Saaremaa Island, Estonia

Introduction to Saaremaa Island, Estonia

Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, and it retains much of the traditions in architecture, costumes and even the local dialect.

The only town is Kuressaare, where the 14th century bishop’s castle is among the best preserved medieval buildings in the Baltic. The beautiful and well preserved old town is also well worth exploring. 

It’s said that Saaremaa is famous for windmills, black rye bread, and strong beer. Once every farm had its own mill, and although many have fallen into disuse, some are now being restored. The flour from the mills was once used for the many types of local bread, which is still made and enjoyed, as is the bottled beer from Saaremaa’s brewery – notably the strong Tehumardi and the Christmas beer that warms up winter evenings.
 

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KURESSAARE ON YOUR OWN


• Discover the delights of Kuressaare
• Spend time exploring the highlights of the town
• Enjoy approximately three hours of free time to admire the sights

For those who would like some free time in the largest town on the Island of Saaremaa, or just prefer to do their own thing, this tour is perfect.

Price£15.00 - £25.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Free time includedFree time included


• Discover the delights of Kuressaare
• Spend time exploring the highlights of the town
• Enjoy approximately three hours of free time to admire the sights

For those who would like some free time in the largest town on the Island of Saaremaa, or just prefer to do their own thing, this tour is perfect.


From the terminal at Saaremaa port a transfer of approximately 45 minutes will take you to the heart of the town. An English-speaking guide will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions, and will also distribute maps of the city.
You will then have approximately three hours of free time to discover the sights, browse the shops or just relax in a local café prior to the return journey to our ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that there is no shuttle bus service operating to Kuressaare. It is an approximate 45 minute drive, and we cannot guarantee that taxis will be available at the terminal. The amount of walking involved in this tour is at the discretion of the individual.


OLD TOWN & WINDMILLS

• Discover the typical island scenery and small settlements of Saaremaa
• Appreciate the impressive architecture during a walking tour of Kuressaare

Admire the architecture of Saaremaa during this scenic island tour.


 

Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

• Discover the typical island scenery and small settlements of Saaremaa
• Appreciate the impressive architecture during a walking tour of Kuressaare

Admire the architecture of Saaremaa during this scenic island tour.

Begin your tour with a drive to Angla Windmills, to view the five wooden mills typical of the Island. After a short photo stop continue to Karja Church which dates from the 14th century. It is known for its mysterious decorative elements and delightful wall frescoes.

After a further drive of approximately 30 minutes, you arrive in Kuressaare – the capital city of the island. Enjoy a walking tour of Kuressaare’s highlights – including the old part which has preserved its 17th century atmosphere. The notable highlights include the Town Hall and Kuursaal (Beach Saloon), which was opened in the summer of 1898. You then visit the Bishop’s Castle, the most important building in Kuressaare, to admire the architecture of this impressive medieval building and also see the park surrounding the Castle. The Castle was built of chiselled dolomite blocks in the late 14th century and is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the Baltic States.

Following your walking tour, savour free time in Kuressaare to explore the area independently, prior to the return journey to the quayside.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users as there is a lot of walking involved at each of the stops. There are approximately 20 steps to negotiate at the Castle, and there is no lift available. The terrain can be uneven and sloped – comfortable flat shoes are recommended. As the weather is changeable – often windy and with short showers – it is advisable to take a jacket, a raincoat or umbrella. It should be noted that refreshments are not included. If purchasing souvenirs, city shops usually accept credit cards, and at the market and the farm Euros are also accepted. Please note that there may be a high step to board the coach.
 


THE BEST OF SAAREMAA

• Take in the main sights of Saaremaa on this comprehensive full day tour
• Visit the capital of the island, Kuressaare
• Have your cameras to hand to capture the sights

This tour features the most important sights of Saaremaa, Estonia’s largest island. Over 1,120 square miles in area, Saaremaa features unique nature and numerous historical sights. Today there are still stone fences in place and villages home to old farm houses with thatched roofs.


