Board a bus for a stunning, scenic drive to the coastal area around Tallinn on the way to Kadriorg and Pirita in Estonia. This tour will start with a bus ride along the coast, which will bring you to the Baroque style Kadriorg Art Museum, designed by Peter the Great. Make sure you visit the beautiful gardens outside. Discover the delightful Song Festival Grounds and the ruins of the St. Bridget's Convent. Be sure to take advantage of a photo stop at the striking Soviet-style of the 1980s Olympic Village.
On the drive back into Tallinn, this tour will give you the chance to take in the varied and beautiful architecture of the country, including the Estonian Opera and Ballet House, samples of typical Estonian wooden houses, the old Soviet residential buildings, and legendary Viru Hotel where the KGB Museum is housed.
The central hill of the city, Toompea Hill, is thought to sit upon the grave of the mythological King Kalev, but it's also the site where you'll find Toompea Castle, which today houses the Estonian Parliament. On this tour through Old Town, be sure you don't miss Freedom Square at the southern end, with it's stunning namesake, Libertas, the glass Victory Column.
After you've had your fill of wandering the cobbled streets and enjoying the panoramic views of the town from the hill, take a relaxing coffee break with pastry, which is included in the price of the tour. Afterwards, walk down to the Lower Old Town to see the fortified town wall with its 25 towers, the Town Hall, and one of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in the world in the Town Hall Square. The walking tour ends near the enchanting St. Catherine's Passage and the Viru Gates.
After a half-hour of free time that will give you the opportunity to explore, shop for souvenirs, or take some more photograms, you'll board the bus for the trip back to the cruise harbor where the tour concludes. There is so much to see, do, and learn about the history and everyday life of Tallinn. This tour is the way to do it!
This 5-hour tour runs from April to September. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. And remember to dress for the season!
Reviewer: Martin Valk
This tour was accurately described as a walking tour, as there was a lot of walking. It might have been nice to go into a few more buildings, as it seems we had the time to do so.
We had an excellent and very personable guide. The city is fascinating. There was a little confusion over meeting the guide once we got off the ship, but it worked. The tour was not billed as a "walking tour" but it turned out to be. The bus just took us to the top of the hill and we walked down through the old and newer town. Probably had to be that way to see the sights, but it was more walking than we expected. Tallin is worth a return visit.