Arrival to Helsinki, transfer to city centre
Arrival to Helsinki Airport. After immigration find the Finnair City Bus stop outside arrival level at Terminal T1/T2. The bus will take you to Elielinaukio Square at Helsinki Central Station in 35 minutes. A short 10 minute walk to your first class downtown hotel, we will confirm your hotel after your booking.
Dinner at restaurant Zetor 19.00
Finnish countryside style restaurant Zetor is situated in the heart of the city on Kaivopiha Square. The restaurant is decorated with old time articles of the North and the 3-course set menu consists of traditional and beloved Finnish dishes made of salmon, reindeer, potatoes and wild berries. You can choose between 3 alternatives on each course and one drink (soft drink or Finnish beer) is included.
Overnight in hotel
Breakfast at the hotel
Enjoy full buffet breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast a short walk to the Helsinki Central Railway Station.
Train Helsinki-Tampere 09.00-11.00
Morning train to Tampere. Please check the final timings on your train ticket and program confirmation delivered separately after your booking.
Arrival to Tampere and guided sightseeing walk
Arrival to Tampere Railway Station around 11.00, where you will meet your local Tampere guide at the platform with a sign “Finland Tours”. 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. You will see the town of Tampere through three towers and three different perspectives. In the old Pyynikki sightseeing tower you are in a unique pine forest, inside a beautiful nature spot just in the middle of the town. On the terrace of Hotel Torni you are in the heart of a modern cultural center and a vivid university town and from the high Näsinneula Tower you see the wide green and blue Nature surrounding the town. The tour takes about 3 hours.
OPTIONAL: After the guided tour you have time to get to know Tampere yourself. Museum Centre Vapriikki (closed on Mondays) is located inside an old red brick factory building right by the rapids of Tammerkoski. Vapriikki has lots to explore; there’s a Shoe Museum, a Natural History Museum, a Toy Museum, a Post Museum, an Ice Hockey Museum, as well as changing exhibitions.
We recommend you do like the locals do and visit the hundred-years-old Tampere Market Hall (Kauppahalli) next to the Central Square to see the local life and explore the delicacy shops. The black sausage, ”mustamakkara” as Finns call it, is a definite must when you’re in Tampere. According to the locals, it tastes the best when enjoyed fresh out of the kiosk with some cold milk.
Train Tampere-Helsinki 17.00-19.00
Return to the Railway Station, where you will take the evening train to Helsinki. Please check the final timings on your train ticket. Overnight in the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
Full buffet breakfast at your hotel. We suggest storing your luggage at the hotel reception upon check-out.
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 stop in the middle of the Esplanade Park in downtown Helsinki. Please arrive to the tourist bus stop 15 minutes before the tour departure. 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, graved in rock, and the Sibelius Monument before the tour ends at the Esplanade Park. The comfortable double decker tour bus is air conditioned and heated in winter and has a free wifi. Please note, that the entrance fee to Temppeliaukio church is not included (3 euros/ person, to be paid on the spot).
OPTIONAL: Do some last minute shopping. If you still have time before your flight, you can get to know some Finnish design and visit Marimekko and Iittala flagship stores next to the Esplanade Park. There is also good selection of Finnish products in department store Stockmann.
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 choose the optimal bus journey. The journey will take approximately 35 minutes. There is a good choice of shops and restaurants at the airport.
Have a good flight and welcome back to Finland soon!
Included in the program:
- Two single tickets for the Finnair City Bus
- A 3-course dinner including one drink at Restaurant Zetor
- Two overnights at a downtown Helsinki hotel in a standard guest room, breakfast buffet (See our hotel partners, click here)
- Return train ticket Helsinki – Tampere – Helsinki
- Guided sightseeing walk in Tampere
- Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing tour by bus