11. Walk along the gorgeous cobblestone streets of Old Town Tallinn
A leisurely day in Tallinn is the perfect stop between the more action-packed itineraries you’ll likely have in Berlin (if you go there) and Saint Petersburg. The cobblestone streets of Old Town Tallinn are very walkable and the medieval charms of the Estonian city are on full display.
12. Get a panoramic view of Tallinn from the Patkuli Viewing Platform
The walled fortifications of Old Town Tallinn provide several viewing platforms, including the Patkuli Viewing Platform, from which you can gaze out upon the city’s vibrant red-roofed buildings. You might even see your cruise ship lurking in the background—give it a wave but make sure you get back on it before it sets sail.
13. Snack on sweet almonds at Olde Hansa
You’ll probably smell the roasted sweet almonds of Olde Hansa before you reach the medieval-themed cart located near the Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square) in Old Town. Indulge in the Tallinn snack favorite or sit down for a full authentic medieval-style meal at the Olde Hansa restaurant.
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Our Baltic Sea cruise itinerary allowed for two days in Saint Petersburg, which was great because there is much to see in Russia’s second largest city and you have a floating hotel to stay in while you’re there. Due to the intricacies and the cost involved in securing travel visas for Russia, I recommend booking a tour for your Saint Pete sightseeing.
SPB Tours offers a great two-day Saint Petersburg itinerary, led by friendly and knowledgeable tour guides. In addition to hitting the major city sights, one of the tour’s other main benefits is that it’s “visa-free” (and stress-free). Here’s a taste of what you can see in Saint Petersburg in 2 days.
14. See the turquoise blue facade of Catherine Palace
With its bright turquoise and gold exterior, the majestic Catherine Palace in Pushkin (30 kilometers south of Saint Petersburg) is a visual treat. No wonder it was the preferred summer home of the Russian tsars.
15. Explore the ornate halls of the State Hermitage Museum
You could spend days exploring the State Hermitage Museum—the second largest museum in the world behind the Louvre in Paris. With a couple hours, you’ll at least be able to wander the the museum’s corridors for a bit, encountering remarkable works of art like the Raphael Loggias.
16. Look up at the onion domes of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is a truly spectacular cathedral, highlighted by the distinctive onion domes on its roof that are predominantly found in Russian Orthodox churches. Warning: They might immediately make you feel like playing some old-school Tetris.
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