Sightseeing tour programme

We have compiled several sightseeing programmes and tours for NSC2017 delegates to share with you a glimpse of our beautiful country. You can choose shorter tour programmes around Tallinn or longer tours with accommodation to Southern or Eastern Estonia. The deadline for bookings is 27 April, 2017.

POST CONFERENCE TOUR TO PAKRI AND PALDISKI Friday, May 26th, 15:00-20:15 75 EUR
per person
POST-CONFERENCE TOUR TO LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK & EAST ESTONIA Friday, May 26th, 15:00 -
Saturday, May 27th, 17:00
230 EUR
per person
POST-CONFERENCE TOUR TO SOUTH-ESTONIA & PEIPSI ONION ROUTE Friday, May 26th, 15:00 -
Saturday, May 27th, 16:00
220 EUR
per person
WORKSHOP AT TAUNO KANGRO SCULPTURE STUDIO Friday, May 26th, evening 75 EUR
per person
TALLINN FOOD TOUR Friday, May 26th, 16:00-19:00 60 EUR
per person
TALLINN OF THE LOCALS - FOOD TOUR Friday, May 26th, 17:00-21:00 115 EUR
per person

You need to pre-register for the post-conference tours via the online form linked below. Please note that the tours are taking place only if a minimum number of people indicated in the tour descriptions are registering for each tour. The invoice will be issued after the tour group is confirmed and an additional confirmation will be sent by the conference secretariat after this.

POST-CONFERENCE TOUR TO PAKRI AND PALDISKI

Friday, May 26th
Duration: 5-6 hours

Minimum number of people: 20 pax
Maximum number of people: 45 pax


Price per person: 75 EUR
Price includes:
indicated programme and entrance fees, beer tasting stop at a local brewery, tour-escort (guide) services throughout the programme and 1st class coach services for transfers and sightseeing as per stated itinerary.

 

15:00 departure from Tallinn

15:30-16:30 visit to a local small family-owned brewery in Muraste, tasting of craft-beers
Fun fact: Muraste is the only village in Estonia that has its own beer, Muraste Murdja, brewed in this local beer factory.

16:30-17:45 transfer to Keila-Joa Schloss Fall castle (entrance), visit to the Keila-Joa waterfall
This manor complex was built in 1833 in the neo-gothic style according to the designs of Hans von Stackenschneider, who would go on to become one of the key representatives of the historicist style in Russia. The manor has an amazing location – a rocky river with rapids runs through the valley, a 6 m waterfall and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. The anthem of the Russian empire "God Save the Tsar!" was first performed for Tsar Nicholas I by its composer Aleksei Lvov at Keila-Joa.

17:45-19:15 bus tour of Paldiski and Pakri peninsula, photo stop at the Pakri lighthouse
Paldiski is a town and Baltic Sea port situated on the Pakri peninsula of north-western Estonia. Originally a Swedish settlement known as Rågervik, it became a Russian naval base in the 18th century. In 1962, Paldiski became a Soviet Navy nuclear submarine training centre. Employing some 16,000 people, and with two land-based nuclear reactors (at 70 MW and 90 MW power, respectively), it was the largest such facility in the Soviet Union. Because of its importance, the whole city was closed off with barbed wire until the last Russian warship left in August 1994, when the city ceased to be a closed city.

The Pakri Peninsula extends from northwestern mainland Estonia's Harju County into the Baltic Sea. Its length is 12 kilometres and its area is about 40 square kilometers. Portions of the peninsula were protected in 1998 as the Pakri Landscape Reserve on the basis of its unique geological features, valuable communities of flora and fauna, and historic interest.

The lighthouse is situated on the north-western tip of the Pakri peninsula on a high slate bluff marking the water's edge of a very important shipping lane along the northern coast. A similar structure has stood there since the time of Swedish rule. A new slate lighthouse was ordered to be erected here by Peter I in 1724. Another, even bigger (48-foot) lighthouse replaced it in 1760 - possibly a reconstruction of the original. A new stone lighthouse was completed 80 metres from its predecessor in 1889. Due to natural collapse of the cliff face, the old structure had ended up too close to the edge and had to be demolished.

19:15-20:15 return transfer to Tallinn

 

POST-CONFERENCE TOUR TO LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK & EAST ESTONIA

 

Duration: 26-27 May 2017 (2 days)
Minimum number of people: 20 pax
Maximum number of people: 45 pax
Price per person: 230 EUR
Price includes:
accommodation for 1 overnight stay in Vihula Manor in double occupancy (single room supplement: 40 EUR), indicated programme and entrance fees, 1 x 3-course lunch, 1 x 3-course dinner, tour-escort (guide) services throughout the programme and 1st class coach services for transfers and sightseeing as per stated itinerary.

