|Sightseeing and round tours
A JOURNEY THROUGH DIFFERENT CULTURES. 3-DAY TOUR ALONG THE SHORES OF LAKE PEIPSI.
Lake Peipsi borders Estonia in the east and is one of the biggest lakes in Europe. The lakeshore has been populated for long. Different cultures and nations have lived here side by side for centuries. During our trip you will learn more about two unique and interesting communities – Russian Old-believers and Setos – a small Balto-Finnic ethnic group.
Departure from Tallinn (Narva)
The tour passes through the Lahemaa National Park . After lunch in the old Estonian tavern we continue our trip to Kuremäe, where we visit Pühtitsa Convent – an active nunnery since 1891. We will take a glance at the long sandy coastline of Peipsi. Drive through the small town of Mustvee which is famous for its four churches and through a typical kilometres-long Old-believers village Raja along the lakeshore. Overnight in a guest house or hotel in the area.
Discovering the Old-believers land
The trip takes us today to the Alatskivi Castle - an miniature of the Scottish Balmoral castle. Although the castle is not totally renovated yet it is easy to imagine the life in “ its good days” while walking in the numbers of rooms and halls of the castle.
After leaving Alatskivi we will see more of the long line-villages and we can take a closer look at the Old-believers lifestyle. In Kolkja village we shall visit the Museum of the Old-believers and after that enjoy a meal in the Fish and Onion Restaurant.
After lunch we will drive to Tartu for an overnight stop. The more adventurous can join the afternoon hiking trip to the Emajõe Soomaa Wetland or take a river boat to the eastern-most island of Piirissaare.
Kingdom of Setos
After the breakfast it is time for new discoveries. Passing Võnnu, Ahja and Mooste we enter the region called Setumaa (Setoland). Setos are unique Balto-Finnic people who have preserved their colourful culture, traditions, customs and language despite years of Czarist Russian influence and control. Seto Museum in Värska gives a better idea of their traditions and lifestyle. To make the experience even more authentic we have a chance to taste Seto meals and enjoy some Seto choir music while eating.
Return. ( Different alternatives for the visits on the way back: Taevaskoja, Elistvere, Palamuse or Põltsamaa).