12 days in Tallinn, Saaremaa & Tartu Itinerary

12 days in Tallinn, Saaremaa & Tartu Itinerary

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12 days in Tallinn, Saaremaa & Tartu Itinerary

Start: Saudarkrokur
Drive:  23​h
1
Tallinn
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
2
Saaremaa
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + bus + train:  6​h 30​min
3
Tartu
— 1 night
Drive:  26​h
End: Saudarkrokur


3
nights
Tallinn

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Long Street (Pikk tanav) and Pirita. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Town Hall Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kadriorg Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tallinn online journey planner .

Saudarkrokur, Iceland to Tallinn is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Saudarkrokur to Tallinn. When traveling from Saudarkrokur in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tallinn, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Saaremaa.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral ©
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

4
nights
Saaremaa

Saaremaa ©
Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, measuring 2673km2. Step off the beaten path and head to Kuressaare Episcopal Castle and St Catherine’s Church. Step out of Saaremaa with an excursion to Muhu Village Museum of Koguva in Muhu--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Saaremaa Museum, contemplate the long history of Trahter Veski, experience rural life at GoodKaarma OÜ, and appreciate the history behind Suur Toll and Piret.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Saaremaa trip website .

Getting from Tallinn to Saaremaa by combination of bus and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tartu.

Things to do in Saaremaa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Muhu, Angla Windmill Park
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Kaali Meteorite Crater ©
Kaali Meteorite Crater
Saaremaa Museum ©
Saaremaa Museum
Viidumae Ecological Reserve ©
Viidumae Ecological Reserve

1
night
Tartu

Tartu ©
One of the oldest cities in the Baltic region, Tartu boasts heaps of cultural attractions, a quaint Old Town, and bustling main square.
On the 10th (Mon), get curious at AHHAA Science Centre, make a trip to The Kissing Students fountain, then wander the streets of Tartu Old City, then admire the natural beauty at Tartu University Botanical Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Tartu Town Hall Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Toome Hill (Toomemagi), then see the interesting displays at Estonian National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, and finally explore and take pictures at University of Tartu.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tartu trip builder website .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and train from Saaremaa to Tartu in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tartu

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Tartu University Botanical Garden ©
Tartu University Botanical Garden
AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City

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