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From Helsinki: Porvoo Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

1. From Helsinki: Porvoo Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

You'll meet your guide in Helsinki just before noon. From here, you'll head to Porvoo to marvel at the historic Old Town, with its well-preserved historical buildings as well as a 15th-century cathedral. The Old Town is a historically and culturally significant place and is recognized as one of the important National landscapes of Finland. During the tour, you will learn about Finnish history and culture, exploring the Red Riverside Warehouses, Porvoo Castle, Porvoo Old Town Hall, and the devil's stairs, as well as many other attractions. After your guide shows you around the top attractions in Porvoo you'll have about 40 minutes of free time to explore the many cafes, restaurants, and shops in Old Town. Then you'll head back to Helsinki where the bus will drop you off in Senate Square.

All-in-One Helsinki Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

2. All-in-One Helsinki Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

User 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.

Helsinki: Helsinki and Porvoo Sightseeing Tour

3. 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.

The Highlights of Helsinki and Porvoo Private Tour

4. The Highlights of Helsinki and Porvoo Private Tour

Explore the picturesque town of Porvoo, and the highlights of Helsinki, in this unforgettable 6-hour tour. Your day begins with an exciting tour of Helsinki, where you can admire the stunning Presidential Palace, take a photo at the Sibelius Monument, and see the incredible Temppeliaukio ‘Rock Church’ – a unique structure built right into the city’s bedrock! You’ll also see the Olympic Stadium, a historic sports venue and the site of the 1952 Olympic games. After a thrilling introduction to the city, you’ll be driven to the charming town of Porvoo – Finland’s second oldest city, located 50 kilometers east of Helsinki. Stroll through the cobblestone streets, appreciating the colorful wooden houses, quaint, local shops, and peaceful lifestyle that is hard to find elsewhere in modern Europe. Gaze upon the Porvoo Cathedral, a stunning medieval church that dates back to the 13 century, and the Porvoo City Hall, an elegant building that once housed the local government. Enjoy some free time to shop for local handicrafts, or simply relax in one of Porvoo’s many cafes and restaurants. After lunch, you’ll be driven back to Helsinki, where you’ll discover some of the city’s most cherished sites. See the Finlandia Hall, designed by renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, before making your way to Senate Square, a historic public square right in the heart of Helsinki. Admire the impressive buildings surrounding the square, including the magnificent Helsinki Cathedral, the University of Helsinki, the Uspenski Cathedral, and the City Hall. Finally, you can explore the Market Square and the Old Market Hall where you’ll have some time to sample the local delicacies and shop for souvenirs. At the end of your excursion, you will be driven back to your cruise port, or hotel, with memories that will last a lifetime!

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