Optional supplements:

  • bog shoeing in Viru bog 40 EUR/per person
  • Vihula Mojito workshop 12 EUR/per person

Day 1: Friday, 26th May 2017

15:00-16:00 transfer from Tallinn to Viru bog

Visiting Lahemaa (‘Land of Bays’) National Park, located on the northern coast of Estonia, you will find stony and sandy seashores, picturesque bogs, pine forests, old-growth forests, cliff forests, alvars and rivers that have cut into the limestone cliff. You will find many geological, historical and architectural monuments, and hear all about the legends of this land, and the history behind them.

16:00-18:00 walking on the Viru bog study trail

Optional supplement: hiking in bog shoes

In Viru bog (Viru raba) the participants will have a wonderful opportunity to stretch their legs, and walk in a bog. The bog is a perfect example of this very typical Estonian land formation and its flora, which is quite unique. The trail through the bog is 3.5 km long, and in the middle there is a spectacular viewing tower, where participants can enjoy the bird’s eye view of the route they have just walked through. Those who wish to try out walking on the bog instead of the wooden study trail have the option to pre-book a hike in bogshoes, a tradition familiar to Estonians for thousands of years.

18:00-19:00 transfer to Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa****, check-in

A charming 16th century estate with two main buildings, 25 other historical buildings and 50 hectares of beautiful parkland set alongside the Mustoja River in the Lahemaa National Park. This elegant and secluded estate is a perfect escape from the bustling life of the city and a supremely comfortable and luxurious place to stay, whether you are here on business, attending a family celebration or relaxing on holiday. Vihula Manor is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Estonia, with its painstakingly renovated ensemble of historical buildings located in a picture-perfect balance with each other and with the surrounding nature.

20:30-22:00 3-course dinner at the Vihula Manor Restaurant

Optional supplement: make your own welcome drink / Vihula Mojito workshop

 

Day 2: Saturday, 27th May 2017

Breakfast at the Vihula Manor, check-out

09:00-10:30 transfer to Kohtla-Nõmme

10:30-11:30 guided visit to the Estonian Mining Museum (underground)

The underground museum is the most attractive and exciting sight at the Kohtla Mining Park, consisting of former mining tunnels with a total length of 1 kilometre. During the guided tour, visitors become miners as they put on helmets and miner lights and descend to mining tunnels up to 8 m under the ground. They are offered a unique chance to walk in the footsteps of real miners, experience their daily work in moist and dusky conditions, which helps to understand the background and the development of oil shale mining and the functioning of the industry. During the underground tour, guests visit miners’ various underground work places as well as the explosives storage, travel on a real underground train for miners, and get the view of various underground technical equipment and mining technology.

11:30-12:30 transfer to the border town of Narva

12:30-13:30 tour of Narva Castle

During more than its 700 years existence Narva Hermann Castle belonged to Danes, Germans, Swedes, Russians and finally Estonians. The castle’s appearance as we know it today originates from the 14th-16th c. Today Narva castle hosts a museum where one can see both permanent exhibition on Narva city history as well as about a dozen of temporary expositions.

13:30-14:30 lunch at restaurant Rondeel

Rondeel, or "roundel" in English, is a large artillery tower with a rounded or semi-circular plan. Rondeel serves fish and meat dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients, as well as local drinks and sweets while observing the traditions of Narva castle and the surrounding area. In medieval setting, you are served a filling meal prepared with simple methods but still strictly adhering to the highest quality requirements. Josper charcoal and smoking oven are staples in the top kitchens of the world at the moment. We will guide you to the realm of old simple flavours, some of which are perhaps long forgotten.

14:30-17:00 transfer to Tallinn

POST-CONFERENCE TOUR TO SOUTH-ESTONIA & PEIPSI ONION ROUTE

Duration: 26-27 May 2017 (2 days)
Minimum number of people: 20 pax
Maximum number of people: 45 pax
Price per person: 220 EUR
Price includes:
accommodation for 1 overnight stay in Tartu in double occupancy (single room supplement: 25 EUR), indicated programme and entrance fees, 1 x 3-course lunch and 1 x 3-course dinner, tour-escort (guide) services throughout the programme and 1st class coach services for transfers and sightseeing as per stated itinerary.

Day 1: Friday, 26th May 2017

15:00 departure from Tallinn

17:30 arrival in Tartu, check-in at hotel

18:00-19:30 walking tour in the university town of Tartu

Tartu is a university town and a city of youth! The time-honoured university, museum-rich and Hanseatic city of Tartu lies on the banks of the River Emajõgi. The capital of southern Estonia is the second largest city in the country (but the largest in terms of student population!) and the oldest in the Baltic States. Tartu is a modern city with a rich historical heritage and culture. It is the cradle of the Estonian Song Festival, Estonian theatre and the Estonian state; Tartu is the intellectual capital of Estonia where national awareness and the culture of Estonia was born.

19:30 dinner at the beer restaurant Püssirohu Kelder

(Gunpowder’s Cellar), a 300-year building that was originally built for storing…well, yes, gunpowder! In addition to the truly unique interior, the restaurant has live music and an entertainment programme 6 days a week, and many of the beers are patented recipes to be tasted only in this restaurant.

