23 days in The Baltics Itinerary

23 days in The Baltics Itinerary

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Fly to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, Drive to Haapsalu
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Haapsalu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lihula
Drive
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Kaina
— 4 nights
Drive
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Otepaa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Voru
— 1 night
Drive
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Haanja
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vastseliina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Polva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tabivere
— 1 night
Drive
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Mustvee
— 1 day
Drive
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Jogeva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Poltsamaa
— 1 night
Drive to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, Fly to New Delhi

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Haapsalu

— 2 nights
Haapsalu is a seaside resort town located on the west coast of Estonia. On the 2nd (Wed), examine the collection at Railway and Communication Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Haapsalu Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Haapsalu Shawl Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Padise Abbey. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at Fra Mare Thalasso Spa, then view the masterpieces at Ilon's World of Wonders, then explore the historical opulence of Haapsalu Castle, and finally appreciate the history behind Tchaikovsky's Bench.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Haapsalu trip itinerary planner.

New Delhi, India to Haapsalu is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from New Delhi to Haapsalu, you'll gain 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in December, you will find days in Haapsalu are much colder (4°C), and nights are little chillier (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Lihula.

Things to do in Haapsalu

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Lihula

Lihula is a town in Estonia with population of 1,614. To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lihula online attractions planner.

You can drive from Haapsalu to Lihula in an hour. December in Lihula sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll travel to Kaina.

Things to do in Lihula

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Kaina

— 4 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Kaina: Ristna Lighthouse (in Kalana), Korgessaare (The Memorial to the Victims of the Estonia Disaster, Tahkuna Lighthouse, &more) and Kardla (Hiiumaa Museum Long House & Vabrikuvaljak). Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Vilsandi National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaina trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Lihula to Kaina takes 6 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kaina can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Otepaa.

Things to do in Kaina

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Otepaa

— 2 nights
Otepää is a town in Valga County, southern Estonia, it is the administrative centre of Otepää Parish. On the 9th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Sangaste Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sangaste kirik, then admire the striking features of Valga Town Hall, then contemplate the long history of Barclay de Tolly Mausoleum, and finally appreciate the history behind Otepaa Energy Column. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Otepaa Nature Park, explore the activities along Pühajärv, then walk around Lake Puhajarv Park, and finally get in on the family fun at Otepaa Seikluspark.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Otepaa trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Kaina to Otepaa in 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Voru.

Things to do in Otepaa

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Voru

— 1 night
Võru is a town and a municipality in south-eastern Estonia. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): examine the collection at Vana-Voromaa Kultuurikoda and then take a leisurely stroll along Lake Tamula Promenade. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Jaaniraotu Farm, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Catherine (Ekaterina), and then laugh and play at Varska Spa Water Park.

To plan Voru vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Otepaa to Voru in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Otepaa to Voru due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Haanja.

Things to do in Voru

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Haanja

— 2 nights
Haanja is a village in Võru County, in southeastern Estonia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Suurjarv, relax in the rural setting at Mooska Farm and Smoke Sauna, then take in panoramic vistas at Observation Tower on Suur Munamagi, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to the War of Independence At the Foot of Suur Munamagi. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Luhasoo Nature Trail and then take in panoramic vistas at The Pesapuu Watchtower.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Haanja road trip tool.

Haanja is just a short distance from Voru. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Vastseliina.

Things to do in Haanja

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Vastseliina

— 2 nights
Vastseliina is a small borough (alevik) in Vastseliina Parish, Võru County in southeastern Estonia.Vastseliina is the birthplace of wrestler and 1924 Olympic Gold Medalist Eduard Pütsep and writer and lawyer Uido Truija. On the 15th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Obinitsa Museum, then relax in the rural setting at Nopri Dairy Farm, then stroll through Piusa River Ancient Valley Landscape Reserve, and finally delve into the distant past at Ruins of the Vastseliina Episcopal Castle.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Vastseliina itinerary maker site.

Vastseliina is just a short distance from Haanja. In December, daytime highs in Vastseliina are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Polva.

Things to do in Vastseliina

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polva

— 2 nights
Põlva is a town in southeastern Estonia, the capital of Põlva County, and the centre of Põlva Parish.Põlva is home for the Intsikurmu Song Festival Grounds, which regularly hosts concerts and summer activities, situated in a small forested area on the west side of the town.HistoryThe name "Põlva" appears in the historical record in 1452. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Varska Farm Museum, take in the waterfront at Port of Rapina, and then explore the historical opulence of Sillapaa Castle. Keep things going the next day: hike along Taevaskoja Nature Trail, then examine the collection at Polva Peasant Museum, and then examine the collection at Estonian Road Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Polva online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Vastseliina to Polva in an hour. Another option is to drive. In December in Polva, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tabivere.

