CANCELED: Kuressaare, Estonia 2021
Unfortunately, due to continuing uncertainty and the possibility that visitors from outside Estonia will need to quarantine, we have decided that the better part of wisdom is to cancel the Feast in Estonia for 2021. It appears obvious that God has decided not to place His Name there for the Feast this year. We look forward to the year 2022.
Kuressaare, Saaremaa, Estonia
Travel information and registration: Estonia is currently closed to foreign visitors, but there is reason to expect that the country will be open by Feast time. Updates will be posted at feast.ucg.org as they are released. Booking at the hotel does not require advance payment of any kind.
For a delightful, peaceful and safe European experience in 2021, consider keeping the Feast of Tabernacles on the Baltic island of Saaremaa. Estonia is located next to Russia and the other Baltic Republics near Scandinavia. Estonia has been largely transformed since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.
Estonia is now an economically developed modern country. The venue for the Feast is the highly rated Georg Ots Spa Hotel, located in a millennial setting in the coastal city of Kuressaare on the island of Saaremaa. Brethren from more than seven countries are usually expected, giving a great opportunity to share cultures and life stories of their unique calling 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 a modicum of English. There is usually someone nearby to translate conversations if necessary. No car is needed as there are nearby shops, restaurants and tourist attractions within easy walking distance of the hotel. Group visits to tourist sites are planned. If desired, taxis at reasonable rates are readily available.
Pamper yourself with massages and body treatments for an additional fee. Information about these available services, including costs, can be found on the hotel’s website at gospa.ee/eng.
Please indicate on your application if you are interested in attending the Day of Atonement service on Thursday, Sept. 16, weekly Sabbath services on Sept. 18, and weekly Sabbath services following the Feast on Oct. 2. It is anticipated that these will all be held in Tallinn. In addition, the medieval walled city of Tallinn (known as the city of Dan) is a very interesting city. If there is sufficient interest, we could sponsor a two-day tour of Tallinn on Wednesday and Thursday following the conclusion of the Feast on Tuesday.
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 about 16€ each way. Air flights with a limited schedule and limited luggage weight may also be available from Tallinn to Kuressaare twice per day on most days for 52€ round trip. The website for the commuter airline is saartelennuliinid.ee.
Excursions: A pre-Feast or post-Feast visit to the historic city of St. Petersburg, Russia, is a plane or train ride away. Prior arrangement for a visa to visit Russia is necessary.
Following services on opening night, a meet-and-greet champagne reception will allow everyone to get acquainted.
Pre-ordered buffet meals: A daily late afternoon group buffet meal designed specifically for our group and conforming to our dietary requirements will be served. Due to planning, ordering the meals in advance and accounting for the payments, we ask everyone to fully participate in these group dinners.
The total cost for the champagne reception, eight buffet dinners beginning Tuesday, Sept. 21, and ending with lunch on the Eighth Day, Sept. 28, plus a one-meal donation to assist those with limited tithe is 265€ ($318) per adult and 189€ ($227) for children age 6-12 (no charge for younger children). These prices include tax and tip.
Americans, please prepay your meals using U.S. dollars by check or money order made out to: “United Church of God – Estonia,” and send your meal check to: Johnnie Lambert, 562 Sing Sing Rd., Horseheads, New York 14845. All others may pay Hazel Lambert in cash (Euros or USD) at the Feast site, or else by bank transfer at the Feast site.
Please join us for a memorable and enjoyable Feast of Tabernacles!
For more information: Regarding charges for excursions, group meals and applications for the Feast, please email festival coordinator Johnnie Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (607) 796-2669.
Please register here on April 11 at 11 a.m.
Location of services: Conference room of the Georg Ots Spa Hotel.
All services will be in English with translation as needed.