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Shore Excursion: Old Town Tallinn and Kadriorg-Pirita Seaside

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Tallinn, Estonia
Shore Excursion: Old Town Tallinn and Kadriorg-Pirita Seaside

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Make the most of your free time in Tallinn and take a tour of the city to discover its charms with a guide. After stopping for photos in Kadriorg Park and the Pirita seaside, you’ll venture into Tallinn Old Town to discover fairy tale architecture and sights such as Toompea Castle. A coffee and pastry are included, as is transport from the port.
  • Guided shore excursion in Tallinn
  • Use your time in port for a sightseeing tour of the Estonian capital
  • Visit Kadriorg Park, Pirita, and the Song Festival Grounds
  • Explore Tallinn Old Town on a walking tour and relax with a coffee
  • Gaze down at the Lower Old Town from Toompea Castle
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English-speaking guide
Air-conditioned bus
Guided walking Tour of the Old Town Tallinn
Coffee/tea and pastry at local cafe during snack break
Port pick-up and drop-off (outside port gates)
Gratuities (optional - suggested amount is 5 EUR for guide, 3 EUR per driver)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Old City Harbor (Port of Tallinn) , Old City Harbor (Port of Tallinn), 10111 Tallinn, Estonia

Please note, the meeting point in Tallinn is located OUTSIDE the cruise harbor gate. You have to walk about 15 minutes from your cruise ship (depending on the dock number) to reach the meeting point of private tour operators.

Port of Tallinn

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

This activity will end right where it started.
Arrange your start time with the local operator after you book, then head to the Tallinn cruise port’s gate to meet your guide.

As you travel away from the port by air-conditioned bus, you’ll learn about Tallinn and the sights covered by your itinerary. Your first stop is Kadriorg Park, home to Kadriorg Palace — an impressive building created by Tsar Peter the Great for Catherine I. Hop out to take photos by the Pirita seaside, walk in the Song Festival Grounds, and see the Olympic village that was created in Soviet style.

Tallinn Old Town beckons, so head into the historical center next to discover its beautifully preserved medieval architecture. After a short break for souvenir shopping or eating, you’ll continue with a walking tour from Toompea Castle of the Upper Old Town. Take a look inside Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, then relax with a coffee and pastry before you check out the delights of the Lower Old Town.

Admire the fortified town wall and its 25 towers as well as the town hall and one of the world’s oldest pharmacies. See Catherine’s Passage, then finish your tour by the Viru Gates — home to a large car-free area that’s perfect for independent shopping or sightseeing. Your experience ends back at the start point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kadriorg Park
Afterwards you will start with a stunning scenic tour of the coastal areas on your way to Kadriorg & Pirita. You will get out and see the exterior of the Baroque style Kadriorg Art Museum and visit the gardens, built by Peter the Great, the delightful Song Festival Grounds and the ruins of the St. Bridget’s Convent. A photo stop at the striking Soviet style ensemble of the 1980s Olympic Village will also be included.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kadriorg Art Museum
You will get to see the exterior of the Baroque style Kadriorg Art Museum and visit the gardens, built by Peter the Great.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Convent of St. Bridget (Pirita Klooster)
Rising up along the banks of the Pirita Seaside, you will see the spectacular ruins of this 15th-century convent.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Linnahall
A photo stop at the striking Soviet style ensemble of the 1980s Olympic Village is included.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
KGB Museum
As you drive back into the city, you'll see the legendary Viru Hotel where the KGB Museum is housed.
Pass By:  
Estonian National Opera
As you drive back into the city, you'll see the Estonian Opera.
Pass By:  
Freedom Square
As you drive back into the city you'll see the Freedom Square with Freedom monument on the footsteps of the historic Old Town.
Stop At:  
Toompea Hill
Once on Toompea hill, which in Estonian mythology is the location for the grave of King Kalev, you will continue with a splendid stroll through the Upper Old Town.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tallinn Old Town
You will learn from your guide about the history and everyday life of this small country. With its romantic, cobble-stoned streets, charming red roofs, and medieval and Gothic style houses, Tallinn's Old Town is the best-preserved old town in Northern Europe.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
An inside visit to the stunning Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Toompea Castle
You will admire the exterior of Toompea Castle, which today houses the Estonian Parliament.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tallinn Town Wall
After a coffee break, you will descend into the Lower Old Town. You'll see the fortified town wall with its 25 towers.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Town Hall Pharmacy
You will see one of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in the world in the Town Hall Square
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Catherine's Passage
The walking tour ends near the enchanting St. Catherine’s Passage and the Viru Gates on Viru Street.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Viru Gates
You'll have 30 minutes of free time in the area around St. Catherine's Passage and Viru Street to do some shopping and explore this pedestrian area on your own.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
You'll see the delightful Song Festival Grounds
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Important–At time of booking, customers must provide the following information: Ship name and sailing date (when your cruise starts)
  • Maximum of 26 participants in each group
  • Departure time based on ship's arrival information
  • It is recommended to bring a bottle of water
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not suitable for those with mobility issues, and cannot accommodate wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
  • OPERATED BY SPB-Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.


