This group shore excursion begins with a scenic drive towards Porvoo - the second oldest town in Finnland. Here you will marvel at the picturesque waterfront red-painted housees whilst your guide takes you on a walking tour of this picturesque city. You will see the Old Church, Town Hall Square and various shops, cafes and workshops.
Next, you will have a short break for coffee in one of the charming cafes.
Following the visit to Porvoo, we will bring you back to Helsinki. In the capital of Finland we will drive via Esplanadi Street and the Grand Mannerheim Boulevard. Along the way, we will see the Opera House, Finnlandia Concert Hall, the National Musueum, Parliament Building, and the Presidential Palace.
We will have an opportunity to take pictures at the famous Sibelius Park, named after the renowned Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, The main attraction here is the Sibelius Monument, an abstract grouping of hundreds of steel pipes. After the park, we continue on to the Olympic Stadium, the site of the 1952 summer Olympics. Next, we arrive at the Rock Church, carved directly out of the side of the mountain and topped by a magnificent copper dome. Because of its acoustics, it is often used as a concert venue. The next church on the itinerary is the Uspensky Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe.
As we drive through the city center we will also see the Helsinki Central train station with its famous clock tower as well as the beloved Havis Amanda fountain, voted year after year as the most beautiful sculpture in the Finnish capital. The tour ends with free time by the seaside Market square, where you can try some local delicacies.
At the end of the tour, we will whisk you on our comfortable air-conditioned vehicle back to the port.
Our hosts will greet you at the port and bring you to your air-conditioned, shared transportation.
Next, we will take a 45-minute drive to Porvoo, the charming medieval town.
In Porvoo, you will have a walking tour with our professional tour guide, as well as some free time for coffee and exploring
After the visit to Porvoo, we will drive back to Helsinki and visit all of its main sights.
At the end of the tour, we will bring you back safely and on time back to your cruise ship.
Your guide and driver will be waiting for you behind the port gates holding up greeting signs.The distance between the ship and the gates varies in different ports in Helsinki: at Hernesaari port about 656 feet = 200 metres at West Harbour about 820 feet = 250 metres at Katajanokka about 328 feet = 100 metres.
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