Discover the magic of the best preserved medieval town in Northern Europe.
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- 3h private guide services
- Upper and lower Old Town walking tour
After a warm meet & greet we continue with Medieval Tallinn walking tour ending at the Old Town
- Great Coastal Gate
- St Olav's Church
- Fat Margaret Tower
- Previous KGB Headquarters
- The Brotherhood of the Blackheads
- Great Guild Hall
- Church of the Holy Spirit
- Town Hall and Town Hall Square
- Town Council's Pharmacy
- Medieval Cat's Well
- House of Parliament
- Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
- Dome Church
- Viru Gates
- St Catherine's Passage
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 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 ship.
Reviews of our tours
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!
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.