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Gothic Treasures - A Walking Journey
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Your tour begins with a leisurely drive that circles the Old Town, offering excellent views of the ancient city wall. A guided walking tour of the Upper Town begins at the Kiek in de Kok Cannon Tower. As you stroll the narrow and winding cobbled streets, admire the castle, now the seat of Estonia’s Parliament, and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, before walking through the Danish King’s Garden down to the Town Hall Square.
You’ll visit St.Nicholas church, the museum is one of just a few northern European museums located in a former church. The best-known work in the museum is the Danse Macabre painted by Bernt Notke at the end of the 15th century. During the Middle Ages, St. Nicholas' was one of the town's most magnificent and beautiful churches. Continue your walking tour of the Lower Town and see the Great Guild, the Holy Ghost Church, the 15th century Apothecary Shop and numerous medieval merchants’ homes.
After returning to the coach at Mere Boulevard, a 20 minute drive will bring you to the Rocca al Mare Open Air Museum displaying fine examples of Estonian rural architecture from the past 200 years. You’ll find many examples of spectacular wooden buildings preserved in peaceful surroundings, including old farmhouses, fishermen’s houses, a village church, a village school and windmills of various kinds. Before the coach returns to the ship there will be a brief opportunity for shopping at the museum’s small gift shop.
Need to Know:
Note: Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes.
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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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