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  1. Hi All, My family will be visiting Tallin for one day in June. We have a full day in port, from 8-5. We have decided to tour Tallinn on our own. I have researched a few walking tours and feel good about covering all the sites in Old Town that we want to see. Can anyone tell me how easy is it to get ourselves from Old Town to the Viking Village and is the trip really worth it? I will be traveling with my two sons, aged 17 and 19 years old. My husband and I like everything and enjoy the history, the reenactments, etc. and while my sons enjoy the history as well, the two of them will definitely need some stimulus to keep them entertained. They definitely enjoy traditional food, pastry and drink sampling. They would enjoy shooting arrows, etc. I can see from the website that the village would be great for young children, but not sure about two young men aged 17 and 19? I am looking for any thoughts you might have. We are going to explore the Kiek in de Kok Tower & Bastion Tunnels in Old Town. I think they will definitely enjoy that so just trying to figure out if making the trip to the village is worth it or not. There may be enough cool stuff in Old Town to keep them busy. I was thinking about booking a 2-3 hour food tour as well. 🙂 Thanks for your thoughts.
  2. Thanks so much. My family is super athletic. Walking is not a problem for any of us. Heck, if I had more time we could walk into town. lol!
  3. Thank you again. I have been giving this a lot of thought and I think we are going to pass on the kayaking excursion. It is sounds like a lot of fun, and I am trying to entertain teenage boys, but honestly, I don't like that the company has VERY strict cancellation policies. It seems rushed and from what I am learning, Helsinki is just the right size for a short time in port to do our own thing and enjoy the Open Market. Thanks again!
  4. This information was very helpful. Thanks so much. I already researched the timetables and farew and it looks like it will still be 8 Euro this season too. 🙂 The kayak company is dropping us off in the city center at the end of our tour, so I just needed to figure out how to get back to the port and this was the perfect information. Thank you for the suggestions on what to see in what order. I have added that to my notes as well. Thanks again!
  5. Thank you for this information. I did a bit more research on the Rock Church and I see your point. Darn, I wish we had a few more hours! I can't quite do everything I want to do. lol How far is the cruise port from the city center and will it be easy for my family to figure out how to get transportation back to the ship? The kayak company is picking us up from the port in the a.m. but they are dropping us off in the city center. I have to figure out how to get back to the ship at the end of the day. I am assuming there is easy transportation nearby for that? Thanks in advance.
  6. Hi everyone. Thanks to everyone's feedback we have narrowed our list of attractions and activities to the following and I am wondering if it is actually doable. I don't have comprehension of the distance and/or time between the attractions, and definitely how much time it will take us to get back to the ship. Help?!? 8-12:30 Private kayaking tour. They will pick us up at port and drop us off in the city center at 12:30. We are booking with Natura Viva. 12:30-Catch a ferry to Suomenlinna. Stay there until about 2:00??? 2:00ish-Be back in the city center and take a peak at a few of the popular sites: Temppeliaukio (Rock Church), Senate Square & Lutheran Cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral, Market Square, Market Hall, etc. Whatever time we have left.... Here are my questions: 1. How much time do I need to leave to get back to the ship by 3:30 at the latest? 2. Is this a reasonable agenda for four athletic people who are quick moving and don't need to spend a lot of time inside and out of structures? I do want to pick up a few souvenirs and we need to grab a quick bite sometime during the day. If this is too aggressive of a schedule, I may need to consider cutting the kayaking out or the Suomenlinna trip. I don't have a good understanding of the distance or time it will take to cover the things I have listed that I want to do and see in the city center, so I'm uncertain if this is too much. 3. Although I realize no one can predict why a cruise ship would choose to skip a port, I am wondering if anyone local can tell me if ships not coming to port due to rough weather is something that happens sometimes. The company won't refund our money if the ship chooses to skip port for some reason. I think I am willing to risk the cancellation unless someone says there is a probability of bad weather keeping us from coming to port. I realize every port is different and no one can tell me that for sure, but any insight would be helpful. thanks in advance
  7. This is great feedback. We were planning on going to the open air museum as well. Thanks for the reminder. I LOVE the restaraunt tips. I'm envisioning a traditional Norwegian lunch, so your recommendations are perfect, and lots of snacking by the teenage boys throughout the day....thinking pasteries, local drinks, bakeries, etc. This has been very helpful. Thank you.
  8. Thanks everyone! This is great information. Based upon what you all have shared, I think I better settle my sights on the Sea Fortress and a day in the city center. We are only in port from 7-4. As long as there is plenty to do and see in the city center, which I can already tell there is, taking a ferry over to the Sea Fortress should be plenty. We will save Porvoo for our next trip. 🙂 Hopefully with a 17 and 19 year old, there will be some fun food and shopping for them to mix up their day as well. I will price out the admissions for the things we want to see and determine if the Helsinki Travel Card is cost effective for us or not. Thanks again for the wonderful info!
  9. Thanks everyone. Your information was very helpful. Sounds like we have plenty of options to get ourselves to the Viking museum. I will check out the prices for admission to the sites we want to see and compare against the price of the Oslo Travel card to see if that is worth purchasing as well. We aren't huge "art" people, so we are not interested in walking through art galleries and/or art museums. We are really interested in the old buildings, architecture, cathedrals, tasting great local food, shopping, etc. I think we will be able to hit all the major cruise passenger "must sees." Thanks again everyone!
  10. Hello. My family of four will be in Helsinki in June as part of our Princess cruise. I am thinking we might just tour this city on our own. I realize I will need to take the ship's shuttle service into the town center, but I am wondering, once we are there, will we be able to maneuver through all the main sites on our own? How about getting to Suomenlinna- Sea Fortress? Finally, is it fairly easy to get ourselves to Porvoo? I am torn on this port of call because the actual Helsinki sites seem easy to access from town center, but not sure how to get to Porvoo, which looks pretty cool too. I guess I am just looking for suggestions and recommendations if Helsinki is doable on our own. Thanks in advance!
  11. Awesome information! Thanks. I will research the card now. Is the ferry easy to figure out?
  12. I will do so now! Thanks for that tidbit. 🙂
  13. Thanks JayRich65. Good information. I will check the ferry times and rates and compare to taxi. Thanks again!
  14. Hello. My family of four will be in Oslo this June as part of our Scandinavian cruise. I have done a lot of research, and am trying to decide if we can cover all main attractions and get to the Viking Museum on our own without too much trouble. I have two teenager boys: 17 & 19. My husband and I and the boys are athletic and can cover lots of ground, but thought I would check in with other cruisers to see what I could learn. I don't mind maneuvering metro a little bit, but anything daunting (or not in English) freaks me out a little. 🙂 Thanks for your thoughts.
  15. Thanks so much to everyone for your comments. I think I am leaning towards staying on the ship that evening. I love that there will most likely be a folkloric show on board and it will NOT be a formal night. I had forgotten that formal nights are the days at sea. Thanks for that reminder! I guess I can stay on ship and drink three vodka shots as part of my drink package, instead of paying a tour guide to take me to the vodka museum. lol joke! :) I am one of those travelers that is always worried about missing out on something. Two full days with a private tour guide should be plenty! Now, if I can track down a good ghost tour for the teenager boys, then I am probably in, but haven't been able to find one yet. Thanks again everyone!
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