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Approximately 6½ Hours
Set out with a small group (maximum 25 privileged guests) for a more personalized experience. This comprehensive full-day tour starts with a visit to the Song Festival grounds. Once every five years, up to 30,000 performers singing to a capacity of 300,000 spectators -- it is a remarkable event.
Continue to Pirita. This is the beachside location of the yachting complex built for the 1980 Olympic games. The 16th-century ruins of St Bridget's Convent can also be seen from here.
A short drive brings you to Tallinn's Upper Town, passing ancient walls and tower gateways. Disembark the coach at Tall Hermann Tower, from which flies the national blue, black and white flag.
Walk up Toompea Hill to Palace Square. View the Baroque Toompea Castle, now the residence of the Estonian Parliament, and visit the lovely Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral -- a dominating feature of Upper Town's skyline and home to numerous golden icons and mosaics.
Continue along Tallinn's medieval cobblestone streets to view the Gothic Dome Church, also known as St Mary's Cathedral. Nearby is a scenic viewpoint that looks out over the Lower Town rooftops.
Make the most of a brief opportunity for shopping at some small stores, you'll descend Short Leg Street to the Lower Town.
You'll have worked up an appetite, so tuck into a creative lunch at Kaks Kokka. This restaurant is the sleek and stylish little brother of award-winning Restoran Ö. Kaks Kokka features an ever-changing menu that showcases Estonian and Nordic produce, expertly prepared by innovative chefs Martin Meikas and Ranno Paukson. Dishes range from pike perch terrine with egg white cream and marinated cauliflower, to roasted Atlantic cod with ash-baked potatoes and smoked butter sauce. From the creative flavor combinations to the artistic presentation of each dish, today's lunch will be a feast for all your senses, and it will leave you with a greater appreciation for Scandinavian cuisine.
You will have some free time in Town Hall Square.
A special visit to St Nicholas Church is accompanied by a concert of medieval music.
Walk down Catherine's Passage for some shopping. You might like to browse among the craft workshops for glass, leather, millinery and ceramic wares before you head back to the coach and drive back to the port.
On Sunday calls, inside visits at St Mary's Cathedral are not possible due to religious services being held. There are cobblestone streets and numerous steps in Old Town. Tour is available on select sailings only.