Helsinki City Tour Excursion Reviews

Discover beautiful Helsinki, affectionately known as the White City of the North or the Daughter of the Baltic.
Nice walking tour but a lot of the passengers did not seem to appreciate our guide comprehensive ...
Sail Date: August 2019
Nice walking tour but a lot of the passengers did not seem to appreciate our guide comprehensive explanations of the city and culture.
Nice walking tour but a lot of the passengers did not seem to appreciate our guide comprehensive explanations of the city and culture. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
this was a land and sea tour of the city.
Sail Date: August 2019
this was a land and sea tour of the city. It was ok but many of the best locations there were no stops at to visit. This was a short stop in port so a longer one would have given us more options. Nice town but felt like we experienced ... Read More
this was a land and sea tour of the city. It was ok but many of the best locations there were no stops at to visit. This was a short stop in port so a longer one would have given us more options. Nice town but felt like we experienced it at arms length. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Visited Sibelius's memorial park.
Sail Date: August 2019
Visited Sibelius's memorial park. Very good
Visited Sibelius's memorial park. Very good Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
An interesting tour with a young lady from Uzbekistan.
Sail Date: August 2019
An interesting tour with a young lady from Uzbekistan. She had been an exchange student in our U.S. city when she was in high school.
An interesting tour with a young lady from Uzbekistan. She had been an exchange student in our U.S. city when she was in high school. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Did a half day bus tour.
Sail Date: July 2019
Did a half day bus tour. Beautiful city. Wish we had more time.
Did a half day bus tour. Beautiful city. Wish we had more time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
We saw a lot including the Lutheran Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, Parliament Square, ...
Sail Date: July 2019
We saw a lot including the Lutheran Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, Parliament Square, Finlandia Hall (meeting place of EU leaders when in Finland). We were most impressed by the Pemppeliaukiochurch. We also went to the Sibelius ... Read More
We saw a lot including the Lutheran Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, Parliament Square, Finlandia Hall (meeting place of EU leaders when in Finland). We were most impressed by the Pemppeliaukiochurch. We also went to the Sibelius Park. We would have like more time to walk around the city itself. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Walking Tour.
Sail Date: July 2019
Walking Tour. Whilst the walk itself was fine, the communication equipment used by the guide (so that all of her large party of guests could hear her commentary) was very poor. Ones used in St Petersburg were excellent by comparison.
Walking Tour. Whilst the walk itself was fine, the communication equipment used by the guide (so that all of her large party of guests could hear her commentary) was very poor. Ones used in St Petersburg were excellent by comparison. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Good overview of the city, but the 400 meter walk uphill to the Rock Church was almost too much for ...
Sail Date: July 2019
Good overview of the city, but the 400 meter walk uphill to the Rock Church was almost too much for me. Thank goodness for Chip from the Serenity, who walked with me all the way.
Good overview of the city, but the 400 meter walk uphill to the Rock Church was almost too much for me. Thank goodness for Chip from the Serenity, who walked with me all the way. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
very quick & crowded
Sail Date: July 2019
very quick & crowded
very quick & crowded Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Not an exciting city.
Sail Date: July 2019
Not an exciting city. No grand palace. Not much to see, except the Senate Square. The Rock Church is unique. But with so many tourists jammed into the church at one time, photoing and talking, the sacredness is just not possible (although ... Read More
Not an exciting city. No grand palace. Not much to see, except the Senate Square. The Rock Church is unique. But with so many tourists jammed into the church at one time, photoing and talking, the sacredness is just not possible (although "Please Keep quiet" is kept broadcasting from a microphone). Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
HOHO Bus.
Sail Date: June 2019
HOHO Bus. We spent more time stopping and waiting for more passengers than we did seeing the City. Do NOT recommend. Also, the sidewalks are impossible with a wheelchair and often dead end into bike paths. Watch out! People will run you ... Read More
HOHO Bus. We spent more time stopping and waiting for more passengers than we did seeing the City. Do NOT recommend. Also, the sidewalks are impossible with a wheelchair and often dead end into bike paths. Watch out! People will run you over. We really should have taken the Princess tour for this city. The Rock Church was cool but CROWDED. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Rather rushed....had to miss one major attraction as it was closed, guide told us about this but ...
Sail Date: May 2019
Rather rushed....had to miss one major attraction as it was closed, guide told us about this but seemed unsure how to re-occupy the time
Rather rushed....had to miss one major attraction as it was closed, guide told us about this but seemed unsure how to re-occupy the time Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Very enjoyable and hit all the highlights.
Sail Date: May 2019
Very enjoyable and hit all the highlights.
Very enjoyable and hit all the highlights. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
There were only 16 of us on this tour which was helpful as you could hear all the information ...
Sail Date: September 2018
There were only 16 of us on this tour which was helpful as you could hear all the information provided. Our itinerary included amongst other things, the Seurasaari Open Air Museum. Our guide Cornelia answered all our questions, she was ... Read More
There were only 16 of us on this tour which was helpful as you could hear all the information provided. Our itinerary included amongst other things, the Seurasaari Open Air Museum. Our guide Cornelia answered all our questions, she was lovely, friendly and professional. If we had been in port longer I would have loved to have spent more time in Helsinki. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We booked a free 2-hour walking tour online.
Sail Date: September 2018
We booked a free 2-hour walking tour online. Saved about $300.00 over cruise excursion. Tipped the guide at the end. Helsinki is very walkable. Visit the train station and nearby art galleries.
We booked a free 2-hour walking tour online. Saved about $300.00 over cruise excursion. Tipped the guide at the end. Helsinki is very walkable. Visit the train station and nearby art galleries. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Missed the Rock Church, had to do it in our own.
