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Post-Congress Tour

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

DAY 1 - Visiting Muhu Island
Friday, 14th June

 

Start from the Creative Hub at 15:00.

We are heading to the Virtsu harbour to take a ferry to Muhu Island. On Muhu island, we will first go to the Muhu Ostrich farmOstrich keeping began there in 1999. In addition to ostriches, the farm also raises emus who are renowned for their red meat and valuable fat which is used for cosmetic products and food. Kangaroos, alpacas, and ponies also live on the farm, but only as pets. It is possible to enjoy feeding corn grains to the ostriches from the hand. Good to know: even an adult human can stand on an ostrich egg without breaking it. 

 

The accommodation on Muhu Island will be organised in the Muhu Farm Winery and Vanatoa Tourist Farm.

The Muhu Farm has operated as a lodging company and taken good care of its guests for 15 years already. Muhu Winehouse carries in it the story of Estonian wine and the legend of more than 100 years old about one of the biggest wineries in Estonia.

Vanatoa Tourist Farm offers you a pleasant stay in cosy farm surroundings close to the sea! You can explore the unique landscapes in the surrounding area and enjoy summer evenings in the historic fishing village of Koguva.

 

Before we settle in at our accommodation spots, we will have dinner at the Restaurant Koost, located in a former dairy building in the heart of Muhu. The restaurant uses local vegetables, fresh herbs, salads, fruits, and other ingredients grown on Muhu to prepare the dishes on the menu. A lot of Muhu handicrafts have found use in the restaurant's interior design. 

 

DAY 2 - Day trip to Saaremaa
Saturday, 15th June

After having breakfast, we will make a quick stop at the Meierei House in Liiva to buy freshly baked bread.

Then we will head to the Kaali field of meteorite craters. The approximate time of the Kaali meteorite fall is 7,500-7,600 years ago. This meteorite fall caused much damage on the already inhabited Saaremaa, it could be compared to the explosion of an atomic bomb. Among the world's giant craters, Kaali crater has the 8th place. The Kaali field of meteorite craters on Saaremaa is the rarest nature wonder in Estonia, being at the same time the most spectacular in Eurasia.

 

We will drive to Saaremaa's capital city Kuressaare. There we will visit the Kuressaare Episcopal Castle.
The Kuressaare Episcopal Castle, also known as the Kuressaare Castle, was built in the 14th century. The convent building of the Kuressaare Episcopal Castle is the only surviving medieval fortification in the Baltic countries that 
has not been significantly reconstructed. In addition to aesthetic pleasure that the elegant, decorous and magnificent architecture offers, a visit to the castle allows to explore the local history through an immediate experience and to feel the breath of the Middle Ages.

After this visit, we will enjoy lunch at Veski Tavern, a restaurant of local flavours, located in a unique windmill in Kuressaare (from 1899). 

 

Our next stop, the Panga cliff, is the highest bedrock outcrop in western Estonia and its islands. Siluri bluff is a long escarpment, which starts on the Island of Gotland in Sweden, passes through the Baltic Sea, and rises to the surface on the western coast of Saare County. Its maximum height is 21.3 metres and it runs for about 2.5 km. Panga cliff is situated right on the coast, cropping up like a 'wall', and its highest point used to be an ancient ritual site where people were sacrificed to the sea.

 

Then we will head to Angla windmills where four out of the five windmills are typical trestle windmills characteristic of the Island of Saaremaa. They were built at the beginning of the 20th century. Now also forming part of the complex is the Angla Heritage Culture Centre where you can take part in a number of workshops - trying your hand in pottery, felting, bread-making and more.
All of the windmills are open to the public - in one you have the chance to watch a miller at work. This is the only windmill mount on Saaremaa to have maintained its original look.

 

After the day-trip to Saaremaa, we will head back on a ferry and drive to Haapsalu.

We will be accommodated at the Fra Mare Spa Hotel. The hotel is located between the sea and a pine forest, it is only a short walk from the Haapsalu city centre. The hotel also has a restaurant, café, large pool and sauna park, beauty salon, store and rooms for organising business meetings.
Good to know: it is only 50 m to the Paralepa Beach.

Before the day ends, we will have a lovely dinner at the SOFFA Restaurant. 

 

DAY 3 - Walking tour in Haapsalu 
Sunday, 16th June

Tour in Haapsalu

This calm and friendly small town located less than 2 hour’s drive from the capital enjoys a long-standing history as a spa resort. Once a popular summer holiday destination for the Russian aristocracy, modern Haapsalu hosts a number of international festivals and is home to charming restaurants. Haapsalu is a wonderful little town with narrow streets, a miniature town hall and romantic wooden dwelling houses. On the romantic seaside promenade stands Kuursaal, one of the finest wooden buildings in Estonia. Once in Haapsalu, don’t forget to browse for a traditional hand-woven woollen Haapsalu shawl with fine and elegant patterns.
The Haapsalu Bishop’s Castle and Cathedral, which was established in the 13th century as the centre of the Saare-Lääne Diocese, is one of the best-preserved castles in Estonia. Visit the museum complex in the convent building where you will find exhibition halls with finds from the castle and mysterious vaulted cellars.

After this trip, the bus will take you back to the Tallinn City Centre in the afternoon.
A more precise information letter will be sent to registrants a few weeks before the Congress.