MEDIEVAL & VIBRANT TALLINN

MEDIEVAL & VIBRANT TALLINN

MEDIEVAL & VIBRANT TALLINN

Walking tour in Tallinn with round-trip transfer from/to the cruise ship terminal

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

Our shortest tour option provides  an excellent introduction to Estonian history. We focus on selected highlights both at Toompea Hill and lower Old Town area to introduce the two sections of the historic centre. We will also showcase some quiet corners that you might not otherwise discover, where it’s blissfully easy to forget you are still in the middle of the UNESCO-listed old town visited daily by thousands of sightseers.

However,  the emphasis of this Tallinn walking tour is on people and their experiences. You will get a sense of the people who shaped the city, who inhabited it, and the impact they had on each other. Our pick of events and incidents which have influenced the life of locals bring you closer to the present-day Estonians, our successes and ambitions, but also the challenges.

The tour includes discussion of the following topics:

– The genesis of Tallinn and its identity
– Boundaries and borders of medieval Tallinn, life inside and beyond the city walls
– The role of the Baltic Sea in the prosperity and the troubles of Tallinners
– The key events of national awakening in Estonia
– Major changes in the ethnic and social structure
– The means by which Estonian national identity was preserved during 50 years of Soviet occupation
– Proverbs and sayings in Estonian language- what do they reveal about the local values, mindsets and attitudes
– …and quite a lot more

Tour details:

The total tour duration is 5 hours, including one hour and 30 minutes of free time
Tour language: English
Activity level: medium. The total walking distance is 2.4 km/ 1.5 miles, mostly over cobblestone surfaces. Tallinn walking tour 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- 8:55 gathering time for the tour. We will meet you right outside the cruise terminal exit gate, which is located approx. 300 meters/0.2 miles/ 8-9 minutes relaxed walking from the ship.

9:00 the tour leaves

9:00- 9:15 transfer to Toompea Hill

9:15-10:30 We start from the Upper Old Town, a charming area that boasts with Toompea Castle;  the medieval defensive towers Kiek in de Kök and Tall Hermann; two cathedrals: one dedicated to St. Mary and another to St. Alexander Nevsky; and two viewpoints offering nice views for picture taking. Enjoy the scenic stroll and the enthralling commentary from your tour guide.
1 km/ 0.6 miles of walking. Then, descend  (145 regular-size steps) to the Lower Town.

10:30-12:15 the walking tour of Tallinn continues with a 30-40 minute long visit away from the main sites, yet still within the old city walls. The tranquil ambience is the main attraction here, competing with the some great stories and insights.

Next, we head towards the Town Hall Square that has been the hub of the city since the 13th century. Highlights along the route include the medieval merchants’ houses, Börsi Passage, the Great Guild Hall, Church of the Holy Spirit, the Town Hall and the Town Hall Pharmacy from 1422.
1.4 km/ 0.9 miles of walking.

12:15 the guided walk ends at St. Catherine’s Passage, located close to the Town Hall Square

12:15-13:45 free time. Before saying goodbye to your guide, she is happy to share with you her insider tips on eating and shopping.

13:45- 14:00 pickup at Vene street, 3-4 minutes walking from St. Catherine’s Passage. Our driver will transfer you back to the cruise terminal.

14:00 the tour concludes at the cruise terminal gate

Tour price: 40 euros/per person

Included are:
– English-speaking tour guide for 3 hours and 15 minutes
– Round-trip transfer from/to cruise terminal gate

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