Tallinn is one of the best-kept secrets in Europe. This stunning romantic and fun city is only two and half hours from London, with direct flights from Gatwick. One of the most romantic destinations in the Baltic States, the historical Estonian capital of Tallinn offers a spectacular backdrop for a short pre-Christmas shopping trip and when there, the perfect place to stay is the Schlössle or St Petersburg Hotels. Located in the centre of Tallinn's Old Town, these beautiful 5-star boutique hotels provide the ideal base from which to discover the history and culture that permeates every local street.
At this special time of year in the depths of winter the hotels take on an especially festive air, swathed with traditional wreaths of holly and ivy, while a magnificently adorned Christmas tree light up there hallway. Mulled wine and homemade gingerbread will be served to guests on arrival, and those staying on Christmas day can enjoy the traditional Estonian Christmas meal of goose and sausages in the hotel's restaurant. We will also give you a list of all of the other stunning restaurants, bars and clubs for those wanting a more lively weekend in order to make your stay truly memorable. During December, a Christmas market is set up nearby in the Town Hall Square, an event organised by The Schlössle Hotel's owners. It's a perfect opportunity to take home unusual local handicrafts such as sweaters, glassware or paintings, while indulging in Estonian food and drink.
The market - complete with huge Christmas tree, a candy-house, even a scattering of sheep - brings the real spirit of Christmas to the heart of the city and includes street entertainers, blacksmiths and woodcarvers. Given Tallinn's latitude it's almost guaranteed to be a snow-capped experience.
Special Places is offering stunning three night stay for the price of two with breakfast at these delightful hotels from 1st December 2003 to 29th February 2004, including a romantic candlelit dinner, daily sauna, and a private guided tour of Tallinn:
Schlossle Hotel £390 per person including direct flights.
St Petersburg Hotel £375 per person including direct flights.
- The price is per person direct flights with Estonian Air from Gatwick to Tallinn, two or three nights sharing a double deluxe bedroom, including breakfast each day, in your room if you prefer, a candlelit dinner, guided tour of Tallinn, and transfers from the airport to the hotel on arrival.