Making the most of Estonia’s diverse landscapes are ancient cities with soaring castles and churches that offer breathtaking views and streets full of history. Popular historical cities to visit include Tallinn, the country’s capital, and Pärnu. Hundreds of castles can also be found throughout the countryside, whether they’re mostly preserved and occupying elevated positions at the tops of hills or ruins tucked away near areas of forest. There are also plenty of atmospheric palaces and manor houses to explore.
Popular ports in Estonia
Tallinn is Estonia’s capital city and is located to the north of the country on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. The main passenger harbour of Tallinn’s port sits close to the medieval Old Town. Feel as if you’ve gone back in time as you explore the town’s quaint, twisting lanes. Characterful houses and grand churches nestle around courtyards, with the city wall a constant and imposing feature. Lovely views open up as you walk along the wall itself and you can even enter some of the towers dotted along it.
This Unesco-protected area is home to so many sites of interest, including the beautiful Town Hall, St Olaf’s Church and the Estonian History Museum. Stop for lunch or dinner at a traditional Estonian restaurant and enjoy some delicious authentic food, such as verivorst, a popular dish that’s a form of black pudding.
What are the best cruise ships for a cruise to Estonia?
You want to travel to Estonia in a way that offers excellent value for money as well as a touch of luxury, which is something that a very special cruise liner can offer.
Enjoy a cruise to Estonia on Marella Explorer and be treated to fine dining across 10 restaurants and menus of mouthwatering drinks at the 10 bars. Unwind and relax at the Indigo bar that gives you access to fantastic views, or visit the bar during the evenings when it turns into a casino and nightclub.
You can also chill out at the spa with its range of luxury treatments and relaxing facilities, such as The Veranda, an adults-only area with pod chairs, sun loungers and day beds. The kids’ club will keep the children entertained during the day and everyone can get together in the evenings to enjoy some family-friendly entertainment. Choose an all-inclusive package that offers great value for money.
Shore excursion ideas
Arrive by cruise liner on the dramatic shores of Estonia and be greeted by stunning natural beauty and atmospheric cities that are just waiting to be explored.
Reach for the skies at the TV Tower
As well as being historic, Tallinn is also a cosmopolitan city, with modern buildings and architecture away from the Old Town. One of the most striking structures is Tallinn TV Tower, which can be reached by bus from the city centre. This enormous concrete tower was opened in 1980 as a testament to Soviet engineering. If you’re feeling brave, take the lift up to the observation deck to enjoy panoramic views. If you’re really brave, try the ‘walk on the edge’ experience where you’re harnessed up and get to walk the edge of observation deck under the guidance of an instructor.
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour
Tallinn has a rich maritime and sea-based military history, and Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour is a fun, informative museum that all the family will enjoy. Located within a 100-year-old seaplane hanger, the museum features a range of WWI seaplanes, as well as submarines and boats from the 1930s up to the 1990s. The design of the building is stunning, with dramatic lighting and industrial walkways creating a contemporary atmosphere in which to marvel at these examples of Tallinn’s seafaring past. There’s a nice café serving a good choice of drinks and snacks, too.
Feel like royalty at Kadriorg Palace and Park
Built by Peter the Great for Catherine I of Russia in the early 18thcentury, Kadriorg Palace is an impressive baroque structure set within picturesque grounds to the east of Tallinn city centre. The palace is now mostly an art museum and features regular exhibitions of work by Estonian painters. You’ll appreciate how well the interior has been preserved as you stroll around, with pieces of fine furniture sitting underneath beautifully painted ceilings. Explore the grounds around the palace and you’ll come across immaculate gardens, ponds, fountains and wooded park areas. It’s the perfect place for relaxing and taking photos.
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