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Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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: Estonian Craft Beer Tasting

5. Tallinn: Estonian Craft Beer Tasting

Experience the best of the beers of Estonia with this unique beer crawl in Tallinn. During the tasting you will be learn about the history and traditions of beer making. Get acquainted with the best sorts of Estonian beer, both common and craft. During this 1.5-hour tour you will visit historical places in Tallinn and discover how much of the town is affiliated with making and drinking alcohol! Find out where citizens brewed and drunk beer, how vodka was produced by German Barons, and how well-known Estonian liqueurs were born. Spend time in a cozy restaurant where a specialist will tell you all about these drinks, and of course you will try some of them! You can also take home a bottle or two of your favorite drink as a souvenir. The types of beer you will try:  Saku Hele - the only Estonian beer which can be easily compared with the best sorts of Czech beer because it was created in cooperation with the best beer masters from the Czech Republic. Põhjala -  the most famous craft brewery in Estonia. A selection of 10, half of which are seasonal. The dominant types are dark beers and porters. Õllenaut - founded in the Summer of 2013 but already with a good reputation among craft beer lovers. Located in Tallinn’s suburb - Saue. This brewery has over 10 types and is growing. Vormsi Õlu - an islander’s beer first made in the village of Norby on Vormsi island.  For ease of transport the brewery moved to the mainland. They make 4 kinds of beer - Vormsi hele õlu, Tõmmu õlu, Märtsiõlu and Eripruul.

Tallinn: Medieval Walking Tour

6. Tallinn: Medieval Walking Tour

Walk through the narrow gothic dwellings, cozy cobblestone streets and well-made fortress walls with solid towers. The Old Town is comprised of two parts: Lower Town (residence of artisans and merchants) and Upper Town (residence of viceroys and the nobility). On this tour, learn how Tallinn got wealthy by attracting invaders and resisting them. Discover why Tallinn was known as a 'town of pepper and salt,' and how Estonians, local Germans and Catholic monks communicated with each other. Walking the cozy cobblestone streets, get acquainted with Tallinn history through interesting stories and legends.  See medieval dwellings from the 14th to the 15th-century, the oldest town hall and pharmacy in Europe and St. Olaf Church, having once been the highest in the world. Depending on your preference, visit a former Dominican monastery quarter taken over by female workshops of stain glass blowers, chocolatiers, artists, doll makers and weavers. Then, explore Upper Town - an area of German crusaders (later - noblemen), viceroy and bishops. See the largest Orthodox church in Estonia, then the oldest one in Estonia. Nearby, see Toompea Castle occupied by parliament. The climax of the excursion will be a visit to a viewing platform for a view of Tallinn. This excursion will finish at the Town Hall Square. You will also receive recommendations on where to try local food and drinks, what kind of souvenirs are worth buying, where to spend time with children and what museums are worth visiting.

Tallinn: 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour

7. 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

8. 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. 

Tallinn: Self-Guided City Discovery Game

9. 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.

Helsinki: City and Porvoo Guided Day Shore Excursion

10. Helsinki: City and Porvoo Guided Day Shore Excursion

Discover the quaint town of Porvoo on a guided shore excursion, followed by a tour of the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Admire the traditional architecture of Porvoo and some of the main landmarks of Helsinki including Sibelius Park, the Olympic Stadium, and Uspensky Cathedral. Meet your guide at Helsinki Port. Then, take a scenic drive towards Porvoo, the second oldest town in Finnland. Upon arrival, marvel at the picturesque waterfront red-painted houses whilst your guide takes you on a walking tour. See the Old Church, Town Hall Square, as well as shops and workshops.  Following the visit to Porvoo, head back to Helsinki. Enjoy a sightseeing tour by bus as you discover Esplanadi Street and the Grand Mannerheim Boulevard. Admire the views of the Opera House, the Finlandia Concert Hall, the National Museum, the Parliament Building, and the Presidential Palace. Stop at the famous Sibelius Park, named after the renowned Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. See the Sibelius Monument, an abstract grouping of hundreds of steel pipes. After the park, continue the Olympic Stadium, the site of the 1952 Summer Olympics. Arrive at the Rock Church, carved directly out of the side of the mountain and topped by a magnificent copper dome. Admire the exterior of Uspensky Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe. See Helsinki Central train station with its famous clock tower as well as the beloved Havis Amanda fountain. The tour ends with free time by the seaside Market Square, where you can try some local delicacies. At the end of the tour, be returned to the port in time for your cruise ship's departure.

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4.7 / 5

based on 262 reviews

We spent a fascinating half day with Stanislav learning about recent Soviet history around Tallinn, and would recommend him in a heartbeat. To note: this tour is not an ordinary tour of Old Town or its surrounds. Stanislav takes you to parks, monuments, the bay and more, and explains what it was like for him growing up as a Russian-speaking Estonian. His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is easy to talk to—you can tell he genuinely enjoys meeting people from all over. Plus, he is quick to recommend local places to eat and visit. We would have loved to have spent more than a half day exploring with him. Thank you Stanislav!

We really enjoyed the tour and so glad we did it. Really recommend it as a way to explore the city with stops to get out of the cold! We were touched with what we learned and were told from the guide’s personal experiences of growing up and living in Estonia. We never would have stumbled on the food stops that we went to and we really enjoyed all of the stops - there was plenty of food and drinks - definitely come hungry!

The tour with Roman was great! We walked around the entire lower and upper city, looking into courtyards and stopping at individual buildings. Roman has thousands of stories, facts and legends in store! He skillfully weaves them into the outline of the excursion. The old city is like a precious box, and Roman, like an experienced jeweler, takes out jewelry from it. Thank you very much for a wonderful unforgettable tour!

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

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