Tallinn, Estonia

Like Latvia and Lithuania, the Baltic republic of Estonia has survived a turbulent history. The small nation was conquered and ruled by the likes of Teutonic Knights, Polish princes and Russian Tsars. For 51 years, Estonia remained a pawn in the Soviet empire, until the burgeoning freedom movement led to independence for the Baltic Republics in 1991. Like its sister republics, Estonia maintained its ties to the Western tradition, retaining the Latin alphabet and Catholic and Protestant faiths. Once a member of the historic Hanseatic League, Tallinn is the political, commercial and cultural center of Estonia.

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Points of Interest

  • Toompea Hill
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Toomkirik (St. Mary's Cathedral)
  • Lower Old Town
  • Town Hall Square
  • Kadriorg Palace
  • Stout Margaret Tower
  • Rakvere
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  • Toompea Hill

    Toompea or "Upper Town" is the home of some of Tallinn's oldest architectural wonders and home to Palace Square.

  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

    Visit a historic Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral serves as the dominating landmark in Palace Square. Witness the cathedral's cupolas and golden crosses rising high above the rooftops.

  • Toomkirik (St. Mary's Cathedral)

    Called the "Dome Church" by the locals, St. Mary's Cathedral is the city's oldest church and an architectural landmark that has played a prominent role in Tallinn's history.

  • Lower Old Town

    Lower Old Town boast views of Toompea Hill and the famous Town Wall dating from the 13-14th century.

  • Town Hall Square

    Stop in Town Hall Square for views of the Gothic Town Hall and browse the small shops. The Town Hall was built in 1402 as a meeting place and has been a highlight of the city ever since.

  • Kadriorg Palace

    Founded by Peter the Great, the palace's main hall is one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in all of Northern Europe. Since the Russian Revolution, the ornate palace rooms have been used as part of the Art Museum of Estonia.

  • Stout Margaret Tower

    One of Tallinn's most impressive defensive structures (also known as "Fat Margaret"). The origin of the name is a mystery: some say it was named for a large cannon, while others claim a cook called Margaret once worked here.

  • Rakvere

    A small, provincial town halfway between Tallinn and the border at Narva, Rakvere is home to the ancient Tarvanpea Castle Ruins.

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Walk & Shop in Tallinn's Old Town & Local Market

3.5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-270
  • Lower Old Town

Explore the medieval cobblestone lanes of Tallinn's historic old town on a guided walking tour that combines sightseeing and shopping. View the well-preserved churches, and watchtowers around the city. Visit different shops and stalls, purchase hand made wares, and take in the historic ambiance of Tallinn.

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Easy Tallinn (Wheelchair Accessible)

2.5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-291
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

This departure is space set aside on lift-equipped vehicles for wheelchair accessible passengers - please be sure to read the Notes section of the tour description regarding requesting this space. This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Explore modern Tallinn and the city's medieval sights on a narrated drive. The sights range from optional visits to Palace Square and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to the Song Festival Ground - the vast stage that is home to Tallinn's Song Festival, an Estonian tradition.

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Easy Tallinn

2.5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-290
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Explore modern Tallinn and the city's medieval sights on a narrated drive. The sights range from optional visits to Palace Square and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to the Song Festival Ground - the vast stage that is home to Tallinn's Song Festival, an Estonian tradition.

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Medieval Towers of Tallinn

4 hours | Tallinn | TLL-225
  • Toompea Hill
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Toomkirik (St. Mary's Cathedral)
  • Lower Old Town

Fix your gaze upon the spectacular towers of medieval Tallinn on a walking tour of the city's most iconic landmarks. Marvel at Pikk Hermann Tower, the golden icons inside Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and climb the 150 steps to the top of Kiek in de Kok Tower for awesome views of Old Town through the tower's small embrasures.

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Upper Old Town Walking & Panoramic Drive (Guided in Spanish)

3.5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-207
  • Toompea Hill
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Toomkirik (St. Mary's Cathedral)

Experience Tallinn on a narrated drive through the city. See the impressive Song Festival Grounds, a natural amphitheatre which seats up to 30,000 spectators and is the site of Estonia's famous Singing Revolution. Explore the Upper Old Town on a guided walking tour of Palace Square. Visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and view the 15th-century tombs in the 'Dome Church.' Enjoy panoramic views of Tallinn's red-gabled roofs and copper church spires.

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Upper Old Town Walking & Panoramic Drive

3.5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-205
  • Toompea Hill
  • Toomkirik (St. Mary's Cathedral)

Experience Tallinn on a narrated drive through the city. See the impressive Song Festival Grounds, a natural amphitheatre which seats up to 30,000 spectators and is the site of Estonia's famous Singing Revolution. Explore the Upper Old Town on a guided walking tour of Palace Square. Visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and view the 15th-century tombs in the 'Dome Church.' Enjoy panoramic views of Tallinn's red-gabled roofs and copper church spires.

