Tallinn- Tour or Not?

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#21
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do you know if most cruise ships have a shuttle taking passengers into the Tourist Info center?
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Originally posted by ROCruiser
We always like to DIY in ports so we have the freedom to do whatever, whenever. Especially in ports like Tallin, so easy to do it on your own. Just walking distance from the port to old town.
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Originally posted by newcruisers04
do you know if most cruise ships have a shuttle taking passengers into the Tourist Info center?
thanks
Cruise ships dock at the Old City Harbor, it's just around 500 metres from city center. You don't need any shuttle bus at all. Old town is a little further but you need to go up the hill. So if you have any mobility issues you could take a taxi. Anyway everything in Tallinn is very close and the only problem may be cobblestones which are everywhere. So be ready
#23
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Originally posted by newcruisers04
do you know if most cruise ships have a shuttle taking passengers into the Tourist Info center?
thanks
HAL did have a shuttle. We did not use it and did not have to wait on line for it. Walking into town worked fine.
#24
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Originally posted by Nisky411
Just google free walking tour. We took a wonderful tour with a very informative guide all around cobblestoned streets with plenty of time for shopping and lunch !
How long was the tour and how arduous? Did you walk up the big hill to overlook the town?
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We walked from the ship to Old Town and followed Rick Steves' walking tour. The town did become very crowded with walking tours from a few ships docked there that day. We then took a taxi to the Maritime Museum and then taxied back to our ship.
#27
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I read elsewhere that the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is only open on weekends. Is that true? We are scheduled to be in Tallinn on a Thursday next August. Although I understand that photos are prohibited inside, I'd like to visit the inside of the cathedral.
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Originally posted by Quasar1011
I read elsewhere that the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is only open on weekends. Is that true? We are scheduled to be in Tallinn on a Thursday next August. Although I understand that photos are prohibited inside, I'd like to visit the inside of the cathedral.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is open Monday - Friday (and Sunday) from 8:00am to 7:00pm
It is open Saturday from 8:00am to 8:00pm
You won't be able to wander around the cathedral during services but if you work around the services, you will be able to see the interior.
Services are held: Monday - Friday at 8:30am and 5:00pm; Saturday at 8:30am; Sunday at 9:30am
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Thank you dogs4fun! That makes more sense than just being open on weekends.
Now we have to figure out DIY vs. free walking tour, leaning towards getting a
local to show us the city.
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#30
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Tallinn is a very easy place to visit. We even went to one of the famous restaurants, for lunch.
Our problem was the rain. It seems to rain a lot in Tallinn.
BTW This is the place to pick up your chocolates & souvenirs. Things got more expensive, as we cruised to the other places.
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Originally posted by TravelingAPor
Tallinn is a very easy place to visit. We even went to one of the famous restaurants, for lunch.

Our problem was the rain. It seems to rain a lot in Tallinn.

BTW This is the place to pick up your chocolates & souvenirs. Things got more expensive, as we cruised to the other places.


So true. Tallinn is easy. Also, we bought the chocolate at the factory store for Kaslov for gifts. After tasting it we were so sorry we didn’t buy more. So good and so reasonable.


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Originally posted by FloridaTourist
So true. Tallinn is easy. Also, we bought the chocolate at the factory store for Kaslov for gifts. After tasting it we were so sorry we didn’t buy more. So good and so reasonable.


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Thank you for the suggestion, FloridaTourist. Any other suggestions for gift\souvenir from Tallinn?
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#33
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Originally posted by MaleoMD
Thank you for the suggestion, FloridaTourist. Any other suggestions for gift\souvenir from Tallinn?