Things to do in Polva

Museums · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Tabivere

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Puurmani Manor and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Elistvere Animal Park.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tabivere visit planner.

Getting from Polva to Tabivere by car takes about an hour. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Polva to Tabivere due to the time zone difference. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mustvee.

Things to do in Tabivere

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mustvee

— 1 day
Mustvee is a town and municipality in Estonia. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): examine the collection at Eduard Tubin Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Alatskivi Castle (vald), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Believer Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mustvee trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Tabivere to Mustvee takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jogeva.

Things to do in Mustvee

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Jogeva

— 2 nights
Jõgeva is a small town in Estonia with a population of around 6000 people. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Jogewa Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kuremaa Castle and Park, then make a trip to Kuremaa Mill, and finally examine the collection at Palamuse O Luts’s Parish School Museum. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Laiuse Fortress Ruins, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emumagi Hill, and then see the interesting displays at Jarva-Jaani Firefighting Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Jogeva online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Mustvee to Jogeva takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Poltsamaa.

Things to do in Jogeva

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Poltsamaa

— 1 night
Põltsamaa is a town in Põltsamaa Parish, in Jõgeva County, Estonia. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Pilistvere Church, then appreciate the history behind Pilistvere Memorial, then take in nature's colorful creations at Poltsamaa Rose Garden, and finally step into the grandiose world of Poltsamaa Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Poltsamaa trip tool.

Poltsamaa is just a short distance from Jogeva. In December, daytime highs in Poltsamaa are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poltsamaa

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Laane County travel guide

3.5
Historic Walking Areas · Castles · Specialty Museums
Lääne County, or Läänemaa, is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is located in western Estonia and borders the Baltic Sea to the north, Harju County to the north-east, Rapla County to the east, Pärnu County to the south, and the island counties of Saare and Hiiu to the west. In January 2009 Lääne County had a population of 23,810 – constituting 2.0% of the total population in Estonia.County GovernmentThe County Government (Maavalitsus) is led by a Governor (maavanem), who is appointed by the Government of Estonia for a term of five years. Since 15 December 2011, the governorship has been held by Innar Mäesalu.Maavanem 1918–1941Aleksander Saar 1917–1927Artur Kasterpalu 1930–1941 Maavanem 1993–present Andres Lipstok 14 December 1993 – 12 August 1994 Hannes Danilov 1 November 1994 – 3 January 1999 Arder Väli 23 February 1999 – 20 July 1999 Jaanus Sahk 22 September 1999 – 22 September 2004 Sulev Vare 19 November 2004 – 14 September 2007 Neeme Suur 18 February 2008 – 4 April 2011 Innar Mäesalu 15 December 2011 -

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Hiiu County travel guide

4
Lighthouses · Churches · Monuments
Hiiu County, or Hiiumaa, is one of 15 counties of Estonia, being the smallest county both in terms of area and population. It consists of Hiiumaa, the second largest island of Estonia, and several smaller islands near it. The county borders Lääne County to the east and Saare County to the south. In January 2015 Hiiu County had a population of 8,582 – 0.7% of the population of Estonia.HistoryHuman habitation of Hiiumaa can be traced back to the 5th millennium BC. Mesolithic sites in Kõpu peninsula are presented by the seal-hunters' settlements. There are several well preserved grave fields of the Iron Age. In 1228, the island was first mentioned in written annals under the name Dageida. In 1254, Hiiumaa was divided between the Livonian Order and the Bishopric of Ösel-Wiek. In 1563 Hiiumaa was annexed into Sweden. In 1710, as a result of the Great Northern War the island went under the control of the Russian Empire. During World War I, the German military forces occupied Hiiumaa in 1917. In 1918–1940 Hiiumaa was part of the Republic of Estonia, then until 1991 occupied by the Soviet Union.On demands of the Hanseatic League a lighthouse was built in Kõpu in the beginning of 16th century (previously known as Dagerort). It is considered the third oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the whole world, still showing its light to 35 miles to the sea.

