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How to Spend 3 Days in Tallinn

How to Spend 3 Days in Tallinn

Tallinn has so much to see and do that getting the maximum from three days in the city requires careful planning. From discovering its Old Town UNESCO World Heritage Site to exploring farther afield, here’s our take on spending 72 hours in the Estonian capital.

  

Day 1: Explore the Highlights

Tallinn has sights aplenty, from its medieval Old Town to Soviet-era landmarks. Tick off Lower Old Town must-sees such as the Kiek in de Kök tower and Old Town Pharmacy—Europe’s oldest working pharmacy—and Upper Town sights such as the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Toompea Castle. Hop-on hop-off tours stop right outside the Old Town’s walls, while walking, bike, and bus tours offer Old Town overviews coupled with wider forays around 20th-century landmarks, such as the 1980 city hall and Song Festival Grounds. Top off a busy day with a tour sampling craft beers or liqueur such as the local caraway-flavored Kännu Kukk.

 

Day 2: Capital Trips

Rise early and get ready for a full—and long—day exploring one of two northern European capitals: Riga or Helsinki. Ride a ferry across the Gulf of Finland to explore the handsome Finnish capital of Helsinki, with its cathedral, Sibelius Monument, and late-20th-century Temppeliaukio Church. Most day trips include an audio-guided bus tour then time to enjoy the shops, markets, and restaurants independently. Alternatively, for architectural interest, take a guided tour of the beautiful Latvian capital, Riga. Travel south through Estonia’s and Latvia’s wooded countryside, stopping to see the medieval Viljandi and Cēsis castles en route. In Riga, explore the Old Town, crowned by Riga Cathedral, Riga Castle, and the Dutch Renaissance–style House of Blackheads, a 14th-century redbrick merchant’s hall and city landmark.

Day 3: Food, Art, and Fun

Begin today with a culinary tour of Tallinn. Call at the Baltic Station market, as well as delis, bakeries, and cafés, and sample staples such as sprat sandwiches and fruit wine, or join a workshop and learn the art of sculpting marzipan, reputedly invented in Tallinn. In the afternoon, continue exploring the city. Take in attractions such as the baroque Kadriorg Palace, built by Peter the Great, and a branch of Estonia’s Art Museum on the city’s fringes. Alternatively, join a cycling tour around Tallinn’s Kalamaja district. Finally, test your nerve with an escape-room game or a ghost walk around shadowy Old Town lanes to discover their sometimes sinister past. Otherwise, jump straight into party mode and top off your stay with a bar crawl.

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Tallinn 3-Hour Estonian Food Tour

Tallinn 3-Hour Estonian Food Tour

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Eat your way through Estonia on this small-group food tour. Follow a friendly local guide around town and stop at several local food venues for delicious treats. Possible stops include street stalls, a medieval-themed tavern, local cafes, a chocolate museum, a nearby market, and a few surprises. Get a unique experience of the city and enjoy a meal (or several!) at the same time on this fun food tour for the whole family.
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  • 3 hours
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Tallinn-Riga Sightseeing Tour Bus

Tallinn-Riga Sightseeing Tour Bus

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Join our entertaining trip from Tallinn to Riga through the picturesque towns of Viljandi, Valga, Cēsis, and Sigulda. We’ll bring you to places you would not find on your own and help you discover two countries in one day.
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  • 12 hours
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Tallinn Sightseeing Tour by Coach and Foot

Tallinn Sightseeing Tour by Coach and Foot

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Explore the enchanting city of Tallinn by foot and coach on an enriching 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a luxurious coach and embark on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city’s most significant sights; cruise past Toompea Castle, Kadriog Park and the beautiful beaches of Pirita and then absorb the quaint charm of Tallinn Old Town alongside a knowledgeable guide on a leisurely walking tour. Visit Europe’s oldest apothecary and gaze at the colossal spire of Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral before bidding your guide and group farewell.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Old and Nowaday Tallinn Driving and Little Walking Private Tour

Old and Nowaday Tallinn Driving and Little Walking Private Tour

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Admire Tallinn’s highlights by air-conditioned vehicle and with only small amounts of walking on this 4-hour private tour. As your guide chauffeurs you around, hear about Tallinn’s history, and see churches, monuments and more. Drive to the Upper Old Town to observe the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and views down over the Lower Town; and admire the 19th-century wooden villas of the Kadriorg quarter, and Kadriog Park, commissioned by Russia’s Peter the Great. A coffee stop is also included in the itinerary.
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  • 4 hours
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Helsinki Day Trip from Tallinn

Helsinki Day Trip from Tallinn

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and architectural charm of Helsinki on a full-day trip from Tallinn. Explore a wealth of alluring attractions on a narrated coach tour, seeing the shimmering copper Temppeliaukio Church and the dynamic pipe-constructed Sibelius Monument. Cruise on a relaxing ferry ride and enjoy some leisurely free time exploring the city independently. Convenient round-trip transportation from Tallinn is included on this tour.
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  • 17 hours
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Estonian Craft Beer Tasting in Tallinn

Estonian Craft Beer Tasting in Tallinn

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Set free your inner beer connoisseur on this beer-tasting tour of Tallinn. Follow your guide to different bars and cafes as you try some of the most popular craft beers in Estonia’s capital city. Along the way, learn more about the Estonian characteristics of each tasting, and get more familiar with the beer culture in Tallinn.
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Private Alcohol Tasting Tour In Tallinn

Private Alcohol Tasting Tour In Tallinn

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Estonia is known for its many, varied alcoholic beverages, but it can be difficult to know which to choose. This private guided tour takes you to historic locations in Tallinn, as well as a cozy restaurant where you can sample some drinks, such as Kannu Kukk and Vana Tallinn, while learning about their history and secrets.
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Tallinn old town with kids group tour

Tallinn old town with kids group tour

Keeping children entertained on a city tour can be tricky, but this child-friendly tour will be sure to grab your kids' attention. In a small group of no more than eight, enjoy your guide's personal attention as you explore Tallinn Old Town, embark upon a slow-moving train ride, and even visit a haunted castle.
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  • 3 hours
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Tallinn Art Tour: Kadriorg Park and Palace

Tallinn Art Tour: Kadriorg Park and Palace

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Secure admission in advance and enjoy a hassle-free journey to the Kadriorg Palace, one of Tallinn’s must-sees and home to the Kadriorg Art Museum. Admire the gardens of the baroque palace, built by Peter the Great; and view its 16th- to 20th-century European and Russian paintings. Get context and background from a guide you'd otherwise miss, and enjoy entry to the neighboring Kumu, a gallery dedicated to modern Estonian art.
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Claustrophobia Tallinn Escape Room Experience

Claustrophobia Tallinn Escape Room Experience

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Spend an hour solving riddles to try to escape the “claustrophobia” room. This escape room experience in Tallinn is a great team building experience or a fun way to spend an evening with friends or family. Two to four players can participate in the experience to try to find the keys to open the door and escape the “claustrophobic” room.
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  • 1 hour
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