I think Tallinn was my favorite port. The city was charming, our local guide was, again, excellent, our group had become very close, and we were also able to be flexible in what we saw. Loved the town, the churches, the singing arena, etc.
Picked up this tour at a kiosk just off the boat. There was a stop at the pier and the cost was half that of booking on the boat. Old town is very close to the pier and we walked back from a nice lunch there.
Tallinn was very crowded that day but our guide (Stina, from SPB Tours) did her best to herd our small group. (It helped that she was tall.) She gave a good overview of the history of the town; more interesting were her own stories about growing up under Soviet rule. Given the crowds, it was a relief, after lunch, to set off on our own for the Seaplane Harbor museum.
A panoramic driving tour and two hour walking tour of Old Town allows for a good overview of this very clean, charming city. Along the way you pass the Song Festival Grounds, 16th century convent ruins, and churches St. Alexander Nevsky, St. Mary's Cathedral. and Church of the Holy Spirit.
The shuttle was rubbish I don't think the driver got out of second gear.
But getting around the town was very easy and we seen the old and new parts it can be very cobble street in the old part so wear good shoes or boots. Not much good if you are in a wheelchair or have difficulty walking. It's similar to York
Independent operators can't enter the port, so you have to hoof it quiet a distance to get to the gate, but then some folks choose to just walk into the Old Town on their own. Our bus took us to the hilltop of the Old Town, which we then walked thu, descending to the main square at a leisurely pace. It was a remarkably well-preserved ancient place. After that, we toured the countryside, stopping at Kadriorg Palace and a few others. It was well worth the time and $$ to have a knowledgeable guide telling us about what we were seeing, instead of having to look down at Rick Steve's guidebook.
I like this place, food is good, coffee is good, dessert is good. Relaxing old town, good place to just walk around, eat, sleep and sit and relax. I do hope to see more English signs and on menu. I have to agree with Lonely Planet, best value desitination.
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