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Yes we have been to Talin - thoroughly enjoyed this port - we took an excursion whereby we met a local cheesemaker and also spent some time at home with an Estonian taxi driver. Very good tour as it showed us another side of life.
Hi, We just came back in June on the Jewel of the Seas and we stoped in Tallin, I meet some people on Cruise Critic that were going on this cruise and 12 of us used a guide from http://www.hot.ee/tours/ind_eng.html and we went to St Petersburg and used http://www.alla-tour.com/ on our other stops we just walked or used bus and boat. Hope this helps a bit.
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Tallin is beautiful and easily toured right from the quay on foot. I consider ships tours completely unnessesary and far too costly in this port.
Had a cruise stop at Tallin in 2006. The town is close to the dock - it is possible to walk but a free bus was provided by the local port or tourist authority. The 'old' town was easy to walk around - largely reconstructed after war damage - visit the Orthodox Church and the small city museum for a fascinating exhibition on the various occupations and oppression the Estonians have suffered.
You can easily visit the old town of Tallin by yourself. If you want to cut down on the walking involved take a taxi to the upper level of town and then it is a gentle walk back downhill to the port area.
It is very cheap so a taxi won't cost you much at all. We had a couple of coffees and my wife had a small slice of cake in a very nice cafe and it cost less than a pound!!
Also, have a look round the market very near the port area as there are some amazing bargains to be had.
Some other comments on this cruise. Don't bother with local currency as all the countries will accept Euros. Probably best to take the excursions in St. Petersburg as our ship docked a very long way from the centre of the city, also you need to get your own visa which when we went was around £40 per person I think.
just come back from baltic cruise on board NCL Dream was great and all but st petersburg can be done independantly, russia you need to get independant visa . This is our third cruise and we have found the trips to be expensive . you can get shore maps from the reception desk on board usually or at the port itself and if you walk into th town the ususally have sight seeing tours leaving from around various places a lot cheaper than the cruise company. hope this is of hel.
Just back from Baltic cruise and visited Tallinn. We took the shore excursion as we feel you get alot of info from the guide but you could esily do it yourself. Royal Caribbean put on shuttle buses and the port is quite near the city, We loved the whole cruise but Tallinn was the best place we visited. Enjoy.