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Naissaar: Soviet Military & Coastal Folk Heritage Day Trip

1. Naissaar: Soviet Military & Coastal Folk Heritage Day Trip

Naissaar Island was a popular outing destination prior to World War 2, and home to the Aibofolk (Swedish heritage islanders) who made their fortunes as pilots and seal hunters and enjoyed lucrative business with privateers. The Soviet army then turned the island into a secluded military base. Explore the sights from the Soviet military period and remnants of pre-war life. Depart for a 1-hour boat voyage from the historic Lennusadam, enjoying beautiful views while passing Katherina Keys, Bald Island, and Midshallows Lighthouse. You’ll have an amazing opportunity to visit an abandoned sea mine stockyard that was once a top-secret Soviet military base. The secrecy of the base was of utmost importance and is surrounded by double-wire fences guarded by bloodhounds. Afterwards, see the Fire Boulder, another of the island’s landmarks with a thrilling tale to tell. As a final stop, get a true contrast to the military history with a visit to a sanctuary for the native people of the island and learn about the exciting past of its former inhabitants. At the end of the tour, take some time to wander on the beach.

Tallinn Bay Sightseeing Cruise

2. Tallinn Bay Sightseeing Cruise

Depart from the historic Seaplane Harbour and begin your cruise around the Bay of Tallinn. Admire the wonderful panorama of the Old Town of Tallinn and its towers, the historic shoreline, and fancy cruise ships in the port as you learn about Tallinn's maritime history. The navigation bridge is open to visitors and souvenir pictures can be taken there. Depart from the historic Seaplane Harbour and begin your cruise around the Bay of Tallinn. Tour may involve a brief stopover on some of the Tallinn small islands. A tour along the Bay of Tallinn is the best way to admire the wonderful panorama of the Old Town of Tallinn and its towers. Learn about Tallinn's maritime history, and admire the historic shoreline and fancy cruise ships in the port. The trip begins and ends at the historic Seaplane Harbour and will take you around the shoreline of the Bay of Tallinn. Receive an Illustrated Tallinn Bay tour map created by artist Kristjan Luiga. The cafe is open on board.

All Inclusive Day Trip from Tallinn: Prangli Island

3. All Inclusive Day Trip from Tallinn: Prangli Island

Stepping off the boat onto Prangli Island, off the coast of Estonia, one immediately feels the history of the place. Dating back more than 600 years, this still bustling fisherman's port offers untouched natural beauty, long sandy beaches, and a welcoming atmosphere that lets you know that you're at home here. During your full day tour (taking place from May to September), we will start and finish our tour in Tallinn city center, or can arrange for a pick up from your hotel. Your all-inclusive package includes all of your transfers and a full day of exploring the beauty and wonders of Prangli Island. While walking about the harbor and local stores, make sure to breath in the salty sea air and think about what life must have been like here 600 years ago. Your English speaking guide will give you plenty of fascinating stories and mythologies as you head on your way from this wonderful change of pace. Come explore the beauty and wonders of Estonia's relaxing and beautiful fishing culture away from the hubbub of Tallinn city life.

Tallinn: 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour

4. Tallinn: 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Discover the Old Town of Tallinn with your knowledgeable, local guide. Choose from a private or small-group shared tour with a maximum of 12 people for an intimate experience. The UNESCO-protected Old Town has winding alleyways, ornate doorways, and medieval courtyards. Get to know Tallinn's Lower Town, stop at Tompea Hill for stunning views, admire the art at Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, and a have break at the Town Hall.  Spend 2 hours in the Old Town, then hop on a tram to discover the surrounding area. Admire Kadriorg Palace and Park designed by Italian architect Niccolo Michetti. The palace and surrounding manicured gardens are a humbling example of Tsarist extravagance. View the Song Festival Ground to understand an important part of Estonian history. The tour ends back at your original starting point. For cruise ship passengers, choose the Shore Excursion option upon checkout to ensure a timely delivery back to the port ready for your onward departure.

Tallinn: 1.5-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

5. Tallinn: 1.5-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Explore the best of Tallinn's charming Old Town on this walking tour. Visit the historic Town Hall Square and hear stories about how the weather-vane got its name and which famous recipe was invented in the Town Hall Pharmacy. Marvel at the medieval churches as you listen to your guide's interesting commentary. Learn more about the city walls and take pictures from the viewing platforms on Toompea Hill. You will also visit the Parliament of Estonia.  Walk in St. Catherine's Passage, one of the most picturesque Old Town lanes. Discover St. Catherine’s Guild, a collection of craft workshops where traditional artists create and sell glassware, hats and other goods. End your tour with a visit to the city’s oldest existing building, the Dominican Monastery, which dates to 1246. 

