Today is at your leisure for further exploration of this city with a plethora of options. On the beautiful Canal Route Sightseeing Cruise, you'll get to see the most beautiful shorelines in Helsinki and many fabulous sights, including the Helsinki Zoo on Korkeasaari Island, the impressive fleet of icebreakers and of course, Degero Canal. Along the way you will also hear about Helsinki's fascinating history. For sightseeing on your own, the Kiasma and Ateneum museums with their fine collections of Finnish art should not be missed. You can also take the ferry to Suomenlinna, an 18th-century sea fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later in the day, stop at the Loyly Sauna for a true Finnish experience. It's guaranteed to give your body a renewed sense of energy after such an invigorating day. Both the canal cruise and sauna can be booked through Avanti before departing the US. Dinner will be on your own this evening, and afterwards, perhaps take in a concert at Temppeliaukio, where you can appreciate amazing acoustics in an underground church hewn from solid rock. If you're lucky enough to be in Helsinki during its gloriously long summer days, make sure to spend some time relaxing in the late evening sun on one of the city's many excellent beer terraces.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Helsinki)