SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    The Best of Medieval Tallinn

    Tallinn, Estonia

    Duration 6 hrs

    This full day tour starts with a visit to the Song Festival Grounds with a capacity for 300,000 spectators and up to 30,000 performers sing. A short stop will provide you with an impression of the festivals that are held here every five years. Continue to Pirita, the beachside location of the yachting complex built for the 1980 Olympic Games where the 16th century ruins of St. Bridget’s Convent can also be seen. A short drive follows to Tallinn’s Upper Town, passing ancient walls and tower gateways. Disembark your coach at Tall Hermann Tower from where flies the national blue, black and white flag. Walk up Toompea Hill to Palace Square to view the Baroque Toompea Castle, now the residence of the Estonian Parliament, and to visit the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a dominating feature of Upper Town’s city skyline and home to numerous golden icons and mosaics.


    Walk along Tallinn’s medieval cobblestone streets and proceed to the scenic viewpoint over the Lower Town rooftops, where there will be limited time for shopping in the small shops. Descend Short Leg Street to the Lower Town for an independent visit to Town Hall Square and view the exterior of the Gothic Town Hall. Your lunch will be served at one of Tallinn’s typical Old Town restaurants followed by a concert of medieval music in Holy Spirit church. Continue your walk along Catherine’s Passage, where shopping and browsing opportunities at the local craft workshops (including glass, leather, millinery and ceramic wares) await you. Return to the coach for the drive back to your ship.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately two miles over uneven surfaces and cobblestone streets, plus several inclines with approximately 90 steps. Time permitting; guests will have approximately 30 minutes for shopping and browsing. Tour order may vary but all mentioned sites will be covered.
    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Meal
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    Medieval Experience

    Tallinn, Estonia

    Duration 7 hrs

    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.


    Visit 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. Afterwards, learn about distilling in Estonia and you’ll have a chance 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 for a walking tour of the old town, starting at the Tall Hermann Tower. Follow your guide through Palace Square, with the Parliament House of Estonia and the Russian Orthodox Church. The stroll will take you over cobblestone lanes for an outside view of the famous St. Mary’s Cathedral and panoramic lookout points from where you’ll have a splendid view over the old town wall, red-tiled roofs, towers and steeples.


    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Tallinn by Bicycle

    Tallinn, Estonia

    Duration 4 hrs

    Bicycle through the most historical and picturesque sections of Tallinn, parts of which are a World Heritage site dating to the 13th century. As you pedal through garden-like Kadriorg Park, which Peter the Great established in 1718, you will see the palace he named for his wife, Catharine. For a glimpse into more recent Estonian culture, you will bike through the Song Festival Grounds, the site of the Singing Revolution, a 1988 musical demonstration against Soviet rule. The influence of Communism will really come to life outside the Estonian History Museum, where you will view of a collection of discarded sculptures of leaders such as Stalin and Lenin that were more prominently displayed during the Soviet occupation. It was a turbulent time, as you will discover at the sobering Memorial to the Victims of Communism. The more scenic side of Tallinn will present itself at beautiful Pirita beach and in Old Town, where you will pause at a delightful café.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Pedal a bike through Tallinn at a leisurely pace that allows you to really enjoy the highlights.
    • Gain insight into the Soviet occupation of Tallinn at a sculpture garden and at a memorial.
    • See the 18th-century palace Peter the Great built for his wife at lovely Kadriorg Park.
    • Explore Old Town, a World Heritage site in the heart of Tallinn.

    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of activity and participants should be in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, guests with mobility concerns, recent back or neck injuries, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, respiratory conditions or pregnant women. Tour participants do so at their own risk and responsibility and will be required to sign a release form before being allowed to bike. Helmets, safety vests and a bottle of mineral water are provided. Wear appropriate footwear and comfortable clothing. Tour operates in all weather conditions. Minimum age is 12 years. Minimum height is 57 inches.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Snack
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    Tallinn & Old Town Walking Tour

    Tallinn, Estonia

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Departing from the pier, begin with a scenic drive around the Old Town, which offers magnificent views of the medieval city walls. See the watch-towers, graceful spires, and winding, cobblestone streets. Visit the Russian Orthodox Church inaugurated in 1900 and filled with a stunning array of superb icons. View the exterior of the castle, now the seat of Estonia’s parliament.


    Built on a cliff, the Upper Town provides a superb vantage point from which to view the red gabled roofs and spires of Lower Town. Your tour continues down both Long and Short Leg Streets to the Lower Town. See the apothecary, which opened in 1422, the Great Guild House, Blackheads Brotherhood House and the 15th century Gothic Town Hall. Enjoy some free time on the grounds of the Dominican convent at a colorful market and St. Catherine’s Arts and Crafts Center, before rejoining your coach and returning to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes. Guests must be able to walk over uneven surfaces and cobblestone streets.
    • Adult from: $55.00 USD
    • Child from: $25.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Highlights of Tallinn

    Tallinn, Estonia

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    A drive from the harbor takes you through the city center and along the main street passing Estonia’s modern and elegant 19th century buildings. As you approach the Old Town, you’ll get fascinating views of the medieval city wall with its fairytale turrets. The walking portion of your tour begins at Nun’s Street in the Lower Town. Strolling through the old streets, you’ll see the beautiful medieval guild houses, the Gothic Town Hall and the charming 15th century apothecary. Continue to the beautiful Kadriorg Park, founded according to the order of Peter the Great and named after Peter's wife, Catherine.


