All Our Finnish Portfolio Adventures

Hotel Torni

The domed ceiling and art deco inlaid wood panelling in the Torni’s reception speaks of something special. Once Finland’s tallest building the Ateljee Bar at the top of the building’s tower has the best views of Helsinki as do the loos which have outside glass walls. The rooms take you back to twenties elegance with tile stoves, wood flooring, claw feet bathtubs, all mod cons and are furnished in either art deco style or national romantic style. Twin rooms come in Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles with private WC/shower, TV, mini bar, tea/coffee tray. Not quite up to the Seurahuone on the pillows front, none the less each bed has 3 sizes and a memory foam mattress that adapts to your body based on your body heat and weight. Unmissable from Mannerheimintie Street, the Torni couldn’t be better placed for a short stay.

1st Day UK - Turku [170km from Helsinki]

fly to Helsinki’s Vantaa airport, collect your hire car and drive to Turku.Check in at the Centro Hotel and get to know the city before perhaps having dinner by the Aurajoki, or a drink on one of the boats moored on the river.

2nd & 3rd Days Turku & Naantali

Turku Castle is a culturally historical attraction that is over 700 years old that has a museum, which demonstrates the history of the Turku region from prehistory to present day with its frequent exhibitions, events and furnished style rooms. The Turku Cathedral is the national shrine of Finland. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Finland’s first bishop St. Henrik, the church was inaugurated in 1300. The Cathedral Museum in the southern gallery takes the visitor back in times to the 14th century. Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art hosts a collection of sculptors’ own works in various media and the city’s own art collection with works of regional artists. Naantali is a huddle of narrow lanes, pastel coloured clapboard houses; terrace cafes alongside the water’s edge, and dominating the townscape is the copper clad spire on the medieval church from the Brigittine convent on which the town was founded. And the local news is spread every evening before Vespers not by Twitter but by the Trumputtaja, a sort of Finnish Town Crier.

4th Day Turku – Tampere [162km]

Drive to Tampere and check in to the Solo Sokos Torni, a new hotel located in the heart of Tampere. Tampere is located on an isthmus between lakes Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, in beautiful ridge scenery with the Tamerkoski rapids being a nationally recognized landscape. Why not end your day in one of the three restaurants at your hotel and after dinner enjoy a drink in the Moro Sky Bar on the hotel’s 25th floor, from where the views over the heart of Tampere are spectacular.

5th Day Tampere – Lappeenranta [277km]

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel before heading to the beautiful lakeside town of Lappeenranta. Depending on the route you choose you can stop off at Sibelius’ birth place in Hammenlinna Check in to Scandic Hotel Partia, which is near the famous harbour, Old Town Fortress and city centre.

7th Day Lappeenranta –Vyborg - Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta together with the area’s magnificent nature on the shores of Lake Saimma has made the city a hub of lakeside tourism. Cruise on MS Carelia to the medieval city of Vyborg is a Russian town of about 80 000 inhabitants situated only 40 km from Lappeenranta by the Gulf of Finland. Vyborg was part of Finland until 1944. At that time, it was the second largest Finnish town after Helsinki. The town boasted an international atmosphere, several nationalities and cultures. In the Second World War Finland lost Vyborg to the Soviet Union.

8th Day Lappeenranta - Helsinki [230km]

Drive down to the coast and stop of in Porvoo with its red ochre clapboard buildings lining the banks of the river that runs through the town. This charming medieaval city was one of the furthest extensions of the Swedish empire into Finland and is worth trying hit at lunchtime and a meal at Zum Beispiel. Continue onto Helsinki, return your hire car and and check in at the Hotel Torni.

9th Day Helsinki

Helsinki is an eclectic mix of east and west set on a peninsula: a neo-classical gem with an art nouveau quarter laced with Alvar Aalto's spectacular modern architecture; smart pavement cafés on Esplanade; gourmet restaurants at less than London prices; concerts and ballet at Finlandia Hall and retail therapy for iconic design brands like Arabia and Iittala.

10th Day Helsinki - UK

Take breakfast in your hotel before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flight(s) from London Heathrow to Helsinki
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes
Complimentary beverages & pre booked in-flight meal
16 days (16 x 24hrs) car rental
Audi A3 Automatic including airport collection & drop off fees, unlimited mileage; theft protection & collision damage waiver insurances, all local mandatory taxes, Road Map & Insight Guide to Finland Zero
Excess Liability Insurance with www.insurance4carhire.com
19 nights hotel accommodation as specified in itinerary
Lodgings throughout in twin bedded rooms with private WC/Shower
19 Buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner (the latter two on board the Carelia)
Day cruise M/S Carelia Lappeenranta-Vyborg-Lappeenranta (13 hours /3 in Vyborg)
Cruise on Lake Saimaa (1 ½ hours)
 

Departure Dates & Prices:

Daily June 1st to August 14th 2017
Guide £1299 pp

*Guide Prices are based in part on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don't do fancy lead in prices and at the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction/supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holiday periods

 

Safaris included or available on request

SS Ukkopeka to Naantali | Fly Drive Road trips | Finland Holidays

  • Flights from 3 UK airports
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  • Maximum Group size just 30 people 
  • Excursions to Eyjafkjokull Volcano Centre and on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon included
  • Breakfasts throughout and 3 suppers 
  • GUIDE PRICE £1595