Private shore excursion
Duration 6 hours
History? Cultural insights? Cuisine? Medieval interiors? Residential areas? This Tallinn full day tour ticks all the boxes on the checklist.
We meet you at the cruise harbor to begin the 2-hour driving, including enough time off the minivan in different neighborhoods on the way.
First, we head to Kalamaja- a wooden houses area admired by many locals, home to the architecturally unique Seaplane Harbor and the notorious Patarei Sea Fortress-Prison.
Then, the route takes us through the modern city center; and some Soviet style architecture before making our way to the picturesque Kadriorg Park and a lovely palace from 18th century which was built as a summer residence for the Russian Empress, Catharine the 1st.
We continue to the Song Festival Grounds, a place of importance to Estonian culture, both as the centre of the 1980s independence movement and as the venue to the National Song Festival.
The next stop is the ruins of St. Bridget’s Convent- one of Tallinn’s more fascinating historic sights beyond the Old Town, located on the shore of Pirita River, and show you different types of private homes and garden designs in Pirita neighborhood.
A seaside drive takes us back to the city center. Here, we stroll through a small, unconventional former industrial landscape and then reach to Toompea to conclude the driving section of the tour.
Tallinn Old Town consisted of two separate districts for a long time: Toompea Hill and the lower town. You learn about the difference between the two areas and a lot more…
We start the walking tour from the hill, covering more than 800 years of almost unbelievable history, packed with fascinating stories as well as laughs. After seeing the main sights in Toompea (listed below) and optional visits to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Mary’s Cathedral, we descend to the narrow streets of lower Old Town.
We stop for lunch at one of the handpicked restaurants highly rated both for their delicious dishes and for the historical background of the buildings. You will be provided with 3 restaurant choices at the time of booking, together with menus and links to the websites. A great local lunch makes the day absolutely perfect.
Thereafter, the tour continues of foot. The colorful medieval merchants´ houses, hidden courtyards and blooming window boxes all makes for great photos, as we wander around at a leisurely pace. Tallinn Old Town is truly a place worthy of the word picturesque.
Highlights on the walking route include stories about and introductions to the Gothic Town Hall, Town Council´s Pharmacy (interior visit), Great Guild Hall, Viru Gates and more (full list is given below).
After approx. 40 minutes of free time for browsing on your own at St. Catherine’s Arts and Crafts Center or in other shops nearby, we drive you back to the cruise harbor.
Kalamaja neighborhood; Seaplane Harbor; Patarei Sea Fortress-Prison; modern business center; Soviet architecture; National Opera; Freedom Square; Kadriorg Park and Palace; Presidential Palace; KUMU Art Museum; Song Festival Grounds; Toompea Castle; St. Mary’s Cathedral; Alexander Nevsky Cathedral; Viewing platforms; Tall Hermann; Fat Margaret; Danish King´s Garden; St. Nicholas´ Church; Great Guild Hall; Town Hall and the Town Hall Square; Town Council´s Pharmacy; town wall; St. Catherine’s Passage …and quite a lot more
Duration 6 hours:
00:00- 02:00 visiting different neighborhoods of Tallinn by minivan/bus
02:00- 03:00 walking tour in Toompea (= the upper Old Town)
03:00- 04:20 lunch break
04:20- 05:10 walking tour in lower Old Town
05:10- 05:50 free time for shopping
05:50- 06:00 drive back to the cruise harbor
€280 for a group of 1-2 people
€300 for a group of 3-5 people
€350 for a group of 6-10 people
All stated prices are per private group, not per person.
– Pick-up at the cruise harbor
– Private English speaking tour guide for 6 hours
– All visits according to the program
– Private transportation and professional driver for 2h- driving tour and for the return transfer
Lunch is not included in the price of the tour. We provide you with 3 restaurant choices at the time of your inquiry/booking. Prices of soups range from €4-6; main courses from €8-16 and beer/wine from €3.50-4.50.
Are you interested in this tour in German? Please check it out: Tagesausflug in Tallinn
The same tour is also available in Spanish: Excursión de día completo en Tallin
We wish you a fascinating Baltic Sea cruise and hope to see you in summer 2017!