Fascinating Cities & Lakes

Fascinating Cities & Lakes– Finland –8 days / 7 nights, Helsinki - Hämeenlinna - Tampere - Lakeland Cruise - Turku - HelsinkiTour Southern Finland's major cities by train and stay at hotels nestled in natural settings near water. Explore the enchanting countryside and Finnish Lakeland; enjoy the beautiful archipelago scenery by sightseeing cruise on lakes with crystal clear water. Highlights include Helsinki, a high-tech metropolis by the sea, the Suomenlinna sea fortress, and Hämeenlinna, a small lakeside town and birthplace of Finland's greatest composer Jean Sibelius.

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Operation May 30 - August 3, 2015
Departure Departures on Saturdays and Mondays
May 30 - August 3, 2015
Price from $1,475 per person in double room
from $2,150 single room
from $830 extra bed in double room, adult
Included 7 nights hotel, twin-bedded standard rooms with bath or shower
Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
2nd class train tickets
Seat reservation for the stretches: Helsinki to Hämeenlinna,
Tampere to Turku and Turku to Helsinki
Boat tickets for scenic lake cruise, Aulanko to Hotel Rosendahl, Tampere
Helsinki Card for 48 hours
Not Included International airfare & Airport taxes
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
Please Note This is a Non-escorted tour.
Train tickets, seat reservations and accommodations are provided.
Tour Options Silja Line Cruise, Helsinki - Stockholm
Tallink, Helsinki - Tallinn
St. Peter Line cruise, Helsinki - Tallinn - St. Petersburg, visa free!

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Day 1 HELSINKI City by the Sea
Transfer on your own to your hotel, situated by the sea slightly out of the centre 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.

Torni Hotel

Day 2 HELSINKI (B) Discovering the Capital City.
With the Helsinki Card, city tours are available free or at a discounted price. Overnight at Sokos Hotel Torni.

Torni Hotel

Day 3 HÄMEENLINNA (B) Rural Lakeside Town.
Travel by train to Hämeenlinna. Transfer on your own to your lakeside hotel, just minutes by car from the centre. Take advantage of the hotels wide choice of leisure activities or just stroll in the surrounding forest park. Overnight at Hotel Rantasipi Aulanko in Hämeenlinna.

Hotel Rantasipi Aulanko

Day 4 LAKE CRUISE - TAMPERE (B) Scenic Lake Cruise.
Depart by boat from hotel pier for a lake cruise to Tampere. On the way, visit Visavuori, 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. Short walk from pier to hotel. Overnight at Scandic Hotel Rosendahl.

Scandic Hotel Rosendahl

Day 5 TAMPERE (B) 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. Overnight at Scandic Hotel Rosendahl.

Scandic Hotel Rosendahl

Day 6 TAMPERE - TURKU (B) 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. Overnight at Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs in Turku.

Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs

Day 7 TURKU - HELSINKI (B) Return by train to Helsinki (194 km). Overnight at the centrally located hotel Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, only a few steps from the railway station and the airport shuttle bus terminal.

Sokos Hotel Vaakuna

Day 8 DEPARTURE HELSINKI (B) After breakfast, transfer on your own to Helsinki-Vantaa airport.

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