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Welcome to Estonia

Testimonials

  • I was part of Ann Scolnick's tour from Tallin to Vilnius.  I was extremely pleased and satisfied with our tour. The organization, and hotels were excellent.  Our meals outside of the hotels were better than the ones provided in the hotels.  The best part of our tour was our guide Vaida!  She was exceptional, in fact better than any guide I have had during any of my extensive travels.  I will recommend your company to my friends, and hope they also will be lucky enough to have such a wonderful guide.
    Ginny Hackney, USA, 2015 (G1 tour in opposite direction Tallinn-Vilnius)
  • My wife and I loved the Baltic self-guided tour of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.  The route selected meant each day had a good piece of riding on quiet roads or bike paths through interesting countryside plus stops in all of the major cities and towns.  Our small group got on very well together.
    Simon Flowers, Switzerland, 2015 (self-guided tour of the Baltics: Tallinn to Vilnius)
  • Yes we had a good trip. Saw some nice nature and pleasant villages. The hotels were also good. And the bikes. The driver drove us fast and safe from / to Riga. And we were lucky with the weather. Just a few drops of rain the last day. Mostly sunny. It rained a lot more in Sweden during that week. Best regards,
    Hans Brandtberg, Sweden, 2013 (tour SG1, along the Lithuanian Seaside)
  • Hi Saulius, We had a great time on our trip, and would recommend you to anyone. If you ever figure out how to do a Helsinki - Tallinn via St Petersburg ride, we'd be in!"
    Richard Seton, USA, 2014 (self-guided tour of the Baltics: Tallinn to Vilnius)
  • Our cycling-group has spent 10 days in Lithuania and explored your country on Baltic Bike Travel route “Vilnius-Curonian Spit-Klaipeda" – we all want to thank you again for your efforts and great assistance in planning and organizing our individual intentions to realize our this years cycling idea.
    Ludwig Enser, Germany, 2012 (tour SG2, Lithuania – from the capital to the Seaside)
  • Now we are back from a most interesting and well-organized "Baltic Capital City" guided bicycle tour. We have cycled in France, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic and Ireland in all kinds of landscapes ... so we have some guided cycle tours to compare with. My husband and I are so very satisfied with the whole tour. It was just what we expected except for some extra positive factors...
    Anita Bostrom-Baversten, Sweden, 2011 (tour G1)
  • We have arrived home after the Baltic Bike trip with Ramos from Vilnius to Talinn. It was fantastic, absolutely wonderful. We've done bike trips in Europe and the US with other groups and this trip was the very best. Of course we loved the country side and the weather was an unexpected bonus.
    But the real advantage of this ride was Ramos. He is a leader with knowledge beyond any tour guide.....he offered us information on the history, the culture, the geography, the religion, the botany....everything.....the best teacher/guide possible. But, beyond that, his personality is ideal for this....he understood group dynamics and the group really connected because he drew us together; building bridges between the German speakers and the English speakers, providing humor, music, etc. And the biking was perfect....the distances worked well, the scenery and places he chose to stop were ideal.
    You've done a really good job with the pace of the trip...the 2 days in Klaipedia, 3 in Riga, 2 on the island. Good hotel, simple logistics (for the guests anyway) And, the stops were at interesting places. Albinis was a really good driver and such a friendly, helpful person to have with us. Due to an old injury, I spent one afternoon on the bus. Albinis was informative and made me feel less badly about missing the biking....a really caring man and very careful with the bikes.
    Anne Badanes from USA, 2018 (G1 - guided tour of the Baltics from Vilnius to Tallinn)

Welcome to Estonia

Estonia, the most Northern of the Baltic countries, is a beautiful place to visit. Its glorious medieval cities, lush forests and sandy beaches, as well as quaint villages, elegant manor houses and lovely countryside make for a wonderfully memorable holiday. Estonia has a long and interesting history, from medieval times when Tallinn was a bustling port to the more recent Soviet occupation. Estonians on the one hand, have a love of the past, of their folklore, and the outdoors-fiercely protecting their traditions and ancient festivals, and on the other, they are one of the most forward thinking and technical nations in Europe, always exploring and inventing something new.

So expect a place where the old meets the new, that is fresh and creative, where the past and the future is equally revered, where you will experience the most beautiful nature and most wonderful cities, be intrigued by an interesting culture and always a very warm welcome.

Short history

Since ancient times Estonia has always been fought over. Settlers are thought to have arrived at what is now Estonia at around 9000BC. Since then it has been fought over and sometimes ruled over by Prussia, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland and Russia. On February 24th, 1918, Estonia was declared independent of the Russias, who had at least partially ruled Estonia since around 1721. The celebration was short lived, however, as the advancing German army invaded Estonia the very next day. After the war had ended the Russians again invaded Estonia, but this time they were beaten back in 1919. In February 1920 Estonia was recognised by Russia as an independent nation.

This all changed in June, 1940, when Russia (its named changed to the USSR) annexed Estonia, making them part of the Soviet Union. Then in 1941 Estonia was under German occupation, until 1944 when the Russians returned yet again and placed Estonia back under communist rule. Estonia was finally recognised as an independent country once more on the 6th of September 1991. It joined the European Union in 2005.

Partnership & Membership