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Approximately 5½ Hours
Meals not included
Begin with a panoramic drive through Helsinki, past the bustling open-air market and several grand works of architecture. Watch for the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, and expansive Senate Square in the heart of the city.
A 45-minute drive cross-country brings you to the township of Porvoo.
At a local porcelain factory, watch a demonstration of whichever phase of production is currently underway. Find out about the techniques and history unique to this factory and company. There will be free time to browse at the factory shop during your visit.
Return to the coach for the short drive to Old Porvoo. Take a leisurely walk with your guide through the precinct, absorbing the profound history of this special place. Settled in the Middle Ages, Porvoo is the second oldest town in Finland. It was chartered in 1346 by Swedish King Magnus Eriksson.
See the medieval cathedral where Tsar Alexander I convened the legislative Diet of Porvoo in 1809, proclaiming Finland a Russian Grand Duchy.
Enjoy some free time to admire on your own the impressive gardens and browse among the handicraft and antique stores before returning to Helsinki.
Please note: You will have about 45 minutes of free time in Porvoo. Wear comfortable walking shoes.