South-Estonia Forests and Lakes Tour Back to list

This tour takes you to South Estonia where you can enjoy rolling hills, valleys and the deep blue lakes hidden in this landscape.

On your way is Estonia’s deepest lake in Rõuge, the highest point in Estonia – Suur Munamägi (Big Egg Hill) and the most beautiful river valley in Taevaskoja. 

Your route will pass charming the Hanseatic Viljandi town topped by impressive ruins of a once-powerful castle, Piusa sandstone caves and Setomaa - an ethnic and linguistic minority who have preserved their language, lifestyle, food and unique folk costumes. Enjoy the sandy beach in Värska and the intellectual capital of Estonia – Tartu.

 FORESTS AND LAKES TOUR IN THE SOUTH
PRICE from 330 EUR* per person


Price includes:

  • Accommodation, 7 nights in small hotels, guesthouses or B&B places in double/twin
  • 7 breakfast
  • Detailed route description including turn-to-turn instructions, sights & descriptions, opening times, prices, timetables, recommendations for lunch and dinner
  • Daily maps 
  • Emergency phone support
  • All taxes and service fees


Extras:

  • Bicycle rent for 8 days is 80 EUR per bike
  • Ortlieb waterproof pannier bags rent for 8 days is 19 EUR per pair (20 L each)
  • Ortlieb waterproof handlebar bag rent for 8 days is 9 EUR per bag
  • Single supplement + 116 EUR


No included:

  • Train tickets to Viljandi. Ticket is 9 EUR per person, bike is free
  • Train tickets from Tartu. Ticket is 12 EUR per person, bike is free


* Final price depends on the type of accommodation


HOW IT WORKS

  • Fill in the booking form or send us e-mail (mail(at)citybike.ee). No booking fee!
  • We will reply within 24 hrs
  • You will confirm your dates and we will make bookings
  • We will send you final price
  • You pay 25% prepayment (credit card, paypal or bank transfer)
  • We will send you detailed information about your tour
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 Day 1. Train to Viljandi (2 hrs 30 min + optional cycling)
The route starts with train ride to ancient hilly city Viljandi, topped by impressive ruins of a once-powerful Livonian Order castle. Walk on cobbled streets in Viljandi old town and sandy beach of Lake Viljandi and enjoy a very special atmosphere.

Day 2. Bike ride to Tõrva (65 km / 40.3 miles)
This day road takes you to a small Estonian town Tõrva. Enjoy the rolling hills just before Karski-Nuia. Take a coffee break in majestic Taagepera Castle an enjoy it is a mixture of elegance and a rustic milieu. Take a walk to see the ruins of Helme Order castle and Helme Caves. In Tõrva, lie on the sand on shores of Lake Vanamõisa in Tõrva and if you dear, jump to the lake from the highest diving tower in Estonia (about 11 metres).

Day 3. Bike ride to Antsla (58 km / 36 miles)
Cycling on quiet South-Estonian roads, you will pass the Sangaste Castle and manor park, one of the most outstanding examples of historicism in the Baltic States. Look at the windows of the castle! Take a lunch break in Estonia’s only Rye Restaurant in Sangaste Village.

Day 4. Bike ride to Haanja (45 km / 28 miles)
This day you will ride to the highest point of Estonia in Haanja. On your way enjoy the beautiful work of nature on Hinni Canyon sandstone walls. Take a walk on picturesque nature trail in Nightingale Valley and enjoy the view to Estonia’s deepest lake – Rõuge Lake. Rolling hills will take you the he highest point in Estonia and Baltic States –Suur Munamägi (Big Egghill). Climb to the Observation Tower of Suur Munamägi and enjoy the view.

Day 5. Bike ride to Värska (66 km / 41 miles)
Small countryside road will take you first to Vasalemma Order Castle ruins. Take a cup of coffee in Piiri inn, the old tavern just beside the road. Climb to the observation tower in Meremäe and enjoy Sthe special Seto cuisine in Obinitsa. Take a guided walk on Piusa Nature Trail and enjoy the delicious cakes next to Piusa visitors centre in Three Sisters Delicacy’s. Visit Seto Museum in Värka.

Day 6. Bike ride to Põlva (63 km / 39 miles)
First the road takes you to Räpina – town what it known about is Paper Factory, the oldest Estonian industrial company to still be in operation. Take a look at Silapää Manor and Park and visit the Gardening Museum. Or take a break on beach, climb up to a viewing tower and enjoy excellent views over the polder, to Lake Lämmijärv and across the border into Russia. Continue towards Põlva and visit Mooste Manor on your way.

Day 7. Bike ride to Tartu (58 km / 36 miles)
This day you will ride towards Tartu. Make a stop in Taevaskoja, one of the most frequently visited sites in southern Estonia and take a time to hike on Taevaskoja Nature trail. The sandstone outcrops and ancient river here form the most beautiful part of the Ahja River Landscape Reserve. The university city (one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe) of Tartu sits on the Emajõgi river. The large student population and wealth of museums means that the city is always alive. See the famous kissing sculpture, meet the Tartu ghost (perhaps), walk on Toomemägi and enjoy dinner in Town Hall Square.

Day 8. Tartu and individual departure.
After breakfast at the hotel your bicycle tour ends in Estonia. Have a last look to Tartu, take your bikes and take a public bus or train back to Tallinn (bikes are free of charge

  • Ortlieb Handlebar bag with map case

    We rent waterproof Ortlieb Ultimate Handlebar bags.

    Rental includes map holder and holder

    Volume: 7 L

    height: 21 cm / 8.3 in
    width: 23.5 cm / 9.3 in
    depth: 14 cm / 5.5 in
    weight: 710 g / 25 oz

    1.50 eur

    OFF
  • Cargo treilers

    BOB YAK

    The Yak Trailer carries up to 70lb / 32 kg so you don’t have to leave anything behind. Trailer tracks rear wheel of bicycle, making it easier to navigate narrow roads or single track. Low center of gravity keeps the weight off your bicycle frame for better handling and performance than racks and panniers. Bag included.

    Cargo Space: 25in x 16in x 18in / 64cm x 41cm x 46cm 

    Bag: 94 L, 100% waterproof

    Prices:

    1 day (24 hrs) 7.50 EUR

    1 week 37 EUR

    7.50 eur

    OFF
  • Garmin GPS

     Garmin GPS Oregon 200

    5 EUR per day, 25 EUR per week.

    We have 5 GPS.

    5.00 eur

    OFF
  • Computer

     Computer: 1 EUR per day, 5 EUR per week

    1.00 eur

    OFF
  • Pannier bags rental

    Pair of Ortlieb waterproof panniers

    One pair 2 x 20 liters

    height:42 cm
    upper width:32 cm
    bottom width:23 cm
    depth:17 cm
    weight:1900 g.
    volume:40 l. 

    3.00 eur

    OFF
  • Helmet

    Available different size-shape-price helmets for everyone! 

    0.00 eur

    OFF

Great company and good service! Keep riding! George P