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Shore Excursion: Helsinki Panoramic Sightseeing Tour

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Helsinki, Finland
Shore Excursion: Helsinki Panoramic Sightseeing Tour

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Once your cruise ship docks in Helsinki's port, get a thorough tour of the Finnish capital during your limited time. During this excursion via air-conditioned coach, tour the city center's most important landmarks, ending up at Central Station for some free time before returning to your ship on time. Opt to stay later in the city center if you like.
  • Sightseeing shore excursion in Helsinki
  • Hit all the landmarks and highlights of Helsinki in a short time
  • Shop and spend free time at Central Station
  • Port pickup and drop-off
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Air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking tour guide
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
  • Munkkisaari , Munkkisaari, Helsinki, Finland
  • Katajanokka , Katajanokka, Helsinki, Finland
  • Munkkisaari , Munkkisaari, Helsinki, Finland
  • Port of Helsinki

    Please arrive 15 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

    This activity will end right where it started.You will meet your guide and driver BEHIND THE PORT GATES holding our orange SPB-Tours sign. Note that the distance between the ship and the gates varies in different ports in Helsinki: at Hernesaari port about 656 feet = 200 metres at West Harbour about 820 feet = 250 metres at Katajanokka about 328 feet = 100 metres Make sure to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Please be punctual. You can find the start time on Viator's message system. Out of consideration for the others, the guide and driver will wait only 5-10 minutes after the scheduled departure time to begin the tour. The last thing we want is for anyone to miss their tour. If you encounter any problems, please do not hesitate to call Irina, our SPB-tours representative in Helsinki, at +358401412376.
    Disembark from your cruise ship to meet your waiting coach, then depart for your sightseeing tour of the city center.

    Settle in to your seat and listen to your guide's commentary as you pass city landmarks such as the Uspenski Cathedral, Senate Square (where you'll disembark for a photo op), and the Lutheran Church. Pass City Hall, Finlandia Hall, and the Parliament House on your journey down Mannerheim Street. Get views of the Opera House and the Olympic Stadium (used in 1952), and make stops at The Rock Church and Sibelius Park. 

    End up at the Central Railway Station, where you can spend about half an hour exploring and shopping on your own. Opt to stay downtown longer or take the bus back to the port for drop-off.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)
    You will begin your tour by heading to the city center, passing the Uspenski Cathedral.
    Stop At:  
    Senate Square
    Photo-stop at the Senate Square, where one can see the elegant Lutheran Church, and the interesting mix of East, West, and simply Finnish influences pervading the city.
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Sibelius Park
    You will stop at Sibelius Park for a unique photo opportunity of the monument of 527 steel pipes honouring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Helsinki City Hall (Kaupungintalo)
    You will drive down Mannerheim Street, the main boulevard of the city, passing the City Hall.
    Pass By:  
    Parliament of Finland
    You will drive down Mannerheim Street, the main boulevard of the city, passing the Parliament House.
    Pass By:  
    Finlandia - Talo
    You will drive down Mannerheim Street, the main boulevard of the city, passing Finlandia Hall, the mordernist convention center designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.
    Pass By:  
    Olympic Stadium (Olympiastadion)
    Continuing on you will see the Olympic Stadium, used for the 1952 Olympic games.
    Pass By:  
    Finnish National Opera (Suomen Kansallisooppera)
    Continuing on, you will pass the Opera House.
    Stop At:  
    Temppeliaukio Church
    Continuing on to the famous Rock Church*, a one-of-a-kind modern-day structure build entirely into bedrock and quarried stone. *Entry to the Rock Church cannot be guaranteed due to occasional Religious services and other private events. The order of the tour may vary.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Helsinki Central Railway Station
    Finally head to Central Station - the heart of Helsinki - where the tour will end, allowing about 30 minutes of shopping. You will have the option to stay in the city for dinner or shopping or to return to the ship.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Important: please provide your ship name and date of sailing when you request to book.
    • Entry to the Rock Church cannot be guaranteed due to occasional religious services and other private events. The order of the tour may vary.
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
    • OPERATED BY SPB-Tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.


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    star-5
    helsinki
    daniel r
    , May 2019
    very good tour. The guide was very knowlegable about the town. She did a good job keeping us together and on schedule seeing as promised.
    star-5
    After spending 2 days on a leash in...
    duniorwy
    , Aug 2017
    After spending 2 days on a leash in St. Petersburg, it was very refreshing to have some freedom on this tour to shop at the Outside Market. The Guide, was fantastic best one on 9 tours. We had booked a 3 hour tour, but were given an upgrade to the 5 hour tour which included a walking tour of the Open Air Museum which was the highlight of the tour. So glad we did the 5 hour tour instead as we would have missed it. Ice cream is a big hit everywhere in Northern Europe and it sure was tasty in Finland. The Rock Church is amazing to see. Loved the 5 hour tour, highly recommend it.
    star-5
    Wonderful! This was the best city...
    hhm456
    , Jun 2017
    Wonderful! This was the best city tour and much less expensive that the excursion offered by the cruise ship. Our tour guide was very informative. We had a small group of about 16 and saw all the major sights.
    star-4
    Our guide was a transplant from...
    bonniehernan
    , Jun 2017
    Our guide was a transplant from Scotland who has lived in Helsinki for 23 years. His prospective was as an outsider who learned the culture. He knew a lot of history. We needed a tour with limited walking and the longest distance we had to walk was about two blocks. For those who wanted more walking, there was a 45 minute stop in the main square with shopping an easy walk. My husband used a walker with 8 wheels. The large wheel size was necessary in areas where we needed to walk over grass or cobblestones.
    star-1
    Not a lot to see and it is not worse...
    Silma P
    , May 2017
    Not a lot to see and it is not worse the amount of money that you pay. I recommend the Hop On Hop Off bus.They are at the pier when you arrive and you do not have to be looking for any guide.
    star-3
    We felt that there was not enough...
    Kathryn_T
    , May 2017
    We felt that there was not enough content in this tour about the history of Helsinki and we passed several buildings and statues along the way but were not given any information about these. We stopped for 5 mins at the Olympic Park where there was a statue of Paavo Nurmi the guide discussd this but it would have been good to get off the bus to take photographs as I could not see it from my seat. The same thing happened at the Square she talked for minutes on the bus it would have been more helpful if she had talked to us outside as we could not see anything as there were several other coaches there.

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