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Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

1. Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

Get to know central Helsinki like a local on a small-group walking tour with a city planner. Take in the sights, culture, and history with your PhD student and professional city planner guide who knows the city inside out. Ask any questions you like.  Find out tidbits of Helsinki’s past, from the plague in the middle ages to Lenin’s stay in the 20th century. As you tour Helsinki city center, find out why Helsinkians picnic at gravesites, which statue is most discriminated against by seagulls, and why an orthodox cathedral exists in the city.  Visit many of Helsinki’s most important landmarks, with a typical itinerary (weather, holidays, and events permitting) including: Senate Square, Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki Cathedral, National Library of Finland, the Presidential Palace, Allas Sea Pool, Esplanadi Park, Kappeli, Old Church Park, the Central Railway Station, Oodi, Lasipalatsi, Kamppi Chapel, and Amos Rex.

Helsinki Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

2. Helsinki Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Helsinki. Download the app onto your phone and explore Helsinki at your own pace. See Ateneum, Market Square, St. John's Church, and more. After downloading the tour app on your mobile device (instructions received via email after booking), simply use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions in Helsinki. You can choose to start the activity at any time. Once you begin, you'll solve a location-based riddle at each attraction and unlock the next location you need to visit. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. The app also includes facts and information about each location you stop at, so you'll be close to a local by the end of your adventure. As you explore, you can stop for a coffee, lunch, or a break at any time. Along the tour route, you'll visit the National Theatre, Ateneum, Helsinki Cathedral, Market Square, Vanha Kauppahalli, The Shipwrecked, Design Museum, St. John's Church, the Old Church of Helsinki, the Three Smiths Statue, and more.

Central Helsinki Tour

3. Central Helsinki Tour

Meet your expert local guide at Helsinki Cathedral and join your small group walking tour to discover Finland's capital.   Listen as your guide shares intimate knowledge of the city and arrive at Senate Square, a significant site shrouded in historical heritage. Pass the exuberant Helsinki Cathedral, admire the classical facades of the Rock Church and the Finlandia Hall before enjoying the brightly colored houses of Mannerheim district, a quaint canal side district. Hear about the varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights. Then continue through the green Esplanade Park between luxury houses and cafés in neo renaissance style.  Pose for photos beside the Market Square, and scour the scenery for the Presidential Palace. Then delve into the vibrant atmosphere of the food market in Helsinki. Browse enticing food stalls at the Market Square and marvel at the gorgeous architectural offerings, which include fine examples of Modernism, Functionalism, and Art Nouveau. Conclude your tour at the market and bid your guide and group farewell.

Helsinki Half-Day City Tour

4. Helsinki Half-Day City Tour

Start your walking tour from the Railway Station Square, right next to one of the most beautiful Romantic buildings in Helsinki, the National Theater. From there, continue your walk through central Helsinki to get a feel for its vibrant streets, mostly built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Then, follow the main shopping street, Aleksanterinkatu, towards the city's main square, Senate Square. At the central point of the square is the magnificent Helsinki Cathedral, built in 1852 when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. Stop at the nearby seat of the Finnish Government and the main building of Helsinki University. Continue on towards the Katajanokka Peninsula, stopping at the Uspenskii Cathedral, a beautiful Orthodox cathedral atop a hill. Go up the hill and to the terrace of the cathedral for pretty views over Helsinki. Explore Market Square (Kauppatori), where you can find souvenirs and taste local specialties. Walk along the Esplanade Park and Helsinki’s main street, Mannerheimintie, before stopping by the parliament building, National Museum, and Finlandia Hall, a concert and congress hall designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. After a walk through the district of Töölö, visit the unique Rock Church, carved within a rocky hill, and afterwards a have a short city bus trip to the park and monument dedicated to the most famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. End the tour at the impressive granite Central Railway Station, where nearly a quarter of a million passengers pass through every day. This private walking tour allows variations in pick-up point, starting time and the route. Agree your most convenient timing and meet the guide from the port, railway station or a hotel.

