Tallinn Private Shore Excursion
Duration: 6 hours, including free time
The capital of Estonia is well known for its beautifully preserved medieval old town, and no Tallinn shore excursion is complete without exploring the cobblestoned streets. In the first half of the tour we stroll through the centuries old area and discuss the significance of selected points of interest.
However, for Tallinners, life today revolves around work, culture, wellness and food, and most is happening outside of the old city walls. You will get a taste of the local life as we explore the areas that don’t usually feature on the standard Tallinn shore excursion routes.
…and the first place we go is Telliskivi –an area full of character, where Tallinn is undergoing some rather remarkable transformations. Learn how the district evolved from a forgotten industrial wasteland to the popular urban space it is today, brimming with eateries and local design shops. In addition, Telliskivi Loomelinnak is home to the highest concentration of creative industries in Tallinn.
You’ll have time here to take in the atmosphere while you enjoy lunch, or browse the local stores.
Then, Jüri will pick us up and the tour continues with a drive through Kalamaja neighborhood. One of the oldest areas of Tallinn, Kalamaja has seen many changes. From being a district where mainly fishermen lived during the Middle Ages, to a strategically important defensive zone and then a residential area for industrial workers, it has become a trendsetter.
The last stop of your private Tallinn shore excursion will be at Rotermanni Quarter: a car-free area similar to the Old Town when it comes to the density of historic buildings.
The tour ends with a drive back to the cruise terminal.
The total tour duration is 6 hours, including one hour and 30 minutes of free time
Tour language: English
Activity level: strenuous. The total walking distance is 4 km/ 2.5 miles, half of which is over cobblestone surfaces. This shore excursion is not suitable for people with mobility difficulties.
Tour price: 230 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.
8:45-9:00 private transfer to the Upper Old Town.
9:00-10:15 discover Toompea Hill on foot. The points of interest include Toompea Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, great view over the city from Kohtuotsa viewpoint and Long Leg street.
10:15-11:15 explore the vicinity of the Town Hall Square and some scenic side streets. The highlights include the Great Guild Hall, a passage where the history of Estonia is literally written on the pavement, a beautiful clock from 1684, the Town Hall Pharmacy, St. Nicholas’ Church, the Gothic Town Hall; the city wall with watchtowers, the Nunne Gate.
11:15- 11:40 your Tallinn private shore excursion continues with a walk through and a short stop at Balti Jaam Market– a historical site located just outside the old city walls that has been given a new life. Then, arrive to Telliskivi.
11:40-12:00 Get a brief insight into the doings of some of the NGOs and startups located at Telliskivi.
12:00-13:30 Free time at Telliskivi. Browse the design & lifestyle shops and have a delicious lunch at one of the eateries. A peek into what to expect:
13:30-14:00 Pickup. Hear the story of Kalamaja as we drive along the colorful streets of this neighborhood and stop for a while at the charming Port Noblessner.
14:00-14:35 Drive (5 minutes) to Rotermanni. We´ll stroll through the quarter and admire the eclectic mix of contemporary high-quality architecture and the rejuvenated 19th century industrial buildings.
14:35-14:45 drive to the cruise harbor
14:45 the tour concludes at the cruise terminal gate.
– Pickup and drop off at the cruise port exit gate
– private English-speaking tour guide services for the entire tour
– private one-way transfer in the morning and 1hr 15 minutes drive in the afternoon with Mercedes Viano minivan
Lunch is not included in the price of the tour.
We look forward to meeting you!