Local Connections: Helsinki, Porvoo & Exclusive Lunch at Summer Villa

7 hours | Helsinki | H E L - 1 1 5
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Points of Interest

  • Market Square
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Porvoo
Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:

Senate Square
Four stunning examples of neoclassical architecture grace this remarkable square. Designed by Carl Ludvig Engel between 1822 and 1852, these four pillars include the Government Palace, a University of Helsinki building, the National Library and Helsinki Cathedral. The Lutheran cathedral's central dome soars 80 meters above sea level, and this glorious landmark, one of the most famous and photographed buildings in the land, is considered to be the symbol of Helsinki.

Porvoo
Finland's second oldest city, founded in 1346, is steeped in the past. Porvoo's red riverside warehouses were painted in the late 18th century in honor of King Gustav III's arrival, and graceful Porvoo Cathedral took its present form at the end of the 15th century. A guided walk through the city's historic old quarter along a network of cobblestone streets lined with colorful old buildings, curio shops, cafés and museums gives you ample opportunity to experience Porvoo's rich history.

Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church)

Helsinki's most important architectural site is carved straight into a solid bed of rock. The huge oval structure is lit in part by skylights that punctuate the rock walls, and it features a roof formed from a dome lined with copper and supported by concrete beams. Inside the church, rough rock lines the walls with an Ice Age crevice serving as the altarpiece. Benches are hewn from birch, and local granite accents--mauve, red and gray--grace the interior.

What you will see along the way:
As you leave the harbor, pass Embassy Park, Market Square, Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. Stop at the Senate Square then continue past the New Opera House, the Olympic Stadium, Finlandia Hall, the National Museum, the Parliament House and the Contemporary Art Museum. A scenic drive brings you to Porvoo for a walking tour of the second oldest town in Finland, dating back to 1346.

Photo Opportunity:
You'll want to bring your camera to capture all the memorable sights, including the Old Bridge of Porvoo, which offers magnificent views of the town.

Lunch:
Delight in an exclusive chef-created dining experience at an exclusive summer villa in the Porvoo archipelago. Overlooking spectacular seaside vistas, the view of the beautiful Finnish archipelago is the perfect accompaniment to Chef Elina Fodstad's gastronomic creations. Together with her team, this renowned local chef with over 15 years of experience creates a buffet lunch of local delicacies.

Shopping:
In Porvoo, enjoy some time on your own for shopping the quaint specialty shops. The town is noted for its antiques, and you'll enjoy poking through an assortment of household items from times gone by. Porvoo also has a busy market square for colorful souvenirs.

Special Notes:

Order of sites visited might vary. Tour not suitable for guests with walking difficulties. Entry to the Rock Church may be denied due to religious functions.

Shopping more limited on Sundays.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Board your motorcoach and visit Senate Square

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:15
Free time at site:
10
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
150
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Board motorcoach and travel to Porvoo Old Town including walk

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:50
Time at site:
01:20
Free time at site:
45
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
1000
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Reboard your motorcoach and travel to Summer Villa including visit

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
1:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
200
Steps:
8
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Reboard your motorcoach and travel to Rock Church and visit

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
01:30
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
800
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Reboard your motorcoach and return to the ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:25