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Helsinki: Architecture Walking Tour with Expert

1. Helsinki: Architecture Walking Tour with Expert

Helsinki is a gem for architecture enthusiasts. It is difficult to find another urban area that houses such a wide range of architectural styles. Neoclassical, gothic revival, Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Nordic classicism, modernism, functionalism, and contemporary styles all coexist in the city center. Different historical periods have definitely left their mark on Helsinki. Join this architecture tour led by an expert guide to marvel at the architectural wonders that Helsinki has to offer. See the National Library of Finland, Central Railway Station, the new Oodi public library, Chapel of Silence, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Rock Church, Finlandia Hall, and more. Admire the great works of world-renowned architects, such as Engel and Saarinen.

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 Stopover Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transfers

3. Helsinki Stopover Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transfers

Avail of an itinerary that has been especially designed to cover the top 12 attractions of Helsinki, perfect for travelers with a short stopover at the airport. Learn hidden stories known only by your guide to make your trip unique.  Get a meet and greet at Helsinki Airport, and then head to the Töölö district of the city center to see the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1952 Summer Olympics. Continue to the Sibelius Monument by Eila Hiltunen in Sibelius Park, and then marvel at the National Romantic façade of the National Museum of Finland. See where the Parliament of Finland sit, and admire the contemporary architecture of the Kiasma Museum. Gaze in wonder at the Temppeliaukio Church, built directly into solid rock. Pass Esplanade Park and the 19th-century Old Market Hall near Market Square. See the monumental Uspenski Cathedral on the way to Senate Square, and then take a look at Helsinki Cathedral, built as a tribute to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.

Helsinki: Half-Day Guided Highlights Tour with Port Transfer

4. Helsinki: Half-Day Guided Highlights Tour with Port Transfer

Make the most of your time in Helsinki by enjoying a panoramic drive and a stroll through the city, as well as some free time for shopping and exploring on this highlights trip. Get picked up directly at the port and head out on an exciting adventure. Enjoy a scenic drive towards Esplanadi Street and the Grand Mannerheim Boulevard. See the Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall, the National Museum, the Parliament Building, and the Presidential Palace. Snap some pictures at the famous Sibelius Park and visit the famous monument. Continue on to the Olympic Stadium, the exotic Rock Church, and the Uspensky Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe. Tour through the city center to see the 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. Afterward, you will return to the shuttle which takes you back to your ship. You can also choose to stay longer in the city and take a taxi back to the port.

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What people are saying about National Museum of Finland

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Fast, fun, and informative

Having only a few hours for a layover in Helsinki, this was the most amazing way to spend the wait. Our guide picked us up promptly, was friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about the sites, the history, and the people.

The highlight of my trip. Learned so much from an extremely knowledgeable and communicative guide. Want to live in Helsinki now. It has had a fascinating history and is looking forward to the future.

Both educational and fun. Architecture and urban planning during a three-hour walk gave us meat on the bones around the city of Helsinki. We thank our guide Emek who was a real knowledge bank.

Emec is so knowledgeable about architecture in Helsinki and what determined it’s character. He’s very articulate! Such a joy to listen to. This tour is top notch!

Nobody could have done it better!!

It was a very good city tour, very good explanations in easy to understand English!