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Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

1. Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

Get to know central Helsinki like a local on a small-group walking tour with a city planner. Take in the sights, culture, and history with your PhD student and professional city planner guide who knows the city inside out. Ask any questions you like.  Find out tidbits of Helsinki’s past, from the plague in the middle ages to Lenin’s stay in the 20th century. As you tour Helsinki city center, find out why Helsinkians picnic at gravesites, which statue is most discriminated against by seagulls, and why an orthodox cathedral exists in the city.  Visit many of Helsinki’s most important landmarks, with a typical itinerary (weather, holidays, and events permitting) including: Senate Square, Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki Cathedral, National Library of Finland, the Presidential Palace, Allas Sea Pool, Esplanadi Park, Kappeli, Old Church Park, the Central Railway Station, Oodi, Lasipalatsi, Kamppi Chapel, and Amos Rex.

Helsinki: City and Porvoo Guided Day Shore Excursion

2. Helsinki: City and Porvoo Guided Day Shore Excursion

Discover the quaint town of Porvoo on a guided shore excursion, followed by a tour of the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Admire the traditional architecture of Porvoo and some of the main landmarks of Helsinki including Sibelius Park, the Olympic Stadium, and Uspensky Cathedral. Meet your guide at Helsinki Port. Then, take a scenic drive towards Porvoo, the second oldest town in Finnland. Upon arrival, marvel at the picturesque waterfront red-painted houses whilst your guide takes you on a walking tour. See the Old Church, Town Hall Square, as well as shops and workshops.  Following the visit to Porvoo, head back to Helsinki. Enjoy a sightseeing tour by bus as you discover Esplanadi Street and the Grand Mannerheim Boulevard. Admire the views of the Opera House, the Finlandia Concert Hall, the National Museum, the Parliament Building, and the Presidential Palace. Stop at the famous Sibelius Park, named after the renowned Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. See the Sibelius Monument, an abstract grouping of hundreds of steel pipes. After the park, continue the Olympic Stadium, the site of the 1952 Summer Olympics. Arrive at the Rock Church, carved directly out of the side of the mountain and topped by a magnificent copper dome. Admire the exterior of Uspensky Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe. See Helsinki Central train station with its famous clock tower as well as the beloved Havis Amanda fountain. The tour ends with free time by the seaside Market Square, where you can try some local delicacies. At the end of the tour, be returned to the port in time for your cruise ship's departure.

Helsinki: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

3. Helsinki: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

Embark on a tour of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, and watch daily life unfold with stories and history from your guide. Visit city highlights, from the bustling Market Square where locals get their groceries to the colossal Central Library Oodi. Begin at the iconic Senate Square and admire the Lutheran Cathedral. From the square, see Helsinki University and the old Senate, and discover the meaning behind the statue of the Russian Czar. As you walk, feel free to ask your guide any questions about the capital. Next, follow your guide to the port and marvel at the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Continue to Market Square and learn about Finnish gastronomy. Here, get tips on where to eat and drink after the tour. If you're lucky, you might see locals swimming and relaxing in the Baltic Sea. Make your way to Havis Amanda and learn about this statue's significance to many in the city. Stop at the picturesque Esplanade Park and see the man that the seagulls love the most. After passing by the Esplanade, walk through Helsinki's bustling Aleksanterinkatu street, and discover the "unicorn block". At the end of Aleksanterinkatu street, view the Three Smiths statue, which was damaged during the bombings of the Second World War. Hear stories about this complicated period of Finland's history and the impact that lingers to this day. Stop by the Helsinki Central Railway Station before coming to the last stop on the tour, the new Central Library Oodi. As you arrive, see the Finnish Parliament, the Music Centre, and Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum. Take a small tour inside the library and marvel at its unique architecture before finishing the tour.

Helsinki/Porvoo: Group Guided Eco-Friendly Tour

4. Helsinki/Porvoo: Group Guided Eco-Friendly Tour

See the sights in Helsinki with a two day tour of Helsinki and the charming medieval town of Porvoo. Sail by ferry to the wind-swept sea fortress of Suomenlinna. Meet your guide at the Helsinki Central Railway Station on the first day of your tour. Follow your guide to see the columns of Helsinki Cathedral, Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, and Rock Church. Travel by tram to the gardens at the seaside Sibelius Park, Olympic Stadium, Market Square, Market Hall, and Esplanadi Park. Take a round-trip ferry to Suomenlinna to enjoy a guided tour of the sea fortress of Finland. On the second day, meet at the bus station to take an inter-city bus to Porvoo. Discover this old town with help from your expert guide. Take some free time to walk around. In the afternoon, you cam take the inter-city bus back to Helsinki.

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What people are saying about Esplanadi

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Emek was an excellent guide who took my group of 4 total to the many sites of Helsinki. He was very informative and spoke perfect English. it was very laid back and we never felt rushed and we were able to ask as many questions as we pleased. if you have a short time in Helsinki I would highly recommend this tour.

The best tour you can do. History, current affairs, architecture, Helsinki specials. Informative, to the point and enough time for coffee and questions. Any time

Emick was an excellent guide! He had loads of interesting information that we thoroughly enjoyed! We believe it was a BONUS that he was a city planner, also!

Great tour, excellent guide, perfect combination of history and urban development perspective. Highly recommended!

Excellent tour guide, Jonna. Very informative with an emphasis on the history and culture of Finland.