$ 1,025.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,790.00 (single traveler)
3-4* centrally located
10 nights accommodations with breakfast and taxes
9 days compact car with unlimited mileage, taxes
Arrive Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Overnight in Helsinki.
Pick up rental car after breakfast. Travel today along the quiet byways to the historic town of Turku, leave the main roads by using the King’s Road tourist route wind through fascinating small towns, charming villages and scenic countryside. The historic road, which once linked the Kingdom of Sweden with the Russian Empire, offers a wealth of cultural heritage sites worth a visit, including the ruins of the Raasepori Castle, the Mustio Manor and Fiskars Ironworks. As the oldest city and the former capital of Finland, Turku is home to the most remarkable medieval landmarks of the country, including the Castle and the Cathedral. Aboa Vetus Museum shows the history of Turku and remains of early settlements. The wooden workshop houses of the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum tell tales about the trades and city life of days gone by. Overnight in Turku.
A lovely drive through Naantali with its charming wooden houses. The coastal town of Rauma is home to the biggest complete area of old wooden buildings that has been preserved in the Nordic countries. Enjoy a walk in the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and step inside a lace shop to see a demonstration of lace-making, a 200-year-old tradition in Rauma. Overnight in Rauma.
Finland’s oldest inland town, Hämeenlinna, boasts a 700-year-old brick castle, which is one of Finland’s medieval fortifications. Other attractions include the birthplace and childhood home of the world-famous composer Jean Sibelius and the lovely Aulanko Park. Overnight in Hameenlinna.
Take a leisurely walk to enjoy the magnificent Aulanko Park and climb up the old observation tower for stunning views of the Finnish forest and lake landscape at its most genuine. Overnight in Hameenlinna.
Interesting places of visit on the Hämeenlinna-Tampere route include the medieval stone church in Hattula, the Iittala Glass Museum and factory shop, and the Visavuori home museum in Valkeakoski. With an industrial heritage, Tampere has an-array of museums that show the culture of the working class such as Amuri Museum of Workers’ Housing. Vapriikki museum centre is located in an old industrial complex by the Tammerkoski Rapids and Sara Hildén Art Museum houses a fine collection of modern art. Overnight in Tampere.
On the Tampere-Jyväskylä route it is worth making the detour to Mänttä. Gösta Serlachius Museum of Fine Arts at Mänttä is home to an outstanding private art collection. The old wooden church at Petäjävesi with a history dating back over 250 years is a fine example of vernacular architectural tradition. Jyväskylä Region is renowned for buildings designed by the internationally acclaimed Alvar Aalto. Overnight in Jyväskylä.
In Mikkeli the Kenkävero handicrafts center, earlier the largest wooden vicarage in Finland, is worth visiting for its beautiful architecture and gardens. Overnight in Mikkeli.
The route from Mikkeli via Puumala and Imatra to Lappeenranta passes through some of the most spectacular lake scenery in Finland. In the historical fortress area of Lappeenranta there are workshops of local artists and craftsmen. Wolkoff House museum from the 19th century portrays the life of a Russian trading family. The orthodox church bears witness to the eastern influences on the Karelian culture. Overnight in Lappeenranta.
From Lappeenranta it is possible to continue back to Helsinki via Kotka, a town with maritime heritage, and visit the imperial fishing lodge built on the banks of the Langinkoski Rapids. Another option is to drive via Kouvola and then turn off to Jaala to visit the unique Verla Mill Museum and Village. Other points of interest along the journey include the old ironworks village in Ruotsinpyhtää dotted with red 18th-century workers’ houses, and the idyllic old quarter of Porvoo with its narrow cobblestone lanes and handicraft boutiques. Helsinki offers a wide variety of things to experience ranging from art, design and an array of architectural gems to great shopping facilities and cultural offerings. Proximity to the sea and forest gives Helsinki its distinctive ambience. Overnight in Helsinki.
After breakfast drop rental car downtown or airport. End of program.