We bought the juniper wood trivets, they have a nice smell & come in handy in the kitchen


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We DIYed Tallinn and Helsinki. Both cities are easy to DIY and visitor friendly. A good way to save money for a private tour of St.Petersburg
My husband got a wool sweater in Tallinn and loves it.
#35
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We did a Food Tour & it was fantastic. Our guide, Raiko, was extremely knowledagble & due to having a car we were able to visit some areas outside of Old Town before beginning our food experience. Completely recommend.
This is the one we did
http://www.foodsightseeing.ee/
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#36
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Originally posted by mara93
We did a Food Tour & it was fantastic. Our guide, Raiko, was extremely knowledagble & due to having a car we were able to visit some areas outside of Old Town before beginning our food experience. Completely recommend.
This is the one we did
http://www.foodsightseeing.ee/
Thank you for the link, mara93. We'd love to do a food tour but I'm not sure I have a clear picture of what we will be visiting and what is included in the tour. Will appreciate it if you tell more.
#37
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Originally posted by all4hockey54r
Thanks for the information everyone! I'm looking into food tours there as well. That might be a nice alternative.
all4hockey54: did you find any food tours? did you do any? did you enjoy?

we like doing food tours but i couldn't find much about food tours at this forum.
#38
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Originally posted by TGraUk
Thank you for the link, mara93. We'd love to do a food tour but I'm not sure I have a clear picture of what we will be visiting and what is included in the tour. Will appreciate it if you tell more.
I can probably shed some light. Do you want to know food specifics?
We had pumpkin soup & schnapps @ the Peppersack restaurant
Moved on to Gourmet Club Deli & Cafe for Beet Hummus along with fresh bread & a malt like beverage
Stopped at the Old Town Pharmacy where we were given marzipan
Then to Kaerjaan restaurant where we sampled some hors d'oeuvres along with a kefir drink
Moved on to a viewpoint of Old Town where the guide provided traditional estonian chocolate along w/estonian schnapps
Last stop was at the Luscher & Mattiesen winery for apple wine

Keep in mind, throughout the entire time you are walking through Old Town & the guide is providing information on its history & happenings.

When we were first picked up we traveled to the Office of the President of Estonia, not much time but nice building (we didn't enter) We moved on to Regulaarpark gardens & Tallin Song Festival Grounds. We drove back to Old Town & were able to see a bit of Tallin. After the tastings, we had free time to hit the Open Market in the city center.

Great day in Tallin. Hope this helps.
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#39
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When we toured in Tallinn, there was just a terrific walking tour that one of our posters linked on the site. Everyone, and I mean everyone used it. But for some reason, the link was removed and no one was able to put it back on. It was done by a poster, Lairbear.
That said, a lot of the fun in Tallinn, is following a walking tour, but also, exploring a bit on your own. We just loved to wander about those narrow cobblestone streets, just looking to get away from many of the tourists and find some hidden gem of a shop to browse around in. Another benefit of doing Tallinn on your own is that you can go at your own pace. Maybe you find a spot where you just want to sit and 'chill out; (if they still say or do that ), or want to stop for a bite at any of the wonderful restaurants, or linger to take some pictures.
Tallinn is really the one city where it is the easiest to do on your own. Yes, you won't get all the names and dates that fill up a guided tour, but, for us, that wasn't necessary. We just wanted to feel the area and experience Tallinn.
I would google walking tours of Tallinn, print one out and get going on your own.
It is a very easy walk from the ship to the old city. In fact, I believe they have a sort of line painted on the street that you follow to get there. There is a few block incline walk to get to the top of the hill, but it is not strenuous, if you walk OK.
Do the tour if you like, but save a few bucks that will go to a tour in St Petersburg, and do it on your own.


As for souvenirs, we found that the nesting dolls were cheaper in Tallinn than in St Petersburg, and many people say Tallinn is the best place to buy Amber. Just shop at reputable places.
(The used to have a sort of bazaar type set up near the ship as you walk back. We found some great little things there, if it is still around.)


Cheers
Len
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#40
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Thank you for your review MARA93. You made my mouth water )))
We love food tours and I'd love to take the tour from Food Sightseeing but we'll be travelling with an 8-year old. I'm afraid the marzipan and chocolate is not enough to keep her interest and she is not going to enjoy the tour. Do you agree?

Jess
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