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City Tour Helsinki
Helsinki by sea
Culture & Art
Seurasaari Museum

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    City Tour of Helsinki
     Sunday 4 July, 10-12 a.m.
     Monday 5 July, 3- 5 p.m.
     Wednesday 7 July, 5-7 p.m.

The best and most enjoyable way of getting to know Helsinki in a short time is by taking this sightseeing tour by bus. The tour will give the participants an overall impression of the centre of Helsinki. The City tour includes all the highlights of Helsinki, during which we will visit Market Square right in the heart of Helsinki and one of the most popular sights, the Temppeliaukio Rock Church, which is carved out of a solid rock. Nearby lies the Sibelius' monument, an obscure steel sculpture commemorating the great Finnish composer jean Sibelius.

PRICE : 150 FIM   DURATION : 2 hours

    Helsinki by Sea and Suomenlinna Island Fortress
     Sunday 4 July, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
     Wednesday 7 July, 5-8 p.m.

Helsinki is surrounded by a string of islands and this excursion will take you by boat to the Island Fortress of Suomenlinna, built on the rocky islands in front of the city. During the boat trip you can admire Helsinki from the sea and enjoy a glimpse of Finnish tradition of sailing.
Suomenlinn Island is a cultural treasure that combines colourful history, beautiful nature and living cityscape. The fortress was built in the 18th century and has witnessed a great deal of Finnish history. In 1991, UNESCO included Suomenlinna in its List of World Heritage sites as a unique monument to military architecture. The parks on Suomenlinna are famous for their beauty and your guide will relate the history surrounding the memorable buildings as you pass by them.
After a guided tour around the Island a light meal will be served at the Island restaurant.

PRICE : 450 FIM   DURATION : 3 hours
Light meal is included.

    To Jean Sibelius' home and artist museum
     Sunday 4 July, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

A coach trip from Helsinki through the Finnish countryside to Järvenpää and Ainola, the home of the great composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). This unique building was designed in the national- romantic style by architect Lars Sonck in 1904.
After leaving Ainola, the tour continues with a visit to Halosenniemi, the forme home and studio of Pekka Halonen (1865-1933), one of Finland's foremost landscape artists. The red-pinewood villa is situated on the longest cape of lake Tuusula and it dates back to 1902. The artist's most important and inspring works are displayed here.
After visiting this atelier home lunch will be served at Krapihovi, a restaurant located in the main building of a farm.

PRICE : 400 FIM   DURATION : 5 hours
Lunch is included.

    Seurasaari Open-Air Museum
     Wednesday 7 July, 5-8 p.m.
     Thursday 8 July, 12.30-3.30 p.m.

The area of Seurasaari is set in a lovely forested island park. The Open-Air museum has a very special collection of old Finnish buildings and whole vollages set in a natural environment. It has a total of over one hundred old buildings collected from different provinces of Finland and all are in a remarkable condition.
A visitor can take a step back in time and experience the history of these buildings and the lifestyles of the people who used to live in these villages.The oldest building on the island is a 1686 wooden church. This museum is a real folklorist treasure since a visitor can experience the way of life in the Finnish countryside from the 18th to the 20th century.
After a guided tour, coffee will be served in an idyllic cafetaria.

PRICE : 200 FIM   DURATION : 3 hours
Coffee is included.

      Thursday 8 July, 12.30-3.30 p.m.

An afternoon drive west of Helsinki through suburbs and rural landscape to Hvitträsk. Built in 1902, Hvitträsk is the former studio-home of three leading Finnish architects from the beginning of this century; Eliel Saarinen, Herman Gesellius and Armas Lingren. The house, built of natural stone and logs, lies on top of a rocky hill overlooking a beautiful crystal clear lake. Nowadays Hvitträsk is a museum and a living art centre with exhibitions. After visiting this fascinating building, coffee is served at the rustic Hvitträsk restaurant.

PRICE : 250 FIM   DURATION : 3 hours
Afternoon coffee is included.

     Thursday 8 July, 12.30-4.30 p.m.

Porvoo is the second oldest town in Finland and is situated by the river of Porvoo. It was an important trading centre as early as the Middle ages and the town plan is still the same as at those times with the low small houses from the 16th century, picturesque yards and narrow streets which are absolutely charming. The symbols of Porvoo, the red warehouses on the riverbanks, tell the story of seafaring and trading to visitors.
Following the guided tour and a visit to the old cathedral, we'll give you time to explore the small handicraft shops of Old Porvoo and do some souvenir shopping.
Before returning to Helsinki lunch will be served at the 18th century style restaurant.

PRICE : 30 FIM   DURATION : 4 hours
Lunch is included.