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Valga County travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Theme Parks
Valga County, or Valgamaa is the first-level administrative unit in Estonia and one of 15 counties of Estonia. It comprises the former area of Valga District. The present-day county was created on 1 January 1990. The capital and the biggest town of Valga County is Valga, followed by Tõrva and Otepää. It is situated in southern part of the country and borders Põlva County and Võru County to the east, Latvia to the south and to the west, Viljandi County and Tartu County to the north. 29,944 people live in Valga County .GeneralValga County is located in the southern part of Estonia. By the economic-geographical and regional-political distribution it belongs to the area of South-East Estonia (together with Põlva and Võru County). By historical ties and landscape the county belongs to the region of South Estonia (together with Põlva, Võru, Viljandi, Tartu and Jõgeva Counties). The total area of the county is 2,043.53 km² (2,046.49 km² together with the area of Võrtsjärv), with the population of 30,176 people (as of 1 January 2014), it reaches the north-south direction of 65 km and east-west direction of 59 km. Valga County ranks the 12th in Estonia by population and the 14th by the area.The distances from the county centre, Valga, are the following: Tallinn 267 km, Tartu 86 km, Viljandi 88 km, Võru 73 km, Põlva 96 km, Pärnu 141 km, Narva 264 km and Riga 157 km.

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Voru County travel guide

4.5
Observation Decks · Piers & Boardwalks · Ruins
Võrumaa, or Võru maakond officially, is a county in Southern Estonia. It is bordered by Valga County and Põlva County and is the only Estonain county bordering two different countries - Latvia (in the South) and Russian Federation (in the East).The territory of Võrumaa covers 2,305 km² and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. In January 2013 Võru County had a population of 32,806 – constituting 2.5% of the total population in Estonia. The county is subdivided into 12 rural municipalities and 1 urban municipality - Võru town.Ethnic Division and CultureIn Võru County, there are 95,3% Estonians, 3,3% Russians and 1,4% other nationalities.Two indigenous ethnic groups live in Võru County – the Võro people and the Setos. Both ethnic groups have their own language (Võro, Seto) and cultural heritage in traditions.Võro PeopleThe Võro Institute is established for the preservation and promotion of the Võro language and culture, which are tightly connected with its historic centre, the rural and mostly agricultural South-Eastern Estonian county of Võromaa.The Võro Institute was founded by the Estonian government in 1995. The Institute is engaged in a wide range of activities, including establishing school programs, conducting linguistic and regional research, preserving place-names and their corresponding stories, publishing Võro-language scholarship and school textbooks, and organizing annual language conferences etc. The aim of these activities is to encourage the Võro people to speak their own language and to preserve their characteristic life-style.

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Polva County travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Water & Amusement Parks
Põlva County, or Põlvamaa, is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is situated in south-eastern part of the country and borders Tartu, Valga and Võru counties. The county also shares a common border with Pskov Oblast of Russia. Long sections of the border with neighboring Russia have not yet been ratified by treaty, and certain villages in Põlva County can only be reached by driving through Russian-controlled territory. 27,028 people live in Põlva County – constituting 2.3% of the total population in Estonia .GovernmentThe County Government (Estonian: Maavalitsus) is led by Governor (Estonian: maavanem), who is appointed by the Government of Estonia for a term of five years. Since 2007, the Governor position is held by Priit Sibul.MunicipalitiesThe county is subdivided into municipalities. There are 13 rural municipalities (vallad - parishes) in Põlva County.Rural municipalities: Ahja ParishKanepi ParishKõlleste ParishLaheda ParishMikitamäe ParishMooste ParishOrava ParishPõlva ParishRäpina ParishValgjärve ParishVastse-Kuuste ParishVeriora ParishVärska Parish

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Jogeva County travel guide

3.9
Castles · Zoos · Churches
Jõgeva County, or Jõgevamaa, is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is situated in eastern part of the country and borders Ida-Viru County to the north-east, Lake Peipus to the east, Tartu County to the south, Viljandi County to the south-west, Järva County to the north-west and Lääne-Viru County to the north. In January 2009 Jõgeva County had a population of 36,780 – constituting 2.7% of the total population of Estonia.HistoryJõgeva County or Jõgevamaa was created January 1, 1990 from a parts of Viljandimaa and Tartumaa counties.County governmentThe County government (Estonian: Maavalitsus) is led by a Governor (Estonian: maavanem), who is appointed by the Government of Estonia for a term of five years. Since 2009, the Governor position has been held by Viktor Svjatõšev.MunicipalitiesThe county is subdivided into municipalities. There are 3 urban municipalities (Estonian: linnad – towns) and 10 rural municipalities (Estonian: vallad – parishes) in Jõgeva County.Urban municipalities: JõgevaMustveePõltsamaa Rural municipalities: JõgevaKasepääPajusiPalaPalamusePuurmaniPõltsamaaSaareTabivereTorma

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