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Traveler Tips


  • "Call the tour group and DO NOT TRUST VIATORS INSTRUCTIONS - THEY HAVE BEEN WRONG FOR A LONG TIME!!!!!" See review
  • "We pick this tour over the Cruise ship tour because in included more and was less cost." See review

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Old Town Tallinn
flower1390
, Nov 2019
Perfect visit with excellent guide on this port that we did on our cruise. The number of guests on tour was perfect. Not too many!
star-5
Do not miss this port of call.
Jakebrake58
, Nov 2019
The tour was very very good. The guide was very knowledgeable and the transport very comfortable. We pick this tour over the Cruise ship tour because in included more and was less cost. It was the first time we used Viator and would not hesitate to book with them again.
star-5
Excellent tour
Pradit_K
, Oct 2019
It was good tour program for full day tour. A lot of walking. We enjoy the tour with prof tour guide.
star-5
The tour was simple Marvelous! Viator, however YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!
DavinaSS
, Sep 2019
I can not recommend this tour group enough. Professional, sleek and well managed. However I spent an hour on the phone with them trying to unravel the mess VIATOR (who sold the ticket) created!!! I used all my phone battery and credit trying to sort out the mess of VIATOR made with the WRONG instructions on the ticket we all print out!!!! VIATOR had me follow instructions from disembarking a cruise ship!!!!! I was on the Ferry from Helsinki!!! The tour group said they have asked VIATOR to please CHANGE THE INSTRCUTIONS, but VIATOR refuse!!! WHY!?!?!?!?! THYERE WRONG!!!!!!!!!! Unfair, unprofessional and traumatising. You should be ashamed of yourself VIATOR for putting people through what you did to me. Shame on you and your un-professionalism. Call the tour group and DO NOT TRUST VIATORS INSTRUCTIONS - THEY HAVE BEEN WRONG FOR A LONG TIME!!!!!!
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Wonderful Guide
Lynette G
, Sep 2019
We did this Shore excursion as we only had a shortish day in town. Our guide was Marianne ( I think that’s correct) and omg she was just the best, a beautiful lady who knew her stuff inside and out. I do believe this tour wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good without her. What a beautiful beautiful place is Old Town Tallinn, the gorgeous buildings, the little cobblestone lanes. This tour was awesome , we never felt rushed, she walked at a great pace and explained everything , answered questions and made sure we had a little time to look around on our own a couple of times in case u wanted to but anything. We had a beautiful break at a cafe a coffee/tea and pastries and I mean great pastries, 2 big ones actually and they were fabulous . I think this is the first time I have used SPB but they were awesome. It was only a small group tour and the others on the tour were also Aussie’s who said they use SPB all the time , they are great . Thank you Marianne for making our day in Tallinn one of the best day trips off the cruise in the Baltic’s region
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Great surprise
REGINA_A
, Sep 2019
We took the tour of Tallin / Estonia tour while on a Princess cruise Friday August 23. our tour guide was patient, knowledgeable, on time. Unfortunately I did not keep his name but Im sure you can look it up via res. We used Viator in the past and most likely will use them in every port from now on.
star-5
Don’t miss this excursion!
Kathy L
, Aug 2019
Our guide Alex was outstanding! Knowledgeable, fun to listen too and our luncheon was at a small intimate cafe with excellent food tastings....wish our stay in Talin. Was a little longer with free time. 10+!
star-5
Great Tour, Great Company, Amazing City !
SteveOSh1
, Aug 2019
Very good tour, guide was helpful, knowledgeable and very accommodating! Highly recommended. Wish we spent more time at Kadriorg
star-5
Another phenomenal excursion! Our tour...
Ruel D
, Sep 2018
Another phenomenal excursion! Our tour guide, Triin was awesome and she used a lot of her own personal experiences and stories to describe the places we were at. The tour came with an authentic medieval snack coffee / tea and Meat pie and Apple Pie in a great themed restaurant. After visiting the old town, we toured the new part of Tallinn and saw Swan Lake and the Catherine's Palace and Garden. We even went to the Prime minister's house. This excursion was way better and cheaper than what the cruise was offering and I'm so glad we went with this tour company.
star-4
Overall a very good excursion. Lovely...
Judy F
, Aug 2018
Overall a very good excursion. Lovely little town and very interesting to visit the upper part, with awesome views, and then walk in the lower part. Included a refreshment stop and free time for browsing.

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