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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.

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Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

2. Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Explore the historic monuments of Helsinki with a local guide, and visit sights such as Olympic Stadium from the 1952 Summer Olympics. See the monument to the composer Jean Sibelius and explore the promenade of Esplanade Park. Go to Old Market Hall, and admire the largest orthodox church in western Europe at the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Then, catch the ferry to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Suomenlinna sea fortress. Upon arrival, walk to the King’s Gate and see the church built for the Russian troops. Visit the barracks and the Great Courtyard, where the memorial tomb of Augustin Ehrensvärd was designed by King Gustav III of Sweden.

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Central Helsinki Tour

3. Central Helsinki Tour

Meet your expert local guide at Helsinki Cathedral and join your small group walking tour to discover Finland's capital.   Listen as your guide shares intimate knowledge of the city and arrive at Senate Square, a significant site shrouded in historical heritage. Pass the exuberant Helsinki Cathedral, admire the classical facades of the Rock Church and the Finlandia Hall before enjoying the brightly colored houses of Mannerheim district, a quaint canal side district. Hear about the varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights. Then continue through the green Esplanade Park between luxury houses and cafés in neo renaissance style.  Pose for photos beside the Market Square, and scour the scenery for the Presidential Palace. Then delve into the vibrant atmosphere of the food market in Helsinki. Browse enticing food stalls at the Market Square and marvel at the gorgeous architectural offerings, which include fine examples of Modernism, Functionalism, and Art Nouveau. Conclude your tour at the market and bid your guide and group farewell.

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Helsinki Half-Day City Tour

4. Helsinki Half-Day City Tour

Start your walking tour from the Railway Station Square, right next to one of the most beautiful Romantic buildings in Helsinki, the National Theater. From there, continue your walk through central Helsinki to get a feel for its vibrant streets, mostly built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Then, follow the main shopping street, Aleksanterinkatu, towards the city's main square, Senate Square. At the central point of the square is the magnificent Helsinki Cathedral, built in 1852 when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. Stop at the nearby seat of the Finnish Government and the main building of Helsinki University. Continue on towards the Katajanokka Peninsula, stopping at the Uspenskii Cathedral, a beautiful Orthodox cathedral atop a hill. Go up the hill and to the terrace of the cathedral for pretty views over Helsinki. Explore Market Square (Kauppatori), where you can find souvenirs and taste local specialties. Walk along the Esplanade Park and Helsinki’s main street, Mannerheimintie, before stopping by the parliament building, National Museum, and Finlandia Hall, a concert and congress hall designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. After a walk through the district of Töölö, visit the unique Rock Church, carved within a rocky hill, and afterwards a have a short city bus trip to the park and monument dedicated to the most famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. End the tour at the impressive granite Central Railway Station, where nearly a quarter of a million passengers pass through every day. This private walking tour allows variations in pick-up point, starting time and the route. Agree your most convenient timing and meet the guide from the port, railway station or a hotel.

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Helsinki: 3-Hour Shore Excursion Small Group Walking Tour

5. Helsinki: 3-Hour Shore Excursion Small Group Walking Tour

Welcome to Helsinki. Enjoy the ultimate walking tour in this city for cruise ship passengers. Meet your guide and small group tour (maximum 12 persons) right at the dock and start discovering Helsinki with a specialist local guide. Listen as your guide shares intimate knowledge of the city and arrive at Senate Square, a significant site shrouded in historical heritage. Pass the exuberant Helsinki Cathedral, and then absorb the charm of local Finns in their everyday heyday. Admire the classical facades of the Rock Church and the Finlandia Hall before enjoying the brightly colored houses of Mannerheim district, a quaint Canalside district. Hear tales of varied architecture, a lively cafe culture and plethora of picturesque natural delights and then continue through the green Esplanade Park between luxury houses and cafés in neo-Renaissance style.  Pose for photos beside the Market Square, and then scour the scenery for the Presidential Palace and then delve into the vibrant atmosphere of the food market in Helsinki. Conclude your tour at the market if you have the time and enjoy some local food or join your guide to leave you back at the dock on time for your ship's departure. All details will be taken care of.

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Helsinki: City Tour and Winterworld Shore Excursion

6. Helsinki: City Tour and Winterworld Shore Excursion

Experience the best that Helsinki has to offer with this fantastic city tour and unique Winterworld excursion. Discover Helsinki and visit some of its most famous sites with your help of your professional local guide. Your tour will start with a pick-up from your choice of meeting points in Helsinki harbour. Then it's time to set off to discover some of the city's most important cultural landmarks and historical monuments. See the Olympic Stadium and Sibelius Monument, take a turn around Esplanade Park and visit the Market Square and Old Market Hall. Complete your cultural tour by seeing the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and Senate Square. After your tour of Helsinki, visit a unique indoor winter wonderland park that includes the world's only all-year-round igloo hotel, a huge ice bar, a restaurant and husky sledge drives. Experience what it is really like to be in the midst of a Finnish winter. The temperature inside is -3 to 5 degrees Celsius -  but don't worry, warm clothing is provided! After an exhilarating day, sit back and relax as you are transferred back to the harbor. 

