Departing from the pier, begin with a scenic drive around the Old Town, which offers magnificent views of the medieval city walls. See the watch-towers, graceful spires, and winding, cobbled streets. Visit the Russian Orthodox Church inaugurated in 1900 and filled with a stunning array of superb icons, and the 13th century, Gothic-style dome cathedral. View the exterior of the castle, now the seat of Estonia's parliament. Built on a cliff, the Upper Town provides a superb vantage point from which to view the red-gabled roofs and spires of the Lower Town. Your tour continues down both Long and Short Leg Streets to the Lower Town. See the apothecary, which opened in 1422, the Great Guild House, Blackheads Brotherhood House and the 15th century Gothic Town Hall. Enjoy some free time in the grounds of the Dominican convent at a colorful market and St. Catherine's Arts and Crafts Center, before rejoining your coach and returning to the pier.
Note: Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes and be able to walk over uneven surfaces and cobblestone streets.
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Customer Reviews for Tallinn & Old Town Walking Tour
Review 1 for Tallinn & Old Town Walking Tour
I traveled with:Friends
Cruise Date Month:May
Cruise Date Year:2013
Favorite port:Tallinn, Estonia
I want to go here next:South America
Date:May 21, 2013
A Medieval Jewel
Tallinn is the most magical port on the cruise itinerary. After the walking tour, I would suggest that you do not return to the ship by bus with the rest of your tour group. Instead, plan to spend the rest of your time in Tallinn exploring the extensive lower town area. If you are interested in having lunch, I would highly recommend Olde Hansa Restaurant for excellent food and service in a charming Medieval atmosphere. The restaurant also has a really interesting, unique gift shop. (Olde Hansa Reservations are available online). You can then either walk back to the ship or take a taxi for only a few Euros.
Tallinn is one of the hidden gems of the Baltic, and it surprises everyone. Its beauty resides mainly in its medieval core, which is thoroughly covered in this walking tour. Our guide was a proud, optimistic, friendly and knowledgeable Estonian. The walk itself is not too streneous and you have the choice to stay inside the walled-in city after the tour ends. About 75% of my group chose to stay and just wander around the cobblestone streets, old shops and cafes. The walk back to the pier takes about 30 minutes and you can also take a taxi for about 10 euros.
On our first day aboard we met a member of the Sun crew who, naturally, engaged us in conversation. He suggested that Tallinn was the best port of call and he was absolutely correct. We opted for the walking tour of the old town and were blessed by an excellent no nonsense guide who really knew her stuff. Definitely value for money and we left port most impressed, knowing Estonia was the birthplace of Skype et al.