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Shore Excursion: Panoramic Helsinki Highlights and Porvoo Old Town

Helsinki, Finland

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  • 7 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Without a car, sightseeing in the Finnish countryside can pose a challenge. This shore excursion from Helsinki takes care of transportation from your cruise port, through picturesque rural areas, and back again, stopping at top sights such as the 1952 Olympic Stadium, the historic town of Porvoo, and the Rock Church along the way.
  • Helsinki sightseeing shore excursion with Porvoo
  • Guide shares insight into historical and cultural sights as you pass
  • Get out of the city and explore the Finnish countryside
  • All transportation with port pickup and drop-off included

What's Included

  • English-speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Rock Church Tickets
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

Departure & Return

This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.

Departure Point

  • Munkkisaari
    Munkkisaari, Helsinki, Finland

  • Port of Helsinki
    Olympiaranta 3, 00140 Helsinki, Finland

Pickup Details

  • Port of Helsinki

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

Please Note

You will meet your guide and driver BEHIND THE PORT GATES holding our SPB-Tours/Baltic Experiences sign. Note that the distance between the ship and the gates varies in different ports in Helsinki: at Hernesaari port about 656 feet = 200 metres at West Harbour about 820 feet = 250 metres at Katajanokka about 328 feet = 100 metres Make sure to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Please be punctual. You can find the start time on Viator's message system. Out of consideration for the others, the guide and driver will wait only 5-10 minutes after the scheduled departure time to begin the tour. The last thing we want is for anyone to miss their tour. If you encounter any problems, please do not hesitate to call our SPB-tours representative in Helsinki, +372 5346 4060. If you cannot find our representative or guide, please call and you will be advised how to reach the meeting point and guide. For your convenience, our Berlin office can be reached on either our USA number or German numbers below: USA NUMBER (+1) 209-498-7065 (Mo-Fri 10am-5pm CEST) (English) GERMAN NUMBER (+49) 030 16636955 (Mo-Fri 10am-5pm CEST) (English)

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Entry to the Rock Church cannot be guaranteed due to occasional religious services and other private events.
  • An inside visit to the Porvoo Cathedral cannot be guaranteed.
  • If the market square is closed due to weather conditions, you will be taken to the Market Hall instead.
  • The order of the tour may vary depending upon where the vessel will dock and local conditions.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Sequence of events may vary depending on traffic or overcrowding.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Easy to navigate on flat shoes, the town has three main roads filled with shops and cafes.
It was rainy all day, but I'll try not to cloud my comments.
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Fantastic tour at great price
Sheri_H, Sep 2021
The guide Irena was articulate and knowledgeable and friendly. Poorvo was quaint and didn't disappoint. Helsinki highlights were very well thought out.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Helsinki Day Tour
Robert_S, Sep 2019
It was rainy all day, but I'll try not to cloud my comments. Our tour tickets said 8:00 am but to absolutely arrive at 7:45 am. The tour guide/bus did not appear until 8:30 and then wanted to argue that we had somehow made the mistake (even when looking at our tickets). The tour of the city was a bit mundane, saved by a visit to the new FANTASTIC Helsinki Public Library - which was a substitute for outdoor sightseeing. It is so much more than a library - anyone going there should include it on your must-see list. Porvoo was about 40 minute highway drive, lots of cobblestones and steep walking for the mobility challenged. It was Sunday and everything was closed. The tour included a soup/salad lunch at a local restaurant and then we returned to Helsinki. Overall, close to a waste of time. The guide was knowledgeable but seemed was suffering from a bit of burnout. Or maybe it was the weather.....
1 traveler found this review helpful
Panoramic Helsinki and Porvoo Shore Excursion
Michele_F, Sep 2019
The old medieval town of Porvoo was enchanting and worth the 40 minute drive. Easy to navigate on flat shoes, the town has three main roads filled with shops and cafes. Irina was an informative guide with a very efficient tour company SPB. We all had headsets and this keeps you engaged in the tour as you can wander as she talks and still hear the guide. I think the Porvoo tour was a bit long with very little free time.It is such a charming town it would have been nice to stroll through the shops. 30 minutes not enough. I know it's not a shopping tour but there was not much to see there except a church. I'm sure the shop keepers would have appreciated this as well. The tour of Helsinki was fine, a little unimpressed but this is an understated,modest and highly efficient nation and not Versaille or St. Petersburg. By the time we got to the market place she gave us 20 minutes to explore on our own. It took five minutes to walk to the indoor market leaving 10 minutes to explore and 5 minutes back. Not enough. The buffet lunch was good with a great deal of choice. The ride back to the ship along the lake shore was beautiful. Lovely green space and beautiful homes and embassies. I recommend this tour to cruisers.
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Eric_M, Aug 2019
Helsinki is a beautiful, calm city with an interesting history, intertwined with both Russia & Scandinavia. We loved seeing the city & hearing the history-our guide was wonderful! She had an interesting perspective, being raised in Ukraine, but spending most of her adult life in Finland. The drive out to Porvoo is beautiful, and the little village is so fun to walk through & do a bit of shopping. Try the chocolate shop there-it is divine!
Great Overview of Helsinki plus Quaint Porvoo
jlovelex, Jul 2019
Our party of 4 truly enjoyed this excursion! Our guide Peter was excellent! He was enthusiastic and passionate about his work.
Outstanding old village. delicious...
lburrell2009, Sep 2018
Outstanding old village. delicious Brunburg chocolates steep hills all coblestone streets


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