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Tallinn Highlights Shore Excursion With Port Return Transfer

Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn Highlights Shore Excursion With Port Return Transfer

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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Discover the highlights of the Estonian capital on this 4-hour guided tour of Tallinn. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town; admire landmarks including St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St Olav’s Church, and Toompea Castle; and visit Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, and the Pirita Convent.
  • 4-Hour Tallinn guided sightseeing tour
  • Explore the atmospheric Old Town of Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • See the Town Hall Square, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and Toompea Castle
  • Marvel at the Baroque Kadriorg Palace and visit the famous Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
  • Ideal tour for first-time visitors to Tallinn or those short on time
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience
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This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Sadama 25/14 , Sadama 25/14, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia

The guide will be meeting you with the sign DISCOVER ESTONIA at the exit gate from the port customs area. there is only one exit to the city, so you cannot miss it. Please note - meeting point is NOT the pier, but the exit from the port area.

Cruise Pirs Tallin , Sadama 25, 15051 Tallinn, Estonia
10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.The guide will be meeting you with the sign DISCOVER ESTONIA at the exit gate from the port customs area. there is only one exit to the city, so you cannot miss it. GPS link Please note - meeting point is NOT the pier, but the exit from the port area.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discover Estonia OU
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.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Tallinn Highlights Shore Excursion With Port Return Transfer?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Tallinn Highlights Shore Excursion With Port Return Transfer?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tallinn Highlights Shore Excursion With Port Return Transfer?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "We easily found our guide OUTSIDE the port gate (5 minute walk)." See review

