WALKING TOURS

Vino Tours and more organizes authorized guiding services mainly in the Helsinki area and Suomenlinna sea fortress. The guide and owner of the company is Maddalena Benedetti, who has been working in the tourism branch for over 10 years and who is deeply in love with her hometown. Maddalena will take you to a wonderful journey, telling you interesting things about the sights, the Finnish culture and lifestyle, the architecture, the design and the history of the city of Helsinki. Her excursions are always energetic, fun and more ”spend a day with a true local”-like.

Taste of Finland- gastronomy tour

The excursion starts at the Hakaniemi market square, where we will get to discover the market culture of Finland and taste some Finnish berries. The excursion will continue to the old market hall, where most of the clientele is still local. Here we will stroll around, take a look at the sales booths and taste some typical Finnish delicacies: Carelian pies with egg butter, vendace, rye bread, marinated/salted whitefish, cold smoked salmon, and different typical cheeses.

We will continue our journey by foot (about 1,5km) to a local brewery, where we will have the opportunity to see how the beer is brewed and have a small tasting of two products. Or excursion will end at a Finnish distillery,  the Helsinki Distilling Company (900m from the brewery). Here we shall hear and see the production of the distillates and have a small tasting of them. After the walking tour there will be the possibility to stay in the Teurastamo area, which is one of the hearts of the culinary trend in Helsinki, enjoy more products of the Distillery at own costs or have dinner in one of the interesting restaurants of the area.

Season: All year around (Wed and Thu)

Duration: 2-3h

Languages available: Finnish, Italian, German, English

Participants: 1-30

Includes: Professional and authorized Helsinki guide, food, beer and distillates tasting. Age limit 18 years.

Meeting place: Hakaniemi or as agreed with the customer

Price: Starting from 57€/person, including a berry tasting, cheese tasting, fish and meat tasting, a plate of Finnish delicacies, 2 small portions of beer, 2 distillates tasting + professional and authorized guiding service, the visit of both, brewery and the distillery areas of production. Ask for more: maddalena@vinotours.fi

History and Nature – Vallisaari and Suomenlinna sea fortress

Get to know two of the most important island groups of the Helsinki archipelago- Vallisaari and Suomenlinna. Vallisaari was closed to the public nearly 400 years and was opened to visitors in Spring 2016. The islands untouched nature and its history are unique; Vallisaari has also almost 1000 different species of butterflies. Our walking tour is about 3km long and after that, the journey will continue by boat to the close by Suomenlinna sea fortress, where we will make a small walking tour and finish finish it enjoying a picnic. In case of rain, there will be a  rain protected area.

Season: 1.5.-30.9.2017

Duration: About 5h

Languages available: Finnish, Italian, German, English

Participants: 1-35

Includes: Professional and authorized Vallisaari and Suomenlinna guide

Meeting place: Helsinki Market square

Price: Starting from 35€ (including VAT). Ask for more: maddalena@vinotours.fi

Others: Island hopping ticket 8€ adults, 4€ child (7-16years), can be bought at the Market square. This excursion suits people who enjoys sports and nature; there will be moderate walking, so good shoes and a wind/rain jacket are required.

For the picnic break (approximate 1 hour) you can eat your own packed lunch, or buy something from the Piper cafe. For bigger groups can the products be ordered two weeks in advance. The menu and the price list will be given when booking the excursion.

Helsinki Urban Walking tour

Explore the most interesting area of Helsinki, the bohemian Kallio area and its surroundings! You will hear stories of the former working class district of Helsinki, take a look at the Hakaniemi market hall and its local life, second hand shops, the Kallio church, the first library in Finland, that was built for the working class, the public sauna’s, the wooden house area, the former state-owned railway buildings and the amusement park Linnanmäki, where the excursion will end (Summer).

Season: All year around except for the amusement park Linnanmäki, which is not open during the Winter season

Duration: 2-3h

Languages available: Finnish, Italian, German, English

Participants: 1-35

Includes: Professional and authorized Helsinki guide and Kallio area specialist

Meeting place: Hakaniemi

Price: Starting from 28€ (including VAT). Ask for more: maddalena@vinotours.fi

Others: The excursion will end at the amusement park Linnanmäki, where it is possible to stay and enjoy the rides and games. Another recommended suggestion to enjoy the rest of the day, would be one of the public sauna’s or eating in one of the area’s nice restaurants. More info from the guide.

Töölöbay and its colorful history

The old sugar factory, the opera house, the 19th century Villa’s, the first railway, Auora Karamzin- the high society beauty of the 19th century, the Finlandia house, the most important creation of the famous architect Alvar Aalto, the modern music hall and the interesting history of our national Kalevala; these and many more are all subjects that we will speak of during our walking tour.

Season: All year around

Duration: 2-3h

Languages available: Finnish, Italian, German, English

Participants: 1-35

Includes: Professional and authorized Helsinki guide and Töölö bay area specialist

Meeting place: Opera house entrance at the Töölö bay side (Oopperankuja)

Price: Starting from 28€ (including VAT). Ask for more: maddalena@vinotours.fi

Other upcoming excursions:

Arabia neighbourhood and Kuusiluoto - Design and nature

Kaivopuisto and Eira – Jugend and Italian foodculture

Hvitträsk and Majivik- Jugend, jugend, jugend!

In addition to the excursions above, Vino Tours and more also offers custom-made tours following the wishes of the client. Any elements on any excursion offered, can also be changed or added according to the wishes.

All the tours are given in Finnish, Italian, German and English.

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