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Tallinn & Helsinki City Break

Explore two vibrant and very different Baltic capital cities in four nights!

  • Estonia

  • 4 nights
  • Breakfast, Dinners in local restaurants
  • European City Breaks

  • May

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    Oct

    Dec

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the secrets of Tallinn with a local guide
  • Take to the seas for an exciting day trip to Helsinki
  • Explore Helsinki’s past and present on a guided tour of the city
  • Make the most of a centrally located hotel, a short tram ride to Tallinn’s old town
  • Learn the Estonian art of Marzipan painting from the locals

Boasting UNESCO world heritage site status, the mediaeval city of Tallinn is a tale of old and new. Allow us to lead you through the twisting cobblestone lanes of the fairy-tale old town to visit gothic spired churches, emerald-domed cathedrals, colourful gabled houses, and the famous Kiek in de Kök, Tallinn’s 15th-century defence tower.

In contrast, Tallinn’s new town has all the modern luxuries you’d expect; glass-walled skyscrapers, bespoke coffee shops, contemporary art, well-run tram networks, and boutique shopping.

The beauty of the Baltics 

Your hotel is a short tram ride and walk from the old town which is easy to explore given its modest size compared to other capitals. Exploring is enriched by a local leader as we explore the culture for a morning. Taking time for some coffee and cake, we’ll also take part in the national pastime of Marzipan Figurine painting. 

Tallinn's links to Helsinki make visiting the Finnish capital on a day trip a great day excursion. We take the direct ferry and will be met by our local Helsinki guide on arrival. We’ll explore the classic and contemporary history of this unique city; pastel-coloured frontages, manicured green spaces, and grand boulevards to the cutting edge design of Helsinki cathedral carved straight into the rock. Enjoy a traditional Finnish dinner at a local restaurant; sample Nordic delicacies like egg butter pastries or creamy salmon soup. 

To make sure you get the most out of our short time in Tallinn, we include a 72hr city pass which gives you entrance to over 50 attractions and use of free local transport. Great if you want to head off program to explore further on your own.

Our December departure might well coincide with the city's Christmas Markets an added bonus should you wish to take some time one evening to visit them.

  • Return flights to Tallinn from London
  • En-suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners in local restaurants
  • English speaking professional local guide in Tallinn & Helsinki
  • All local transport costs
  • Tallinn city pass
  • Airport transfers
  • Marzipan painting experience
  • Return ferry to Helsinki
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Tallinn

Meals

None due to late flight arrival

Accommodation

Our city break arrives into Tallinn Airport. After collecting luggage we will meet our leader and take our transfer coach to the hotel.

After dropping our luggage in our rooms, if time allows, our leader will show us where we can find any extra amenities we might need during our stay such as supermarkets, pharmacies and ATMs. Should our flight time be arriving late into Tallinn then the leader will do a short orientation walk on day 2 of the holiday.

Transfer Time = 20 mins

Day 2

Experience Tallinn Old Town

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Our first morning in historic Tallinn is spent with a local guide. Walk the streets of this small but historic city learning of its past, present and what is planned for the future. As we walk it becomes clear why Tallinn has been awarded UNESCO status. Visit the castle and Tallinn town hall to hear about Danish kings of old.

After lunch we wander to a Marzipan shop to take part in the national past time of Marzipan figurine painting. Whilst there, we take some time to have coffee and cake before independent exploration.

Day 3

Day Trip to Helsinki

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner in a local restaurant in Helsinki

Accommodation

You might not have thought popping to another country for the day would be simple, but it is! Many people travel from Tallinn to Helsinki (Finland) over the Gulf of Finland for the day. 

Departing on the ferry, which sails daily, even dramatically breaking ice in the depths of winter for our departures later in the year. We arrive into Helsinki just after midday, have some lunch, then meet our local guide for a tour of this very different city. Our early evening ferry back to Tallinn gives us plenty of time for our guided tour as well as some time to roam at leisure before an early dinner in a local restaurant in Helsinki.

Day 4

Coast and Parks of Tallinn

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Our final full day see's us travel through the old town and along the coast. From here we walk to Kadriog Palace. Continuing our walk inland we visit the ruins of Covent of St Bridget for a very different experience to the standard Tallinn tourist. The convent was destroyed when Ivan the Terrible invaded leaving behind the mysterious 35 meter gable.  In the afternoon we visit the T.V tower and the botanical gardens.