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Not for anyone with even the slightest mobility issues. Very strenuous
, Jul 2022
Spent the first part of the tour in a park. Nice park, but a park all the same. The tour guide was difficult for all the English speakers on the tour. Nowhere on the booking page did it mention that this was a strenuous tour. Lots of walking uphill , many steps, and fast pace. We left on the tour at 10:00 am and returned to ship at 3:00. No lunch break, no bathroom break, and no chance to sit a few minutes to catch our breath until the end while we waited for transport back to ship. My manfriend really struggled and in retrospect, we should have left the tour and taxied back to ship.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Shari, sorry to hear that the tour was hard for you Roman works a guide for many years and there was never an issue with his language skills The park has 2 palaces and tells history of the country. And it is beautiful The walking tour is the only way to see the old town, which is clearly mentioned in the description. The only walk up is a 50 yard walk from one church to another on the flat surface. The rest of the walk is down the hill. total distance is about 1 mile or less in 2 hours. the pace is very moderate with tens of stops Between the walking part and the transfer you had 1 hour of free time which you could use for lunch. Bathrooms are many during the tour. Just this is something that is offered on request and not the other way. I am sorry to hear that you had issues during the tour, we would be happy to offer you a tour "all by car" which is excellent for travelers requiring minimum walking
Tallin at its best
, Jun 2022
What a great trip. Our host was so knowledgeable about Tallin that you just did not want the tour to end. A very personal experience and if I go to Tallin again would certainly go on the same tour. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough you will love it and come away very knowledgeable about the history of Tallin.
excellent and experience tour guide
, Dec 2019
we visited Tallinn on 10 December 2019 with 3 teenagers. The tour guided waited for us at the cruise terminal and we started with walking tour. Mr Sergei is very knowledgeable and we are impressed with his command in English and his knowledge on the world history. my son who loves world history, complimented that Mr Sergei is the best tour guide that we ever encountered. he makes our trip a memorable one. thank you Mr Sergei
Good Estonian perspectives but poor planning
, Aug 2019
We came from a cruise ship for our Baltics trip with two adults and one 3 yr old. Before this guided tour, we had one in Helsinki, one in St Petersburg and one afterwards in Stockholm. Rita was our guide at Tallin and this was a group of roughly 15 to 16 people from several different cruise ships. Let me start with the positives and tell you why I rated this experience low. Rita was very good at laying out historical perspectives and explain different building styles and cultural importance to us. This she beat all the 3 tour guides we had on this trip. And her view of Russia/USSR of course was in sharp contrast with our St Petersburg guide who we listened for 2 days right before arriving at Tallin. This strong Estonian centric view somehow also led to a very strong and negative opinion about my innocent question. During the tour, I saw several souvenir shops selling coco clocks and this puzzled me as we were no where close to Black Forest of Germany which I just visited in May. She bashed out as she was somehow offended by the question when I asked. She said she had no idea why stores were selling ambers or coco clocks made in China. At the end she said they were all owned by Russians. Here is why I rated the experience low. However, as a tour guide you have to be attentive to people’s needs. This often means bathroom breaks have to be worked into the tour. We had one at the beginning but then once we got to old town Tallin midway through the tour, half of the group wanted to go, she was reluctant to point out where we can take care of the business. One lady was so desperate that she just wanted to give up this tour and go back to the ship. Afterwards, we started losing people on the tour left and right. And folks would leave without telling her. The experience just didn’t click. Also, we were expected to find the shuttle bus ourselves outside of the old town in a part where we didn’t visit before. Then the shuttle bus would take us back to cruise ship (or you walk 10-12 mins). It started to rain towards the end of the tour and she chose to explain how we got to the shuttle bus for more than 5 mins in a heavy rain when she had umbrella but not all of us. Well, right across the street there was a crossing where we could have done the same with roof over our heads. We walked more than 5 mins in heavy rain and decided to take Uber back to cruise port at the end (Uber was usually half price of what local taxi would charge you)
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
We are really sorry that you did not enjoy the tour as much. The personal attitude of the guide to the historical events is usually not expressed on our tours. Some of the recent history topics can get really personal and painful for majority of people in our region. Also, it is difficult to answer some of the questions when you do a tour for a group of people in the bad weather. I personally had USSR made cocuo clock back home in the 80s when I haven't even heard of Schwarzwald. We are having an issue with the restrooms in the old town as they are located either in the cafes or the souvenir shops and our guides are instructed to the use the time of tour to visiting the "tourist traps", unless it is getting really urgent. Rita was trying to show you all that's on the program and let you go to warm up in the cafe or head from the ship. Weather is unfortunately out of your control. however, your feedback is highly appreciated and very important to us. I will review this tour with Rita and make sure that on the future tours this situation will not happen again. PS. All the questions regarding the shuttle bus and it's location, please address to the cruise company as we are a local company and we do not include the transfer to make the price more affordable for the travelers. As locals, we clearly realize that if the tour is finished in the old town, the walk to the port is 12 min and walk to the shuttle is 10 min in opposite direction and afterwards a 10 min bus ride (after waiting in the shuttle of course). so we always advise our travelers either to walk or to take a taxi for 10-15 eur per car.
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Shore Excursion Tour of Tallinn
Laura F
, Jul 2019
We were on a cruise. This port is small. We easily found our guide OUTSIDE the port gate (5 minute walk). Took air conditioned van to quaint part of town seeing Catherine's palace (much smaller than in St Petersburg, of course), ruins of old church and waterfront. Then walking tour of upper town with large manors and cathedrals with photo stops then a steep walk down with some steps through the dividing wall into the lower town where the merchants lived an worked. Upon completion of tour in lower town, time to eat/shop and 15-20 minute self walk back to ship. Our guide was very friendly.
Steps back in time
, Aug 2018
We enjoyed the beautiful town of Tallin. Even though it was crowded with tourists from several ships, we had an interesting tour, and enjoyed staying in town for lunch and shopping before walking back to the ship.
Tremendous disappointment.
, Aug 2018
