Helsinki Region and Lakeland Finland 24-30.9.2017


SUNDAY 24.9.2017

Flights from home destinations to Helsinki
Shuttle bus to Cumulus Resort Congress Center, Vantaa (4 kms), Robert Huberin tie 4
Check-in (day room)
11:30-12:30 Finland presentations
Pick-up the Hertz cars at the airport
Drive to Porvoo (50 kms)
Check-in at Hotel Haikko Manor and Spa
Light buffet lunch at Spa Bistro
16:30 Drive to Porvoo city
17:00-18:00 Guided Porvoo tour
18:15 Dinner in Old Porvoo, Restaurant Wanha Laamanni (Vuorikatu 17, Porvoo)
20:00 Drive back to hotel

MONDAY 25.9.2017

08:00 Breakfast and check-out

09:00 Drive towards Kotka (90 kms)
10:00 Stop by Iittala Outlet in Shopping Centre in Kotka

12:00 The Lunch in restaurant The Kitchen. Address: Raatimiehenkatu 18, Lappeenranta
Welcome to have the best lunch in town

Old town of Lappeenrantathe Fortress area & the harbor area
Surrounded by the ramparts, this historic district represents the original town, which was founded in a medieval trading centre during the Swedish regime in 1649. Graced with a fascinating history, magnificent scenery and a myriad attractions, the Fortress is today a popular tourist destination

Angry Birds Activity Park in Rauha Lappeenranta
The Angry Birds Activity Park has even 2.400 square meters space for visitors to play in. On the first floor there is an area for the youngest children, and for the older children 500 square meters jungle gym area built by the Finnish Lappset. In the Angry Birds Activity Park you can also find the Angry Birds movie theater as well as ranges for pedal cars and zip wire

Accommodation at Holiday Club Saimaa spa resort, 
time to relax at the saunaworld and take a swim
Holiday Club Saimaa takes the holiday concept into a whole new dimension. In a beautiful natural landscape of South-Eastern Finland, amid 300 hectares (over 700 acres) of grounds, this spa hotel which was opened in October 2011 is packed with experiences to delight all the senses. Immerse yourself in the world of the Cirque du Saimaa spa, spin across the ice of the skating rink or hold a meeting in a box overlooking the arena. Relax in the sauna or pamper yourself with a luxurious Harmony Spa treatment

18:00 Time to relax at the sauna world and take a swim

Transfer by bus to Imatra Spa
20:00 Dinner and house inspection
22:00 Bus back to Holiday Club Saimaa

TUESDAY 26.9.2017

07:30-08:30 Breakfast and check-out (leave you luggage in the luggage room near reception)
08:30-09:30 Holiday Club Saimaa site inspection, meeting point at the reception 08:30

09:30-11:00 Trying out different activities by Saimaa Adventures in the surroundings of the hotel: ATV driving and RIB boat on the lake with Saimaa Adventures
Saimaa Adventures is a programme services and activity company that offers different kind of activities for individuals as well as groups throughout the year. Their office is locate next to Holiday Club Saimaa 

11:30 Vuoksi Fishing Park by the river Vuoksi, site inspection
Address to navigator: Kotipolku 4, Imatra







Vuoksi Fishing Park offers versatile services: angling and fishing trips, cruises on the river and also preparation of fish dishes

12:00-13:00 Cumulus Resort Imatran Valtionhotelli – historical castle hotel, site inspection and lunch
Experience the unique cultural landscape by the river Vuoksi and Imatrankoski rapids. The fantastic Cumulus Resort Imatran Valtionhotelli is a true architectural gem. One side of the hotel overlooks an impressive landscape with the Vuoksi river and green wilderness

13:00 Drive to Punkaharju Ridge (100 kms)
Thanks to its outstanding scenery, the Punkaharju ridge has been an internationally renowned travel destination for more than two centuries. Punkaharju, with lakes glistening between the grand pine trees growing on both sides of the ridge, is the best known national scenery and strongest attraction of the area.

15:00 Visit to Lusto, the Finnish Forest Museum







Lusto is a national museum and science centre focusing on Finnish forest culture and illustrating the interaction between man and the forest from the past to the future.
 Lusto’s exhibitions, events, work demonstrations and theme days provide a diverse and illustrative insight into the significance of forests in the life of Finns. Lusto is sure to appeal to visitors of all ages

17:00 Visiting Punkaharju Hotel, trip to forest to pick-up mushrooms
In 1845 (during a period in history when Finland was an autonomous part of Russia) Tsar Nicholas I ordered a ranger’s lodge to be built, complete with room for travelers. Over the decades, the building was transformed into the internationally renowned Punkaharjun Valtionhotelli, the oldest state hotel in Finland. In 2016 the hotel underwent a complete renovation and the hotel’s story now continues under the name Hotel Punkaharju

20:00 Drive to Lomamokkila (40 kms)
Address to navigator: Mikonkiventie 209, Savonlinna
21:00 Check-in, overnight in Lomamokkila

WEDNESDAY 27.9.2017

08:30 Breakfast and check-out, site inspection
09:30 Drive to Kerimäki (30 kms)
Address to navigator: Hälväntie 1, 58200 Kerimäki

10:00 Visit to Kerimäki wooden church
The church of Kerimäki is the world’s largest Christian wooden church and has the most spacious interior in Finland. It is 45 meters long, 42 meters wide and 27 meters high. The height of the dome is 37 meters. There are all together 1670 meters of pews and a seating capacity for over 3000 people.

