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NEW TALLINN, THEN OLD TALLINN--THE UNESCO SITE

Private Tour for up to 2 (Not a per person rate) $419 USD
Private Tour for up to 4 (Not a per person rate) $529 USD
Private Tour for up to 6 (Not a per person rate) $664 USD
Private Tour for up to 8 (Not a per person rate) $688 USD
Private Tour for up to 12 (Not a per person rate) $824 USD
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NEW TALLINN, THEN OLD TALLINN--THE UNESCO SITE

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Tallinn is one of Europe's most overlooked cities--and one of its most enchanting. It is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life, and, as most people have no preconcieved notions about Tallinn, they are more than pleasantly surprised, as we were.

This combined driving and walking tour is an excellent way to get acquainted with the best sites of Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a wonderfully preserved city of the Hanseatic League.

Our journey begins in the New Tallinn area, where there is much to see outside the walls. Passing residential neighborhoods, you'll be surprised by their similarity to American neighborhoods.

Upon arrival in Kadriorg Park, we'll visit Kadriorg Palace, a magnificent northern baroque palace, which Russian czar Peter the Great had built for his wife, Catherine I, in 1718. Housed within the palace is the Kadriorg Art Museum. Displayed here are hundreds of 16th-20th century paintings by Western and Russian artists, as well as prints, sculptures, and other works.

We'll pass by Peter the Great's cottage, which he preferred to the palace, as well as the new Art Museum of Estonia, a striking, contemporary design that is tucked into the hillside.

As we move through the medieval gates into the past, we'll circle around the Old Town, admiring the magnificent views of the medieval city walls. Our guided walking tour begins in the Upper Town with its watch towers, graceful spires, and winding, cobbled streets. We'll visit the Russian Orthodox Church, inaugurated in 1900, and the 13th century Gothic-style Dome Cathedral, while also marveling at the exterior of Toompea Castle, the impressive structure that is the seat of Estonia's parliament. Built on a cliff top, the Upper Town provides a superb vantage point from which to view the red-gabled roofs and spires of the Lower Town.

Our tour continues as we follow our guide down Long and Short Leg Streets to the Lower Town. Among the highlights here are the apothecary, which opened in 1422, the Great Guild House, Holy Ghost Church, and the 15th century Gothic Town Hall (all of which we'll view from the outside). On the grounds of the Dominican Convent is a colorful market--St. Catherine's Arts and Crafts Center--that is not to be missed.

At this time, you may decide to walk the old streets, grab some lunch, or do some shopping. There is something special about this medieval city, so we recommend doing some exploring on your own here. If you prefer to head back to the ship, your choice is a healthy walk or grabbing a taxi for about €7 per person.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Exploration of New and Old Tallinn
  • 4 hours of touring, including 2 with a vehicle
  • Opportunity to discover Tallinn on your own
  • Visit/see:
  • Kadriorg Park: Palace, Art Museum, Peter the Great's cottage, Art Museum of Estonia
  • Upper Town: Russian Orthodox Church, Dome Cathedral, Toompea Castle
  • Lower Town: Apothecary, Great Guild House, Holy Ghost Church, Gothic Town Hall, St. Catherine's Arts and Crafts Center
  • Additional Languages Available
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese($)
  • Mandarin($)
  • Portuguese($)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

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Departures (local time)

  • 9:00 AM (4 hrs) Your vehicle will be with you for the first 2 hours; then you are on foot with your guide.
  • 10:00 AM (4 hrs) Your vehicle will be with you for the first 2 hours; then you are on foot with your guide.
  • 12:00 PM (4 hrs) Your vehicle will be with you for the first 2 hours; then you are on foot with your guide.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Please dress comfortably and wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. There are uneven surfaces and cobblestones, and you will be walking downhill from the upper to the lower Old Tallinn.
PLEASE NOTE: After being dropped off in Old Tallinn you are responsible for getting back to port by either walking or taking a taxi. Most people in the area speak english and are happy to assist your navigation.
• Entrance fees, food, and beverages are not included in the cost of this tour.
• The entrance fee to the Dome Church is 2 Euro per person. The entrance fee to Kadriorg Palace and Art Museum are approximately 5.5 Euro, per person, each. (The Museum is closed on Mondays, June 22-24, August 20 and open from 10am)
• If you have more than 12 people in your group, please call ShoreTrips at 888-355-0220.

Restrictions

• This tour does not include the return transfer. You may stay and wander this wonderful, safe, medieval city or return on foot (a healthy walk) or by taxi (about €7 per person).