Estonia Tours

Estonia Tours

The Baltic region boasts an assortment of countries each unique in their own right. Estonia is no different. Located in Northern Europe, Estonia consists of a mainland and 2,222 islands and islets in the Baltic Sea. As a Finnic people, Estonians share a historical culture that is similar to Finland as it is a near neighbour to the north.

Semi-nomadic people have lived in Estonia since the end of the ice age nearly 13,000 years ago. At that time the country was covered with forests, with people gathering in communities near bodies of water surviving by hunting, gathering and fishing. During the Bronze age, Scandinavian and Germanic tribes inhabited the Estonian lands as evident by the remains of bronze...   Read More
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Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

The Baltic region boasts an assortment of countries each unique in their own right. Estonia is no different. Located in Northern Europe, Estonia consists of a mainland and 2,222 islands and islets in the Baltic Sea. As a Finnic people, Estonians share a historical culture that is similar to Finland as it is a near neighbour to the north.

Semi-nomadic people have lived in Estonia since the end of the ice age nearly 13,000 years ago. At that time the country was covered with forests, with people gathering in communities near bodies of water surviving by hunting, gathering and fishing. During the Bronze age, Scandinavian and Germanic tribes inhabited the Estonian lands as evident by the remains of bronze goods from this ancient period.

The Vikings included Estonia in their Baltic territory, followed by centuries of rule by the successive German, Danish, Swedish, and Russian empires. Estonia finally reached independence in 1990 after being annexed by the Soviet Union in the aftermath of WWII.

Estonia may be known as a country with sprawling coastlines, numerous rivers and 1400 lakes, however half of the country is covered in forests. A northern country with long nights and cold winters, the midnight sun and warmer summers have allowed for a rich ecosystem of abundant pine, spruce and birch trees.

Estonia tours concentrate on the elegant capital of Tallinn, which is located in the north of the country on the Gulf of Finland. Due to its strategic importance historically, Tallinn has been attacked, sacked, razed and pillaged on numerous occasions. Although extensively bombed by Soviet air forces during the latter stages of World War II, much of the medieval Old Town still retains its charm. The Tallinn Old Town became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1997.

The best way to explore Tallinn on our Estonia tours is by walking the numerous historical highlights. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which was built in the nineteenth century and dominates the Lossi Plats, and is an imposing testament to the Russian imperialist influence. Another religious building with important historical ties is the Dominican Monastery, which played an important role in bringing Christianity to Estonia. Estonia was Christianised in the 13th century but during the Reformation, Protestantism spread, and the Lutheran church was officially established in Estonia in 1686.

Continuing on with Estonia tours, stops include a visit to the Toompea Castle, a 13th century castle where the current parliament of Estonia holds its sessions. In the immediate area we will also visit the Toomkirik Lutheran cathedral, founded in 1233, with its impressive carved tombs inside.

Estonia is a country that often surprises visitors with its elegance. Tallinn's Old Town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is the major political, financial, cultural and educational center of Estonia. It is often thought of as extravagant in terms of antiquity. When seeing the parliament gather at the Toompea Castle, it is an amazing opportunity to how an ancient structure can still serve a purpose just as well today.

For a country that has seen so much invasion and subjugation so frequently from a multitude of foreign powers throughout its history, Estonia is in remarkably good shape. Time and again, Estonian borders have been traversed and most of its European neighbours have at one point or another attempted to conquer the Baltic nation with varying degrees of success. Scandinavian Vikings, Soviet Russians, Nazi Germans, Danes, Swedes, Poles and the Teutonic Knights are among the hosts of peoples who have ventured into Estonian territory over the ages, some holding dominion over the land and people for several centuries, and yet the independent Estonia of today displays very little physical scarring, considering its tumultuous history. In actual fact, parts of Estonia's urban and rural areas nowadays often gain worldwide recognition for being some of the best-preserved historic sites in Europe.