Discover the magic of the best preserved medieval town in Northern Europe.
Tour price per adult:
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- 3h private guide services
- Upper and Lower Old Town walking tour
- Gratuity to the guide is not included in the tour price.
Meet & greet at cruise port/hotel followed by Medieval Tallinn walking tour ending at the Old Town
Children’s Discounts: 3-year-old and under are free, 15% discount for ages 4-12.
A language supplement of 10 Eur/h is added for tours in Chinese, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Japanese, Korean, Dutch and Turkish language. This supplement will be added to the tour rate published.
- Great Coastal Gate
- Fat Margaret Tower
- Previous KGB Headquarters
- The Brotherhood of the Blackheads
- Great Guild Hall
- Church of the Holy Spirit
- Kalev Marzipan Museum
- Town Hall & Town Hall Square
- Town Council's Pharmacy
- Medieval Cat's Well
- St Nicholas' Church
- Short Leg
- Danish King's Garden
- Town Wall & Towers
- Toompea Hill
- Houses of Parliament
- Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
- Dome Church
- Viewing platform
- Long Leg
- St Catherine's Passage
- Viru Gates
Within these fortified walls, centuries old buildings with their red tile roofs, hidden courtyards and winding cobblestone streets exhibit a unique charm that is hard to resist.
Step into our captivating world heritage site with its maze of cobblestone streets and medieval buildings. The heart of the city (indeed, when viewed from the air,Tallinn’s old town is shaped like a heart) is alive with activity and culture, influenced by centuries of tradition.
Your local tour guide will greet you on the cruise harbor or hotel and lead you to the Great Coastal Gate and Fat Margaret’s Tower, the coastal entrance to the lower part of the old town. Much of the fortified town wall and lookout towers still remain standing as witnesses to past sieges and battles, each having their own remarkable stories to tell.
As you proceed along the main trading street during the medieval period, you will be intrigued by the elaborate decorative elements carved into the facades of the great Guild Houses. See the tallest spire in the world at the time of it’s construction which belongs to St Olav’s church and Tallinn’s only fortress church, Niguliste, founded by German merchants in the 13th century.
The centrally located Town Hall Square, still a vibrant gathering place for many cultural events held throughout the year, is home to the only preserved medieval gothic Town Hall in the Baltic and Scandinavian region. Here you will also find one of the oldest continuously functioning pharmacies in the world. From the lower town, your ascent up Pikk Jalg street leads you to Toompea castle where past overlords once ruled the city and is now home to the Estonian Parliament and many foreign embassies. Toompea hill offers a magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding lower city which unfolds like a fairytale picture book before your eyes.
In the upper Old Town you will also see Cathedral of St Mary’s (Dome church), which took over two centuries to complete resulting in an unusual mix of architectural styles. This church is known for its elaborate collection of funeral coats of arms and burial stones dating back to the 13th century. You will have an inside visit to the most opulent Orthodox church in Tallinn, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which was built as a symbol of Russian dominance over an unruly Baltic territory.
Returning to the lower town, your guide will show you a small charming street named Catherine’s Passage where many of the workshops of local artists and craftsmen are located. After the tour ends you may wish to return to this area to do some more browsing or shopping. We continue on to the vibrant Viru street, the main pedestrian artery into the Old Town and conclude our tour at the prominent Viru Gates, your time tunnel back to the 21st century.
At the end of the tour, your guide will leave you with simple directions back to the cruise port which is about a 20 minute walk from the old town as well as suggest the best places to experience local food and buy authentic handicrafts.
Enjoy the rest of your day to do more sightseeing, shopping and dining before returning to port or hotel.
Reviews of our tours
From beginning to end my experience with Nordic Experience for our tour in Tallin was excellent. From the booking enquiry to the meeting instructions to the wonderful guide. We couldn’t have asked for more! Thank you Nordic Experience!
Nordic (Estonian) Experience personnel were extremely helpful via e-mail; booking and pre-paying on-line prior to my cruise vacation was super easy. Our tourist guide, Erik met us exactly at the meeting place as described in the confirmation e-mail provided by Nordic Experience. Our group of 10 with Erik leading the way walked over to Old Tallinn. Erik’s knowledge of all things Estonia was nothing short of extraordinary! He was a highlight of our Baltic cruise. There was no question posed that he was unable to answer. Walking around Old Town could prove difficult for some; the streets are cobblestone, uneven at times and there are steep inclines when venturing toward Upper Old Town. The walking tour lasted 3 hours which gave plenty of time to wander, stop in for a local brew and shop prior to returning to the cruise ship. Erik was kind enough to school us on how best to return to the cruise terminal area. The Old Town is beautiful and is a medieval wonderland at every corner. I would highly recommend the Medieval Tallinn Walking Tour with Nordic Experience. They did not disappoint and neither did the tour guide they assigned to our group off the Serenade of the Seas.