Sail Date: September 2018
Missed the Rock Church, had to do it in our own.
Missed the Rock Church, had to do it in our own. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Just a drive around the city.
Sail Date: August 2018
Just a drive around the city. The guide and driver were helpful and polite. It's hard to review this city as we had just left S'PB. Helsinki is under construction and there wasn't much to see. We knew this before we ... Read More
Just a drive around the city. The guide and driver were helpful and polite. It's hard to review this city as we had just left S'PB. Helsinki is under construction and there wasn't much to see. We knew this before we went, so we weren't disappointed. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Numerous road works and traffic delays turned 90 minutes into almost 3 hours!
Sail Date: August 2018
Numerous road works and traffic delays turned 90 minutes into almost 3 hours! Poor commentary and limited scheduled stops.
Numerous road works and traffic delays turned 90 minutes into almost 3 hours! Poor commentary and limited scheduled stops. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
It was a sunny day and we first went to the Pipes, then the Lutheran Cathedral.
Sail Date: August 2018
It was a sunny day and we first went to the Pipes, then the Lutheran Cathedral. By then a rest room break was needed, but we were discouraged not to use the church restroom. It was worth paying $1.50 to use it however, it was clean with ... Read More
It was a sunny day and we first went to the Pipes, then the Lutheran Cathedral. By then a rest room break was needed, but we were discouraged not to use the church restroom. It was worth paying $1.50 to use it however, it was clean with no line. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Surprised when we were told part of the tour was an indoor concert while some of the described tour ...
Sail Date: August 2018
Surprised when we were told part of the tour was an indoor concert while some of the described tour (outskirts of Helsinki) would be deleted. Went shopping instead of concert.
Surprised when we were told part of the tour was an indoor concert while some of the described tour (outskirts of Helsinki) would be deleted. Went shopping instead of concert. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Coach tour of Helsinki.
Sail Date: August 2018
Coach tour of Helsinki. Our guide had trouble with English, so we missed a lot of her talk, but Helsinki is fascinating.
Coach tour of Helsinki. Our guide had trouble with English, so we missed a lot of her talk, but Helsinki is fascinating. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
We visited the same day as Trump and Putin were there so the market and harbor across from the ...
Sail Date: July 2018
We visited the same day as Trump and Putin were there so the market and harbor across from the Presidential Palace were closed. Since it was a Monday, the Catholic Cathedral was closed also. We visited the Church in the Rock, Sibelius ... Read More
We visited the same day as Trump and Putin were there so the market and harbor across from the Presidential Palace were closed. Since it was a Monday, the Catholic Cathedral was closed also. We visited the Church in the Rock, Sibelius monument, and walked around the main shopping area. The Church in the Rock and monument were not particularly interesting and not worth your time. Spend your time in the market, shop, and take a 45 or 90 minute harbor cruise. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do either since those two idiots were meeting. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
St.
Sail Date: July 2018
St. Petersburg: This is the HIGHLIGHT of the trip. I am so glad that we decided to book the Grand Tour with Alla Tours. The price was $285 per person but we got a slight discount because we were on the Cruise Critic Roll Call and booked ... Read More
St. Petersburg: This is the HIGHLIGHT of the trip. I am so glad that we decided to book the Grand Tour with Alla Tours. The price was $285 per person but we got a slight discount because we were on the Cruise Critic Roll Call and booked a second tour with them for Stockholm. Much has been written about the CHAOS in departing the ship in St. Petersburg. Basically, the NCL tours go off first. People with private tours booked go to the Theater and you are released by Group A first, B second and then C. You sign up for a group on the touch screens in the ship, your TV (which was not working) or in the Box Office. Group A sat in the right hand side of the theater as you faced the stage and the center section. This was done so not to FLOOD the Russian Immigration Station. Being very truthful, you can just show up early and sit in a section. I did not find NCL checking anyone. In the end, everyone got through no matter what group you were in and made our tours. RUSSIAN IMMIGRATION is SLOW the first day. They are checking something in their database and each person goes ONE AT A TIME and they don’t rush. On the Grand Tour, we had a nice new Mercedes Bus with 20 of us on the bus. Everyone had hand held sets with ear phones. Our first visit was to the Hermitage Museum. Great to be on the Tour because we get priority entrance. Lines to visit the Museum are long. We then visited the Church of Spilled Blood and had a great lunch in a Hotel in downtown St. Petersburg. After lunch we went to Saint Issacs Cathedral and St. Peter’s Fortress. It was a long day but so worth it. The second day started with a Canal Tour of St. Petersburg and a ride on the subway (very interesting how clean the subway is and the entire city). Not like NYC, or any other American City. We then visited Catherine’s Palace with the Amber Room, Yusupov Palace with the Gregory Rasputin exhibition and finished the day with the Peterhof Summer Palace and Gardens. This to me was the highlight of the second day. Massive Palace and property! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This tour was perfectly fine and well organised.
Sail Date: July 2018
This tour was perfectly fine and well organised. It was really a brief introduction to Helsinki which seems to be a nice city without too many remarkable places of interest. We remained in the city after the tour was finished and had a ... Read More
This tour was perfectly fine and well organised. It was really a brief introduction to Helsinki which seems to be a nice city without too many remarkable places of interest. We remained in the city after the tour was finished and had a little mooch around and lunch on our own before returning to the ship on the free shuttle bus which was well organised. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
No audio devices with a tour group of 35!
Sail Date: July 2018
No audio devices with a tour group of 35! Very hard to hear her. Probably wouldn't do this one except for the excellent coffee and pastry break at the music concert hall.
No audio devices with a tour group of 35! Very hard to hear her. Probably wouldn't do this one except for the excellent coffee and pastry break at the music concert hall. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International