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Narva & The Eastern Bloc Day Tour

(39 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
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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
Prices for private tours
Group size123456+
Price per 1 person€350€175€125€105€95€85
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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"To Narva and Beyond"

We booked this tour as a private one because we wanted the flexibility to potentially see things that weren't described in the trip listing. We were not disappointed! Our guide had arranged a surprise for our group, a meeting the previous mayor of a town on the way to Narva. The tour included interesting sites that you would never see if only visiting Tallinn. Our guide, Sten, was extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor in sharing stories about all the places we visited. It is a long trip, but totally worth it, especially our last stop at the beautiful cliff side waterfall and hike down to the beach on the Baltic sea where we looked for fossils.

"Without Kert you might loose so many places and stories!"

Kert is a wonderful guide with enormous knowledge, who is individually setting places to see, he listens to guest’s interests. He is also a good driver and protective host- everyone is feeling safe during the trip. He’s English is excellent. Highly reccomand!

"Amazing Eastern Estonia / Narva Tour"

Sten was amazing on our private tour. He is so full of knowledge and provided an in-depth history of Estonia and the roles Germany and the Soviet Union and Russia played along the way to Narva. Even in winter, the tour was well worth it.

" worthwhile historical and scenic tour"

Wonderful guide extremely competent ( a history professor!), and a tour bringing some nice touristic sights, but most of its interest comes from the way it makes you understand the reality of Estonia. today, between Baltic states common history and Russian influence

"Amazing tour with an amazing guide"

What an interesting day in Eastern Estonia visiting the part of Estonia, we had never been before. 12 hour tour was really worth experiencing: oil shales, secret city, ghost town etc. Our guide Sten was awesome, we were impressed by his knowledge and enthusiasm. We highly recommend this tour, and you'll be so lucky, if it is guided by Sten.

"Sten was the best guide one could hope for! "

I absolutely loved it, the whole tour was quite striking and breathtaking. I got some amazing photos out of it too and the tour guide was incredible! Thank you :)

Meeting Point

The tour starts in front of Tallinn Tourist Info Center (Niguliste street 2) on the corner of Harju and Niguliste street. Our guide will meet you at the marked meeting point.

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