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From Tallinn: Day Trip to Lahemaa National Park

1. From Tallinn: Day Trip to Lahemaa National Park

Experience the stunning natural beauty of Lahemaa National Park on this exciting, full-day tour. Drive for an hour from Tallinn to Lahemaa, stopping to admire Jägala Waterfall. Learn about Estonian rural life and native flora and fauna and discover more about the forests and their importance in Estonian culture and traditions whilst hiking the forest's Beaver Trail with your guide. Explore the seaside at Altia Village and discover pre-Soviet architecture in this quaint fishing village. Walk along the sandy beaches and if it's warm have a swim in the water. Head to a tavern for some tasty Estonian farm food. End your tour enjoying a walk with your guide in the Viru bog while listening to tales from Estonian folklore related to these fascinating wetlands.

Jägala Waterfall and Harju County 5-Hour Tour from Tallinn

2. Jägala Waterfall and Harju County 5-Hour Tour from Tallinn

Explore the fascinating Harju County and see the spectacular Jägala Waterfall on this tour from Tallinn. See mystical, Bronze Age graves at a museum in Rabala and learn surprising facts about how the graves were discovered. Next, visit an ancient Estonian sanctuary and the oldest medieval Christian chapel at Saha, learning about the site's pre-Christian origins as a sacrificial site. Admire the natural beauty of the Jägala waterfall, the biggest natural waterfall in Estonia and spectacular in any season. See another interesting historical site, an old Viking stronghold, at the Jägala power station and also learn about how trout are affecting the station's energy production. End your tour enjoying a tasty lunch or dinner with amazing views of the bay at Ruhe seafood restaurant.

Tallinn: Coastal Cliffs and Rummu Suberged Quarry Day Tour

3. Tallinn: Coastal Cliffs and Rummu Suberged Quarry Day Tour

Begin your tour with a light hike along the forested coastline not far from Tallinn. Visit an abandoned naval fortress which is tucked away in the forest, where it is still possible to explore the dark underground tunnels and the massive concrete structures above the ground. From there your tour continues to the Keila Waterfall, located in a peaceful manor park with charming bridges and walking paths. Drive through the mostly Russian-speaking city of Paldiski, getting a feel of its industrial Soviet-era neighborhoods. Following that, visit the local Russian orthodox church to learn about the contrast between Estonian and local Russian cultures. A break for lunch at a local restaurant is then provided, during which you can order Estonian food for lunch. Continue the tour to the Pakri coastal cliffs where you can observe the red lighthouse looking over the vast Baltic Sea. Whilst there, it is optional to buy a ticket to the lighthouse to climb to the top, or walk all the way to the Pakri Waterfall. For the final stop on your tour, drive to the Rummu submerged quarry. Whilst there you can climb up the sandy hills for a view over the entire crystal clear lake and the submerged houses. As you return to Tallinn, you can reflect back on your day filled with nature, alternative off-the-beaten sights, and secret history.

Tallinn: Old Town Walking Tour and Jägala Waterfall

4. Tallinn: Old Town Walking Tour and Jägala Waterfall

Start the day with a drive to Jägala waterfall to escape the morning crowd visiting Tallinn. The waterfall is 30 minutes away and located right on the doorstep of Lahemaa national park, which is recognised for it's natural beauty. It is the highest natural waterfall in Estonia and easily accessible, allowing you to get out of the city, enjoy the greenery and take some beautiful pictures with the waterfall in the background. Once you have filled your lungs with clean fresh air and enjoyed the sound of the gushing waterfall, head back to Tallinn where the morning rush has calmed down, leaving the streets emptier and easier to walk around in. Take a guided 1.5-hour Old Town sightseeing tour, covering all the main attractions including the Parliament building, Russian Orthodox Cathedral, viewing platforms and the Town Hall. Learn about the history of Estonia from Medieval times, Russian and Soviet periods, all the way through to today. Explore the cobbled streets and colourful houses and enjoy the view over the red rooftops from the viewing platforms. Pick-up and drop-off can be arranged for either the Tallinn Tourist Information Centre or from the gates at Cruise Ship Terminal.

