The visitor finds himself in one of the former outposts of the Soviet Union, at the crossroad where the East meets the West and where Scandinavian, German, Russian and Eastern European cultures have flourished side by side in the most impressive natural settings. The experience we offers in Tallinn is unique, as it blends the discovery of the Medieval City with a unique and exciting plunge in what life used to be in medieval times, its splendor, spirituality, mysteries and debauchery.
Day 1: Arrival from Tallinn International Airport, by boat or by train. Transfer to hotels. At 06:30 pm Meeting at hotel for program registration and details. Then we will rent the medieval costumes and at 09:00 pm will be the first medieval banquet feast. This will be your first experience in learning and tasting the medieval delicacies of the North. Make sure you taste some of this fine Northern game meat, get your scoop of tasty barley puree and try for the first time the comfort of a dark honey mead (beer). At 09:30 pm you will go on an organized evening treasure hunt. Includes: (D).
Day 2: 10:00 am a guided tour of “Mainstream Old Tallinn”: The Town House, churches, small streets and fortified walls. Lunch at 12:30 am. and pass to the first theatrical tour, “A Spirit of the Town Wall and Turrets”. This is the story of Gotschalk Schottelmund who was the Alderman of Tallinn in 1370. The tour features his journey on the city’s wall and towers where he meets mediaeval characters such as a nun, prisoner, thief, tower watchers and others. The play provides tourvisitors with interesting facts about medieval life on the wall and towers, including fighting scene and other surprises. 04:30 pm “Pause Cafe” at the Classical Cafe on Old Town Square, known for the best pastries in town or free stroll and at 06:00 pm enjoy the second theatrical tour: “Hunted Houses and Backyard Secret Tales”. This tour is dedicated to what a number of you have been expecting the most: The secrets behind the facades of Medieval Tallinn. The tour takes you to a number of those old manors and religious sites still haunted today by past crimes, lust and unsolved mysteries. You will be, for a few hours, one of the insiders of the obscure side of chevaleresque rivalries, fight for the control of trade or the debauchery of medieval town officials. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Start your day with another exciting theatrical presentation: “The Story of a Medieval Merchant”. You are taken back in time to 1528 to explore and learn about Old Tallinn, sample mediaeval music and drinks, and meet one of Tallinn's mediaeval merchants, the generous Lüdeke von Oyten (1508 - 1560). The guide and actors will transport you back to his time to meet a mysterious monk, a sophisticated druggist, a prosperous merchant, mediaeval musicians and members of the Brotherhood of Blackheads Guild who lived before the Livonian war. You will see that legends and old traditions still live on in the places you will be taken to, such as a mysterious Dominican Monastery, established 1246. One of the oldest, still functioning pharmacies in Europe, Raeapteek, is the place where you will dare tasting a unique potion, prepared since 1467. You will also be formally introduced to the Great Guild, an organization of rich merchants, which was the cradle of prosperity during Tallinn’s golden age in late Medieval hours. The re-enacted story will also take you to the glorious House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads - this is an extraordinary 600 year-old organization of unmarried German merchants – and to the Old Town Hall, the most impressive and well-preserved architectural monument in Tallinn. Now is the time for you to take an active part of the city. Teams will compete one against each other in the search for the mysteries and treasures hidden in the Old Tallinn. This active learning experience will delight your spirituality and your knowledge of medieval history and what you have learned during your trip with our “Time Machine”. May the pure hearts and the strong minds win! In the evening, between 05:00 pm and 07:00 pm Hotel Checkout and transfer to airport or harbor.
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