Best of Tallinn (Guided in Mandarin)

5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-990
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Points of Interest

  • Toompea Hill
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Toomkirik (St. Mary's Cathedral)
  • Lower Old Town
Shopping Opportunities, Includes snack, Strenuous activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Board your motorcoach for the short transfer to Toompea Hill, where you begin your walking tour through medieval Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Toompea Hill is named after the massive, medieval stone castle that is today home to Estonia's parliament. Standing next to the castle is Pikk Hermann - a medieval tower some 150 feet in height. A huge Estonian flag floats above the tower's battlements.

Stroll to Palace Square, site of Alexeander Nevsky Cathedral. The Russian Orthodox basilica, complete with golden crosses and black onion-shaped domes - was built in the late 19th century during a period of 'Russification.' The church is named after the prince who defeated the crusading Teutonic Knights in 1242's 'Battle on the Ice,' fought on the frozen surface of nearby Lake Peipus. Step inside the cathedral to view the icons and mosaics lining its walls.

Your next stop is Tallinn's beloved Dome Church. The oldest church in Tallinn - it is first mentioned in a letter to the Pope dated 1233 - St. Mary's Cathedral has served as the burial site for nobility since the 15th century. The current façade dates from the 15th century while its ornate copper spire was added 200 years later. The cathedral boasts a fascinating collection of noble tombstones and stone sarcophagi. Continue to a scenic overlook for sweeping views over the spires of Tallinn's 'lower town.' the site of Town Hall Square. Enjoy some brief free time here to browse for gifts and souvenirs.

Head downhill into the Lower Old Town or 'All-linn.' Medieval Tallinn was the northernmost member of the powerful merchant alliance called the Hanseatic League, and the Lower Old Town is the heart of the old trading city. Enjoy a coffee break before walking to Town Hall Square. The city's Gothic Town Hall was completed in 1404. The Hall is topped with a weathervane depicting 'Old Thomas,' an ancient city guardian considered the city's enduring symbol. Enjoy free time to explore on your own.The other major landmarks include the 14th century Church of the Holy Spirit. The church boasts the city's oldest timepiece, a painted clock dating to the 1600s.

Continue to the Great Guild Hall - one of the highlights of the Medieval Old Town. The building dates back to the 15th century and it used to be the main gathering place for merchants, who were wealthy and powerful members of society. The main highlight of the building is the main hall with its blind arches and exhibits which introduce Estonian history. Stroll to St. Catherine's Passage, a medieval walkway. The Passage is home to St. Catherine's Guild, a collection of artisan studios that feature Baltic glassware, quilts, hats and other traditional crafts. Enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs and gifts before rejoining your motorcoach.

Special Notes:

This tour involves extensive walking over uneven and cobblestone surfaces. Not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
Flash photography and video cameras are not allowed inside Alexander Nevsky Cathedral or the Dome Church. During Sunday port calls and in the event of religious events, exterior viewing only is available at both the cathedral and the Dome Church

Euro is the currency of Estonia. Bring credit cards for purchases. Most vendors do not accept US currency.

Since tour buses are not allowed to drive inside the Old Town, walking distance from the bus parking area to the Old Town may vary as it is up a hill.

On June 24, 2020 the call to the Great Guild House will be replace with teh Church of Holy Spirit.

The order of the visited sights may vary.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Medical Restriction:

Guests must be able to walk on cobblestones and uneven surfaces.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Drive from port to Toompea Hill, visit Upper Old Town

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:15
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
1000
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Visit Lower Old Town

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:45
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
1300
Steps:
40
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Refreshments at a local restaurant in Lower Old Town

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No

Walk to the Great Guild House, visit the House

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:35
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
400
Steps:
15
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Walk to and visit St. Cathrine´s Passage

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
00:20
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
450
Steps:
6
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes

Walk to Mere Bvd and re-board your motorcoach to return your ship

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:25
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
200
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No