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Naissaar: Soviet Military & Coastal Folk Heritage Day Trip

1. Naissaar: Soviet Military & Coastal Folk Heritage Day Trip

Naissaar Island was a popular outing destination prior to World War 2, and home to the Aibofolk (Swedish heritage islanders) who made their fortunes as pilots and seal hunters and enjoyed lucrative business with privateers. The Soviet army then turned the island into a secluded military base. Explore the sights from the Soviet military period and remnants of pre-war life. Depart for a 1-hour boat voyage from the historic Lennusadam, enjoying beautiful views while passing Katherina Keys, Bald Island, and Midshallows Lighthouse. You’ll have an amazing opportunity to visit an abandoned sea mine stockyard that was once a top-secret Soviet military base. The secrecy of the base was of utmost importance and is surrounded by double-wire fences guarded by bloodhounds. Afterwards, see the Fire Boulder, another of the island’s landmarks with a thrilling tale to tell. As a final stop, get a true contrast to the military history with a visit to a sanctuary for the native people of the island and learn about the exciting past of its former inhabitants. At the end of the tour, take some time to wander on the beach.

Behind the Iron Curtain of Tallinn - Secrets of the Soviets

2. 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. 

Tallinn: Coastal Cliffs and Rummu Suberged Quarry Day Tour

3. Tallinn: Coastal Cliffs and Rummu Suberged Quarry Day Tour

Begin your tour with a light hike along the forested coastline not far from Tallinn. Visit an abandoned naval fortress which is tucked away in the forest, where it is still possible to explore the dark underground tunnels and the massive concrete structures above the ground. From there your tour continues to the Keila Waterfall, located in a peaceful manor park with charming bridges and walking paths. Drive through the mostly Russian-speaking city of Paldiski, getting a feel of its industrial Soviet-era neighborhoods. Following that, visit the local Russian orthodox church to learn about the contrast between Estonian and local Russian cultures. A break for lunch at a local restaurant is then provided, during which you can order Estonian food for lunch. Continue the tour to the Pakri coastal cliffs where you can observe the red lighthouse looking over the vast Baltic Sea. Whilst there, it is optional to buy a ticket to the lighthouse to climb to the top, or walk all the way to the Pakri Waterfall. For the final stop on your tour, drive to the Rummu submerged quarry. Whilst there you can climb up the sandy hills for a view over the entire crystal clear lake and the submerged houses. As you return to Tallinn, you can reflect back on your day filled with nature, alternative off-the-beaten sights, and secret history.

Tallinn: Soviet History of Modern Tallinn Tour

4. Tallinn: Soviet History of Modern Tallinn Tour

Embark on a guided private tour to discover Tallinn’s Soviet history. Visit highlights like the Memorial to the Victims of Communism, Pirita Yacht Club, Linnahall, National Library of Estonia, and more. Drive until Lasnamae to see a fascinating part of the city that was considered Tallinn’s model socialist micro-district until the 1990s. Feel the typical Soviet atmosphere with apartment buildings that have not yet been remodeled. Learn how it has preserved its original appearance as a typical residential district. Walk through the district which is like an open-air museum of Soviet Estonia reflecting the style and architecture of its time. Enjoy a drive to the Baltic seaside to discover the Memorial to the Victims of Communism in Maarjamae, dedicated to Estonian people who suffered the terror of the Soviet regime. It is a grand architectural achievement serving to remind the fragility of freedom and human life. Continue to the outdoor exhibition of the history museum showing life-size statues of old Soviet leaders like Lenin and Stalin. Access the history of the totalitarian state and sense the ideological foundations and methods of Soviet society. Take a break at the Pirita Yacht Club, built to house the sailing games of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, and enjoy the scenery of the Baltic Sea. Cross the city center until Linnahall, a city hall reminiscent of the 1980 Olympics. Experience wonderful views of Tallinn and learn about the history and architecture of this iconic concrete building. End your tour at the National Library of Estonia, the largest library in the Baltic countries with underground floors for a huge book depository. Listen to its similarities with Linnahall, featuring grand staircases and a maze of access stairs all over adding a clearly urban dimension. Choose to walk to the old town which is just 10 minutes away or visit the Museum of Occupations and Freedom.

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

5. 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.

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4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

A special island with a special history. It is absolutely not touristy and that provides a very original experience. I thought the Tour was a bit on the short side; that could have been a bit more elaborate.

Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and also shared some personal stories, which all made for a vivid and exciting tour.

Great tour into the past. We really enjoyed the truck ride and the lunch was really nice

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

It had been a great tour! Super exciting and impressive!