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  • Naissaar: Soviet Military & Coastal Folk Heritage Day Trip

    1. Naissaar: Soviet Military & Coastal Folk Heritage Day Trip

    Naissaar Island was a popular outing destination prior to World War 2, and home to the Aibofolk (Swedish heritage islanders) who made their fortunes as pilots and seal hunters and enjoyed lucrative business with privateers. The Soviet army then turned the island into a secluded military base. Explore the sights from the Soviet military period and remnants of pre-war life. Depart for a 1-hour boat voyage from the historic Lennusadam, enjoying beautiful views while passing Katherina Keys, Bald Island, and Midshallows Lighthouse. You’ll have an amazing opportunity to visit an abandoned sea mine stockyard that was once a top-secret Soviet military base. The secrecy of the base was of utmost importance and is surrounded by double-wire fences guarded by bloodhounds. Afterwards, see the Fire Boulder, another of the island’s landmarks with a thrilling tale to tell. As a final stop, get a true...

  • Behind the Iron Curtain of Tallinn - Secrets of the Soviets

    2. Behind the Iron Curtain of Tallinn - Secrets of the Soviets

    Take this spectacular drive along Tallinn's coast to get a feel for the area's natural beauty and fascinating maritime and Soviet history! You'll visit the Olympic Center built in Tallinn for the Moscow Olympics and hear how the yachting competitions were organised during Soviet times. On the Viimsi peninsula, you'll visit the abandoned Soviet air-defence base and Coastal Folk Museum's exhibiton introducing stories about time behind the iron curtain. Picture-postcard views of the Old Town skyline can be admired from Tallinn TV tower. 

    Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and also shared some personal stories, which all made for a vivid and exciting tour.

  • Tallinn: Off-Road Estonian Forests and Coast Safari

    3. Tallinn: Off-Road Estonian Forests and Coast Safari

    You will be met by your guide and minibus at the exit gate from the custom port. Following a 30-minute guided ride on the minibus, you will meet the off-road club members and change into one of their cars. On the way to the meeting with your off-road driver and guide, you will receive a general introduction into Estonian history, as well as highlights of the day’s itinerary. In the off-road car, you will explore the area of Pakri and former Soviet military town of Paldiski. There you will see the remains of the World War II and Soviet time fortifications, and will also ride the “Road of the Soviet Border Guards”. You will soon stop for a short snack by the seaside and a glass of wine, after which the powerful cars will take you to the former tank training site (which is 15 miles away) to show you what your car is truly capable of. Following your roller-coaster-like drive through the sa...

  • Tallinn: Soviet History of Modern Tallinn Tour

    4. Tallinn: Soviet History of Modern Tallinn Tour

    Embark on a guided tour to discover Tallinn’s Soviet history. Visit highlights like Memorial to the Victims of Communism, Pirita Yacht Club, Linnahall, National Library of Estonia, and more. Drive until Lasnamae to see a fascinating part of the city that was considered Tallinn’s model socialist micro-district until the 1990s. Feel the typical Soviet atmosphere with apartment buildings that have not yet been remodeled. Learn how it has preserved its original appearance as a typical residential district. Walk through the district which is like an open-air museum of Soviet Estonia reflecting the style and architecture of its time. Be driven to the Baltic seaside to discover the Memorial to the Victims of Communism in Maarjamae, dedicated to Estonian people who suffered the terror of the Soviet regime. It is a grand architectural achievement serving to remind the fragility of freedom and h...

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4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and also shared some personal stories, which all made for a vivid and exciting tour.

Great tour into the past. We really enjoyed the truck ride and the lunch was really nice