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Helsinki Boat And Bus

Combine two beautiful sightseeing experiences and enjoy the best of Helsinki on land and at sea with this boat cruise and hop on, hop off bus tour.

Helsinki Boat and Bus

During this enjoyable Helsinki Boat and Bus Tour, you will pass most of Helsinki's must-see sights, and admire its beautiful archipelago of 315 islands and picturesque buildings.

Enjoy Helsinki at your own pace on a popular hop-on hop-off tour. The bus route covers all of the highlights, allowing you to hop on and off as much as you like. The tour takes you to the top sights of Helsinki, such as the Sibelius monument and the Rock Church. To make your ride comfortable, we have free Wi-Fi on the buses, fun and friendly staff, and experienced drivers. In case of bad weather, the buses have a roof that can be quickly installed to protect you from rain.

On your Helsinki canal cruise, you will get to see the most beautiful shorelines in Helsinki and motor past many fabulous sights, including the historic Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates from 1748. You will view Korkeasaari Island, which has been a recreational park since 1569, and is now home to the Helsinki Zoo.

Along the way, you will also see the impressive fleet of icebreakers and travel along the scenic Degero Canal. Refreshments, drinks, beer, sparkling wine, coffee and pastries are available for purchase at the cafe on board. During the cruise, you will be able to listen to Helsinki's fascinating history and learn about its most important sites. Narration is pre-recorded in English, German, Russian and Finnish. Written information is available in Swedish, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

Please Note: The bus route takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to make a circuit, and buses run every 30 minutes. Narration is offered in Swedish, English, Finnish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese, and is listened to through individual headphones. First and last tour times will be detailed in your electronic ticket.

The bus route includes the following stops:

  • Senate Square / Helsinki City Museum
  • Olympia Terminal (Silja Line) / Mannerheim Museum
  • Cafe Ursula
  • Compass Square
  • Eira
  • Hernesaari Cruise Terminal & LHC
  • Hernesaari Cruise Terminal LHD
  • Loyly
  • Flea Market / Boulevardi / Sinebrychoff Art Museum
  • Swedish Theater / Design Museum / Museum of Finnish Architecture
  • Market Square (Departure point for Beautiful Canal Route)
  • Amos Rex / Kiasma / Helsinki Art Museum / Central Railway Station
  • Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church)
  • Sibelius Monument
  • Olympic Stadium
  • National Opera / Linnanmaki amusement park
  • National Museum / Parliament House / Helsinki Music Center
  • Ateneum Art Museum / Central Railway Station
  • Botanic Garden

To see a map of the stops that are included in this tour, please CLICK HERE.

Starting At
 
Tour Type
Group
 
Group Size
Standard
 
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
 
Tour Duration
4 Hours
 
Activity Level
Moderate
 
Tour Leaves From
Numerous bus stops throughout Helsinki. An approximately 10 to 15 minute walk, or an approximately 15-minute shuttle (complimentary), is required to reach the closest stop.
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
 
Special Instructions
If you plan to visit a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. Some guests may appreciate a light jacket.
 
Restrictions
This tour can accommodate folding wheelchairs with advanced notice. Steps are required to access the sun deck of the boat, and the top deck of the bus. Children ages 5 and younger may attend the tour free of charge.
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About Shore Excursions Group
ABOUT US
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

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In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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