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Welcome to Tallinn: Private Walking Tour with a Local

1. 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.

Tallinn: 3-Hour Medieval Walking Tour

2. Tallinn: 3-Hour Medieval Walking Tour

Walk through the narrow gothic dwellings, cozy cobblestone streets and well-made fortress walls with solid towers. The Old Town is comprised of two parts: Lower Town (residence of artisans and merchants) and Upper Town (residence of viceroys and the nobility). On this tour, learn how Tallinn got wealthy by attracting invaders and resisting them. Discover why Tallinn was known as a 'town of pepper and salt,' and how Estonians, local Germans and Catholic monks communicated with each other. Walking the cozy cobblestone streets, get acquainted with Tallinn history through interesting stories and legends.  See medieval dwellings from the 14th to the 15th-century, the oldest town hall and pharmacy in Europe and St. Olaf Church, having once been the highest in the world. Depending on your preference, visit a former Dominican monastery quarter taken over by female workshops of stain glass blowers, chocolatiers, artists, doll makers and weavers. Then, explore Upper Town - an area of German crusaders (later - noblemen), viceroy and bishops. See the largest Orthodox church in Estonia, then the oldest one in Estonia. Nearby, see Toompea Castle occupied by parliament. The climax of the excursion will be a visit to a viewing platform for a view of Tallinn. This excursion will finish at the Town Hall Square. You will also receive recommendations on where to try local food and drinks, what kind of souvenirs are worth buying, where to spend time with children and what museums are worth visiting.

Tallinn: 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour

3. Tallinn: 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Discover the Old Town of Tallinn with your knowledgeable, local guide. Choose from a private or small-group shared tour with a maximum of 12 people for an intimate experience. The UNESCO-protected Old Town has winding alleyways, ornate doorways, and medieval courtyards. Get to know Tallinn's Lower Town, stop at Tompea Hill for stunning views, admire the art at Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, and a have break at the Town Hall.  Spend 2 hours in the Old Town, then hop on a tram to discover the surrounding area. Admire Kadriorg Palace and Park designed by Italian architect Niccolo Michetti. The palace and surrounding manicured gardens are a humbling example of Tsarist extravagance. View the Song Festival Ground to understand an important part of Estonian history. The tour ends back at your original starting point. For cruise ship passengers, choose the Shore Excursion option upon checkout to ensure a timely delivery back to the port ready for your onward departure.

Tallinn: Estonian Food, Drinks and History Tour

4. Tallinn: Estonian Food, Drinks and History Tour

Get acquainted with the cuisine of Hanseatic merchants, Estonian peasants, Soviet workers, and find out what Estonians eat today. On this 3-hour guided tour, try 3 dishes with dessert, and taste 3 local drinks. In addition, you’ll taste the famous Estonian green chocolate, berry chips, and much more. The cafés and restaurants chosen for this tour are famous for their special interiors and histories, and are, in a sense, museums themselves. Avoiding the more touristy places, you’ll only hit up places off the beaten path where locals like to go for a truly authentic Estonian experience. This tour is the perfect activity for bad weather, as Tallinn’s cozy restaurants will keep you warm and relaxed.

Tallinn: 1.5-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

5. Tallinn: 1.5-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Explore the best of Tallinn's charming Old Town on this walking tour. Visit the historic Town Hall Square and hear stories about how the weather-vane got its name and which famous recipe was invented in the Town Hall Pharmacy. Marvel at the medieval churches as you listen to your guide's interesting commentary. Learn more about the city walls and take pictures from the viewing platforms on Toompea Hill. You will also visit the Parliament of Estonia.  Walk in St. Catherine's Passage, one of the most picturesque Old Town lanes. Discover St. Catherine’s Guild, a collection of craft workshops where traditional artists create and sell glassware, hats and other goods. End your tour with a visit to the city’s oldest existing building, the Dominican Monastery, which dates to 1246. 

Tallinn TV Tower: Fast-Lane Ticket

6. 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.

Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

7. 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.

Tallinn Food Tour

8. Tallinn Food Tour

This food tour of Tallinn takes you on a culinary excursion through the Old Town, including stops at the neighboring Baltic Station Market and gives you a chance to experience the smells, flavors and stories of Estonian cuisine. You will also get to see some of the most beautiful parts of the Old Town and nearby Kalamaja quarter and hear exciting stories about Estonian history and the country today. This tour includes around 6 food and drink stops based on local traditional and modern food and drinks. You will be served a soup, various traditional food samples, like black rye bread, traditional Estonian open-faced spiced sprat sandwiches and also samples of modern Estonian cuisine. You will try out some local drinks, like 'Kali' and 'Kama', some local schnapps and sweets and a good cup of locally roasted coffee or a glass of local berry or fruit wine.  Please note that food and drink stops and the menu can vary a bit depending on the season.

Naissaar: Soviet Military & Coastal Folk Heritage Day Trip

9. 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.

Tallinn Bay Sightseeing Cruise

10. Tallinn Bay Sightseeing Cruise

Depart from the historic Seaplane Harbour and begin your cruise around the Bay of Tallinn. Admire the wonderful panorama of the Old Town of Tallinn and its towers, the historic shoreline, and fancy cruise ships in the port as you learn about Tallinn's maritime history. The navigation bridge is open to visitors and souvenir pictures can be taken there. Depart from the historic Seaplane Harbour and begin your cruise around the Bay of Tallinn. Tour may involve a brief stopover on some of the Tallinn small islands. A tour along the Bay of Tallinn is the best way to admire the wonderful panorama of the Old Town of Tallinn and its towers. Learn about Tallinn's maritime history, and admire the historic shoreline and fancy cruise ships in the port. The trip begins and ends at the historic Seaplane Harbour and will take you around the shoreline of the Bay of Tallinn. Receive an Illustrated Tallinn Bay tour map created by artist Kristjan Luiga. The cafe is open on board.

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What people are saying about Tallinn

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 283 reviews

This tour through Get Your Guide was excellent. The ferry tickets and directions were all well organised and communicated in advance. Our guide picked us up from Tallinn ferry terminal and drove us around the city to include sites that weren't within walkable distance, then we parked and explored the city on foot. She was super knowledgeable, friendly and gave us great pointers about best places to see, eat and shop in our free time. Awesome day trip if you have a free day in Helsinki.

Anastasia was great. Super knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. She picked us up at the port when we arrived, drove us around the town, gave us the walking tour, and gave us free time to explore on our own. I highly recommend this tour. Tallinn is such a lovely city. If you are reading this review is because you are considering booking it, don't waste another minute; book it now! It is worth it.

Talinn is a must see for anyone visiting Helsinki! Charming medieval town with excellent food (Scheeli Restoran, among others) and gifts to buy at inexpensive prices. Check out all stores East of town square.

Our guide was Riina. She was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. An excellent guide. It was a great way to start our visit to Tallinn.

super professional guide with deep and interesting knowledge to share with us