Must-See Series

FINLAND IN A WEEK

Duration: 8 Days

Season: April – September

Cities Featured: Helsinki, Turku, Porvoo & Tampere

Program Overview

This wonderful tour is the best way for you to experience some of the best sightseeing and cultural landmarks in Finland in just one week. You will travel the south of the country and visit cities which are immersed in a variety of cultural and historic elements spanning from medieval days to modern times. You will have the opportunity to visit market squares, fortresses, cathedrals, art museums, and nature parks. Once there you will understand how the Finnish way of life balances the modern and urban with the traditional and natural.

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Included In The Classic Experience

7 nights at centrally-located, 4-star hotels with daily Scandinavian breakfast buffet for all guests;

Train tickets connecting Helsinki, Turku, and Tampere (1st class seats, if available);

5 guided tours (small group or private) led by the most friendly and knowledgeable local guides;

Airport transfer via private car and driver upon your arrival and departure in Helsinki;

All of our services: preparing and implementing your entire trip (including your personalized travel book), addressing all your questions and taking good care of you while you are traveling, through our network of suppliers and our staff in the US.

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Price Table

Prices Per Person From: (USD)

# of Travelers Classic Tour
2 people $3,759
4 people $2,741
6 people $2,714
8+ people $2,655
Timeline

Day 1

Arrival In Helsinki

Welcome to Helsinki a clean city, where design is king, nature an integral part of life and culture taken very seriously.

Accommodation:
Clarion Hotel Helsinki

Day 1

Day 2

Discovering The Finnish Capital – Culture, Nature, And Design

Join an expert local guide on a 3-hour tour along Helsinki’s major landmarks. Spend the rest of the day exploring on your own.

Main Attractions:
Helsinki Senate Square
Temppeliaukion Church
Suomenlinna Fortress
Sibelius Monument
Uspenski Cathedral

Accommodation:
Clarion Hotel Helsinki

Day 2

Day 3

Day Trip To Picturesque Porvoo

Your third day in Finland will take you on a private tour of picturesque Porvoo, an old Finnish town where you will be charmed by its many shops, cafes, and attractions.

Main Attractions:
Porvoo Old Town

Accommodation:
Clarion Hotel Helsinki

Day 3

Day 4

Arrival In Turku, A “capital Of Culture”

A 2-hour train ride from Helsinki will deliver you to Turku, a vibrant and modern city. You’ll have the rest of the day on your own to explore the medieval cobblestone streets.

Accommodation:
Park Hotel Turku

Day 4

Day 5

Sights, Sounds & Flavors Of Turku

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Turku. Visit Turku Castle, the Forum Marinum maritime center, Pharmacy Museum, Art Museum and much more.

Main Attractions:
Turku Castle
Forum Marinum Maritime Center & Museum Ship Fleet
Pharmacy Museum
Qwensel House
Market Square
Turku Art Museum
Market Hall
Magnificent Main Library

Accommodation:
Park Hotel Turku

Day 5

Day 6

Arrival In Tampere – Industrial Beauty

Another short train ride takes you to the lovely town of Tampere, where the balance between “industrial” and “natural” is well preserved.

Accommodation:
Continental du Sud

Day 6

Day 7

Exploring Tampere’s Treasures

During a guided walking tour of Tampere you’ll see for yourself how the original architechture and innovative urban development blend together.

Main Attractions:
Särkänniemi Amusement Park
Näsinneula Observation Tower
Tampere Planetarium
Tampere Aquarium

Accommodation:
Clarion Hotel Helsinki

Day 7

Day 8

Return Home

Travel by train back to Helsinki before boarding a flight back home.

Day 8

Itinerary

Welcome to Helsinki, the capital of Finland – a bilingual country – where all street signs are written in Finnish and Swedish. Your friendly driver will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel in the heart of this perfectly clean city, where design is king, nature is an integral part of life and culture and education are taken very seriously. The next day, join an expert local guide on a 3-hour tour along Helsinki’s major landmarks and spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Your third day in Finland will take you on a private tour of picturesque Porvoo, an old Finnish town where you will be charmed by its many shops, cafes, and attractions.

