Estonian magic islands fly and drive tour

We designed this tour for the people who enjoy discovering new destinations on their own. Explore unseen Estonian nature and history. This area is famous for it’s historical heritage starting 13th century when Estonia was being baptized, warm countryside landscapes, nature parks and preserves – great for bird watching. Saaremaa and Hiiumaa islands covered with juniper fields between old farms takes you to unforgettable Nordic landscapes. We selected the main highlights in the area to stay but there is plenty of sights to see along the route. The roads in this area are in very good condition and has very low traffic. Enjoy Estonia.
Day 1 – Tallinn

Day 2 – Tallinn/Haapsalu (99 km)

Day 3 – Haapsalu/Kärdla (33 km)

Day 4 – Karla/Kuressaare (85 km)

Day 5 – Kuressaare/Muhu/Parnu (147 km)

Day 6 – Parnu/Tallinn (129 km or alternative Rummu/Paldiski/Keila/Tallinn 182 km)

Day 7 – Tallinn

Day 1 – Tallinn

Arrival to Tallinn. Accommodation and overnight. If you have never been in Tallinn take the sightseeing of this most medieval European capital city.

Day 2 – Tallinn/Haapsalu (99 km)

Breakfast at your hotel and departure to  the coastal town of Haapsalu. It’s good road to Haapsalu so you can get there quickly but we recommend turning to small roads and see some of heritage in the area including 14th century Risti church, 16th century Noarootsi church, Swedish village Osterby. The Haapsalu itself is old city and lively mud resort center. Old town of Haapsalu is dominated by high walls of 13th century bishop's castle ruins. You will enjoy walking around the bay with nice wooden villas, explore bishop's castle and Toomkirik Cathedral. Overnight in Haapsalu.

Day 3 – Haapsalu/Kärdla (33 km)

After the breakfast departure to the port of Rohuküla and ferry ride (duration about 1.5 hours) to the island of Hiiumaa and then short drive to Kärdla. Upon arrival, free time to explore this picturesque island with rugged coastlines, small sandy bays and from the inside, uninhabited, rich pine forests and juniper bushes. We highly recommend visiting Kõpu Lighthouse which is second oldest operating lighthouse in the world. Hotel accommodation and overnight.

Day 4 – Kärdla/Kuressaare (85 km)

After the breakfast departure to the port of Sõru and ferry trip (duration about 1 hour) for the Saaremaa Island. Arrival at the port of Triigi and free time to explore the largest of the Baltic islands. Before reaching Saaremaa capital Kuressaare we recommend visiting 14th century Karja Church – the smallest one in Saaremaa, Angla village with exposition of Estonian windmills, Kaali meteorite crater. After exploring the island take a stroll through the streets of Kuressaare, the main town, with its well-kept parks and its beautiful villas, as well as the famous bishop's castle, the only in the Baltic countries that has never been reconstructed. Hotel accommodation and overnight.

Day 5 – Kuressaare/Muhu/Pärnu (147 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning departure to the island of Muhu, connected to Saaremaa through a causeway built in the nineteenth century. Consider stopping at Pädaste Manor in the South of Muhu island with one of the best restaurants in Estonia and the area is attractive to walk around. After crossing the bay by ferry (approximately 30 minutes) to the port of Virtsu you can go directly to Pärnu, but also we recommend driving some 25 kilometers North East to visit Lihula town with 13th century picturesque bishop’s castle ruins which was built over Estonian pagans stronghold. Next to the ruins is neoclassical estate built in early 19th century. In the tourist office located there you can have herbs tea and local delicacies. After leaving Lihula there are only 60 kilometers to Pärnu – the main Estonian resort town. Enjoy walking around historical center and big parks leading towards the sea, see the places where most of Estonians spend their summer vacation. Hotel accommodation and overnight.

Day 6 – Parnu/Tallinn (129 km or alternative Pärnu/Rummu/Paldiski/Keila/Tallinn 182 km)

Breakfast at the hotel and trip to Estonian capital Tallinn. If you don’t want driving boring highway make turn left at Periphrasis to the road 380 to see flooded Soviet prison in Rummu, former Soviet military town of Paldiski with the lighthouse from which you can see Finland (according to local people). Right next to it on the shore you can see remains of the beacon built by Russian Czar Peter the Great. And the next stop before Tallinn can be the most picturesque Estonian waterfall Keila Juga. If you are not tired enough you can stop at National Open Air Museum to see Estonian 19th – beginning of 20th century lifestyle and try some Estonian dishes. Accommodation in Tallinn.

Day 7 – Tallinn

Breakfast at the hotel and departure home.