Estonia In Love And War With Historian Andres Kraas

5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-385
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Points of Interest

  • Toompea Hill
  • Lower Old Town
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Includes snack, Strenuous activity

Description

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

WHAT YOU VISIT
Estonia in Love & War with Historian Andres Kraas
Designed for small groups, this intimate tour led by art and architecture historian Andres Kraas offers a detailed look at Tallinn's struggles for independence from the middle ages through the final freedom fight against the Soviet Union in the 1990's. Your walking tour begins at Toompea Hill, the historical seat of power. From here, you'll stroll to Palace Square, site of the impressive 18th century Toompea Castle and 120-year-old Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Continue to St. Mary's Cathedral; dating back to 1219, it's Tallinn's oldest church. View the sarcophagi before walking to a scenic overlook for views of Lower Old Town. Next, you'll head to the mysterious Bastion Passages underneath Tallinn's city walls where you can explore the history of the defense of the town, as well view a collection of decorative carved stones. From here, you'll head downhill into Lower Old Town for a coffee break and shopping before a coach ride through the city. En route, pass by the Kadriorg area as well as the Song Festival Ground. Visit the memorial to victims of communism which is is dedicated to all Estonian people who suffered under the terror inflicted by the Soviet Union. Before heading back to port, you'll visit the ruins of Pirita Convent, which was attacked and looted by Russian troops in 1577.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Among the medieval sights in Tallinn's UNESCO-designated Old Town, your coach tour includes a stop at the Maarjamäe memorial, which is dedicated to the Estonian people who suffered under the terror inflicted by the Soviet Union.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
During your coach tour of the city, you'll pass by the Kadriorg area, home to 19th and 20th century villas, the nation's top museums and Kadriorg Palace, built by Russian tsar Peter the Great in the early 1700s. Another sight to see is the famed Song Festival Ground, which plays host to performers like Madonna, Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones and others.

Special Notes:

This is a small group tour and space is limited, book early to avoid disappointment. Guests must be fit to walk on uneven surfaces, and to negotiate numerous steps in venues. Wear non slip shoes.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Board your Motorcoach and travel to Upper Old Town

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:15

Visit Upper Old Town (inside visit of Dome Church and Nevsky Cathedral)

Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Walk to the Kiek in de Kok

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:15

Bastion Tunnels and the Carved Stone Museum

Time at site:
00:45
Inside visit:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Walk to the coffee break venue at Town Hall Square and free time

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:45
Free time at site:
45
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Walk back to the motorcoach

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:15

Have a city drive to Pirita Monastery and visit

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:40
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Reboard your motorcoach and return to the ship

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:20