June 2, 2012, 14:00 – 22:00
The bus tour departs from Swissôtel Tallinn on June 2 at 14:00.
The tour includes transportation, an English speaking guide and a buffet dinner at Vihula Manor.
This afternoon and evening trip to the Lahemaa Nature Reserve, located 50km east of Tallinn on the Gulf of Finland, offers you a chance to experience the natural beauty of Estonia's countryside and more of the country's cultural history. The cultural heritage within Lahemaa National Park dates back to 800 BC with the ancient burial barrows of the local Finno-Ugric tribes at Jõelähtme. We will visit the 18th century manor houses of the German landowners in Palmse and Sagadi with parks, greenhouses, stables and other buildings furnished and decorated in the style of 1820s, when the German nobility was at its height.
We will have dinner at Vihula manor.
To compare with the lifestyle of the Baltic barons, we will then catch a glimpse of Estonian rural life in centuries past by visiting fishing villages that date back more than 500 years.
We will visit Käsmu, a seaside village famous for captains and sailors, and its Maritime Museum. We will also see the cemetery of seamen and the largest field in Estonia with giant boulders left behind by receding glaciers.
The untouched beauty of Lahemaa is worth the visit in itself, with its bays, forests, bogs, limestone cliffs and huge erratic boulders. The park is rich in fauna and flora, although it is unlikely that we will see wild animals, as we will pass through the park by bus.
The tour will end at Swissōtel Tallinn at 22:00.