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Our most recommended Helsinki Shore Excursions

Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

1. Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

See the Helsinki tourist attractions that interest you most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour with this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the 22 stops on the itinerary over a 24-hour or 48-hour period. You could choose to admire the unique rock architecture of the Temppeliaukio Church, visit the Parliament House, admire the neoclassical architecture in Senate Square or search for a bargain in Market Square. Enjoy an onboard audio commentary available in 10 languages and avail of excellent views from the top deck of your double-decker bus. Don't worry if the weather isn't great as the bottom deck is completely protected from the elements.

Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Sightseeing Boat Tour

2. Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Sightseeing Boat Tour

Explore Helsinki with the Hop-On Hop-Off bus and change your transportation to a sightseeing cruise. Both departure points are in the historical city center. See the city from both perspectives - from the land and from the sea. During the bus tour you can decide on stops and attractions you want to visit and once you're done, continue your tour with the next CityTour bus from the stop where you left. Step aboard a boat for a cruise around the archipelago of Helsinki for 1.5 hours and brings you back to the departure point.

Helsinki Archipelago: Sightseeing Boat Tour

3. Helsinki Archipelago: Sightseeing Boat Tour

Admire the main attractions of Finland's crown jewel on the Historical Helsinki route. Don't miss a beat as your boat weaves through the waterways of the Helsinki archipelago. Bask in the natural beauty, amazing architecture, and clean air of this Scandinavian gem. Depart from one of Helsinki's most famous sights, Market Square, and head out to sea. See famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Fortress of Suomenlinna, as well as the Finnish ice breakers and Korkeasaari Zoo. Enjoy both natural and man-made phenomena during this maritime experience. Enjoy views of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Helsinki, including Eira, Katajanokka, and Kruununhaka. Listen to historical tales of local lore from your guide about all the various hot spots, before the journey ends where it began, at Market Square.

Helsinki: City and Porvoo Guided Day Shore Excursion

4. 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.

Porvoo: Shore-Excursion Sightseeing Tour

5. Porvoo: Shore-Excursion Sightseeing Tour

Prior to your departure, you meet your guide at the harbor between 9:30AM-10:00AM. Pickup service is for this tour is provided only from the designed meeting points. Porvoo Old Town is a popular tourist destination, famous for its well-preserved 18th and 19th-century buildings and 15th-century cathedral, the Porvoo Cathedral. The Old Town is recognized as historically and culturally significant as one of the National landscapes of Finland. After visiting the top attractions of Porvoo, you will have around 40 minutes' time to spend on our own to explore the lovely cafes, restaurants and small shops in the old town of Porvoo. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be taken back to the harbor at around 3:00PM.

Helsinki: Helsinki and Porvoo Sightseeing Tour

6. 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.

From Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Full-Day Tour by Ferry

7. From Helsinki: Tallinn Guided Full-Day Tour by Ferry

Your guide will greet you and pick you up in the morning from your hotel or Helsinki port.  After pick-up, cruise across the Gulf of Finland to Estonia by comfortable ferry. The excursion starts in front of the oldest town hall in Scandinavia and the Baltics. The walk follows the old street grid now enshrined on UNESCO’s heritage list, resembling a visit to an outdoor museum containing rarities. The sights you will see include storied landmarks such as the Raeapteek apothecary shop, the Great Guild, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle, Neitsitorn tower and many others, along with unforgettable panoramas of the lower town and sea from two observation platforms.  The full-day tour includes a two-hour ferry trip in both directions, as well as a city tour and free time. You will arrive back in Helsinki at 9:30 PM and then be transferred back to the port or your hotel.

Helsinki: Guided Sightseeing with Free Time

8. Helsinki: Guided Sightseeing with Free Time

Prior to your sightseeing tour, you will be picked up from your harbor at a pre-agreed time. From here you will be taken to Helsinki's main attractions by air-conditioned van. Following this, your tour stops at the Sibelius Monument, which is dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The next attraction is Temppeliaukio/Rock Church, which was actually built into solid rock. Afterwards, you will have the golden opportunity to explore the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral, Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, Market Square, Old Market Hall, and Esplanade Park. Following your 3-hour guided tour, your tour will end at Helsinki Market Square where you can enjoy the local market food, little shops, and cafe shops in the city with your family, friends, or on your own. You can choose when to go back to the harbor on your own accord, with taxis and public transport easily facilitating this.

Helsinki: Half-Day Guided Highlights Tour with Port Transfer

9. 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.

Helsinki: 5-hour City and Nuuksio Reindeer Park Tour

10. Helsinki: 5-hour City and Nuuksio Reindeer Park Tour

Your Northern adventure will begin after you’re picked up from one of the meeting points by your expert guide, who'll share stories of the city’s history along the way. You’ll first stop off for photos at the Sibelius monument and Senate Square, among other cherished Helsinki landmarks. Then, after seeing all the main attractions, you’ll pause for a lunch break before continuing on to see the most beautiful part of Espoo in Reindeer Park. In this unique location you’ll get in touch with Northern wildlife, feeding the reindeers and experiencing Laplander life by enjoying an open Sami fire in a hut and drinking traditional beverages. When the tour is over, you’ll be dropped off back to your original meeting point at the harbor at around 3 PM.

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What people are saying about Helsinki

A great tour with Julia. Very knowledgeable showing us the important sites and teaching us the history. Then left us with free time to enjoy Tallin on our own. Comforting to have ferry pick up and return

Nice trip, not spectacular, just okay. But if you absolutely do, it is simply part of a visit to Helsinki. We had also caught a sunny day, which also made for a good mood.

Very knowledgable guide.

Our guide was very knowledgable about Tallinn. We had time to look and enjoy the tour.

Good experience, luckily we were able to sit inside when it got snowy