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Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Day Tour with Ferry Crossing

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. You will visit the viewing points and cover all the highlights on the medieval part of Tallinn 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

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: Medieval Walking Tour

Tallinn: 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's 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. We explore Upper Town - an area of German crusaders (later - noblemen), viceroys, and bishops. See the largest Orthodox church in Estonia, then the oldest one in Estonia. Nearby, see Toompea Castle occupied by the parliament. The climax of the excursion will be a visit to a viewing platform for a view of Tallinn. This excursion may be finished at the Town Hall Square or any other place convenient for you! You will also receive recommendations on where to try local food and drinks, what kind of souvenirs are worth buying, where to have time with children, and which museums are worth visiting.

Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Welcome to Tallinn, the beautiful capital of Estonia! This walking tour will take you through the charming cobbled streets of Tallinn's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Over the course of two hours, you will discover the city's rich history, architecture, and culture. Our tour will begin at Town Hall Square, the heart of the Old Town. Here, we will admire the beautiful Gothic architecture of the Town Hall building and learn about the square's importance in Tallinn's history. Next, we will make our way through the narrow streets and alleyways of the Old Town, passing by the stunning St. Olaf's Church, the tallest church in Estonia. We will also visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a beautiful Russian Orthodox church with stunning onion-domed towers. As we walk through the Old Town, we will learn about Tallinn's medieval past, including the city's fortifications, guilds, and trading history. We will also explore some of the city's hidden gems, such as the picturesque St. Catherine's Passage, lined with artisan workshops and galleries. Our tour will end at Toompea Hill, the site of Tallinn's historic castle and the Estonian Parliament building. From here, we will enjoy stunning views of the city and learn about the rich political history of Estonia. Throughout the tour, your guide will share fascinating stories and insights into Tallinn's history and culture, making this a truly memorable experience. Come join us for a delightful stroll through the charming streets of Tallinn's Old Town!

"Legends and Landmarks: A Tallinn Walking Adventure"

"Legends and Landmarks: A Tallinn Walking Adventure"

Panoramic Tour of the Old Town: Embark on a captivating journey through Tallinn's Upper Town, Toompea, a small hill at the heart of the old city. Our exploration begins at the foot of the hill, where a medieval knight's castle awaits, setting the stage for tales of the Livonian Order, the legend of Linda and Kalev, and a 19th-century dispute shaping one of Tallinn's streets. As we continue, we encounter Ibrahim Hannibal's house on the corner, prompting reflections on the events of August 1991. Our path leads to the city's largest tower, Kiek in de Kök, evoking memories of the Livonian War and Ivan the Terrible. Descending into the "Danish King's Garden," we traverse the Short and Long Leg streets. The journey unfolds on Palace Square, showcasing the magnificent façade of the Governor's Palace and the later, equally splendid Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Following our visit to the cathedral, where Patriarch of all Russia Alexy II served and St. John of Kronstadt attended the consecration, we stroll through "House School" alley to the white Gothic church, the oldest structure on Toompea. Originally a Catholic cathedral for three centuries, it now stands as a Lutheran cathedral, hosting a remarkable collection of heraldry, epitaphs, and sarcophagi of renowned seafarers such as Krusenstern and Wrangel. Honoring the memory of the hero of the Patriotic War and General Kutuzov's son-in-law, Tiesenhausen, we delve into discussions on the Protestant Reformation and its impact on Europe. Despite its modest 7 hectares, Toompea Hill encapsulates Estonia's political history, guiding us past the majestic Benckendorff House towards a breathtaking viewing platform overlooking the Lower Town, which thrived under the rule of merchants trading with Russia. Indulging in glazed nuts and sipping hot Glintvein, we progress towards the government building terrace. Here, we delve into discussions about islands, the fortress wall, and politics. Descending via stairs, we find ourselves in the Lower Town near the former city gates. Here we will find a Boris Yeltsin memorial plaque. Strolling down Monastery Street and entering the Transfiguration Cathedral to admire Ivan Zarudny's majestic baroque iconostasis. The cathedral will be opened just for us. Our journey continues through Lai Street to Oleviste Church, enjoying views of the Three Sisters, Sea Gates, and landmarks like St. Olaf's and St. Canute's Guilds, the Russian Embassy, and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Passing through a charming passage, we reach Town Hall Square, where we explore the world's oldest pharmacy. The tour will end near Viru Gate. Join me on this panoramic tour, and let's uncover the periods of Tallinn's rich history together!

