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Finnish Lakeland

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A breath of fresh air in the pristine setting of Finland’s idyllic lakes, this short break takes you to the spellbinding shores and island-spangled waters of Lake Saimaa, the historic wooden houses of riverside Porvoo, and Europe’s northernmost medieval fortress

Making the most of long hours of daylight, taking a steamboat cruise on one of the loveliest lakes in the world, travelling through timeless topography to age-old settlements, and learning to bake traditional Karelian pies, this is a fabulous tour of Finland’s landscapes, history, and culture. Largely based amid the forests, lakes, and islets of the Great Saimaa system, the tour calls in at easy-tempo Mikkeli enroute to impossibly beautiful Savonlinna, spread across three islands linked by bridges, in the clear blue waters of Lake Sainaa. We visit Olavinlinna Castle, the sturdy stone fortress rising from the rocks of an islet to guard the Kyrösalmi strait. It’s said that if the walls could talk, they would tell a thousand stories; some are recalled in the castle’s museum. From here the route runs to little Kerimäki village, home to the largest wooden church in the world; to the Veijö Rönkkönen Sculpture Park, with hundreds of strange folkloric statues; and on a stunning journey across the lake-sprinkled landscape, leading to Rakokivi’s extraordinary, ice age formations. The stark bunkers of the Salpa Line mark Finland’s modern history; while 15thcentury, photogenic Porvoo is its second-oldest city, renowned for the red riverside houses.

Overview

  • Savonlinna  - 1 night
  • Puumala  - 2 nights
  • Porvoo  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Culture & Countryside Tour
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • Central Hotels
  • Local Expert Guide

A breath of fresh air in the pristine setting of Finland’s idyllic lakes, this short break takes you to the spellbinding shores and island-spangled waters of Lake Saimaa, the historic wooden houses of riverside Porvoo, and Europe’s northernmost medieval fortress

Notes:

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

Accommodation

Hotel Klaus K – Helsinki

A modern 4-star design hotel, on Bulevardi right in the centre of Helsinki. Breakfast room, restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 171 rooms with hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone - Savonlinna

A modern hotel on Savonlinna’s main square and right by Lake Saimaa. Restaurants, bar, sauna and WiFi (free). 84 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Sahanlahti Resort - Puumala

A simple, charming hotel built on a former sawmill by Lake Saimaa. Restaurants, saunas and WiFi (free). 9 rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar and TV. 5 private villas with kitchen-living room, bedroom, bathroom and some with private sauna.

Runo Hotel – Porvoo

A comfortable 4-star hotel in an art nouveau building dating from 1912, next to Porvoo Old Town gate. Restaurant, bar, sauna and WiFi (free). 54 rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Extra Nights

Stay in Helsinki before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Klaus K (per night) £95
Single supplement £85

Hotel Klaus K – Helsinki

A modern 4-star design hotel, on Bulevardi right in the centre of Helsinki. Breakfast room, restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 171 rooms with hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
Finnair from Heathrow

May
May 20 (Monday)

Was £2365

£ 2115

Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 6 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches 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.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • Single Supplement
  • £525
Flight Options
  • Finnair Business Class
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £200
  • Arrival transfer (Helsinki)
  • £88
  • Departure transfer (Porvoo to Helsinki Airport)
  • £135

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