 

Day 2: Saturday, 27th May 2017

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out

08:00 departure from Tartu, start of the day on the Onion Route

The Onion Route covers the three cultures and two nations coexisting in a friendly atmosphere by Lake Peipus. Here are intertwined the cultures of the Estonian peasants, the German landlords and the Russian Old Believers, thus forming the unique culture of Peipsiääre. The first Old Believers came to Estonia as early as at the end of the 17th century and have until this day maintained their identity and lifestyle. It is possible to have a closer look at this phenomenon in the museums of local history located in Varnja and Kolkja, and also by walking along the typical linear villages of Peipsiääre, where you can observe the lives of the local onion growers-fishermen with your own eyes.

09:00-10:00 guided visit to the Varnja Old Believers Prayer House

The big beautiful prayer house in Varnja Village on the shores of Lake Peipus was funded and built by the congregation itself. Most of the many icons of the prayer house date back to the start of the 20th century. Visitors get an interesting overview of the life and history of the Old Believers from a local guide who is also an Old Believer. Reminder: Women are asked to enter the prayer house with a covered head.

10:00 Transfer to Kolkja village

10:15-11:00 guided visit to the Kolkja Museum of Old Believers

In this museum you can see the traditional clothes, everyday items, handicrafts, tools, photos, books and many other items associated with the Old Believers. The Russian Old Believers – starovery – have been following their religious traditions rigorously for more than a 1000 years. There are 11 congregations of Old Believers with approximately 15,000 members in Estonia. The Lake Peipus area – Mustvee, Kallaste, Kolkja, Kasepää, Varnja, Piirissaar – is the main area where Old Believers live.

11:15-12:15 lunch at the Kolkja Fish & Onion Restaurant

12:30-13:30 guided visit to the Alatskivi Castle

Here, you can get acquainted with the life and history of an aristocratic family and meet the various servants who worked in the manor a century ago. The tour guides of the castle know countless stories; you can also make your own souvenirs.

13:30-16:00 guided transfer back to Tallinn (bus tour of the traditional villages along the shore of lake Peipsi)

16:00 Arrival in Tallinn

 

WORKSHOP AT TAUNO KANGRO SCULPTURE STUDIO

Friday, May 26th (evening)
Duration: 3 hours
Minimum number of people: 10 pax
Maximum number of people: 15 pax
Price: 75 EUR

The workshop includes:  

  • Making a sculpture of a nude model with a renowned Estonian sculptor Tauno Kangro teaching how to visualize the human body in different materials – as he is doing himself on a daily basis
  • All necessary materials included
  • Sculptor Tauno Kangro will comment on all works at the end of the workshop
  • Participants can take their sculptures with them
  • A glass/cup of beverage of the participant’s choice
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TALLINN FOOD TOUR

Duration: 3h, 26 May at 16:00
Minimum number of people: 8 pax
Maximum number of people: 12 pax
Price per person: 60.00 EUR

What is the Estonian cuisine - Nordic with a twist, a touch from the Russian kitchen and a bit of German? Take a glimpse into its surprisingly vivid culinary scene during our Tallinn Food Tour. You´ll have 6-7 food & wine -stops combined with strolls on historical cobblestone streets of Tallinn Old Town.

TALLINN OF THE LOCALS - FOOD TOUR

Duration: 4 hours, May 26th, 17:00
Minimum number of people: 6 pax
Maximum number of people: 14 pax
Price: 115 EUR per person
Price includes: 
all tasting samples equivalent to full 3-course meal, wine break, coffee & dessert break with short intro to coffee culture, beer tastings - at least 5 different domestic craft beers, stroll & guiding by our local English-speaking guide.

This tour is a perfect way to get off the beaten track and explore the yet not so well-known local suburbs and new (alternative) cultural hubs. Dine and drink at places which are also largely cherished by locals -  and be surprised!

During this easy-going gastronomic and cultural walking tour, starting in Tallinn medieval old town and heading further to the nearby bohemian Kalamaja district, the guests will discover some of the most beautiful spots of this marvellous historic city and will experience the positive beat and creative atmosphere of some old industrial areas, today developed into the lively art, design and culinary scene of Tallinn. On the way, our guide will tell you stories about times passed as well as from nowadays. 
There will be great food & wine & beer stops at places the open minded locals love the most ... such as wine tasting at a secret wine cellar in Tallinn Old Town (what a view!), a smooth starter at one of the first street food cafés in Tallinn, tasting of famous Estonian black bread, the main course served at one of the café's largely cherished by locals. You’ll pop into coffee shop where along with a cup of coffee and sweets you'll get a short overview of Estonian coffee drinking traditions and about coffee in general, and for the conclusion you will have a local craft beer tasting at one of the best craft beer pubs in the whole Baltic Sea Region! 
Of course, there will be some surprise stops en route and you'll have some spare time to stroll on the inner Design Shopping Street with large variety of design and vintage shops as well as artisan, handmade, alternative and eco products.