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Helsinki, Finland-port

The capital of Finland, Helsinki is also the cultural, commercial and political center of Finland. Helsinki is an easily-navigated city and an architectural delight. Helsinki is laid out with spacious streets interspersed with many gardens and parks. Wide streets and nearby islands add to Helsinki’s visual appeal. Beautiful neo classical buildings surround town squares and the cathedral is probably the most recognized of all Helsinki landmarks.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Art and Architecture Highlights
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Beautiful Haikko Manor, Nordic Walk & Sauna
    Regent Choice
  • Chef Market Tour & Nordic Cooking Class
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceGourmet ExplorerMeal
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Helsinki By Sea and Fortress Island
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Highlights of Helsinki
    Minimal Activity Required
  • Picturesque Porvoo
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Private Tour - Highlights of Helsinki
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Scenic Helsinki Harbor Cruise
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Walking Tour of Helsinki
    Light Activity /Walking

Art and Architecture Highlights

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 1/2 hours

Tour Code: HEL-002

Helsinki is an architectural delight, where many fine and impressive buildings, designed by eminent Finnish architects, wide streets and graceful squares. With an open and spacious feel, the city is in complete harmony with the surrounding countryside. This tour provides an introduction to Finland's charming rural landscapes as you visit Hvittrask, once home to three of Finland's leading architects whose work can also be admired during a panoramic tour of the city.

From the pier depart along the coastal road passing the city center towards Hvitträsk. In the heart of the surrounding countryside, amidst a magnificent backdrop of deep forests, majestic rocks and crystal clear waters, you visit Hvittrask. The former home of famous Finnish architects Eliel Saarinen, Armas Lindgren and Herman Gesellius, built in 1902 of natural stone and logs on a hill overlooking a lake, it is an outstanding example of Finnish residential architecture. Hvitträsk is also the birthplace of Eliel's son Eero Saarinen, his best-known architectural works are the Arch of St. Louise, the TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport as well as the Dulles Airport in Washington, and of course the plastic tulip armchair.

After a tour of Saarinen's magnificent home, now an exhibition center for Finnish art and handicrafts, you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of its delightful grounds. Your tour then continues to Tarvaspaa, the former home and studio of Finland's national painter, Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Located in a charming park at the edge of the sea, the house was built around 1912 and designed by the artist himself. Gallen-Kallela's works and the story of his colorful life are on display here, together with exhibits by other famous artists depicting the Finnish way of life. After complimentary refreshments, you return for a panoramic tour of the capital with its unique charm and elegance created by Finland's most celebrated architects.

Please note: This tour involves moderate walking, at both Hvittrask and Tarvaspaa, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.