Drive through the picturesque Estonian countryside to Rakvere—one of the oldest towns in Estonia, with its partially ruined 13th-century castle. Watch for the enormous sculpture of a bull high on the hill next to the Rakvere Castle. Step inside the castle to learn about of the history of producing spirits in Estonia. Whatever you do, don’t miss the vodka tasting. It’s a journey back in time as you enter the courtyard to see the typical medieval watchtower, stone-throwing machines and fully functioning canon. See a blacksmith at work and visit the torture chamber (mercifully briefly). Lunch will be served at the inn in the courtyard of the castle. Spend some free time after lunch browsing in the courtyard and visiting the souvenir store. You also have a great opportunity to see the modern city center of Rakvere and visit the Citizens' Museum. From Rakvere you will drive back to Tallinn’s Old Town and walk up Toompea Hill to Palace Square. View the Baroque Toompea Palace, now housing the Estonian Parliament. Visit the lovely Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, home to numerous golden icons and mosaics; then continue along Tallinn's medieval streets to the Dome Church, also known as St Mary's Cathedral. Inside the church there are more than 100 medieval Coats of Arms. Enjoy the view of the Lower Town from the terrace or browse in the small shops. Notes:On Sundays calls, inside visits at St Mary's Cathedral are not possible due to religious services being held. There are approximately 100 steps to reach the Rakvere Castle. Travel time to Rakvere is approximately 1½ hours each way. Tour is available only on select sailings.
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Review 1 for The Spirit of Medieval Estonia
Date:August 24, 2011
Cruise Date Year:2011
Cruise Date Month:July
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
I would recommend skipping the Vodka tasting. It was a waste of time. Would have preferred tospend more of the time in the old city. The visit to the medieval castle was nice though.
The trip to Rekvere was OK maybe even a little good, but once we arrived it changed to poor. The "museum" was little more than one room with furnature from the 50's, the distillery was a three room building with no distillery, the vodka tasting was for 4 people. The 13th cenrtury castle was a partially ruined fort set up for kids to play knights in and the lunch was so crowded that you had to ask your neignbor to use your napkin. In addition one had 3 hours to kill with nothing to do past the first 30 minutes. It would have been much much better to return two hours earlier and have that time in Tallin for something more than a whir wind city (town) tour.