Day tour to Seto area

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100 EUR

The day tour takes you to Setomaa - a wonderful border area between Estonia and Russia. The tour is a journey through the well-preserved traditional culture of the Seto people, enjoying the diverse nature, rich culture, intriguing history and the colorful local people.

Duration: 8 hours
    Available in
  • Estonian,
  • English
Tour by Helen
Local

I have lived in Tartu since I became a student here in mid-90ies. I have studied Geography and worked as an editor of a nature magazine, as well as a freelance writer and editor. My hobby, or a side-job, but actually my favourite job is guiding people around: in Tartu, but mostly in wonderful South-Estonia (mostly Setomaa and Võrumaa).

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Highlights

  • OBINITSA MUSEUM: DRESS UP A S SETO
  • “SAATSE BOOT”: DRIVE THROUGH RUSSIA
  • SETO LEELO, THE TRADITIONAL POLYPHONIC SINGING
  • TRADITIONAL SETO FOOD AT ONE OF SETOMAA’S COZIEST DINING SPOTS

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Description

Setomaa is located about 1 hour drive from Tartu and is thus a perfect day destination.
Setomaa, lying on the border of East and West, is the hidden cultural pearl of Estonia, and the whole Northern Europe. The conservative culture of Setos does not reveal itself on its own. Take some time and a local guide to really connect to the culture. Get to know the history and culture of Setos at the local farm museum. Drive through the “Saatse boot” – section of Russian Federation en route. No visa required! Meet a local entrepreneur who shares his story. Witness the transformation as a group member is dressed up in the Seto national costume at the Obinitsa museum or make yourself your own souvenir in block-printing technique. You'll also hear some Seto Leelo – the traditional polyphonic singing tradition of Setos that is enlisted on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. And of course, try some delicious traditional food!
Be mesmerized by the beauty of the traditional costumes and abundant silver jewelry of the Seto women, by the unique singing tradition, the hospitality of the locals and the intriguing history of the Seto people.

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What’s included & not included

  • Enthusiastic local guide providing expert commentary
  • Entrances to and programs at the museums
  • Transport
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Lunch - can be bought at the spot

Meeting point

anywhere in the city center, your accommodation etc

Book from 
100 EUR
  • Full refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the tour
  • No booking fees
  • Pay by credit card or PayPal

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