Getting on/off a motorcoach; total driving about 5 miles, approximately 1 hour. Total walking over two miles on hilly and grassy terrain, cobblestone. Stairs in Kadriorg Palace and other field trip sites.
In the hotel dining room, the buffet breakfast includes a range of hot and cold items including breads, cereals, cheese, eggs, meats, jam, yogurt, with coffee, tea, water, fruit juices.
At the hotel, we will enjoy a lecture from a local university professor on the Baltic states and Estonia as a new member of the European Union. After the lecture, we will board a motorcoach and ride to Kadriorg Palace, a Baroque palace built for Catherine I of Russia by Peter the Great in the early 18th century, set in an extensive park to the east of the city. Today the Palace houses a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia focusing on 16th- to 20th-century art. Our Group Leader will provide us with an introduction to the Palace during our drive, and once we arrive we’ll have some time for self-directed exploration of the buildings, grounds and collections. After our field trip, we’ll return by motorcoach to Tallinn’s Old Town.
At a local restaurant in the Old Town we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Toompea, the Old Town of Tallinn, was originally built as a fortress on the Gulf of Finland and is now 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 over 860 years, is the oldest of the three Baltic capitals and the historical, cultural, and political center of Estonia. We will join our local expert for an informative walk through the Upper Town, learning about Tallinn's history while admiring the unique architecture of the city, with its stunning skyline, accented by towers, spires, and red-tiled roofs. At St Nicholas’ Church we’ll enjoy a performance of organ music. We’ll then continue our expert-led exploration of Old Tallinn with a walk to the Lower Town, a charming blend of medieval and modern life. Here we will see the old town hall, called Raekoja Plats, and the tower, both dating back to the 15th century. We’ll spend some time exploring Town Hall Square and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral before returning to the hotel.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.