1 - There were about 24 people on this tour, significantly more than the 15 promised and definitely NOT a small group!2- We had to wait 30 minutes for half of the people to arrive since their ship docked late. I certainly assumed that the 30 minutes would be made up and not eliminated from the tour since we were promised a 4 hour tour. I was mistaken!3 - The guide did not bother to see if all of the participants were with her has she crossed streets and walked through Kadriorg Palace grounds. If we caught up with her, so much the better. If not, too bad.3 - We did not stop at St.Brigid's Convent, as promised. We drove past it.4 - When it started to rain, some people decided to leave the tour. Once the rain stopped, the guide spent the next 20 minutes looking for these people, since they did not return their listening devices and she was very concerned that this was her responsibility. We waited and did nothing while she tried to find these people. So far, we've lost 50 minutes, or almost 1/4 of the tour.5 - She rushed us through the rest of the Upper Town, led us to the main square in the Lower Town and told us that this was the end of the tour.We were expecting a complete, 4 hour tour and got just a bit more than 3 hours of a mediocre tour, at best. We would like a refund of 25% of the cost of this tour, since we only received 75% of what was promised. This tour was a tremendous disappointment.
2 travelers found this review helpful
4 hour Tour
Lola G
, Aug 2018
We specifically said we were arriving at the Ferry port and bot the criise poet it took 1 hr and a taxi ro finally find our grp manager who was angry with for being so late. It wasn’t her fault or ours. Viator agould have provided directions from the Fwrry landing to the cruise port. The rour its lf was adequate but, in my mind, a group of 24 is not a small group. I have used Viatpr around nd rhe world. This one did bot stack up well
, Aug 2018
This was a wonderful experience! Our guide was so amazing! Old Town was so beautiful. Such beautiful sights to see!
We had trouble finding the tour...
, Jul 2018
We had trouble finding the tour guide -- the instructions indicated that we had to walk out of the port area. Finally we found the guide just outside the exit gate of the cruise terminial. She explained that they hadn't updated the instructions ! We enjoyed the first 2 hours of the tour. When we got to the upper town and started on the walking tour, our first stop was the Russian Orthodox cathedral. Our guide told us we could go in for 5-7 minutes. When we came out, we didn't see her, or any of our group. We waited and watched for her for an extra 20 minutes, but never did see her again. Luckily I had picked up a town map as we left the port, so we were able to find our way to the lower town and back to the ship. Several others on our cruise loved Tallinn -- unfortunately our poor experience left us very dissapointed. Our excursion was on June 28, 2018
Talinn city tour
, Jun 2018
Our tour was excellent. Our guide was enthusiastic about showing us around her city, even though it was raining. We would definitely recommend this tour. Much cheaper than through the cruise line.
The bus tour portion lasted only 1...
, Sep 2017
The bus tour portion lasted only 1 hour and 10 minutes, not 2 hours as described on the Viator's website. The bus tour did not drive around the old town, see the towers of wall, the Stout Margaret or the Tall Herman. Instead, the bus dropped us off by the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and spent 40 minutes waiting for everyone take turns going to the bathroom. The guide was very lethargic. While walking the old town, people started to leave the tour early since the guide's talk was so uninterested. In the end, those remaining few people told her to cut the guided tour short. Asked her just tell us how to walk back to the Cruise Line shuttle bus pickup point. Her direction was not very clear. We had to figure it out ourselves. It was not far from where we ended the tour, but she was not even willing to just take us there! Overall a great disappointment !
Excellent tour in a small group. We...
, Aug 2017
Excellent tour in a small group. We had a passionate and knowledgeable guide who made the whole experience very worthwhile. Highly recommended.
Great tour, our tour guide Dimitri was...
James M
, Aug 2017
Great tour, our tour guide Dimitri was excellent would highly recommend this tour.
The tour was very interesting and...
, Jul 2017
The tour was very interesting and the tour guide was very pleasant. We saw some interesting sites. The only thing I would suggest is the the tour guide be a little more assertive as we spent almost 1 hour waiting for people on the tour to get out of a gift shop.
Too much time wasted by the guide on...
, Jul 2017
Too much time wasted by the guide on this excursion. The trip left half an hour late to start as there were four cruise ships in port that day. We were waiting for people to show up. When it finally got going there was still too much wasted time as the tour leader as he didn't know how to organize a tour group and lead it to the items on the agenda. When we finally arrived at the old town.,more time was wasted outside a souveneer shop when I finally had enough. I said to him that I had paid for a tour of the best of Tallinn and I had not seen very much. There were people in the group who's ship were leaving early in the afternoon who needed to be back on board and were very angry. The tour guide finally got his act together and picked up the pace and we saw a bit more. Unfortunately some people had to leave the tour and get back to their ship. He promised to extend the trip to make up for the lost time. Did I get my moneys worth on the trip. NO. Skip this tour and go to the old town and wander around. You can pick up a guided tour of the old town for less money and it will be much better than what we got.
Good overview of Tallinn. Be warned...
Matthew D
, Jul 2017
Good overview of Tallinn. Be warned that this tour DOES NOT drop you back off at the cruise port, but it is a 15 min walk so those with disabilities covering about 2 kilometers, please keep this in mind as you may want a taxi. The tour starts with a coach ride and around the city with a good overview, the walking portion through the town center starts at the top of the hill and goes downhill from there, my 9 year old was easily able to handle it.
A good afternoon seeing the sights...
, Jun 2017
A good afternoon seeing the sights of Tallinn. You need to be able to walk some distance though. Our guide was very informative and spoke good English. We didn't realise we were not being dropped back at the Port though.
Tallin is a wonderful city and the...
, Jun 2017
Tallin is a wonderful city and the combination of bus and walking was great. Be prepared for a lot of walking on sometimes difficult terrain. This is not the tour for anyone who has trouble walking and once the 1 12 walking tour is completed you still have another 20-25 minute walk back to the ship. Our guide was very knowledgable and we learned a lot about this great city.
We had Theo as a guide and it was a...
Silma P
, May 2017
We had Theo as a guide and it was a rushed tour and at the end he left us at the center at the Plaza and told us how to walk back to the ship, that it was a long walk. He did not take us inside of any place, it was not pleasant at all and on my print out it is included all necessary admission tickets and pick up and drop off at the cruise ship and it was not 4 hours, I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS EXCURSION, take the Hop ON Hop OFF bus it is a much better deal. This was very expensive for what Viator charge for it and do not deliver.

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