Tallinn tours and excursions
The Tallinn Tourist Office can organise guided group tours and guides for individuals, though booking ahead is recommended.Tel: 645 7777.
Tallinn City Tour offers hop on and off bus tours on three routes around Tallinn with trips free with the Tallinn Card.Tel: +372 5301 5623
City Bike offers tours of Tallinn on two wheels.Tel: +372 511 1819
Commissioned by Russian Tsar Peter the Great in honour of his wife, Catherine, this elegant baroque palace is the highlight of sights outside the Old Town. Designed by the Italian architect Niccolo Michetti, the building was inspired by Italian villas and stands as one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Northern Europe. In addition to Italian and Russian artists, the best local craftsmen from Stockholm, Riga and Tallinn were brought in to create this lavish palace. It is also home to the Kadriorg Art Museum and an expanse of beautifully laid-out gardens.Tel: +372 606 6403
About 80km (50 miles) outside Tallinn is a once mighty Soviet naval base (the last Soviet forces left in 1994). Today a ramble of ruins and leftovers offer the chance to peek behind the old Iron Curtain. Taking a bike or car is recommended as the various things to see, such as Peter's Fortress, the Pakri lighthouse, the naval graveyard and the old submarine training base, are quite spread out.Website: http://www.visitestonia.com/en