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.
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.
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.
Enjoy an unforgettable kayaking adventure in the beautiful archipelago of Helsinki. You begin your tour with a coach transfer to a kayaking centre. Upon arrival gear up and begin your kayaking adventure. On the trip you will see islands and birdlife, enjoy the peaceful scenery and learn about the weather, nature and the history of the Finnish archipelago. Your will stop on one the islands that form the archipelago around Helsinki for some snacks. A short transfer will take you back to your ship.
History, culture and old world charm are revealed as you travel to the town of Porvoo. Take a cruise along the Porvoo River, enjoy a delicious lunch, and see the main sights of Helsinki. See Embassy Park, Market Square, Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. Continue past the New Opera House, the Olympic Stadium, Finlandia Hall, the National Museum, the Parliament House and the Contemporary Art Museum. Then travel to Porvoo where a photo stop will be made at the Old Bridge. After a guided introduction explore independently before passing along the Porvoo river boulevard to board your sightseeing boat. Cruise through parts of the Gulf of Finland archipelago.
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.