Helsink- Hvittrask-Private-Design and Architecture Tour
Combine a tour of Helsinki with Hvittrask, birthplace and childhood home of legendary US architecht and designer, Eero Saarinen, the man behind many of America's iconic landmarks such as the Gateway Arch in St Louis.
The former home of famous Finnish Architechts Eliel Saarinen (father of Eero Saarinen ) , Lindgren and Gesellius was built in 1902 on a hill overlooking a lake and is an outstanding example of Finnish National Romantic architecture. A short drive from Helsinki, the stunning residence is located on the shores of a lake surrounded by picturesque countryside and magnificent forests. After a tour of this unique residence you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of its delightful grounds.
On our return to Helsinki we will explore the citys architectural heritage with a special emphasis on the works of Saarinen and other great architechts.
NOTE: This Tour runs only from Wednesdays to Sundays. There are NO TOUR departures on Mondays and Tuesdays.
1) Meet at hotel or cruise harbor with guide plus transport and begin tour.
2) Drive to Hvittrask with commentary on route . This is a journey of about 45 minutes.
3) Visit Hvittrask residence and grounds
4) Return drive to Helsinki
5) Tour of Helsinki . We will visit the major landmarks and review the architectural and design legacy of the Saarinen family dotted all around the city.
6) Tour completed. I will accompany you back to your hotel or cruise harbor.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you as follows:
- Hotel guests, meet at the hotel reception.
- Cruise passengers, meet directly at the harbor at disembarking gate.
You can identify me from a sign with your group name.
End location: After tour is over I will escort you back to your hotel or harbour. If you wish to stay on in the city centre, I can give you some ideas on how to best spend the rest of your time in town.
Duration: 6 hours
We will use a comfortable minibus which will be available for the complete duration of the tour.
If your group size exceeds ten persons, or is less than three, please contact me for an individual tour offer.
You will receive my undivided attention as a qualified Guide, Finnish language interpreter and cross cultural adviser.
The services of a driver and transportation are also included for the duration of the tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
7 EUR - You will need 7 EUR per adult / child EUR 2,50 for entry to the Hvittrask museum residence . This is not included as part of my tour fee.
Also reserve around 8 EUR per person for coffee and refreshments if you wish to stop off at the Hvittrask cafe or upon our return to Helsinki optional)
Apart from entry fee to the Hvittrask Museum, Entry to THE ROCK CHURCH (optional visit) is charged at EUR3/person and payable in cash at the door.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sight, I am not allowed to give tours inside the Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress. Only accredited Suomenlinna guides permitted. The island is visible from the mainland by boat where commentary is unrestricted.
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Although specializing in architecture and design, Maria's tour of Helsinki and the Saarinen compound at Hvittrask was so much more than that, including Finnish political, religious, and cultural history. With a driver to keep us moving, we saw and learned more in a limited amount of time than I could have ever imagined. Seeing Hvittrask, the home designed by Eliel Saarinen outside Helsinki for his family with all of the furnishings intact in a beautiful landscape setting was the highlight for me!