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Over hills and rivers of Haanja national park

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Route type: Centre based
Duration: 6 to 7 days

Total distance: 135 km / 84 miles

South-East Estonia is famous for its beautiful and massive forests. You will ride in many of them in the upcoming days. South-East Estonia has the biggest hills of Baltic states. There is located Haanja National park which has highest peak of Baltics. You can enjoy the hilly landscape of Haanja, incredible nature and heritage culture objects. Haanja Nature Park was established to preserve the landscape, wildlife and heritage of the Haanja area. The size of the protected area is 16,903 ha. The main part of the Nature Park is an about 15 sq km area, which is higher than 250 m above the sea level.You will ride also not too far from both - Russian border and border of Latvia.

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1569 EUR
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Day 1
Hardness: Very easy Experience: Beginner

Arrival and aqcuintance

Pick up at Riga airport and transfer all the way to South-East Estonia. Arrival to the Guesthouse and settling down. You will be accomodated in this Guesthouse for the next three nights. Safety briefing and introduction of the plan of the upcoming days.

Day 2
Hardness: Moderate Experience: Low intermediate

Cultural heritage route (30 km)

After introduction to the stables and excursion around You will start your riding in a village that used to be one of the most popular destinations for pilgrimiges in the 15th century. The castle ruins from the time are still standing there by the magical river of Piusa.

Lunch in a cozy teahouse in a small village of Tsiistre. We will also have a stop over in the Tsiistre museum.

We will ride through the curvy roads surrounded by forests in Haanja National park and will arrive in the guesthouse where sauna is already heated and dinner ready for us right after sauna and swimming.

 

Day 3
Hardness: Easy to moderate Experience: Low intermediate

Top of the hill route(22 km)

You will head to the highest peak of Estonia - Suur Munamägi. On the way you will enjoy the views and landscapes of Haanja National park. You will ride to the second highest peak of Estonia - Vällamägi which is known for having the oldest forest in Estonia and is situated next to the oldest moor in the area.

We will have lunch in a cafe by the Suur Munamägi hill and visit the watch tower/museum.

Heading back to the Guesthouse to enjoy sauna, dinner and rest.

 

Day 4
Hardness: Easy to moderate Experience: Low intermediate

Diverse route to the new place (27 km)

After discovering mostly the southern part of the Haanja National Park now you will ride through the northern part of the park. Yoou will go by the Kavadi lake - famous for its beauty. Riding through the small villages of the area will give you the chance to observe the life of the locals.

We have a chance to have lunch in a small family based goat farm, which is famous for their delicacy cheese.

We will continue the day on a 1000- years old trading route, nowadays just a remote village road, towards our Organic farm - the home of the horses.

By now you have probably noticed that Estonians are huge fans of Sauna. So Sauna will be heated also in your new accomodation place where you will spend another 3 nights.

Day 5
Hardness: Moderate Experience: Low intermediate

Exploring another culture of locality (30 km)

We will get acquainted to the district of Setu which is located on the right shore of the Piusa river. People in this district are called the Setus. They are a little nation who speak the Setu diallect, similar to the Estonian language. Their culture, traditions and religion differ from the Estonians.

Piusa River is known as the fastest flowing river in Estonia. The surface of the valley of the Piusa river is mainly sandy which makes it perfect to ride on.

You will have lunch in one of the most important villages in the Setu district - Obinitsa. It was the Finno-Ugric capitol of culture in 2015. You will have a traditional Setu meal followed by a visit to the local art gallery and museum.

After the visits to Obinitsa we will take a route through some little Setu villages and lovely landscapes. You will notice the dirrefence between the atmosphere and style of the Setu villages compared to the Estonian ones you passed in the previous days.

Day 6
Hardness: Easy to moderate Experience: Low intermediate

Magic of Puutlipalo forests (26 km)

Today you will ride in the magical forests of Puutlipalo. The locals say that even one visit to Puutlipalo forests will turn one into a better and more positive person.

We will have a picnic in the forest and visit a remote wooden church called Puutli. It was built in 1935 by 9 families who were deported to Estonia for work. Since the second World War the church has been preserved by the help of the locals but has not been in active use. Its once famous interior has unfortunately not preserved, but the church itself and the graveyard next to it are a unique sight.

Its time to have the last ride back home on our equine partners and say goodbye to the horses and the beauty of the South-East Estonia.

Day 7
Hardness: Very easy Experience: Beginner

Estonia - Rīga transfer

Transfer back to the airport or Riga city after the breakfast.

Essential information

What is included in price?

Pick up and transfer from Riga airport (port, railway, central bus station)
All inland transfers
Accommodation (double, twin and triple rooms)
Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Guide and assistance during all your stay
Horses with saddles and riding equipment
Rent of a helmet (wearing is mandatory)

What is NOT included in price?

Any flights, ferries and other transport to Baltics are not included in price
Additional meals or snacks others than mentioned above are not included in price
Any alcoholic drinks are not included in price
Entrance fees to museums (except if specially mentioned in route program that is included in the price)
Any other services that is not mentioned in “What is included in price?” list

Other useful information about wearing and what to bring you can find in Good to Know section of our website.