Estonia 15th -22nd May 2017

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Study trip to Estonia.

May 2017

Theme of the tour:

Environmental and Natural History Interpretation 

Dates:  15-22nd may

Destination: North and North East Estonia

No of participants: 8

Transport: minibus seating 8

In Tallinn we will use public transport – it’s much more reasonable than bus. I will calculate the bus tickets in the price.

Day 1

 Goal of the day:

  1. Medieval Tallinn – ancient city center in 21th century
  2. Rebirth of military factory complex to a life style center
  3. Tallinn houses

 Arrival flight : Stansted – Tallinn: 06:50 – 11:00

Minibus to  hotel Dzingel (15 min), 2- 3-4 bedded rooms

14:00 Lunch in the hotel and some rest

16:00 Public transport to the city center

Tallinn Old City walking tour and walk in wooden suburbs to Telliskivi (Brick) center for dinner.

19:00 Dinner

Transport back to the hotel.

Day 2

Goal of the day:

  1. The Baltic -German heritage of Estonia – manors and manorial estates.
  2. Use of natural heritage – meet RMK (State Forest Company) specialists.
  3. Nature study programs for schools

08:00 breakfast and check out

09:00 drive from hotel to Palmse Manor, center of Lahemaa NP (100km east from Tallinn)

11:00 – visit Lahemaa NP center in Palmse,

12:30 RMK (State Forest Company) visitor center in Oandu, coffee break,

Meet the specialist. Nature hike.

14:00 Lunch in coastal tavern in Altja fishermen village

15:30 Sagadi Manor –RMK Nature School, meet the specialist

Best practices: Orientation game

Dinner and overnight in Sagadi hostel

Day 3

Goal of the day:
Industrial and soviet heritage, environmental issues.

North East Estonia has been known as a „bad area where is nothing to do and see“ as there are huge industrial sites for mining oli shale and producing cement. Quite big per centage of population is soviet immigrants. This all has caused numerous environmental and social problems.

By now they have made a breakthrough with the help of EU funds and good cooperation. Let’s see how they have turned their problems to values.

08:00 breakfast in Sagadi hostel

09:00 drive to Kiviõli adventure park http://www.tuhamagi.ee/en

An active holiday center was opened on the slopes of 90-years old oil shale ash hill on 2013.  Meet the specialist.

Coffee break

12:00 Aidu water Sport center in former oil shale mining quarry

14:00 Miner’s lunch and Mining Museum http://kaevandusmuuseum.ee/eng/

Meet the specialist, visit underground museum

16:00 Visit to Kuremäe Convent https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%BChtitsa_Convent

Overnight and dinner in Illuka manor –school

Day 4 

Goal of the day:

  1. How to keep your traditional lifestyle and still survive in modern world
  2. The eastern border next to lake Peipsi (Peipus) is the named as one area with two languages and three cultures.
  3. How good cooperation helps to market the far-away and „not-so-attractive“ destination – the Onion Route. http://www.sibulatee.ee/en/about/
  4. Border to Russia and Russian Old believers.

08:00 breakfast

09:00 drive to Avinurme Wooden Handicraft Center http://puiduait.ee/en/

Avinurme area is traditionally known for its wooden handicraft. Lets see, how they are doing today.

10:00 drive to Mustvee, the start point of the Onion Route.

See the Yellow window of National Georaphic.

Drive by the uniquely built up historical village where houses are closely next to each other on both sides of the road.Fields on one side and lake on the other.

Visit Samovar (Russian traditional tea pot) Museum, Kostja Onion Farm etc.

Lunch in Alatskivi, visit the castle

19:00 Dinner and overnight in coastal farm  https://mesitare.ee/galerii/

Day 5

Goal of the day:

  1. Tartu – city of Univesity (Universitas Tartuensis 1632)
  2. Estonian National Museum – 100 years old museum got it’s first real home only now – it was opened on 29sep16, and this is the most modern museum at least in Europe as for now. http://erm.ee/en
  3. Lodi is the old type of Peipus barge. Enthusiasts build the exact copy of it about 10 years ago and use the barge for cultural events, tourism purposes and also for nature and educational trips on river Emajõgi and lake Peipus.

http://lodi.ee/come-sailing/the-barge-jommu

08:00 breakfast

09:00 depart for Tartu (approx 40-50 minutes)

10:00 – 11:30 City sihtseeing tour.

12:00 – 16:00 visit ERM- Estonian National Museum. Meet the specialist, have a tour

Lunch in the museum.

17:00 -19:00 meet the Barge people

19:00 dinner

Accommodation in RMK rental hut. http://loodusegakoos.ee/where-to-go/nature-reserves/endla-nature-reserv/endla-rental-hut

Nature hike.

NB! the hut is 3km from the parking and we need to carry our personal items and food.

Day 6
Goal:

  1. How promote attractive but unknown destination?
  2. How to promote nature tours?
  3. The network of RKM trails and sites

08:00 self prepared breakfast

Drive to Ice Age Center http://jaaaeg.ee/en/home/

The landscape of the area is formed by the continental ice.

Elistvere Animal Park – collection of Estonian wild animals. Optional.

http://www.loodusegakoos.ee/elistvere-animal-park

The central point of cross-Estonian nature trails – Aegviidu nature house

http://www.loodusegakoos.ee/where-to-go/recreation-areas/aegviidu-korvemaa-recreation-area/aegviidu-nature-centre

The longest nature trail through Estonia is 820km.

Lunch in Kõrvemaa Hike and Ski Resort.

Hike or bike trail.

Overnight in Kõrvemaa Hike and Ski Resort.

Day 7

Goal of the day:

  1. Military history of Tallinn turned into tourism attraction
  2. Military heritage for culture: from 100 years old ruins to the museum of the year.
  3. Conclusion of the week

08:00 Breakfast

Drive to Tallinn (approx. 1 hour).

Check in to Dzingel hotel.

Bastion Passages http://linnamuuseum.ee/kok/en/

Sea Plane Harbour Maritime Museum (meet the staff)

http://meremuuseum.ee/lennusadam/en/

Museum of occupations http://www.visitestonia.com/en/museum-of-occupations

Lunch and farewell dinner in Tallinn.

Overnight in hotel Dzingel

Day 8

Departure day

08:00 breakfast,

10:00 check out, drive to the airport.(15 min)

Program compiled by:
Maarika Naagel

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