vihula Manor, complete with large English-style park and artificial lake.
Accommodation overnight is in the 700 year old town of Rakvere.

Day 3   Rakvere - Kohtla-Nõmme - Narva
After breakfast we visit the ancient Tarvanpea Castle Ruins on Rakvere Vallimägi. The castle has had a variety of powerful owners including the Swedish, Polish and Danish Monarchies, the Livonian Order and the Russia Tsars. Despite suffering severe damage in numerous battles over the centuries, Tarvanpea continues to amaze and inspire.
On the way to the European Union eastern border with Russia, we visit the Kohtla oil-shale mining museum. There are not many places in the world, where it is possible to either work with a mining-bore or have a ride on a trolley locomotive along the mini-shafts and taste a traditional miner's lunch.
In the border town of Narva we make a visit to one of the best preserved fortresses in Estonia. We can admire the mighty Hermann Castle on the Estonian side and the castle of Ivangorod on the Russian side, standing face to face across the Narva river.
Accommodation in Saka Cliff Hotel & Spa or Toila Spa Hotel.

Day 4   Kuremäe - Purtse - Tallinn
After breakfast we continue to Kuremäe Orthodox Convent which is currently home for 160 nuns and novices. The unique architecture of this colorful complex as well as the surrounding park, outbuildings and grand gate towers make a visit a memorable experience.
At the edge of the primeval valley of the Purtse River is situated a picturesque late medieval feudal castle - Purtse Vasal House (built 1533-1565). Farewell lunch in the castle.

Afternoon departure flight from Tallinn Airport (or optional City break in Tallinn for two further nights).

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