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Vacation on Romantic Coastline

On the route of the one-or two-day bicycle tour of Oidremaa mansion are villages from the old times, buildings with a venerable history and awesome natural values. The most prominent of the stopover points is certainly the Soontagana stronghold surrounded by swamps. It is said that a very secret underwater path led to the stronghold, which could also be the reason that Soontagana was one of the last conquered bastions of the ancient Estonians.  Today the ancient castle hill is surrounded by a beautiful heritage of the cultural landscape - meadows, old farm sites and stone walls. In addition to a pleasant walk and beautiful views, await camping sites for visitors and a cabin for hikers. Among other exciting places worth mentioning are Nedremaa wooded meadow, the largest in Europe, and an ancient St. Michael’s church.  The first priest of St. Michael's church was allegedly Hendrik of Latvia and here he is supposed to have written his “Livonian Chronicle”. 

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Famous captains, vessel owners and builders of sailing ships made the small village of Kabli famous all over the world over 150 years ago. Here in the coastal villages from Häädemeeste to Ikla were built and launched some of the first long distance sailing ships. In Kabli village in the summer of 2011, the 150th anniversary of launching of the first Estonian, timber built, long distance sailing ship, the Markus was celebrated. In honor of this great anniversary and in memory of famous sailing ship owners and builders under the leadership of the Kabli Village Society, a wooden sailing vessel, a yawl was built in the Tartu Barge Yard.

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Kihnu cultural trip takes the visitor on a tour of the island of Kihnu. The means the transportation is not a boring tour bus; guests are going to be driven around in the open bed of a truck. The visitors become familiar with the island's sights, visit the museum and the church and in the end, an authentic Kihnu dinner awaits the guests. In addition to fish soup, warm oven smoked fish, Kihnu bread, fresh milk and pastry will be served. Those who have an interest to learn more of the everyday life of the island may take part in a folklore concert and go fishing with Kihnu fishermen at the crack of the dawn.

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To the wider world, the Kihnu island is foremost known by the work and activities of women. In order to remind us that the Kihnu men are also hard working and important carriers of the cultural phenomena, the Kihnu Marine Society has been established. Come to our house and get to know Sangevana, Pao Jõnn, Kihnu Jõnn and check out the works and doings of Kihnu men. Listen to lectures about the Marine Society and the shipping industry of Kihnu, explore the old ship building tools, craft for a souvenir your very own stone ship, listen to funny centuries old, shaggy seadog stories. Examine and gaze in amazement at the various types of old boats that have been manufactured by our home island ship and boat builders. In addition, observe the ongoing dynamic work to build the one-time Kihnu rock ship. The ship's name has already been selected - "Altärä" - iest ää, Kihnu lae tulõ, which means - get out of the way, the Kihnu ship is coming!

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This tour package will take guests for two days in Pärnu County to two beautiful and very exciting places: first to the Tõstamaa estate to explore the country gentry living in the past and enjoy the mysterious flavor left behind in the house in the present and, second to Kihnu with the sea and the sailors, boats and boat building and on top of everything a tiny bit of the local folklore.

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The Retro Bus Tour that starts from Pärnu and takes groups of 10-16 members on a ride to the Tõstamaa manor lands to discover the former life of the rural gentry. The vehicle is a wooden bus TA-6 from the year 1961, in which everyone feels himself moved back in time, not by years, but by decades. Hard seats and a decent background noise are guaranteed. The bus has a top speed of 75 km / h, and excitement is added to the jolly trip by the accompanying musician. The duration of the outing is approximately five hours and together with a guide the group will become familiar with the local nature and the sights, visit the Tõstamaa mansion and hold a picnic by the beautiful Tõhela Lake or on Kastna beach, near the ruins of the old mansion.

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On the Tõstamaa manor excursion, one can get acquainted to the history of one of the most beautiful manors of Pärnu County and a tour is made in the premises of the manor building. From 1921, the Post-Classical style mansion has hosted the local school. In 1997, during the renovation of the schoolhouse, unique ceiling murals were discovered in many rooms. In the oldest part of the house, the space underneath the mantle chimney has been preserved. The last baron of Tõstamaa estate was the scientist Alexander Stael von Holstein (1877 - 1937), who was born and raised in Tõstamaa and was a Professor of Sanskrit language and the Head of the Department of Beijing University.  After the excursion, young people are offered an opportunity to participate in the exciting orienteering game of the manor house.

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Among forests and bogs, in an Estonian farm named Sanga-Tõnise, is a small Russian style hut. If you get a peek, you are just like in a Russian village, where Yemelya is lying on top of the oven and munches on cookies and barankas, where porridge is cooking in the Russian oven, where samovar is smoking and rosy-cheeked maidens greeting guests please the eye.... The Russian hostess of the farm has been collecting Russian cultural history related artifacts for decades. The body of the display is composed of Russian National art "hohloma"; you can see and even try Russian folk costumes. Guests are treated to tea made in a genuine samovar and it is definitely accompanied by cookies, pies and barankas.

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Wandering around the Romantic Coastline, one can find a small museum in every larger village and in some places there are several of them. They essentially introduce the history and culture of their village and region. We recommend that the people wishing to visit a museum contact the hosts in advance.

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In a coastal village, there are often two churches - a Lutheran church and an Orthodox church. The reason lies in the fact that in the hope of receiving land, a large part of the coastal people one day changed their religion. Local churches are small and modest, but they are important local culture-bearers.

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