TLL-029 - Paldiski Private & Countryside Drive#Day trips
Discover the natural beauty of Estonia’s north east coastal region during our half day countryside tour.
Tour price per adult:
|Price per 1 person
|Price per 1 person
- 4h private guide services
- 4h private tour vehicle
- Stops at Keila-Joa Waterfall, Padise Monastery, coastal cliffs and other beautiful nature sites
- Coffee break (pastry, water, coffee/tea)
- Padise manor entrance ticket
- Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price.
Meet & greet at cruise port/hotel followed by drive to Paldiski with stops at Türisalu Cliff and Keila-Joa Waterfall
Paldiski sightseeing tour
Drive to Padise
Padise Monastery & Manor visit including coffee break
Drive back to Tallinn
Children’s Discounts: 3-year-old and under are free, 15% discount for ages 4-12.
A language supplement of 10 Eur/h is added for tours in Chinese, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Japanese, Korean, Dutch and Turkish language. This supplement will be added to the tour rate published.
Please note driver-guide services may be used for groups up to 5 persons.
- Fools Land
- Beautiful views from coastal cliffs over Baltic Sea
- Türisalu Coastal Cliff
- Keila-Joa Waterfall
- Keila-Joa Manor
- Paldiski Lighthouse & Old Railway Station
- Peter the Great´s Unfinished Sea Fortress
- Padise Monastery & Manor House
Enjoy spectacular views from a top coastal cliffs and explore the magic of Estonian second largest waterfall. See historical manor estates and the medieval monastery ruins at Padise. Find out how Paldiski, once a key military base of the Russian empire and the Soviet Union has transformed.
The road to Paldiski, a small coastal town with a long and colorful history, offers visitors a few unexpected surprises along the way. The landscape along this stretch of coastline is stark and yet hauntingly beautiful.
We will drive by a small community, where many of the nouveu rich of the current Republic built splendid houses to show off their new found wealth. In a bid to outdo each other, these homes were constructed with over sized impractical designs. Towers and turrets were added in an attempt to make their houses look like castles or manor estates. After the first few winters, there were hard lessons to be learned living on these unserviced lots. Today you can still see homes that were abandoned or never completed. Estonians named this place „Fools Land” and for good reason.
A breathtaking view of the Baltic sea is offered at our next stop where the coastal cliff first climbs to its highest point. See the stunning limestone cliffs at Türisalu and Pakri. Türisalu klint is one of the most impressive natural objects on the Northern Estonian limestone coast. A 31-meter high platform of the Türisalu klint with its romantic sea views and easy access offers a breathtaking panorama of the sea and Vääna-Jõesuu beach below.
The beautiful Keila-Joa park, which we will visit next, is home to the second largest waterfall in Estonia. Once it also provided water power for the Keila-Joa manor next door. The remnants of a once splendid Neo-Gothic manor house still stand as witness to an era when Baltic Germans ruled as land barons. Today, this waterfall provides hydro electric (green energy) to about 1,000 homes. The park is popular with Newlyweds who come here to continue an age old tradition of symbolically locking their hearts together. When you see the bridge over the Keila river, you will know how they do this.
We finally arrive at Paldiski which has a recorded history that dates back to the early 1300’s. This sea port town, whose deep waters remain open even during the cold winter months is one of the rare access points for large ships along the Estonian coastline. For this reason it has always been a key military target and defensive position for many invading forces throughout history. See the site of Peter the Great’s unfinished sea fortress, the original lighthouse and some old houses which lie precariously close to the edge of the crumbling cliff and are soon expected to fall in to the sea. See the original railway station built to serve on Estonia’s first railway line from Paldiski to St Petersburg.
The main military activity in Paldiski was as a training center for submarine crew members. Two large submarine mock-ups with nuclear reactors were installed here in the 1960s. It was the largest facility in the whole of the Soviet Union at the time.
We will also admire the 18th century historic mansion housing at Padise Manor complex. Today a boutique hotel and restaurant in the countryside with a large terrace facing the Padise Monastery ruins. The history of the von Ramm family at the estate begins when King Gustav Adolf II of Sweden granted the Padise monastery ruins and surrounding land to Thomas von Ramm as a gift in the 17th century.
On the return drive towards Tallinn, we will also pass the city of Keila.
A day trip to Pakri peninsula on which Paldiski sits is worth visiting for its striking natural beauty and unique Cold War heritage.
Reviews of our tours
Hallo, die Tour heute war perfekt. Viele grüße an Karmen und Alias. Und vielen Dank für den schönen Tag.
Our tour guide, Hanno was very knowledgeable and he told us about the history and stories behind the all places we visited. He also very patiently answered all our questions about everything, from life under the soviet rule to Estonian customs. The tour was very well organised and all the places we visited were expecting us, and the 4 hours flew by. I can highly recommend this tour with Estonian Experience and Eva-Maria.
More detailed overview and photos of the tour in a blog Diary of a Tourist.