Old Town Tallinn & Rakvere

7.5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-105
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Points of Interest

  • Toompea Hill
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Toomkirik (St. Mary's Cathedral)
  • Rakvere
Includes meal, Strenuous activity

Description

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

Board your motorcoach and travel picturesque country roads to historic Rakvere and its brooding 14th century castle, which is located approx 1,5h drive from Tallinn. Today this fortification, built by the warrior monks of the Livonian Order in 1346, is both historic ruin and medieval experience centre. Tour the castle and view its catapults and working cannon. Explore the expansive dungeons including its Torture and Hell Chambers, complete with examples of medieval forms of torture. After tasting some local vodka, lunch is served at the castle's inn.

Following your meal, board your coach for the return drive to Tallinn and a guided walking tour of Toompea Hill. 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 stone tower some 150 feet in height. A huge Estonian flag foats 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 walking tour next visits 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 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 old unique tombstones and stone sarcophagi.

Enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs, gifts and examples of local crafts and goods before returning to the ship.

Special Notes:

On Sundays and in the event of religious events, the Dome Church will be seen from the outside only due to church services.

Flash photography or video cameras are not permitted in the Dome Church or Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Euro is the currency of Estonia. US currency is not normally accepted at many of the venues. Credit cards or Euros are recommended when shopping for souvenirs.

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.

Visits to the Torture and Hell Chambers are non-guided and optional.

Rakvere is located approx 1,5h drive from Tallinn.

The order of the visited sights may vary.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Medical Restriction:

Guests must be fit to walk on uneven surfaces, and to negotiate numerous steps in Rakvere.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Drive through Estonian countryside to Rakvere

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
01:30

Visit Rakvere Castle, spririts, lunch at Schenkenberg Restaurant

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
03:00
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
450
Steps:
200
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Drive to Tallinn

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
01:30

Visit Upper Old Town

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
01:15
Free time at site:
15
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
950
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15