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IEHC 2006

XIV International Economic History Congress

Helsinki, Finland, 21 to 25 August 2006


Several excursions were arranged for the congress particpants. The TAVI Congress Bureau handled the reservations for the three excursions listed below.

Evening cruise on traditional coastal sailers
The beautiful south-coast archipelago is the scenery you will be able to enjoy on our Wednesday-evening cruise. We have charted several traditional Finnish auxiliary coastal sailers. The cruise will take you along the city's shores and through its beautiful island network.
Date/time: Wednesday 23 August 2006, at 16.00 or 19.00
Duration: 3 hours
Departure: Halkolaituri/Vedkajen, Pohjoissatama/Norra hamnen (North Harbour)
Price: 55 EUR per person
A light supper (fish soup) is included in the price and you will be able to purchase refreshments on board. When making your reservation please indicate your preference concerning the departure time.
Deadline for bookings: There are still few places available for the earlier cruise. The later cruise is in practice fully booked.
In case you have booked, but are unable to attend, please remember to cancell.

Iittala – Hämeenlinna tour
This guided (in English) full-day coach trip to the Iittala Glass Centre will include a visit to the glass museum and the factory shop (Iittala, Arabia, Hackman and Rörstrand). Lunch will be served in Katinen Manor, which offers a unique atmosphere in a traditional manor house milieu. The tour will continue to Hämeenlinna to the birthplace of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (Tuesday 22 August), or to the medieval redbrick Häme Castle (Thursday 24 August).
Date: Tuesday 22 August and Thursday 24 August 2006
Duration/departure: 9.00 – 17.00, from Metsätalo/Forsthuset
Price: 68 EUR per person
Price includes: guide services, entrance fees, coffee/tea and lunch
Minimum group size: 30 persons

Lahti – Kuusankoski – Verla tour
This guided (in English) full-day coach trip will start with a visit to Lahti, a modern lakeside city on Lake Vesijärvi, and a visit to the Sibelius Hall, which is a model example of new technology and modern wood construction. Lunch will be served in Kuusankoski at the Kymen Paviljonki. The tour will continue to the UPM Kymi paper mill, which is a modern finepaper factory on the river Kymi. The tour will conclude with a visit to the Verla Mill Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, which will give you a vivid picture of life at the paper mill in the 19th century.
Date: Tuesday 22 August 2006
Duration/departure: 8.30 – 19.00, from Metsätalo/Forsthuset
Price: 65 EUR per person
Price includes: guide services, entrance fees, coffee/tea and lunch
Minimum group size: 30 persons


Helsinki and its surroundings offer a wide and interesting range of sightseeing tours for visitors. Below is a list of excursions offered by various tour operators. Please note that these are just a small sample of what is on offer. If you would like to take any of these excursions you should contact the respective tour operator directly. Please note that the local congress organisation is not able to make any bookings.

HELSINKI EXPERT (tel. +358 9 22881600, fax +358 9 22881299, sightseeing@helsinkiexpert.fi, www.helsinkiexpert.fi) offers a wide range of sightseeing tours in and around Helsinki (advance booking recommended):

1. Nuuksio National Park
The Nuuksio National Park is about 45 minutes' drive from Helsinki and covers an area of 37 square kilometres of beautiful Finnish nature.

2. The Old Town of Porvoo (Borgå)
With its town plan from the Middle Ages, picturesque houses and yards and narrow streets, this is a historically unique wooden-town milieu. The symbols of Porvoo – red warehouses on the riverbank – tell a story of seafaring and trading.

3. Sibelius' home and Art Nouveau architecture
The first stop is at the Art Nouveau -style Hvitträsk, a house set in the middle of the forest on a hill over-looking the beautiful Lake Vitträsk. The tour continues to Lake Tuusula, along whose shores a large number of Finnish artists settled at the turn of the 20th century. It concludes with a visit to Ainola, the home of the well-known Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, which is now a museum.

4. Helsinki City tours
These sightseeing tours take in the most interesting parts of Helsinki, such as the historical centre, the President's Office, the City Hall, the Parliament buildings, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House.

FINLAND TRAVEL BUREAU (Kaivokatu 10 A, FI-00100 Helsinki, tel. +358 10 82621, fax +358 10 8262104, e-mail: fft.incoming@smt.fi, www.ftb.net) offers a wide range of excursions in Finland and to her neighbouring countries, including Russia. Please direct all enquiries concerning these excursions directly to Finland Travel Bureau.

