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The Jewel of the Baltic

This private tour is a great way to discover one of Europe's best preserved medieval settlements - Tallinn's Old Town. These cobbled streets will take you on a journey 800 years back in time to the foundation of this once glorious and wealthy port town.

Why the 3-Hour Walking Tour?
   

On this tour we will give you a thorough overview of Tallinn's Old Town. Enjoy historic tales of bygone eras and colourful legends told to you by our experienced guides. As a UNESCO world heritage site and often referred to as the “Jewel of the Baltic,” this city offers architecture from Gothic to Baroque and Renaissance, from Art Deco to Soviet. Immerse yourself within a history rich in war and culture, intrigue and chivalry.

We offer a personalised and friendly service with professional and educated guides. It is our wish to give you the best experience and value for your time.


St Catherine's Passage

Once home to a Dominican monastery, the old monastic complex has become famous as a street of artisans and craftsmen. From textiles and leather to stain glass and woodcarvings, everything sold on this street is locally made in Estonia. Even for those not interested in souvenirs, this location offers a look into traditional Estonian crafts and designs. 

St Catherine's Passage at dawn

House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads

As one of the most prestigious organisations of Tallinn in the middle ages, the Brotherhood organised celebrations, formed the cavalry force of the Lower Town and much more. Discover who these people were and what makes their hall stand out on the streets of Tallinn.  

Upper Town

For centuries, this part of Tallinn was home to the nobility, with highborn families ranging from German to Danish, Russian to Swedish, as well as Scottish and French calling it their home. Learn who were the Baltic Germans, visit spectacular viewpoints looking down on the Lower Town and get a chance to compare Orthodox and Lutheran churches.  
Toompea palace and part of the old caste (Tall Hermann tower)

Lower Town

As the medieval city's center of trade and commerce, not to mention home to the majority of the settlement's population, the Lower Town was the heart of Old Tallinn for well over 600 years and continues to play an important role to this day.  
A look onto the Lower Town from Patkuli viewpoint (Upper Town)

Medieval Pharmacy (optional)

Tallinn boasts the oldest still functioning pharmacy in all of Europe. It is possible to visit this establishment should the group wish it and see what medicines have been used in Tallinn over the centuries. For an extra price (see below) it is possible to taste some klarett (a medieval red wine-based drink) and get a more thorough look at the building and hear its history. 

One of the rooms of the pharmacy

City Wall

As an important center for trade on the Baltic, Tallinn needed to be well fortified. The wall, built and expanded over several centuries, is a must see site during any visit to Tallinn. 

Guild Halls

Often regarded as medieval workers' unions, the guilds were the basis of medieval urban economy. Their grand halls can be found decorating the streets of the Old Town to this very day. How they functioned and what they did will be explored during the tour.

The Great Guild Hall

Architecture

Dating back 8 centuries, Tallinn has seen a lot during its existence. Invaders, cultures, art styles and more have all come and gone, and each have left their own mark on the city's landscape and structures. Out guides will make certain you will get to see a wide tange of styles if that is your fancy.
A look at St Knud's Guild (left) and the Dragon Gallrey (right)

History

We want to share with you our knowledge of and enthusiasm for everyday life in medieval Tallinn - how the city functioned, who lived here and why did so many large nations, such as Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and the Teutonic Order, fight over this small piece of land for centuries.

Though small, Tallinn and Estonia hold a great many secret...

Included in the tour

  • A professional and friendly guide
  • A tour through the Old Town of Tallinn
  • Town Hall - outside
  • Alexandr Nevsky Cathedral - inside
  • Dome Church - outside
  • Guild Halls - outside
  • House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads
  • Danish King's Garden 
  • At least one small square 
  • View points in the Upper Town
  • St Catherine's Passage

Optional

  • It is possible to add an entrance to the Dome Church (3 euros per person). NB! Not available on Sundays

Tour expenses, duration and more

Tour duration: 3 hours

Tour price in euros:

Number of people1-1011-1213-1415-16
Tour price€150€160€170€175

Group size: Up to 16

Starting point: Within walking distance of the Old Town (negotiable)

Ending point: Inside the Old Town (specific location negotiable) 


Booking

To book a tour please contact us via email (tours@whiteoaktours.ee) or fill out the form below. You can also call at +372 5886 5231

Please specify the tour you are interested in, as well as the date and time you would like to book it.
 
NB! Please inform us regarding any special needs regarding the group (e.g. walking difficulties, etc.).   
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Would you like to visit the medieval pharmacy?
History Architecture Local culture Life in Medieval Tallinn
Do you wish to visit the Dome Church? Entrance fee 3 euros per person.
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