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Tour Helsinki with a City Planner

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Get a fresh perspective on Helsinki on this quirky small-group tour, led by a city planner. Discover bizarre traditions, such as picnicking on graves, famous Finns, such as architect Alvar Aalto, and curios, such as a church built inside a giant granite rock, a statue that seagulls hate, and a 19th-century Bohemian hangout. Leave with an understanding of the city that you won’t get from guidebooks or everyday organized tours.
  • Off-the-path walking tour of downtown Helsinki, led by a city planner
  • Packed with cultural insights, from food to history, from religion to soccer
  • Numbers are capped at just eight travelers, for more guide interaction
  • Great choice for visitors who’ve already seen the big-ticket sights
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Paulig Kulma Speciality Coffee , Aleksanterinkatu 9, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Departure Point: Paulig Kulma Cafe Address: Aleksanterinkatu 9a, 00101, Helsinki Dates: See Availability Return point: Tour ends at the Central Railway Station.

Rautatieasema , 00100 Helsinki, Finland
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ataman Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Tour Helsinki with a City Planner?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Tour Helsinki with a City Planner.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tour Helsinki with a City Planner?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Tour Helsinki with a City Planner.

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star-5
Super informative tour
Nataliya_D
, Mar 2022
The tour was very informative. Our tour guide was friendly and very familiar with the culture and history of Finland.
star-5
Great overview of Helsinki and Finnish culture
Mathilde_S
, Mar 2022
Emek is an amazing guide with a wealth of knowledge on Finnish culture and architectural history. We learned so much so as to really appreciate the city surroundings. He answered all our questions with thoughtful enthusiasm. Even our reluctant 20 year old son became engaged with the 3 hours tour as Emek adapted his tour to all our mutual interests.
star-5
Great experience! I...
Federico_F
, Sep 2021
Great experience! I received insights that only a local can share. I suggest this tour to anyone staying for a short trip like me
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star-5
Great tour!
Anush_A
, Sep 2021
What a great tour! Very relaxing and nice walk through the highlights of the city without any rush. The guide was great and had a lot of knowledge about the Finnish culture and history. Just a pleasure! Highly recommend.
star-5
A vibrant city with a knowledgeable guide - Emek is the BEST!
Leslie_V
, Aug 2021
What a tour! Emek is so kind and knowledgeable about Helsinki - This is the best tour I took while I was here. I am *that* person that asks 500 questions and Emek answered them all and gave great advice about other places to visit and where I could find a specific book I was looking for (and I did find it!) and how to get back to the train station! Of all the places we went, I loved the Library the best - if Croatia had libraries like that I would never leave - I would just move in! Thank you Emek for being such a wonderful guide in such a vibrant city and sharing with us all the quirky things as well as the history with us. You made me truly fall in love with Helsinki!
star-5
Really great Helsinki walking tour
Alastair_M
, Jan 2020
Emek was a great tour guide. He was really relaxed and flexible, adapting and reponding to the interests of our small group. He was incredibly knowledgeble and we learned so many interesting facts about local culture and history. We usually take the tip-based free tours but this one is well worth the fee. Really nice guy.
star-5
A great way to see Helsinki
Laura_S
, Jun 2019
I had an amazing tour with Emek. He's really knowledgeable about the history of Helsinki and Finnish culture as well as really friendly. It was really an interesting way of kicking off my Finland tour and helped me get an understanding of the layout of the city. He showed me a lot of the highlights that you'd expect to see, but he spent a lot of time talking about this history, architecture and the significance of the buildings. He also showed me some things that I wouldn't have noticed if he hadn't have pointed them out. It's definitely worth taking a couple hours to do this tour, even if you're not a big urban planning or architecture fan. You'll learn a lot!

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