Tallinn Tour is 5 days long and can be combined with other tours.
Day 1 – Old Town
We will explore the Old Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage site as an exceptionally well preserved medieval part of the city, dating back to the 13th century. The town was a member of the Hanseatic League, an international trading organisation, and the signs of it are visible everywhere from wealthy merchants’ homes to halls of the different traders guilds. We will visit the main market square where we can admire the impressive Town Hall among other colourful buildings. We will wander around the cobblestoned streets and walk up to the viewing platforms, with wonderful views over the downtown and sea. We will see Toompea, housing the parliament and the government buildings today, as well as magnificent churches and a main flag tower of Estonian republic. We will also visit The City Museum located in a merchant’s home, dating back to the 14th century. We also take time for shopping as the old town is dotted with small boutiques and antique shops, selling souvenirs, artworks, textile and amber products just to name a few. We can take a rest from walking at one of the charming cafes and have a lunch perhaps in a medieval-themed restaurant.
Day 2 – Kadriorg
We will visit Kadriorg Palace – ordered to be built by Russian Czar Peter the Great for Catherine I. It is a beautiful baroque style building with a matching garden at the back. The palace is now an art museum with expositions dating from 16th to 19th century, mainly from Western Europe and Russia. After that we will take a rest at one of the lovely cafes in the park as well as walk around the ponds and flower gardens and tall mature trees in Tallinn’s biggest and most beautiful park.
Then we will visit KUMU – an Estonian contemporary art museum which is another fascinating building. And if you’ll have more desire and stamina after this, there are some other smaller museums around to visit such as a house museum of Peter the Great etc. Our next stop is at the song festival grounds. It is located at the far end of the park, overlooking the sea. This is the grand place where Estonians hold their famous nationwide choir singing festivals every five years. It was also the place where during the time of Soviet Union crumbling in late 1980s, Estonians gathered to hold impromptu song festivals of national freedom movement, leading eventually to the independence of Estonia.
Day 3 – Kalamaja and Seaplane Museum
Today we will visit the part of the town which is known for its charming old wooden houses and lush back gardens. In older times known as a part of town where fishermen and artisans, later factory workers, used to live and work. Nowadays it has had its revival as a fashionable area where artistic people have moved, with old factory buildings converted to art studios, boutiques, trendy cafes and restaurants. We will also visit a unique maritime themed Seaplane Museum.
Day 4 – Pirita
Today we will take a short walk on the Pirita beach. We will also visit the ruins and grounds of a monastery dedicated to St Brigitta – Pirita Convent, dating back to the 15th of century. The convent is also operating today in the nearby modern building by the river. We will also take a stroll in the beautiful botanical gardens and visit the TV Tower with impressive views over the city and the surroundings.
Day 5 – Open Air Museum
Today we will visit an Estonian Open Air Museum. This is a large area where you will see how Estonian peasants used to live. It is a village with old preserved wooden farmhouses with thatched roofs, windmills, a school, a shop, a chapel, even a fire station and the other areas and buildings that a typical Estonian village used to have. The village has 14 farms, showing how different households used to live between 18th and early 20th centuries. Inhabitants of the dwellings may show you and you can try for yourself, the various skills and crafts of the villagers of those days.