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Helsinki: Sightseeing Canal Cruise with Audio Commentary

1. Helsinki: Sightseeing Canal Cruise with Audio Commentary

Head to the water and experience a canal cruise on your visit to Helsinki. Admire the most beautiful shorelines of the city and see many of its top attractions from the comfort of your boat. You’ll pass by the historic Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, the Helsinki Zoo on Korkeasaari Island, the impressive fleet of icebreakers, and stunning Degerö Canal. On this boat ride you’ll also hear about Helsinki’s fascinating history from commentary that’s provided during the cruise. There will also be information booklets available in 8 other languages. Purchase a refreshing drink, a beer, a glass of sparkling wine, or a cup of coffee, or a pastry in the boat’s cafeteria to enjoy during the cruise.

Helsinki Archipelago: Sightseeing Boat Tour

2. Helsinki Archipelago: Sightseeing Boat Tour

Admire the main attractions of Finland's crown jewel on the Historical Helsinki route. Don't miss a beat as your boat weaves through the waterways of the Helsinki archipelago. Bask in the natural beauty, amazing architecture, and clean air of this Scandinavian gem. Depart from one of Helsinki's most famous sights, Market Square, and head out to sea. See famous Unesco World Heritage Sites such as the Fortress of Suomenlinna, as well as the Finnish ice breakers and Korkeasaari Zoo. Listen as your guide tells you stories about many of the most sought-after areas of the city. Enjoy both natural and man-made phenomena during this maritime experience. Enjoy views of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Helsinki, including Eira, Katajanokka, and Kruununhaka. Listen to historical tales of local lore from your guide about all the various hot spots, before the journey ends where it began, at Market Square.

Helsinki: City Highlights 1.5-Hour Archipelago Cruise

3. Helsinki: City Highlights 1.5-Hour Archipelago Cruise

Get introduced to the urban shorelines of Helsinki on the City Highlights tour. See summer terraces, beach cafés, and beautiful parks during the cruise. Admire both old and new city architecture. Pass by the many residential areas and districts of Helsinki by boat. The route includes popular sights like Suomenlinna, Korkeasaari Zoo and the ice breakers. Along the route, see interesting urban areas like Kaivopuisto park and the classy harbor area of Merisatama. View the city’s diverse architecture like the Jugend buildings of Eira as well as the modern residential districts of Kruunuvuorenranta and Kalasatama. Learn about these sights from recorded commentary via loudspeakers in Finnish, English, German and Swedish. You can buy coffee, ice cream or a Finnish pulla (sweet bun) from the boat café. Enjoy the sea breeze and amazing views on a large sun deck or get cozy inside and admire the views through the boat's big windows.

Helsinki Card: Public Transport, Museums & Tours

4. Helsinki Card: Public Transport, Museums & Tours

Discover Helsinki in an easy and economical way. The Helsinki Card is the key to a unique Helsinki experience for the individual traveler. With the Helsinki Card Region, you will save time, money, and energy. It gives you free entry to the city's main sights, museums, and public transport in zones ABC, including the airport train – along with a wide variety of discounts and bonuses. With the Helsinki Card Region you can choose from 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour validity. All of the following are free with the Helsinki Card: • Entry to the city’s major sights and museums - Amos Rex - Ateneum Art Museum - Design Museum - Ehrensvärd Museum in Suomenlinna (May-Aug) - Exhibition Centre WeeGee - The Finnish Museum of Photography K1 - HAM Helsinki Art Museum - Hotel and Restaurant Museum - Hvitträsk (open only in summer season) - Military Museum's Manege in Suomenlinna - Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma - Museum of Finnish Architecture - The Museum of Technology - Seurasaari Open-Air Museum (open only in summer season) - Sinebrychoff Art Museum - Sports Culture Center TAHTO - Suomenlinna Museum - Submarine Vesikko in Suomenlinna (May-Sep) - Tamminiemi - Theatre Museum - Villa Hakasalmi - Haltia- The Finnish Nature Centre - Kamppi Chapel - Temppeliaukio Church • Travel on public transport within Helsinki - zones ABC, including also the Airport train and public ferry to Suomenlinna • Tours: - Panorama sightseeing tour by bus (October - April) - Guided tour of Suomenlinna - Beautiful Canal Cruise (May - September)  - City Highlight Cruise (May - September) - F24-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour (May - September) - Evening Cruise (free deck seat) • Discounts in restaurants, cruise to Tallinn and other attractions, such as Helsinki Zoo, SkyWheel Helsinki and Flying Cinema

