Fascinating Cities and Lakes by Train
Helsinki | Hämeenlinna | Tampere | Turku | Helsinki
Daily Departures: May 01 – September 30, 2019
Tour southern Finland’s major cities by train, and stay at hotels nestled in a beautiful natural setting near water: this tour is just a taste of the enchanting Finnish landscape!
Day 01: Arrive Helsinki
Today you’ll arrive in Helsinki, Finland. Transfer on your own to your four star hotel, situated ideally within the city center, where you’ll receive your travel documents. 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.
Helsinki is a city of contrasts, a high-tech metropolis by the sea with proximity to peaceful and quiet natural surroundings. Guided excursions can be arranged to the pristine evergreen forests, and one of the best ways to get a sense of the beautiful archipelago scenery is to take a sightseeing cruise. The city offers a wide selection of museums, exhibitions, culture and shopping. Highlights include architectural gems of various styles and the Suomenlinna sea fortress, built on six islands off the city shore.
Sokos Hotel Presidentti
Day 02: Helsinki – Optional Day Tours
Today you’ll have a full day to explore Helsinki. With the Helsinki Card included, city tours are available free or at a discounted price.
Sokos Hotel Presidentti
Day 03: Helsinki – Hämeenlinna
Travel by train to Hämeenlinna—the birthplace of Finland’s greatest composer, Jean Sibelius—a small lakeside town. Its main landmark is the Häme Castle, dating back to the end of the 13th century.
Sokos Hotel Hämeenlinna (108 km, train)
Day 04: Hämeenlinna – Tampere
Depart in the morning by train a short distance to Tampere. On arrival in Tampere, check in to your centrally-located hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the atmosphere of the city.
Hotel Scandic Tampere Station (76 km, train)
Day 05: Tampere
Today you’ll experience Tampere, a city with industrial heritage. A city of blue lakes and green parks, Tampere had an important role in the early stages of industrialization in Finland. It grew by the surging rapids on a neck of land between two large lakes and is the largest city in the Thousand Lakes area, yet with a small town feel. Many of the old red-brick factory buildings today house interesting galleries and exhibitions.
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.
Hotel Scandic Tampere Station
Day 06: Tampere – Turku
Travel by train to Turku. The river is the heart of Turku, and in summer the riverbanks are pulsing with life. Finland’s first capital is home to some of the country’s most remarkable medieval landmarks, the Cathedral and the Castle. Also worth a visit is the unique open-air crafts museum at Luostarinmäki, which contains original timber houses and workshops offering an insight into work and life in the early 19th century.
Your four star hotel is located in the very heart of the city near Market Square, and all the sights are within easy reach.
Hotel Scandic Plaza Turku (170 km, train)
Day 07: Turku – Helsinki
Return by train to Helsinki. Overnight at your centrally located four star hotel, only a few steps from the railway station and the airport shuttle bus and train terminal.
Sokos Hotel Presidentti (194 km, train)
Day 08: Depart Helsinki
Your tour of Finland ends today. Transfer on your own to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.
- Accommodation in twin-bedded rooms with bath or shower
- 7 breakfasts
- 2nd class train tickets with seat reservations; Helsinki – Hämeenlinna, Hämeenlinna – Tampere, Tampere – Turku, and Turku – Helsinki
- Helsinki Card for 48 hours
- Service charges and taxes on included items
2019 STARTING PRICES | DEPARTURES ON REQUEST
Prices are per person twin, land only.
Departure Dates and Information
| All departures are in USD. Departure is a land-only tour. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed.
Third person in extra bed/special child discount! Third person in extra bed: $778. Extra bed discount only applies to third person 12 years or older; special child discount 4-12 years: on request.