Helsinki Art Nouveau to Post Modernism Escorted Tour

3 nights starting from
£1149

  • 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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22 - October - 2020 £ 1149.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Gatwick

Departing: 22nd October 2020 at 11:10

Returning: 25th October 2020 at 17:00

ITINERARY

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.

INCLUDED

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Helsinki
  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star Original Sokos Presidentti Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome drink and two dinners at the hotel (no drinks included)
  • Two lectures
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Mike Hope and tour manager throughout


NOT INCLUDED

  • Double for sole use supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities 

HOTELS

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

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YOUR LECTURER
Mike Hope
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. 


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Mike and Steve were brilliant as usual. The food in the Presidentii was outstanding - especially the breakfast. A very interesting itinerary for the whole 4 days.

Review by Dumville who travelled 24-October-2019


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No negatives with Mike Hope as guide and leading us all out in the cold and rain when Im sure we wouldn’t have seen as much without his enthusiasm. Look forward to his next Frank Lloyd trip to Western USA. (Went on his Chicago trip which was excellent)

Review by Anonymous who travelled 24-October-2019


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This was our first Travel Editions trip, so we were not quite sure what to expect. Mike as a guide/lecturer was not only very knowledgeable, interesting, enthusiastic and fun, but he had a way of being inclusive and making all group members feel valued and equal. It didn't matter that we didn't have background knowledge to the subject just a keen interest.This coupled with Steve, our tour manager, who was well organised and efficient with a good sense of humour made for an extremely informative, relaxed albeit busy and enjoyable trip. Helsinki was a fascinating city to visit and the hotel was well located although the service in the restaurant was slow, but the food good. Norwegian airlines was not the most efficient but very adequate. I would have quite liked to have known that no food was served on the airline, but this is a very small detail in the overall scheme of things. Office staff were very helpful and answered all our questions and dealt with our requests. I like the fact that we haven't been inundated with too much paper. We would certainly love to do another trip with Mike and are you going to be repeating the Frank Lloyd Wright trip to the States? Thank you to all.

Review by Smith who travelled 24-October-2019


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My second excursion with your company and it won't be the last, I hope. Both the tour lecturer, Mike Hope, and the tour manager, Steve Hartnell, were excellent. It made for a fascinating trip (just wish they could have arranged better weather). Hotel fabulous and Mike's knowledge of all sorts of subjects was very extensive. Steve made everything flow like clockwork - quite a skill.

Review by Richards who travelled 24-October-2019


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Well organised, interesting and informative. Excellent hotel and good food. The tour was up to the usual high standard we’ve come to expect from Travel Editions.

Review by Feely who travelled 24-October-2019


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 24-October-2019


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Steve's calm professionalism and Mike's knowledge and affability (you should bottle him) made for a top break. A great mix of ancient and modern in a very stylish city. The hotel was comfortable but for this traveller the food was pretty dire and unimaginative. Overall Excellent.

Review by Watson who travelled 24-October-2019


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The tutor was excellent and I was impressed by the friendly style of the tour manager and Mike. Found the hotel excellent but one major drawback for me was the poor quality (and quantity) of the evening meals. I did notice that an evening menu was available for visitors to the hotel but that was not the meal that we were given.The buffet style breakfasts were excellent.

Review by Etherington who travelled 24-October-2019


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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


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Another excellent study tour with Mike Hope whose knowledge and enthusiasm are infectious.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 23-October-2018


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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


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Excellent to Good company and knowledge of guide most informative

Review by Brown who travelled 23-October-2018


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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


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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


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Splendid. Give that man a medal!

Review by Roberts who travelled 05-October-2017


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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


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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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