Crystal Lakes & Pristine Forests

Tour ID: PS16

Tour Info

Duration: 11 Days
/ 10 Nights
Countries: Finland
Seasons: Summer
Available: May - End September

Experience the Land of the Thousand Lakes. The seemingly endless lakes in Finland`s lake district are punctuated by several communities that come to life in the summer – from sophisticated Helsinki in the south to Karelia in the east with it’s distinctive culture, flavored by the historical influence of the Orthodox faith and the hospitable character of the Karelian people.

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Highlights:

✔ Picturesque Porvoo
✔ Sand sculpture in Lappeenranta (June - August)
✔ World's largest wooden church
✔ Historical Turku

Price Includes:

Accommodation based on twin/double share. Single Supplement applies
✔ 10 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities
✔ 10 Scandinavian buffet breakfasts
✔ Accommodation in 3* hotels; rates for other categories on request
✔ Half board is available at some hotels; rates on request

Price Excludes:

✖ Tour does not include rental car. Rates available on request.

Itinerary

Arrival in Helsinki according to your own itinerary. Helsinki, the capital of Finland, was founded in 1550 by the Swedish king. In 1917, Finland gained its independence and Helsinki became the capital of the new republic. Helsinki is a vibrant, modern city, surrounded
by water.

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy sightseeing to discover Helsinki, we recommend the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral and the Temppeliaukio Church. Start your selfdrive vacation in direction of Hämeenlinna, birthplace of the composer Jean Sibelius, to visit its beautiful Medieval castle. Continue north passing by the Aulanko’s park until you reach Tampere, the third largest city in Finland. There are 200 lakes and ponds in Tampere and a total of 450 in the entire region. We recommend visiting the Tammerkoski rapids that run through the city.

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your journey visiting the village of Stundars in Korsholm, a large open-air museum and a living centre of culture and art. In the afternoon, arrival in Vaasa, located at the narrowest point of the Gulf of Bothnia, only 80 km from Umeå in Sweden. Vaasa is known to be Finland’s sunniest town. The sea with its countless islands makes it a perfect place for boating, fishing and exploring the archipelago. Spend the night overlooking the sea from a comfortable Glass House. Accommodation at Kalles Inn

Breakfast at the hotel. Time to discover the region including Jakobstad with its famous ‘School Gardens’. The park is an architectural masterpiece and an outdoor stage for summer events. Pass by Kalajoki, a well-known tourist attraction due to long sandy beaches, before arriving in Oulu. Visiting the Rotuaari Pedestrian Street and Market Square will immerse you in the city’s atmosphere. Don’t miss the City Park’s Hupisaaret islands and the Tietomaa Science Centre.

Breakfast at the hotel and enjoy your trip through Finnish Lapland until you arrive in its capital, Rovaniemi, situated close to the Arctic Circle. Rovaniemi is the hometown of Santa Claus who can be met on any day of the year at the Santa Claus Office in the Arctic Circle.

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will continue your journey crossing a beautiful landscape of hills, rivers and lakes. Ranua is located 80km south of Rovaniemi; here you can visit the Rauna Wildlife Park where you will have the chance of seeing Nordic and Arctic animals. Arrival in Kuusamo located in the east of Finland in Oulu Province on the border with Russia.

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Kuusamo in southern direction passing by the Kajaani region in the centre of Finland. Summer days in Kajaani are very long, thanks to the Midnight Sun. Here you can enjoy a wildlife watching safari. Visit the Kajaani Castle ruins; the castle played an important role in the early history of the town. Kajaani offers excellent opportunities to those interested in culture, for example theatre and concerts arranged in Kaukametsä’s concert hall.

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will be back in the Lake’s region; you can pass by Koli located along the banks of the Pielinen Lake where you can enjoy an extraordinary view. On your arrival in Kuopio we recommend a visit to the Orthodox Church Museum of Finland with its beautiful icon collection. Boating, hiking and other forms of outdoor recreation are all found here.

Breakfast at the hotel. On your way south you can visit the Orthodox Monastery of New Valamo in Heinävesi, established in 1940 that has developed into a significant centre of Orthodox culture in Finland in recent decades. The monks live the communal spiritual life of a monastery which includes the principle that the monastery should earn its own living. Its principal source of livelihood nowadays is tourism. Continue your trip to admire the breath-taking scenery in Savonlinna which is famous for its annual opera festival.

Breakfast at the hotel and enjoy your day driving on the King’s Road, an old postal route dating back to the 14th century by which Swedish kings plundered eastward into Russia, and by which Russian tsars plundered back. Continue to Helsinki along the beautiful Gulf of Finland passing by Kotka and Porvoo, cities marked by Russian influence. Enjoy your evening in Helsinki.

Breakfast at the hotel and day at leisure before your departure according to your own itinerary.

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