Get the Christmas season of to a perfect start in Estonia’s picture-book capital. Step back in time as you explore the beautiful medieval streets and passageways of this delightful, compact city, and enjoy the festive energy and friendly welcome of a destination that has become one of the Europe’s absolute must-sees. Let a guided tour to bring the Old Town back to life, and wander the stalls of what some say is one of the best Christmas Markets in the world, in the shadow of Toompea Castle.
Tallinn Christmas Markets Available Departures:
- Fly direct from Edinburgh – departs 6 December 2019 – from £549pp
- Dates and prices on this page are based on departures flying from Edinburgh only
- Flights also available from airports in the UK – London Gatwick and London Stansted – click here for more information on dates and prices.
Tallinn Christmas Markets Tour Highlights
- A guided walking tour of Tallinn, including the Upper Town
- A visit to Tallinn’s delightful Christmas market
- Staying in a wonderfully located, modern four-star hotel
- Three nights’ bed and continental breakfast accommodation
- Return flights from the UK to Estonia
- Return airport-to-hotel transfers
- One piece of hold luggage per couple
- The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager
Single supplements apply. Offer subject to availability.
Tallinn Christmas Markets Itinerary
Day One: Outbound flight to Estonia
Fly to Tallinn, meet your tour manager and transfer to your four-star hotel in the heart of the city. Settle in to your room, then perhaps explore the city.
Tallinn is an enchanting, UNESCO-listed maze of historic houses, half-hidden courtyards, barns and merchants’ buildings, all watched over by the fortified towers of Toompea Castle.
Stroll through the Old Town, past restaurants and cafes housed in medieval buildings, in search of dinner. Tallinn has a vast selection of restaurants offering traditional Estonian dishes or cuisine from around the world, so you’re sure to be spoilt for choice.
Day Two: Included Tallinn guided tour
This morning’s tour will begin in Talinn’s beautiful, restored Old Town. In Katariina Passage you’ll pass studios that have been home to artists and craftsmen for centuries. Stroll up Luhike Jalg (Short-leg Street) to the Upper Town, through the imposing medieval gate, and take in the views from the Kohuotsa and Patkuli observation platforms, two of Europe’s most spectacular viewpoints. On clear days you can see all the way to Finland!
The highlight of your day will be a visit to the delightful Christmas Market in Town Hall Square. The wooden stalls of the market are arranged around the city’s public Christmas tree – an annual feature of the square since 1441 – and offer a wonderful selection of local craft goods and traditional food and drink.
The square is also home to Tallin’s Gothic Town Hall and to the Raeapteek – the ancient pharmacy that has been in business since at least 1422.
Elsewhere, other wonderful sights include St Olav’s soaring spire and the onion-domed towers of the Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral.
Finish your day at Toompea Castle as sun sets, to witness the ceremonial lowering of the national flag to the sounds of the Estonian national anthem. Then perhaps join us for an optional folklore evening in a local tavern, where you’ll enjoy music, dancing and perhaps a glass or two of local beer.
Day Three: Optional Maarjamae Palace day trip
Spend a second day exploring – perhaps heading to the delightful Kadriorg Palace to wander its formal gardens and the serene galleries of the Kadriorg Art Museum.
Alternatively, join our optional excursion to the Maarjamae Palace. This magnificent sea-side summer retreat was built by a Russian count, and now houses the fascinating Estonian History Museum.
This evening, why not head out for dinner in the lively, bohemian Kalamaja district, Tallinn’s trendiest quarter?
Day Four: Fly back to the UK
Bid farewell to your Estonian hosts, today, and transfer back to airport to catch your flight home.