The Onion Route is at an ideal distance from the university town Tartu – Alatskivi, the heart of the Onion Route, is just 40 km from Tartu. It could make a great one-day trip from the university town, but the Onion Route could also be visited on the way from Northern Estonia to Tartu, or alternatively one could take several days to explore the area. There are many things to see and lots of opportunities to get a hands-on experience of the local culture.
Visitors of the Onion Route can try their hand in different handicraft workshops and cooking classes preparing food from local produce. They can go on heritage tours, learn archery, conquer the lake with a narrow boat or under sails, or they can cover village streets or landscapes on scooters or kick sledges. It is also possible to try your hand at photography workshops or learn how to make a film – both ambulARToorium and Voronja gallery offer challenging workshops and exhibitions. In summer, the most pleasant way to enjoy the Onion Route is, of course, on a bicycle. In winter, however, we recommend experiencing first-hand the life of local fishermen – if you lack that fisherman’s gene, we have great fishing guides who take you onto the lake, make sure you have all the necessary equipment, teach and guide you with drilling a hole in the ice, during fishing, all the way to cooking a nice meal from the fish you caught. And, be it winter or summer, over here the evenings end in the sauna. There’s a choice of Finnish, Russian and smoke sauna on the Onion Route, just take your pick!