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Tallinn

From its medieval old town to its fascinating museums, the Estonian capital is an open-air history book.

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From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki

1. 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.

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From Helsinki: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Tallinn

2. 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

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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.

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From Tallinn: Day Trip to Lahemaa National Park

4. From Tallinn: Day Trip to Lahemaa National Park

Experience the stunning natural beauty of Lahemaa National Park on this exciting, full-day tour. Drive for an hour from Tallinn to Lahemaa, stopping to admire Jägala Waterfall. Learn about Estonian rural life and native flora and fauna and discover more about the forests and their importance in Estonian culture and traditions whilst hiking the forest's Beaver Trail with your guide. Explore the seaside at Altia Village and discover pre-Soviet architecture in this quaint fishing village. Walk along the sandy beaches and if it's warm have a swim in the water. Head to a tavern for some tasty Estonian farm food. End your tour enjoying a walk with your guide in the Viru bog while listening to tales from Estonian folklore related to these fascinating wetlands.

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Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

5. 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.

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Tallinn: 2-Hour Shooting Range Package

6. Tallinn: 2-Hour Shooting Range Package

This shooting range gives you the chance to shoot real handguns and automatic rifles. On this 2-hour program you’ll feel a powerful Magnum 357 kick back in your hand. Try other masterpieces of western design and Soviet army and militia pistols, as well as Berettas and the legendary AK 47. The goal is for you to learn to hit the target and to feel the joy of a perfect shot. Learn from an experienced instructor, who will explain all the stages of shooting. You will start seeing the difference as you move from weapon to weapon. The shooting package consists of 60 shots. You have the choice of different 9mm caliber pistols plus a Colt 45 or Magnum revolver or automatic rifle.

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Jägala Waterfall and Harju County 5-Hour Tour from Tallinn

7. Jägala Waterfall and Harju County 5-Hour Tour from Tallinn

Explore the fascinating Harju County and see the spectacular Jägala Waterfall on this tour from Tallinn. See mystical, Bronze Age graves at a museum in Rabala and learn surprising facts about how the graves were discovered. Next, visit an ancient Estonian sanctuary and the oldest medieval Christian chapel at Saha, learning about the site's pre-Christian origins as a sacrificial site. Admire the natural beauty of the Jägala waterfall, the biggest natural waterfall in Estonia and spectacular in any season. See another interesting historical site, an old Viking stronghold, at the Jägala power station and also learn about how trout are affecting the station's energy production. End your tour enjoying a tasty lunch or dinner with amazing views of the bay at Ruhe seafood restaurant.

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From Helsinki: Tallinn Day Trip with 3-Hour Guided Tour

8. From Helsinki: Tallinn Day Trip with 3-Hour Guided Tour

Enjoy 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 at 9:00 AM and reach your destination at about 11:15 AM. You’ll be greeted there 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 at around 5:30 PM to prepare to embark for Helsinki. On the way back, you can relax and enjoy the services before arriving at Helsinki at around 9:00 PM.

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Tallinn TV Tower: Fast-Lane Ticket

9. Tallinn TV Tower: Fast-Lane Ticket

The Tallinn Television Tower, 314 meters in height, is the tallest building in Estonia as well as in all of northern Europe. The building is a renowned touristic, cultural and leisure center. Your journey starts with visit to Cinema Hall, giving a fascinating overview of the both the tower's history and that of Estonian independence itself. Then, head up to the viewing platform and brasserie-restaurant at the 170-meter level. On top you can enjoy an interactive exhibition detailing the greatest achievements of Estonians throughout the ages. A special panorama program magnifies the view and gives a short overview of Tallinn's most interesting sights and areas. Record and broadcast video greetings in the tower’s television studio and memorialize the visit with special souvenirs.

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Behind the Iron Curtain of Tallinn - Secrets of the Soviets

10. Behind the Iron Curtain of Tallinn - Secrets of the Soviets

Take this spectacular drive along Tallinn's coast to get a feel for the area's natural beauty and fascinating maritime and Soviet history! You'll visit the Olympic Center built in Tallinn for the Moscow Olympics and hear how the yachting competitions were organised during Soviet times. On the Viimsi peninsula, you'll visit the abandoned Soviet air-defence base and Coastal Folk Museum's exhibiton introducing stories about time behind the iron curtain. Picture-postcard views of the Old Town skyline can be admired from Tallinn TV tower. 

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Frequently asked questions about Tallinn

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Planning Your Visit

  • When's the best time to visit?

    Tallinn is stunning year-round, but if you're hoping for certain weather then you might want to be plan carefully. The city turns into a wonderful snowy winterland throughout autumn and the Christmas markets are well-worth a visit. But the days are short and you need to wrap up warm. If you want a sunnier stay, then a trip in the summer months is for you. The attractions are open for longer and you might even catch the medieval festivals.

  • How expensive is a trip to Tallinn?

    If you're worried about visiting Tallinn on a budget, then there's no need. It's easy to stay and eat cheaply around the city and none of the must-see sights will cost an arm and a leg. Just be savvy with often-expensive taxi charges and overly touristy restaurants.

Good to know

  • Language
    Estonian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +372
  • Best time to visit
    Tallinn has so much to offer all year, with the winters being cold but beautiful with incredible Christmas markets to visit, while the summer days are longer, warmer, and offer great outdoor events.

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What people are saying about Tallinn

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,235 reviews

The tour was fascinating and full of interesting information about the rich history of Tallinn. The tour guide was very kind and extremely knowledgeable, as well as funny. I would recommend this tour to anyone who'd like to learn more about the different factions which occupied the city and the significance of many buildings within the old town.

We had a very nice trip and explored the city in a short time, but never felt too rushed. Transportation was arranged so that we could get down to the historic city park district, where we had a lovely walked and learned more about the construction and inhabitants of the buildings on the grounds.

Jules was very informative. A lovely wall around the town seeing things that you wouldn't by yourself. It was great walking in the snow.

Our guide Paul was very knowledgeable and very accommodating. It was a great day out.

Fantastic day out. Helsinki is fabulous. The ferry has good restaurants and shops