Wait, where is Estonia and why do I want to go there? Estonia was most recently under the arm of Russia until it gained its independence in 1918 during the Russian revolution. Tallinn, its capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the best-preserved medieval capital in Northern Europe. Estonia rests on the Baltic sea and boasts 2000 islands. The population of Estonia is just 1.3 million and half of the country is covered by forests. This is a country where you can come to relax and unplug, explore some beautiful sites including a gorgeous world-class city, enjoy some spa time and relish the beautiful nature that surrounds you.
Marika, a former dancer is our local guide on this extraordinary Estonian Adventure. A New York resident who hails from Estonia, she’s both a yoga teacher and a cookbook author. At her farmhouse she’ll gently guide us towards a deeper understanding of how food affects our entire being. In her book, which everyone will receive a signed copy of, she teaches how to strengthen immunity, restore and maintain a healthy digestive tract, prevent inflammation and lose weight—without counting calories, dieting or deprivation.
Marika also teaches and practices Kundalini Yoga based on Yogi Bhajan’s teachings. A dynamic form of yoga, combining postures, stretching, movement, meditation, breathing, and chanting. The practice of Kundalini yoga brings with it a sense of well-being that is immediately tangible. After a yoga session one feels grounded, energized and uplifted. It helps to relax the body and calm the mind, increasing our capacity for concentration, creativity and intuition. Ultimately, it brings us to a deeper understanding of our potentials and ourselves and allows for a harmonious merging of body, mind and soul with the universal energy surrounding us.
But this special Northern European Experience is not just a yoga or wellness retreat; it’s also an invitation to explore some of the most beautiful and exciting areas of this small Baltic country.
Arrival in Tallinn, the capital city, we’ll transfer you to your elegant hotel in the Old Town. Tallinn in the 13th century was a thriving trading center where people all across Europe came to do business. Tallinn is a fortified medieval city, one of the most famous port towns in eastern Europe then and now. It’s old town with its cobbled streets is where our luxury hotel sits, a reconstructed warehouse dating back to medieval times and restored in 1758 in Baroque Gothic style.
After check-in and a refresh, we’ll take a late afternoon tour of Tallinn’s Old Town with our guide followed by a welcome dinner at our historic 5-star hotel.
Stay at the Hotel Schloessle
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we’ll tour the town with an expert guide heading first to the magnificent Kadriorg Palace.
The Kadriorg Palace was built by Russian Tsar Peter I in 1718 and named Kadriorg (Katharinenthal in German) in honor of his wife Catherine I. Designed by the Italian architect Nicola Michetti its magnificent main hall is one of the most stunning examples of Baroque architecture in Estonia. The lovely palace is surrounded by gardens with fountains, hedges, and flowerbeds, modeled after Versailles.
After touring the palace we’ll head over the Kumu Art Museum a short walk away.
Opened in 2006, the Kumu Art Museum’s goal is to preserve and interpret Estonian art from the 18th century to current day. Lunch will be taken near the palace grounds at the charming Mantel café.
After lunch we’ll take a tour of the Loomelinnak neighborhood, the go to area for creatives in the Old Town. You’ll have some free time here for shopping and a bite on your own or with your new friends.
Stay tonight at the Schloessle hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.
This morning is set aside for individual exploration and last-minute shopping in the Old Town having lunch on your own and at your leisure. We’ll meet back at our hotel by 2:30pm for a transfer to Polli Talu, a traditional Estonian Farm complex that is both an art center and an Estonian country retreat.
Upon arrival you’ll enjoy time to rest and unpack and take a tour of this lovely farm estate. Settle into your room and take a rest.
At 6pm we’ll meet up for a healthy vegetarian dinner in Polli Talu’s dining room.
After our meal, we’ll walk to the seaside, where an evening swim will be possible.
9 am Breakfast at Polli Talu.
Today we’ll enjoy an outing to the Matsalu National Park where we will have a picnic lunch in this stunning park which is home to more than 8000 acres of Kasari meadow, Europe’s largest preserved flat meadow. The meadow is an important nesting site for a myriad of birds and waterfowl, so bring your binoculars. We will also take a boat trip through the reed fields and visit the local museum to learn more about this gorgeous area.
