Your motor coach first transports you to the structure that once functioned as a Soviet prison. Called Patarei, the prison was built in 1840 as a fortress and converted into a prison in 1919. During the Soviet years, Patarei gained a reputation as one of the country's most restrictive and severe on its inmates.
During your prison exploration, learn about the daily routines of the prisoners, including their sleeping and eating arrangements. Your visit ends poignantly as you glimpse the rooms where executions took place.
Departing the prison, board your motor coach for the short transfer to Old Town. Entering through the Great Coastal Gate, which served as one of the town's main entrances during the Middle Ages, you will feel transported back in time. The gate is still protected by the formidable Fat Margaret cannon tower, whose nearly 15-feet thick walls are built from solid limestone.
Proceed along cobblestoned Pikk Street and through the beautifully preserved old quarter, admiring the medieval stone buildings.
You will also pass St. Olav's Church, once one of the tallest buildings in Europe, and a number of guild houses that bear witness to Tallinn's Hanseatic past. View the Church of Holy Spirit and White Bread Passage before reaching Town Hall Square, the hub of Lower Town. Here stands Tallinn Town Hall, the former home of the town council and the only Gothic town hall in northern Europe. The pharmacy across the square has been in business since 1422.
After enjoying approximately 30 minutes investigating the charming lanes of Old Town on your own, rejoin your motor coach and return to your ship.
Please note: As this excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary.