Helsinki Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day City and Suomenlinna Sea Fortress Tour


Meet your personal guide at the cruise port for a trip into historic Helsinki, and spot some of the city’s most important sites as you trace an all-star route through the center. See the Presidential Palace, City Hall and Parliament building, then continue to the Modernist Finlandia Hall and the elegant Finnish National Opera. Enjoy the flexibility of a private tour so you can experience each stop at your own pace, with plenty of time to ask questions and hear about local history. Discover the city’s best people watching at Senate Square then learn about Finland’s greatest composer at the Sibelius Monument; with enough time, make a stop at Temppeliaukio Church, a breathtaking Lutheran house of worship that was quarried directly into bedrock. Leave the city behind for the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a stunning fortification that sprawls across a series of six small islands. Find out how three successive states—the Kingdom of Sweden, the Russian Empire and the Republic of Finland—used the site to defend their territory. Explore some of the fortress’ 200 buildings and 3.7 miles (6km) of stone walls, and get sweeping views of the sea from the sheer ramparts. Finish the tour with return transfer to your cruise port.

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4 hours
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Why take this tour?

Get to know Helsinki, the vibrant capital of Finland, on a private 4-hour shore excursion that includes pickup from the cruise port. Take a city tour to see top sights, and visit historic Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. During the city tour, you'll pass by landmarks such as the Presidential Palace, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, and the Opera House.

What’s included?

  • Professional guide

  • Transport by private vehicle during the city tour

  • Port pickup and drop-off

  • Gratuities

  • Food and drinks

  • Entry/Admission - Temppeliaukio Church

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Before you book

  • Duration: 4h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Stromma - Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

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About operator:

Welcome to Hop On Hop Off Helsinki - a bus sightseeing tour around the city where you hop on and off as much as you like. The tour takes you to the top sights of Helsinki - we have 18 carefully chosen stops along the route. The ticket is valid 24 or 48 hours and entitles you to get a discount on top attractions. The tour is guided in 10 different languages through individual, single-used headsets. To make your ride comfortable, we have free Wi-Fi on the buses, fun & friendly staff and experienced drivers. In bad weather, our buses' roof can be installed quickly to protect you from rain. Departures daily from the Senate Square in May-Sep.

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