1. St. Petersburg, 26 - 28 August 2006, EUR 340
(train Sibelius)
Saturday 26 August 2006:
Departure from Helsinki railway station at 07.42
Arrival in St. Petersburg at 14.30 local time
Monday 28 August 2006:
Return from St Petersburg railway station at 16.28 local time
Arrival in Helsinki at 21.22
Tour includes: Coach and guide for transfers, a city tour (3 hours, entrance fees not included), overnight at hotel Moscow (business twin room), buffet breakfast, visa support letter to Russia, and reservation fee of the tour.
Single supplement: EUR 95
Booking reference: IEHC06

Please note that a visa is compulsory for all passengers. Each passenger must apply in advance for a visa in his/her country of domicile. The visa application must be accompanied by confirmation documents provided by Finland Travel Bureau. To obtain the necessary visa support letter, FTB needs to know the personal data of each passenger (i.e. surname, first names, date of birth, sex, nationality and passport number).

2. Tallinn, 26 - 27 August 2006, EUR 150
(catamaran Silja Superseacat Four)
Saturday 26 August 2006:
Departure from Helsinki, Makasiini terminal at 08.00
Arrival in Tallinn at 09.40 local time
Sunday 27 August 2006:
Departure from Tallinn, D-terminal at 16.15 local time
Arrival in Helsinki at 17.55
Tour includes: Return cruise by catamaran Helsinki - Tallinn - Helsinki, city sightseeing tour (3 hours), entrance fee to the Dome Church, overnight at hotel L'Ermitage, and hotel transfers.
Single supplement: EUR 40
Booking reference: IEHC06

Citizens of some nations need a visa for entry into one or all three of the Baltic Countries. It is of extreme importance that you check the up-to-date visa requirements at the time of booking.

3. Lapland, 26 - 27 August 2006, EUR 505
(Finnair. Rate, if a minimum of 2 persons)
Saturday 26 August 2006:
Departure from Helsinki domestic terminal at 11.20, arrival in Ivalo at 13.00
Sunday 27 August 2006:
Departure from Ivalo at 17.05, arrival in Helsinki at 18.45
Tour includes: Flight tickets Helsinki - Ivalo - Helsinki, overnight in log cabin with breakfast, transfers in Ivalo with private coach and local guide, lunch and dinner at Kota restaurant, trip to Kaunispää Fell.
Guaranteed only on request basis.
Single supplement: EUR 45
Booking reference: IEHC06

4. Stockholm, 26 - 28 August 2006, EUR 290
(boat Silja Serenade)
Saturday 26 August 2006:
Departure from Helsinki, Olympialaituri at 17.00
Sunday 27 August 2006:
Arrival in Stockholm at 09.30 local time
Return from Stockholm, Värtahamnen at 17.00 local time
Monday 28 August 2006:
Arrival in Helsinki at 09.55
Tour includes: Seaside cabin for two persons with breakfasts, sightseeing tour (3 hours) with private coach and guide, and return transfer back to harbour in Stockholm.
Booking reference: IEHC06

Please note that a reservation/handling fee of EUR 25 per person will be charged and added on top of each tour rate.

This program is quoted in euros (EUR) and based on a minimum of 20 persons in the group. All prices stated in this offer are net and include VAT (Value Added Tax).

Booking conditions
A non-refundable handling fee of EUR 25 per person will secure and hold reservations for your tour. The balance of payment is due 60 days before departure. Full payment is due at the time of booking if the reservation is made 60 days or less before the departure date.

Cancellations be made in writing to Finland Travel Bureau Ltd. If you cancel your tour: at least 35 days prior to departure: full refund, except the handling fee (EUR 25 per person); 34-15 days prior to departure: 50% refund; 14-2 days prior to departure: 20% refund. Cancellations made less than 2 days prior to departure, no show or interrupted tour: no refund.

All prices are per person unless otherwise specified and are valid when there are minimum 20 persons per tour, unless otherwise mentioned.

Finland Travel Bureau Ltd. reserves the right to cancel the tours and inform all parties concerned, thereof, one month prior to the departure date at the latest.

All tour costs are based on tariffs and exchange rates in effect in March 2006 and are subject to change. We reserve the right to change the prices in the event of devaluation of the euro, increase in taxes or service charges, or other such events beyond our control. We cannot assume responsibility for acts of omission of any person or firm other than Finland Travel Bureau Ltd. The operator is not responsible for accidents, loss, detention, annoyance, delays and expenses arising from the same, quarantine, strikes, force majeure, failure of boats or coaches to arrive and depart as scheduled, disturbances, government restrictions or regulations, weather conditions, and other eventualities over which we have no control.

The hotel names mentioned in the programme are suggestive and subject to changes according to the booking situation. Timetables are subject to change. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made by Finland Travel Bureau Ltd. where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers.

For your own protection make sure that you have a valid travel insurance when travelling abroad.

Last updated on 6 September 2006