3 nights starting from
More than 600 Art Nouveau buildings
The extraordinary Temppeliauk (Rock) Church
Kirkkonummi and the Hvittrask Studio
Superb museums devoted to art, architecture and design
Two lectures from expert, Mike Hope
Perhaps the least known of the four Nordic Capital Cities, Helsinki has in recent times been the World Design Capital (2012) and regularly voted the most liveable city in the world (2011). Called the ‘Daughter of the Baltic,’ its situation on the southern tip of the Vironniemi peninsula and 315 islands has along with its late urbanization, by European standards, produced the recipe for a unique and vibrant capital city. More than 600 Art Nouveau buildings survive and throughout the twentieth century, the city continued to develop a set of spectacular buildings. This and more are explored on this superb tour in the company of popular art and architectural historian, Mike Hope.
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Departing: 24th October 2019 at 11:10
Returning: 27th October 2019 at 17:00
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Departing: 22nd October 2020 at 11:10
Returning: 25th October 2020 at 17:00
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Helsinki
Transfer by coach for check-in to the hotel. This evening there will be a welcome reception, lecture, 'The history and Development of Helsinki' and dinner at the hotel. Building upon the Neo-Classical master plan of Engel in the first half of the nineteenth century, the city started out resembling St Petersburg. Continued expansion especially in the early twentieth century led to the construction of many new developments, particularly Art Nouveau and more modern innovative architecture. The city was the centre, in the fifties and sixties, of ‘Finnish Design’, and it should come as no surprise then that alongside all of this architecture are a remarkable set of museums and galleries. Through a series of walking tours, visits to a range of museums, galleries and supporting lectures, you will be introduced to the city of Saarinen and Aalto.
Day 2: Helsinki
This morning will be spent looking at some of the city’s 600 Art Nouveau buildings, referred to in Finland as National Romanticism, such as its magnificent train station dating from 1919. This afternoon, our exploration continues with visits to the excellent Finnish Museum of Architecture, dating from 1956 and the second oldest museum in the world dedicated to architecture. We will also visit the superb Museum and Design was founded in 1873 and now housed in a former school designed by architect, Gustaf Nystrom in 1894 in the neo-Gothic style. This evening a second lecture, 'From Saarinen to Aalto the Golden Age of Finnish Architecture and Design' and dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Helsinki
Our exploration of this under-rated but fascinating city will continue with a visit to the extraordinary rock-carved Temppeliauk Church (Rock Church), designed by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen in 1969. It is one of the city’s most popular visitor attractions with half a million visitors annually. We will also visit the Taidehalli, dating from 1928, which hosts changing exhibitions throughout the year, the National Museum of Finland which tells the nation’s history and the Ateneum Art Museum (Finland’s National Gallery), which houses works by Finnish and international artists, including Van Gogh’s “Street in Auvers-sur-Oise.”
Day 4: Kirkkonummi and the Hvittrask Studio
Depart hotel for visit to Kirkkonummi and the Hvittrask Studio, built in 1903 and an architectural jewel, inside and out, of the National Romantic style. It was the home and studio of Eliel Saarinen, where the Helsinki Railway Station plans were drawn up amongst many other monumental buildings, before returning to the airport for return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
Original Sokos Presidentti, Helsinki
Four-star hotel located in the heart of the city. The hotel has a restaurant, coffee bar and pub, as well as a sauna and swimming pool. Rooms all have private bathroom with bath/shower, TV, telephone and minibar.
Original Sokos Presidentti Website
Mike Hope author, lecturer, curator and designer, has spent more than twenty-five years at four universities (Staffordshire, Portsmouth, Nottingham Trent and Plymouth) and nearly thirty years delivering Summer School Programmes. He has lectured around the world and was a founder board member of The European Academy of Design. Alongside an extensive publication list, he has researched, designed and curated many exhibitions, and advised on stained glass to the Diocese of Exeter. He specialises in Art and Design History, early 20th Century architecture, Stained Glass; Churches and Cathedrals; the English Country House and Garden.
Helsinki is not the most obvious port of call for an architectural tour but it yielded up its many secrets in the company of genial Mike Hope who wears his knowledge lightly and put developments in the context of the political and social milieu of the time. The brochure does not do justice to the riches gleaned by the curious traveller. One learns so much. Tour manager and fixer upper Steve Hartnell made sure the schedule went to plan and brought a welcome note of irreverent humour. The pair were a great double act and helped make this a memorable visit. Full marks.
Review by Cole who travelled 23-October-2018
Another excellent study tour with Mike Hope whose knowledge and enthusiasm are infectious.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 23-October-2018
Good itinerary with excellent input from Mike Hope: whose knowledge and enthusiasm is unfailing. Not sure that a tour manager was necessary for one base and a small number in the group
Review by Vaigncourt-Strallen who travelled 23-October-2018
Excellent to Good company and knowledge of guide most informative
Review by Brown who travelled 23-October-2018
Our tour manager Mike Hope was excellent. I am already looking at his other tours. He is very enthusiastic about his subject, very well prepared, a good lecturer. In short the right person to lead a tour.
Review by Blackley who travelled 05-October-2017
Review by Sherman who travelled 05-October-2017
Review by Foulger who travelled 05-October-2017
Our leader Mike made this a very enjoyable trip - his enthusiasm and expertise are boundless ! I loved the trip to Saarinen's house on the last day & felt privileged to have done it. Helsinki is much smaller than I'd realised & the museums are consequently also much smaller - I think maybe less time could be allowed for some of those visits (e.g Design). Also, given Mike's knowledge, which he freely shares, I think the guide at the National Gallery was quite unnecessary.
Review by O'Sullivan who travelled 05-October-2017
Splendid. Give that man a medal!
Review by Roberts who travelled 05-October-2017
Review by Muller who travelled 05-October-2017
Mike Hope does an excellent job. His enthusiasm for his subject is amazing, considering the number of tours he leads. Helsinki is a very expensive city, but the tour allowed personal costs to be adjusted to most people's budget.
Review by Mr Alexander Tosh who travelled 29-September-2016
Review by Miss Janet McLeavy who travelled 29-September-2016
a very enjoyable and interesting tour and an excellent knowledgeable tour leader
Review by Mr David Churchill who travelled 29-September-2016
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