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Travel Period 01.05. – 30.09.2021 On this trip you will experience the Land of the Thousand Lakes. The seemingly endless lakes in Finland`s lake district are punctuated by several communities that come to magical life in the summer, from Imatra and Lappeenranta in the south to the town of Savonlinna with its medieval island castle. The Karelia region gives you a taste of the distinctive culture, flavored by the historical influence of the Orthodox faith and the hospitable character of the Karelian people
Detailed Itinerary

Arrival in Helsinki according to your own itinerary. Helsinki is a modern cultural city which, throughout 450 years of history, has existed in the crosscurrents of the East and West. The colorful layers of history can be seen everywhere. Accommodation in 3* hotel in Helsinki city center

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Helsinki in eastern direction. We recommend a stop in Porvoo, a small, idyllic town which is the second oldest in Finland. Continue driving east, past the boarder town of Vaatimaa to Lappeenranta which is the center of the South Karelia region. It is a city renowned for its natural beauty and its happy
Karelian character. Accommodation in 3* hotel in Lappeenranta (2 nights)

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at your own disposal. We recommend a two hour cruise on Lake Saimaa. Also you should not miss one of Lappenranta`s most famous attractions: the sand castle. A huge sand sculpture located close to the harbor area, which can be visited from June to August. In the evening we recommend an excursion to the
Imatrankoski Rapids close to Imatra, which have been attracting visitors for over 200 years. Today tourists can admire the daily rapids shows which are organized every evening during summer (midJune to mid-August).

Breakfast at the hotel. Today’s drive will give you the opportunity to experience the famous lake lands. Drive along Lake Saimaa towards Imatra. From Imatra, continue in Northern direction to Savonlinna, host of the famous Opera Festival. From Savonlinna continue your drive north past Kerimäki (worth a stop to visit the world’s largest
wooden church!) and Vihtari to Joensuu, located next to the Russian border. It is a university town and the lively capital of the North Karelia Region. Accommodation in 3* hotel in Joensuu

Breakfast at the hotel. From Joensuu head into western direction, passing Varkaus on your way to Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä is especially known for its rich variety of culture, museums, art exhibitions, concerts, events and theatre performances. Jyväskylä is the hometown of the world-famous architect Alvar Aalto and houses several buildings
designed by him. Accommodation in 3* hotel in Jyväskylä

Breakfast at the hotel. From Jyväskylä drive towards Tampere, located between two lakes, which differ in level by 18 meters. The Tammerkoski rapids linking them have been an important power source throughout history. Tampere is also the second most important urban centre in Finland after the Helsinki region. From Tampere continue to Turku, Finland’s oldest city and previous capital. The famous Mumin theme park, perfect for a day visit with the whole family, is located close to Turku in the coastal town of Naantali. Accommodation in 3* hotel in Turku city center

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive in western direction past Salo, often considered the original hometown of Nokia telephones, towards Helsinki. On your way you pass along the King's Road, a route comprising some of the oldest roads in northern Europe, starting in Bergen by the Atlantic Ocean and ending in St Petersburg by the Gulf of Finland. Accommodation in 3* hotel Helsinki city center

Breakfast at the hotel.

Trip Highlights

Self-drive

Departure Period

01 May, 2020 to 30 Sep, 2021
AUD 1,274 P P twin share
AUD 2,408 P P single

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