The tour begins with pickup by your guide and driver outside the main port gate approximately 30 minutes after arrival of your cruise ship, or from your hotel at the prearranged time.
Start your exploration with a relaxed 3-hour walking tour in the Old Town of Tallinn, divided into the Upper Town and the Lower Town. Located only a 5-minute drive from the pier, Old Town will surely capture your attention with a variety of medieval sights. On the drive to Old Town, watch for sights of Fat Margaret Tower and the Great Coastal Gate, then have a chance to see the the city wall with its defense towers. The walking tour begins in Upper Town.
Behold merchant houses, St Olafs church, one of the oldest functioning pharmacies in the world, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and The Three Sisters Houses site--a charming preservation of medieval merchant houses and today a modern five-star hotel. Everything about the Old Town will mesmerize and amaze you with its preserved condition, as if from a fairy tale. Stroll through the narrow cobble-stoned lanes to the Dome Church (Virgin Mary Cathedral) and admire the magnificent panoramic views from Toompea Hill.
Get a historical overview of the days past and learn about the life of modern Estonians. See where they walk and shop, and get acquainted with their lifestyle and habits. Ask your guide as many questions as you like concerning Estonia and its specifics. Take advantage of a brief break to purchase some souvenirs (the works of local craftsmen), and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee from a local venue.
After the break, a 15-minute ride will bring you to Kadriorg, the suburban wooden area. Explore this area with a 2-hour sightseeing drive, with plenty of opportunities to get out of the vehicle for photo stops. Seethe delightful baroque park full of roses and swan ponds, and contemplate the magnificent exteriors of Kadriorg Palace (also known as Presidential Palace) formerly belonging to Empress Catherine I. Then, catch a glimpse ofKUMU Art Museum and some specimens of the 20th century architectural constructions in the district, including theSong Festival GroundsandOlympic Yacht Center.
Stop at the popular Pirita beach, where you will catch a romantic view of St. Bridgets Convent's ruins. After five hours, you will be transferred back to the cruise port or your Tallinn hotel.