A day in Helsinki with Pullmantur Cruises
Throughout the summer season of 2017, Pullmantur Cruises has operated a series of insightful itineraries to the Baltic capitals. The last of these itineraries for the year will depart on the 19th August and there’s still time to book a cabin. Sailing on board Monarch, you will travel to a range of destinations including St Petersburg, Tallinn and Stockholm before returning to Rostock. The cruise starts in the city of Helsinki and, this week, we take a closer look at everything you can see, do and enjoy in the Finnish capital.
If you are looking for a definitive tour of the city’s many highlights, you need not look any further than the tour excursions available with Pullmantur. The line has two options available, with a comprehensive four-and-a-half-hour option and a shorter three-hour tour for those who may be limited for time. Along the way, you will visit the parks, markets, squares, cathedrals, museums and much more.
Alternatively, you can choose to head to the Haikko Manor, where you will be able to enjoy a spot of Nordic walking around the grounds of the hotel. Afterwards, you can relax in the sauna cottage by the sea or admire the gorgeous surroundings of the manor.
Seeing it for yourself
Helsinki is home to many intriguing landmarks – some of which you may want to take a little more time to fully appreciate. This is particularly the case with some of the religious institutions in the city, with the Lutheran Cathedral being a fine example. Above the cathedral, which was built by Carl Ludvig Engel and completed in 1852, sits 12 apostles, which look down on the world below. The feat of engineering that is the Church in the Rock is also worth a visit. As the name suggests, the Church in the Rock was literally dug out of solid rock, with its fascinating structure consisting of 22km copper strips.
Amidst the spacious squares and bustling markets, you can also discover a range of historical and cultural landmarks of particular interest. Parliament House is a building well worth admiring from the outside, as it was designed by Finland’s best-known architect – Alvar Aalto. If you arrive before 1pm on a weekday during July and August, you can even enjoy a tour of the building.
Helsinki is also a cultural hub, with an eclectic range of museums to explore and an intriguing monument which was erected in honour of the famous composer, Jean Sibelius. This unique work of art depicts 600 pipes, which have been welded together and collectively weigh 24 metric tons. Finally, if you want to admire your surroundings at a more leisurely pace, the Esplanadi Park is ideally situated in the heart of the city and offers plenty of places to relax in the sun.
Helsinki is just one of the many fabulous destinations you can visit on board a sailing with Pullmantur Cruises. Furthermore, as you elegantly float from one destination to the next, you will be able to enjoy an all-inclusive on board atmosphere which includes all drinks, meals, entertainment and much more. To find out more, contact us via the freephone number above or complete the online enquiry form.