Guided tour

Porvoo: 5-Hour Town Tour from Helsinki

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Activity provider: BioGeo-Traveller

Porvoo: 5-Hour Town Tour from Helsinki

Activity provider: BioGeo-Traveller

From US$ 65.89 per person

Experience another side of Finland. The medieval town of Porvoo has a completely different spirit as compared to Helsinki. Settled and visited by artists, poets, and kings, this beautiful wooden town played a crucial role in the country’s history.

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Duration 5 hours
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Limited to 5 participants


  • Enjoy a half-day trip from Helsinki to the medieval town of Porvoo
  • Take a pleasant walk in the idyllic old town, set in a beautiful landscape on a river bank
  • Learn more about Finnish life and history from your friendly guide
Full description
Dating from the 14th century, Porvoo is one of Finland’s oldest towns. With its wooden houses and cobbled streets, it has preserved the spirit of medieval times. Porvoo’s natural setting makes the town particularly attractive, and includes a winding river, hills with centuries-old pines, and primeval rocks. Admire the mosaic of colorful houses along the river bank and hill slopes. Just 50 kilometers from Helsinki and connected by regular bus service, Porvoo can be reached in less than an hour. The guide will meet you in Helsinki center to travel with you by bus on this 5-hour excursion. When you arrive in Porvoo you’ll take the most interesting and picturesque route to see the major sights and to get the best overview of the town. During the tour you’ll have an opportunity to stop for coffee, tea, or lunch in one of the town's charming cafés or restaurants, and to visit the shops of local manufacturers if you like. Some of the most famous national poets and artists chose to settle and create here. Russian Tsar Alexander I, probably charmed by the town during his visit, granted Finland autonomy!
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  • Bus transfer from/to Helsinki (around EUR 12.00 per person each way)
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  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Please meet your guide at Narinkka Square, Helsinki, near the Entrepreneur Monument.

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Important information

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  • Children under age 16, accompanied by an adult, can join free of charge.
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4.8 /5

based on 50 reviews

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Insightful and well organized tour that gave the opportunity to enjoy the old town vibe and get a lot of information about Finnish history and traditions. Porvoo is a picturesque town with a lot of beautiful sceneries and a vast selection of local made souvenir shops. The guide was knowledgeable and flexible regarding our needs and all the activities were adjusted accordingly to our interests. We would definitely recommend this tour!

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August 23, 2021

The tour unexpectedly became a private tour since no one else joined the tour. Our guide, Mikhail, kindly picked us up from our hotel and guided us to Porvoo. He was so informative to tell the histories around the area, including Porvoo Cathedral and the ancient foretress, Iso Linnamäki. He also brought us to a Brunberg chocolate store (recommended as it has cheaper price than in regular store) and a local restaurant nearby (Hanna-Maria) for lunch together. We enjoyed our trip and the local food there.

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April 22, 2020

We had a wonderful, personable guide who showed us everything you can see. Even if he only spoke English and we can't speak English. Thanks to Google Translate, it still worked perfectly. Thanks again for that. The contact with us where he wanted to pick us up from the hotel and we were just in Tallinn was more than great. We can and must recommend this excursion with this great guide.

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October 4, 2019

Product ID: 52381