Guided Helsinki Tour with Free Time by Private Vehicle
- Senate Square: The most recognizable part of the city, comprised of four gorgeous buildings designed by neoclassical German architect Carl Ludvig Engel.
- The Rock Church: This amazingly-designed Lutheran church was carved directly into a gigantic slab of granite in the 1960s.
- The Sibelius Monument: This striking abstract sculpture pays tribute to Finland's most famous composer with hundreds of steel pipes welded together.
- Free time: Enjoy Senate Square on your own. Do some shopping downtown, or just marvel at Engel's beautiful Helsinki Cathedral and Government Palace.
- Totally Private: Hey we love group tours. But we know sometimes you want to explore with just your friends and family. Customized to fit your whole crew, up to 6 peeps. Depart and return from the Port of Helsinki. Pass by Olympic Stadium and see a piece of history.
About this Helsinki tour
The Daughter of the Baltic must have been birthed by a family of architects. A thought like this is sure to come to mind as you explore the beautiful buildings that make up Helsinki. Ironically, the mastermind of many of the Finnish buildings you'll see on this tour, Carl Ludvig Engel, was actually German. He began his career in Prussia, only moving to Finland years later in an attempt to find steady work. Engel would go on to become Helsinki's preeminent architect. One glimpse of the Helsinki Cathedral and you'll see why: the church's elegant white exterior provides a magnificent contrast against its light-green domes. Engel's solidly-neoclassical style is easy to identify in his other works, like the National Library of Finland and the Government Palace. Columns and pillars, staples of neoclassicism, are focal points on both buildings. For a stark contrast to Engel's style, observe the Rock Church, built directly into a granite formation. It is now a popular music venue because of its size and acoustics: if you are lucky enough to go inside, you can see for yourself how well the exposed rock walls carry sound. The Sibelius Monument is another ode to Helsinki's unique taste for design. As the winning entry in a monument design contest held after Jean Sibelius died in 1957, traditionalists complained that the sculpture's hundreds of steel pipes put together in a wavelike motion had nothing to do with the acclaimed Finnish composer. Its designer, Eila Hiltunen, begrudgingly added a small bust of Sibelius to appease her critics. Whatever your opinion, it's hard to deny that the monument serves as an important architectural highlight in a city that is chock-full of them.
Helsinki's original wild child Long before Mick Jagger first squeezed into a tight stage outfit, Jean Sibelius was the original European rock star. The Finnish composer was infamous around Helsinki for his hedonistic, booze-filled lifestyle. Sibelius' antics were so well-known that he was once rejected as a tenant by a potential landlord. The reason? The property owner had seen a painting called Symposium, depicting Sibelius and his buddies imbibing heavily.
On a cruise ship? Meet your guide at the Tour Dispatch Area. Please look for the GoBe Representative holding our logo sign with your name. Staying at a hotel? Your guide will meet you in the lobby. Let us know the name of your ship or hotel at checkout.
The Rock Church is sometimes closed for religious events. Please note uneven surfaces at Sibelius Park (cobblestones and paved sidewalks).
Walking is at your own pace and the amount is at each person’s discretion.
Cultural, Scenic, Shopping, Bus Tour
Our transportation varies based on group size.
English, French, Italian, Spanish, German
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
With advance notice travelers using wheelchairs may be accommodated. Vehicle capacity may vary in these instances, so be sure to please email Hello@GoBe.com with the number of wheelchair users and able-bodied travelers.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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