Things to do in Porvoo, Uusimaa: The Best Walking Tours

May 22, 2022 Tynisha Seiler

Porvoo (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈporʋoː]; Swedish: Borgå [ˈbɔrɡo]) is a city and a municipality situated on the southern coast of Finland approximately 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of Helsinki. It is one of the six medieval towns in Finland, first mentioned as a city in texts from 14th century. Porvoo is the seat of the Swedish-speaking Diocese of Borgå of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.
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1. Porvoo from Helsinki or Vantaa

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Porvoo is the second oldest city in Finland. The town is famed for its "Old Town", a dense medieval street pattern with wooden houses. It is the town of Johan Ludvig Runeberg and Albert Edelfelt.

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Reviewed By AlexanderM4446

I had 7 hours layover time in Helsinki on my way returning from Moscow to the States. This trip is a hidden gem for a great city tour to see highlights of Helsinki, including Helsinki Cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral, Esplanadi park and Kauppatori. The most memorable experience of my trip is attending Sunday morning service at Temppeliaukio Kirkko. Even though I can only stay for the first 15 mins due to my tight schedule, it is a wonderful experience to enjoy heavenly music in the church of the rock!!!

2. Private National Park and Porvoo Old Town tour from Helsinki

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Experience the best of both worlds! A relaxing hike and lunch in a Finnish national park and an afternoon stroll through the enchanting old town of Porvoo. It's your vacation so let us take care of the details. Visiting a national park is a MUST when travelling to Finland. Lucky for you, we have a professional wilderness guide who will tell your group many fascinating facts about Finnish nature and culture. During your time in the national park, you will have time to take photos, explore the forest and lake, and enjoy lunch. After a refreshing taste of nature, we continue to the magical old town of Porvoo. A small and colourful village lined with cobblestone streets. We will visit the Porvoo cathedral, walk through the idyllic town square and handicraft stores, visit Porvoo's famous chocolate shop and take photos from the picture-perfect bridge overlooking the old town and river. During this tour, you will get a truly authentic experience of Finnish nature and culture!

Inclusions: Lunch, Snacks, Bottled water, Private transportation, Air-conditioned vehicle, WiFi on board, Professional guide, Raincoat in case of rain

Exclusions: Personal souvenir shopping

Reviewed By E3954MPannas

I got this activity as a gift from my colleagues. What a memorable gift and a personal idea. The visit to the Finnish forest with professional guides Kia and Jeff was an Impressive experience. Thank you both for making me feel welcome and for giving me this experience. I can sincerely recommend your trips to anyone interested in experiencing nature and learning more of the Finnish Pearl. Looking forward to next adventure with you! Anna

3. Shore Excursion: Panoramic Helsinki Highlights and Porvoo Old Town

Munkkisaari, Helsinki, Finland SPB Tours Helsinki
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This 7-hour Helsinki sightseeing tour departing from your cruise port will cover the top attractions in the city, but also includes a visit to Porvoo, the second oldest town in Finland, which has become a magnet for many artists. This is a great tour for people interested in a glimpse into the more rural lifestyle that many in Finland love. Lunch is included on this excursion as is some free time for shopping. 

Inclusions: English-speaking guide, There will be time for a lunch at a nice place while enjoying the charm and ambience of Porvoo old town. *please send us a message about dietary restrictions in advance., Air-conditioned vehicle, Rock Church Tickets

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Reviewed By sloaner7

The places we visited were interesting. However, our tour guide, Irina, was cold, at times not knowledgeable and did not speak English that well and therefore, she was difficult, at times, to understand. For example, she spoke very softly and pronounced words with short vowels rather than with long vowels so you had to try to understand what word she was actually saying and somethimes you couldn't. She asked me if I had a problem with the headset, and I told her, "No, just your accent." There was not enough time at the market to see everything and grab a quick bite. She walked very fast and when my husband asked her to please slow down because I had a problem with my leg that just happened before the trip, she said she had to keep on schedule. Well even with having to wait for me to catch up to the group, we still got back on time so I don't know why she couln't have slowed down a drop so I could have walked with the group and heard everything that she was saying.

4. Small-Group Half-Day Tour of Porvoo Old Town from Helsinki

Hotel Kämp, Pohjoisesplanadi 29, 00100 Helsinki, Finland Finland Local Guides
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Explore the secret treasures and famous landmarks of Porvoo Old Town on this half-day tour from Helsinki. Chose the start time to suit your schedule, then follow a guide through Porvoo’s historic Old Town. Discover top attractions including 15th-century Porvoo Cathedral and the waterside bars and galleries for which Porvoo is famous. Sample local sweet treats at a local chocolate shop, and enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour — limited to eight people. This 4-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at your Helsinki hotel.

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, Guide

Exclusions: Food and drinks, unless specified

Reviewed By Janetlee1410

Nick was very responsive n helpful to arrange all the activities for 9 of us We really enjoyed it Nick also help to book Glass Resort

5. Helsinki and Medieval Porvoo Private Day Tour

ULKOtours - Helsinki, Finland

Make the most of your Helsinki visit in 6 hours: Enjoy a comprehensive panoramic driving tour of Helsinki with number of picturesque photo-stops and then proceed to the lovely medieval town of Porvoo, that will captivate you with its narrow cobblestoned streets, small houses and craftsmen shops, not forgetting famous Porvoo's chocolate and liquorice candy.

