Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
An excellent way to get acquainted with any historic city is on foot. With lightweight audio players and a detailed map, this program offers an easy walking tour of the historic sights of Helsinki. Carry a lightweight stereo i-Pod as you explore Helsinki's historic sights with a customized map to find each location and then go to the indicated number on the player for a detailed description of the site and its history. There are more than 20 points of interest programmed into the player, so your exploration of Helsinki is limited only by your personal wishes.
After a short walk from your ship, you will change into appropriate clothes, which are provided for you, for a fast boat ride in the Finnish Archipelago. You begin your adventure heading towards the center of the city, past Embassy Park, Suomenlinna Island Fortress and the Open Air Market. After passing the giant Icebreakers, you will head towards the narrow straight Kustaanmiekka and then hit full throttle. Experience the scenic Finnish Archipelago at speeds up to 40 knots. After getting a taste of the speed on water, you land at one of the islands that form the Finnish Archipelago. Enjoy some refreshments, Finnish style. Fry sausages and have a taste of Finnish summer food.
OVERVIEW: This tour takes you to see the highlights of Helsinki.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit Senate Square and see the Lutheran Cathedral. Drive past Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, the National Museum, Finlandia Hall, the Contemporary Art Museum, and the Opera House. Enjoy photo stops at the Olympic Stadium and the Sibelius Monument and visit the unique Temppeliaukio Rock Church.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 900 yards over even surfaces and some level gravel with 2 - 3 steps. Temppeliaukio Rock Church may be closed during religious functions.
Please contact the Shore Excursion Department at firstname.lastname@example.org to review full details on this tour. Tour must be booked in advance of the cruise in order to secure equipment and departure time.
This tour includes visiting a family home in the Finnish countryside along with some of the main important highlights of Helsinki. Head out of Helsinki and travel to the farming community of Sipoo, where you will have a short introduction to the oldest Church in the Community, St. Sigfrid´s. From here you continue to a close-by private family home and farm, where the members of the family will welcome you upon arrival. Enjoy your time here as your gracious hosts tell you about life in the countryside. You will be served coffee or tea along with a typical Finnish pastry. Pass the colorful Open air market, the Presidential Palace, Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral.
Your tour begins with a drive to Porvoo along the picturesque coastal road. Porvoo is an old town situated at the mouth of the River Porvoo. It was an important trading center as early as the Middle ages. Today Porvoo is a small town with a population of 20,000. Upon arrival in Porvoo, you will stop at the Old Bridge to see one of the most photographed views in Finland, the Old Town of Porvoo with a decorative row of red riverside storehouses. Your guide will take you through the Old Town and narrow winding cobblestone streets. You will also have time to walk around on your own and to visit the different small handicraft shops. Enjoy refreshments of coffee or tea and piece of cake.
Explore Helsinki by Jopo, the famous Finnish bike known as "everyone's bicycle". After a safety briefing, head into the Finnish Capital and ride along paths by city parks, waterfronts and residential and commercial areas, and experience the city from a unique perspective. View Helsinki's main city beach, Hietaranta, and Sibelius Park to see the monument to Finland's world famous composer. Pass through the residential district of Töölö to the shores of Töölö Bay. Stop for photos at the eastern Harbour and capture the beauty of Katajanokka Island. At Market Square, walk with your bike and safely enjoy the colorful sights and sounds of one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
Passing the shipyard on your way to visit Sibelius Park where you can photograph the monument of over 600 steel pipes, continuing on to make a photo stop at the Olympic Stadium, pass the Uspenski Cathedral and the colorful open-air market before making a stop to visit Senate Square with the elegant Lutheran Cathedral. You will then be taken to your private tram and commence on an approximately 45 minute ride through Helsinki, pass the Hakaniemi Market as you make your way to Kallio. Pass Opera House, the Parliament House, the National Museum and Finlandia Hall. Also pass the new Contemporary Art museum, Kiasma. Your tram will turn onto Aleksanterinkatu one of Helsinki's most popular shopping
Explore Helsinki from two perspectives, by land and by sea. Cruise the Helsinki archipelago in a private sightseeing boat and enjoy the natural beauty the beaches, the Suomenlinna fortification islands, the North harbor, the Zoo and other places of interest. Then enjoy free time in Market Square to perhaps sample tasty Finnish berries or shop for handicrafts. Rejoin your motor coach for a leisurely panoramic tour of the main city highlights. Passing the Presidential Palace and Uspenski Cathedral, make a brief photo stop at Senate Square and see the elegant Lutheran Cathedral. Continue to Mannerheim Street to see the Parliament House, the National Museum and Finlandia Hall.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.