Private Shore Excursion
Duration: 5 hours and 30 minutes, including free time
This private tour of Tallinn is crafted for those seeking to spend a couple of hours away from the crowds in quiet, leafy areas, whilst also visiting the city’s main landmarks.
where you will discover the classic sights in Kadriorg Park, stroll in a highly valued neighborhood of wooden houses and visit the impressive ruins of St. Bridget´s Convent on the bank of Pirita River.
From the comfort of the A/C minivan you will also explore an area of private homes in Pirita-Merivälja district. Getting off the regular tour routes is something you really should do in Tallinn to appreciate its diversity.
You can inspect the legendary „sprat-can silhouette” of the town from across the bay of Tallinn while we head to the old city.
Then, we set off on foot through the historic streets.
…we put the spotlight on key buildings and events. You will learn about the distinction between Toompea Hill and the Lower Town, and how Toompea started to develop into the centre of authority as early as 13th century.
We’ll take a look at where the Danish flag Dannebrog, the oldest continuously used national flag supposedly was introduced. The tour route also takes you past St. Mary´s Cathedral, the oldest church in the city.
The last half an hour, we focus on the vicinity of the Town Hall Square and touch upon the significance of trade in Estonia. Tallinn established its international reputation in the Middle Ages as one of the leading commercial centers on the trading route between Western Europe and Russian territories. The Lower Town is rich in its charming merchants’ houses, public spaces and original street network.
Your private Tallinn tour terminates at Vene street, where you will find a variety of handicraft shops, open artists´ studios and cafes. Treat yourself with a glass of wine and take in the atmosphere…
After some free time, the driver will take you back to the cruise ship terminal.
The total tour duration is 5 hours 30 minutes: 4 hours and 15 minutes of guided sightseeing, followed by an hour of free time and the transfer to the harbor.
Tour language: English
Activity level: medium. The total walking distance is 2.9 km/ 1.8 miles, half of which is over cobblestone surfaces. This private Tallinn tour is not suitable for people with mobility difficulties.
Tour price: 250 euros for a group of 1-5 people. NB! The price is per private group, not per person.
NB! Actual start time will be agreed with you and depends on the cruise ship arrival time, as well as your preferences. This is a sample schedule:
8:00 the cruise ship arrives
8:45 meet and greet at the cruise terminal exit gate, which is located approx. 300 meters/0.2 miles/ 8-9 minutes relaxed walking from the ship. The cruise terminal exit gate is the meeting point for the independant operators.
8:45-8:55 drive to Kadriorg
8:55-10:00 in Kadriorg neighborhood. The highlights include: a short walk along the characteristic streets of wooden houses; Kadriorg Palace and its garden; the Office of the President of Estonia; the Swan Pond.
10:00-10:40 drive (10 minutes) to Pirita. Explore the ruins of St. Bridget´s Convent.
10:40-11:10 panoramic drive in the area of private homes in Merivälja. Other points of interest along the way include the Song Festival Grounds and Maarjamäe Palace (passing by). Then, drive to the Upper Old Town, where the bus service ends.
11:10-12:10 take in the highlights of Toompea Hill: the Dome Cathedral, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle, memorable vistas over the city from Kohtuotsa Viewpoint, the Danish King’s Garden and the city wall.
12:10- 13:00 in the Lower Old Town. Take a look at the impressive Gothic Town Hall; the Town Hall Pharmacy; St. Nicholas’ Church; medieval merchants’ houses and St. Catherine’s Passage.
13:00 the guided walk concludes at Vene street
13:00-14:00 free time
14:00- 14:15 pickup at Vene street. Our driver will transfer you back to the cruise terminal.
14:15 your private tour of Tallinn concludes at the cruise terminal gate
– Pickup and drop off at the cruise port exit gate
– private English-speaking tour guide services
– private vehicle (Mercedes Viano minivan) and driver for the 2.5-hour driving portion in the morning and for the return transfer at the end of the tour
– Entrance fee to the ruins of St. Bridget´s Convent
We look forward to meeting you!