Kuressaare, Saaremaa, Estonia 2019
For a delightful, peaceful, and safe European experience, consider the 2019 Feast of Tabernacles on the Baltic island of Saaremaa. Estonia is located next to Russia and the other Baltic Republics and is near Scandinavia. Estonia has been largely transformed since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The crumbling ruins of failed collective farms still emphatically testify to the utter failure of Communism.
The Estonia of today is an economically developed modern country by multiple “first world” standards.
The venue for the Feast is the highly rated Georg Ots Spa Hotel (www.gospa.ee) located in a millennial setting in the coastal city of Kuressaare on the island of Saaremaa. Brethren from more than seven countries are expected, giving a great opportunity to share cultures and life stories of unique callings and survival.
Attendees stay in the same hotel and eat meals together, which offers time to fellowship and bond. Language is no barrier, as most people from the Eastern European countries speak some English. There is usually someone nearby to translate conversations when needed.
No car is necessary, as there are nearby shops, restaurants and tourist attractions within walking distance of the hotel. Group visits to tourist sites are planned. If desired, taxis at reasonable rates are readily available.
Following services on opening night, a meet-and-greet champagne reception will allow everyone to get acquainted.
A daily late-afternoon group buffet meal designed specifically for our group and our dietary requirements will be served. Due to the difficulty of planning the meals and accounting for the payments, we ask that everyone will please fully participate in these group dinners.
The total cost for the reception, eight buffet dinners beginning Monday, Oct. 14, and ending with lunch on the Eighth day, Oct. 21, plus a one-meal donation to assist those with limited tithe is 265€ (approx. $300) per adult and 176€ (approx. $198) for children age 6-12. These prices include tax and tip.
Pamper yourself with massages and body treatments for an additional fee. For additional information about these available services, you may go to the hotel’s website at www.gospa.ee.
Because of the overlap of the Feast with the Estonia school holiday, it is best to book the hotel prior to July 15. Hotel rooms after July 15 are on a space-available basis.
All services will be in English with translation as needed. In addition, we anticipate holding weekly Sabbath services on Oct. 12 in Tallinn. If there is sufficient interest, an Atonement service is also a possibility.
Travel information and registration: Most international visitors will fly to Tallinn, capital of Estonia. From Tallinn to Saaremaa is a four-hour comfortable coach ride (which includes a one-hour ferry crossing), allowing a view of the Estonian countryside. The bus ticket costs 16€ each way. Air flights with a limited schedule and limited luggage weight are also available from Tallinn to Kuressaare two times per day on most days for 52€ round trip. The website for the commuter airline is saartelennuliinid.ee.
If your schedule permits, touring the medieval city of Tallinn (known as the City of Dan) is a convenient opportunity.
Additional information about charges for excursions, group meals and applications for the Feast are available by emailing the festival coordinator, Tim Martens, at EstoniaFoT@gmail.com, writing to him at 2060 E. Highway 74, Elkins, AR 72727, or by calling or texting to 479-530-3770. Registration is required, and an email address is needed.
Please join us for a memorable and enjoyable Feast of Tabernacles!