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The Best of Tallinn

This comprehensive full-day tour starts with a visit to the Song Festival grounds. A short stop here will give an impression of the enormous Song Festivals that are held every five years on this site, with up to 30,000 performers singing to a capacity of 300,000 spectators. From here, continue to Pirita, the beachside location of the yachting complex built for the 1980 Olympic games, where the 16th-century ruins of St. Bridget's Convent can also be seen. A short drive brings you to Tallinn's Upper Town, passing ancient walls and tower gateways. Disembark the coach at Tall Hermann Tower, from which flies the national blue, black and white flag. Walk up Toompea Hill to Palace Square. View the Baroque Toompea Castle, now the residence of the Estonian Parliament, and visit the lovely Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral—a dominating feature of Upper Town's skyline and home to numerous golden icons and mosaics. From here, continue along Tallinn's medieval cobblestone streets to view the Gothic Dome Church, also known as St. Mary's Cathedral. Proceed to the scenic viewpoint that looks out over the Lower Town rooftops. After a short opportunity for shopping at some small stores, you'll descend Short Leg Street to the Lower Town. Here, in one of Tallinn's typical Old Town restaurants, lunch will be served, followed briefly by free time in Town Hall Square. A special visit to St. Nicholas Church is accompanied by a concert of medieval music. Continue to Catherine's Passage for some shopping. You might like to browse at the craft workshops for glass, leather, millinery and ceramic wares. Finally, you will walk back to the coach and drive back to the port.Notes:On Sunday calls, inside visits at St. Mary's Cathedral are not possible due to religious services being held. There are cobblestone streets and numerous steps in Old Town. Tour is available only on select sailings.
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5 out of 6(83%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for The Best of Tallinn
Review 1 for The Best of Tallinn
Overall Rating
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Mediocre at best

Date:August 30, 2014
Jimmy399
Location:Florida
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:August
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Enjoyed it?
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
There must be other tours with more to see than this one.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
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Review 2 for The Best of Tallinn
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

An overview of Tallin

Date:July 26, 2014
Littleaussie
Location:Australia
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:June
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Tallin was very pretty and my favourite part was taking photos of the lower town from the upper town. Unfortunately the stop at the Song Ground was brief as up they were getting ready for the festival. The churches were very interesting.
Our lunch was ok, but it didn't seem typically Estonian which I had hoped.
The buildings were pretty and the cobblestone streets were nice. Not suitable for those who are not good walkers. Our guide was funny and lovely and fortunately very good humoured as we had a very rude guest in our group.
We had about half an hour for shopping and there was plenty to look at in that time. If you want to spend hours looking for Amber etc then this is not the tour for you. If you want a quick look at the highlights of Tallin then this tour will be fine.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 3 for The Best of Tallinn
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Good overall tour of the city

Date:July 23, 2014
Sewgal
Location:Seattle, WA
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:July
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Overall this was a very good tour of the city. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. I didn't know much about Estonia before this cruise so this overview was a good fit for me.
However, we did have some people on our tour who caused problems. Admittedly, this is not the tour guide's fault, but resulted in us losing about 45 minutes of tour time because of issues and/or waiting for tour members to show up. This cut into our shopping time at the open market (St Catherines Passage); in fact, we did not have any shopping time there. We went straight from lunch to the bus.
Also, the lunch was a disappointment. The food was fine but service was very, very slow. We spent over an hour at lunch which is unacceptable for a restaurant that knew this group was coming in for lunch and was on a timetable.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 4 for The Best of Tallinn
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Interesting city with best value for wool & amber

Date:July 5, 2014
DenS
Location:Milwaukee, WI
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:May
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Festival grounds ok to see, Former Olympic area not much but bus ride around area was kept interesting. Once at top of old town you're off the bus and on your feet for the remainder of the tour. Most sites as described with lots of great photo ops if weather cooperates. I found good values on amber and some wool products at some of the nicer shops along the walk down thru the city. There was time to look around after a nice lunch in a medieval themed restaurant. They had great free WIFI too. Of course everything is medieval in the old town.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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1out of 1found this review helpful.
Review 5 for The Best of Tallinn
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:June 10, 2013
Frog
Location:Queensland Australia
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:May
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Wonderful place the old town with it's cobblestones and old buildings most enjoyable
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
-1point
2out of 5found this review helpful.
Review 6 for The Best of Tallinn
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

The best guide!

Date:August 1, 2012
2ndtimers
Location:Orange, CA
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:July
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about her town, her country, her language, and the history of the area. Her wonderful speaking skills and good humor helped us through a day of downpours. This was great!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+3points
12out of 21found this review helpful.