Following a sea day, we arrived in Tallinn and took a shore excursion (TL07 - Best of Tallinn) consisting of city highlights, a concert, lunch, and a walking tour in Old Town. Tallinn was the biggest surprise of the cruise – it is a wonderful city with lots of friendly people. Old Town consists of picturesque narrow streets with many historic buildings (Tail Hermann Tower, Palace Square, St. Mary’s Cathedral) and hand crafted markets. We had an excellent traditional Estonia lunch in an Old Town restaurant. Lunch was followed by a concert of old music in a medieval church. This is also the best place (near Catherine’s Passage) to buy souvenirs and the prices are not ridiculous. If you tour on your own, you have to take the shuttle ($10 round trip) to get to Old Town as it is a fair hike.
Next to St. Petersburg, Tallinn was hands down our favorite port. The town is picturesque and the port is a very short walk from Old Town. We did a free walking tour with Tallinn Free Tours and it was one of the best walking tours we've had in any location, ever. We had a nice, cheap lunch from a bakery and went into the tunnels at Kiek in the Kok before heading back to the ship. A++ town, 11 out of 10, would visit again.
I loved Tallinn. Very vivid and happy memories of walking through the old town. We bought a couple of items there and visited two cathedrals (Orthodox and Lutheran) in our free time. The organist was rehearsing for a concert in the Toomkirik (Lutheran athedral) --- what a wonderful organ.
A very good mix of sight seeing and experiencing local delicacies with guides who were very knowledgeable about both the ancient and the more recent (Soviet era) history of Estonia and Tallinn. The only tour that had a bit of rain which made for the rather humorous site of a sea of bright red Viking umbrellas in one crowded street as a number of smaller guided tours met.
Walking tour. About 2 miles total, a bit tedious on cobblestones, but I'm 75 and it was manageable. We enjoyed the Russian Orthodox church, seeing the old town, doing a bit of shopping, and hearing about the history of Estonia.
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