Arrival to Helsinki, transfer to city centre
Find the Finnair City Bus stop just outside arrival level at Terminal T2 or T1. Bus will take you to Elielinaukio Square at Helsinki Central Railway Station in approximately 35 minutes. Please check the bus schedule here A short 10 minute walk to your first class downtown hotel. We will confirm the hotel after your booking. Check-in starts at 15.00. If you arrive before that you can store your luggage at the hotel.
After a short rest at your room take a refreshing walking tour in the surrounding downtown area.
Dinner at Kaarna Baari & Keittiö restaurant 19.00
Kaarna Baari & Keittiö restaurant is located in the heart of Helsinki (Address: Mannerheimintie 20). The restaurant offers Finnish food with a Nordic twist. The 3-course set menu consists of simple dishes that have distinct flavours and are made of local, fresh ingredients. You can choose between three alternatives on each course and one drink (soft drink, Finnish beer or glass of house wine) is included.
Overnight in a hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel
Full buffet breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast we suggest a morning stroll along the Esplanade boulevard to the Market Square “Kauppatori”, located by the harbor. Also worth visiting is the old restored Market Hall (closed on Sundays), the Senate Square and the majestic Helsinki Cathedral, just one block north from the Market Square.
Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing tour 11.00-12.45
An audio guided (several languages including English, Chinese and Japanese) Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing city tour starts from Fabianinkatu Street tourist bus stopin the middle of the Esplanade Park. Please arrive to the tourist bus stop 15 minutes before the tour departure and show your Helsinki Card to the attendant. The comfortable double decker tour bus is air conditioned and heated (during winter) and has a free Wi-Fi. During the approximately 1, 5 hour city tour you will drive past the main sights of Helsinki and hear interesting stories behind them. There will be a short stop at the famous Temppeliaukio Church, excavated in rock as well as the Sibelius Monument before the tour ends at the Esplanade Park. Please note, that the entrance fee to Temppeliaukio church is not included (3 euros/ person, to be paid on the spot).
OPTIONAL: Visit Suomenlinna. After the sightseeing tour, walk the short distance to the Market Square where the ferry for one of Finland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sights, Suomenlinna Sea Fortress leaves (use your Helsinki Card for a free ferry ride). Suomenlinna is actually a district of Helsinki with year-round inhabitants but it also has a long history as maritime fortress that has served in the defense of three different nations: Sweden, Russia and Finland. You can access the island only by water, the ferry ride over takes approximately 15-20 minutes and gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy Helsinki from the sea perspective and snap some photos too. You can download a brochure of the island in advance (9 different language choices) from here to plan your visit. At this point of the day, you might be ready for some food, we suggest having lunch on the island, for example at Suomenlinna Brewery or Café Chapman. Take the ferry back to the mainland (free with your Helsinki card).
OPTIONAL: Visit Helsinki Icepark. If you want to try something new, the Icepark just next to the Helsinki main Railway Station offers the possibility to try ice skating (ice skate rental possible for an extra charge), something that local people really enjoy during the winter. If you don’t feel braving the ice, you can sit down in the adjoining café to admire people skating by and having something typical for a Finnish winter: Glögi – a mulled wine drink.
Walk back to your hotel and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel
Full buffet breakfast at your hotel, free time to explore Helsinki on your own.
OPTIONAL: Sightseeing by tram. The tram makes a full circle so you can ride around Helsinki and see the local people in their daily lives while sitting comfortably in the warm tram.
Guided sightseeing with Nordic walking sticks 12.00-14.00
You will experience something very Finnish – a guided city nature sightseeing with Nordic walking sticks. Nordic walking was invented in Finland and developed to provide off-season training for the Finnish cross-country ski team. The Töölönlahti Bay area is beautiful and quiet area of fauna, flora and history of Finland.
Coffee break at Café Esplanad
For snack or maybe as a dessert after lunch or dinner you can try something very typically Finnish: a “Korvapuusti” cinnamon bun with a cup of coffee or tea at traditional coffee shop Café Esplanad (Address: Pohjois-Esplanadi 37, open daily until 21.00 hrs).
OPTIONAL: Museum visit. As your Helsinki Card includes free entrance to several of Helsinki’s museums, we recommend visiting at least one of them, maybe the Design Museum for local design, Ateneum for some Finnish art or Kiasma for some modern art? Check the selection and opening hours from here
OPTIONAL: Shopping in the city centre. You can explore the main shopping streets, the Esplanade boulevard with brand shops as well as Aleksanterinkatu Street and Mannerheimintie Street where you will find bigger malls like Kämp Galleria, Forum and the Stockmann department store.
Walk back to your hotel and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel, check-out latest at 12.00
Full buffet breakfast at your hotel. We suggest storing your luggage at the hotel reception upon check-out.
Departure to the airport
Departure from Elielinaukio Square by Finnair City Bus according to your flight schedule. We suggest you to arrive to the airport latest 1,5 hours before your flight. Please check the bus schedule in advance here to choose the optimal bus journey. The journey will take approximately 35 minutes. There is a good choice of shops and restaurants at the airport.
Included in the program:
- Two single tickets for the Finnair City Bus
- Three overnights at a downtown Helsinki hotel in a standard guest room, breakfast buffet (See our hotel partners, click here)
- A cinnamon bun and a cup of coffee or tea at Café Esplanad
- Helsinki Card valid 48hrs
- Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing Audio tour by bus
- Guided Nordic walking city nature sightseeing
- A 3-course dinner including one drink at Restaurant Kaarna Baari & Keittiö