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Tallinn Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. Tallinn Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

The Estonian maritime city of Tallinn is truly one of the gems of Northern Europe. The old town has been astonishingly well preserved and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. There is also a new town center, called Vabaduse Valjak or Freedom Square, at the edge of the old town. Nearby is the giant matchbox of Hotel Viru, a former tourist flagship and notorious den of Cold War intrigue. During this era every room was tapped and monitored by the KGB! The city has been influenced by Germany, Italy, Russia, and Scandinavia. Tallinn’s calendar is packed with festivals celebrating music, film, art, theater, culture, and food. Sea-faring festivals, the Opera Festival, and the Tallinn Marathon also feature prominently on the calendar. Explore this alluring city and take advantage of all there is to see and do during your stay. Take the bus tour to the old town and admire the 14th and 15th century architecture and narrow, twisting streets. You can also try out the local cuisine at any of a number of restaurants here. Tour Stops: Stop 1 - Mere Pst 5 Stop 2 - Song Festival Grounds Stop 3 - Russalka Monument Stop 4 - City Harbor, D-Terminal (Tallink) Stop 5 - Swissotel/Radisson BLU Stop 6 - Old Town/Toompea Castle Stop 7 - City Harbour, ABC Terminals Stop 8 - City Harbour, Cruise Ship Terminal

From Tallinn: Day Trip to Lahemaa National Park

2. From Tallinn: Day Trip to Lahemaa National Park

Experience the stunning natural beauty of Lahemaa National Park on this exciting, full-day tour. Drive for an hour from Tallinn to Lahemaa, stopping to admire Jägala Waterfall. Learn about Estonian rural life and native flora and fauna and discover more about the forests and their importance in Estonian culture and traditions whilst hiking the forest's Beaver Trail with your guide. Explore the seaside at Altia Village and discover pre-Soviet architecture in this quaint fishing village. Walk along the sandy beaches and if it's warm have a swim in the water. Head to a tavern for some tasty Estonian farm food. End your tour enjoying a walk with your guide in the Viru bog while listening to tales from Estonian folklore related to these fascinating wetlands.

From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki

3. From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki

Don't miss the opportunity to explore beautiful Helsinki, one of the most liveable cities in Europe. Helsinki lies across the Gulf of Finland from Tallinn: an easy day trip by ferry to stroll around Helsinki’s historical city center and to try local food in cozy nice cafes and restaurants. Secure your place on the ferry with a convenient crossing time. Cruise across the Gulf, and enjoy seven hours to explore Helsinki independently. Tickets include entry on board and seating. You can spend your time on board visiting one of the restaurants, shopping at the Traveller Superstore, or enjoying the scenery of the archipelago passing by. It is about a 10-minute tram ride from the West Harbor Terminal to the city center of Helsinki. Depending on the chosen departure times you will have up to 10 hours to explore the city. Choose to upgrade to comfort class or the business lounge at booking. With comfort class, travel comfortably and enjoy the sea view. The upgrade price includes snacks, coffee, tea, other refreshments, daily newspapers, and free Wi-Fi. Travel in style and luxury in the business lounge, including food and drinks from the exclusive buffet, newspapers, magazines, and free Wi-Fi.

Welcome to Tallinn: Private Walking Tour with a Local

4. Welcome to Tallinn: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Tallinn from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city with all the information you need.

From Helsinki: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Tallinn

5. From Helsinki: Return Day Trip Ferry Ticket to Tallinn

Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, lies across the Gulf of Finland from Helsinki: an easy day trip by ferry for those keen to experience its medieval charms. Secure your place on the ferry with a convenient crossing time. Cruise across the Gulf, and enjoy up to 10 hours to explore independently. Delve into Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town and enjoy the museums, shops, and restaurants. Tickets include entry on board and seating. You can spend your time on board visiting one of the restaurants, shopping at the Traveller Superstore, or enjoying the scenery of the archipelago passing by. It is about a 20-minute walk from the Tallinn D-terminal to the old town, or you can take a taxi from the terminal building. You can also visit different museums like the KUMU art museum or the baroque architecture of the Kadriorg Palace. Depending on the chosen departures you will have up to 10 hours to explore Tallinn.  Upgrade your experience and and book into the Comfort Class or Business Lounge. Comfort Class: • Travel comfortably while enjoying the sea view. The upgrade price includes snacks (with ingredients to make sandwiches), coffee, tea, refreshments, daily newspapers, and free WiFi Business Lounge: • Travel in style and add some luxury to your journey. The upgrade includes food and drinks at the Business Lounge buffet. Newspapers, magazines, and free WiFi available

Tallinn: Private City Highlights Walking Tour

6. Tallinn: Private City Highlights Walking Tour

Meet the guide at the lobby of your centrally located hotel or at the Viru gate (entrance to the Old town). Start the tour by strolling the main street of the Old town, see the Town hall square and the Dome church, admire the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, visit the Old Pharmacy, dating back to the 13th century, Climb the upper town and admire the beautiful panoramic views of Tallinn from Toompea Hill.

