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Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

1. Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

See the Helsinki tourist attractions that interest you most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour with this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the stops on the itinerary over a 24-hour or 48-hour period. You could choose to admire the unique rock architecture of the Temppeliaukio Church, visit the Parliament House, admire the neoclassical architecture in Senate Square or search for a bargain in Market Square. Enjoy an onboard audio commentary available in 10 languages and avail of excellent views from the top deck of your double-decker bus. Don't worry if the weather isn't great as the bottom deck is completely protected from the elements.

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

2. 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: Tip-Based City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

3. Helsinki: Tip-Based City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Learn about Finnish culture and the lifestyle of locals on this tip-based walking tour in Helsinki. Find out about Finnish saunas and see if Finland is really the happiest country in the world. Hear about the country's facinating past and see what life is like for locals today. Meet your guide in the Senate Square next to the statue of Alexander II. Listen as your guide shares with you how the history of the city began in this square. Begin your walking adventure by seeing the Helsinki Cathedral. Admire its neoclassical-style, and distinctive green dome. Head to the University of Helsinki to uncover what makes the Finnish education system so unique. Venture to the City Museum (in the winter). Learn what to eat and buy while in Finland at the Market Square. Take in stunning sea views at a sauna viewpoint. See the Espa Stage in Esplanadi Park. Snap photos outside Fazer, the first cafe bar in Helsinki. Soak up the atmosphere as you admire the unique buildings that line Aleksi Street. Stop outside the massive Central Train Station and end your tour at the Helsinki Central Library, the best library in the country. Finish your tour by getting some recommendations on the best saunas to visit during your time in the city.

Helsinki by Bus and Boat 24-Hour Combo Ticket

4. 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: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

5. Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

Get to know central Helsinki like a local on a small-group walking tour with a city planner. Take in the sights, culture, and history with your expert city planner guide who knows the city inside out. Ask any questions you like.  Find out tidbits of Helsinki’s past, from the plague in the middle ages to Lenin’s stay in the early 1900s. As you tour Helsinki city center, find out why a statue of a Russian Tsar is standing in the middle of the town, why Helsinkians picnic at an old burial site, and why an orthodox cathedral exists in the city.  Visit many of Helsinki’s most important landmarks, with a typical itinerary (weather, holidays, and events permitting) including: Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, National Library of Finland, Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, Allas Sea Pool, Esplanadi Park, Kappeli, Old Church Park, the Central Railway Station, Oodi, Lasipalatsi, Kamppi Chapel, and Amos Rex.

Helsinki: Historical Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Helsinki: Historical Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour

Terve! Welcome to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. On this walking tour, I’ll show you around the city while I share its historical ties to Sweden and Russia and fill you in on Finnish culture. Our walk begins in the shadows of Helsinki Cathedral in Senate square, the city’s political, religious, scientific, and commercial center. From there, I’ll point out some of the city’s main sites, and a few lesser-known ones too, like the Helsinki City Museum, one of the city’s oldest buildings. It’s home to approximately 1.5 million artifacts. I’ll also share a few amazing stories like how a salt warehouse was transformed into the Presidential Palace and how the Uspenski Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in Western Europe, was built. You’ll have the opportunity to stroll through Market Square, just like locals do, and hear the story of the Empress’ Stone. You’ll see Helsinki’s old market hall, and I’ll tell you how the First World War and the Finnish Civil War affected it. While you stroll through Esplanade Park, I’ll fill you in on the festival of Vappu and the story of Havis Amanda, the bronze statue that caused a splash when it was first revealed. Along the way, you can look forward to: • Decoding the symbolism hidden in the Alexander II sculpture • Taking in the impressive Allas Sea Pool and SkyWheel • Walking through the most famous park in Finland, Esplanade Park, which is also the green heart of Helsinki • Discovering the “Kappeli” restaurant, a local favorite among poets, writers, and artists in the 1900s • Finding out about Johan Ludvig Runeberg, a famous Finnish author, poet, and priest with Swedish roots • Hearing stories about the Swedish theatre, Svenska Teatern, and finding out about its current status • Passing by Stockmann, the oldest department store in Finland • Strolling down Alexander Street, one of the main shopping streets for locals This 90-minute tour is perfect for anyone who wants a taste of Finnish history while enjoying a glorious stroll in the heart of Helsinki!

Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

7. Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Explore the historic monuments of Helsinki with a local guide, and visit sights such as Olympic Stadium from the 1952 Summer Olympics. See the monument to the composer Jean Sibelius and explore the promenade of Esplanade Park. Go to Old Market Hall, and admire the largest orthodox church in western Europe at the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Then, catch the ferry to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Suomenlinna sea fortress. Upon arrival, walk to visit the barracks and the Great Courtyard, where the memorial tomb of Augustin Ehrensvärd was designed by King Gustav III of Sweden.

Helsinki: Tram Tour

8. Helsinki: Tram Tour

Enjoy a tour of Helsinki on its famous trams with an expert guide. Discover lesser-known parts of the city like a local as you use its extensive public tram system, which has been in operation since 1891. Explore various neighborhoods of Helsinki including Kruununhaka, Eira, Punavuori, Ullanlinna, and Kamppi. Enjoy a relaxed tour and discover points of interest that you may not find in standard tour itineraries. Visit the charming urban park of Kaivopuisto, see the Senate Square, and discover the beautiful architecture of Huvilakatu. Uncover beaches, trendy cafes, flea markets, great viewpoints, and other hidden gems. Keep your day ticket for public transportation which is valid for 24 hours so you can explore even more of the city.

Helsinki: Self-Guided City Highlights Audio Tour

9. Helsinki: Self-Guided City Highlights Audio Tour

Immerse yourself in the charming and fascinating city of Helsinki which is a centre for maritime life. On this audio tour, learn of its history through visiting beautiful old buildings and hear of famous local composers who were crucial in the development of this Scandinavian city. Enjoy beautiful sights in Esplanade Park, marvel at the huge ferries coming and going in its harbour and visit the iconic Senate Square. Try something new in the country’s unique food market and learn about its daring swimming traditions. You will also see the Helsinki Information Centre, the Senate Square, Kaisaniemi Park, the Ateneum Art Museum with the Finnish National Gallery, the Helsinki Music Centre, the Parliament House, and the Design Museum. Your tour. Your way.

CITY Tour with Food Tasting in Helsinki

10. CITY Tour with Food Tasting in Helsinki

Discover Helsinki's enchanting history on a tour of its iconic locations, from the majestic Senate Square to the bustling Old Market Hall. Immerse yourself in fascinating tales of the city's past and present, indulge in traditional Finnish cuisine, and experience the unique cultural influences that make Helsinki so captivating. Join us on this unforgettable journey through the heart of Helsinki and get insider tips on the best food spots from a certified guide. Famous Finish Blue chocolate will make the sweet end of the journey! Due to icy and snowy conditions during December-February, we advise against this tour for individuals in wheelchairs or parents with strollers. DISCOUNT Price varies by group size. We offer a discount if you book the tour for a group of 4 or more people. PRIVATE TOUR Feel free to ask for any day and starting time between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm ALLERGIES/DIET Just let us know in advance and we will substitute, when necessary. GRATUITY Tips are not included but are always appreciated.

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That was not only one of the best tip-based tours, but THE best tip-based tours. Matti seems to absolutely love his job and engaging with the people of his tour. It was a perfect mix of information, keeping everyone engaged and interested and offering a variety of facts. Would absolutely recommend it.

Excellent walking tour, very knowledgeable tour guide, friendly, interesting, funny and gave us information on other things to do and places to see whilst staying in Helsinki Highly recommended

Tour was awesome. Lara was a fabulous guide, ensured we had an awesome experience and was very understanding and patient with our big party. Excellent and highly recommended.

Lovely and knowledgeable guide. Explained the history of the city and the traditional food we were tasting. Would definitely recommend!

extremely good and more informational. must do for first time visitors