15 days in Estonia Itinerary

15 days in Estonia Itinerary

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15 days in Estonia Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h
1
Haapsalu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Saaremaa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Parnu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Viljandi
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Tartu
— 2 nights
6
Narva
— 1 night
train + taxi:  2​h
7
Vihula
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Tallinn
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: New York City

1
night
Haapsalu

Haapsalu ©
Haapsalu is a seaside resort town located on the west coast of Estonia. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Koluvere Castle, stroll the grounds of Vormsi Cemetery, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Haapsalu Old Town. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Puhtulaid, then examine the collection at Railway and Communication Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Haapsalu Castle, and finally head off the coast to Vormsi.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Haapsalu online travel route planner .

New York City, USA to Haapsalu is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Haapsalu. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Haapsalu to be slightly colder, temps between 57°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saaremaa.

Things to do in Haapsalu

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koluvere Castle, Puhtulaid, Vormsi Cemetery, Vormsi
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Haapsalu Castle ©
Haapsalu Castle
Haapsalu Old Town ©
Haapsalu Old Town
Koluvere Castle ©
Koluvere Castle

1
night
Saaremaa

Saaremaa ©
Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, measuring 2673km2. On the 23rd (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Angla Tuulikumägi, walk around Kuressaare Town Park, step into the grandiose world of Saaremaa Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Kuressaare Castle, then steep yourself in history at Trahter Veski, and finally pause for some photo ops at Suur Toll and Piret.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saaremaa trip planner .

Getting from Haapsalu to Saaremaa by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Parnu.

Things to do in Saaremaa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Saaremaa Museum ©
Saaremaa Museum
Kuressaare Castle ©
Kuressaare Castle
Angla Tuulikumägi ©
Angla Tuulikumägi

1
night
Parnu

Parnu ©
A holiday hotspot among Estonians and nearby nations, the coastal city of Parnu offers golden sandy beaches, an assortment of parks, and lively center.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Prison Escape, look for all kinds of wild species at Parnu Coastal Meadow Protection Area, then explore and take pictures at Alpakafarm, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Parnu Beach Promenade.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Parnu road trip site .

Getting from Saaremaa to Parnu by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Parnu when traveling from Saaremaa in May, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Viljandi.

Things to do in Parnu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Parnu Beach Promenade ©
Parnu Beach Promenade
Alpakafarm ©
Alpakafarm

1
night
Viljandi

Viljandi ©
Viljandi is a town and municipality in southern Estonia with a population of 17,473 in 2013. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldiers' Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Arkaadia Gardens, appreciate the history behind Carl Robert Jakobson Monument, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Johann Koler, then contemplate the long history of Trepimagi, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Viljandi trip planner .

Getting from Parnu to Viljandi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Viljandi sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tartu.

Things to do in Viljandi

Historic Sites Parks
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Monument to Johann Koler ©
Monument to Johann Koler
Carl Robert Jakobson Monument ©
Carl Robert Jakobson Monument

2
nights
Tartu

Tartu ©
One of the oldest cities in the Baltic region, Tartu boasts heaps of cultural attractions, a quaint Old Town, and bustling main square.
On the 26th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Sculpture Bronze Pig and then look and learn at AHHAA Science Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the design of The Kissing Students fountain, see the interesting displays at Estonian National Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Tartu Toy Museum, wander the streets of Tartu Old City, then steep yourself in history at Tartu Town Hall Square, and finally see the interesting displays at Estonian Print & Paper Museum.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tartu trip maker site .

Getting from Viljandi to Tartu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Narva.

Things to do in Tartu

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks
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AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Estonian Print & Paper Museum ©
Estonian Print & Paper Museum
Estonian National Museum ©
Estonian National Museum

1
night
Narva

Narva ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take advantage of the amenities at Narva Joesuu, grab your bike and head to Narva River Promenade, appreciate the history behind Swedish Lion, then steep yourself in history at Fama Centre, and finally step into the grandiose world of Narva Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Narva online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Tartu to Narva in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vihula.

Things to do in Narva

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Narva River Promenade ©
Narva River Promenade
Fama Centre ©
Fama Centre
Narva Joesuu ©
Narva Joesuu

2
nights
Vihula

Vihula ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lahemaa rahvuspark. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Toolse Order Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Viru-Nigula kirik, pause for some serene contemplation at Vainupea Chapel, admire the landmark architecture of Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa, then examine the collection at Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Sagadi Forest Museum.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vihula road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Narva to Vihula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Vihula sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tallinn.

Things to do in Vihula

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Viru-Nigula kirik
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Lahemaa rahvuspark ©
Lahemaa rahvuspark
Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum ©
Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum
Viru-Nigula kirik ©
Viru-Nigula kirik

4
nights
Tallinn

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Get some cultural insight at Estonian Health Care Museum and Rakvere Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Keila Waterfall and Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik. When in Tallinn, make a side trip to see Jagala Waterfall in Koogi, approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood, step into the grandiose world of Toompea Castle, steep yourself in history at Tallinn Legends, and browse the exhibits of Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tallinn trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Vihula to Tallinn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tallinn are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Jagala Waterfall, Keila Waterfall, Rakvere Castle
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Rakvere Castle ©
Rakvere Castle

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