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Tallinn

From its medieval old town to its fascinating museums, the Estonian capital is an open-air history book.

Our most recommended things to do in Tallinn

Tallinn Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. Tallinn Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

The Estonian maritime city of Tallinn is truly one of the gems of Northern Europe. The old town has been astonishingly well preserved and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. There is also a new town center, called Vabaduse Valjak or Freedom Square, at the edge of the old town. Nearby is the giant matchbox of Hotel Viru, a former tourist flagship and notorious den of Cold War intrigue. During this era, every room was tapped and monitored by the KGB! The city has been influenced by Germany, Italy, Russia, and Scandinavia. Tallinn’s calendar is packed with festivals celebrating music, film, art, theater, culture, and food. Sea-faring festivals, the Opera Festival, and the Tallinn Marathon also feature prominently on the calendar. Explore this alluring city and take advantage of all there is to see and do during your stay. Take the bus tour to the old town and admire the 14th and 15th-century architecture and narrow, twisting streets. You can also try out the local cuisine at any of a number of restaurants here. Tour Stops: Stop 1 - Mere Pst 5 Stop 2 - Kadriorg Park/Swan Lake Stop 3 - Song Festival Grounds Stop 4 - City Harbor, D-Terminal (Tallink) Stop 5 - Swissotel/Radisson BLU Stop 6 - Old Town/Toompea Castle Stop 7 - City Harbour, ABC Terminals Stop 8 - City Harbour, Cruise Ship Terminal

From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki

2. From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki

Don't miss the opportunity to explore beautiful Helsinki, one of the most liveable cities in Europe. Helsinki lies across the Gulf of Finland from Tallinn: an easy day trip by ferry to stroll around Helsinki’s historical city center and to try local food in cozy nice cafes and restaurants. Secure your place on the ferry with a convenient crossing time. Cruise across the Gulf, and enjoy seven hours to explore Helsinki independently. Tickets include entry on board and seating. You can spend your time on board visiting one of the restaurants, shopping at the Traveller Superstore, or enjoying the scenery of the archipelago passing by. It is about a 10-minute tram ride from the West Harbor Terminal to the city center of Helsinki. Depending on the chosen departure times you will have up to 10 hours to explore the city. Choose to upgrade to comfort class or the business lounge at booking. With comfort class, travel comfortably and enjoy the sea view. The upgrade price includes snacks, coffee, tea, other refreshments, daily newspapers, and free Wi-Fi. Travel in style and luxury in the business lounge, including food and drinks from the exclusive buffet, newspapers, magazines, and free Wi-Fi.

From Helsinki: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Tallinn

3. From Helsinki: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Tallinn

Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, lies across the Gulf of Finland from Helsinki: an easy day trip by ferry for those keen to experience its medieval charms. Secure your place on the ferry with a convenient crossing time. Cruise across the Gulf, and enjoy up to 10 hours to explore independently. Delve into Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town and enjoy the museums, shops, and restaurants. Tickets include entry on board and seating. You can spend your time on board visiting one of the restaurants, shopping at the Traveller Superstore, or enjoying the scenery of the archipelago passing by. It is about a 20-minute walk from the Tallinn D-terminal to the old town, or you can take a taxi from the terminal building. You can also visit different museums like the KUMU art museum or the baroque architecture of the Kadriorg Palace. Depending on the chosen departures you will have up to 10 hours to explore Tallinn.  Upgrade your experience and and book into the Comfort Class or Business Lounge. Comfort Class: • Travel comfortably while enjoying the sea view. The upgrade price includes snacks (with ingredients to make sandwiches), coffee, tea, refreshments, daily newspapers, and free WiFi Business Lounge: • Travel in style and add some luxury to your journey. The upgrade includes food and drinks at the Business Lounge buffet. Newspapers, magazines, and free WiFi available

From Tallinn: Day Trip to Lahemaa National Park

4. From Tallinn: Day Trip to Lahemaa National Park

Experience the stunning natural beauty of Lahemaa National Park on this exciting, full-day tour. Drive for an hour from Tallinn to Lahemaa, stopping to admire Jägala Waterfall. Learn about Estonian rural life and native flora and fauna and discover more about the forests and their importance in Estonian culture and traditions whilst hiking the forest's Beaver Trail with your guide. Explore the seaside at Altia Village and discover pre-Soviet architecture in this quaint fishing village. Walk along the sandy beaches and if it's warm have a swim in the water. Head to a tavern for some tasty Estonian farm food. End your tour enjoying a walk with your guide in the Viru bog while listening to tales from Estonian folklore related to these fascinating wetlands.

