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Social programme

Enjoy yourself at the ICSTI Annual Conference 2010 in Helsinki! Choose yours among a  choice of social activities (subject to amendments):

  • Conference dinner, June 10, 2010
  • Visit to the Suomenlinna fortress, including supper,  June 11, 2010
  • Post-conference trip to Tallinn, Estonia, June 11-12, 2010
  • Visit to the  Arabia Centre (Finnish design china homeware and tableware), only for those participating in ICSTI members' meetings and accompanying persons,  June 8, 2010

Please, remember to indicate your choices when registering. See Registration and fees.

June 11, 2010, from 17:45 o'clock to 22 o'clock

Minimum number of persons required: 20. Price: 78 e per person (VAT included). For booking and terms of cancellation, see Registration.

The Suomenlinna evening tour with an English-speaking guide will start from the Market Square in Helsinki. You will meet your guide and board a ferry to Suomenlinna fortress island. The boat ride takes 25 minutes.
The Suomenlinna, Sveaborg fortress was built during the Swedish era as a maritime fortress and a base for the archipelago fleet. Work on the fortress was begun in the mid-18th century on the five rocky islands situated just off Helsinki in the Gulf of Finland. The project was the largest and most expensive one in Europe in those days. Today, Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World heritage site and one of Helsinki's most popular tourist attractions.

You will see the Suomenlinna Experience, a wide-screen presentation, and have a guided tour around the island. The tour will end at Restaurant Suomenlinnan Panimo (Brewery) where you'll enjoy dinner. After dinner, you return to the ferry and back to the Market Square.

Preliminary schedule, June 11, 2010:

  • 17:45 o'clock: Meeting point at the Market Square by the Kolera pool with the guide

  • 18:00 - 18.25: Ferry to Suomenlinna
  • 18:30 - 19.00: Suomenlinna Experience, a wide-screen presentation
  • 19:00 - 20:00: Walking tour of Suomenlinna, ending at the Panimo (Brewery) restaurant
  • 20:00 - 21:15: Informal supper at Panimo, a beer and zakuska menu
  • 21.30: Return from Suomenlinna by the ferry to the Market Square
  • 22:00: The tour ends at the Market Square.

TOUR TO TALLINN, ESTONIA, June 11 - 12, 2010

Minimum number of persons required: 20.
Price: 175 e per person in a single room, 155 e per person in a double room (VAT included). Prices are subject to change. For booking and terms of cancellation, see Registration.

The post-conference tour to Tallinn with an overnight accommodation at  Swissôtel, a first class hotel in Tallinn, includes the cruise by a shuttle boat, a guided walking tour of Tallinn and transfers in Tallinn from the harbour to the hotel and back.

The origins of Tallinn date back to the 13th century when a castle was built there. The settlement quickly grew into a busy port, and Tallinn became a major centre of the Hanseatic League, a chain of European trading cities. Taliinn's Old Town with its cobblestone streets, massive city walls and mighty towers captures the feeling of the medieval era with the charm of its own.

Schedule, June 11, 2010

  • 16:30 o'clock: Meeting point at the Länsisatama terminal in Helsinki
  • 17:30: Departure from Helsinki by a shuttle boat
  • 19:30: Arrival in Tallinn (local time)

You will meet your local guide and coach at the terminal and be transferred directly to your hotel. Check-in at the hotel and the evening free to explore the city on your own.

Schedule, June 12, 2010

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 9:00 o'clock: Start of a 2-hour sightseeing tour on foot. The tour takes you to the Old City of Tallinn; comfortable shoes are needed. You will see the Castle Hill Toompea with its old bastions and towers, and walk around the fortresses, parks and small alleys to the Town Hall Square and visit the Dome Church.
  • 11:00 (about): Free time for lunch and shopping
  • 12:30: Transfer from the hotel to the terminal with a private coach and guide
  • 14:00: Departure from Tallinn, Terminal D, by a shuttle boat to Helsinki
  • 16:00: Arrival in Helsinki (local time)

VISIT TO THE ARABIA CENTRE, DESIGN TOUR (for those participating in ICSTI members' meetings, and acoompanying persons)
June 8, 2010, starting at 16:30 o'clock, duration 2.5 hours

Minimum number of persons: 30

Arabia is a famous brand of Finnish design porcelain homeware and tableware since the 1870's.

On this tour you will visit the Arabia Porcelain museum and factory. The tour starts with a glass of sparkling wine followed by the factory visit. Nowadays the dishes are made of stoneware. You will see how the raw material is moulded into plates, cups and bowls. You'll also see how some of the dishes are painted or decorated with stickers and then glazed and burned in high temperatures. Most of the work is done by machines but handicraft is still needed in the process.
After the visit, you have time to explore the Arabia shop for souvenirs.
Return transfer to the hotel is included.