My husband and I are seriously thinking of coming to Estonia for about a week to 10 days at the end of May 2011. We would like to rent a car in order to see more of Estonia then just Tallinn. I'm a history buff and my husband loves the beauty of nature and national parks etc. We both enjoy riding bikes in the countryside. How many days would you stay in Tallinn versus exploring the rest of the country? Is 10 days too many to explore the country? Is this High tourist season yet?
Also, in looking at other posts on trip advisor, it indicates that not speaking Estonian or Russian in Tallinn is no problem as there are many english speaking people there. But...what about when you get away from the major towns...will there be a major language problem? We have visited other countries where we have not spoken the language and been able to manage just fine with gestures and a few key words. Would that be the same here?
If we come in late May...do we need to make reservations ahead of time throughout? Can we "wing it" or should every detail be planned? We have done trips both ways and there are advantages and disadvantages to both ways of travel.
If we are in the countryside...are there facilities for travelers like restaurants and rest stops? In reading some TA trip reports of traveling in the country side, people indicated that restaurants can be non existent to few and far between or hidden so that you can not find them. There was no mention of rest stops facilities? Do gas stations provide these facilities?
These questions may sound trivial and picky...but important to 60+ year olds who love to travel. thanks