Charm is in no short supply in Porvoo, your first stop on this trip. It’s one of the oldest towns in Finland and the Medieval hub looks as if it’s been frozen in time. Dive into the tangled streets and you’ll find yourself in a maze of dinky wooden houses. As you set off on your walking tour, keep an eye out for the former home of Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finland’s greatest poet. Then wander along the riverside to see the famous red warehouses, which share space with pastel-painted houses. Take a closer look and you’ll see that today they house museums, boutiques, cafés and restaurants. After you’ve had a chance to explore, we’ll take you back to Helsinki. Here the big sights come thick and fast on this whistle stop tour – the City Hall, the Parliament building, the Opera House. You’ll see them all. We’ll take you through the oldest part of Helsinki, past Sibelius Park and down to the Esplanade, the city’s favourite weekend hangout. On top of all that, you’ll get a chance to visit the Temppeliaukio Church, too. Otherwise known as the Rock Church, it’s a contemporary church carved out of – yep, you guessed it – rock.
If a service is taking place in the Rock Church, the guide will describe the church from the outside. It's a 400-yard walk uphill from the coach parking to the Rock Church. As with all tours, this tour may operate in reverse order. You’ll find cobbled streets in Porvoo during your walking tour and free time.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.