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Your tour begins with a drive through the picturesque Estonian countryside towards one of the oldest towns of Estonia – Rakvere. This town is located about 100 km east of Tallinn. Stop at the Rebala Heritage Reserve to look at an ancient cemetery from the Nordic Bronze Age. After a visit to the Citizen Museum, you’ll enter the partially ruined, 13th century Rakvere Castle to see weapons, the Torture Chamber and Hell Chamber. At the entrance to the castle you’ll find an enormous sculpture of a bull called Tarvas, standing in guard of the town. A medieval lunch with Estonian beer is served in the castle restaurant. In the castle, you’ll also learn about distilling in Estonia and to taste Estonian spirit.
Alcohol has been produced in Estonia since the 15th century and the exhibition presents important information concerning alcohol production. For those who wish to receive a certificate of the “connoisseur of vodka“, a more thorough spirit, a tasting opportunity will be provided. From Rakvere you’ll return to Tallinn to the Tall Hermann Tower. Walk through the Palace Square with the Parliament House of Estonia and the Russian Orthodox Church. The stroll will take you over the cobblestone lanes for an outside visit of the famous St. Mary’s Cathedral "Dome Church" from 1233 with panoramic viewpoints. Afterwards, walk back to the coach for your return trip to the pier.
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Note: Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes. Guests must be able to walk over uneven surfaces and cobblestone streets. Flash photography is not allowed in the churches and museum. There is no inside visit to St. Mary’s Cathedral "Dome Church" on this tour, the church can be seen from the outside only.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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