Hello Hello dear reader!
Today's blog will be about a small Christmas trip I have done in January 2018, as a gift for myself. It's been just a couple-of-days cruise from Helsinki, Finland to Tallinn, Estonia. Since my journey started from St Peterburg, I needed to travel first to Helsinki, then to Tallinn, aaaand all the way back to St Petersburg! Bear with me! And let's start!
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - HELSINKI, FINLAND
There are various ways to get from Saint-P to Helsinki. The most convenient of course is the train, called Allegro, however during the oliday season it is not the most affordable type of transportation. The ticket price for just one way can go up to 100 euros... It is super comfortable and fast. There is a restaurant car, where you can get something to eat (quite expensive though), people usually behave themselves quitely, so you can sleep. To make the long story short, I LOVE THIS TRAIN. Prices are okay sometimes, but rarely it just doesn't make any sense of paying huge money for just a 4 hour trip. You can purchase the tickets either on the Russian Railway Website or Finnish Railway Website
HELSINKI, FINLAND - TALLINN, ESTONIA
I spent several hours in Helsinki, wandering around and observing the lovely decorated capital of Finland, and then IT IS TIME to move to Tallinn. I used a ferry Viking Line to go to Tallinn. I have chosen the cruise which offered a night on the board (which was slightly more expensive than just a normal trip to Tallinn). I left Helsinki at about 8 pm and stepped out of the ferry in Tallinn at 8 am next morning. Click the image of ferry below to be redirected to the website :)
When I arrived to Tallinn, I had just over 10 hours in this city, because my luxury ferry back to Helsinki was leaving at about 6 pm (I arrived 8 am). What to do when you have this limited amout of time n the city?
TAKE A RIDE ON THE HOP ON HOP OFF BUS
It will cost you about 20 euros if I am not mistaken and you at least will see all the main tourist attractions in the city + the guide will give you looooads of information about what you see on the left and what you see on the right :)
GET LOST IN THE HISTORIC CITY CENTER
Believe me, it really worth it. Tiny streets, mesmerising atmosphere of the previous century, ancient churches ... Fabulous. Morning (and especially Christams morning) is the ideal time to walk around the city. BE PREPARED for up and downhills :P The city center streets usually go up and down, there are million of stairs, so be prepared, but OMG it is so fantastic! Check out some of my photos !
GO TO THE TRADITIONAL RESTAURANT
Sounds like a generic tip, but just make sure you try the traditional Estonian cuisine. The prices in the restaurants are quite okay, so your dinner won't cost you a fortune. All the staff members speak English (and most of them speak Russian), so they will be always happy to help you. And even if they dont speak yur language, tehy will try their best to serve you the best way possible :)
Frankly speaking, 10 hours that I had in the city apparently is enough for all the necessary sightseeing. So after all, full of emotions and delicios food, I headed to my ferry to Helsinki. As soon as I arrived to Helsinki, lovely Allegro train was waiting for me back to Saint-P. I suppose, that was such a great trip, even though it was small and quick. Make sure you visit Tallinn, believe me, you will not regret it!
So this is all for today!
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”
– Saint Augustine