Helsinki’s a capital with architecture running through its veins. There’s a pot-pourri of styles – from Modernism and Art Nouveau to Neoclassical and 1920s wooden architecture. This tour will give you a glimpse of them all. You’ll start in Senate Square, which is packed with landmarks, including Helsinki Cathedral and the 18th-century Sederholm House – the oldest building in the city centre. You’ll then walk to Market Square, where you’ll hop on a bus to see the rest of the sights. Drive-bys include the red-brick Uspenski Cathedral, the snow-white Finlandia Hall and Parliament House – one of the last big buildings to be built by hand. Next, you’ll be greeted at the National Hall with a performance of the works of Sibelius – one of Finland’s most famous composers. After, you’ll be handed a take-home CD and a soft drink, while you mingle with the musicians. Things wrap up in Sibelius Park, where there’s an abstract monument dedicated to the man himself.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.