A very nice day trip in a small bus, which I did together with 7 others, plus the guide, Mart, who was not only most friendly and pleasant but also extremely knowledgable, and able to give good answers to all the questions we threw at him ! A highlight of the day trip was the excellent meal we enjoyed at the museum ( !! ) in Käsmu - lovely salmon and potato ; it couldn't have tasted any better and there was even some cake afterwards, all for only 8 Euros a head ( i.e. for the food ; the tour cost 49 Euros per person ). For that we were also treated to a short guided tour of the boat & ship museum next door, which contains many interesting maritime artefacts, as used during the last hundred years or more.
The coastline with all the forest is unspoilt and lovely, and very well worth experiencing. The bogland too was interesting ; and Mart's knowledge of natural history provided us with everything else we needed to know ! The tour is to be HIGHLY recommended, in every way !!
My parents and I joined the day trip on Sunday the 10th of March 2013. All of us, are not the museum types, so we figured out that this would be a great way to see a bit outside of Tallinn, and get a bit more of the Estonian culture and history by means of a local guiding us around. This tour was definitely the high light of our trip (although Tallinn is gorgeous!!!). Nevertheless, you have no idea of the beauty of the countryside unless you go out of the city. Our tour guide (I hope I spell it correctly) Tarmo, took us to different places including the Jagala waterfalls, an old Russian Submarine base, and to the old maritime town Kasmu where we visited the old captain’s school (now a museum which is run by great people) and walked across the Baltic Sea to one of the Islands. Furthermore we got to try out one typical Estonian tradition: swinging on a group swing. Besides that Tarmo did not have a fixed time plan, which also left open some time for flexibility! Yes, this tour is very recommendable!! Thank you!
Went on 29th december 2012 with my niece.
Enjoyed every minute of the tour: it gets more and more adventurous as you keep seeing absolutely stunning landscapes.
Excellent guide, plenty of explanations given and not banal or standard touristy info.
Went to Lahemaa National Park on 2nd November, thoroughly enjoyed it! Best decision we made on holiday to book the tour to see more of Estonia than just the capital city. Tour was really relaxed and Mart our guide was a really nice guy and informative. I think my friend was rather fond of the Red Setters at the lunch stop!! Fantastic day out and I would recommend this company to anyone who goes to Tallinn! :D Thank you again Mart!
Recently went on a day trip to Lahemaa with our excellent guide Tarmo. I would recommend anyone visiting Tallinn to do this, as it really showed areas of Estonia off the beaten track. Absolutely brilliant especially the submarine base and the bog walk. Tarmo was fantastic, explaining about life in Estonia and the places we visited in depth. Thanks
After having spent a few amazing days in the stunningly beautiful city we wanted to get away to the countryside.
We went on the Laheema National Park day trip with Cody. It was definately worth going! He is full of knowledge, cool stories and the whole tour is a bit away from the usual routes!
Nature is just amazing in this tiny country.
Highly recommend the Bike Tours as well!
First, we did the Laheema Tour and enjoyed it so much, that we decided spontaneously to book a second trip to the West Coast. We had different tour guides (Kaur to the West Coast and Cody to Laheema) which we both felt, were absolutely enthusiastic about their jobs and, we spent two great days in beautiful Estonian nature with them and we received first hand impressions of the "story behind the scenery" - in every respect and as much as we could bear in just a few hours.... Thanks a lot you guys - your performance is excellent and far beyond the tourist standard !!
Edeltrud & MIchael, Germany
Con mio marito e mio figlio di 8 anni, abbiamo partecipato al Lahemaa National Park Tour il 21 Agosto 2012 con la guida Cody ed un ragazzo tedesco. Tutto veramente fantastico: la tempistica, l'organizzazione, i luoghi visitati, la guida, il cibo (WOW), il tempo (pare che quando portano visitatori in tour ci sia sempre il sole o che smetta di piovere quando scendono dal minivan!!). Se vi recate a Tallinn, andate a trovarli assolutamente!
really really good. only took this day trip, which i considered as the "tourist option", due to lack of convenient public transport connections, but it was worth every penny. there's no way you could do so much in one day relying on buses or even driving yourself without being accompanied by a local.
the guide (?)cody was great, very knowledgable and interesting, we were surprised to hear he'd only been doing it for a month, it seemed like he had years of experience and knowledge.
all the stop-offs were interesting, varied and stunningly beautiful, and swimming in the bog was AMAZING.
and the vegetarian lunch option - delicious!
recommend 100 percent!
My girlfriend wanted to check out nature, so we did the National Park day trip. We got the nature, all right . . . forests, the sea, and an intriguing walk through a mire . . . but we got much more. The guide, an extremely articulate and intelligent young man named Kaur, gave brilliant lessons in Estonian history and culture. The key is sitting up in front during at least part of the day trip and peppering him with questions. Kaur boasts an original, precocious, and uncompromising intellect, and based on some of his remarks about the other guides, I suspect they are also of high caliber. There is even an adventurous walk through of an abandoned Soviet submarine installation.
