ESTONIA

DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Estonia in a way like no other. From the moment we arrive in Russia’s neighbour, you will fall in love with the charm of some 2,200 striking islands, framed by the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland. Dubbed one of Europe’s most spacious countries, our trips through Estonia soak up the colourful history and captivating stories held in this landscape. As promised by an old saying, you will never be more than 30 minutes’ drive from a forest, a lake or the beach. This kaleidoscope of nature is complete with an alluring capital city, where a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town sits as a suggestion of what the country’s future holds. Buzzing beach towns. Unique cuisine. Ancient architecture, Trafalgar will show you everything there is to love about Estonia.Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.

"Adorable Estonia, the smallest of the Baltic countries, is brimming with picturesque villages and charming seaside towns, and is rich in culture"

 

Emma, 

Travel Director

Estonia at a

glance

Currency

Euro

Winter avg temp

-4°C

Summer avg temp

17°C

Time Zone

GMT +3

Capital City

Tallin

Language

Estonian

Good Morning

Tere hommikust

Good evening

Tere õhtust

Estonia is a natural paradise, with over 2,200 striking islands framed by the Baltic Sea, and an old saying that you'll never be more than 30 minutes' drive from a forest, lake or beach. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and discover why Estonia is one of Europe’s most spacious countries.

Our top 3 things to do in Estonia

Admire the natural setting, devour decades of history and sample an emerging culture. Our trips to Estonia will satisfy every appetite for this beautiful country.

Explore the streets of Tallinn's old Hanseatic Quarter

The well-preserved Old Town of Estonia’s capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed delight, with historic architecture and ancient stories waiting down every lane. Soak up this time capsule with a camera in hand; this medieval trading route is worth capturing.

Visit Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral

The proud centrepiece of Tallinn’s Old Town is Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. This Orthodox cathedral opened its doors in 1900, and still mesmerises with its typical style of Russian Revival. Stand in awe of colourful mosaics, onion domes and Tallinn’s largest bell.

Travel to Pärnu, a popular beach resort for Tallinn residents

It’s easy to see why Estonians love Pärnu. Frequented by locals and Europeans alike, this popular seaside resort town is graced by the warm, shallow waters of Pärnu Bay. Take a leisurely promenade stroll and admire colourful 19th-century timber villas and Baroque architecture.

Best museums in Estonia

A 21st century culture boom has brought the best of contemporary life to the medieval streets of Tallinn. Our trips through Estonia reveal this captivating blend by visiting the best museums on offer.

Seaplane Harbour

One of Europe’s grandest maritime museums is found in the Tallinn aeroplane harbour. Attend a rotation of exhibitions and discover a history unique to this Northern European country at Seaplane Harbour Lennusadam.

Estonian History Museum

Aptly housed in the Great Guild, the Estonian History Museum was once a union for merchants and artisans, operating before the 14th century. Today, this striking Gothic building will take you on a journey of Estonia’s history from prehistoric times right up until the 20th century. Spend ample time here to understand how the past defines the present.

Kumu

Uncover the strong influence of history on art at Kumu, one of Estonia’s largest museums. A permanent exhibition showcases local Estonian works from the start of the 18th century until 199Additional exhibitions bring a fusion of international and modern art to these majestic halls.

Best food in Estonia

Our trips connect you with the culinary heart of Estonia. Heavily influenced by many countries—Germany, Russia, Denmark and Sweden to name a few—these hearty and wholesome meals will surprise and delight.

Semla

Often thought of as a Swedish treat, the Estonian version of semla—or vastlakukkel—is a sweet wheat bread roll filled with almond paste and topped with whipped cream and icing sugar. Traditionally enjoyed for the festive season from February to March, you’ll find locals enjoying this treat after a bowl of homemade pea soup.

Aspic

A vibrant mix of meat, trotters, hocks and rind brings you the classic dish of aspic, something you’ll find at every Estonian grandmother’s house. This gelatinous creation is often referred to as “meat jelly” - but don’t let that turn you off sampling a serving.

Smoked sprats

Smoked sprats are simply small smoked fish in oil. A delicacy enjoyed across the country that’s soaked in tradition, you need nothing more than fresh white bread and butter to enjoy it. You will now find modern variations that feature dill mayo and other sandwich additions.

A warm jacket

Even in Summer, the temperature in Estonia rarely passes 18 degrees Celsius. When you’re strolling the streets all day, a jacket is an item of clothing you won’t want to go without.

A shawl or pashmina

When visiting religious sites, a pashmina or shawl means you can respectfully cover up without compromising on fashion. It will also act as another layer of warmth for an unexpected chill.

A pair of sunglasses

Summer or winter, a pair of sunglasses is essential. If visiting in the colder months, the reflection of the sun on the white snow will give your eyes a surprising strain.

Jeans

It’s never too hot in Estonia for jeans. They’re the ideal day to night clothing attire that will keep you warm on a crisp morning or cool night.

A small digital camera

The picturesque lanes, neoclassical architecture and stunning landscapes mean you’ll be walking a lot to soak it all up. Bring along your own reusable water bottle and stay hydrated the eco-friendly way.

What to pack for Estonia

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

Road Trip Adventures

Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!

Guide to Estonia Visa Application

Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for Estonia and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.

  This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.

Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience! 

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