See the most important sights in the vicinity of Helsinki
We start by visiting Helsinki and seeing it's most important sights: Senate Square, Railway station by Eliel Saarinen, the Esplanades that is the heart of Helsinki as well as the market Square and the covered market. We see the Finnish parliament, Sibelius monument and Rock Church famous the unique architecture ( entrance fee 3 €/person ).
We continue towards Porvoo the second oldest town in Finland. A small town with cobblestone streets. Charming shops selling Finnish handicraft. Chocolate factory shop, tasting :-).
We continue on a small country road towards Sipoo and stop by a a medieval church in front of which we find the soldier graves of Finnish soldiers defending the Finnish country from an invasion from the east during II WW. We look inside the church if it is open.
Towards Sibelius museum in Järvenpää which can be visited. Entrance fee 10 € adults.
We pass by an area where 100 years ago many well know Finnish artists used to live. Then we return to Helsinki.
Somewhere during the day lunch :-)
We start in Helsinki and drive to Porvoo. The drive takes about 45 minutes. Later we pass by countryside area and after Hintahaara small community we come to Sipoo.
After the visit to the medieval church and the soldier graves we continue to Järvenpää and the Sibelius museum. Then Tuusula and its lake and the Finnish artist's area.
Then an other 45 minutes and we are in Helsinki.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I meet you in the harbour where you ship is or if you stay in a hotel I meet you in the lobby.
End location: I will take you back to the place where we started our tour or an other location if you so wish.
Duration: 8 hours
A clean air conditioned car registered for 5 adults, 2 years old
Transport with a air con car. Cars are European cars which might be smaller than the cars you are used with. Specially if you are from North America. So tell me if you want some more comfort and I see what can be done. My car is registered for 5 passengers.
Naturally me as your driver and guide for the day. If you are more than 4 people I can arrange a minibus with a driver. Price will be naturally different.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
35 Euro - For a lunch and a coffee stop 22 euros should be enough. If you prefer wine or beer with your meal you need more money. Safe water is usually included in restaurants. For shopping it can be any amount. I will have complimentary bottled water for all to start with. Some loose cash can be good to have.
Meals and snacks during the tour and also any entrance fees like at the Sibelius museum and Rock Church. Shopping.
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Ralf was very informative and we really enjoyed our tour. Considering that I cut his planned tour short because the ship was only in Helsinki for a short time, Ralf adjusted his schedule nicely.