Tallinn shore excursion

Small group of max 12 participants
Duration: 5 hours and 40 minutes, including free time
Tour price: 60 euros/per person

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 found in the bustling sector.

However, for Tallinners, life today revolves around work, culture, wellness and food, and most of it is happening outside of the old city walls. You will really connect with the city and its people, when we take you around some of the areas that don’t usually feature on the standard Tallinn shore excursion routes.

We visit three distinctive areas…

…and the first place we go is Telliskivi –an area full of character, where Tallinn is undergoing rather remarkable transformations. Learn on this Tallinn shore excursion 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. We will give you a brief insight into the doings of some of the NGOs and startups located at Telliskivi.

Following this, you’ll have time here to take in the atmosphere while you enjoy lunch, or browse the local stores and hunt down some treasures.

After a pick-up, the tour continues with a drive through Kalamaja neighborhood. One of the city´s oldest areas 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, this area is now a trend-setter.

The final stop of the Tallinn shore excursion is at Rotermanni Quarter, an area similar to the Old Town when it comes to the density of historic buildings. See marvellous results of the challenges of preserving the industrial heritage from 19th century in the face of (re)development as we visit the car-free area. 

The tour ends with a return transfer to the cruise terminal.

Tour details:

The total tour duration is 5 hours and 40 minutes, 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. The shore excursion is not suitable for people with mobility difficulties.
Group size: maximum of 12 people                                                            

Tour itinerary, highlights and walking distances:

 NB! Actual start time will be given in our response to your request. In most cases, the tour departs 60 minutes after the ship´s arrival.

8:00 the cruise ship arrives

8:40- 8:55am gathering time for the Tallinn shore excursion. We will meet you right outside the cruise terminal exit gate, which is located approx. 300 meters/0.2 miles/8-9 minutes walking from the ship. The cruise terminal exit gate is the meeting point for the independant operators.

9:00am the tour leaves

9:00-9:15 drive to the Upper Old Town

9:15-10:25 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. 

10:25-11:30 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.

11:30- 12:00 the Tallinn 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 purposefully been given new life. Then, arrive to Telliskivi. 

12:00-12:20 learn about Telliskivi Creative City

12:20-13:45 Free time in Telliskivi. Browse the design & lifestyle shops and have a delicious lunch at one of the eateries. A peek into what to expect:

13:45-14:00 Pickup. Hear the story of Kalamaja as we drive along the colorful streets of this neighborhood.

14:00-14:30 Stroll through Rotermanni Quarter and admire the eclectic mix of contemporary high-quality architecture and the rejuvenated  19th century industrial buildings.

14:30-14:40 drive to the cruise harbor

14:40 the tour concludes at the cruise terminal gate. 

Tour price: 60 euros/per person

Included are:
– Pickup and dropoff at the cruise port exit gate
– English-speaking guide for the entire tour
– Minibus services for the one-way transfer in the morning, and the drive in the afternoon

Lunch is not included in the price of the tour.

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