A private half day food tour - wine & dine tour for groups in Tallinn
A private half day food & wine & dine tour (suitable for both lunch and dinner)
What is the traditional Estonian cuisine - Nordic cuisine with a twist, or German or Russian? To find out, take a guided stroll in Tallinn Old Town and have some nice food & wine stops combined with the short introductory city sightseeing. Tour is followed by 2-course meal in the old town or city centre.
A draft itinerary below. Please note the itinerary will be tailor made for your groups.
~13:25 gathering next to Viru Gates or at centrally located hotel lobby area (add 15min)
13:25 our local English-speaking guide will meet & greet the group
13:30 Your cultural and culinary adventure starts with short stroll towards to the Old Town centre. During the tour your guide will tell you interesting facts and funny stories about the history and nowadays of Tallinn and Estonia, combining it also with stories and tendencies of Estonian cuisine and food culture.
13:35 You will have your first food-stop at small local Deli shop
13:55 Further on you will have entrance to one of the nearby located medieval defensive towers - Hellemann Tower, where a surprise schnapps break will be served. NB! Please note, that with larger groups the stop at Deli will be substituted with picnic at Hellemann Tower.
14:10 After warming you up a bit you’ll walk along with old city walls on Müürivahe Street, and will have a stroll via famous Katharina’s Passage,...
14:30 You will have a soup break at medieval theme restaurant
15:00 Your next stop is at The Old Town Hall Square - the centre of Tallinn Old Town. Your tour guide will tell you some interesting facts and funny stories about Tallinn medieval and more recent history.
15:10 You’ll have a an open faced sandwich break at modern Estonian restaurant.
15:30 after this small tasting you are now invited to the oldest continuously working pharmacy in Europe, “Raeapteek” (ad 1422), where everyone will be presented a piece of marzipan candy prepared by ancient recipe at the pharmacy even nowadays! After short stop at Old Town Hall Square you will continue to see the old Grand Guild House building by taking Saiakäik passage with nice views to the Church of Holy Ghost. Your guide will introduce you to the interesting mixture of the German, Scandinavian and Russian influences here.You will also pop into the small marzipan museum displayed at the oldest continuously operated café in Tallinn - Café Maiasmokk (ad 1864), where you can also admire their largely authentic atmosphere and famous window decorations.
16:00 After awakening your gustation, we will give it some time to adjust, asthis special tour continues now with a short walking tour taking you to the Upper Old Town - Toompea Hill. You will have short en route stop at Rataskaevu Street (a street with famous wheel well on it), and continue your climb to upper old town by taking Lühike jalg (Short Leg) passage with stairs. Once on upper old town, you’ll have a quick stop at Danish King Garden, with spectacular views to Neitsitorn (The virgin tower) medieval defensive tower and to the city of Tallinn. You will continue your stroll on upper old town, and will have short en-route stops at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a stop with views to Toompea Castle - nowadays Estonian Parliament building, and a stop at Dome Church. Further you will head to “Kohtuotsa” panorama platform, from where you’ll have some marvellous views over the towers and steeples rising above the red-tiled roofs of the lower old town.
16:30 You’ll have a wine-break in combination with visit to the Museum of Estonian Drinking Culture, located at secret wine terrace and cellar of the old town. The owner, or the host of the wine cellar, will introduce you to the fascinating history and legends of this century old wine factory, while you will have a taste of their newborn red, rose, and white dry wines (or juice). And - you will have some superb views from the secret panorama terrace!
16:50 After this small wine-break you’ll head back to lower old town by taking Pikk Street (Long Leg Street). NB! Please note, that depending on the final restaurant, the way to upper and lower old town can be turned vice versa. Here are just some sample options for the final meal of this tour (click the links): Modern fine dine, cherished both by locals and our visitors - restaurants “Leib Resto & Aed” , or “Rataskaevu 16” Modern Estonian cuisine restaurant “Kaerajaan”, located right on Old Town Hall Square Café & restaurant “Wabadus” , which windows are overlooking Tallinn Freedom Square Modern, cozy, and a bit bohemian like “Café Klaus” . It is located a bit outside of Tallinn Old Town, next to old Tallinn Fish Harbour, with walking distance from L&M in about 1,5 km
17:20~19:00 You will be served main course and dessert along with table water, and cup of coffee or tea. NB! In order to save some costs we’d suggest to skip our guide presence for the last meal, so that you can have this lunch or dinner in the privacy of your own party or group. Especially it concerns FIT and smaller parties, with larger groups it might be still feasible to have our local guide present during the last meal.
Package price includes indicated program; local English-speaking guide services for the whole tour
(guide will leave before the final dinner for <15 pax ), 1 food & schnapps or/and picnic-break, 2 foodbreaks,
1 sweets-stop, 1 wine- or beer-break (a glass of local berry or grape wine or local beer).
2-course lunch or dinner at fine dine restaurant (such as “Leib Resto & Aed” or similar), along with
coffee or tea. A small food thematic present for every participant at the end of the tour.
Tour includes 1~2 entrances (depending on season and tour start time it can vary).
Medieval theme restaurant
A pumpkin and parsnip soup, fresh bun with butter.
A shot of Pepper & Honey Schnapps
Modern Estonian restaurant, where you'll be served famous Estonian spiced sprats sandwiches along with
Estonian national drink “Kama” in the atmosphere of the traditional Estonian restaurant.
Old Town Hall Pharmacy
A piece of marzipan prepared by ancient recipe / will be served outside when the pharmacy is closed
NB! It can be substituted with a piece of marzipan prepared in Café Maiasmokk
Wine break at secret wine terrace and cellar of the old town
A glass of local Estonian berry or fruit or grape wine, or from the L&M sommelier selection.
A legend, story and tour in the historical Luscher & Matiesen Wine Factory premises, including tour in The
Museum of Estonian Drinking Culture.
Small food thematic presents for everyone
Dried berries and vegetables
Optional services: marzipan workshop at Café Maiasmokk, duration 45 min., small figure (60g) + possible coffee break (coffee or tea, along with either cookies or salty pastry or mini-truffles)
During the workshop every participant will get to paint one of the preformed marzipan figures. There will be 3~4 different versions to chose from. It will be possible to collect the painted marzipans right away (half dried), or let them to be delivered to the client’s hotel for the next morning (depends somewhat on tour timing)