Upper Old Town Walking & Panoramic Drive

3.5 hours | Tallinn | TLL-205
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Points of Interest

  • Toompea Hill
  • Toomkirik (St. Mary's Cathedral)
Shopping Opportunities, Strenuous activity

Description

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

Experience Tallinn, Estonia's Capital City, on a narrated drive and walking tour during this exciting 3.5-hour journey. Drive along the seashore, and visit the Song Festival Ground. Continue the drive through several residential areas including quaint single family neighborhoods and Soviet style apartment blocks. Drive around the Old City's medieval walls, gates and watchtowers before disembarking your motorcoach near Toompea Hill for the short walk into the Upper Town of Old Tallinn.

Toompea which is also referred to as 'Upper Old Town' is the home of some of Tallinn's oldest architectural wonders. From Toompea Hill, take a short walk to Palace Square. In the square you will see Toompea Castle, the current home of Estonia's Parliament. On the southwest side of the castle stands the Pikk Hermann Tower, topped by the national Estonian flag of blue, black and white.

Next visit a historic Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral serves as the dominating landmark in Palace Square. This cathedral serves as a living relic of the Russian Empire, and a strong testament to the influence of years under the rule of Russian Tsars on Estonia. Gaze towards the sky to witness the cathedral's cupolas and golden crosses rising high above the rooftops of the Upper Old Town. You will have a chance to step inside this working cathedral to view the golden icons and mosaics, which still line the walls today.

Your next stop will be the Gothic St. Mary's Cathedral. Simply 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. It has served as a burial site for the nobility since the 15th century, and inside you will see elaborate medieval tombs and more than 60 medieval coats of arms.

After enjoying the architecture of Upper Old Town, head to the outlook point beyond Dome Church and take in panoramic views of Tallinn's red-gabled rooftops and copper church spires. Relax and browse for local souvenirs as you wander the cobblestone streets. Finally, board your motorcoach and return to the ship.

Special Notes:

On Sundays and days of religious events, the Dome Church will be seen from the outside only.

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

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

The order of the visited sights may vary.

This tour only visits Upper Old Town. Guests can stay in town after the tour to explore the Lower Old Town on their own and return with the shuttle bus (ticket not included in the tour price).

This tour involves approx 1.5 hours of walking in the Upper Old Town.

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.

Depart from ship for a photo stop for Song Festival Ground

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
00:10
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
200
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Drive through residential areas

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:45

Guided walking tour through Upper Old Town past Palace Square, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and Dome Church

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach Walking
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
02:00
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
1200
Steps:
30
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:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:20
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
200
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No