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Narva & The Eastern Bloc Day Tour

(26 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€145€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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"Interesting Tour"

Long tour but definitely worth it and I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to learn more about the Soviet times. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable.

"Urban exploring, castles and shale bings"

Katlin is a proper history teacher who kept us engaged and enthused as we struck east past storks and an elk (yes! -not guaranteed every day). From Narva we looked at Russia, Lenin, twin forts and the huge Krenholm cotton mill. Mining town Kohtla-Jarve, with garden city origins, shale bings and an Armenian restaurant (try the Georgian green lemonade, looks like absinthe), the model soviet Sullimae, which had some nefarious cold war purpose, and a not-entirely-abandoned mining village (some valiant residents still holding out with neat gardens against adjacent abandonment). Tolse Teutonic castle on the seashore and an interesting (yes) cement works started the day's visits. Be prepared for a long and stimulating day rich in recent and ancient memories. Thank you!

"Very informative"

I really wanted to learn about the Soviet occupation and see cities in the interiors of Estonia. It was a fantastic and informative tour. Our tour guide Kat was really good. Gave us ample information about the medieval history of Estonia and later on about the soviet occupation. We visited cities on the border town. Saw old abandoned castles/forts and some refurbished ones. This tour is not everyones cup of tea but if you are interested, I’d highly recommend it.

"Explore the unexplored"

Katrin tried really hard to accomodate us. She tended to all our needs. I got to see parts of Estonia which I couklld not have seen on my own in a day. Very informative comentry. It is a part of the country that has been neglected and needs more loving. It will not blow your mind, but will give you another perspective of this beautiful country.

"Very interesting tour of a different part of Estonia "

Kerr did a great job showing us a lot near and around Narva. He explained the history well and as we were on a private tour he also adapted the schedule when we asked to visit an additional site. It was a great day!


Very interesting tour, our guide was excellent and we went to many places. Would have liked to have a bit longer in Narva. It was a long day.

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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