Day 5

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

It is time to bid a fond farewell to your group and beautiful Tallinn as we take our coach back to the airport and on to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

13th Sep 2022 - 17th Sep 2022 (4 Nights)

4th Oct 2022 - 8th Oct 2022 (4 Nights)

6th Dec 2022 - 10th Dec 2022 (4 Nights)

16th May 2023 - 20th May 2023 (4 Nights)

19th Sep 2023 - 23rd Sep 2023 (4 Nights)

3rd Oct 2023 - 7th Oct 2023 (4 Nights)

5th Dec 2023 - 9th Dec 2023 (4 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Tallinn
  • Arrival coach transfer c. 20 mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Kreutzwald Hotel

Just a few minutes walk from Tallinn's main square, 'Freedom Square', is the 4 star Kreutzwald Hotel. Within the hotel is a restaurant, spa and saunas. You will find Tallinn's largest shopping mall a short walk way, perfect for all those forgotten items as well as supermarkets, pharmacies and banks for the more usual walking holiday items such as packed lunches.

All rooms are air conditioned and have free WiFi, they are classically furnished and decorated with warm colours, are large in size and feature flat screen TVs, minibars and tea and coffee making facilities. Each comes with a safe and a modern bathroom with quality amenities, slippers and a hairdryer. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

The three full days will be divided between walking and sightseeing. The majority of the sightseeing will be on foot to allow you to enjoy the area at a leisurely pace. One or two days will be in or near Tallinn, using public buses or trains as necessary.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

We include the 3 day (72hr) Tallinn Card in the cost of the holiday. The card allows you to explore Tallinn at our own pace by providing free use of public transport in the city, admission to 50 museums and attractions either free or discounted. Your tour leader will provide you with these cards on day 2 of the holiday.

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is €20-€30 per person per day.

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees as described in the 'What's Included' and 'Proposed Itinerary' sections are included in the holiday cost. Some extra entrances which are incidental throughout the holiday are optional so you may wish to budget a little extra.

Currency in Estonia

The Currency is Estonia is Euro.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

We offer return flights from London to Tallinn.

Transfers from Tallinn Airport to the hotel will be by coach and take around 20 minutes.

Once we are in the city our walking program will be completed by local trams, trains and buses. The holiday price includes the 72hr Tallinn City Pass which will enable you to free public transportation travel should you wish to go off program and explore more on your own.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Entry Requirements

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General passport advice for UK nationals on the UK Government website.

FCDO Travel Advice

You must ensure you check all entry requirements in good time by reviewing the official FCDO advice for your destination. Please take time to read and regularly check this website for changes to the entry requirements and any local restrictions.

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination

You may be required to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated when travelling or in your destination. Proof of vaccination can either be digital via the NHS app or a printed copy via NHS Hard Copy. We recommend allowing seven working days for your printed copy to arrive. Please note both the NHS app and printed copy are only valid for 30 days.

We anticipate that all travellers will need to be fully vaccinated including the booster jab and to carry proof of this with them at all times. Some indoor venues require, and may ask for proof of vaccination, as well as masks becoming mandatory for indoor public spaces, and we ask you to be prepared for this.

Face Masks

Some airlines or destinations are requiring the wearing of FFP2, FFP3, KN95 or N95 masks without a valve. You should check the FCDO advice for your destination and with your airline before you travel, although you may wish to have one of these masks on hand just in case.

Brexit Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

The guidance for Schengen border guards may not be updated until the spring of 2022. Until then, for some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts are taken at the hotel. Each evening except for our arrival day due to our late flight arrival, your leader will take you to a variety of characterful local restaurants where you can really enjoy Estonian food. 

Lunches are not included but with the hotel being close to the town centre you are spoilt for choice as to where to buy a picnic.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Estonia

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Estonia

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Estonia.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitus B and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.

Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Covid-19 Cover

If you should have symptoms and test positive for Covid-19 whilst abroad, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative and you may have to seek treatment. We strongly recommend that you take out an insurance policy that covers you for this eventuality.

Looking for travel insurance?

If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.

SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Estonia

  • Capital

    Tallinn

  • Currency

    Estonian Kroon; Euro

  • Language

    Estonian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    3hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -4°C

    Avg. Rain: 45mm

  • February

    -5°C

    Avg. Rain: 33mm

  • March

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • April

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • May

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 40mm

  • June

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 60mm

  • July

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 72mm

  • August

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 76mm

  • September

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • October

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • November

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • December

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 52mm

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