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Tallinn, Estonia-port

On the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland lies Tallinn, the capital and main seaport of Estonia. Though the city has been bombed and pillaged many times throughout the ages, much of the town as it was in medieval times remains. Atmospheric streets serve as home to the palaces of Castle Hill. Ancient convents, steepled churches and handsome guild houses are all preserved as they were in Tallinn’s Old Town area, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Kadriorg Palace and Tallinn Environs
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Mountain Biking in Rural Estonia and Old Town
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Panoramic Tallinn
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Sea Kayaking to Pedassaare Island
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Soviet Navy and the Kgb
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Tallinn Walking Tour and Concert
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Upper Town and Rocca Al Mare With Folk Show
    Moderate Activity/Walking

Kadriorg Palace and Tallinn Environs

Light Activity /Walking

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.