From Tallinn: Guided Bog-Shoe Hiking Tour

5. From Tallinn: Guided Bog-Shoe Hiking Tour

Leave the bustling city of Tallinn behind and have a uniquely Estonian experience: go on a guided bog-shoe hike in one of the countryside's atmospheric wetlands. On the 1-hour drive to the bog, you'll see the real face of Estonia, with its vast forest and largely untouched nature. As almost half of Estonia’s population lives in the capital and agriculture is not extensive, most of the country is covered with natural habitats to admire. Put on your bog shoes and follow your guide around the clear bog pools and vast open landscape. Learn about the exceptional fauna and flora of the region, from carnivorous plants to local orchids. Listen to the bird song or try to identify animal tracks. Let your mind rest in the stillness of the nature and breath in the fresh air. Best of all, get an aerial view of the area by climbing up to the Konnu Suursoo lookout. Once your hike in the bog is finished and your lungs are filled with the clean air, enjoy your drive back to Tallinn. You can choose to be dropped off at the Tallinn cruise terminal or stay in the Old Town for a little while to enjoy the cozy atmosphere or have a lunch in one of Tallinn’s excellent restaurants.

Naissaar: Lighthouse and Fortress Military Vehicle Tour

6. Naissaar: Lighthouse and Fortress Military Vehicle Tour

Start your day of adventure by departing from the historic Lennusadam Port. From here, you will hop aboard your boat and enjoy a 1-hour, scenic boat voyage. Take in the great views of Katherina Keys, Bald Island, and Midshallows Lighthouse. Upon arrival on the Island, you will take a tour on a military truck safari. You will also enjoy a 1.5km walk. Visit the towering lighthouse and admire beautiful views of Tallinn across the water. Follow your trip to the lighthouse with a trek through the wild forest trails. Here you will be able to see the ruins of the Peter The Great Fortress, overgrown with lush vegetation. Then, take a break from your adventure for a nice and relaxing trip to a beautiful sandy beach.  End your trip with lunch and a scenic voyage back to the port.

From Tallinn: Naissaar Island Fatbike Day-Trip

7. From Tallinn: Naissaar Island Fatbike Day-Trip

Spend a day discovering the history and geography of Naissaar Island as you explore the island on fatbike with an audio guide, bike rental, and roundtrip tickets from Tallinn included. Your journey begins near the Seaplane Harbour Museum of Tallinn. From here you'll take a 1-hour, scenic boat trip to the island. Take in great views of Katherina Keys, Bald Island, and Midshallows Lighthouse. Choose between two different routes on the island. The Northern Trail (25 km) takes you through a primeval forest road that winds up to the Northern tip, where you can enjoy views of the island from the lighthouse and visit the fortress. On the Central Trail (15 km), you will visit the scenic Hülkar Cape with stunning sandy beaches, Southern Village, the remains of a USSR sea-mine stockyard, and mystical stone barrows.

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based on 215 reviews

Super great tour in Lahemaa National Park. Paul knew so much about Tallinn and the park. He drove to a few sightseeing spots with us on the way, otherwise we got much more than just the planned tour in the national park. He always responded to individual requests from us participants and always had several options to choose from for the individual stations on the tour. In the evening we left the tour with many great impressions and great restaurant tips.

The trip was excellent, we were able to take in so much of the national park and the best part is its mostly at our own pace. While there was a schedule, the walk through the Bog was relaxing and not rushed. Very picturesque, glad I had my cameras ready.

Jorge was a wonderful guide. He knew so much and shared it in a very interesting way. He mad the day very special. He was able to read the group and adjust the day accordingly. Thank you very much!!

The wonderful nature park, the small group of few participants and the excellent competence of the guide made this experience unforgettable. To try!

georges our guide knows his subject very well, we had a great day thanks to him. don't forget your bathing suits!