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.
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.
This tour includes most of the highlights of Helsinki, a visit to Porvoo and the Savijarvi Farm where lunch is served at the family's home. Pass Embassy Park, the Market Square, Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and the Presidential Palace. You will make a stop at the Senate Square and have some time to explore and shop at the Open-Air Market. Continue past Kiasma, the Parliament House, the National Museum, the Finlandia Hall, the new Opera House and the Olympic Stadium. head towards Sipoo and Savijärvi farm. The family will invite you into their home for a three course meal with fish as the main course. Then enjoy a sightseeing tour of Porvoo. On the way back, stop at the Rock Church.
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.
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.