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!