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About Tallinn

Estonia's cruise port Tallinn is also a fascinating medieval capital. This multi-faceted jewel of a city and its architecture - a legacy of Teutonic, Polish and Russian rule - will have your eyes on stalks. From the spectacular onion domes of the Nevski Russian Orthodox Cathedral to the Baroque Toompea Castle (home of the Estonian Parliament) and the elaborate Gothic façade of the 13th century Raekoda, Europe's oldest town hall, all can be explored from our Tallinn cruises.

 

Another highlight of a Tallinn cruise is the magnificent St Mary's Cathedral, with its display of more than 100 coats of arms - but do take time out just to stroll the winding streets and cobbled squares of the city's atmospheric old town, where you will find exquisite amber jewellery, fine lacework and gorgeous woollen jackets at bargain prices.

 

Visit the workshops in Catherine's Passage to watch artisans creating leatherwork, jewellery and ceramics, or simply retire to a pavement café and relax while enjoying alfresco performances from brass bands, string quartets and strolling players.

 

Shore excursions in Tallinn

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Tale of Tallinn and a Tipple

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4¾ hours

Discover Tallinn’s Old Town and then test your taste buds in Estonia’s oldest brewery.

Step through Nun’s Gate and into the Medieval Lower Old Town to begin your guided walk through the narrow cobbled streets of Tallinn. As you wander through the Old Town, you will pass beautiful medieval houses, the Gothic Town Hall and the charming 15th Century Apothecary, Listen closely as your guide tells a tale of how the city was once a key commercial city within the Hanseatic League.

You’ll have a chance to rest your feet during your transfer to the Saku Estate and Estonia’s oldest brewery. Documents show that beer was being brewed here as long ago as 1820. Join a tour of the brewery where you will learn about the history, processes, variety and storage of Saku beers. Ensure to listen carefully as all of your new knowledge will be tested when you are presented with a selection of the beers to sample, accompanied by some local snacks.

Essential information

There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this excursion. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Due to varying production times at the brewery, the machines may not be operating during your visit. Passengers are required to negotiate approximately 45 steps at the brewery.

A Taste of Tallinn

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Wake up your taste buds and embark on a journey full of flavours through the streets of Tallinn´s Old Town.

Enjoy a short coach ride to the historic Upper Old Town, before taking a guided walk through hidden courtyards, past romantic cafés, street vendors and deli shops.

Walk up to Toompea and take in the views of the beautiful Palace Square, featuring Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the baroque building of the Estonian Parliament. Continue on to a local café to taste a traditional snack of black bread topped with Baltic sprat (herring); the Baltic Sea’s most famous fish.

Your walking tour continues through the Old Town with a visit to the viewing platform near the Dome Church. Follow the winding cobblestone streets to a former local winery, which dates back to 1910 and was one of the largest wineries in Estonia. Learn about the winery’s history before sampling a glass of wine accompanied by some light snacks.

Admire the red rooftops of the medieval city before continuing your walk into the Lower Old Town, with a visit to a traditional Estonian restaurant. Here, you will be treated to a dessert known as ‘kama’. A local speciality, kama is a mixture of different grains, and has featured in traditional Estonian cuisine for many years. You will experience it mixed with fresh whipped cream. Enjoy this sweet treat with a cup of coffee before continuing to the very heart of the city, the Town Hall and square. Here you will have some free time for shopping at leisure.

Round off your tour with a visit to a small medieval pub for a shot of spiced schnapps, then stroll to a local deli which, in addition to local food products, also sells a variety of wooden handicrafts, before returning to the port by coach.

Essential information

This tour will operate by minibus and on foot. There is an extensive amount of walking and standing included on this tour, with uneven ground, cobblestones and steps to be negotiated throughout, therefore it is not recommended for those passengers who find it difficult to walk or stand for prolonged periods of time. The order of sights visited may vary to avoid crowding in busier periods. There are limited spaces on this tour, therefore early booking is recommended.

