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Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Day Tour with Ferry Crossing

1. Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Day Tour with Ferry Crossing

Cross the Gulf of Finland by ferry and join a guided city tour of Tallinn on a day tour from Helsinki. Step back to medieval times in Old Town, and see past Russian influences in the architecture of Aleksander Nevski Cathedral and Kadriog Park. After an easy 2-hour ferry crossing from Finland to Estonia, you will be met at the port by your guide. Your guided city tour will take in all the major sites of Tallinn, followed by some free time to explore at your own pace. The most popular destination in Tallinn is Old Town, an area which has maintained its medieval character and charm to this day. Stroll the cobblestone streets, walk through ivy-covered Viru Gate and explore the gothic Town Hall. On Toompea Hill discover the perfectly pink Toompea Castle, built in the 13th century, now home to Estonia's parliament. Directly across from the castle is Aleksander Nevski Cathedral. This striking Russian Orthodox-style cathedral with onion bulb domes will certainly capture your attention. For a dose of nature, the beautiful gardens at Kadriog Park beckon visitors to Tallinn. With geometric flower beds, Japanese garden and a lovely swan pond, there is plenty to delight the senses for all ages. At the end of the day you will return to the port for your ferry trip back to Helsinki where your tour ends but memories will remain.

Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer

2. Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer

The Tallinn city tour is a combined bus and walking tour in Tallinn. During the bus part of the tour, which lasts for 2 hours, you drive around the famous Old Town, and see the towers of the wall, the most famous ones are called Stout Margaret and Tall Herman. You also see the mighty wall of Toompea Castle on the hill, drive through the district of high tech architecture – Tallinn’s City. Lastly, you visit the districts of wooden architecture which Tallinn is famous for. See and learn about the history of the baroque style of Kadriorg Palace and the park which Peter the Great of Russia presented to his wife. Next continue the way to Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, a very important place for the people of Estonia, where the Estonia Song Festival is held every 5 years. The Festival Grounds are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following this, drive along the seaside and enjoy a picturesque view to the Gulf of Finland. Stop at Pirita Convent (St. Brigit's Convent) and discover the story behind the ruins of the monastery. There will also be a beautiful photo stop on the coast of the gulf with the best view of the Tallinn. The bus tour ends in the Old Town and you will continue on foot. Tallinn’s Old Town consists of two parts, the Upper Town and the Lower Town. During your walk you will first discover the Upper Town, which was a stronghold of the former Tallinn nobility. See two cathedrals, the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Lutheran St. Mary’s Cathedral. Lastly, view the Estonian Parliament building inside Toompea Castle and enjoy a panorama of the Tallinn from the viewing platforms. After seeing the Upper Town, continue to the Lower Town. Here you will see the medieval merchant’s houses and learn why Tallinn was founded at this particular place, how it developed, why there are so many churches and why they are so tall. Going down along the Long Leg Street see St. Olaf’s Church, the highest building in the world during the 16th and 17th centuries. Your tour ends at the Town Hall Square inside Lower Town. Here you will find the Gothic Town Hall and the oldest functioning pharmacy in the world, Town Hall Pharmacy. After the tour you are on your own, the guide will advise you about additional attractions, restaurants, and souvenir shops. The main square of Tallinn – Liberty Square is 5min away and the cruise harbour is just a 15 min walk.

Tallinn: Medieval Walking Tour

3. Tallinn: Medieval Walking Tour

Walk through the narrow gothic dwellings, cozy cobblestone streets, and well-made fortress walls with solid towers. The Old Town is comprised of two parts: Lower Town (residence of artisans and merchants) and Upper Town (residence of viceroys and the nobility). On this tour, learn how Tallinn got wealthy by attracting invaders and resisting them. Discover why Tallinn was known as a 'town of pepper and salt,' and how Estonians, local Germans, and Catholic monks communicated with each other. Walking the cozy cobblestone streets, get acquainted with Tallinn's history through interesting stories and legends.  See medieval dwellings from the 14th to the 15th century, the oldest town hall and pharmacy in Europe, and St. Olaf Church, having once been the highest in the world. We explore Upper Town - an area of German crusaders (later - noblemen), viceroys, and bishops. See the largest Orthodox church in Estonia, then the oldest one in Estonia. Nearby, see Toompea Castle occupied by the parliament. The climax of the excursion will be a visit to a viewing platform for a view of Tallinn. This excursion may be finished at the Town Hall Square or any other place convenient for you! You will also receive recommendations on where to try local food and drinks, what kind of souvenirs are worth buying, where to have time with children, and which museums are worth visiting.

Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

4. Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Welcome to Tallinn, the beautiful capital of Estonia! This walking tour will take you through the charming cobbled streets of Tallinn's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Over the course of two hours, you will discover the city's rich history, architecture, and culture. Our tour will begin at Town Hall Square, the heart of the Old Town. Here, we will admire the beautiful Gothic architecture of the Town Hall building and learn about the square's importance in Tallinn's history. Next, we will make our way through the narrow streets and alleyways of the Old Town, passing by the stunning St. Olaf's Church, the tallest church in Estonia. We will also visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a beautiful Russian Orthodox church with stunning onion-domed towers. As we walk through the Old Town, we will learn about Tallinn's medieval past, including the city's fortifications, guilds, and trading history. We will also explore some of the city's hidden gems, such as the picturesque St. Catherine's Passage, lined with artisan workshops and galleries. Our tour will end at Toompea Hill, the site of Tallinn's historic castle and the Estonian Parliament building. From here, we will enjoy stunning views of the city and learn about the rich political history of Estonia. Throughout the tour, your guide will share fascinating stories and insights into Tallinn's history and culture, making this a truly memorable experience. Come join us for a delightful stroll through the charming streets of Tallinn's Old Town!

From Helsinki: Tallinn with Round-Trip Ferry & Guided Tour

5. From Helsinki: Tallinn with Round-Trip Ferry & Guided Tour

Embark on a day trip from Helsinki to Tallinn with a 3-hour guided tour in the city. Board a ferry to Tallinn from Helsinki’s port. Be welcomed by your local guide, who’ll take you from the harbor to explore the town. See the highlights of the city, like its main square, Tallinn Town Hall, Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle, and much more. Tallinn, Estonia’s capital on the Baltic Sea, retains its walled and cobblestoned Old Town, which is home to cafes and shops as well as Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower. The Old Town, dating from around the 15th century, is Estonia’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city at your own pace. When your tour is finished, you’ll be transferred back to the Port to prepare to embark on Helsinki. On the way back, you can relax and enjoy the services before arriving in Helsinki.

Tallinn: Private Guided Walking Tour of the Medieval City

6. Tallinn: Private Guided Walking Tour of the Medieval City

Welcome to Tallinn! If you want to immerse yourself in the exciting present and the great past of this beautiful medieval Hanseatic city, then I would like to invite you to an individual German-speaking city tour.  You can explore one of the most beautiful and best-preserved late medieval cities in Europe on a 3- to 4-hour German-language walking tour, which is done individually - i.e. only for you as an ordered. You will get to know the fascinating lower town - the former Hanseatic city - with its merchant and patrician houses, the numerous churches, its winding streets and the impressive town hall square. The Domberg - also known as the Upper Town - impresses with its representative administrative and government buildings, parliament and embassies, the Orthodox Nevsky Cathedral and the Evangelical Cathedral Church.  From here, at the end of the tour, you will have unique views of the lower town with its city walls and fortification towers, modern Tallinn, the offshore islands and the surrounding Baltic Sea. During the guided tour you will not only immerse yourself in the history of Tallinn, in which the Germans occupy a special place, but also get information about the current situation of the country and its inhabitants.  Questions are very welcome! In addition, I am happy to give you practical information for a good café or a restaurant away from the tourist crowds, shopping or other "insider tips" - if desired. This tour is suitable for all ages. Breaks can be installed at any time on request. People with physical disabilities are welcome.

All-in-One Tallinn Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

7. All-in-One Tallinn Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

After meeting your host at the terminal, take a bus ride to the Upper Old Town. During this 15-minute transfer with other passengers, you can admire the beautiful parks surrounding Old Town and observe the 13th-century medieval Toompea Castle standing majestically at the top of Toompea hill. Start the walking tour at the Upper Old Town. See the Estonian Parliament and visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. After a stroll through the narrow cobblestone lanes, you'll visit the oldest church in Tallinn - Dome Church. Experience magnificent panoramic views from the Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform. From here, you'll descend to the much livelier Lower Old Town. The main attractions here are the gothic-style merchant houses, the Town Wall with its beautiful towers, as well as the St Nickolas Church and Holy Ghost Church. The tour continues on to the historical city center, Town Hall Square where one of the oldest pharmacies in the world can still be seen next to the 15th century Town Hall. Next, take a walk through St Catherine’s Passage and admire the private studios of the local artists. The tour ends at the Viru Gate where you'll be given 2 hours of free time to have lunch and to do some shopping. At the scheduled time, from the city center, the bus will take you back to the port. 

From Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Full-Day Tour by Ferry

8. From Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Full-Day Tour by Ferry

Your guide will greet you and pick you up in the morning from your hotel or Helsinki port.  After pick-up, cruise across the Gulf of Finland to Estonia by comfortable ferry. The excursion starts in front of the oldest town hall in Scandinavia and the Baltics. The walk follows the old street grid now enshrined on UNESCO’s heritage list, resembling a visit to an outdoor museum containing rarities. The sights you will see include storied landmarks such as the Raeapteek apothecary shop, the Great Guild, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle, Neitsitorn tower and many others, along with unforgettable panoramas of the lower town and sea from two observation platforms.  The full-day tour includes a two-hour ferry trip in both directions, as well as a city tour and free time. You will arrive back in Helsinki at 9:30 PM and then be transferred back to the port or your hotel.

Tallinn: Day Tour from Helsinki with Hotel Pickup

9. Tallinn: Day Tour from Helsinki with Hotel Pickup

Start your tour with a convenient pickup from your Helsinki located hotel. Hop aboard a ferry and take in the stunning views on your trip across the Gulf of Finland to Estonia. Once you reach Tallinn you will be greeted by your fun and friendly local guide. From here, your 3-hour adventure commences. During the tour you will get to observe the main city square, Tallinn Town Hall, Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle, and much more. The Old Town, dating back to the 15th-century, is Estonia’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, and is more than worthy of the title. After the guided tour you will have time to explore the lovely cafes, restaurants and small shops on your own. Say goodbye to Tallinn as you are transferred to the port around 5.30 PM, preparing for the departure to Helsinki. On the ferry returning to Helsinki, you can relax and enjoy the services on board. Your tour concludes at Helsinki terminal at 9:00 PM.

Tallinn: Half-Day City Tour

10. Tallinn: Half-Day City Tour

The tour will consist of 2 components. After meeting at the port/hotel, you will have a panoramic trip by car/bus to Tallinn. From there, continue the tour of the Old Town on foot. During the drive, feel the pulse of everyday life. Discover the developing city and learn why it is convenient for living, discover how Tallinn's economy is developing and where the locals work and like to spend their free time. Visit Kadriorg Park, a summer residence for Russian emperors. During the half an hour walking tour, see Kadriorg Palace, Kumu Art Museum and a French-style garden. Visit Song Festival Ground, a symbol of national unity included on the UNESCO intangible list.  Experience a romantic area and a private cottage district at the seaside of Pirita. Visit Pirita convent, a monastery from the 1400s and the Olympic village from the 1980s. In the Old Town, learn the history through interesting stories and legends. Observe the town from viewing platforms, and visit Alexandr Nevsky Cathedral and Dome Church, the guild houses, medieval churches, a solid fortress wall, the oldest Town hall in Europe, and its pharmacy. Major sights in the Old Town: • Toompea Castle • Alexandr Nevsky Cathedral • Dome Church • Yard of Danish King • St. Nikolas Church • St. Olaf Church • Church of the Holy Spirit • House of the Great Guild • House of Brotherhood of Blackheads • Shot Leg Street and Long Leg Street • Town Hall • Town Hall Pharmacy • Cat's Well • Fat Margaret Stout • Viru Gates

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Roman offered us an excellent tour of Tallinn. Very thorough and informative. Gave us a great impression of this beautiful and grand city. His suggestions of places to eat and shop was excellent! Thank you for a fantastic day!!

Very accommodating and informative! We were short an hour because of the ferry, not our Guide! He was very, very good. The city is beautiful, with its contrasts between old, new and futuristic. I’ll be back!

It was a great day. Everything went wonderfully on the trip to Tallinn. The tour was super interesting and everything was very well organized. I can only recommend.

We liked the quick overview of different sites and the nice way Roman narrated the stories and gave the information about each.

Very helpful and knowledgable guide, Tallinn is beautiful!