Architecture and Design Tour in Helsinki. Local Culture, Half Day Excursion


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Shore Excursion, Museums / Culture, Local Experience, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.
The Hvittraesk museum is not wheelchair accessible. The house has several floors, lots of stairs, no lift.

Maximum travelers: 7



English (fluent), Finnish (fluent), Swedish (advanced)

Helsinki Highlights & Architecture City Tour and Architect Saarinen's Home Museum Hvitträsk, Out of Town

We drive around in Helsinki to see the main sights and then to the countryside. First we visit Hvittraesk Museum, built between 1901-1903 by architects Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen. The main building, designed in National Romantic style, built of logs and natural stone, was both a common studio and a home for Eliel Saarinen and Armas Lindgren for some years after it was completed. Located outside Helsinki, 25 min drive through the countryside.
Then we return to Helsinki and see all the highlights, including the Railway Station designed by Saarinen.
Another famous Finnish architect was Alvar Aalto and his studio can also be visited (must be checked in advance).
I also suggest visiting an art gallery, like the historical Tarvaspaa or Ateneum, the Finnish National Gallery. Please note that museums are closed on Mondays.
Time permitting, we pop in the Finnish Design shop, iittala, on the Esplanade.
This excursion can be customized and your guide's hobby is design, art and architecture.


On this tour, you get to see the main highlights of Helsinki, as well as the countryside, and a lake.
Visit Hvittraesk, approx. 90 min altogether. We go in and visit the museum that used to be the home of the Saarinen family. The museum is only open from May to October and not open on Mondays & Tuesdays.
On our way back to Helsinki, we also visit Tarvaspaa, the atelier of artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela.
We will drive around and see all Helsinki Highlights (the Olympic Stadium, the Sibelius Monument, etc. ) Also walking a little on the Open Air Market and/or the Esplanade. Maybe have a look at Finnish Design.
Drive by the Central Railway Station and the National Museum, also some other Art Nouveau buildings.
The historical center of Helsinki is around the Senate Square where the Helsinki Cathedral is located.
Visit the Rock Church, with pre-purchased tickets (included).
Order of the sights may vary.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Pickup from airport is also possible but requires more time.

End location: We take you back to your ship or you can stay in the city center on your own (providing your ship leaves later).

Duration: 5 hours

The museums are closed on Mondays, but for an extra fee, I am able to arrange entrance.
Hvittrask is only open during the summer season.


A nice hired minivan with A/C and always with a chauffeur

What’s Included

The total price includes:
my full attention (authorized guide in Helsinki) for 5 hours
Entrance fee to the Rock church 3 eur/each,
entrance fees for Hvittraesk and Tarvaspaa,
nice car or minivan with A/C & driver for 5 hours

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 EUR - Refreshments or coffee with a snack. The freshly baked buns at Hvittraesk are irresistable.

What’s Extra

Please bring your own water. The cost for bottled water is 2 euros / 0,5 L
Food & drink not included in the price of the tour
Entrance fee 14 eur/each to Ateneum is not included
If you want to visit the Aalto House, that changes both the itinerary and the price


I do not drive when I'm guiding, there is always a minivan or car with a driver (included in the price)

A Recent Review of this tour

My husband, I, and 2 teenage boys had one day in Helsinki. This was a great way to find and see everything we wanted to. Maarit was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We also enjoyed learning a bit about Finnish culture. It was nice to also have a driver so we could just worry about seeing things, not driving.
Jennifer Thayer

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