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Narva & The Eastern Bloc

(18 reviews)
Up to 8 people

Discover desolate medieval and Soviet wonders during your quest to the border of Russia.


Climb around the stunning ruins of Toolse fortress
Discover the Soviet industrial town and ash hills of Kohtla-Järve
Enjoy amazing Stalinist architecture in Sillamäe
Roam around the ghost town of Viivikonna
Explore the Narva castle on the Russian border
See the 19th century Kreenholm factory complex
Visit an original Soviet T-34 tank

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About the tour

Departs: Sat at 9:00 a.m. (in English)
Duration: 12 hours
Group size: Up to 8 people
Private tours are available in: Estonian, English, Russian (See the pricing for private tours)
Prices for private tours
Group size12345+
Price per 1 person€299€149€99€75€65
Discover the unknowable, strange, beautiful, and surprising diamond in the rough that is North-Eastern Estonia. This tour is a look at a completely different side of Estonian life, one you will not regret getting a glimpse of.

Join us for a 12-hour day trip down the North-Eastern coast of Estonia. Our knowledgeable local guides take a small group, up to 8 people, for a fun filled day all the way to the Russian border and back. On the way we’ll roam around the ruins of Toolse fortress right next to the seaside. You’ll see the industrial landscapes of Estonia with oil shale mines and manmade ash hills at Kohtla-Järve along with some classic Soviet architecture from the heyday of the mining. Go from working mines to abandoned ghost towns like Viivikonna and see what happens when life moves on but houses are left behind.

We’ll visit Sillamäe, a city that in Soviet time was so secret that it did not officially even exist. Sillamäe is known for its unique ensemble of Stalinist architecture and some quirky local museums. Most importantly you’ll also discover Narva, the third biggest city in Estonia. In Narva we’ll stop by old Krenholm Manufacturing Company buildings to appreciate the scale of industry in czars time. We’ll look across the Narva river at Russia and visit the Narva castle towering over the border.

On the tour we’ll stop for lunch at Kohtla-Järve or if you prefer, to buy snacks for the road. Kindly let our guides know if you have any special dietary needs that we should take in account. Location of the lunch is subject to availability and the meal is not included in the price of the tour.

What's included & not included

Knowledgeable local guide
Transport in an air-conditioned minivan
Bottled still water
Entry to any of the sights
Hotel pick-up and drop-off (available on private group tours)
Gratuities (optional)

Additional info

Confirmation will be received within 24 hours of booking.
All tours are subject to availability.
Minimum numbers for group size apply. There is a possibility of cancellation even after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative tour or full refund.
Paper free confirmation accepted, just bring an electronic voucher or ID.
A moderate amount of walking is involved, please wear flat shoes suitable for walking.
The tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress according to the weather and wear proper shoes for walking (waterproof would be great in winter). In summer there is an option to swim in a bog lake.
The visited spots might differ depending on the season and weather conditions.
Infant seats are available on request during the booking.
All our public group tours are in ENGLISH. Private tours are available in different languages.

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"Trip back in time to the Soviet era"

This was a very interesting tour, looking back at life in Soviet times and how it has changed. Liine, our guide was very knowledgeable and we learnt so much about the past. Being able to stare into Russia from the very interesting Narva castle was a memorable experience. The trip is long but we stopped regularly in various places, where Liine explained their significant stories.

"The wild northeast of Estonia"

Great solo tour with Kert to the northeast of Estonia. A fascinating day of history both ancient and recent in a beautiful part of Europe. So much to see and do in a land of contrasts. Expect your preconceptions to be challenged, and enjoy a fun day out. Kert is an exceptional guide - knowledgeable, witty, accommodating and fun.

"Excellent Private Tour"

Narva and the Eastern Bloc Private day tour was a very interesting and enjoyable day. Our guide Laura was very knowledgeable and imparted plenty of information for us. She made the tour enjoyable, informative and full of extra information. We enjoyed walking along the edge of the Narva river which is the border with Russia. We would highly recommend doing this tour, to learn about the countryside and towns out of Tallinn. Well done Laura and thank you!

"Very special tour"

Thank you so much for an amazing journey into the past Soviet history of the country. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.

"Outstanding trip to Narva and Eastern Block Sites"

Kert Oun was the guide for an extremely enjoyable and educational outing from Tallinn to Narva and many sites with buildings from the Soviet era. A history buff, he went in depth on each site and the history of Estonia and it's people. He was also highly respectful of the local people during our visits to various towns. Don't miss this tour if you can manage it, especially if Kert is the guide.

"Narva‡ & The Eastern Bloc tour"

I attended Narva tour and it was a great experience for me! We visited places I would not be able to discover on my own, a spooky abandoned village and a huge former cotton factory, historical soviet buildings, castle on the very boarder with Russia and other cool places where the time has stopped and we could "taste" the forgotten fame from the past. Kert was a very nice guide with knowledge of the history and explained to us all the interesting background of the places. He was very friendly and together with other tourists, the tour turned to an exciting trip of friends.

Meeting Point

Day trips depart from the Tallinn Tourist Info Center (Niguliste street 2) on the corner of Harju and Niguliste street.

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