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Nature Tour: To Tartu via Lahemaa National Park and the Onion Route

1. Estonian Museum of Natural History 2. Tallinn Zoo 3. Tallinn Botanic Garden 4. Tallinn Television Tower 5. Jägala Waterfall 6. Viru Bog study trail 7. Lahemaa National Park 8. Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum 9. Rakvere Tourist Information Centre 10. Rakvere Castle 11. Ontika Limestone cliff 12. Valaste Waterfall 13. Toila Oru Park 14. Narva-Jõesuu beach 15. Narva Visitor Centre 16. Narva Castle 17. The Pühtitsa Dormition Convent (Kuremäe Convent) 18. Kauksi beach on Lake Peipus 19. Avinurme Woodworking Centre 20. Peipsimaa Visitors Centre 21. Tartu Visitor Centre 22. The 'Jõmmu' barge 23. University of Tartu Observatory 24. AHHAA Science Centre, Tartu

  • 8 days
  • 24 sites
  • 685 km

Why not drive to Tartu through Lahemaa, and enjoy the alternation of bays and peninsulas, historical buildings, the limestone cliff and Estonia’s longest sandy beach on your way?

Ask for tips about visiting Lahemaa National Park from Palmse Visitor Centre. Turn back the time in Palmse Manor or Rakvere and Narva castles. Discover Ontika Cliff and Oru Park in Toila, and holiday on the beach in Narva-Jõesuu. After visiting Kuremäe Convent and walking on a long sandy beach, drive to Tartu via the Onion Route. In Tartu, explore the Barge Yard, the botanical garden and the Observatory.

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Sites along route

Estonian Museum of Natural History

Attraction

The Estonian Museum of Natural History invites you to journeys – our exhibitions tell stories about the nature of Estonia and help you to interpret its secret conversations. The Museum of Natural…

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Tallinn Zoo

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Boasting the most exciting collection of wildlife in northern Europe, Tallinn Zoo is home to more than 350 species of birds and animals - including rare creatures from temperate climes, the Arctic…

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Tallinn Botanic Garden

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Only ten kilometres from the city noise, in the picturesque valley of River Pirita is where pure nature and a beautifully designed landscape meet in harmony. Foreign rarities grow next to local…

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Tallinn Television Tower

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The Tallinn Television Tower in Pirita is the tallest building in Tallinn and Estonia with 314 metres. The TV Tower is a great tourist, culture and leisure centre. Waiting for you at the tower: a…

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Jägala Waterfall

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Jägala Waterfall is a waterfall in the lower course of the Jägala River, approximately 4 km before the river flows into the Gulf of Finland. The waterfall is approx. 8 metres in height and more than…

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Viru Bog study trail

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Viru Bog is one of the most accessible bogs in Estonia. Its trail passes through the forest and marsh landscapes typical of Lahemaa National Park and is 3.5 km long. The study trail provides…

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Lahemaa National Park

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Lahemaa is Estonia's oldest and largest national park. It was established in 1971 to preserve, study and promote the natural environment and cultural heritage characteristic of Northern Estonia. The…

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Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum

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Palmse Manor is one of the grandest baroque mansions in Estonia. The mansion and open-air museum were the first fully restored manor complex in the country. They are surrounded by the beautiful…

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Rakvere Castle

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The castle offers many exciting activities for both children and grown-ups! You can try your hand at shooting a bow or a crossbow, sword fight and pike battle, forging, pottery, minting your own…

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Ontika Limestone cliff

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Estonia’s highest limestone cliff, the Ontika cliff that is up to 55 metres high, is like a stone nature book, revealing the layers of various eras to the viewer. The best place to see the cliff is…

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Valaste Waterfall

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Valaste Waterfall situated on the Ontika Limestone Cliff is the highest in Estonia with its fall of 30 metres. The waterfall shows its more rebellious side of nature in springs and during the high…

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Toila Oru Park

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The Oru Park and grand palace in the beautiful valley of the Pühajõgi River was built by Grigori Jelissejev – one of the wealthiest men in 19th century Russia. In 1935, three industrialists bought…

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Narva-Jõesuu beach

Active holiday

Narva-Jõesuu is well-known for its unique natural environment. The beach, covered with fine sand and lined with a singular pine forest, is the longest one in Estonia, running 7.5 km on the south…

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Narva Castle

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The Narva Castle is one of the main attractions of the city. In the seventh decade of the 13th century, the Danes established a castle as a residence for the Danish King’s vice-Regent. The Narva…

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The Pühtitsa Dormition Convent (Kuremäe Convent)

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The Kuremäe Convent, located in the centre of Kuremäe, was established in 1891, and is the only functioning Russian Orthodox nunnery in Estonia. In ancient times, a sacred place of the Estonians was…

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Kauksi beach on Lake Peipus

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The northern shores of Lake Peipus are a popular holiday destination which is unique for its natural beauty. Kauksi is one of the best known beaches in the area. A boardwalk extends from one end of…

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Avinurme Woodworking Centre

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Avinurme Woodworking Centre is a tourism centre which is home to local craftsmen. It offers the widest selection of woodwork products in Estonia, including dozens of sauna and household items. You…

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Peipsimaa Visitors Centre

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Peipsimaa Visitors Centre is situated in the heart of the region, in the village of Kolkja in Tartu County - home to the Russian Old Believers. We offer visitors: *free tourist information about…

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Tartu Visitor Centre

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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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University of Tartu Observatory

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The University of Tartu Observatory is a jewel in the crown of the scientific history of the world! The research that has been carried out here has changed the way we understand our planet and the…

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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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