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Small-Group Half-Day Tour of Porvoo Old Town from Helsinki

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Overview

Get a comprehensive overview of historic Porvoo during this 4-hour tour from Helsinki. Explore the town, a bustling shipping port during the 14th century, home to colorful wooden houses along the waterways. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Helsinki included.
  • 4-hour sightseeing tour to Porvoo
  • Learn about the history of this 14th-century shipping port
  • Small group ensures a personalized experience
  • Taste the famous local chocolate
  • Pickup and drop-off at Helsinki accommodations
Begin your half-day exploration of Porvoo with hassle-free pickup at your hotel in Helsinki. In a comfortable tour vehicle, travel about 45 minutes to Porvoo, where you'll meet your guide for the waking tour. 

Stroll along the waterways to see the brightly colored historic wooden homes. Many of these buildings are under protected status, and some are still inhabited by descendants of the families that founded the town in the 14th century. 

Visit the Porvoo Cathedral and peruse some of the town's charming boutiques and eateries. Step inside the local chocolate shop to taste a piece or two of the famous local Porvoo chocolate. Your guide is happy to provide some other suggestions on what to see and do in your free time.

At the end of your 4-hour tour, return to Helsinki for drop-off at your accommodations.

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A quiet time in Old Porvoo
John-golfer99
, Jul 2019
Our group was nine strong, so no trouble hearing and talking to our (German) guide. The bus was comfortable. However, Old Porvoo is so small, and there is so little to see, that our guided tour lasted less than an hour, and the rest was "free time". The town doesn't really justify a separate trip - it would be good as a brief stop en route to or from somewhere else!
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Ken G
ken G
, Oct 2018
Outstanding guide. We had plenty of free time and good balance of guided tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spent time on history and fun facts
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Good half day tour from Helsinki...
Rodney T
, Jul 2017
Good half day tour from Helsinki. Pickup and return were seamless. Our guide was really good and give us an overview of the history of Finland as well as Porvoo. An interesting old town with many buildings now converted to shops and cafe's. The Church was a particular highlight. You have about two and a half hours in the town - including about an hour on the guided tour - which was just about right for us. the Chrich was particiularly intersting
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Our tour guide was professional...
David H
, Jul 2017
Our tour guide was professional, very courteous with very detailed information about Porvoo. We enjoyed our time at Porvoo with her during the walking tour. The logistics of this trip is you are transferred by vehicle from Helsinki to Porvoo, where you meet your tour guide. Tour length a bit misleading, as it includes the transfer to/from Helsinki, which is ok, with only about 90 minutes at most at Porvoo, so no time for shopping, eating or quick recap of the highlights of the tour. But, as a snapshot of the town it is ok.
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This tour was wonderful, just the...
Wayne
, Jul 2017
This tour was wonderful, just the right pace, great beauty and history and never felt crowded or rushed. This tour was done through the local company of Carisa Travel Group Oy, and our contact was Özgur. He was amazing. There was an issue with the car that was going to pick us up, so he quickly arranged a private car the entire time checking in with us by phone to keep us posted we never had to wonder for one second what the plan was. The private van through Kajon Taksi arrived when Özgur said it would, and the driver came into the hotel to get us. He is Ari and an absolute delight, amazing conversationalist, and extremely helpful. Because of the slight glitch with the first car, even though immediately remedied, Carisa Travel Group, through Özgur made sure we had our own private guide waiting for us in Porvoo. She is Ritva Karmi, and absolutely the most informative, sweetest, and caring guide you could ask for. She made sure of what we wanted to do, totally respectful of our needs, and so passionate about this beautiful town where she lives. Thank you all, Viator for choosing the best local companies, Özgur from Carisa Travel Group for being incredibly communicative and accommodating, Ari for making the drive to and from Porvoo awesome and Ritva for her passion about this beautiful place.
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a long trip for a samll, old town...
Larry G
, Jun 2017
a long trip for a samll, old town. Not really worth the time going to and from. But at least we have done it and now we move on.
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Cute little day trip out of Helsinki...
Adrian R
, May 2017
Cute little day trip out of Helsinki, but not a lot to see in Porvoo

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