From Helsinki: Tallinn with Round-Trip Ferry & Guided Tour

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.

Tallinn: Private Guided Walking Tour of the Medieval City

Tallinn: Private Guided Walking Tour of the Medieval City

Welcome to Tallinn! If you want to immerse yourself in the exciting present and the great past of this beautiful medieval Hanseatic city, then I would like to invite you to an individual German-speaking city tour.  You can explore one of the most beautiful and best-preserved late medieval cities in Europe on a 3- to 4-hour German-language walking tour, which is done individually - i.e. only for you as an ordered. You will get to know the fascinating lower town - the former Hanseatic city - with its merchant and patrician houses, the numerous churches, its winding streets and the impressive town hall square. The Domberg - also known as the Upper Town - impresses with its representative administrative and government buildings, parliament and embassies, the Orthodox Nevsky Cathedral and the Evangelical Cathedral Church.  From here, at the end of the tour, you will have unique views of the lower town with its city walls and fortification towers, modern Tallinn, the offshore islands and the surrounding Baltic Sea. During the guided tour you will not only immerse yourself in the history of Tallinn, in which the Germans occupy a special place, but also get information about the current situation of the country and its inhabitants.  Questions are very welcome! In addition, I am happy to give you practical information for a good café or a restaurant away from the tourist crowds, shopping or other "insider tips" - if desired. This tour is suitable for all ages. Breaks can be installed at any time on request. People with physical disabilities are welcome.

Tallinn: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Tallinn: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the enchanting city of Tallinn, where history and modernity seamlessly converge to create a captivating tapestry of culture and charm. This self-guided audio tour invites you to embark on a journey through the cobbled streets of Estonia's capital, unlocking the secrets of its medieval Old Town and discovering the vibrant spirit that defines this Baltic gem. As you stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, let the rich narratives of the audio tour transport you back in time. From the imposing towers of Toompea Castle to the bustling Raekoja Plats (Town Hall Square), each step unveils tales of knights, merchants, and the resilient spirit of Tallinn's people. Immerse yourself in the architectural marvels that span centuries, from the Gothic spires of St. Olaf's Church to the fairytale-like Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Along the way, the audio guide will illuminate the historical significance of each landmark, painting a vivid picture of Tallinn's evolution from a medieval Hanseatic trading hub to a modern European capital. Indulge your senses in the lively atmosphere of local markets, quaint cafes, and artisan shops that line the charming streets. As you explore, you'll gain insights into the unique fusion of medieval and contemporary influences that define Tallinn's identity. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a curious traveler, or someone seeking the perfect blend of past and present, the Tallinn Self-Guided Audio Tour promises an immersive and educational experience. Learn more about the top 12 tourist attractions in Tallinn. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central station then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Baltic Station 2. Toompea Castle 3. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral 4. Kiek in de Kök Fortification Museum 5. Tallinn Old Town 6. Town Hall Square 7. St. Catherine's Passage 8. St. Olaf's Church 9. Estonian National Opera 10. Kadriorg Park 11. Telliskivi Creative City 12. Estonian Open Air Museum So, put on your headphones, hit play, and let the stories of Tallinn unfold before you, turning each corner into a new chapter of discovery.

Tallinn: Day Tour from Helsinki with Hotel Pickup

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.

All-in-One Tallinn Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

All-in-One Tallinn 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. 

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This was an excellent tour of Tallinn with easy ferry crossing to and from Helsinki. Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions! It was a long tour with free time afterwards before getting a ride to the ferry. A better format may have been some tour time, lunch break, then finish the tour. Overall a good experience!

It was great and far better than expected. Our guide was knowledgeable, nice, and went out of her way to provide recommendations for the rest of our stay in Tallinn. Highly recommend.

The guide was excellent. very informative and pleasant. the bus was a bit cramped. Not enough room to sit comfortably. the guide took us to excellent places.

Our guide Anastasia was very kind and professional. The tour was excellent and it was a great experience overall. Definitely would recommend!

The guide Mr Roman was on time took us thro the old town , excellent narration, very friendly & helpful.