Extensive walking -- 2+ miles, including up/down hills on cobblestone surfaces in Old Town. Comfortable shoes are a must.
Throughout the program a buffet breakfast is offered in hotel dining rooms, where you can choose what you like from hot and cold dishes plus juice, coffee, tea, and bottled water.
Lecture at the hotel: "General overview of the Baltic States. Modern Estonia as a new member of the European Union", followed by a Q&A session (presented by a university professor)............ After the lecture we drive to Toompea -- the Old Town of Tallinn originally built as a fortress on the Gulf of Finland, now placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It has the features of a 15th-century trading town and the general look of a typically prosperous Hanseatic city. Tallinn was founded in 1154 and, now, after 863 years, is the oldest of the three Baltic capitals and is the historical, cultural, and political center of Estonia. Join our local expert for an informative walk through the Upper Town, learn about Tallinn's history, then see the Dome Cathedral, St. Nicholas Church, and admire the unique architecture of the city, with a stunning skyline accented by towers, spires, and red-tiled roofs.
Lunch in Old Town: a 2-course plated meal, filtered water, and coffee/tea; other beverages are available for purchase.
We continue exploring Old Tallinn: an expert-led walk brings us to the Lower Town to enjoy this charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place with shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafes and restaurants. We see the Old Town Hall, called Raekoja Plats, and the Tower, both dating back to the 15th century. We walk through the Town Hall Square and end our walk at St. Catherine's Art Center.
On your own in the city.
Evening at leisure.