Finnish Lakeland

Discover the delightful lakeside town Savonlinna, explore its northernmost medieval fortress and stay at a charming, small hotel by breathtaking Lake Saimaa

Listed in the top 5 most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Saimaa’s breathtaking scenery and the strong spirit of it’s people make it a special destination. Saimaa’s sparkling, pure waters are dotted with 14,000 islands, making it a winding labyrinth filled with purest nature.

The delightful Finnish lakeside town of Savonlinna is built on three islands and joined together by bridges. Medieval Olavinlinna Castle, one of the best-preserved in Scandinavia, has kept guard over the swiftly-flowing straits of Kyronsalmi for over 500 years.

Key Features

Culture & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
Central Hotels
Local Expert Guide 
Small Group Size: 6 – 18

Special Event

Karelian Pie Baking

Like the Hairy Bikers before you, discover the old art of making tasty Karelian pies at Paula’s country farmhouse.

Special Departure

Savonlinna Opera Festival - 12 July 2021

This departure coincides with the annual international festival. Add an optional evening opera performance of Carmen by Georges Bizet in the covered courtyard of Olavinlinna Castle (£150 – Price group 3).

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Helsinki. Transfer via Mikkeli, the former border town between Sweden and Russia and a bustling trading point during that period, to Savonlinna (4 hrs) for overnight at 4-star Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone (July - Summer Hotel Tott).

Day 2 Tour of the 15th-century three-tower Olavinlinna Castle, the northernmost medieval stone fortress still standing followed by a steam boat cruise around Lake Saimaa. Visit Kerimäki Church, the largest wooden church in the world. Travel via Veijö Rönkkönen Sculpture Park to Sahanlahti Resort for a two night stay. (B, D)

Day 3 Scenic drive over many bridges and ferry crossings to Niinisaari. Enjoy a lesson baking Karelian Pastries at a local house followed by home-cooked buffet lunch. Visit to Rakokivi, a geological formation from the ice age and Puumala lakeside town to view a Salpa Line steel and concrete bunker. Optional evening sauna (bookable locally). (B, L)

Day 4 Travel via Imatra and Lappeenranta to Porvoo. Walking tour of the idyllic old town with its well-preserved wooden houses and cobble-stoned streets. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Haikko Manor & Spa. (B)

Day 5 Transfer to Helsinki airport. Return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes
This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot and sites with steps/inclines and uneven surfaces.

2021

per person in a twin/double room
Finnair from Heathrow

Date Price
June 21 £1425
July 12 £1445
August 9 £1325

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £355
(Aug £285)

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £195

Extension Options

Extra nights – Helsinki
Glo Kluuvi (per night) £115 (Jul £85)
Single supplement £105 (Jul £75)

Independent Arrival

Save £200 
Arrival transfer with group included
Departure transfer add £50

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 4 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

 

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