Private tour of Helsinki and the Arabia Design district
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Private tour of Helsinki and the Arabia Design district

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: See calendar
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 5 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Explore the capital city alongside your guide as you take in the historic landmarks and learn about the architects who designed them such as Carl Ludvig Engel who had an impact on the neoclassical buildings including the Helsinki Cathedral
  • Combine your love of history and art on this private tour as you visit the Arabia District that was once a porcelain factory but now holds the Arabia museum
  • Observe the works of art from numerous private artists at Arabia design center and take a shopping break
What to expect

Join this private tour that combines a love for history and art. Through the fantastic design and architectural highlights you will discover the true identity of this Nordic pearl. The theme is relevant as the city was designated the World Design Capital in 2012 and offers a stunning atmosphere for a guided tour with some local quirks to show you the way.

Begin your tour of the landmarks that represent the history and essence of Helsinki, and learn about the architects who created them. Among these is Carl Ludvig Engel, a German architect whose impact on the development of the city’s 19th century, Neoclassical buildings such as the Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral and the University of Helsinki, that is impossible to underestimate.

Eliel Saarinen and two of his colleagues Armas Lindgren and Herman Gesellius, brought National Romanticism and the Jugendstil to the fore by creating the beautiful the National Museum and Saarinen´s master piece is the Central Railway Station. Alvar Aalto is known for his diverse, international creations not only in architecture, but also in furniture, textile and glassware design. His best-known legacy is the impressive Finlandia Hall.

On the walking portion of the tour, you'll visit the boutiques and galleries of the Design District Helsinki where you’ll also get to take a coffee break in one of the trendy, local cafés to sample a bit of Finnish food and drink. The unforgettable Temppeliaukio (Rock) Church, which was built right into the city’s bedrock, is another masterpiece that you'll pass on the way.

Finish off your tour with a drive to the Arabia District, that was once a porcelain factory and is now the most important design cluster in Finland. A walking tour of the Arabia factory includes a visit to the Arabia museum where you can observe the works of art of numerous private artists that are displayed here, followed by a shopping break in the factory’s shop.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • What's included
    • Guided walking tour
    • Hotel pick-up
    • Entrance fees to Rock Church, Helsinki's design shops and the Arabia factory museum
    What's not included
    • Food and drinks
    • Child car seats (costs 20$ USD)
    • Tips (optional)
    Where

    Helsinki, Finland

    Meeting point:
    - Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Please provide your accommodation details at checkout to make the necessary arrangements.
    What to remember
    • Hotel pick-up is only allowed from a centrally located hotel
    • Please note that this tour is suitable for wheelchair users, however there is a surcharge for an accessible vehicle that needs to be selected at checkout, this price is per group
    • This tour is suitable for pregnant women
    • This tour isn't recommended for children aged 4 and under
    • Visiting the Rock Church is not always guaranteed due to private events or religious events that may be taking place on the date booked
    • The maximum number of participants is 16 people
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availabilityafter the tour for further exploration.
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    Provider
    ULKOtours - Russia, Baltics & Scandinavia
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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