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Tallinn: Half-Day Private Estonian Waterfalls


Half-Day Private tour from Tallinn to Estonian Waterfalls

Embark on a half-day private tour from Tallinn, granting a unique opportunity to explore beyond the city’s center. Discover the breathtaking Estonian countryside, where the Gulf of Finland meets the Baltic Sea, and marvel at stunning waterfalls. Delve into Estonia’s past with insights into typical 1970s to 1980s Soviet housing, enriching your journey with natural beauty and historical depth.

Timing: 10 am 
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: € 250 (Group of three)
Guide language: English, Russian
Pick-up: Your hotel in Tallinn
Vehicle Transport: 4×4, air-conditioned vehicle

What to expect on this private tour

On this half-day private tour from Tallinn, expect to be captivated by the natural beauty of Estonian waterfalls cascading down from limestone steps. 

Discover the renowned Keila Joa Waterfall, a site cherished by fishermen and noble knights, including Alexander von Benckendorff, founder of the Russian Empire’s first secret police. His neo-Gothic manor stands as a testament to history on the riverbank. 

Enjoy a scenic photo stop on a 40-meter-high cliff (131 feet), witnessing the stunning confluence of the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea. 

Journey through the quaint town of Keila and explore ancient, partly-ruined medieval monasteries, immersing yourself in the Middle Ages. 

Marvel at Jagala, the second waterfall on a historically significant river, and learn about Estonia’s evolving landscapes. 

Experience the waterfalls’ changing beauty across seasons—from powerful surges in spring and autumn to serene flows in summer, allowing for refreshing swims beneath the falls, to the mesmerizing ice formations in winter. 

The tour also offers insights into typical Soviet-era housing as you return to Tallinn, concluding with two to three hours of free time to traverse the old town’s cobblestone streets and hidden treasures.

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Key attractions to visit

Revel in Estonia’s beauty and historical intrigue on this half-day tour, which features majestic waterfalls, ancient ruins, and scenic countryside vistas.

Keila Joa waterfall

Keila Joa Waterfalls is a stunning natural spectacle in Estonia’s lush countryside. This majestic waterfall, cherished for its scenic beauty and historical significance, cascades gracefully over limestone steps. Keila Joa is a resourceful site for local fishermen and has served as a recreational spot for the nobility throughout history. Whether enveloped in the vibrant greens of summer or the icy embrace of winter, Keila Joa offers a picturesque escape into nature’s artistry.

Count Bonkendorf’s Manor House

Amidst the half-day private Estonian waterfalls tour, the striking presence of Count Bonkendorf’s manor house captivates visitors. From the outside, this neo-Gothic masterpiece showcases architectural elegance with its detailed façade, towering spires, and romantic embellishments. Nestled by the scenic Keila Joa Waterfalls, the manor’s historical aura and lush surroundings paint a picture of past grandeur, inviting imaginations to wander through Estonia’s rich cultural tapestry.

Keila town

The charming town of Keila emerges as a highlight of this private tour, offering a quaint glimpse into Estonian life. Known for giving its name to the enchanting river and nearby waterfalls, Keila presents a cozy, inviting atmosphere with its small-town vibe. You’ll witness the Estonian countryside, marked by traditional architecture, lush greenery, and a peaceful ambiance of Estonia’s rural beauty.

Rannmoisa cliff

The picturesque Rannamoisa cliff, standing 40 meters (131 feet) high, provides a breathtaking panoramic view where the vastness of the Gulf of Finland merges seamlessly with the Baltic Sea. It’s a moment of sheer natural beauty, inviting photographers and nature enthusiasts to capture the majestic landscape. The cliff’s elevation offers scenic views and unique perspectives on Estonia’s rugged coastline.

Jagala waterfall

Jagala Waterfall, a crown jewel encountered during the half-day private Estonian waterfalls tour, stands as Estonia’s highest natural waterfall. Cascading from the ancient riverbanks inhabited by Estonian tribes nearly 4,000 years ago, its waters unveil stories of the past. Jagala offers a distinct spectacle every season—from the roaring torrents of spring and autumn to the serene flows of summer, inviting a refreshing dip, to the ethereal ice sculptures of winter, captivating photographers and nature lovers.

Bronze age burials

Uncover the remnants of Estonia’s distant past through Bronze Age burials near the Jagala Waterfall. These ancient burial sites, dating back nearly 4,000 years, provide a poignant window into Estonia’s early inhabitants’ lives and spiritual beliefs. The discovery of these graves offers insights into the rituals, societal structure, and connection to the land of these ancient communities, enriching your journey with a deep sense of historical continuity and the enduring presence of human history.

Soviet housing

On the return journey of this guided tour, the stark, utilitarian architecture of Soviet-era housing unfolds before your eyes. These buildings, predominant from the 1970s to 1980s, showcase the typical Soviet prefabricated panel construction designed for mass habitation. Characterized by their functional simplicity and uniform appearance, they reflect the period’s social and economic ideologies, offering a glimpse into the everyday lives of citizens during Soviet rule in Estonia and marking a distinct era in the country’s urban development.

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Best time to visit Tallinn

Each season distinctly enhances the beauty of the Estonian countryside and waterfalls, making any time a good time to explore.

Spring (March to May) is a season of rejuvenation, perfect for witnessing the waterfalls’ full might, with a robust flow as the snow melts, revealing fresh, green landscapes. 

Summer (June to August) offers milder weather, ideal for those inclined towards outdoor activities and enjoying a refreshing swim near the waterfalls despite a gentler flow. 

Autumn (September to November) sees the return of the waterfalls’ vigor, complemented by the rainfall and the stunning palette of changing leaves, creating a photographer’s paradise.

Winter (December to February) transforms the waterfalls into a frozen spectacle, with ice formations and snow-covered landscapes offering a unique, serene beauty.

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