    Admire the architecture of the Baroque palace and enjoy the lovely restored gardens, a small replica of Versailles. The tour continues to the Song Festival Ground where national song festivals are held and up to 30,000 singers participate. Following a brief visit to the interesting ruins of the 15th century St. Brigit’s Convent, you’ll drive back to the city, past the famous Estonian Russalka monument and the summer residence of Count Orlov.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes.
    • Adult from: $65.00 USD
    • Child from: $35.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Scenic Tallinn

    Tallinn, Estonia

    Duration 3 hrs

    Your tour begins with a scenic drive through the cultural heart of Tallinn. View the Tall Herman Tower, one of the three remaining towers of the Knights of the Sword Castle. From the base of the nearby Cannon Tower, enjoy a wonderful view of the churches and towers of Tallinn's Upper Town. You’ll then continue through Kadriorg Park, a true highlight with its charming Baroque ensemble that was designed as a summer residence for Peter the Great. You’ll also see the beautiful Swan Pond where a photo stop will be made. You’ll visit the Song Festival Ground, a natural amphitheater that hosts Estonia's national song festivals.


    You’ll pass by the Forest Cemetery where distinguished Estonians are buried amongst the pine trees, before continuing on to Pirita, the beachside location of the yachting complex built for the 1980 Olympic Games. From this vantage point, the 16th century ruins of St. Bridget's Convent can be seen. As you return to the harbor, you'll drive past the summer residence of Count Orlov and the delightful statue of Russalka, Estonia's mermaid, on the coast.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants are not required to disembark the coach at the photo stops. Restrooms are available at selected stops. Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is wheelchair accessible; however, guests need to be able to board the bus with help of a companion. Wheelchair can be stored on the bus.
    • Adult from: $50.00 USD
    • Child from: $50.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Limited Accessibility
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    Upper Town & Kadriorg Palace

    Tallinn, Estonia

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Depart from the pier for a short drive to Tallinn’s Old Town, where ancient walls and tower gateways can be seen. At Tall Herman Tower, walk the short distance up Toompea Hill to Palace Square. Visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which dominates the city skyline, with numerous gold icons and mosaics inside. Proceed to the scenic viewpoint over the Lower Town rooftops, before rejoining your bus.


    Continue the tour to Kadriorg Palace, built in 1723 by Peter the Great in honor of his empress wife Catherine I. Its magnificent scale is enhanced by its setting on several levels, with upper and lower gardens in contrasting styles. Since the Russian Revolution, the ornate palace rooms have been used as an art museum. After viewing highlights of the European art on display, stroll through the Lower Garden back to your coach for the return to your ship.


    Need to Know:

    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.
    • Adult from: $85.00 USD
    • Child from: $55.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Treasures of Maritime City Tallinn

    Tallinn, Estonia

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Begin with a scenic drive around the Upper Town of Tallinn. Pass by the old town wall from the 13th century, the Fat Margarete Tower and the main railway station. You’ll leave the coach at the Tall Hermann Tower for a short walk to the Palace Square. Visit the Russian St. Alexander Nevski Orthodox Cathedral (1900), displaying a lot of spectacular icons. Take a short walk to several panoramic viewpoints where you can enjoy the view over the Lower Town, harbors, marinas, commercial ports and even do some shopping.


    Take a short drive to the Seaplane Harbour, an Estonian Maritime Museum. This unique museum displays some large exhibits, most of them housed in the seaplane hangars built in 1916-1917. Originally, a part of Peter the Great’s Naval Fortress, the Seaplane Harbour has lately been restored for the needs of the Estonian Maritime Museum. It exhibits the Lembit submarine, the Suur Toll steam icebreaker, Short Type 184 seaplane and other life-size items. This is a great experience for the entire family to see and do such as: the Yellow Submarine, an aquarium, games, a cafeteria, the harbor and many more. During your stay at this museum you’ll also have an opportunity to enjoy a coffee break at the cafe and to visit the museum shop. At the end of your tour, board your coach for a return ride to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Flash photography is not allowed in the churches. Busy times for yellow Submarine (exhibition) visit.
    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
    • Child from: $59.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Gothic Treasures - A Walking Journey

    Tallinn, Estonia

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    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.


    The stunning 15th-century building is one of the best-preserved Gothic Town Halls in Europe and has been at the center of Tallinn's life for six centuries. Visit the 14th-century Holy Spirit Church; this radiantly white church with its distinctive octagonal tower stands just off Town Hall Square. The elaborate painted clock on its façade is Tallinn's oldest public timepiece, dating to the late 17th century. Throughout medieval times it remained the primary church of the common folk. After the Reformation, it was here the first sermons were ever given in the Estonian language (as opposed to German).. Continue your walking tour of the Lower Town and see the Great Guild, 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.
    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
    • Child from: $59.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2

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Printed on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 04:36pm