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Upper Old Town & Kadriorg Palace

4 hours | Tallinn | TLL-210
  • Toompea Hill
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Toomkirik (St. Mary's Cathedral)
  • Kadriorg Palace

Experience Tallinn on a narrated drive through the city. Explore the Upper Old Town on a guided walking tour. Visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and view the 15th-century tombs in the 'Dome Church.' Then tour Kadriog Palace, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Northern Europe.

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Best of Tallinn

5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-200
  • Toompea Hill
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Toomkirik (St. Mary's Cathedral)
  • Lower Old Town

Experience Tallinn on a walking tour of the historic old city. Visit the cathedrals atop Toompea Hill and walk to Town Hall Square. Enjoy free time to explore the 'Lower Old Town' on your own. Visit The Great Guild Hall and browse the craft studios in St. Catherine's Passage.

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Best of Tallinn (Guided in French)

5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-204
  • Toompea Hill
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Toomkirik (St. Mary's Cathedral)
  • Lower Old Town

Experience Tallinn on a walking tour of the historic old city. Visit the cathedrals atop Toompea Hill and walk to Town Hall Square. Enjoy free time to explore the 'Lower Old Town' on your own. Visit The Great Guild Hall and browse the craft studios in St. Catherine's Passage.

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Best of Tallinn (Guided in Mandarin)

5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-990
  • Toompea Hill
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Toomkirik (St. Mary's Cathedral)
  • Lower Old Town

Experience Tallinn on a walking tour of the historic old city. Visit the cathedrals atop Toompea Hill and walk to Town Hall Square. Enjoy free time to explore the 'Lower Old Town' on your own. Visit The Great Guild Hall and browse the craft studios in St. Catherine's Passage.

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Coastal Sightseeing & Lighthouses

5.5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-215
  • Lower Old Town

The romance of the sea is reflected in the historical lighthouses that dot the picturesque Estonian coastline. Standing strong since the 16th century, the craftsmanship of these monuments is as beautiful as they are impressive. Learn the local lore surrounding these iconic structures and fill your camera with windswept vistas of the sea.

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Local Connections: Old Town & Beer Tasting with Master Brewer

3.5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-310
  • Lower Old Town
  • Town Hall Square

Raise your beer and say terviseks! during a tour and tasting at the Kochi Microbrewery. Following a walk through Tallinn's historic Old Town, you'll stop at the 145 year-old harbor-front warehouse and meet Master Brewer Mario Lehis. Enjoy a mixed flight of craft beers and a variety of snacks.

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Tallinn Old Town & Pub Crawl

4 hours | Tallinn | TLL-330

Raise your glass to Estonia's beer-making heritage with a pub crawl through Lower Old Town. Join your knowledgeable guide for a walk along the cobblestone streets to four fun and unique pubs where you'll be treated to a glass of local beer. Explore on your own before returning to the pier.

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Old Town Tallinn & Rakvere

7.5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-105
  • Toompea Hill
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Toomkirik (St. Mary's Cathedral)
  • Rakvere

Travel to historic Rakvere. Explore the ruins of a 14th century castle built by the warrior monks of the Sword Brotherhood. Then take a guided walking tour through Tallinn's historic Toompea Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Countryside & Old Town Cycling Tour

4.5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-440

Peddle into the countryside along seaside and rural routes as you take in lovely scenery on the way to Rocca al Mare Open-Air Museum, set in a lush, forested park showcasing 18th-20th century Estonian architecture and a simpler way of life. Continue to Tallinn's Old Town to admire the 13th-century medieval buildings, churches and Town Hall Square.

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Exclusive Liviko Distillery & Glimpse Of Old Town

4 hours | Tallinn | TLL-335
  • Lower Old Town

Get to know Tallinn's past and present beginning with an exclusive tour of the Liviko Distillery factory followed by tasty samplings of its Estonian spirits. Then, a guided walk through Lower Old Town takes you past beautiful medieval houses, the Gothic Town Hall and the charming 15th century Apothecary

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A Discovery Exclusive - Ultimate Tallinn

6 hours | Tallinn | TLL-100
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

A "European Capital of Culture" is on display when you explore the medieval center of Tallinn. Discover the charms of Upper and Lower Old Town, which were originally two medieval villages. Marvel at Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church, then go behind the scenes of the City Theater.

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Local Connections: Tallinn & its Artisans

5.25 hours | Tallinn | TLL-999
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Toompea Hill
  • Lower Old Town
  • Town Hall Square

Join an intimate group for a tour of medieval Tallinn. Admire the cathedrals atop Toompea hill and walk to Town Hall Square. Enjoy free time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lower Old Town. Visit The Great Guild Hall and browse the craft studios in St. Catherine's Passage.

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Estonia In Love And War With Historian Andres Kraas

5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-385
  • Toompea Hill
  • Lower Old Town
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Join a small group for a walking tour through Tallinn's UNESCO-designated Old Town with noted art and architecture historian Andres Kraas. Learn about the city's struggles for independence as you stroll past sites like Palace Square and St. Mary's Cathedral. Then, board a coach for a sightseeing tour through Tallinn.

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