The tour for families with kids – this tour will introduce you the city through playful atmosphere and the wonderful legends. During the tour you will also create your own marzipan figurine, climb ancient city walls and enjoy the lunch break in the most loved pancake place in the whole town!
The fascinating walls of the old town remind us of the middle ages. The numerous towers each have their own 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.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral stands out from the old town buildings with it's bright color and Byzantine architecture. It's one of the latest constructions of the old city, the Russian Orthodox church, build by the request of Russian Emperor Alexander the 3rd in the 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 of Tallinn. The church looks very plain and simple with the white walls and small dome, but it has the very long history. It was first mentioned in 1233 and since than it has been one of town's main temples. It's dedicated to Virgin Mary. It has the graves of the prominent peope of 13th-19th centuries.
Fat Margareth (Paks Margareeta) reminds us of the romantic legend of "Estonian Romeo and Juliet" - the story of a pesant boy Herman and firsheman'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 is built 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.
Kadriorg palace and the park is a great masterpiece from Peter the Great’s times. It bears the name of Peter’s wife Catherine. It’s a beautiful palace in the quite park, located close to the seaside.
The contemporary building of the Kumu Art Museum (Kumu Kunstimuuseum) houses one of the largest national art museums of Northern Europe. The building appeared in the beggining of the 21st century to the design of the Finnish architect and was rates as the best museum by the European Museum Forum in 2008.
Estonian Parlament building is located next to the walls of the Toompea Castle. It's the active government building, open for the tourists' visits to observe the work of the Parlament from the 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.
For the long time the office of Estonian president was located in the Kadriorg palace. Later the special building was constructed next door to Kadriorg, repeating the design of the old palace. The palace is closed to visitors.
Russalka memorial is an important landmark of the Pirita beach. It honors the Russian warship Russalka, that sank in a severe storm in the Baltics in the end of 19th century.
The white tower of St. Olaf's church is the most distinct landmark of Tallinn. The 123 meter high spire is still the highest structure in the town (except for the TV tower). It's the most popular observation spot of the city. The church has the great acoustics, so it's frequently used for the conserts.
The song festival grounds is a tradition of the Scandinavia countries. The national singing has been a large part of the national culture for centuries, this is why most of the Scandinavian towns will have the area with the good acoustics for the outdoor singing festivals. The Grounds in Tallinn were re-desidned in 1959 with the unique arch shaped stage which enhances the voices of the singers. It is used on the regular basis for full scale of performances from the rock conserts to the folk festivals.
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 coffeeshops on the streets of lower town.
The theater plays the operas, ballets and musicals, including the world famous performances like "Rigoletto", "Toska", "Swan Lake", "My fair lady". It's the most popular theater of Estonia. The building was designed by the Finnish architect in the beggining of the 20th century.
Marzipan is the most popular European delicacy. It is one of the major sweets in the Scandinavian countries. The workshop is a great opportunity to learn to make your own unique souvenir - a little marzipan sculpture and paint it with the food colorings.
|Meeting time: 30 minutes after the ship docks OR at the time specified by your manager.|
|00:00 - 00:10||
Meet your guide and driver outside the main port gate. Please read Tallinn meeting instructions carefully. We will also send you a copy at time of booking. It's better to print them out!
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Ancient Tallinn is not just all about facts and historic events – this is city full of mystical courtyards, old walls and towers, all filled with magic of the legends. On the wings of this wonder you will walk through the Tallinn Old Town to take a look at the Town Hall and one of the oldest continuously working pharmacies in the world. Admire the churches of St. Olav and the Holy Spirit, take a look at the oldest street clock in Tallinn and enjoy the narrow cobblestone streets. The walking tour takes you to the marzipan museum, where you are welcome to make and paint your own marzipan figurine or just choose one as a gift.
Further you will visit the ancient City Wall and climb the old watchtower in order to get the right feeling of the life of medieval city guards. After that event the most favoured pancake restaurant of local families named Kompressor awaits you to have the lunch break and enjoy the wide variety of delicious pancakes.
|03:00 - 05:00||The second part of the tour is a drive to the outskirts of Tallinn – Kadriorg Park and Pirita beach. The park is a beautiful surrounding for the Kadriorg Palace with a real swan pond and wonderful rose gardens. Also you can take a look at the Presidential Palace and if really lucky, maybe even spot a squirrel or two. The tour will continue passing the Song Festival Grounds and end with the final stop at the Pirita Beach, where you can enjoy the beautiful view over the Bay of Tallinn|
|Our friendly and well-informed guides can provide you with so much more than just the tour info – feel free to inquire all about the current life, issues and most exciting details about the modern life in Estonia.|
|05:00||The tour ends back in the harbour, where you can comfortably board your ship.|
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