 

Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 7 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

• Take in the main sights of Saaremaa on this comprehensive full day tour
• Visit the capital of the island, Kuressaare
• Have your cameras to hand to capture the sights

This tour features the most important sights of Saaremaa, Estonia’s largest island. Over 1,120 square miles in area, Saaremaa features unique nature and numerous historical sights. Today there are still stone fences in place and villages home to old farm houses with thatched roofs.

Drive to Angla Windmills, to view the five wooden mills typical of the Island. From here, continue to the Kaali Lake, which is actually a meteorite crater. It is estimated that the meteor fell here in the year 700 BC, forming a 16 metre deep lake, and is considered to be the most extraordinary geological marvel on Saareema.

Next, visit Kuressaare, where upon arrival you can enjoy a walking tour of the town’s highlights – including the old part which has preserved its 17th century atmosphere. The notable highlights include the Town Hall, Kuursaal (Beach Saloon) and House of the Nobility. Enjoy a walk in the park which is home to the Bishop’s Castle, the most important building in Kuressaare, to admire the architecture of this impressive medieval building from the outside and to also see the park surrounding the Castle.

Following lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy some free time to explore the area at leisure and browse for souvenirs. From Kuressaare, you will drive to Mihkli Farmhouse Museum – a typical self-sufficient Western Saaremaa farm. Most of the buildings date from the middle of the 19th century. The majority of the furnishings have been made by members of the family, over six generations.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility as there is a lot of walking involved at each of the stops. Please note that there may be a high step to board the coach. The terrain can be uneven and sloped – comfortable flat shoes are recommended. As the weather is changeable – often windy and with short showers – it is advisable to take a jacket, a raincoat or umbrella. Lunch is typically a three course meal and includes tea or coffee and water.
 


THE ISLAND OF SAAREMAA

• Admire the highlights of Saaremaa
• Enjoy a walking tour of Kuressaare, the capital of the island
• Savour free time to explore the area at your leisure

Enjoy an introduction into the island of Saaremaa.

Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

• Admire the highlights of Saaremaa
• Enjoy a walking tour of Kuressaare, the capital of the island
• Savour free time to explore the area at your leisure

Enjoy an introduction into the island of Saaremaa.

Your tour begins with a drive through typical rural scenery to the Panga Bluff, which is the highest cliff on the northern coast of Saaremaa. At its highest it reaches 21.3 metres (70 feet) and you can enjoy an unforgettable view from the top of it. Continue to the Kaali Lake, which is actually a meteorite crater. It is estimated that the meteor fell here in the year 700 BC, forming a lake, which is considered the most extraordinary geological marvel on Saareema.

Next, drive to Kuressaare, the main town on the island. Enjoy a walking tour, taking in Kuressaare’s highlights, including the old part which has preserved its 17th century atmosphere. You will see the Bishop’s Castle, the most important building in Kuressaare, admiring (from the outside) the architecture of this impressive medieval building and visiting the park around the Castle. The Castle was built of chiselled dolomite blocks in the late 14th century and is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the Baltic States.

After viewing the Castle you will have some free time in the city centre – to perhaps enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the numerous coffee shops (at your own expense), have a stroll or do some shopping in the arts and crafts stores of the city. 

From Kuressaare you will drive to Mihkli Farmhouse Museum – a typical self-sufficient Western Saaremaa farm. Most of the buildings date from the middle of the 19th century. The majority of the furnishings have been made by members of the family, over six generations.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility as there is a lot of walking involved at each of the stops. The terrain can be uneven and sloped – comfortable flat shoes are recommended. As the weather is changeable – often windy and with short showers – it is advisable to take a jacket, a raincoat or umbrella. It should be noted that refreshments are not included. If purchasing souvenirs, city shops usually accept credit cards, and at the market and the farm Euros are also accepted. Please note that there may be a high step to board the coach.


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