Tallinn Cruises, Estonia
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Tallinn’s one of the world’s best-preserved Medieval towns, with a cobweb of winding streets crammed with monuments. This tour takes you around the old town as well as the modern district that lies beyond it. First, you’ll drive to Kadriorg, the exclusive seaside district centred on the palace and the park built by Russian Tsar Peter I. Then you’ll make a photostop at the Song Festival Ground and unravel some of its history that stretches back to 1869. From there, head to Pirita, passing the Forest Cemetery, the ruins of the St. Birgitta Monastery and the Olympic Yacht Centre to name a few. At Tall Hermann Tower it’s time to start the second leg of your tour, this time on foot. Follow your local guide to Toompea, to the Baroque Castle and the seat of the Estonian Parliament. Then visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral as well as the famous Dome Church. Last but not least, walk to a popular viewpoint for some fabulous photo opportunities and grab some last-minute souvenirs.
Explore the magical city of Tallinn on a walking tour that takes in all the highlights. After a short drive to the Tall Hermann Tower you’ll start your walk accompanied by a local guide. Visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to see its beautiful mosaics and icons. And take a look at the famous Dome Church, which has 100 Medieval coats of arms proudly on display. Afterwards, make your way to a great viewpoint to snap a panoramic picture of the lower town with its towers, churches and red-tiled roofs. Then head to the lower town, passing some of Tallinn’s oldest monuments along the way. On Long Street, keep an eye out for the Holy Ghost Church and the building of the Great Guild of Merchants. Then walk towards the Town Hall Square to marvel at this impressive Gothic building and one of the oldest drug stores in Europe. Last but by no means least, walk to Viru Street, the town’s main shopping street, for some free time to browse and buy at your leisure.
This trip acts as an introduction to Tallinn’s most famous sights. One of the first things you’ll pass is Kadriorg Park – a pretty leafy parkland. Then, there’ll be a photo stop at the Song Festival Ground, where locals sang their way to freedom from Soviet power in the Eighties. You’ll also drive by the Forest Cemetery, the Russalka Monument, and the ruins of St. Bridget’s Convent, which dates back to the 16th century. From here, you’ll drive through the Pirita and Lasnamäe districts. Lasnamäe’s narrow, grey blocks sit in stark contrast to the traditional, ornate buildings of Pirita. You’ll then head for Medieval Tallin, to see the ancient stone walls, faded towers and old gateways. After arriving to Toompea Hill you will leave your coach and start your walking portion of the tour. When you walk up the hill to the imposing Toompea Castle , you’ll have a bit of time to admire the main tower and blue, black and white flag. You can also delve inside the Russian Orthodox church that dominates the castle’s courtyard. Finally, on your way back to the ship, you’ll whiz past the National Estonian Library and the patisserie-lined Freedom Square.