THE BEST OF HELSINKI
Sightseeing, Cultural, Shopping, Packed lunch
A boat cruise along the waters surrounding Helsinki, discovering a present influenced by a fascinating and well-preserved history.
What we will see
- Helsinki: Parliament, National Museum, Opera, Olympic Stadium, Finlandia Hall
- Porvoo: tour of the medieval centre
- Helsinki: Senate Square, buildings of historical interest, Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral
What we will do
- After setting off from Helsinki port, we will pass a series of monuments of national historical interest: the Parliament, the National Museum, the Opera, the Olympic Stadium, built in 1952, and the Finlandia Hall, a unique conference and events centre designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto, who was also responsible for the church in Riola di Vergato (Bologna) in the 1970s
- We will admire the beautiful Finnish countryside en route to the ancient town of Porvoo, following a panoramic road along the coast.
- Porvoo is the second oldest town in Finland and is a gem of Finnish architectural history, particularly in the residential area of Old Porvoo, a picturesque neighbourhood built on a hill near the Porvoonjoki River. The houses were built in keeping with medieval ideas about urban planning and represent the harmonious coexistence of old and new. Porvoo's symbol is its charming red houses built on the river bank; they were once warehouses where goods, products and exotic delicacies from distant lands were kept.
- We will take a stroll through the historic centre, full of shops selling local delicacies and handicrafts. For example, the depots near the former station are home to a shop that is impossible to leave empty handed: gifts, souvenirs, local handicrafts, organic food and cakes, all top-quality, so much so that it is considered by many to be a tourist attraction in its own right!
- We will leave Porvoo to travel back to Helsinki through the countryside.
- We will stop in Senate Square, home to the white Lutheran Cathedral, the University and the Palace of the Council of State, which contains the Government and the Office of the Prime Minister of Finland. The Statue of Alexander II, built in the centre of the square, is one of the city's most important tourist sights and commemorates the relationship between Finland and Imperial Russia.
- En route to the port, we will see the Presidential Palace, Market Square and the majestic Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral.
- Once aboard we will be able to admire a unique urban archipelago, with seafront saunas and historic aristocratic villas.
- We will pass the fortified islands of Suomenlinna, a naval fortress built on an archipelago of six islands, recognised by UNESCO as a unique example of European military architecture of its time, before reaching the North Harbour, where a large fleet of icebreakers is docked.
- Our boat tour will come to an end at the brightly coloured and fragrant Market Square, where we will meet our coach to return to the ship.
What you need to know
- Space is limited, so please reserve early.
- This tour is not recommended for Guests with mobility problems.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- We recommend wearing comfortable clothing.
- Suitable clothing is recommended for entrance to places of worship. During religious celebrations the visit will be from outside only.
- We will see a number of sights of great artistic appeal so we recommend bringing your camera.
- This tour includes a basket lunch prepared by our ship staff.