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Helsinki Tour with Seurasaari Island & Open-Air Museum
24 person max | 5hrs. with guide and driver | Coffee and pastry | Moderate
Experience a panoramic glimpse of Helsinki, “the White City of the North”, by vehicle. As part of this tour, you get a glimpse of the most important cultural and social highlights of the city, including City Hall, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Uspenski Cathedral, and many more. A highlight of this tour is the visit to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, located on the beautiful island just a few kilometers from Helsinki. A coffee break is included in this tour.
Tour runs with any number of people signed up (for most, but not all, cruise ships).
Note that this tour is only available from May 15th until September 15th.
DAY 1 | 09:30 - 14:30
|09:30 : 10:15||
We will start the tour by heading to the city center, passing the ice breakers on the way, for a photo-stop at the Senate Square, the heart of Helsinki, where one can see the elegant Lutheran Church, and the interesting mix of East, West, and simply Finnish influences pervading the city. We will see Havis Amanda – the symbol of Helsinki and a symbol of love.
|10:15 : 10:45||
After that, you will have free time for shopping in the market square, where you will see a great variety of Finnish products which are mostly made in Finland.
|10:45 : 11:10||
We will drive down Mannerheim Street, the main boulevard of the city, passing the Kiasma Museum, designed by American architect Steven Hall, Parliament House, and Finlandia Hall, designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Continuing on we will stop at the Olympic Stadium, used for the 1952 Olympic games.
|11:10 : 12:50||
Then we will drive to the magnificent Seurasaari Open-Air museum, located on a beautiful green island just a few kilometers from the heart of Helsinki. The island is a tranquil oasis in the midst of the city and at the museum, the traditional Finnish way of life is displayed in the cottages, farmsteads, and manors of the past four centuries that have been relocated from all around Finland. All the different provinces of Finland are represented in the well preserved old buildings and they give an overall view of Finnish countryside life from the 18th to the 20th century
|12:50 : 13:55||
Then we will stop at Sibelius Park for a unique photo opportunity of the monument of 527 steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, before continuing on to the famous Rock Church, a one-of-a-kind modern-day structure build entirely into bedrock and quarried stone.
|13:55 : 14:30||
After The Rock Church we are going to pass The Swedish Theatre, where you will have the option to stay in the city for dinner or more shopping, or to return to the ship.
St. Petersburg, Berlin or Warnemünde/Rostock, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Tallinn:
Tour price includes the following services:
✓ Professional and personable English-speaking guide for 5h (other languages available for private tours upon request for an additional fee)
✓ Air-conditioned vehicle for 5h
✓ Entrance fee to the Seurasaari Open-air Museum
✓ Entrance fee to the Rock Church (if open to the public)
✓ Coffee or tea and pastry at a local café
Tour does not include:
Due to the seasonal opening hours of the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, this tour is only available from May 15th until September 15th.
Entry to the Rock Church cannot be guaranteed due to occasional Religious services and other private events. No refund can be issued if it is closed. If the market square is closed due to weather conditions, you will be taken to the market hall. The order of the tour may vary depending upon where the vessel will dock and local conditions.
This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users, and if a person with a wheelchair decides to participate they must have a personal helper to assist in boarding/disembarking the vehicle, entering the restrooms, restaurants, and all sites. At certain locations, a wheelchair user may not be able to exit the bus and may have to stay inside the vehicle.