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Tallinn: Estonian Food, Drinks and History Tour

1. 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.

Welcome to Tallinn: Private Walking Tour with a Local

2. 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

3. 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.

Tallinn: Coastal Cliffs and Rummu Suberged Quarry Day Tour

4. Tallinn: Coastal Cliffs and Rummu Suberged Quarry Day Tour

Begin your tour with a light hike along the forested coastline not far from Tallinn. Visit an abandoned naval fortress which is tucked away in the forest, where it is still possible to explore the dark underground tunnels and the massive concrete structures above the ground. From there your tour continues to the Keila Waterfall, located in a peaceful manor park with charming bridges and walking paths. Drive through the mostly Russian-speaking city of Paldiski, getting a feel of its industrial Soviet-era neighborhoods. Following that, visit the local Russian orthodox church to learn about the contrast between Estonian and local Russian cultures. A break for lunch at a local restaurant is then provided, during which you can order Estonian food for lunch. Continue the tour to the Pakri coastal cliffs where you can observe the red lighthouse looking over the vast Baltic Sea. Whilst there, it is optional to buy a ticket to the lighthouse to climb to the top, or walk all the way to the Pakri Waterfall. For the final stop on your tour, drive to the Rummu submerged quarry. Whilst there you can climb up the sandy hills for a view over the entire crystal clear lake and the submerged houses. As you return to Tallinn, you can reflect back on your day filled with nature, alternative off-the-beaten sights, and secret history.

Tallinn: Self-Guided City Discovery Game

5. 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: Old Town and Kalamaja Tour

6. Tallinn: Old Town and Kalamaja Tour

Explore the charm of Tallinn's old town, a perfect place to wander galleries and craft workshops. Follow your guide to foodie hotspots and historically charming buildings. The second half of the tour will focus on the Bohemian charm that can still be found in corners of the city. Walk through the pages of a children's fairytale in the Town Hall Square, surrounded by an array of inspiring pastel-colored buildings. Browse the grand selection of boutique artisans where workshops display their work. Fabrics, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, Tallinn Old Town crafters make it all.  Walk the around the Baroque fashioned buildings, admiring the crumbling stucco facades and the use of monumental gates or marbled streets. This walking tour will cover the lower and upper towns, featuring the largest and grandest of buildings, before finishing at the Toompea Hill with stunning views. 

Tallinn: Off-Road Estonian Forests and Coast Safari

7. Tallinn: Off-Road Estonian Forests and Coast Safari

You will be met by your guide and minibus at the exit gate from the custom port. Following a 30-minute guided ride on the minibus, you will meet the off-road club members and change into one of their cars. On the way to the meeting with your off-road driver and guide, you will receive a general introduction into Estonian history, as well as highlights of the day’s itinerary. In the off-road car, you will explore the area of Pakri and former Soviet military town of Paldiski. There you will see the remains of the World War II and Soviet time fortifications, and will also ride the “Road of the Soviet Border Guards”. You will soon stop for a short snack by the seaside and a glass of wine, after which the powerful cars will take you to the former tank training site (which is 15 miles away) to show you what your car is truly capable of. Following your roller-coaster-like drive through the sand pits, you will be taken to the port (or the old town).

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What people are saying about Tallinn

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 189 reviews

Our guide Gianluca led us very competently through Tallinn according to our wishes and impressed us with his general and detailed knowledge. He was able to explain historical, architectural and political aspects to us. Especially his overview as a non-native, with life experience in several different countries, gave his information authenticity. We now have a good basis to better understand Estonia. Many thanks, Günter & Petra - long live Europe!

Pau our guide was exceptional. Very informative with a good mix of history, culture and of course the food. Been on food tours before but this is a lot of food. We really enjoyed Tallin and would definately go back. We would not have been able to experience the foods without being on the tour. Thank you so much Pau.

It was a great tour of the old town and showed many of the sites. Tour was a great way to see the sites of old town. Food choices were great, they were more of a snack portion but by the end of the tour you were full. You'll still be able to get dinner in the late evening and breakfast in the morning.

Riina was an excellent guide. She knew the area and the places to go. She introduced us to a few locals and made us feel like part of the community for our short visit. We would defiantly recommend Riina to others!

The tour with Gianluca was a complete success. Lots of historical and architectural details and stories, a friendly guide and perfect weather - we had a lot of fun and can only recommend it