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From St. Petersburg, take a picturesque train ride through the rolling landscape of the western Karelia, then proceed to the superior first-class Radisson Blu Plaza (or similar) in the heart of Helsinki, close to the city center, shopping, museums and other attractions. Take the rest of the day to explore on your own; the beautiful Old Town area is easily accessible on foot.
This morning, a guided city tour shows you highlights such as Senate Square, Government Palace, the landmark Cathedral, the Parliament building and the Olympic Stadium. You will also visit the Sibelius Monument, an abstract piece dedicated to composer Johan “Jean” Sibelius (1865-1957) and designed to express the essence of his music. You have the rest of the day at leisure to discover more of the city. (B)
You have a full day to further explore this “White City of the North.” Consider taking the ferry to Suomenlinna (“Castle of Finland”), once a fortress called Sveaborg, then a penal colony, but now a thriving artists’ enclave and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also ferry over to Korkeasaari Zoo. Tonight, enjoy some local cuisine—try reindeer or elk, Arctic char (fish) or Russian dishes, and make sure to sample some delicious cloudberry liqueur or jam. (B)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* (B)
The following meals are included:
B = Breakfast
*Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking Cruises.
NOTE: Explore More pricing is based on extension hotel check-in date. Extension availability is limited and some restrictions apply with regard to departure date and cruise direction. Please call for details.