About Shore Excursions

Shore Excursion Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I purchase shore excursions on this website?

A: Yes, most Seabourn shore excursions can be purchased in advance online once you have booked your cruise and know your itinerary. To purchase a shore excursion online, click the Find Shore Excursions link above.

Q: Do I have to buy the shore excursions online?

A: No. Purchasing a shore excursion online provides immediate confirmation. You can also contact us by phone to purchase tours from our Destination Specialists by calling 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187. You can also purchase excursions after boarding your ship. Space is limited, so book early for the best selection.

Q: Can I purchase tours for both myself and my companion?

A: Yes, you can purchase tours online for all guests on the booking.

Q: How do I know which tours are right for me?

A: Excursion descriptions are marked with various symbols to indicate the amount and difficulty of walking, as well as occasional special interest content. In addition, specific information about restrictions or suggested cautions is included in the tour descriptions. Once you are on board, the Tour Manager can help you assess the suitability of a specific tour in a personal consultation.

Q: What if I need to cancel my excursion?

A: We understand plans change. However, last minute cancellations can result in costs to us or to our third party service providers. Cancellations of shore excursions, spa services or gift orders made more than three days prior to embarkation will be fully refunded; cancellations made onboard or within the three day window prior to embarkation may be subject a cancellation fee. Cancellation fees for certain shore excursions may be up to one hundred percent (100%) of the shore excursion price, depending on the shore excursion. For onboard cancellations of shore excursions, therefore, please speak with the Shore Excursion department onboard for the actual cancellation fee amount. Cancellations of spa services within twenty-four hours of the appointment are subject to a fifty percent (50%) cancellation fee. All cancellations made onboard will be refunded in the form of onboard credit, regardless of whether the purchase was made by a guest or a third party.

Q: What if I want to do two tours in the same day?

A: In many ports, it is possible to do two tours in the same day. However we recommend that you confirm with a destination specialist at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 at the time you are booking your excursion. If there is a time conflict, you will be able to select the tour you prefer.

Q: What if I want to do something that’s not offered on a tour?

A: In most ports Seabourn's staff, both ashore and on board, are capable of arranging a wide range of individualized activities. You can make your custom request by calling us at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 and speaking with one of our Destination Specialists to arrange your experience before you sail. Our hours of operation are 6am-5pm Monday-Friday and Saturday and Sunday 8am-3:30pm (Pacific Standard Time).

Q: What if a tour is cancelled?

A: If Seabourn cancels a tour due to safety, security of other conditions beyond our control a full refund will credited to your onboard account.

Q: Is it customary to extend gratuities to local tour guides?

A: Yes. Seabourn tour prices do not include gratuities for guides, drivers and other tour operator staff.

Highlights of Tallinn: A UNESCO Partner Tour

Approximately 4¼ Hours
Moderate Walking 

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Historic Center (Old Town) of Tallinn was inscribed in 1997, and dates from a castle built there in the 13th century by the crusading knights of the Teutonic Order. It was a major center of the Hanseatic League, its wealth demonstrated by the opulence of the public buildings (the churches in particular) and the domestic architecture of the merchants' houses, which have survived to a remarkable degree.

From the pier it is a short drive to Tallinn's upper Old Town. Disembark the coach at the Tall Hermann Tower and walk with your guide over to Palace Square, the Parliament House and Russian Orthodox Church. After visiting the church, you will walk through the narrow cobblestone lanes and past the Dome Church (St Mary's Cathedral). Admire the picturesque view of the Lower Town with towers and steeples rising above the cluster of red-tiled roofs.

Continue your walking tour in the lower part of Old Town, where you will find Town Hall Square and visit the 13th-century ecclesiastical art in the former St Nicholas' Church. The best-known work in the museum is the Danse Macabre painted by Bernt Notke at the end of the 15th century. During the Middle Ages, St Nicholas' was one of the town's most magnificent and beautiful churches. The glory of the Hanseatic times and the prosperity of the local merchants is expressed in its valuable works of art, commissioned from the large art centers of Europe. Admire the seven-armed brass candelabrum, almost 13 feet tall; it was donated to the church at the beginning of the 16th century and is one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Next you will have some free time for shopping and taking in the atmosphere of the old Hanseatic downtown. On your way back to the coach, you'll walk past the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Great Guild, and the former St Michael's Convent, with the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Note the medieval city walls, complete with fortification towers, before you continue to the eastern part of Tallinn.

Passing through the city center, you will see Kadriorg Park with its lovely swan pond. Stop at the Song Festival Grounds -- home of the famous Estonian Song Festivals since 1869 and birthplace of the Singing Revolution in 1988. Numerous rock stars have performed here -- Madonna, Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones and Robbie Williams.

Drive along the coast to the Pirita recreational area. On the way, you will pass Count Orlov's former summer palace and the monument to the Russalka -- an armored Russian ship that sank in the Gulf of Finland in 1893. From here, you will drive back to the port.


Learn more: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/822