3-Hour 'First Sight of Helsinki' by car/mini-bus

  • Enthusiastic local guide
  • Comfortable A/C vehicles

Unlike exploring Helsinki on your own by public transport, our private comfortable drive-through sightseeing tour will allow you to avoid hustle and focus on Helsinki's highlights. On the other hand, our private Helsinki tour is a great energy saver which is so important for senior travelers and families with children. You will rest in the comfortable car/mini-van during the round trip and make multiple stops for photos or shopping. Besides showing you the must-see sites, our local guide will give you perspective of Finnish lifestyle and mentality, unveil present day economical and political hardships to you, as well as give you advice on best shopping and dining areas. After the tour you can continue exploring Helsinki on your own. Our aim is to make your stop in Helsinki meaningful and memorable!

Small Group and Private options are available. Small group tours are sold to individuals at Flat rates with lunch. You will travel in a group of max 14 people onboard a 16-seater bus allowing you more comfort and space for a great price. Our tours tend to sell out quickly. Hurry to reserve a seat!

Fix your price for 2021 now in case you decide to travel next year! No prepayment is required to book.

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Itinerary
  • 9:00 Meet your guide at the cruise ship pier
  • 9:15-12:00 Comprehensive Helsinki sightseeing tour by private car/mini-van. This overview excursion will allow you to explore the heart of Helsinki. You will drive along the coastal road past the Helsinki Shipyard, Embassy Park and the colorful open-air market where
  • 12:00 Back onboard the ship or stay in the city center
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* Tour time can be adjusted to your ship's arrival time.
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Is Russian visa required on this tour?

No, Russian visa is not required. Guide-Guru, LLC. is the certified tour operator (MBT 010048 reference number in the Registry of Russian Tour Operators). There is a decree permitting visa-free stay in Russia for cruise passengers who take tours of the local authorized tour operators. Our tour ticket is your blanket visa.

Where do we meet our guide?

Major cruise ships dock at the St Petersburg Cruise Terminal 'Marine Facade'. Our guide and tour leader meet the groups inside the terminal in front of the passport control area. Smaller ships dock in the city center and the guide will be meeting you on the pier in front of the passport control area.

What time do we meet our guide?

The meeting time will be confirmed and mentioned in your tour tickets. The time shifts are possible to match your ship's docking time.

Can the tour be customized?

Yes, the tour is customizable.

What happens if the ship is delayed?

We will be informed of this circumstance and the guide will be waiting for you until you disembark. If the ship arrives in time and you do not show up, the waiting time will be maximum 1,5 hours. Please disembark according to the time specified on your tour ticket.

What if we miss the ship?

We do not plan distant afternoon trips on the day of your ship's departure. Our excursion programs are designed to make sure you stay close to your cruise ship on the sailing date. Our excursions normally bring you to the ship 1,5 hours before the ship's departure.

Can you give us some helpful tips while doing tours in Russia. Is it easier to bring Russian Ruble to buy snacks , or use restrooms or eat at restaurant while you are taking us on tours? Any suggestions for us to be aware of?

You can withdraw some cash rubles from any ATM in the city (there are many). Many stores and restaurants take bank cards (Visa, Mastercard). The guide will help you with money exchange on the day of the tour.

How to book:

  1. Send a tour booking and passport information (for cruise visitors).
  2. Receive our Confirmation, payment link and your tour ticket for visa-free disembarkation (cruise visitors).

Payment:

Cruise visitors to St. Petersburg - 0% prepayment.
Non-cruise visitors to St. Petersburg - 50% prepayment.
Moscow tours (all visitors) - $200US/person prepayment.
The balance payment is made at the beginning of your tour.
European tours - 50% prepayment (if booked with Russia) or 100% (if only Europe).
Theatre tickets - 100% prepayment.

- Credit cards for prepayment - Visa/Mastercard/Amex/Diners/Discover/JCB/Unionpay
- Credit cards for payment in St. Petersburg - Visa/Mastercard/Amex.

Cancellation:

St. Petersburg tours: < 24 hours or no-show - NO refund.
Moscow / European tours: < 7 days - NO refund.
Air/train tickets - NO refund.
Theatre tickets (once purchased) - NO refund.
Ship's non-call in St. Petersburg port - 100% refund.
Please inform us as early as possible if you have to cancel your trip via e-mail guidegurutours@gmail.com or 24-hour phone/Whatsapp +7-921-903-28-81.

Discounts:

Child younger than 6 y.o. may travel with 1 parent free of charge. Schoolchildren, students and children over 6 y.o. receive a discounted rate. (Students must provide their international ISIC ID card to our Tour Coordinator upon payment to claim their discount. If they fail to do this, they will be charged the full adult price).

Tour mates:

Did you know you can save a lot of cash by finding travel companions to join your tour? You are welcome to find tour mates by placing a message on Cruisecritic/Tripadvisor boards.  

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