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Fabulous Finnish Lakes & Helsinki

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Visit: Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Savonlinna, Lakeland Area Rantasalmi, Jarvisydan Resort, Jarvisydan, Helsinki

Day 1: Helsinki

Arrival at Helsinki Airport. Transfer to your hotel by own arrangements. Check-in. Please consult the Via Hansa & Borealis welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director. The rest of the day at leisure to enjoy one of the many great restaurants the city has to offer.

Meals: Dinner 

Day 2: Helsinki, Lappeenranta

Breakfast at your hotel. We kindly ask you to be ready at the hotel lobby at 11.00 hours for departure at approximately 11.30 hours for a short panoramic city tour. Along the way you will admire the Senate Square, the University and the Lutheran Cathedral all displaying neoclassical architecture of the 1840’s, the colourful Market Square by the sea in the South Harbour, Kaivopuisto Park and diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument. Some free time before heading East via Kouvola to Lappeenranta. You will enjoy incredible views of the South Finland area, called Karelia. Arrival to a hotel, check-in and free time to explore and enjoy the many possibilities this hotel offers (Spa and swimming pools are open until 20:00 h.) Dinner at the hotel is included.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 3: Lappeenranta, Savonlinna, Lakeland Area Rantasalmi, Jarvisydan Resort

Breakfast at the hotel and meet up at the hotel reception to depart by private coach towards Punkaharju. We drive along the Road of the century, through one of the most beautiful natural scenarios in Finland always bordering the spectacular lakes, surrounded by old snow-covered forests and at some points, you will see the frozen lake on both sides of the road, no more than 10 meters from the shore of Lake Puruvesi to the shore of Lake Pihlajavesi. We arrive to Savonlinna, an enchanting small city founded in 1639 and dominated by the impressive Olavinlinna Castle, the northernmost medieval stone fortress still standing. Here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a local dish for lunch, “Muikku” consisting of small white fish caught from the nearby lake Saimaa, fried with rye flour and butter and served with fresh creamed potatoes (lunch not included). Later, we drive on towards Rantasalmi until we reach the spectacular Hotel & Spa Resort Jarvisydan, a place that will mesmerize you. This beautiful resort was founded in 1658 by direct orders of Karl X Gustavs, king of Sweden. After the war between Russia and Sweden, the Swedish king and the Russian tsar agreed that travelers should have a place to rest and eat every 30 Km. The actual owners are direct descendants of the first Heiskanen family member that received a 600-hectare in the Porosalmi peninsula, thanks to good military service. Check-in and prepare yourself to relax and enjoy all the different wellness experience this beautiful place has to offer. We will have 3 nights’ accommodation in spectacular Scenery Suites newly developed cottages, with a glass ceiling. Note that Scenery Suites have only double beds, for guests, who chose twin beds three nights’ accommodation in Jarvisydan hotel, instead of Scenery Suites. Dinner at the hotel in the medieval restaurant Piikatytto is included.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Jarvisydan

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from the hotel by private coach. Short drive to Sahanlahti Resort for a day in the snow where you will enjoy the peace of the frozen white landscape around the resort including lunch in the warms of the restaurant. We will start this group activity by warming up the body with the guidance of our local guide, walking in the snow with snowshoes is good exercise and fun, but it demands concentration and physical effort. We will follow the guide and if the ice on the lake is strong enough to support walking on it (the local guide will decide if this is the case) the group will move into the frozen lake and walk still following the guide’s instructions. You will have an amazing time doing this activity. After lunch, we begin the drive back to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy all the different wellness experience this beautiful place has to offer. The Scenery Suites are located close to the lakeshore of the resort so you can enjoy the beautiful lake views and the scenery of Linnansaari National Park. With a big roof window, you can enjoy the beautiful dark sky with the stars, and maybe even the Nordic Lights. Dinner at the hotel is included.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Jarvisydan

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy the Spa or to take one or two of the optional safaris offered around this area. The Spa of the hotel offers a great recreative area with different types of saunas, ice swimming, treatments, etc. Dinner at the hotel after a long day, full of optional activities.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Jarvisydan, Helsinki

Breakfast at the hotel and meet up at the hotel reception to drive back to Helsinki via the cities of Mikkeli and Lahti. On arrival to Helsinki, you will have the time to enjoy the city, visit the interesting boutiques with the famous Finnish design and enjoy a nice dinner in many of the excellent restaurants the city has to offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Helsinki, Departure

Breakfast at the hotel and end of the tour. Transfer to the airport by your own arrangement.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Highlights:

  • The Nordic Capitals of Stockholm & Helsinki
  • Overnight cruise on the Baltic, exterior cabin
  • Breathtaking landscapes
  • The Finnish Lakeland of Southern Karelia
  • SPA & Wellness
  • Three night’s accommodation in Scenery Suites
  • Winter activities
  • Snowmobiling
  • Ice floating
  • Reindeers
  • Finnish smoke sauna
  • Historical visits

 

Escorted Tour Includes:

  • 6 Nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 6 Breakfasts, Buffet Style
  • 4 Dinners & 1 Lunch (all Lunches & Dinners are 3-course meals or buffets including coffee unless otherwise specified)
  • Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 2 to Day 6 inclusive
  • City tour of Helsinki
  • The long-distance coach from day 2-6 offers WIFI
  • All tours and transportation, as mentioned in the program
  • Visits, excursions, and entrances as mentioned in the program
  • Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris as mentioned in the program. For further information please consult the general conditions
  • Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person

 

Not Included: 

  • Beverages or any extras
  • Porter Service
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
Optional Tours:
  • Beginners snowmobile trip
  • Ice Floating in Oravi Channel
  • Visit a Reindeer farm and sleigh Safari

 

Hotels: 

4 Star Category Hotels:
  • Sokos Presidentti
  • Hotel & Spa Resort Jarvisydan
  • Holiday Club Saimaa

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (bo)

Package Information

  • Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights
  • Departures: January - March 2020
  • Cities Visited: Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Savonnlinna, Lakeland Area Rantasalmi, Jarvisydan Resort, Jarvisydan, Helsinki
  • Price From: $ 2,058