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  • Tallinn TV Tower: Fast-Lane Ticket

    1. 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 Food Tour

    2. Tallinn Food Tour

    This food tour of Tallinn takes you on a culinary excursion through the Old Town, including stops at the neighboring Baltic Station Market and gives you a chance to experience the smells, flavors and stories of Estonian cuisine. You will also get to see some of the most beautiful parts of the Old Town and nearby Kalamaja quarter and hear exciting stories about Estonian history and the country today. This tour includes around 6 food and drink stops based on local traditional and modern food and drinks. You will be served a soup, various traditional food samples, like black rye bread, traditional Estonian open-faced spiced sprat sandwiches and also samples of modern Estonian cuisine. You will try out some local drinks, like 'Kali' and 'Kama', some local schnapps and sweets and a good cup of locally roasted coffee or a glass of local berry or fruit wine.  Please note that food and drink ...

    We really enjoyed our food tour! We got a little history, saw some major sites and was introduced to some tasty local food. It is a neat introduction to the city.

  • Tallinn: Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer

    3. 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 vi...

    Our guide tailored the tour specifically for our group. She was knowledgeable about all the history of Tallin and I wonderful person to be with.

  • Tallinn Day Cruise: Towers of Tallinn

    4. Tallinn Day Cruise: Towers of Tallinn

    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. You will be able to learn about Tallinn's maritime history, and admire the historic shoreline and fancy cruise ships in the port. Hear the most interesting stories about the past as well as present while cruising around the bay. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. The trip begins and ends at the historic Seaplane Harbour and will take you around the shoreline of the Bay of Tallinn.

  • Tallinn Self-Guided Audio Tour

    5. Tallinn Self-Guided Audio Tour

    Download a vibrant MP3 self-guided audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. This scenic city of Tallinn, Estonia's capital, will bring you to some of the best views in the country. On this audio tour, you'll learn about its history with Germany and visit areas in the city with different historical influences like the Great Coastal Gate, and Freedom Square. You will also see St Olaf's Church, Tower Square, the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, Town Hall Square, the Dominican Monastery with St Catherine's Passage, the Toompea Hill and Castle, the Kiek in de Kok, and the Tammsaare Park with the Anton Tammsaare Statue. There is also an additional option to see the Kadriorg Park and Palace. With so much history and so many stories to tell, this visit to the ancient city of Tallinn is one to savor. Take your time and meander through the cobbled streets, ...

    I am traveling alone and booking tours can sometimes be problematic if there is no other group. In this case, I downloaded the tour to my Fire and used it on my own. It walked me from site to site very efficiently and I was able to learn the history so I did not miss out!

  • Tallinn: Self-Guided City Discovery Game

    6. Tallinn: Self-Guided City Discovery Game

    Avoid tiresome and disengaging group tours and inject some fun into your holiday as you embark on a self-guided discovery tour of Tallinn. All the information you need to complete the tour will be sent to you via email, so simply download your map for the day then hit the quaint streets of this medieval city where adventure awaits! The challenge begins in the Rotermann Quarter, and from here on out the tour is in your hands. Wander around the city streets, visiting some of the most iconic sights and landmarks as you solve 9 riddles that take you from one location to the next. Some of the stops along the way are hidden locations that you might have otherwise missed on a traditional tour experience. As you explore, discover secret spots that even Tallinn locals don’t know about, unlock tips and recommendations to enhance your stay, and see the sights of the city from a new perspective. G...

  • Naissaar: Soviet Military & Coastal Folk Heritage Day Trip

    7. 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...

  • Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

    8. Medieval Tallinn 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

    Explore the Old Town of Tallinn and see monuments such as the remains of St. Catherine's Dominican Monastery. Step back to the Middle Ages and walk along Pikk Street, where the merchants' houses and craft guilds bring medieval Tallinn back to life. Get acquainted with the churches of the Holy Ghost, St Nicolas and St. Olaf as you explore the Lower Town and Upper Town. Discover why Tallinn is known as the town that limps on Lühike Jalg (Short Leg Street) and hear about the noble knights who lived in the Upper Town . Admire the outside of the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Lutheran St. Mary’s Cathedral. Make your way to the ancient stronghold of Toompea Castle where the Parliament of Estonia now sits, and marvel at the Pikk Hermann (Tall Herman) tower that dominates the skyline. Get a fantastic view of the city from one of the platforms of the Upper Town. Return to t...

    Julia was an awesome tour guide. Very knowledgeable and we liked the small group. Thanks for a fun time

  • Tallinn: Half-Day City Tour

    9. 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 ...

  • Tallinn: 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour

    10. Tallinn: 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour

    Discover the Old Town of Tallinn with your knowledgeable, local guide. Choose from a private or small-group shared tour with a maximum of 12 people so it will always be an intimate experience. Find out why Tallinn’s appeal is rooted in its rich history. The UNESCO-protected Old Town has winding alleyways, ornate doorways, and medieval courtyards. Get to know Tallinn's Lower Town, stop at Tompea Hill for stunning views, admire the art at Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, and a have break at the Town Hall.  Spend 2 hours in the Old Town, then jump into a private vehicle to discover the surrounding area. Admire Kadriorg Palace and Park designed by Italian architect Niccolo Michetti. The palace and surrounding manicured gardens are a humbling example of Tsarist extravagance. View the Song Festival Ground to understand an important part of Estonian history. Explore the eerily beautiful ruins of S...

    Guide was professional and friendly,very knowledgeable about history and current affairs

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What people are saying about Harju

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Great way to get some idea of Estonian history and try some authentic food. Next time I‘ll do that at the beginning of my stay so I can follow up on some of the restaurant recommendations. Loved Estonian mushroom soup!

We really enjoyed our food tour! We got a little history, saw some major sites and was introduced to some tasty local food. It is a neat introduction to the city.

Excellent tour by Roman. Extremely helpful and informative. I accidentally booked the wrong day and he very kindly resceduled.

Our guide was most knowledgeable and engaged. It was three hours well spent. Much appreciated.

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