Helsinki Highlights City Tour and Porvoo Old Town, Half Day Shore Excursion


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Shore Excursion, First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town, City


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.
There are cobbled streets and steep hills in Porvoo.

Maximum travelers: 8



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

Sightseeing Tour including Helsinki main attractions and visit Old Town Porvoo, driving countryside

We first go to Porvoo and take a walk in the Old Town. The charming Old Town of Porvoo is unique. The mosaic-like town plan with its maze of streets and irregularly shaped plots dates back to the Middle Ages. Many of the boutiques and services are located on the Old Town Hall Square and around the church, but it's also worth looking a bit further the sidestreets and lanes.
The drive through beautiful countryside will be approx. 45 min one way, and then we return to Helsinki to look at the highlights, including the Rock Church, Sibelius monument and the Senate Square plus also the Open Air Market by the waterfront.
On this tour you get to see the countryside, visit medieval Old Town Porvoo, with shopping or lunch (on your own) AND all the main sights of Helsinki.
If your group size is over six persons I can rent a suitably sized minibus with driver and customize you a tour. Please ask me for a quotation.
This is a private tour for your party or family.


City tour in Helsinki, drive through countryside, visit Porvoo Old Town.
First we do a little walking tour in the medieval old town of Porvoo. Pictoresque, colourful, idyllic. Wonderful shopping opportunities, arts and crafts, artisans' boutiques, souvenirs and last but not least, local candy shop Brunbergs with delicious liquorice, chocolate and toffee.
We shall take in all the main sights and visit all the locations that interest you.
Drive back to Helsinki.
Enjoy the colourful Open Air Market, see Helsinki Cathedral and Senate Square, visit the Rock Church (Temppeliaukion kirkko) and walk through the Sibelius Park to see the monument of our national composer.
Please note that the churches restrict visitors during mass and other church services.
On my tour you get to see the best of Helsinki, past and present, combined with the historical Porvoo.
Order of the sights may vary.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: If you are on a cruise, please come out thru the gate. I'll be outside with a sign of your name.
If you are staying in a hotel, I'll meet you at the lobby. Or any other location, to be agreed.

End location: By the pier, in good time before the ship leaves.
Or at the city center, wherever you would like.

Duration: 6 hours

Duration of the tour can be adjusted according to your timetable. Suggestions between 5 hrs and 7 hrs. This may affect the price.


Chartered minivan or town car with A/C and driver.

What’s Included

Guide Maarit speaks fluent English, you have my undivided attention for 6 hours. Transportation included, nice car or minivan with A/C, also driver.
Entrance tickets 3 eur each included.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 EUR - Most shops and cafeterias also accept credit cards (VISA, Mastercard)

What’s Extra

You might like to stop for lunch or a coffee and a Porvoo Cake. I know just the right place!
Please bring your own bottles of water.
Water bottle 2 euros
Toilet fee 1 euro


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

What a wonderful tour with Maarit! She was very knowledgeable on the history of Helsinki and enjoyable to be around. We loved lunch at a favorite place of hers and the market in Helsinki where we took the time to sit and have coffee. I would highly recommend this tour with Maarit.
Joe Henderson

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