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Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Day Tour with Ferry Crossing

1. 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

2. 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: Tallinn with Round-Trip Ferry & Guided Tour

3. 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.

From Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Full-Day Tour by Ferry

4. 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.

Tallinn: Day Tour from Helsinki with Hotel Pickup

5. 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.

Tallinn: Half-Day Private Estonian Waterfalls

6. Tallinn: Half-Day Private Estonian Waterfalls

Rivers falling down from the limestone step form two waterfalls. The beauty of Keila Joa Waterfall was always valued, not only by fishermen who lived on the banks of the river, but also by noble knights. One of them was Alexander fon Benkendorf, notorious founder of first Russian Empire Secret Police in the 19th century. His neo-Gothic manor house is still on the bank of the river. On the way, have a photo stop on the picturesque 40 meter high cliff. See where the Gulf of Finland merges with the Baltic Sea. After seeing Keila Joa Waterfall, drive through the small and cozy town of Keila, which gave the name to the river. Here, you will see the real Estonian countryside. You will also make a stop at one of partly ruined but well-preserved medieval monasteries to feel the real spirit on the Middle Ages. The second waterfall – Jagala is located on the river whose banks were inhabited by Estonian tribes nearly 4000-years ago. You will discover ancient burials and will know why the rivers are becoming more shallow over time. Waterfalls have a unique beauty during all seasons. In spring after the snow has melted and in autumn after heavy rains, the flow of water is greatest and waterfalls are bigger than ever. In summer, the waterfalls are much smaller, but there is an opportunity to swim in the river, stand under the waterfall and let the water massage your shoulders. In winter, waterfalls freeze, forming unpredictable shapes, icicles and ice caves. All year long, waterfalls attract photographers and nature lovers. On the way back to the city center, you will see typical 1970s to 1980s Soviet districts and learn some facts about Soviet housing. At the end of the tour, you will have 2 to 3-hours of free time in the old town for discoveries of your own. 

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What people are saying about Siberia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Roman offered us an excellent tour of Tallinn. Very thorough and informative. Gave us a great impression of this beautiful and grand city. His suggestions of places to eat and shop was excellent! Thank you for a fantastic day!!

Very accommodating and informative! We were short an hour because of the ferry, not our Guide! He was very, very good. The city is beautiful, with its contrasts between old, new and futuristic. I’ll be back!

It was a great day. Everything went wonderfully on the trip to Tallinn. The tour was super interesting and everything was very well organized. I can only recommend.

We liked the quick overview of different sites and the nice way Roman narrated the stories and gave the information about each.

Very helpful and knowledgable guide, Tallinn is beautiful!