Tallin Cruises

Toompea Castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Lahemaa National Park
The Open-Air Museum

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Tallinn, located in the Gulf of Finland, is the capital of Estonia and the country’s cultural epicentre. This MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination boasts medieval walls, Gothic squares and churches, and charming cobbled streets.

 
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
 
• Toompea Castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
• Lahemaa National Park
• The Open-Air Museum
 
Toompea Castle, standing on a limestone hill over Tallinn’s old town, is a tremendous 9th-century fortress housing today’s Parliament of Estonia. Renovated several times over the centuries, the castle still retains its 13th and 14th century shape, as well as its iconic 46-metre-high Pikk Hermann Tower. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll visit Toompea before moving on to another architectural jewel, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Completed in 1900, the building boasts astonishing mosaics, magnificent religious icons, and a series of towers holding 11 bells! 
 
The Lahemaa National Park, located on the northern coast of Estonia, is a vital conservation area of pine woodlands and marshes. On an MSC Cruises excursion you’ll hike through the Viru bog where you’ll see natural pools, flora, fauna. Discover historical Kolga Manor, the oldest estate in Estonia, with its remarkable 19th-century restoration. Then, explore the vastly forested Põhja-Kõrvemaa Nature Reserve, where you might spot a moose, wild boar, or bear!
 
The coastal Rocca al Mare district, west of Tallinn, is home to the immense Estonian Open-Air Museum. On an MSC Cruises excursion you’ll explore this wonderful woodland park with its XVIII and XIX century rural architecture. Walk around this fascinating outdoor space and take in the farmyards, schoolhouse, mills, chapel, and fire station. This exciting highlight makes for a great day out and offers something for the whole family.

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    Estonia

    Between spas and the Middle Ages
    Between spas and the Middle Ages

    An MSC Northern Europe cruise to Estonia is a mix of urbanity and wilderness, of the medieval and the contemporary, with crumbling castles and colourful design permeating urban landscapes.


    An efficient transport system makes it easy to get around, and the tech-savvy, dynamic residents welcome visitors with open arms. Friction between older generations of Russians and Estonians is a throwback to the Soviet era, while younger people mix freely. Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, has a magnificent medieval centre and lively city life, rivalled only by that of Tartu, an exuberant university town. Pärnu, a popular seaside resort, boasts fantastic sandy beaches. For inexpensive spa treatments, a fine castle and unspoilt countryside head for the island of Saaremaa, while Lahemaa National Park, outside Tallinn, offers a taste of pristine wilderness.

    In the summertime, Estonia becomes a haven for water sports: windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing or simply hitting the beach. Hiking, biking and horse riding are popular both on the Estonian mainland and on the islands off its coast, such as Saaremaa and Hiiumaa. Almost twenty percent of Estonia is protected land, divided between four national parks and numerous nature reserves, which are home to many species of wild animals and birds.