A TALE OF TWO CITIES: HELSINKI AND PORVOO
In a nutshell Let us discover two historical Finnish cities by retracing their past: Porvoo, a river city which still retains vestiges of its long history, and the capital of Helsinki, a wealth of monuments and unmissable views of the sea dotted by the islands of the largest archipelago in the world.
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- Porvoo: tour of the city centre
- Senate Square and Kaivopuisto park
- Train station and Temppeliaukion Kirkko
- Sibelius monument
- We leave the port of Kotka behind us and venture into the Finnish forest, considered by many the most majestic in Europe.
- We reach the city of Porvoo, the second oldest in the country, founded in the 14th century and a treasure chest with some of the most precious gems of Finnish architecture.
- With its medieval layout, Porvoo offers an enchanting atmosphere that takes us back in time among the cobbled alleyways, picturesque squares and colourful low buildings.
- In the short free time available, we can stroll along the river and admire a sight that is the symbol of Porvoo: its enchanting red wooden houses, once used as warehouses for storing goods, products and exotic delicacies from faraway lands and now charming shops and artisanal workshops.
- We then leave Porvoo and reach Helsinki, the capital of Finland and a lively seaside city with an enchanting archipelago waiting to be discovered.
- The tour takes us to Senate Square for some photos with the magnificent Lutheran cathedral in the background and continues to Kaivopuisto park, one of the oldest and best preserved in the city, and to Mannerheimintie, the main street in Helsinki, passing by the famous Art-Déco train station.
- We stop for some other photos at Temppeliaukion Kirkko, a modern church carved in rock and flooded with natural light thanks to the countless skylights in its dome.
- We restart our tour along the Mannerheimintie and admire the Parliament building, National Museum, the modern Finlandia Hall designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and the new opera hall.
- Last but not least, after passing by the Olympic stadium erected in 1952, we have the chance to see the Sibelius Monument, dedicated to the famous Finnish composer and made up of hundreds of steel tubes forming a gigantic organ that plays when the wind blows.
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- The excursion includes a packed lunch prepared by the crew.