Helsinki: 3-Hour Shore Excursion Small Group Walking Tour

5. Helsinki: 3-Hour Shore Excursion Small Group Walking Tour

Welcome to Helsinki. Enjoy the ultimate walking tour in this city for cruise ship passengers. Meet your guide and small group tour (maximum 12 persons) right at the dock and start discovering Helsinki with a specialist local guide. Listen as your guide shares intimate knowledge of the city and arrive at Senate Square, a significant site shrouded in historical heritage. Pass the exuberant Helsinki Cathedral, and then absorb the charm of local Finns in their everyday heyday. Admire the classical facades of the Rock Church and the Finlandia Hall before enjoying the brightly colored houses of Mannerheim district, a quaint Canalside district. Hear tales of varied architecture, a lively cafe culture and plethora of picturesque natural delights and then continue through the green Esplanade Park between luxury houses and cafés in neo-Renaissance style.  Pose for photos beside the Market Square, and then scour the scenery for the Presidential Palace and then delve into the vibrant atmosphere of the food market in Helsinki. Conclude your tour at the market if you have the time and enjoy some local food or join your guide to leave you back at the dock on time for your ship's departure. All details will be taken care of.

Helsinki Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing and Suomenlinna

6. Helsinki Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing and Suomenlinna

Discover Helsinki and visit some of its most famous sites with your help of your professional local guide. Your tour will start with a pick-up from your choice of meeting points in Helsinki harbor. Then it's time to set off to discover some of the city's most important cultural landmarks and historical monuments. See the Olympic Stadium and Sibelius Monument, take a turn around Esplanade Park and visit the Market Square and Old Market Hall. Complete your cultural tour by seeing the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and Senate Square. Your professional guide will share the city's stories along the way, with plenty of stops for photographs. Then, from Helsinki's Market Square, continue by ferry to Suomenlinna, listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the world's largest sea fortresses that sprawls across a series of six small islands. During your walking tour, learn about the site's eventful history and see some of Suomenlinna's main attractions, such as the King's Gate, the Jetty Barracks, the Great Courtyard and Suomenlinna Church. After your tour, you will be taken back to Helsinki Market Square to continue your adventure. 

Helsinki: Sightseeing Tour with Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

7. Helsinki: Sightseeing Tour with Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

Your 5-hour tour will begin around 10:00AM, after you are picked up from your designated hotel meeting point in Helsinki. The local designed meeting points are close to many centrally-located hotels and apartments in the city. You will first marvel at the city's cultural landmarks and historic monuments, including Olympic Stadium, the Sibelius Monument, Esplanade Park, Market Square, the Uspenski Orthoodox Cathedral, and Senate Square. Whilst touring these areas, you will also learn about Finnish history, culture, and tradition. Following your city tour, you will continue to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum for a guided tour of the island. You will begin with a lunch break on Seurasaari Island, where a restaurant was built in 1890 alongside a cafe that serves 18 different flavors of ice cream. The open-air museum is dotted with wooden buildings, which once belonged to farmers and villagers from all around Finland. As you explore the rural villages, you’ll gain a fascinating insight into traditional Finnish life, culture, and heritage. Following your tour, you will be dropped off back at your tour meeting point.

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/Porvoo: Group Guided Eco-Friendly Tour

9. Helsinki/Porvoo: Group Guided Eco-Friendly Tour

See the sights in Helsinki with a two day tour of Helsinki and the charming medieval town of Porvoo. Sail by ferry to the wind-swept sea fortress of Suomenlinna. Meet your guide at the Helsinki Central Railway Station on the first day of your tour. Follow your guide to see the columns of Helsinki Cathedral, Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, and Rock Church. Travel by tram to the gardens at the seaside Sibelius Park, Olympic Stadium, Market Square, Market Hall, and Esplanadi Park. Take a round-trip ferry to Suomenlinna to enjoy a guided tour of the sea fortress of Finland. On the second day, meet at the bus station to take an inter-city bus to Porvoo. Discover this old town with help from your expert guide. Take some free time to walk around. In the afternoon, you cam take the inter-city bus back to Helsinki.

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What people are saying about Market Square, Helsinki

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 98 reviews

Emek is an excellent tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and he went above and beyond to help me. I had injured my ankle and he always checked on me to see how I was doing.

Emek was brilliant. Really knowledgeable about the history, architecture and culture of Finland. It was a great introduction to the City and tailored to my interests.

Emek was very knowledgeable and he presented Helsinki from architectural, historical and cultural poin of view. It was a very pleasant walk...

Nice activity. I could roam through the most interesting sites of the city.

A very exciting and well thought out tour with a nice guide! Recommended!