The Daughter of the Baltic See
The best way to explore Helsinki is on foot. You will have time to look at details and explore the interiors. I am ready to focus upon themes that interest you.
During the walk you will see all the important sights in Helsinki, such as the Market Square, the Senate Square, the Esplanade, the Finlandia Hall, Helsinki Music Centre and the Rock Church.
The tour will start with the Senate Square where you find buildings from the 18th century. Helsinki is the city where west meets east. The city was founded by a Swedish king in 1550 and made capital of Finland by the Russian emperor Alexander I.
Helsinki is today known for its modern architecture, its many parks and a long coast line. You will be able to see how the city grew and changed during the different decades. I will give you hints where to shop and where to eat. You will feel almost like at home after the walk. Helsinki is a human size city and you are close to everything - business, culture and nature.
Please remember comfortable shoes.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will wait for you in the hotel lobby or at the pier holding a placard with your name on.
End location: I will finish the tour at a place that is convenient for you.
Duration: 4 hours
The tour will be only on foot. If customer wants to start the tour from a cruise ship a day pass for the public transportation is needed. The cost of a day pass is 8 euro for an adult and 4 euro for a child.
Indoor visit to the Cathedral of Helsinki unless it is closed due to church functions. A walk through Helsinki Music Hall will give you an option to buy concert tickets if you are staying over night in Helsinki.
The National Library has been renovated and we will visit the most beautiful library in Finland if it is open. It will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 euro - Cash to buy ice-cream or softdrinks
3.20 euro for a tram ticket or 9 euro for a 24 h ticket for the public transportation in Helsinki. The Rock Church has an entry fee of 3 euros per person.
I do not drive and guide at the same time, since I want to concentrate upon my guests and not upon the traffic. I am happy to arrange transportation and licensed driver.
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Christina made our tour very pleasant despite the rain, and the cathedral being unavailable. We talked and talked and mostly about history. She was able to answer all our questions and clear up some of our queries re the relationship of Finland with Russia. She also went out of her way to search for history books on Russia and took us to a secondhand book store which proved fruitful. Thankyou for the shopping experience at Iittala as well!