Guide to Estonia Travel
The captain of our cruise ship told us that
our stop in Tallinn, Estonia would be the "pleasant surprise" of our cruise.
And it was.
Who wouldn't like a country
whose capital city is guarded by a fortress named "Tall Hermann?" This
is a small country, with only 1.5 million people. Invaded by Russia
after the World War II, the Estonians were forced to give up their native
language, their flag, and their national identity by the Russians.
Russian became the official language for the country. As the former
Soviet Union began to break up, Estonia announced its independence on August
20, 1991, and was immediately recognized as an autonomous country by most
Western governments, including the U.S. Our tour guide stressed how
much the Estonians appreciate their independence, and how much they value
capital of Estonia, has a lot to offer to tourists, and is now a frequent
port stop for most of the major cruise lines. This is a small, modern
city, but it also has a very well preserved and rehabbed medieval section.
Your ship will dock in Tallinn, and buses will take you into the downtown
The medieval town -- a real surprise, this
is a well restored Baltic medieval town, and if you are on a tour you will
learn quite a bit about it.
Alexander Nevski Cathedral -- built in
1894, this Russian Orthodox church has onion domes that were typical of
Moscow churches at that time.
Book shore excursions at this port.
You will want to see the city, but also the countryside. And you
will want to hear about Estonia from the tour guide. We took the
"Tallinn Highlights Tour" which lasted four hours, and had plenty of
time to spend in Tallinn when it was over.
This is a good place to purchase your
Russian souvenirs, in the downtown market. Many of the prices will
only be a fraction of what you would pay on your ship or in one of the
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