Inclusions: Professional tour guide for 6 hrs, Private tourist-class vehicle for 6 hrs, Entrance fee to the Rock Church (Temppeliaukion kirkko), Helsinki panoramic city tour, Porvoo village guided tour

Exclusions: Gratuities, Food and drinks

Reviewed By TravelingBill

Best of Helsinki Panoramic Group tour. ULKO tours If this was the best of Helsinki like the tour title describes,  Helsinki doesn't have much. We saw the church in the rock, very different,  the open market, okay for fruits,  vegetables,  and souvenirs and the music center,  not sure why, and the town square, and a "monument "to a composer which looked like a bunch of organ pipes stuck together. Drove by a few buildings. Not much else. Guide was okay. No internet on van.

6. Private Half-Day Tour of Old City of Porvoo from Helsinki

Stromma - Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

Discover hidden treasures in the old city of Porvoo on this private half-day tour from Helsinki. Explore the narrow streets and charming houses of Porvoo Old Town with a private guide, and gain insight into the region’s medieval history. Discover traditional warehouses lining the waterways, and learn of Porvoo’s role in Finland’s historic fishing, seafaring, and trading industries. Discover top attractions such as 15th-century Porvoo Cathedral and browse the artisan workshops at your leisure. This 4-hour tour includes round-trip travel by private vehicle from central Helsinki. 

Inclusions: Pickup and drop-off in central Helsinki, Private guide, Transport, Free WiFi on board

Exclusions: Food and drinks

Reviewed By 798octaviog

If you are only spending one day for visiting Helsinki, this becomes a very good option. You can reach most important places of the city, and it also includes a tour on the bay

7. Shore Excursion: Private Half Day Tour of Old City of Porvoo from Helsinki

Stromma - Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

A 4-hour visit to the idyllic town of Porvoo with well-preserved wooden houses. Tour begins and ends at your cruise port in Helsinki.  See the red warehouses on the riverbank and the beautiful medieval cathedral. A town plan from the Middle Ages, the low small houses, picturesque yards and narrow streets form a historically unique wooden town milieu. There will be some free time for a walk in the Old Town with delightful shops and artisans' workshops. 

Inclusions: Professional guide, Transport by private vehicle, Private tour, Cruise port pick-up and drop-off

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Reviewed By 798octaviog

If you are only spending one day for visiting Helsinki, this becomes a very good option. You can reach most important places of the city, and it also includes a tour on the bay

8. Shore Excursion - Helsinki and Porvoo Sightseeing Tour

Helsinki Tour

Discover the beautiful Helsinki city and visit nearby Medieval Porvoo town on this guided sightseeing bus tour. First, we see Helsinki city's cultural landmarks and historic monuments, then continue to the medieval town of Porvoo to enjoy its cathedral, Town Hall Square and beautiful cobbled streets lined with local shops. Your 6 hour tour includes pick-up from you docking harbor.

Inclusions: Harbor pick-up, Air-conditioned vehicle, Local guide

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Personal expenses, Gratuities

Reviewed By Scenic791070

A nice way to see the city. Sheena was a really good and knowledgeable guide. Whether you travel alone or together with family, this tour is perhaps the best way to see the most important sites of Helsinki with an organized group.

9. Porvoo Old Town Walking Tour

Mannerheim Square, Mannerheimintie, 00100 Helsinki, Finland Fun Top Fun Finland

Planning a trip to Scandinavia? Looking for Off-the-Beaten-Path Tour in Finland? What about visiting Helsinki? Helsinki offers an interesting selection of sights: state-of-art buildings, unique museums, bohemian streets and other stunning attractions that you must see once in a life. What about Helsinki’s Porvoo Old Town Day Tour? Porvoo offers interesting spots to visit and learn about Finish history. Get stunned with this fantastic Scandinavian old town. Get ready to experience Finland from a different perspective. A local charismatic guide will reveal interesting facts about Provoo’s sights.

Inclusions: Professional Local Tour Guide, Transportation to/from Porvoo Old Town

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10. Join-in Shore Excursion: Helsinki and Medieval Porvoo

Uopera tours

Helsinki Highlights Tour by car with photo stops (4 hrs) and tour of the medieval village of Porvoo (1 hrs). You'll see Esplanadi and Mannerheim streets, Market Square, Central Train Station, National Museum, Presidential Palace, Uspensky cathedral, Finlandia Hall, Finlandia Concert Hall, Opera House, Parliament Building, Temppeliaukio Church, Sibelius Park, etc.

Inclusions: Professional English-speaking tour guide for 5 hrs, Pick-up from port by comfortable a/c bus appropriate for the group size, Professional driver services for 5 hrs, Drop-off at the port by bus, Smiles and positive experience

Exclusions: Tips/Gratuity, Any admissions/donations

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