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Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer

1. Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer

The Tallinn city tour is a combined bus and walking tour in Tallinn. During the bus part of the tour, which lasts for 2 hours, you drive around the famous Old Town, and see the towers of the wall, the most famous ones are called Stout Margaret and Tall Herman. You also see the mighty wall of Toompea Castle on the hill, drive through the district of high tech architecture – Tallinn’s City. Lastly, you visit the districts of wooden architecture which Tallinn is famous for. See and learn about the history of the baroque style of Kadriorg Palace and the park which Peter the Great of Russia presented to his wife. Next continue the way to Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, a very important place for the people of Estonia, where the Estonia Song Festival is held every 5 years. The Festival Grounds are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following this, drive along the seaside and enjoy a picturesque view to the Gulf of Finland. Stop at Pirita Convent (St. Brigit's Convent) and discover the story behind the ruins of the monastery. There will also be a beautiful photo stop on the coast of the gulf with the best view of the Tallinn. The bus tour ends in the Old Town and you will continue on foot. Tallinn’s Old Town consists of two parts, the Upper Town and the Lower Town. During your walk you will first discover the Upper Town, which was a stronghold of the former Tallinn nobility. See two cathedrals, the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Lutheran St. Mary’s Cathedral. Lastly, view the Estonian Parliament building inside Toompea Castle and enjoy a panorama of the Tallinn from the viewing platforms. After seeing the Upper Town, continue to the Lower Town. Here you will see the medieval merchant’s houses and learn why Tallinn was founded at this particular place, how it developed, why there are so many churches and why they are so tall. Going down along the Long Leg Street see St. Olaf’s Church, the highest building in the world during the 16th and 17th centuries. Your tour ends at the Town Hall Square inside Lower Town. Here you will find the Gothic Town Hall and the oldest functioning pharmacy in the world, Town Hall Pharmacy. After the tour you are on your own, the guide will advise you about additional attractions, restaurants, and souvenir shops. The main square of Tallinn – Liberty Square is 5min away and the cruise harbour is just a 15 min walk.

Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

2. 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.

Tallinn: Private City Highlights Walking Tour

3. Tallinn: Private City Highlights Walking Tour

Meet the guide at the lobby of your centrally located hotel or at the Viru gate (entrance to the Old town). Start the tour by strolling the main street of the Old town, see the Town hall square and the Dome church, admire the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, visit the Old Pharmacy, dating back to the 13th century, Climb the upper town and admire the beautiful panoramic views of Tallinn from Toompea Hill.

Tallinn: Half-Day City Tour

4. Tallinn: Half-Day City Tour

The tour will consist of 2 components. After meeting at the port/hotel, you will have a panoramic trip by car/bus to Tallinn. From there, continue the tour of the Old Town on foot. During the drive, feel the pulse of everyday life. Discover the developing city and learn why it is convenient for living, discover how Tallinn's economy is developing and where the locals work and like to spend their free time. Visit Kadriorg Park, a summer residence for Russian emperors. During the half an hour walking tour, see Kadriorg Palace, Kumu Art Museum and a French-style garden. Visit Song Festival Ground, a symbol of national unity included on the UNESCO intangible list.  Experience a romantic area and a private cottage district at the seaside of Pirita. Visit Pirita convent, a monastery from the 1400s and the Olympic village from the 1980s. In the Old Town, learn the history through interesting stories and legends. Observe the town from viewing platforms, and visit Alexandr Nevsky Cathedral and Dome Church, the guild houses, medieval churches, a solid fortress wall, the oldest town hall in Europe and a pharmacy. Major sights in the Old Town: • Toompea Castle • Alexandr Nevsky Cathedral • Dome Church • Yard of Danish King • St. Nikolas Church • St. Olaf Church • Church of the Holy Spirit • House of the Great Guild • House of Brotherhood of Blackheads • Shot Leg Street and Long Leg Street • Town Hall • Town Hall Pharmacy • Cat's Well • Fat Margaret Stout • Viru Gates

Tallinn: Private Half-Day Guided Tour with Port Transfers

5. Tallinn: Private Half-Day Guided Tour with Port Transfers

Take half the day and explore the city of Tallinn. Enjoy pickup and drop-off from your cruise ship port and a guided walking tour through the Old Town. Admire the Estonian Parliament and visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Then, take a bit of free time, before heading back to port. Meet your guide outside of Tallinn Port and climb aboard your private ride to the Upper Old Town. Admire the beautiful parks that surround it as you transfer, especially the 13th-century medieval Toompea Castle, standing majestically at the top of Toompea Hill. Begin your private walking tour, and discover the Estonian Parliament and enjoy visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. After a stroll through the narrow cobble-stone lanes, find the oldest church in Tallinn, The Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral). Climb to the Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform and experience the magnificent panoramic views of the Old Town, backlit by the modern city. Descend into the Lower Old Town and notice the gothic style merchant houses, the Town Wall with its beautiful towers, and St. Nickolas Church. Enter into the historical city center and witness the Town Hall Square, where one of the oldest pharmacies in the world still stands next to the 15th-century Town Hall. Walk through St. Catherine's Passage and marvel at the many private studios of local artists. Finish at the Viru Gate, and enjoy freely 2 hours to explore, have lunch, and shop. At the scheduled time, from the city center your private vehicle and driver will take you back to the port. 

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What people are saying about St Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 81 reviews

Excellent tour, Anastasia our guide was very knowledgeable and took us all over the city of Tallin. It was a nice mix of driving around the area and then walking the old city. There was only one other couple with us which made it like your own private tour. Our cruise port date had changed and the tour company was great in maintaining communication regarding the change and exactly where to meet. Highly recommend this tour.

Anastasia was great. Super knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. She picked us up at the port when we arrived, drove us around the town, gave us the walking tour, and gave us free time to explore on our own. I highly recommend this tour. Tallinn is such a lovely city. If you are reading this review is because you are considering booking it, don't waste another minute; book it now! It is worth it.

Really interesting, informative and well planned tour. I love a walking tour as it gives you a great feel for the area that you're in as well as providing both historical and current information on the area. This tour certaintly did that and it gave a great understanding on how Tallinn came about and the different ages that it went through. Would highly reccommend

The directions to meet with our guide were easy to follow. Helena was very knowledgable and her English was excellent. We were in a small group of four and so were able to ask questions. Helena answered them all very patiently. A lovely day out in a beautiful city! Thank you.

super professional guide with deep and interesting knowledge to share with us