A 2-hour train ride from Helsinki will deliver you to Turku, clearly a medieval European town. You see it in the riverfront, the market square, the castle, and the cathedral. Turku, a vibrant modern city of many events, proudly holds the title of European Capital of Culture- 2011. Along the Aura River – the Plough River – you can walk through medieval cobblestone streets. The river is the heart of the city. During the summer, the riverbanks come to life when people gather here to eat, drink, and listen to music. There are old sailing ships moored in the river, and you can take cruises out into the archipelago or to nearby Naantali. You can go on a guided tour with a local expert that will take you to the town’s main landmarks, and you will also have plenty of time to explore on your own.

Another short train ride, this time from Turku, takes you to the lovely town of Tampere, where the balance between “industrial” and “natural” is well preserved. A large city by Finnish standards, with more than 200,000 inhabitants, Tampere has managed to keep the small town feel. The city center is compact in size, and the atmosphere is friendly and casual. Tampere is located on a scenic spot on a narrow isthmus between two lakes. The Tammerkoski rapids and their riverbanks form the backdrop for old industrial buildings, and ridges formed thousands of years ago by ancient seas and retreating ice offer fantastic views over the two lakes. Original architecture and innovative urban development blend together to please both viewers and users of the built environment.

Your Finnish adventure ends with a train ride back to Helsinki.

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FAQs

Our group tours allow travelers to explore Scandinavian destinations in the company of a very experienced Tour Director and a small group of fellow travelers. Group sizes are limited to 12 travelers and a limited number of departure dates are offered for each tour throughout the year. The Tour Director accompanies the group from beginning to end of the tour and often a private driver and vehicle (luxury mini coach) are also employed for maximum comfort. Additionally, we count on the expertise of several local guides at each of the destinations visited, further enhancing the experience. Our group tours typically include most dinners, in order to better showcase local cuisines, and allow for the exploration of more remote destinations.
This option is ideal for travelers who enjoy traveling in the most worry-free manner possible while discovering destinations in the company of others, making new friends along the way.

Our private tours allow travelers to explore Scandinavian destinations with programs offering a great balance between pre-arranged activities and free time to explore. When implementing one of our private programs for you, we handle all the logistics involved, including: hotels, airport transfers, transportation from city to city and all guided activities and excursions. You will not be with a Tour Director throughout the program, but you will enjoy a number of sightseeing experiences led by experienced local guides. We can work with your desired dates, provided that availability exists at the many services involved in your program.
This option is ideal for travelers who enjoy traveling independently and with a higher degree of flexibility to explore each location on their own.

Technically, Scandinavia refers primarily to Norway, Denmark and Sweden. When thinking of Nordic Countries, add to the list Finland and Iceland as well. Discover Scandinavia Tours can take you to any location in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Currently we also offer extensions in Estonia, which is of particularly convenient access when visiting Finland, given that Tallinn – Estonia’s beautiful capital – can be reached by a short ferry ride from Helsinki.

Simple: just call us at 800-936-2814 and talk to one of our Scandinavia specialists. Alternatively, you can email us at
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If you are interested in a group tour, you can book any departure as long as there are seats available (but remember: we have a maximum of 12 seats per departure, so booking early is recommendable). If you want a private tour, you can book as far as 2 years in advance. For last-minute travelers, please keep in mind that we need a minimum of 30 days to implement a private program.

With our group tours of Scandinavia you can choose from a number of fixed departures throughout the year. If you need more flexible dates, our private tours allow us to work with any dates you have in mind, provided that we find adequate availability at all hotels and other services included in your particular program.

Yes, we do. For details regarding commissions, please visit our TRAVEL AGENT portal.

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In short, you can typically view the Northern Lights between September and March. But if you really want a memorable Northern Lights vacation, we created an entire blog post dedicated to this question, which you can read RIGHT HERE.

You most certainly can! Just email us ([email protected]) or call us (800-936-2814) and we will start your dream Scandinavian vacation with a free consultation.

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