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Helsinki Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing and Suomenlinna

7. Helsinki Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing and Suomenlinna

Discover Helsinki and visit some of its most famous sites with your help of your professional local guide. Your tour will start with a pick-up from your choice of meeting points in Helsinki harbor. Then it's time to set off to discover some of the city's most important cultural landmarks and historical monuments. See the Olympic Stadium and Sibelius Monument, take a turn around Esplanade Park and visit the Market Square and Old Market Hall. Complete your cultural tour by seeing the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and Senate Square. Your professional guide will share the city's stories along the way, with plenty of stops for photographs. Then, from Helsinki's Market Square, continue by ferry to Suomenlinna, listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the world's largest sea fortresses that sprawls across a series of six small islands. During your walking tour, learn about the site's eventful history and see some of Suomenlinna's main attractions, such as the King's Gate, the Jetty Barracks, the Great Courtyard and Suomenlinna Church. After your tour, you will be taken back to Helsinki Market Square to continue your adventure. 

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Helsinki Airport Layover 3-hour Guided Tour

8. Helsinki Airport Layover 3-hour Guided Tour

If you have 3-4 hours between flights at the Helsinki airport you can travel to the city center to get an overview of this far northern capital and its inhabitants. You’ll have a chance to meet a local resident, passionate about Helsinki and its culture and history, who will help you make the most of your short time here. The guide will meet you at the airport or train station when you arrive and travel with you to Helsinki’s city center. From the airport, the train trip takes approximately 30 minutes. See some of the city’s most interesting sites, including the magnificent Senate Square and the surrounding 19th-century neighborhood. You’ll also see the unique Church in the Rock and several other places that are local favorites. After the excursion, head back to the airport with your guide, who’ll take you directly into the departures hall.

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Helsinki City: 1.5-Hour City Tour with Electric TukTuk

9. Helsinki City: 1.5-Hour City Tour with Electric TukTuk

See Helsinki and its major sights in an environmentally friendly and unique way aboard a fully electric TukTuk, experiencing the city in a new and relaxed way. Sit back and relax on your 1.5-hour tour as your guide drives you along the scenic coastline, and the Kaivopuisto Park, Helsinki's oldest and best known park surrounded by embassies and villas. Smoothly pass many major landmarks in Helsinki, with your expert guide and driver explaining their historical importance, including the iconic Market Square, the City Hall, the impressive Presidential Palace, the famous Cathedral of Helsinki, the Katajanokka Art Nouveau neighbourhood with the mighty icebreaker, and the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral with its green roofing and golden tips. Best of all, choose to book the entire TukTuk for yourself, your family, or your friends to enjoy a private tour. And time permitting, stop and snap memorable photos along your way.

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Helsinki: Helsinki and Porvoo Sightseeing Tour

10. Helsinki: Helsinki and Porvoo Sightseeing Tour

Prior to departure, your experienced local guide will pick you up from your relevant harbor. From here you will begin your Helsinki city tour, visiting a variety of cultural landmarks and historic monuments. You will stop for photos at the Sibelius Monument and Senate Square, and visit other Helsinki attractions such as Olympic Stadium, Esplanade Park, Old Market Hall, and the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. After spending the morning sightseeing in Helsinki, your bus tour will continue to the charming medieval town of Porvoo. Once having arrived, you can take a walking tour of Porvoo to see the Old Town Hall, Porvoo Cathedral, the Devil's Stairs, and the Statue of A. Edelfelt. You will also be able to look out over the charismatic red warehouses on the shoreline from the Bridge on Mannerheiminkatu Street. Porvoo is also a dream come true for food lovers, due to its reputation it has for its restaurants and cafes. You will be free to take a break to have lunch in a local cafe, and can also visit a local artisans shop (at your own expense). Following your sightseeing in Porvoo, your tour bus will take you back to the harbor at around 4:00PM.

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What people are saying about Senate Square

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based on 137 reviews

Our guide Emek was very friendly and experienced. Tour was done at a leisurely pace. Could ask a lot of questions including ones not directly connected with the tour itself. Emek was very helpful.

Had an amazing day on this tour. Saw everything that had to been seen and learned many new things from my guide Mikhail who was very nice and knowledgeable. Recommended!

Emek was very knowledgeable and he presented Helsinki from architectural, historical and cultural poin of view. It was a very pleasant walk...

A very informative and I interesting trip.We covered all the main sights and our guide face us alot of interesting information .

Guide was very informative. Nice walk to see the city in overview