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Join our most popular Tallinn Small Group Tour (GDT) to complete a fascinating walk of the Old Town combined with convenient roundtrip transfers and extra 2 hrs of free time for shopping and drinking coffee/beer.
It is an excellent way to feel the medieval spirit of Tallinn. Make a stop for the photo at the Tallinn Town Hall - the only remaining gothic town hall in Europe, walk the narrow streets of the old city, have a cup of coffee in the 200-year-old coffee shop, walk up to the observation spot with the most magnificent panorama of the Tallinn Bay.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral stands out from the old town buildings with its bright color and Byzantine architecture. It's one of the latest constructions of the ancient city, the Russian Orthodox church, built by the request of Russian Emperor Alexander the 3rd in 1900. It's located on the high point of the Toompea Hill in front of the Parlament building.
The Dome Church is one of the oldest churches in Tallinn. The church looks very plain and simple with the white walls and small dome, but it has a very long history. It was first mentioned in 1233, and since then, it has been one of the town's main temples. It's dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It has the graves of the prominent people of the 13th-19th centuries.
Raeapteek (Town Hall Pharmacy) is one of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in Europe, has always been in business in the same house since the early 15th century. It is also the oldest commercial enterprise and the oldest medical establishment in Tallinn. It's located next to the Town Hall and still preserves the charming medieval spirit with the of jars and herbs hidden in the large wooden closets.
The fascinating walls of the old town remind us of the middle ages. The numerous towers each have their history and the unique name. The most famous of those are "Paks Margareeta" (Fat Margaret), Kiek in de Kök (look into the kitchen), tower behind the tower, and many others. Tallinn is one of the very few towns with that large number of the middle age constructions preserved.
The Tallinn old city center consists of 2 major sections - the Lower Town and the Toompea hill, separated by the fort wall. The Lower Town is a busy tourist area with narrow streets and old houses. The main attractions of the Lower Town are the Town Hall Square, Oldest Pharmacy, Church of Saint Olaf, 3 Sisters Buildings. There are numerous restaurants and coffee shops on the streets of the Lower Town.
Fat Margareth (Paks Margareeta) reminds us of the romantic legend of "Estonian Romeo and Juliet" - the story of a peasant boy Herman and fisherman's daughter Margareth. The Tall Herman tower is on the opposite part of the Old Town, sadly separated from his love for centuries.
Great Coastal Gate is located in the northern part of the old town. It's the closest Gate to the seashore, which explains the origin of the name. The Gate stands next to the Fat Margareth Tower. It's decorated with the dolomite coats of arms of Tallinn and the date the Gate was open - 1529.
Estonian Parlament building is located next to the walls of the Toompea Castle. It's the current government building, open for the tourists' visits to observe the work of the Parlament from a special balcony. The Tall Hermann (Pikk Herman) Tower is a part of the Parlament building. It's the tallest tower of the Tallinn's city walls.
Meet your guide and driver outside the main port gate.
Important: Meeting for the tour is OUTSIDE the main port gate. You need to walk outside the port to meet your guide. Please read Tallinn meeting instructions carefully. We will also send you a copy at time of booking. Please note that waiting time for late passengers is maximum 15 minutes.
Meet your professional English-speaking guide by the ship and transfer by bus to the Old Town of Tallinn. Start a relaxed walk in the Old Town of Tallinn, which is divided into the Upper Town and Lower Town. Located only within 5 minute drive from the pier, the Old Town will surely capture your attention with a variety of medieval sights.
As you drive, you will be greeted by Fat Margaret Tower and the Great Coastal Gate, will then drive along the the city wall with defense towers. Once in the Upper Town, you will start your walking tour there. Merchant houses, St Olaf’s church, one of the oldest functioning pharmacies in the world , Alexander Nevsky Cathedral , The Three Sisters Houses , which is today a modern five-star hotel with the medieval charm – everything about the Old Town will mesmerize you and amaze you with it’s perfectly preserved condition, like from a fairy tale. You will stroll through the narrow cobble-stoned lanes to the Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral) and admire the magnificent panoramic views from Toompea Hill.
This tour being not just a historical overview of the days past, you will also learn about life of modern Estonians, see where they walk, shop and enjoy their coffee breaks!
Your guided tour will finish in the center of the Old Town and the guide will specify the pick up place for return ship transfer in 2 hrs. You will have around 2 hrs of free time to continue your exploration independently. Just don’t forget to come back to the meeting point for the transfer to the ship. It’s so easy to lose track of time in this charming medieval place.
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