Kadriorg Palace and Tallinn Environs
Duration: 3 hours
Tour Code: TLL-004
Depart from the port for a scenic sightseeing drive to Kadriorg Park, founded by Peter the Great in honor of his empress wife Catherine I. Its magnificent scale is enhanced by its setting in tiered gardens in contrasting styles. The Swan Pond, with its picturesque island and the grottos in the upper garden, is a visual delight. Kadriorg means "Catherine's Valley" in Estonian, though the palace was seldom visited by the Tsarina. Since the Russian Revolution the ornate palace rooms have been used as an art museum and, following closure in recent years, Kadriorg has reopened in its former glory.
After viewing highlights of the European art on display inside the palace, take a stroll through the Lower Garden and walk along the scenic park avenue. View the President's residence and the house of Peter the Great, before arriving at Russalka monument. The monument depicts an angel with a cross and commemorates the many Russian sailors who lost their lives on the ship Russalka. Here you can enjoy a pleasant view over the bay and the towers of old Tallinn before rejoining your coach. Enjoy a scenic drive through the residential areas of Kose and Pirita before returning to the port.
Please note: This tour emphasizes art painting and is for art lovers. It also involves approximately 2 hours of walking, mostly on gravel paths. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Cafés and shops may insist on Euro currency and US dollars may not be accepted.