Fascinating Cities and Lakes by Train (Independent)
8 Days Independent Train Travel from Helsinki, Hameenlinna, Tampere & Turku

Features and Inclusions

  • Accommodation in twin-bedded standard rooms with bath or shower

  • Buffet breakfast at hotels

  • 2nd class train tickets with seat reservation for the stretches: Helsinki to Hämeenlinna, Tampere to Turku and Turku to Helsinki

  • Boat ticket from Aulanko to Hotel Rosendahl, Tampere

  • Helsinki Card for 48 hours

  • NOTE! This is a non-escorted tour

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Preferred Hotels

Helsinki

Sokos Torni

Hämeenlinna

Rantasipi Aulanko

Tampere

Scandic Rosendahl

Turku

Hamburger Börs

Helsinki

Sokos Vaankuna

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Departures and Prices 2016

on Request from 

June 4 - August 6, 2016

 Starting Saturdays 

Per Person In Shared Twin

$ 1760.00

Single Room Supplement

$ 850.00

 

 

ITINERARY

 

Tour Southern Finland's major cities by train and stay at hotels nestled in a beautiful natural setting near water, providing a taste of the enchanting Finnish landscape at its most typical. The highlight of the tour is a scenic cruise on a blue lake. Helsinki is a city of contrasts, a high-tech metropolis by the sea with proximity to peaceful and quiet natural surroundings. Guided excursions are arranged to the pristine evergreen forests, and the best way to sense the beautiful archipelago scenery is to take a sightseeing cruise. The city offers a wide selection of museums, exhibitions, culture and shopping. Highlights include architectural gems of various styles and the Suomenlinna sea fortress, built on six islands off the city shore. Hameenlinna, the birthplace of Finland’s greatest composer Jean Sibelius, is a small lakeside town. Its main landmark is the Hame Castle, dating back to the end of the 13th century. Tampere, a city of blue lakes and green parks, had an important role in the early stages of industrialization in Finland. It grew by the surging rapids on a neck of land between two large lakes and is the largest city in the Thousand Lakes area, yet with a small town feel. Many of the old redbrick factory buildings today house interesting galleries and exhibitions. The river is the heart of Turku and in summer the riverbanks are pulsing with life. Finland’s first capital is home to some of the country’s most remarkable medieval landmarks, the Cathedral and the Castle. Also worth a visit is the unique open-air crafts museum at Luostarinmaki, which contains original timber houses and workshops offering an insight into work and life in the early 19th century. 

 

Day 1: Helsinki - A City by the Sea
Transfer on your own to your hotel, situated by the sea slightly out of the center and only a few steps from the nearest tram stop. You receive your travel documents at the hotel reception. Included is a 48-hour Helsinki card along with a booklet that contains details of the bonuses it offers. The card is an all-in-one public transportation and admission ticket, an easy way to discover Helsinki on your own. (O)

Day 2: Helsinki - Discovering the Capital City 
With the Helsinki Card, city tours are available free or at a discounted price. (O)

Day 3: Helsinki to Hameenlinna - Rural Lakeside Town
Travel by train to Hameenlinna. Transfer on your own to your lakeside hotel, just minutes by car from the center. Take advantage of the hotels wide choice of leisure activities or just stroll in the surrounding forest park. (O)

Day 4: Scenic Lake Cruise
Depart by boat from hotel pier for a lake cruise to Tampere. On the way, visit a famous sculptor’s former home and studio, now a museum exhibiting a wide selection of the artist’s works and those of his grandson, who was known as Finland’s most celebrated political cartoonist, entrance fee to be paid on spot. Disembark in the evening at the pier of your hotel in Tampere. (O)

Day 5: Tampere - City with an Industrial Heritage
Take a break in the hotel’s surroundings, a peaceful pine forest park, and enjoy spectacular views from an old red-brick observation tower situated on top of the impressive Pyynikki Ridge. The city’s sights, museums, shopping and nightlife are within a ten-minute bus ride.  (O)

Day 6: Tampere – Turku  - Medieval Landmarks 

Travel by train to Turku. Your hotel is located in the very heart of the city near the Market Square and with all the sights within easy reach. (O)

Day 7: Turku – Helsinki  - Back to Helsinki
Return by train to Helsinki. (O)

Day 8: Helsinki - Depart for Home
Transfer on your own to Helsinki-Vantaa airport.

B=Breakfast, O=Overnight                                                                    viaitsftb

 

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