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Nature Tour: Adventures and Southern Estonian hills await

1. Tartu Visitor Centre 2. The 'Jõmmu' barge 3. Ilumetsa Meteorite Craters 4. Hiking trail in the Meenikunno bog 5. Obinitsa Seto Museum 6. Härma Walls in the Piusa River Ancient Valley 7. Hiking trail in the primeval valley of the Piusa River 8. Ruins of the Vastseliina Episcopal Castle 9. Observation tower on Suur Munamägi 10. Ööbikuorg (Nightingale Valley) and Rõuge lakes 11. The birds and animals of Karula National Park 12. Otepää Adventure Park 13. Otepää Nature Park 14. Pühajärve Beach 15. Estonian Road Museum 16. AHHAA Science Centre, Tartu 17. Viewing platform of Tehvandi ski-jump hill

  • 6 days
  • 17 sites
  • 306 km

Taken a trip on a barge, counted all the stars? Then discover bats and the ancient valleys of Southern Estonian rivers, as well as the highest hill and the deepest lake in Estonia.

Admire the Devonian outcrops in the ancient valleys of Southern Estonian rivers and peer into Piusa Caves, where the largest bat colony in Eastern Europe hibernates. Discover Estonia’s highest hill, Suur Munamägi, and deepest lake, Rõuge Suurjärv. Get an adrenaline rush in Otepää Adventure Park, relax at Lake Pühajärv and in the hills of Karula National Park. Kids can have fun in Pokumaa or the Estonian Road Museum.

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Tartu Visitor Centre

Attraction

Tartu Visitor Centre provides free information about Estonian tourist sights, accommodation and catering establishments, possibilities for an active holiday, events, guided tour providers and…

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The 'Jõmmu' barge

Active holiday

The 'Jõmmu' barge is a timber goods vessel the likes of which sailed on Estonian waterways from Hanseatic times until the mid-20th century. The 'Jõmmu' sails on the Emajõgi River, Lake Peipsi and…

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Ilumetsa Meteorite Craters

Attraction

Meteorite craters are rare around the world. In Ilumetsa in Põlva County, however, there is a group of craters formed from meteorite impacts which the locals call “Hell’s Grave”, “Deep Grave”, “The…

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Hiking trail in the Meenikunno bog

Active holiday

Cabins for hikers, an observation tower and a boardwalk attract many nature lovers to the Meenikunno bog. This is a beautiful recreation area. While walking down the boardwalk, you can see the most…

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Obinitsa Seto Museum

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The Seto Museum offers an opportunity to learn the unique history and culture of Setomaa through having a look at the family life, traditions and customs of Seto families in Obinitsa. The display is…

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Härma Walls in the Piusa River Ancient Valley

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The Upper Härma wall or Keldri wall is Estonia's highest Devonian sandstone outcrop, where the edge of the valley reaches a height of 43 metres. The 150-metre outcrop extends to a height of 19 metres…

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Hiking trail in the primeval valley of the Piusa River

Active holiday

The total length of the hiking trail in the primeval valley of the Piusa River is 15 km – from the ruins of the Vastseliina Episcopal Castle to Lindora or vice versa. You can take the trail on foot…

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Ruins of the Vastseliina Episcopal Castle

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Vastseliina Episcopal Castle was built in 1342 on the lands of the Bishop of Tartu and it became one of the most powerful fortifications in old Livonia; it is also one of the 21 places in Southern…

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Observation tower on Suur Munamägi

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Suur Munamägi is the highest point in the Baltics and stands at 318 metres from sea level. The observation tower on Suur Munamägi provides a splendid view of Estonian nature within the range of 50 km…

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Ööbikuorg (Nightingale Valley) and Rõuge lakes

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The last ice age moulded the landscape of South Võrumaa so that there are many lakes and valleys. Rõuge primeval valley, which is 10 km long and 52 metres deep, has seven lakes: Kahrila Lake…

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The birds and animals of Karula National Park

Active holiday

The forests in Karula, which was also referred to in ancient records as Karroll, Carwele and Carula, have long been a home to bears, from which it gets its name (karu being Estonian for 'bear…

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Otepää Adventure Park

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You will experience real thrills between the sky and the land in Otepää Adventure Park! You can easily spend the whole day in the park. Get a short of adrenaline on the climbing tracks of varying…

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Otepää Nature Park

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Otepää Nature Park is the largest landscape protection area in Estonia (22,430 hectares). It forms the central part of the hilly Otepää Highlands, of whose 1180 square kilometres it covers 19%. The…

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Pühajärve Beach

Active holiday

The beautiful beach of Lake Pühajärv in Otepää with its clean sand, pier, beach volleyball courts, playgrounds and harbour welcomes you every summer. You will find exercise tracks and information…

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Estonian Road Museum

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The historical Varbuse postal station and the innovative open-air exhibition environment TEEAEG (road time) introduce the development of roads and traffic through interactive displays. You will be…

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AHHAA Science Centre, Tartu

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Want to surprise yourself? The AHHAA Science Centre offers science, excitement, adventure and useful skills, as well as a fun time for everyone. Our centre is an attractive learning environment in…

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Viewing platform of Tehvandi ski-jump hill

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The viewing platform of the Tehvandi ski-jump hill is a unique tourist and sports site in the Nordic countries – you can go on a platform that is 34 m high and watch ski-jumpers train or compete. You…

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