Tallinn: Ticket for the Skywheel of Tallinn

5. Tallinn: Ticket for the Skywheel of Tallinn

Make unforgettable memories on you trip to Tallinn with this ticket for the Skywheel of Tallinn. Get a bird's-eye-view of the city with this attraction in the city center. See sights like the Tallinn TV Tower and the red and white Chimney of the Kristiine Boilerhouse.  Hop aboard a weatherproof gondola and ride above the city. Stay comfortable in the summer with refreshing air-conditioning. Admire magnificent views of the city, the sea, Lake Ülemiste and the airport. Feel the thrill without the worry with a ride on a well-maintained attraction. Each gondola has room for up to six people, either standing or sitting. Bring the whole family with gondolas that have wheelchair and stroller access.

Tallinn: Estonian Food, Drinks and History Tour

6. Tallinn: Estonian Food, Drinks and History Tour

Get acquainted with the cuisine of Hanseatic merchants, Estonian peasants, Soviet workers, and find out what Estonians eat today. On this 3-hour guided tour, try 3 dishes with dessert, and taste 3 local drinks. In addition, you’ll taste the famous Estonian green chocolate, berry chips, and much more. The cafés and restaurants chosen for this tour are famous for their special interiors and histories, and are, in a sense, museums themselves. Avoiding the more touristy places, you’ll only hit up places off the beaten path where locals like to go for a truly authentic Estonian experience. This tour is the perfect activity for bad weather, as Tallinn’s cozy restaurants will keep you warm and relaxed.

Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

7. Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Explore the Old Town of Tallinn and see monuments such as the remains of St. Catherine's Dominican Monastery. Step back to the Middle Ages and walk along Pikk Street, where the merchants' houses and craft guilds bring medieval Tallinn back to life. Get acquainted with the churches of the Holy Ghost, St Nicolas and St. Olaf as you explore the Lower Town and Upper Town. Discover why Tallinn is known as the town that limps on Lühike Jalg (Short Leg Street) and hear about the noble knights who lived in the Upper Town . Admire the outside of the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Lutheran St. Mary’s Cathedral. Make your way to the ancient stronghold of Toompea Castle where the Parliament of Estonia now sits, and marvel at the Pikk Hermann (Tall Herman) tower that dominates the skyline. Get a fantastic view of the city from one of the platforms of the Upper Town. Return to the Lower Town on Short Leg Street to end on Town Hall Square.

From Helsinki: Tallinn with Round-Trip Ferry & Guided Tour

8. From Helsinki: Tallinn with Round-Trip Ferry & Guided Tour

Embark on a day trip from Helsinki to Tallinn with a 3-hour guided tour in the city. Board a ferry to Tallinn from Helsinki’s port. Be welcomed by your local guide, who’ll take you from the harbor to explore the town. See the highlights of the city, like its main square, Tallinn Town Hall, Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle, and much more. Tallinn, Estonia’s capital on the Baltic Sea, retains its walled and cobblestoned Old Town, which is home to cafes and shops as well as Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower. The Old Town, dating from around the 15th century, is Estonia’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city at your own pace. When your tour is finished, you’ll be transferred back to the Port to prepare to embark on Helsinki. On the way back, you can relax and enjoy the services before arriving in Helsinki.

Welcome to Tallinn: Private Walking Tour with a Local

9. Welcome to Tallinn: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Tallinn from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city with all the information you need.

Tallinn Food Tour

10. Tallinn Food Tour

This food tour of Tallinn takes you on a culinary excursion through the Old Town, including stops at the neighboring Baltic Station Market and gives you a chance to experience the smells, flavors and stories of Estonian cuisine. You will also get to see some of the most beautiful parts of the Old Town and nearby Kalamaja quarter and hear exciting stories about Estonian history and the country today. This tour includes around 6 food and drink stops based on local traditional and modern food and drinks. You will be served a soup, various traditional food samples, like black rye bread, traditional Estonian open-faced spiced sprat sandwiches and also samples of modern Estonian cuisine. You will try out some local drinks, like 'Kali' and 'Kama', some local schnapps and sweets and a good cup of locally roasted coffee or a glass of local berry or fruit wine.  Please note that food and drink stops and the menu can vary a bit depending on the season.

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What people are saying about Tallinn

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,640 reviews

Everything was great. Ferry on time, great food options on board in case you're hungry. The self check in machine did not work with this type of ticket but the staff at the check in desk was very nice, we got our boarding cards in a few mins and they did not charge extra (in the email they said they would). Make sure you arrive on time, the ferry leaves right after the boarding is closed.

The walking tour was incredible. The guide was friendly and very informative. Great way to explore Tallinn and learn about it’s history.

Great tour with lots of cultural insights and a weave between the past and present. Anastasia was an excellent guide.

Very enjoyable tour! Nele was super informative, and was an amazing guide.

Easy check in - excellent on board facilities especially the buffets