Helsinki: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

5. Helsinki: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Helsinki according to your own interests and schedule with a 24 or 48-hour ticket for the open-air, hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Take a full loop of the route in just 90 minutes to get an orientation of the city, or jump off at any of the stops to explore the attractions that interest you the most. Drive past the Sibelius Monument, and the imposing Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Church). Jump off at the Flea Market or Market Square, and see the buildings built for the 1952 Summer Olympics, including the Olympic Stadium. Your full price ticket entitles you to discounts at participating partners, including cafés, restaurants and shops. Free Wi-Fi is available on-board the bus so you can keep up-to-date with your friends and family back home and make them jealous with social media updates of your experience. In the event of bad weather, the roof of the bus can be swiftly retracted to protect you from the rain. Free rain ponchos are also provided. You can start your tour from any stop along the route. Add on an optional cruise from the Cruise Terminal, and get a different perspective of the city from the water. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stops: 1. Senate Square/ Helsinki City Museum 2. Old Market Hall 3. Olympia Terminal (Silja Line) / Mannerheim Museum 4. Cafe Ursula/ Kaivopuisto Park 5. Compass Square 6. Eira 7. Hernesaari Cruise Terminal LHD (stop in use only on certain cruise ship days) 8. Hernesaari Cruise Terminal LHB & LHC 9. Löyly 10. Flea Market/ Bulevardi/ Sinebrychoff Art Museum 11. Swedish Theatre / Design Museum / Museum of Finnish Architecture 12. Market Square / Sightseeing Cruises 13. Sokos / Kiasma / Helsinki Music Centre / Amos Rex / Central Railway Station 14. Temppeliaukio Church / Ham Helsinki Art Museum / Finnish Museum of Natural History 15. Sibelius Monument 16. Olympic Stadium / Tahto   17. Linnanmaki Amusement Park / Sea Life Helsinki 18. Linnunlaulu / Helsinki City Theatre 19. Hakaniemi Market Square and Market Hall

Helsinki by Bus and Boat 24-Hour Combo Ticket

6. Helsinki by Bus and Boat 24-Hour Combo Ticket

Combine 2 beautiful sightseeing experiences and see the best of Helsinki by land and water. Board a canal boat to journey along the charming waterways of Helsinki and pass sights such as the Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, Helsinki Zoo on Korkeasaari Island and Degerö Canal. Along the way, learn the city's fascinating history from the recorded commentary played over loudspeakers in Finnish, English, Swedish, and German. Written information is also available in Swedish, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Estonian, Japanese and Chinese.  In addition, discover the top sights of Helsinki on land as you board the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and travel past attractions such as the Sibelius Monument and Temppeliaukio Church, known as the "Rock Church" as it is built directly into solid rock. Benefit from 19 stops along the carefully planned route, including Senate Square, the Swedish Theatre and Market Square, the departure point for the Beautiful Canal Cruise and the site of the SkyWheel Helsinki. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours. Listen to the audio commentary (available in 10 different languages) through individual, single-use headsets. Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi to post your adventures on social media as you travel. In the event of bad weather, the roof of the bus can be quickly installed to protect you from the rain.

Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & City Highlights Cruise

7. Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & City Highlights Cruise

This tour is a combination of the Helsinki Hop On-Hop Off Bus tour and Helsinki City Highlights Cruise Start the Hop On-Hop Off bus tour at the Senate Square. Your Hop On-Hop Off ticket is valid 24 hours. Hop on the sightseeing bus and enjoy the tour introducing all the top sights of Helsinki. The Hop On Hop Off bus tour includes 19 stops along the route, such as the Rock Church and Olympic Stadium. You can hop on and off the bus as many times as you like. The tour is guided in 10 different languages through individual headsets. Helsinki City Highlights Cruise starts at the Market Square, by the yellow flags. our introduces you to the urban shorelines of Helsinki and during the tour you will see beach cafés, beautiful parks and popular sights like Suomenlinna and Korkeasaari Zoo. Recorded commentary via loudspeakers in Finnish, English, German and Swedish. Enjoy the refreshments of the boat café during the cruise.

Helsinki: 48-Hour Bus & Boat Combo Tour

8. Helsinki: 48-Hour Bus & Boat Combo Tour

Combine two beautiful sightseeing experiences and enjoy the best of Helsinki on land and at sea. The package includes the Beautiful Canal Cruise and Hop On-Hop Off Bus Sightseeing Tour. On the Beautiful Canal Cruise, you will get to see the most beautiful shorelines in Helsinki and many fabulous sights, including the historic Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, Helsinki Zoo on Korkeasaari Island, the impressive fleet of icebreakers, and, of course, Degerö Canal. Along the way, you will also hear about Helsinki’s fascinating history. To make your cruise enjoyable, always have friendly staff and experienced captains on board. Your ship's cafe will offer beverages and snacks. The Hop On-Hop Off Bus Sightseeing Tour will take you to the top sights of Helsinki, such as the Sibelius monument and Rock Church. The route is carefully chosen with 19 stops along the route. The ticket is valid 48-hours and will entitle you to discounts for top attractions. The tour is guided in 10 different languages through individual, single-used headsets.  To make your ride comfortable, have free Wi-Fi on the buses, fun and friendly staff, and experienced drivers. In bad weather, the bus roof can be installed quickly to protect you from the rain.

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Helsinki is an impressive city. We learned a lot about Finland and Helsinki. The days are unforgettable for us. With the Helsinki Card we didn't have to worry about anything. We had a lot of entrance fees to the attractions included. The panoramic tour in the coach was also impressive! I can only recommend it to anyone visiting Helsinki. Also a visit to the Suomenlinna Fortress.

My stay in Helsinki will remain a marvel from every point of view. The Card has made my travels in the city easier, because it is easy to use, and more convenient to collect from the airport. Being free and the many discounts associated with it allowed me to visit many of Helsinki's must-see places. I took advantage of it! Thank you so much.

The card quickly pays for itself with the many museums and eligible activities and all transport is accessible.

Good - although it rained during our trip still gave a good perspective of the islands and their history

Beautiful discovery of the city and its surroundings