Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
This tour starts visiting The Song Festival Ground, continues to Pirita, the beach-side location of the yachting complex. A short drive follows to Tallinn's Upper Town, pass ancient walls and tower gateways and disembark the coach at Tall Hermann Tower. Walk up Toompea Hill to the Palace Square, visit the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and continue along to visit Gothic St. Mary`s Cathedral. Descend to Town Hall Square. In one of Tallinn's typical Old Town restaurants, lunch will be served. Concert of old music will be enjoyed in one of the medieval buildings. Continue to Catherine's Passage where free time is allotted for a shopping opportunity.
Tallinn's Old Town can be best enjoyed on foot. Upper Old Town features the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Alexander Nevsky, Estonian Parliament Building and the 13th century St. Mary`s Cathedral. On entering Lower Old Town you'll visit St. Nicholas Church containing numerous of remarkable works of art. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a short concert of classical music in the church. Next you will continue along old streets passing the houses of merchants of the Hanseatic League. Then you will have a short stop in the Town Hall Square before walking to Mere Boulevard, where you will have the option to stay in town or return to the ship.
This excursion combines a short walking tour passing the highlights of Tallinn that can only be enjoyed on foot, as well as a panoramic tour of the city's major attractions and surrounding area. Start by driving by the beautiful Kadriorg Park, founded by Peter the Great in honor of his wife Catherine. Have a photo stop at the Song Festival Ground and pass the ruins of St. Bridget's Convent and the Olympic Yachting Complex. Coffee-break will be made at the restaurant on the seashore. A short drive follows to Tallinn's Old Town where ancient walls and tower gates can be seen. After that you will walk a short distance for a beautiful view of the Lower Town with its towers and narrow streets.
Drive from the port to Medieval Tallinn. Walk up Toompea Hill to Palace Square, to view the Baroque Toompea Castle, now the residence of the Estonian Parliament. Visit the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Gothic St.Mary`s Cathedral. Enjoy the view over the Lower Old Town from the terrace or browse in the small shops. Continue on a scenic drive through countryside to one of the oldest towns of Estonia, Rakvere (100 km). You will have a visit to the Rakvere Distillery Museum. Then continue to the medieval Rakvere Castle for lunch and free time for browsing.
This tour is designed for guests who would enjoy seeing Tallinn mainly from the comforts of a motor coach but still get a glimpse of Old Town too. Stop for photographs at the Tall Hermann Tower from where you will have the option to walk the short distance up Toompea Hill to Palace Square, to view the baroque Toompea Castle (external view only). You may also visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral dominating the city skyline. Departing from Tall Hermann Tower, you will continue past the original city walls, the Kaarli Church, the Estonian Opera and Ballet Theater and also Kadriorg Park. Proceed to the Song Festival Ground. You will pass by the Forest Cemetery onto Pirita.
Please contact the Shore Excursion Department at email@example.com to review full details on this tour. Tour must be booked in advance of the cruise in order to secure equipment and departure time.
This tour reveals the many contrasting faces of Tallinn, its differing nature and styles of life. You will drive to Lower Old Town and visit Town Hall Square. After rejoining your coach you will drive to and visit Song Festival Ground which gradually changes into an area of neat and lovely private houses from the 50's in the Kose-Pirita district. To have a more realistic understanding of Estonian peasant life in the 19th-20th centuries you will visit Viimsi Open Air Museum, which displays buildings from a former fish farm. Before returning you will have a coffee break in a boat-shaped restaurant on the beautiful Estonian seaside.
This excursion combines a short walking tour as well as a panoramic tour of the city's major attractions and surrounding area. Start by driving by the beautiful Kadriorg Park, founded by Peter the Great in honor of his wife Catherine. En route you will have a photo stop at the Song Festival Ground and pass the well-preserved 16th-century ruins of St. Bridget's Convent and the Olympic Yachting Complex. A short drive follows to Tallinn's Old Town where ancient walls and tower gates can be seen. You will visit the Russian Orthodox Church and the famous 13th-century St. Mary's Cathedral. After that you will walk a short distance for a beautiful panoramic view of the Lower Town with its towers.
Your tour begins with a drive to Toompea Hill. Walk to Palace Square and view the Toompea Castle, visit the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, home to golden icons and mosaics. Continue along Tallinn's cobbled streets to view the Gothic St Mary's Cathedral. After you will visit the scenic viewpoint. Descend Short Leg Street to the Lower Old Town and Wheel's Well. In one of the Old Town restaurants learn about beer making and taste three different beers with lunch. After that we continue to the heart of Tallinn the Town Hall Square for short photo stop in Town Hall Square before returning to the port.
OVERVIEW: Enjoy a walking tour of Tallinn's historic Upper and Lower Old Town, the best way to enjoy this well-preserved charming town.
HIGHLIGHTS: During your walking town of the Upper and Lower Old Town, you will visit the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Alexander Nevsky, the 13the century St. Mary's Cathedral and historic Town Hall Square. You may stay in town at the end of the tour to explore and shop on your own.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 2 miles over uneven surfaces and cobblestone streets, several inclines with approximately 90 steps. St. Mary's Cathedral is closed to tours on Sundays due to regularly scheduled church services and functions.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.