Drive to Savonlinna (30 kms)
Address to navigator: Olavinkatu 8, Savonlinna

After parking the cars we explore Savonlinna on foot

11:30 Visit to Lossiranta Lodge hotel
Lossiranta Lodge is a small boutique hotel in Savonlinna, closest to Olavinlinna Castle. Each one of the five rooms is a unique entity with stylish design. Every room has own entrance and a small terrace. View from the rooms is straight to the lake and Olavinlinna Castle. Lossiranta is open all year round.

13:00 Visit to Olavinlinna Castle and Riihisaari museum
The building of Olavinlinna Castle began in 1475. The Danish-born founder of the castle, knight Erik Axelsson Tott, decided that a powerful fortification should be build to protect the strategically important Savo region. The castle was to repel Russian attacks from the east and to guarantee the control of the Savo region for the Swedish Crown.

14:30 Lunch in Cafe Saima
Café Saima is an idyllic and relaxing café-restaurant situated in the old town of Savonlinna, Finland and in view of the St Olaf’s castle (Olavinlinna) and the Savonlinna Museum on Riihisaari. Linnankatu 11, the building that the café is located in, is also known as Saima House (Saima Talo)

15:30 Drive to Järvisydän (60 kms)
Address to navigator: Porosalmentie 313, Rantasalmi

Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän is located in the Eastern Finland, by Lake Saimaa and approx. with the same distance from the towns of Savonlinna and Varkaus. You can reach our resort by your own or a rental car or you may come by bus or train to Savonlinna or Varkaus or by airplane to Savonlinna or Kuopio and we’ll help you to organize the transfer to our resort

Check-in at Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän

LakeSPA in Järvisydän
20:30 Dinner in Järvisydän restaurant
Restaurant Piikatyttö provides local delicacies in the historical and Savonian atmosphere. There is room for 150 quests to come and be served by our humble hosts and hostesses – the main hall seats 120 persons and the smaller room 30 persons. Our Wine Cellar has also room for 220 persons

THURSDAY 28.9.2017

08:00 Breakfast
09:30 Cruise to Linnansaari national park from Järvisydän
11:00 Check-out and drive to Puumala via Sulkava (100 kms)
Address to navigator: Ylössaarentie 35, 52200 Puumala

13:00 Visiting Okkola holiday cottages
Making traditional Finnish berry pie at Okkola holiday cottages.
Built in a stone cow-house in the Okkola courtyard, Restaurant Niinipuu serves local food. Depending on the season and the catch, the menu may include delicacies like vendace caught in Lake Saimaa the previous night using a dragnet or chanterelles picked by the host himself. Our specialities are plank salmon and traditional pie.

14:30 Drive to Sahanlahti resort (20 kms)
Address to navigator: Lietvedentie 830, Puumala

15:00 Lunch
The scenic holiday resort Sahanlahti is located by Lake Saimaa, only 45-minute drive from Mikkeli. In Sahanlahti you will spend a relaxed holiday, enjoy first-class dining experiences or organize a memorable party in historically valuable and unique sawmill surroundings. The hillside view of the resort is a breathtaking experience and our welcoming staff will ensure that you have everything you need for a perfect holiday.

16:00 Drive to Anttolanhovi (45 kms)
Address to navigator: Hovintie 224, Mikkeli

17:00 Check-in at Anttolanhovi
The modern Art&Design Lakeside Villas offer all amenities, own beach and privacy enhanced by hotel services. The villas are located 25 metres from the shore of Lake Saimaa and blend in with the surrounding landscape – nature becomes an integral part of the architecture

20:00 Dinner with local specialities
For many years, we have relied on the South Savo food culture and clean raw materials acquired from local producers. We acquire our meat from a private small butchery, fish from local fishermen, vegetables and root vegetables from nearby farms. The berries and mushrooms we use are also picked from the clean nature of the Saimaa area

21:30 Traditional Finnish sauna by the lake Saimaa
Smoke saunas are the original traditional saunas that have become a quite rare and treasured in Finland. They provide a mystical “löyly” – a combination of heat, steam and athmosphere, and are highly prized by sauna aficionados because of the deep relaxation it delivers. “Löyly” in smoke sauna is very getle and soft, not dry at all. From the smoke sauna you can go for a swim in the refreshing lake Saimaa!

FRIDAY 29.9.2017

08:00 Breakfast and site inspection
10:00 Check-out and drive to Kenkävero (30 kms)
Address to navigator: Pursialankatu 6, Mikkeli

10:30 Visit to Kenkävero
Kenkävero is a magnificent tourist attraction and prides itself on having the biggest and most beautiful vicarage in all Finland, in an impressive milieu. It has something to interest everyone at all times of the year: fine restored buildings, exciting exhibitions and events, exquisite handicrafts as gifts, souvenirs or simply to enjoy. In summer it is further enhanced by a garden and handicraft workshops, and delicious food  is served in the restaurant daily all year round

Drive towards Helsinki

Visit to Marimekko Outlet 
Marimekko is a Finnish design company renowned for its original prints and colours. The company’s product portfolio includes high-quality clothing, bags and accessories as well as home décor items ranging from textiles to tableware

Drive to Helsinki Airport
Leave the cars at the airport

Transfer by bus to Helsinki
Check-in at Hotel Crowne Plaza
Free time
Tram or walk to city center

19:30 Dinner at The Cock, Fabianinkatu 17, Helsinki
There’s a new cock in town. The Cock is an Eatery, Rotisserie and Bar. We’re open all day, serving good food and drinks from breakfast until late night. We do things our own way and a bit different

Tram of walk back to the hotel


SATURDAY 30.9.2017

08:00 Breakfast and check-out
09:00 Guided Helsinki City Sightseeing by bus including Iittala & Arabia Design Centre
12:00 Fazer Experience Visitor Centre
13:00 Lunch and time for sweet shopping at Fazer store
14:30 Transfer to the airport

Route Map