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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
Explore Helsinki from two perspectives -- by land and by sea. Depart the ship by motorcoach for a brief transfer to Market Square's pier.
Board a private sightseeing boat to cruise the Helsinki Archipelago and enjoy the natural beauty of the local beaches. An impressive wealth of historical sights lies only a couple of miles from the city center.
Pass the Suomenlinna fortification islands, the North harbor where the giant Icebreaker fleet is stationed, the zoo and other places of interest. A cruise through the magnificent archipelago is an experience that you won't soon forget.
Returning to the city, step onto a motorcoach for a leisurely panoramic drive among the main city highlights. Passing the Presidential Palace and Uspenski Cathedral, you'll stop briefly for photos at Senate Square and see the elegant Lutheran Cathedral.
From Mannerheim Street, the city's main street, watch for Parliament House, the National Museum and Finlandia Hall -- the concert and convention center designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto. See the Opera House and the Olympic Stadium -- venue for the Helsinki Olympic Games of 1952.
At Market Square, enjoy free time to perhaps sample tasty Finnish berries or shop for handicrafts from the local artisans.
In Sibelius Park, you'll have time to photograph the monument of approximately 600 steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, before you head back to the ship.
Inside visits are not included. If Market Square is closed, more time at Senate Square will be substituted. The cruise route is weather and sea conditions permitting. The captain reserves the right to cancel, change or shorten the tour at any time due to weather conditions, high water or rough seas.