Popular shore excursions in and around Tallinn

TALLINN OLD TOWN

A UNESCO World Heritage Site – Tallinn is a wonderfully preserved city of the Hanseatic League. Departing from the pier, your coach will circle around the Old Town, offering magnificent views of the medieval city walls. You start your guided walking tour in the Upper Town with its watch-towers, graceful spires and winding, cobbled streets. You'll visit the Russian Orthodox Church and the Gothic style Dome Cathedral. You will view the exterior of the Castle and visit the vantage point from which to view the red-gabled roofs and spires of the Lower Town. Your tour continues in the Lower TownAmong the highlights is the apothecary, which opened in 1422, the Great Guild House and the 15th century Gothic Town Hall (all from outside). You'll also visit the colorful market on the territory of the Dominican convent.

HIGHLIGHTS OF TALLINN

This combined bus and walking tour is an excellent way to get acquainted with the best sights of Tallinn. You can walk in the narrow, winding streets of the one-time Hanseatic town but also admire the new city with modern architecture and seaside area of Tallinn. Among the real highlights of the Old Tallinn there is the city wall with its towers, medieval guild houses, the Gothic Town Hall and the 15th century Pharmacy.. You will enjoy some free time in St. Catherine's arts and crafts center before rejoining the buses and drive towards the central park of Kadriorg, visit the Song Festival Ground where national song festivals are held. Drive through one of the most beautiful residential areas of private homes until you arrive in Pirita Marina – the former sight of Olympic yachting and still home to many international competitions . You will enjoy a brief visit to the 15th century St Bridget's convent before you start your return drivr.

PANORAMIC TALLINN

On the panoramic tour of Tallinn you'll drive through the city's cultural heart towards the Cathedral Hill (Toompea). You'll make a stop at one of the three remaining towers from the Knights of the Sword Castle. From the base of the near-by cannon tower you'll have a wonderful panoramic view of Tallinn's upper town with its churches and spires. Continue your tour towards the city's central park, with its charming Baroque palace. On your drive through this beautiful park you'll stop at the Song Festival Ground and a beautiful residential area drowned in greenery. You will make a stop on the popular beach. and enjoy a cup of coffee and pastries at a seaside restaurant before visiting the lovely St. Bridget's Convent. As you return to the harbor you'll drive past delightful statue of Russalka, Estonia's mermaid.

ROCCA AL MARE OPEN AIR MUSEUM

Just 4 miles from Tallinn's city center is a fascinating museum that recreates the village life of the18th and 19th century rural Estonia. Its Italian name means "Rock by the Sea" - the setting is a beautiful forested area on the sea coast. This Estonian Village Museum offers you the opportunity to explore authentic examples of the local rural architecture, such as farmhouses, country pubs, windmills, chapels and the furnishings and household items that were part of daily life in this country region. A stop is made at a 19th century tavern where you can enjoy some refreshments and at a handicrafts shop where those looking for keepsakes of their visit will enjoy the Estonian handicrafts available on the premises.

TALLINN AND SURROUNDINGS

Departing from the pier, your coach will drive around the medieval city wall which encompasses the Old Town before starting a guided walking tour through its atmospheric streets. Visit the old churches, view the exterior of the Castle and enjoy the city's panorama from the viewing platform.. Your tour continues as you follow your guide to the Lower Town. You'll walk past many medieval houses before you reach the Town Hall Square where you'll find the oldest surviving Gothic Town Hall in Northern Europe. Across the square is a 15th century Apothecary shop, probably the oldest pharmacy still in use. homes. Lunch is served at a charming restaurant in the Old Town followed with free time for shopping . In the afternoon you'll visit Kadriorg (Catherine's Valley), the largest park in Tallinn. Visit the newly renovated Baroque Palace and the garden (all from outside) and make a stopover at the Tallinn Song Bowl, a natural amphitheater, the site of the main gatherings of Estonia's national song festivals. Drive through a beautiful residential area drowned in greenery to the Pirita marina that hosts annual international regattas and visit the St Bridget's Convent, a magnificent monument of the 15th century limestone architecture before returning to the pier.

NATIONAL PARK OF LAHEMAA

You will get a glimpse of the medieval city wall, pass the cultural centre of Tallinn and drive through the Kadriorg park, till you reach St.Petersburg Highway. After less than an hour's drive you leave the Highway and turn to the Palmse manor which is an 18th century baronial property of the von Pahlen family about 6 km off the main road. Enjoy some refreshments on the premises before the walk in the park and inside visit to the impressive manorhouse. You continue your tour of the the other near-by manorhouse (from outside only) and visit several places of unique scenic beauty. Lunch will be served in an old village inn. After lunch you can have a pleasant walk in an old fishing village and admire the coastline of northern Estonia before you start your return drive.

Medieval Town Hall
Medieval Town Hall
Toompea Castle
Toompea Castle
Nevsky Cathedrale
Nevsky Cathedrale
Estonia Opera House
Estonia Opera House
Kadriorg palace
Kadriorg palace
Rocca al Mare  museum
Rocca al Mare museum
St Bridget's Convent
St Bridget's Convent
Russalka statue
Russalka statue
Palmse Manor park
Palmse Manor park
Altja village in Lahemaa National Park
Altja village in Lahemaa National Park


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