We booked through a fellow Cruise Critic suggestion the Tallinn Walking Tour with Nordic (Estonia) Experience. It did not disappoint. The price was incredible compared to the ship suggested excursions. Our tour director, Erik, picked our group up at the port and we walked all through lower and upper Tallinn. He was extremely knowledgeable and answered our many questions. The tour might be a little challenging for those who are unable to walk alot or up steep inclines. We personally love the excursions like this. Tallinn is an absolutely beautiful medieval town and I would love to go back. We had time to shop and grab a beer after the tour as well as an opportunity in the tour for some local shopping, Would highly recommend this tour company!
We were two couples on a cruise, and booked a private tour through Estonian Experience for Tallinn and Riga. Both were excellent! In Tallinn, our three-hour walking tour of the upper and lower old city went by in a flash. Britta, our guide, was a delightful young woman with extensive knowledge of the city, its history, folklore, politics and whatnot. She also gave us recommendations for other places to visit outside the old city and directions how to get there. In Riga we were met by Edita for a 5-hour tour of Jewish Riga. Edita was also extremely knowledgeable and as we walked (or drove) she gave us background about the city, the politics, the Jewish connections, which is what interested us. We visited the synagogue in the old city where we were treated to a wonderful monologue by Mishke, the guard/caretaker/custodian. We also visited a memorial site next to a synagogue that was burnt by the Nazis. The final visit was to the memorial to Zanis Lipke, a port worker who saved 60 Jews from the city by digging a bunker under a shed and hiding them there. He is considered a Latvian hero.
All in all, our two tours were excellent and are highly recommended!
From pickup, the short walk was used to gain an idea of what my wife & I wanted to see/do. This was then immediately delivered, with walks through Tallinn’s modern city regeneration & shopping districts. As we walked we learned & saw the history and (very pretty!) sights of Tallinn, Old Tallinn is very medieval – like a Disney castle! Estonians are very friendly, and after the tour we visited sights we’d seen from afar, thanks to a map & directions from our guide. Really pleased we took a day away from Helsinki, as Tallinn is so different and charming.
Tea (Thea) was the best guide we could have had in Tallinn during our family trip. Her outstanding Spanish, friendly attitude and knowledge on Estonia’s and especifically Tallinn’s history offered us a better understanding of the country and Estonian people. She adapted the tour to make it interesting for our group which had a mix of adults and teenagers. The tour was worth taking and we were very satisfied with it.
Our guide, Alexander, promptly met us and efficiently led is through the old Town. He respected our desires to end on time to get back to out cruise ship. He was willing to answer questions about local culture in addition to history questions. My daughter who usually doesn’t like tours and learning enjoyed his tour.
Our 14 member family had a 3 hour tour with Jana in old town, Tallinn and it was excellent! Everyone really enjoyed the history, information and anecdotes that Jana engaged us with 🙂 she was super helpful with all our family’s needs and even helped us figure out where to have lunch after. Thank you Jana!
My group of three did the 3-hour private Medieval Tallinn Walking Tour with Alexander during our cruise stop in Tallinn. Alexander met us at the port gate right on time. He was extremely personable and knowledgeable concerning Tallinn and Estonia and their long history. Tallinn is an interesting and beautiful city with a very well preserved Medieval section. Three hours is exactly the right length for the tour. Alexander was very considerate about taking occasional short breaks for picture taking, shopping, etc. He had a great sense of humor. At the end of the tour Alexander gave us ideas for lunch and further exploration, as well as directions back to the ship. Booking and payment through the Estonian Experience website was super easy. Email communication was excellent. We were extremely pleased with every aspect of this tour.
Our day in Tallinn with Eva-Maria was excellent! Even though there was so much to see, we never felt like we were being rushed through everything. Tallinn is such a lovely city to stroll and Eva-Maria’s explanations really helped put what we were seeing into perspective. I also really appreciated our conversations on what it was like living in Estonia.
All good things to say about Triin and her incredible knowledge of pretty much everything we threw her way. Impressive guiding in a beautiful town, topped with a great meal at the end.