Tallinn Bus & minivan tours

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Tallinn Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. Tallinn Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

The Estonian maritime city of Tallinn is truly one of the gems of Northern Europe. The old town has been astonishingly well preserved and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. There is also a new town center, called Vabaduse Valjak or Freedom Square, at the edge of the old town. Nearby is the giant matchbox of Hotel Viru, a former tourist flagship and notorious den of Cold War intrigue. During this era, every room was tapped and monitored by the KGB! The city has been influenced by Germany, Italy, Russia, and Scandinavia. Tallinn’s calendar is packed with festivals celebrating music, film, art, theater, culture, and food. Sea-faring festivals, the Opera Festival, and the Tallinn Marathon also feature prominently on the calendar. Explore this alluring city and take advantage of all there is to see and do during your stay. Take the bus tour to the old town and admire the 14th and 15th-century architecture and narrow, twisting streets. You can also try out the local cuisine at any of a number of restaurants here. Tour Stops: Stop 1 - Mere Pst 5 Stop 2 - Kadriorg Park/Swan Lake Stop 3 - Song Festival Grounds Stop 4 - City Harbor, D-Terminal (Tallink) Stop 5 - Swissotel/Radisson BLU Stop 6 - Old Town/Toompea Castle Stop 7 - City Harbour, ABC Terminals Stop 8 - City Harbour, Cruise Ship Terminal

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.

Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

3. Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

After meeting your host at the terminal, take a bus ride to the Upper Old Town. During this 15-minute transfer with other passengers, you can admire the beautiful parks surrounding Old Town and observe the 13th-century medieval Toompea Castle standing majestically at the top of Toompea hill. Start the walking tour at the Upper Old Town. See the Estonian Parliament and visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. After a stroll through the narrow cobblestone lanes, you'll visit the oldest church in Tallinn - Dome Church. Experience magnificent panoramic views from the Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform. From here, you'll descend to the much livelier Lower Old Town. The main attractions here are the gothic-style merchant houses, the Town Wall with its beautiful towers, as well as the St Nickolas Church and Holy Ghost Church. The tour continues on to the historical city center, Town Hall Square where one of the oldest pharmacies in the world can still be seen next to the 15th century Town Hall. Next, take a walk through St Catherine’s Passage and admire the private studios of the local artists. The tour ends at the Viru Gate where you'll be given 2 hours of free time to have lunch and to do some shopping. At the scheduled time, from the city center, the bus will take you back to the port. 

From Tallinn: Half-day North-Western Estonian Coast Tour

4. From Tallinn: Half-day North-Western Estonian Coast Tour

Explore the beauty of northwestern Estonia on this tour from Tallinn. See the waterfall at Keila-Joa manor. Uncover the history of the port town of Paldiski. Go to a local fish farm where you can purchase a fresh fish lunch. Meet your guide and sit back and relax on the drive to the seaside. Stop at the Keila-Joa manor that once belonged to the minister of the Russian secret service and was designed by the architect Andrei Stackenschneider. Purchase tickets to tour the manor and admire the Keila Waterfall. Continue to the port town of Paldiski where you can buy tickets to the lighthouse and see panoramic views of the surrounding town, sea, and countryside. Visit the industrial quarter and electric windmill. From Padise fortress, view what once was the site of Rummu prison but is now a flooded quarry. Go to a local tavern from the 1740s where you can order a hot cup of coffee. Pass by the elegant Padise manor which is now a boutique hotel. See a medieval friary along the way to Keila in the suburbs of Tallinn. Admire one of the oldest churches in the area. Head to a fish farm where you can purchase lunch before returning to Tallinn.

Berlin, Hamburg, Tallinn, & Helsinki: Carnival Pride Package

5. Berlin, Hamburg, Tallinn, & Helsinki: Carnival Pride Package

This package is designed specifically for Carnival Pride cruise ship passengers. The package includes a 10% discount on the total price and encompasses: - a 12-hour tour to Berlin from the port of Warnemüde - a 7-8 hour tour to Hamburg from the port of Kiel - a 7-hour tour of Helsinki and Porvoo - a 5-hour tour of Tallinn. Each of the tours is conducted with a modern, air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking tour guide. The details for each of these tours can be found under our Get Your Guide profile: https://www.getyourguide.com/essence-of-berlin-s60953/

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 210 reviews

I booked this tour for me and my daughter for our day in port at Tallinn. Though our tour bus got off to a slow start due to waiting for our bus, our tour was excellent. Our local guide, Annastassia, was friendly and knowledgeable. She had anecdotes and a plethora of facts about all of the sites. The first half of the tour was driving; second half walking. It was easy to hear her on the bus (microphone). It was great that we got to walk about old town on our own for over an hour at the end of the tour. The streets are cobblestone but with good walking shoes, you get around easily. One of the best tours on our cruise. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to know more about Estonian history, traditions, and enjoy the beautiful city of Tallinn. We fell in love with Estonia!

It is very wise that the ticket is valid all day, at first you can visit the entire excursion, and then get to those places where you would like to stay longer

Very informative guide. Bit of confusion about the meeting point but once we found them it was great. Even took time after the tour to help us find an ATM.

Pick up at cruise port was as promised. Tour was interesting and informative.

Great tour. Wonderful city. Tour guide was excellent.