13 days in Estonia Itinerary

13 days in Estonia Itinerary

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13 days in Estonia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tallinn
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Tartu
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  2​h
3
Vihula
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

6
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Stroomi Beach and Nomme Seikluspark. Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, and examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tallinn online trip maker .

San Francisco, USA to Tallinn is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for cooler days in Tallinn, with highs around 37°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tartu.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Room Escape Games
Achtung Entertainment ©
Achtung Entertainment
Tallinn Zoo ©
Tallinn Zoo

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like AHHAA Science Centre and Elistvere Animal Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Tartu: Otepaa (Otepaa Seikluspark, Vaike Munamagi Hill, & more), Varska Spa Water Park (in Varska) and Nature Trail of the Meenikunno Bog (in Veriora). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Kissing Students fountain.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tartu road trip app .

You can take a train from Tallinn to Tartu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Vihula.

Things to do in Tartu

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Otepaa, Elistvere Animal Park, Vaike Munamagi Hill, Varska Spa Water Park, Nature Trail of the Meenikunno Bog
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AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Otepaa Seikluspark ©
Otepaa Seikluspark
Elistvere Animal Park ©
Elistvere Animal Park

2
nights
Vihula

Vihula ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): kick back and relax at Vosu Rand and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lahemaa rahvuspark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kiiu Vassal Stronghold and then make a splash at Aqva Hotel & Spa Water Park and Sauna Complex.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vihula trip planner .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Tartu to Vihula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vihula can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vihula

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lahemaa rahvuspark, Vosu Rand, Kiiu Vassal Stronghold, Aqva Hotel & Spa Water Park and Sauna Complex
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Lahemaa rahvuspark ©
Lahemaa rahvuspark
Vosu Rand ©
Vosu Rand

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