If you really want to learn about Estonia, rather than just walk along the pretty streets of Tallinn, this tour is absolutely essential.
we bought the lahemaa national park and western coast, it was a great day thans to our special and pleasant guide MART !
we have a wonderful remind of our vacation
I did the Lahemaa National Park tour on the 27th April 2012. It was a most enjoyable experience. Tallinn is beautiful but I wanted to see the Estonian countryside and this tour was ideal. First of all the guy in Tallinn Travellers was very helpful in getting me on the tour. In the course of the tour we saw an abandoned hydroelectric station, a beaver dam, two different manor houses, saw huge boulders on the seashore, moved there by glaciers in the last the Ice Age and visited an interesting Maritime Museum at Kasmu. In the museum our guide was a local guy with a great sense of humour. There also we had lunch where the smoked salmon was the most delicous that I have ever tasted. An interesting feature for me here also was the still standing watchtower form the Soviet era.
Then we visited a former top secret Soviet submarine facility. Then it was on to a beautiful bog which we walked through on timber planks to get to a viewing platform from where the beautiful bog landscape was spread out under our feet. Some of the trees growing there are very low - I thought that they had recently been planted but our guide Johanna explained that everything there is natural and the slow growth of the trees on the softer parts of the bog was due to lack of nutrients in the soil. Then it was on to the magnificent Jagala Waterfall. As it was spring there was a powerful flow of water due to meltwater. It was most impressive. I have put up some photos from the day on Picasa. As my camera battery was running low I didn't take so many photos early in the day in case the battery failed. Here is a link to my photos https://picasaweb.google.com/105173201478538584188/LahemaaNationalParkEstoniaEesti
Finally a word about our guide for the day Johanna. She was excellent. She conducted the tour at a pace that suited us - we never felt rushed at any site. In the course of the day I learned a lot about Estonia and Estonians from her. Her love and pride in her native Estonia was was evident throughout the day and I found her insights on recent Estonian history to be very interesting. In the course of a long day's guiding and driving her spirits never flagged. And what a careful driver she is - stopping and zig zagging on a forest road to avoid frogs - I even learnt the Estonian word for frog from her! She is one of the best guides that I have ever come across.
To sum up I had a wonderful day on this tour and you won't be disappointed if you choose to go on it.
We had a very exciting and entertaining trip through the national park and a delicious salmon-lunch at Kasmu Maritime Museum. Your guide Johanna told us a lot of interesting stories about the Estonians, their history and the nature. In the evening she even dropped us at the harbour, so we could reach our ferry to Helsinki - super kind and very flexible!
When we first saw advertising posters of tours offered to Lahemaa national park, we didn't even think about doing one. After a few days we had to admit that it is quite difficult, if not impossible, to get to Lahemaa national park without a private vehicle. So we decided to do this trip.
Mart was our guide and showed up in a very good mood in the morning to pick us up. He was very friendly the whole day, brought us to beautiful places and told us a lot about Estonia. We felt like having a local friend showing us the best places of Lahemaa. Without him we could never have found all the places.
One of the highlights was the Kasmu Maritime Museum, run by an Estonian family who served us an amazing lunch and guided us through the museum. Also scenic walks and spectacular nature views we had - all that accompanied in a group of 4 persons, very flexible and individual.
Thank you Mart for this amazing trip!!
We made a trip to Lahemaa National Park with Johanna and Kaur as guides. Both were very good in their friendliness and politeness. My wife and I were in the mini-bus with Johanna who was very informative and helpful. The walk across the bogs on snow covered boards was a unique experience. The salmon lunch was very tasty and certainly welcome by 2pm.. The museum was both fascinating and amusing. We had a most enjoyable day. Thank you.
Sorry its taken so long to write the review but things got back to normal very soon after we got back to England (Rush Rush) . This was our first visit to Estonia and to the wonderful capital ciy of Tallin. My wife(Rosie)and myself (Rob) were lucky enough to have what we considered to be a private tour as we were the only two people taking part with our very knowledgable tour guide (Kalev). who spoke in very good English, Our tour was on a cold cloudy day on November12th 2011 just after the football match against Ireland(sorry Kalev)and were taken by car for the full 7 hours around the Western Coast and Paldiski. Our guide kept us very well informed of the history and pointed out spots you would not normally see on any other tour.I think he was quite embarassed when we got to the lagoon/prison only to find the gates were shut and locked the only disapointment to a fantastic well planned tour. We will both recomend the tour to friends who might be going to Tallin in the future. Wondered if you still had the photographs you took of us to send on e-mail to show our friends of our day out. We gave you e-mail address on the day..
Many thanks again keep up the good work