After our nature exploration and picnic lunch, we’ll head back “home” for a little rest.
Tonight, we’ll enjoy a healthy dinner at Polli Talu.
This evening we’ll have time for a visit to the Sauna to wind down and prepare for a lovely night’s rest.
Today will be a day for journal writing, reading and walking on your own in our beautiful surroundings and practicing being mindful. Throughout the day a masseuse will be on hand to give everyone a 60-minute massage.
8:30 am Yoga and guided meditation with Marika
9:30 am Breakfast at Polli Talu
10:45 Take a breath walk with Marika (walking meditation)
12 noon Healthy cooking class with Marika – we’ll help chop and stir and then feast on our vegetable centric meal together after cooking. Every participant will be gifted a signed copy of Marika’s cookbook.
1:30 pm Lunch at Polli Talu
4 pm This afternoon we’ll try a movement class with Marika, a former dancer. Free movement allows us to let go and simply enjoy movement freely and without judgement in our beautiful surroundings.
6:30 pm Dinner at Polli Talu
Enjoy a quiet night looking at the stars followed by a restorative rest.
6:30 am Early Breakfast at Polli Talu
7:15 Day trip by bus and ferry to Kihnu Island, the matriarch island in the Baltic Sea aka ‘Women’s Island’.
We’ll take a guided tour of this unique island which will include the Kihnu Museum, the Orthodox Church and the lighthouse.
Today we’ll enjoy lunch per our guide’s recommendations at a little fish place on the island.
This afternoon we’ll explore more of Kihnu Island. We’ll experience a traditional folkloric concert and leave time to peruse the souvenir shops which sell some of the beautiful handiwork all by the craftswomen of the island.
For those who are game, take a sidecar motorcycle ride around the island which is a typical way to enjoy Kihnu.
4:15 pm Ferry back to the Mainland
6:30 pm Dinner at Polli Talu
Time is set aside this evening for massages for those who have not yet had them.
9:00 am Breakfast at Polli Talu
10:00 am depart for our day trip by bus to Parnu on the coast of Pärnu bay on the Baltic sea.
Pärnu is a resort town dating back to 1838. For many years Pärnu’s spas have offered healing mud baths and various helpful water-focused procedures.
At the Hedon Spa we’ll enjoy a sauna with birch branches and steam heat which will relax our bodies and open our minds. Then we’ll experience a selection of cures whether it be a massage using organic local hemp and carrot oil, an exfoliating mud wrap or a facial. After you will have time to enjoy all the various hot and cold pools. Depending on how large our group is some of us may go to the Estonian Resort & Spa which has a dead-sea spa, a pool bar and an outdoor pool and hot tub.
After our restorative spa experience, we’ll relish a healthy lunch at the organic restaurant Mahedik.
This afternoon we’ll take a stroll through town with a guide. Then we’ll take a refreshing swim in the Baltic sea at the Women’s Beach.
After our vigorous swim we’ll go for a much-needed afternoon pick me up of coffee and cake at the Restaurant Supelsaksad.
We’ll drive about an hour back “home” to have a light meal at Polli Talu.
Tonight, after dinner we’ll enjoy a lesson in Estonian folk music and dance taught by a local music teacher.
Right before bedtime, we’ll take a moment to have a glass of wine or a dijestif with some local cheese to end our day, toasting to the past 7 days of restoration and discovery in enticing Estonia.
Breakfast at Polli Talu followed by your transfer back to the airport for your flight home.
Note: There are just 7 rooms at Polli Talu, 4 are singles and 3 can house 2 or more women. Some ladies will have to share. If you prefer a single room, be sure to book this special trip early! While meals at Polli Talu are vegetarian in nature, during the outings as well as the first nights in Tallinn both meat and fish will be available.
GG2P always reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on weather or availability as well as exciting opportunities that might crop up!
NOTE -> Not to worry – Vegetarians will be well fed in all cafés and restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood or gluten. Options are plentiful.
Trip Cost: 3,850 Euro*
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