Aristocratic Tallinn

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Combine a walk in the Upper Old Town with a visit to one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Northern Europe, Kadriorg Palace.

Soak up the atmosphere as you drive around the Tallinn’s medieval walls, gates and watchtowers as you head towards to Toompea Hill. After a short walk uphill you will reach Toompea or ‘Upper Old Town’.

As you walk through Toompea you will see Toompea Castle, the current home of Estonian Parliament and the Pikk Herman Tower which is topped with the Estonian colours of white, blue and black. Visit the interior of 2 contrasting cathedrals, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a relic of the Russian Empire and its gold crosses and cupolas are testament to the influence of years spent under Russian rule. St Mary’s Cathedral, simply called the ‘Dome Church’ is gothic in style and is Tallinn’s oldest church, which has played a prominent role in the city’s history. Step inside and explore the elaborate medieval tombs and coats of arms.

Your next stop is Kadriorg Palace. Founded by Peter the Great, the well-preserved Palace’s main hall is one of the best examples of Baroque interior architecture in all of Northern Europe. Since the Russian Revolution, the ornate Palace rooms have been used as part of the Art Museum of Estonia, the collections of which will surround you as you walk around. After visiting the Museum, enjoy free time in the colourful gardens of Kadriorg Park which surround the palace.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Interior visits to the churches are unguided and your guide will give an explanation outside. The interior visit to the Dome Church is not possible on Sundays or during religious services and events. Please dress appropriately for entering churches. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking on this excursion. The order in which sites are visited may vary.

Best of Tallinn

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 6 hours

This delightful tour allows you to explore both levels of the medieval city of Tallinn and the surrounding areas too.

Begin your tour with a drive to the Song Festival Grounds for a photo stop. Then, leave your coach at Tall Hermann Tower for a walking tour of Tallinn’s Upper Old Town, including the baroque Toompea Castle on Toompea Hill. Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral dominates Palace Square and you’ll have a chance to step inside and view its golden icons and mosaics.

Continue on foot along the medieval cobbled streets to visit the gothic Dome Church, the city’s oldest church. From a scenic viewpoint you will have wonderful views of the Lower Old Town rooftops, before descending to the Lower Town itself. Stop in Town Hall Square for some free time before relaxing over lunch in one of Tallinn's typical old town restaurants.

A visit to an historical residence will include a wonderful concert of traditional music. In Catherine’s Passage there will be free time for shopping at the craft workshops, where glass, leather and ceramic wares can be often seen in production.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.The interior visit to the Dome Church is not possible on Sundays or during religious services and events. Flash photography or video cameras are not permitted in the Dome Church or Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. You are advised that there is approximately 3½ hours’ total walking, which includes cobbled paths and steps. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. Wine is not included with lunch. Should the historical residence not be available, a church may be visited for the concert instead. Your guide will give an explanation outside the Dome Church and you will be given free time to explore the interior. The order of the tour itinerary may vary.

Enchanting Estonia

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 2½ hours

Experience the charm of the narrow streets of the Old Town; then relax and enjoy refreshments and some live music.

Visit Tallinn’s Lower Town, where romantic narrow streets, little shops and cafés are typically found. Some of the old merchants’ houses have developed new uses for serving the busy citizens of Tallinn, whilst retaining their wonderful medieval atmosphere.

During your tour, your guide will introduce to you some of the best little souvenir shops located in Catherine’s Passage in the Old Town, selling only authentic Estonian handicrafts. This is one of the most romantic places in Tallinn and has been used in films as a backdrop for both medieval London and Paris during the Musketeers’ era.

After a walking tour of the area, you’ll visit local restaurant located near to the Viru Gates to enjoy refreshments and some wonderful live music.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hour’s total walking, which includes cobbled paths and steps. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. There are 27 steps to negotiate at the restaurant. The order in which sites are visited may vary.

 

A selection of cruises to Tallinn

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