FAM trip to Estonia, Sep 13-17, 2023

Source: Autumn in Estonia


Your Estonia programme:

Day 1, Sep 13th, Wednesday
13:10 arrival to Tallinn airport by Air Baltic
welcome by Visit Estonia representative Kristiina Talisainen;
20min bus transfer to the city centre;
14:00 introductory lunch in Orangerie restaurant; followed by an intro tour in old town Tallinn, the Green Capital of Europe 2023.
PS Eva-Maria from Nordic Experience, a tour company, will join us for lunch.

17:30 check in and setting in Nordic Forum Hotel in Tallinn centre
PS the hotel has a small wellness area and pool, kindly pack swimwear if you would like to test it.

19:45 gathering in the hotel lobby for a 10min walk to dinner in old town, restaurant 38, known for its creative looking food.  

Day 2, Sep 14th, Thursday, nature day

Breakfast and check out - luggage to the bus; kindly dress for a (nordic!) outdoor activity and grab extra layers;
09:30 ~1h40min drive to a bog (marshland) hiking trail in Endla Nature Reserve

11:15 exploring the national park landscapes - a light 1,5h hike in the bog and forest trails by Activest.
13:00 lunch will be served outdoors by Maitsemaa.
After the meal, 1h drive to Tartu
Quick settling in the hotel Lydia
16:00 intro activity: a 1h guided tour in the signature landmark of the university town as well as whole of Estonia: Estonian National Museum - to understand the story of Estonia as a country and as a nation.
17:30 return to the hotel and an option to relax in the small wellness area hotel Lydia offers.
19:30 dinner in restaurant Pompei, a few minutes walk from the hotel. We will be joined by Oliver from European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 and Triinu from a local incoming company E-Turist;

PS in the morning please wear your waterproof (and warm) jacket and hiking/rubber boots for the hike, but also pack your swimear into the suitcase - the hotel offers a sauna + pool chillout possibility.

Day 3, Sep 15th, Friday, Tartu day
09:30 checked out, continuing to explore the University town Tartu with its quirky street art, student lifestyle and laid back atmosphere in the first half of the day.
10:00 Walk in Tartu tour - special map will be provided in the hotel upon check in for it. It is a guided 1h walk in the old town and on the Toomemägi hill.
11:15 a visit to Plantarium, where we will handicraft a plantprinted postcard that Visit Tartu will be happy to send on your behalf to friends or family for you. Plantarium is a small concept shop right around the corner from Aparaaditehas, a former industrial complex but now a hangout place for students.
12:45 Lunch in Humal pub, where Merje from Visit Tartu will join. 

14:30, after lunch, on to Viljandi, another small town pearl in the hilly South, who takes pride in being Estonia's folk music capital.
Checking in to a manor house hotel Schloss Fellin, opened a couple of years ago.

18:00 Visit Viljandi representative will meet us for a guided walk along the crooked cobblestoned streets with small wooden houses and admiring the majestic Castle ruins by the lakeside, followed by a dinner in restaurant Fellin.

Overnight in the manor house hotel.

Day 4, Sep 16th, Saturday

09:45 checked out, luggage to the bus. 

A bohemian morning in Viljandi visiting the small Kondas art centre with as some quirky art; in addition, trying out 'parmupill' - a fool's harp, an ancient musical instrument.
11:30 a small bite in a local cafe KoduKOHVIK followed by return to the direction of the capital.
14:00 one stop on the way - vising a gin producer Tohi Distillery for a little tour and gin tasting.
On arrival to Tallinn - around 16:00 there will be some free time to settle in the newest hotel in old town Tallinn, Nunne.

18:00 a guide (Martin, a german living in Estonia) will meet you at the hotel to explore Tallinn's former derelict industrial districts that have turned into hotspots with entirely new life: Telliskivi Creative City and Noblessner. The tour will be walking, ending at the dinner place.
20:00 dinner in Telliskivi - Fotografiska rooftop restaurant, that carries Michelin Green Star recognition and is a part of a photo gallery boasting world class exhibitions. Fotografiska often hosts different happenings, parties & concerts, too.

Overnight in Nunne hotel.

Day 5, Sep 17th, Sunday, departures
10:00 - 12:30 a morning in Tallinn, a guided walk in Kadriorg  - the baroque side of Tallinn. A huge park, Presidential Castle, Art Museums and seaside promenade Pirita nearby. The area includes also the Song Festival Ground, a landmark for Estonia's freedom, and the impressive monument of the Soviet Victims that is located overlooking the bay.
12:30 free time in the city centre
A pre-departure joint lunch on request;

15:15 transfer to the airport from hotel Nunne
17:45 departure to Brussels by Air Baltic

PS The organiser reserves the right to make changes to the programme.

Check out before you travel:

Your contacts:

Kristiina Talisainen
B2B projects' manager at Visit Estonia / Estonian Tourist Board

Mathias Meere
Aviareps, Air Baltic representative in Belgium and the Netherlands

Visit Viljandi
Johan-Kristjan Konovalov

Visit Tartu
Culture Capital of Europe 2024 https://tartu2024.ee/en 

Your tourguides:
Heli +3725365 2303 (13th and 17th)
Martin +372 55534824 (16th evening)

The people whom you met at the restaurants:
Eva-Maria from 
Nordic Experience evamaria@nordicexperience.com
Bert from Activest, the nature tour company https://activest.ee/en 
Triinu from E-Turist e-turist@e-turist.ee (Tartu)

Your flights:

Air Baltic:
13SEP BRUSSELS BRU - TALLINN TLL   09:45 13:10 direct

17SEP TALLINN TLL - BRUSSELS           17:45 19:25 direct