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TALLINN

Was originally built on site of Viking port, an important trading route lay through this settlement, a trading center and a fortress were built to protect trade. On world map of Arab geographer Al-Idrisi Tallinn was first mentioned in 1154 AD. In it’s history Tallinn belonged to many kingdoms and empires. First it was conquered by Danish King Waldemar II in 1297 and that gave Tallinn it’s present name Tallinn - Taani Linn (Danish Town). In 1285 AD Tallinn joined Hanseatic League. In 1347 Tallinn has fallen under rule Livonian Order. In 1710 during course of war between Sweden and Russia Tallinn became part of Russian Empire. Tallinn officially became a city in 1857, after loosing status of fortress. In 1918 Tallinn became capital of independent Estonian State and restored this status in 1991 after Estonia regained its independence from Soviet Union, where it was incorporated from 1940. There are many things to see in Tallinn - see tour “Welcome to Tallinn
 
 
LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK
Estonia's largest rahvuspark (national park), Lahemaa is an alluring, unspoiled section of rural Estonia with varied coastal and inland scenery. It takes in a stretch of deeply indented coast with several peninsulas and bays. The natural attractions of the coast, forests, lakes, rivers and bogs encompass many areas of historical, archaeological and cultural interest.
 
 
MEDIEVAL CASTELES RAKVERE & TOOLSE
Ruins of a large medieval stone citadel. The convent-type citadel was built in the I half of the 16th century together with a quadrangular main tower, strong wings, large forecourt and the eastern gates made up of several parts. One can also climb to a platform with a magnificent view at the neighbourhood. Meals prepared on the basis of medieval recipes can be eaten at the tavern of the citadel. Toolse Order Castle - is one of the more recent medieval castles on the northern coast of Estonia, it is also the castle located closest to the sea. The initial fortified manor house was probably erected by the order in the 14th century with the purpose of protecting the port, trade location and routes. During the Livonian war the castle passed on through many hands and finally ended up in the possession of Swedish troops. It was entirely destroyed in the Northern war in the beginning of the 18th century.
 
 
NARVA
From language of local people Veps “Narva” is translated as waterfall or rapids. By the end of 12th century Narva was a significant canter of craftsmen and merchants and was linking West Europe and Russia. By 16th century Narva has fallen under Swedish rule and was transformed to a strong fortress. In 1704 Russian forces conquered Narva. During our sightseeing tour we will see castle of Hermann Fortress (German Fortress), Narva’s history museum and Narva Art Gallery.
 
 
KUREMÄE 
We offer to you unique tour of active women’s Pukhtitsa Dormition Convent. This is an excellent possibility to get acquainted with everyday life of monastery, learn about history of it’s creation, visit churches, museums and the holy source – you can take some of the holy water with you.
 
 
PEIPSI (Peipus) LAKE Biggest (3555 sq. km) and richest of fish lake of Europe. Unique possibility to spend summer holidays fish and sail among beautiful sand beaches and pinewoods. Season opens as early as May.
 
 
TARTU
Historically names of this city were Tarbatu, Derpt, Dorbat, Jurjev. City was first mentioned in respect of conquering by Russian Czar Yaroslav the Wise of ancient Estonian Township of Tarbat. An important river in Estonia Emajõgi (Embach) – flows through the city. Importance of this river can be easily derived from its name – Mother River. Tartu is called a student city. Here is located a Tartu University (Dörptische Universität) – one of oldest universities in Europe, founded by Swedish king Gustavus II Adolphus in 1632 AD.
 
 
PÄRNU 
One of most popular resort cities on Baltic Sea. City of white sand beaches, peaceful parks, big festivals. Pärnu is also significant historic city rich in sites – St. Elisabeth Church, Tallinn’s Gate, and Town hall. Pärnu was also a well-known University City in past.
 
 
OTEPÄÄ 
Symbol of the city, which is located among many beautiful hills and lakes, is the Bear. City was mentioned first time in 1116 AD under the name of Karupea – Bear’s Head. City started form first Estonian stone castle owned by Livonian Bishop Herman.
 
 
SAAREMAA
This is the largest island in Estonia. Kuressaare (also called Ahrenburg) is a capital city of the island. Bishop’s Citadel of Kuressaare is a unique historical landmark in history of Baltics built in 14th century. Castle also has a rich museum. Saaremaa also has a most important meteorite crater (“Kaali järv”) filled with water and it forms a lake.
Visiting Saaremaa is a unique possibility to learn a lifestyle of peasants of Saaremaa – ancient farmhouses are excellent open-air museums. Also there are excellent possibilities to practice all kinds of watersports: yachts, waterskies and waterbikes, etc.
 
 
HAAPSALU
City was founded in the beginning of 13th century, and has a rich 700-year history. Haapsalu was almost completely destroyed during Livonian war in 16th century. After rebirth city was known, as a famous resort since 1710.
Main sites in Haapsalu include Bishops Castle of Haapsalu, built in 1265 AD and Doom Church where as legend tells on moonlit august nights silhouette of White Lady can be seen.