Naissaar: Lighthouse and Fortress Military Vehicle Tour

6. Naissaar: Lighthouse and Fortress Military Vehicle Tour

Start your day of adventure by departing from the historic Lennusadam Port. From here, you will hop aboard your boat and enjoy a 1-hour, scenic boat voyage. Take in the great views of Katherina Keys, Bald Island, and Midshallows Lighthouse. Upon arrival on the Island, you will take a tour on a military truck safari. You will also enjoy a 1.5km walk. Visit the towering lighthouse and admire beautiful views of Tallinn across the water. Follow your trip to the lighthouse with a trek through the wild forest trails. Here you will be able to see the ruins of the Peter The Great Fortress, overgrown with lush vegetation. Then, take a break from your adventure for a nice and relaxing trip to a beautiful sandy beach.  End your trip with lunch and a scenic voyage back to the port.

From Stockholm: 3-Day Return Cruise to Tallinn & Breakfast

7. From Stockholm: 3-Day Return Cruise to Tallinn & Breakfast

Travel from Stockholm to Tallinn and back by ship and enjoy during your mini-cruise not only the two cities but also a relaxing time onboard.  Day 1: Leave at 17:30 from Stockholm, check into your comfortable sea-view cabin, and make the most of your time onboard.  Day 2: Take advantage of the breakfast buffet, which is included in the price while enjoying the breath-taking sea view. After arriving in Tallinn at 10:45 you have enough time to explore the medieval city. You can leave your luggage in the cabin. At 18:00 you depart back to Stockholm. Day 3: After a relaxed breakfast and a beautiful sail through the archipelago you arrive back in Stockholm at 10:30. Dine at the Grand Buffet or one of the à la carte restaurants. Browse through the shops offering global and local brands, listen to the singer-songwriter in the Pub, watch the evening show in the Starlight Palace or sing karaoke. Relax in the sauna and afterward, drink a fancy cocktail at the bar. 

Tallinn: Self-Guided City Discovery Game

8. Tallinn: Self-Guided City Discovery Game

Avoid tiresome and disengaging group tours and inject some fun into your holiday as you embark on a self-guided discovery tour of Tallinn. All the information you need to complete the tour will be sent to you via email, so simply download your map for the day then hit the quaint streets of this medieval city where adventure awaits! The challenge begins in the Rotermann Quarter, and from here on out the tour is in your hands. Wander around the city streets, visiting some of the most iconic sights and landmarks as you solve 9 riddles that take you from one location to the next. Some of the stops along the way are hidden locations that you might have otherwise missed on a traditional tour experience. As you explore, discover secret spots that even Tallinn locals don’t know about, unlock tips and recommendations to enhance your stay, and see the sights of the city from a new perspective. Go beyond the medieval walls of the Estonian capital as you wander through its modern art quarters, pass by local cafes, and uncover the gruesome history of a Soviet era prison. Highlights of the tour include the stunning Rotermanni neighborhood, the fascinating Patarei Prison, the Old Harbor, Pohjala Brewery, and Kalamaja Park.

Tallinn Food Tour

9. 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.

From Tallinn: Naissaar Island Fatbike Day-Trip

10. From Tallinn: Naissaar Island Fatbike Day-Trip

Spend a day discovering the history and geography of Naissaar Island as you explore the island on fatbike with an audio guide, bike rental, and roundtrip tickets from Tallinn included. Your journey begins near the Seaplane Harbour Museum of Tallinn. From here you'll take a 1-hour, scenic boat trip to the island. Take in great views of Katherina Keys, Bald Island, and Midshallows Lighthouse. Choose between two different routes on the island. The Northern Trail (25 km) takes you through a primeval forest road that winds up to the Northern tip, where you can enjoy views of the island from the lighthouse and visit the fortress. On the Central Trail (15 km), you will visit the scenic Hülkar Cape with stunning sandy beaches, Southern Village, the remains of a USSR sea-mine stockyard, and mystical stone barrows.

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What people are saying about Harju

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 14 reviews

This tour through Get Your Guide was excellent. The ferry tickets and directions were all well organised and communicated in advance. Our guide picked us up from Tallinn ferry terminal and drove us around the city to include sites that weren't within walkable distance, then we parked and explored the city on foot. She was super knowledgeable, friendly and gave us great pointers about best places to see, eat and shop in our free time. Awesome day trip if you have a free day in Helsinki.

Had a fantastic day on Prangli island with our excellent tour guide. Really enjoyed the stories of the island and the one to one experience. Her knowledge and information was second to none. We were very lucky with the weather, which made the trip even more special. Must also mention the tasty lunch which we had on the island, complete with a celebratory slice of brithday cake. A brilliant trip- would highly recommend.

Wonderful lady named Marina met us at the port. Very knowledgeable about the city history. Took us in a tram to the royal palace. Easy to talk to, very approachable. Lovely tales and ghost stories

Very well organized and very interesting tour. We have enough free time in Tallinn. I recommend.

Great variety of food stops with delicious food at every stop. Also a great overview of Tallinn.