Tallinn Bay Sightseeing Cruise

7. Tallinn Bay Sightseeing Cruise

Depart from the historic Seaplane Harbour and begin your cruise around the Bay of Tallinn. Admire the wonderful panorama of the Old Town of Tallinn and its towers, the historic shoreline, and fancy cruise ships in the port as you learn about Tallinn's maritime history. The navigation bridge is open to visitors and souvenir pictures can be taken there. Depart from the historic Seaplane Harbour and begin your cruise around the Bay of Tallinn. Tour may involve a brief stopover on some of the Tallinn small islands. A tour along the Bay of Tallinn is the best way to admire the wonderful panorama of the Old Town of Tallinn and its towers. Learn about Tallinn's maritime history, and admire the historic shoreline and fancy cruise ships in the port. The trip begins and ends at the historic Seaplane Harbour and will take you around the shoreline of the Bay of Tallinn. Receive an Illustrated Tallinn Bay tour map created by artist Kristjan Luiga. The cafe is open on board.

Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour

8. Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour

This "Welcome to Tallinn Bike Tour" is a welcome indeed. Explore the picturesque city the easy way with a guided bicycle tour that is suitable for individuals, groups or the entire family, who want to see more than just the Old Town. The tours are designed for travelers who like to have fun while they explore and gain a true insight into the Estonia of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Tours take place every day and in all seasons, starting from the City Bike office in the Old Town. Groups are kept small to allow for a more personalized experience, with easy routes to allow for inexperienced or young cyclists. Children’s bikes, seats and trailers are all available on request. You will keep mainly to the cycle paths and quiet roads as you tour the city. You will also see some of its modern buildings, the World War II Memorial and the Olympic Center. During the summer, cruise along the promenade and hop-off onto the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Finland. The tour also runs in winter when your bike will be equipped with special spikes, and you can learn how to cycle in the snow.

Tallinn TV Tower: Fast-Lane Ticket

9. Tallinn TV Tower: Fast-Lane Ticket

The Tallinn Television Tower, 314 meters in height, is the tallest building in Estonia as well as in all of northern Europe. The building is a renowned touristic, cultural and leisure center. Your journey starts with visit to Cinema Hall, giving a fascinating overview of the both the tower's history and that of Estonian independence itself. Then, head up to the viewing platform and brasserie-restaurant at the 170-meter level. On top you can enjoy an interactive exhibition detailing the greatest achievements of Estonians throughout the ages. A special panorama program magnifies the view and gives a short overview of Tallinn's most interesting sights and areas. Record and broadcast video greetings in the tower’s television studio and memorialize the visit with special souvenirs.

Tallinn: 3-Hour Medieval Walking Tour

10. Tallinn: 3-Hour 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 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. Depending on your preference, visit a former Dominican monastery quarter taken over by female workshops of stain glass blowers, chocolatiers, artists, doll makers and weavers. Then, explore Upper Town - an area of German crusaders (later - noblemen), viceroy and bishops. See the largest Orthodox church in Estonia, then the oldest one in Estonia. Nearby, see Toompea Castle occupied by parliament. The climax of the excursion will be a visit to a viewing platform for a view of Tallinn. This excursion will finish at the Town Hall Square. You will also receive recommendations on where to try local food and drinks, what kind of souvenirs are worth buying, where to spend time with children and what museums are worth visiting.

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What people are saying about Estonia

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Really interesting, informative and well planned tour. I love a walking tour as it gives you a great feel for the area that you're in as well as providing both historical and current information on the area. This tour certaintly did that and it gave a great understanding on how Tallinn came about and the different ages that it went through. Would highly reccommend

The directions to meet with our guide were easy to follow. Helena was very knowledgable and her English was excellent. We were in a small group of four and so were able to ask questions. Helena answered them all very patiently. A lovely day out in a beautiful city! Thank you.

Very nice tour with a lot of history about the city and good food along the way. A very nice mix. The (local) guide really knew what she was talking about and was able to tell us a lot about Tallinn. Recommended!

Wonderful lady named Marina met us at the port. Very knowledgeable about the city history. Took us in a tram to the royal palace. Easy to talk to, very approachable. Lovely tales and ghost stories

We really enjoyed the food tour through Tallinn! Tip: don't have lunch before as you will be really full after!