We'll take an easy walk to the open Market Place from here, which sits on the waterfront. Much like other European cities, this market place has easy access to the cargo ships and local fishing boats that arrive and therefore their produce, flowers, and handicrafts color the area. If there is time, we will stop in the Old Market Hall where delicacies are for sale. You can quickly grab a snack but, as everything is tempting, be ready to choose your selection.
It is time to board our vehicle and travel towards the largest Orthodox Church in Scandinavia, the Uspenski Cathedral, as well as the Presidential Palace, once the official residence of the President. We continue along the South Harbor to the Embassy district Kaivopuisto, one of Helsinki's best parks and a perfect place to walk. The homes and the embassies in this area are beautiful and seem to be inhabited by the well-heeled.
As this is the mouth of the Baltic Sea, shipbuilding is a major industry and the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, also on your route, has given birth to many of the cruise ships on the waters today. We swing around to return to the city center and pass the Old Church near the Swedish Theater, both located on the main street called Mannerheimintie. The new contemporary art museum, Kiasma, the Parliament Building, the National Museum, and Finlania Hall, , a concert and convention center designed by world-famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, are along this boulevard.
Next, continue to the Finnish National Opera, which is located in the beautiful surroundings of Hesperia Park with Toololahti Bay at it’s edge . The Olympic Stadium, site of the 1952 games, and the Temppeliaukio Kirkko, known as the Rock Church, are musts on any tour of Helsinki. We complete this tour in Sibelius Park, where the wonderful monument to the composer Jean Sibelius is located in the midst of controversy, as all works of art find themselves.
A drop off in the city center (if time permits) or a return to your ship completes the tour.
Departures: 09:00 AM, 01:00 PM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Dress comfortably and wear your favorite walking shoes.
- If you have more than 12 people in your party, please call ShoreTrips for rates.
- The entrance fee to Rock Church is not included in the price of the tour and is 3 Euros per person.