Local Experience, Food and Wine, First Time Visitor
Kid Friendly: Yes. Please let me know if children are under 10 years old so we can consider this when planning a dinner menu.
Maximum travelers: 4
English (fluent), Finnish (fluent), German (conversational), Russian (basic), Swedish (advanced)
This tour combines Helsinki highlights and a traditional Nordic dinner
Welcome to visit historical Helsinki sites and enjoy Nordic cuisine in a traditional Finnish wooden house. On this tour we visit the most interesting 'must see' sites in Helsinki city center. Please see the suggested sites below at the itinerary.
After a 2 hour walking tour I invite you to my home for a traditional Nordic cuisine dinner. I and my wife prepare a delicious three course meal from classic Finnish ingredients. My home is in a traditional 1930's wooden house in a very beautiful district. You can enjoy a glass of wine or beer by a cozy fireplace while you wait a 4-star meal is prepared for you.
Starter and dessert are based on local specialties (like wild mushrooms, fish, and berries) and a main course is always fresh local fish (by request vegetarian option possible). If you wish you can also get hands on with cooking and learn some secrets of traditional Nordic cuisine. Over the meal we have a good time and you can learn about Finnish lifestyle, people, and history.
Main highlights in the historical city center
- Historical Senate Square
- Helsinki Cathedral
- Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral
- Main Market Square Kauppatori
- Presidential Palace
- Old Market Hall
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I come to pick you up from your hotel, accommodation, or cruise ship terminal in Helsinki area.
End location: After the dinner a tour ends at my home. You can catch a taxi or public transportation to your accommodation. Taxi to Helsinki city center takes 15 minutes and costs 30 euro.
Duration: 5 hours
2 hours for a city highlights tour and 3 hours for a dinner at my home.
My Saab 9-3 Station Wagon. The car is a spacious family car and comfortable for 3 adult passengers. (maximum is 4 passengers).
It is possible to book this tour also for 4 persons if 3 persons feel comfortable to travel on a car's back seat. Drive times are short - about 15 minutes long.
My services as your personal tour guide, driver and dinner host.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 Euro - For a taxi trip from my home back to your accommodation. Taxis accept also credit cards.
Please note that transfer back to a hotel is not included to a tour. You can catch a taxi or public transportation.