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From Helsinki: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Tallinn

1. From Helsinki: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Tallinn

Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, lies across the Gulf of Finland from Helsinki: an easy day trip by ferry for those keen to experience its medieval charms. Secure your place on the ferry with a convenient crossing time. Cruise across the Gulf, and enjoy up to 10 hours to explore independently. Delve into Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town and enjoy the museums, shops, and restaurants. Tickets include entry on board and seating. You can spend your time on board visiting one of the restaurants, shopping at the Traveller Superstore, or enjoying the scenery of the archipelago passing by. It is about a 20-minute walk from the Tallinn D-terminal to the old town, or you can take a taxi from the terminal building. You can also visit different museums like the KUMU art museum or the baroque architecture of the Kadriorg Palace. Depending on the chosen departures you will have up to 10 hours to explore Tallinn.  Upgrade your experience and and book into the Comfort Class or Business Lounge. Comfort Class: • Travel comfortably while enjoying the sea view. The upgrade price includes snacks (with ingredients to make sandwiches), coffee, tea, refreshments, daily newspapers, and free WiFi Business Lounge: • Travel in style and add some luxury to your journey. The upgrade includes food and drinks at the Business Lounge buffet. Newspapers, magazines, and free WiFi available

From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki

2. From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki

Don't miss the opportunity to explore beautiful Helsinki, one of the most liveable cities in Europe. Helsinki lies across the Gulf of Finland from Tallinn: an easy day trip by ferry to stroll around Helsinki’s historical city center and to try local food in cozy nice cafes and restaurants. Secure your place on the ferry with a convenient crossing time. Cruise across the Gulf, and enjoy seven hours to explore Helsinki independently. Tickets include entry on board and seating. You can spend your time on board visiting one of the restaurants, shopping at the Traveller Superstore, or enjoying the scenery of the archipelago passing by. It is about a 10-minute tram ride from the West Harbor Terminal to the city center of Helsinki. Depending on the chosen departure times you will have up to 10 hours to explore the city. Choose to upgrade to comfort class or the business lounge at booking. With comfort class, travel comfortably and enjoy the sea view. The upgrade price includes snacks, coffee, tea, other refreshments, daily newspapers, and free Wi-Fi. Travel in style and luxury in the business lounge, including food and drinks from the exclusive buffet, newspapers, magazines, and free Wi-Fi.

Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Day Tour with Ferry Crossing

3. Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Day Tour with Ferry Crossing

Cross the Gulf of Finland by ferry and join a guided city tour of Tallinn on a day tour from Helsinki. Step back to medieval times in Old Town, and see past Russian influences in the architecture of Aleksander Nevski Cathedral and Kadriog Park. After an easy 2-hour ferry crossing from Finland to Estonia, you will be met at the port by your guide. Your guided city tour will take in all the major sites of Tallinn, followed by some free time to explore at your own pace. The most popular destination in Tallinn is Old Town, an area which has maintained its medieval character and charm to this day. Stroll the cobblestone streets, walk through ivy-covered Viru Gate and explore the gothic Town Hall. On Toompea Hill discover the perfectly pink Toompea Castle, built in the 13th century, now home to Estonia's parliament. Directly across from the castle is Aleksander Nevski Cathedral. This striking Russian Orthodox-style cathedral with onion bulb domes will certainly capture your attention. For a dose of nature, the beautiful gardens at Kadriog Park beckon visitors to Tallinn. With geometric flower beds, Japanese garden and a lovely swan pond, there is plenty to delight the senses for all ages. At the end of the day you will return to the port for your ferry trip back to Helsinki where your tour ends but memories will remain.

Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer

4. 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.

From Helsinki: Archipelago Excursion in Porkkalaniemi

5. From Helsinki: Archipelago Excursion in Porkkalaniemi

Discover our wild archipelago where the forest meets the sea. Join us to experience a unique side of Finland, the quiet nature side. A walk in this nature reserve highlights why Finland is one of the best outdoor destinations. Our excursion trail passes over some of the oldest exposed bedrock in the world, many diverse habitats, and onwards to the open sea! Pick berries, learn about wild mushrooms, throw snowballs, or watch great migrations of birds. This off-the-beaten-path destination is our favourite place to explore in every season. Walking along the rolling rocks and beautiful coast, where we have the perfect place for a break, overlooking the Baltic Sea. Your guide will prepare a Finnish-style lunch to enjoy while you are free to take in the wonderful landscapes and find your peace in nature. In total you will spend 3 hours in the Porkkalaniemi nature reserve including 1 hour lunch break with freetime to explore the nature, relax by the baltic sea and discover the details of your surroundings. -- With a focus on responsibility, this tour proudly holds the Sustainable Travel Finland label and Green Activities certificate. We treat everyone in an equal manner and welcome you to join us for an adventure that contributes positively to the environment.

Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour

6. Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour

This "Welcome to Tallinn Bike Tour" is a welcome indeed. Explore the picturesque city the easy way with a guided bicycle tour that is suitable for individuals, groups or the entire family, who want to see more than just the Old Town. The tours are designed for travelers who like to have fun while they explore and gain a true insight into the Estonia of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Tours take place every day and in all seasons, starting from the City Bike office in the Old Town. Groups are kept small to allow for a more personalized experience, with easy routes to allow for inexperienced or young cyclists. Children’s bikes, seats and trailers are all available on request. You will keep mainly to the cycle paths and quiet roads as you tour the city. You will also see some of its modern buildings, the World War II Memorial and the Olympic Center. During the summer, cruise along the promenade and hop-off onto the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Finland. The tour also runs in winter when your bike will be equipped with special spikes, and you can learn how to cycle in the snow.

From Helsinki: Tallinn with Round-Trip Ferry & Guided Tour

7. 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.

Tallinn: Day Tour from Helsinki with Hotel Pickup

8. Tallinn: Day Tour from Helsinki with Hotel Pickup

Start your tour with a convenient pickup from your Helsinki located hotel. Hop aboard a ferry and take in the stunning views on your trip across the Gulf of Finland to Estonia. Once you reach Tallinn you will be greeted by your fun and friendly local guide. From here, your 3-hour adventure commences. During the tour you will get to observe the main city square, Tallinn Town Hall, Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle, and much more. The Old Town, dating back to the 15th-century, is Estonia’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, and is more than worthy of the title. After the guided tour you will have time to explore the lovely cafes, restaurants and small shops on your own. Say goodbye to Tallinn as you are transferred to the port around 5.30 PM, preparing for the departure to Helsinki. On the ferry returning to Helsinki, you can relax and enjoy the services on board. Your tour concludes at Helsinki terminal at 9:00 PM.

From Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Full-Day Tour by Ferry

9. From Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Full-Day Tour by Ferry

Your guide will greet you and pick you up in the morning from your hotel or Helsinki port.  After pick-up, cruise across the Gulf of Finland to Estonia by comfortable ferry. The excursion starts in front of the oldest town hall in Scandinavia and the Baltics. The walk follows the old street grid now enshrined on UNESCO’s heritage list, resembling a visit to an outdoor museum containing rarities. The sights you will see include storied landmarks such as the Raeapteek apothecary shop, the Great Guild, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle, Neitsitorn tower and many others, along with unforgettable panoramas of the lower town and sea from two observation platforms.  The full-day tour includes a two-hour ferry trip in both directions, as well as a city tour and free time. You will arrive back in Helsinki at 9:30 PM and then be transferred back to the port or your hotel.

Helsinki: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

10. Helsinki: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

Feel the unique atmosphere of a Nordic city with an insightful private tour of Helsinki. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the world's happiest country as you discover the city's most popular neighborhoods. Learn about local history and culture by exploring the main landmarks. Get picked up from the port or airport and head out on your sightseeing journey with a private guide. Enjoy onboard amenities such as bottled water and free WiFi. Drive around the fashionable districts of Ullanlinna, Eira, and Kaivopuisto to see magnificent Art Nouveau structures. Explore beautiful embankments with magnificent views of the Gulf of Finland. Discover Sibelius Park, an Orthodox and Jewish cemetery, the Uspenski Cathedral, and the Helsinki Cathedral. Walk around Esplanade Park in the heart of the city and admire the ocean from the Löyly sauna and restaurant. Take a break to swim in the cool ocean waters, then see the innovative Odi Library and interactive center. Ask your guide to adjust the itinerary if there's a place you'd particularly like to see, then get dropped off at the starting point or your chosen location.

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What people are saying about Gulf of Finland

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Jeff was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide! He made sure we were all comfortable with the hike and guided us along during the walk to the archipelago! Porkkalanniemi is a beautiful and scenic site, lots to walk around and explore at your own speed. We were served delicious soup and dessert, made by our guide, it was truly the best. I would recommend this trip if you are in Helsinki even for a short time. Thanks very much Jeff from Dhana Hanna and Lorna

smooth ferry experience from Helsinki to Tallin. QR code is all you need. coffee shop abd bar at terminal. Nice large ferry. Arthur was waiting with sign at Tallin. Interesting tour. Time for photos refreshment stops. clear instructions given regarding meeting points and times. ferry back Interesting- half the Fins were drunk carrying their cheap Estonian booze.

Amazing! The ferry is incredible, comfortable, lots of food and drink options…not a single bad thing to say about it. If you are in Helsinki, I totally recommend you getting the ferry to Estonia.

Everything worked out very well. The ferry was very nice with lots of restaurants and even a playground for kids. We Changed the time of return without any problems (charge only 4€)

Amazing Baltic Sea view and a very comfy , luxury boat💕