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Finnish Culture & Alvar Aalto's Hidden Gem

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Starting from $225.74 CAD / Adult
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind cultural exchange in the lakeside home of a renowned Finnish opera singer and his musical wife. You'll travel to the shores of Lake Tuusula for a visit to the treasured home of Antti Pesonen and Elina Viitaila. He, a renowned opera singer, and she, a pianist, their home was designed by celebrated architect Alvar Aalto who died in May 1976 and presents an enchanting harmony between the beautiful natural surroundings. Meet your hosts who'll lead you on a tour of the property and tell you a bit about their home and their personal journeys. Sit down to a light lunch of local dishes, including fresh whitefish, succulent meatballs, potatoes, salads, and scrumptious Finnish cookies for dessert. You'll also be treated to a performance of classical music with Elina on keys and Antti providing the stirring vocals. Enjoy a unique taste of Finnish culture as you connect with this inviting, interesting and entertaining couple.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive that leads through the Finnish countryside to Lake Tuusula.
  • Visit the home of local opera singer, Antti Pesonen and his pianist wife Elina Viitaila, designed by celebrated architect Alvar Aalto.
  • Meet your hosts and enjoy a tour of the property, a light luncheon and a stirring musical performance.
What to BringShow
  • KeyCard and photo identification
  • Camera
  • Sun protection
  • Cash/credit cards
  • Local currency
  • Light jacket/sweater
What to WearShow
  • Walking shoes
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Important NotesShow
  • Guest must be able to walk approximately 1000 yards over an unpaved indoor floor.
  • Guests in wheelchairs and those with limited mobility should not select this tour.
  • Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting this tour.
  • Drive time to Villa Kokkonen is approximately 50 minutes.
Location Helsinki, Finland Helsinki, Finland
Tour Code HE4L HE4L
Duration4.50 Hours 4.50 Hours
Activity Level#Medium #Medium
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