Excursion Details

Finnish Cuisine, Temppeliaukio Church & Senate Square

HEL-330 | Helsinki, Finland | See Special Notes

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Tour at a Glance

You will visit:
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church) Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral Senate Square / Cathedral
You will see:
  • Market Square Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland

Moderate Includes snack

Excursion Length:
Approx. 4.5 hours

Max. Group Size: 44

Tour Overview

Departing your ship, you'll board your motorcoach as your begin your narrated tour, traveling along the shoreline for views of Suomenlinna Fortress, the "Gibraltar of the North" and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and past the Esplanade, Helsinki's famous design street. You'll pass by the Market Place and the Presidential Palace before continuing on Mannerheim Street - the city's longest avenue - passing the Olympic Stadium, Opera House, Finlandia Hall, National Museum, Parliament and Kiasma - the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Your first stop is at Senate Square. This is center for arts, culture, religion, politics and education. Four main buildings make up the Square and were designed by famed architect Carl Ludvig Engel in the early 19th Century: Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, the main building of the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland. Helsinki Cathedral is arguably Finland's most famous and photographed building; it celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2002.

From there, you'll travel to "Tar Island," so named because there used to be warehouses for tar on the island. Today, it is a very nice park island, and in the middle of it all is Savu Restaurant. Savu literally means "smoke." You'll arrive there and meet the chef of this acclaimed restaurant who will tell you about the dishes and their preparation. Then it's time to taste some of his Finnish specialties from his seasonal tasting menu. A selection of Finnish-style desserts, coffee and tea are also included.

Your final stop is at the spectacular Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Church in the Rock. The underground Rock Church is built inside of a massive block of natural granite in the middle of an ordinary residential square. Natural light pours in from the church's glazed dome and the rough stoned interiors amplify sound, making it an excellent and unique concert venue.

Your adventure concludes with the short ride back to your ship, as you reflect on all that gives Helsinki its unique flavor.

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Depart from ship for a panoramic city drive to a photo stop for Senate Square

Details:
Travel time: 01:00 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):40
Time at site:00:20 Inside Visit :No
Walking distance (yards):150
Wheelchair accessible?:Yes Handicap Notes

Cobblestones

Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:No
Currency accepted:EUR Credit cards accepted: Yes
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Sample Finnish cuisine at Savu Restaurant on Tar Island

Details:
Travel time: 00:20 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):40
Time at site:01:30 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):100
Total number of steps:3 Notes

Toilets upstairs

Wheelchair accessible?:No Notes

Gravel

Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:No
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Photo stop for Temppeliaukio Rock Church

Details:
Travel time: 00:40 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach & Walking
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):40
Time at site:00:15 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):950
Wheelchair accessible?:Yes Handicap
Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:No
Currency accepted:EUR Credit cards accepted: Yes
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Details:
Travel time: 00:25 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):40
Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Shopping available?:No
Air conditioned?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:No

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

In the event of religious services and functions, Temppeliaukio Rock Church will be closed to tour groups.

Tour will only operate for Grand Class ships.

This tour is not available on all voyages.

Tour order may vary.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

For information on walking distances and/or the number of steps at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Wheelchair Accessibility:

For information on wheelchair accessibility, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Camera/Video Restrictions:

For information on camera/video restrictions at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

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