Olustvere–Suure-Jaani cultural tour

Olustvere and Suure-Jaani are of great interest for both culture and nature enthusiasts. The tour can be taken either by car or by bike.
The lovely Orion observatory is located near the beautiful Olustvere manor complex. On the way to Suure-Jaani, you will see the ancient stronghold of Estonians – the Lõhavere site of an ancient settlement, where the famous fortress of Lembitu was located. Suure-Jaani itself is known for a beautiful lake and the fact that its heart lies in music. Composers from the Kapp family and Mart Saar, well-known for choir music enthusiasts, are from here.
The highlight of the Suure-Jaani music festival dedicated to the Kapp family is the sunrise concert taking place in a bog.

Looking for exciting outdoor activities during your vacation? Central Estonia has great attractions just for you!
Packed with adrenaline, Türi Adventure Park has five trails, a barrel ride, and a watchtower. Põltsamaa WPark offers adventures on water and there is also a water town. Tipu Nature School takes you to magical Soomaa – here, you can get acquainted with the animal family and enjoy nature on the hiking trail (3 km).
Bring your family or friends and come on an adventure!
The tour is intended for travelling on your own.
Follow the opening hours and price lists of the objects on the websites.

Soomaa National Park between Viljandi and Pärnu is known for its primeval swamps, skiffs made of a single tree trunk, or haabjas, and unique suspension bridges. Spring floods are jokingly called the fifth season.

There are five large wetlands in Soomaa, also known as the capital of Estonian primeval nature. On the banks of the meandering rivers, you will find diverse river flood-meadows and wooded meadows. Additionally, you will also find exciting hiking trails, observation towers, and gorgeous sunrises or sunsets.

Below you will find recommendations that are definitely worth visiting on the day tour!
Come, discover, and enjoy the beauty of nature!

The oldest horse farm in Estonia, founded in 1856, is located in Tori, where Estonian and Tori horses are raised and bred to this day. In 2021, a museum with the exhibition "Tori's Attic" was opened in the renovated stables.

During the tour we will visit the museum, where we will get an overview of the history of horse breeding and the life of the locals, spiced with mystical events throughout the centuries. We then take a look at the horse stable and get to know the horses while taking a walk around the grounds.

Levikivi is located near the protected area of ​​Soomaa National Park. The key to which we firmly hold here is pure nature and a sustainable way of life, the continuation of traditions and the preservation of heritage culture.
We invite you to see what can be made from Estonian natural stone and how to use natural stone so that there is no production waste.
Visitors of the Tori and Soomaa region can enjoy a pleasant few hours touring our stonemasonry workshop if booked in advance.
We offer a coffee break for tour visitors and the craft shop is open to all.

Modern farm production and rich cultural heritage are combined at Piesta Kuusikaru Farm in Vändra forest in Pärnu County. The local family restored the farm that belonged to their entrepreneurial ancestors and they now welcome guests and showcase their small production: from making juice to creating a brand.
During the tour, we will explore the apple garden and apple house, where Piesta apple products are made (guests can also try them out). We will also tell exciting stories about the history of the farm – including stories about Papa Jannsen, Juhan Liiv, and Joosep Toots.
Visiting the farm (which is nearly 150 years old) during the ESTONIA 100 anniversary year is a perfect way to revisit the story of the formation of the Estonian nation.

On the bicycle tour, you will see beautiful architecture and get to know the roots of the Estonian people while cycling on tracks along the beautiful nature.

On the bank of River Pärnu, you will find the Pulli settlement, which is known to be the oldest settlement in Estonia. In the center of Tori, you will find the oldest studfarm in Estonia, a manor complex, and the Estonian Soldiers' Memorial Church. Additionally, you will find a mysterious cave – Tori Hell!
The biggest magnet of the tour is naturally Soomaa National Park, which attracts visitors with its diverse nature, various hiking trails, and a cosy visitors centre.

The expanded dugout boat has been an irreplaceable means of transport for locals who would not have been able to move otherwise during the floods that happen in the Soomaa area during the fifth season. Today, the historical boat has largely been replaced by cheaper canoes and boats, but some masters still teach the art of building them in the old style.Building an expanded dugout boat is brought to life at Saarisoo Farm in Soomaa. The 2–3-hour programme under the guidance of Aivar Ruukel includes an introduction to theoretical and practical elements of constructing such a boat. We will also go on a ride on the Navesti River.

Soomaa Turism MTÜ ühendab Soomaa turismipiirkonnas tegutsevaid ettevõtteid.

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