Begin your tour by private sightseeing boat and pass through Suomenlinna, a series of small interconnected islands near Helsinki that are popular with area residents because of their museums, parks and gardens. In 1748, a fortress was built on the islands and was dubbed the 'Gibraltar of the North'. As your guide describes Helsinki's unique relationship to the sea, continue past waterfront saunas and old villas in this unique urban archipelago. Also pass by several other points of interest, including the icebreaker fleet docked for the summer season, and Helsinki Zoo. The zoo is one of the most northernmost zoos in the world. Disembark the boat and enjoy a short visit to Kauppatori (Market Square), where you can shop for local handicrafts, perhaps sample luscious Finnish berries or just enjoy the friendly atmosphere. In warm weather, the square is a popular spot with both locals and tourists. Rejoin your sightseeing coach for a leisurely panoramic tour of some of the main highlights the city has to offer. Pass the Presidential Palace and Uspenski Cathedral, make a photo stop in Senate Square, and then continue on to Mannerheim street with the Parliament House, National Museum and Finlandia Hall. The Olympic Stadium and new Opera House will also be seen before arriving at Sibelius Park for a final photo opportunity of the monument of over 600 steel pipes which honor the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
Note: Order of sights may vary. The panoramic tour section does not include any visits to venues. If the Market Square is closed, an alternative shopping venue will be used. Participants must be able to get in and out of a boat. Online price is inclusive of the Pre-book and Save offer.
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Helsinki, Land and Sea. This was a very enjoyable tour on a beautiful day in the beautiful country of Finland. The trip started with a boat trip around the shores of Helsinki seeing all of the unique islands that makeup the city. It then continued with a bus trip through the main shopping and downtown area of the city with a stop at the beautiful Lutheran Church in the middle. There was about 50 minutes of shopping and then we headed back to the ship. Guide gave us a great deal of information throughout the excursion. It was well worth the money.