7 Days / 6 Nights
Begin Your Journey In Finnish Capital Of Helsinki Also Known As The Daugther Of The Baltic Sea And Beautifully Located In The Baltic Archipelago. Make Your Way To The Southern Part Of Beautiful Karelia Where Lakes And Forests Will Enchant You And Caress Your Soul. The Steam From The Finnish Sauna Tradition Will Refresh Your Body And Mind And The Ice Water Dipping Will Energize Your Senses.
Day 1 - Friday - Helsinki
Arrival to Helsinki Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Check-in. Please consult the Via Hansa & Borealis welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy one of the many great restaurants the city has to offer. Overnight at Hotel Sokos Presidentti.
Day 2 - Saturday - Helsinki - Lappeenranta (260 Km/4 Hrs) (BD)
Breakfast at your hotel. We kindly ask you to be ready at the hotel lobby at 11.00 hours for departure at approximately 11.30 hours for a short panoramic city tour. Along the way you will admire the Senate Square, the University and the Lutheran Cathedral – all displaying neoclassical architecture of the 1840’s, the colourful Market Square by the sea in the South Harbour, Kaivopuisto Park and diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument. Some free time before heading East via Kouvola to Lappeenranta. You will enjoy incredible views of South Finland area, called Karelia. Arrival to a hotel, check-in and free time to explore and enjoy the many possibilities this hotel offers (Spa and swimming pools area open until 20:00 h.) Dinner at the hotel is included. Overnight at Holiday Club Saimaa.
Day 3 -Sunday - Lappeenranta - Savonnlinna - Lakeland Area Rantasalmi - Jarvisydan Resort (208km/4 H 30 Min) (BD)
Breakfast at the hotel and meet up at the hotel reception to depart by private coach towards Punkaharju. We drive along the Road of the century, through one of the most beautiful natural scenarios in Finland always bordering the spectacular lakes, surrounded by old snow-covered forests and at some points, you will see the frozen lake on both sides of the road, no more than 10 meters from the shore of Lake Puruvesi to the shore of Lake Pihlajavesi. We arrive to Savonnlinna, an enchanting small city founded in 1639 and dominated by the impressive Olavinlinna castle, the northernmost medieval stone fortress still standing. Here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a local dish for lunch, “Muikku” consisting of small white fish caught from the nearby lake Saimaa, fried with rye flour and butter and served with fresh creamed potatoes (lunch not included).
Later, we drive on towards Rantasalmi until we reach the spectacular Hotel & Spa Resort Jarvisydan, a place that will mesmerize you. This beautiful resort was founded in 1658 by direct orders of Karl X Gustavs, king of Sweden. After the war between Russia and Sweden, the Swedish king and the Russian tsar agreed that travelers should have a place to rest and eat every 30 Km. The actual owners are direct descendants of the first Heiskanen family member that received a 600-hectare in the Porosalmi peninsula, thanks to a good military service.
Check-in and prepare yourself to relax and enjoy all the different wellness experience this beautiful place has to offer. We will have 3 nights’ accommodation in spectacular Scenery Suites – newly developed cottages, with glass ceiling. NOTE that Scenery Suites have only double beds, -- for guests, who chose twin beds – three nights’ accommodation in Jarvisydan hotel, instead of Scenery Suites. Dinner at the hotel in the medieval restaurant Piikatytto is included. Overnight at Hotel & Spa Resort Jarvisydan.
Day 4 - Monday - Jarvisydan (BLD)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from the hotel by private coach. Short drive to Sahanlahti Resort for a day in the snow where you will enjoy the peace of the frozen white landscape around the resort including lunch in the warms of the restaurant. We will start this group activity by warming up the body with the guidance of our local guide, walking in the snow with snowshoes is good exercise and fun, but it demands concentration and physical effort. We will follow the guide and if the ice on the lake is strong enough to support walking on it (the local guide will decide if this is the case) the group will move into the frozen lake and walk still following the guide’s instructions. You will have an amazing time doing this activity. After lunch we begin the drive back to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy all the different wellness experience this beautiful place has to offer. The Scenery Suites are located close to the lake shore of the resort, so you can enjoy the beautiful lake views and the scenery of Linnansaari National Park. Big roof windows allow you to enjoy the beautiful dark starry sky, and maybe even the Nordic Lights. Dinner at the hotel is included. Overnight at Hotel & Spa Resort Jarvisydan.
Day 5 - Tuesday - Jarvisydan (BD)
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy the Spa or to take one or two of the optional safaris offered around this area. The Spa of the hotel offers a great recreative area with different types of saunas, ice swimming, treatments etc. Dinner at the hotel after a long day, full of optional activities. Overnight at Hotel & Spa Resort Jarvisydan.
Day 6 - Wednesday - Jarvisydan - Helsinki (319 Km) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and meet up at the hotel reception to drive back to Helsinki via the cities of Mikkeli and Lahti. On arrival to Helsinki you will have the time to enjoy the city, visit the interesting boutiques with the famous Finnish design and enjoy a nice dinner in many of the excellent restaurants the city has to offer. Overnight at Sokos Presidentti .
Day 7 - Thursday - Helsinki - Departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and end of tour. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.