Tallinn Old Town and Song Festival Grounds
- The grounds of the Estonia Song Festival: an Estonian cultural icon and home to one of the largest amateur choral events in the world, as well as the "Singing Revolution" that led to independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
- Upper Old Town: Classic views of the city and visits to a Russian Revival masterpiece, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and a 13th-century Gothic church, St. Mary's Cathedral.
- Sightseeing drive: See Palace Square, beautiful Kadriorg Park, and Toompea Castle, now home to Estonia's parliament, with time for souvenir-shopping.
About this Tallinn tour
Your tour begins on Toompea Hill in Upper Old Town, home to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a masterpiece of Russian Revival architecture, and the remarkably preserved Gothic St. Mary's Cathedral. These architectural marvels must compete for your favor against an exhilarating roofscape view of the city.
You will then pass through Kadriorg Park, built on the orders of Russian Czar Peter the Great in 1718 and guarded by the famous statue of a mermaid commanding the sea. Beyond the park you will visit the home of the Estonia Song Festival, which started as an engine for reawakening Estonian nationalism and has since hosted such artists as Madonna, Metallica, and Michael Jackson. You'll understand why the Festival led to independence from the Soviet Union as you walk the grounds, and imagine them ringing with the sound of 18,000 people singing at once.
Tallinn's flea markets manage to impress collectors and bargain-shoppers alike. Selling everything from fine linen to organic produce to Soviet memorabilia, Tallinn has flea markets at a train station, at the football stadium, and in abandoned factories converted into rows of stall space. One flea market even has its own skating rink.
Arriving by cruise ship? Please exit the cruise port gates to meet your guide. Please look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign.
As in any other touristic place, please be careful with your personal belongings. Recommended local shopping items: wool, linen, limestone, juniper.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. There is moderate walking involved, with approximately 2.5 miles of walking on cobblestones.
Bus Tour, Walking Tour, Scenic, Shopping
English, Spanish, German, Russian, French
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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