This holiday is a perfect mix of nature and cultural sights with a special focus on the beauty of the Baltic archipelagos – the serene nature of the thousands of islands in the Turku and Stockholm archipelagos. Experience a variety of ways to stay active, explore and have fun during the tour – by cycling, walking and kayaking.
* Cycling in the Turku archipelago to immerse yourself in a tranquil atmosphere of the ever-changing views of sea and land;
* Hiking and kayaking from a different side the of the Baltic Sea in the Stockholm archipelago;
* Cycling tours of the two Scandinavian capitals – green Helsinki and sophisticated Stockholm;
* Hiking in a seaside landscape park of the Hanko peninsula with thousands of migrating birds;
* Evening kayaking tour in the “Venice of the North” to see Stockholm from a different angle;
* See charming provincial towns – the fairy tale-like Rauma, the seaside resort Naantali and Turku, the former Finish capital.
Arrival in Helsinki and transfer from airport to your hotel.
Free time to explore the city. Helsinki is a modern European cultural city whose urban cosmopolitan lifestyle exists in perfect harmony with nature. Surrounded by the sea and its own archipelago, Helsinki offers visitors an endless number of possibilities.
Highlights: Helsinki city tour, Suomenlinna Fortress
Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and it is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. Go on bike for a sightseeing tour to enjoy the fresh and crisp air, and explore Helsinki in an easygoing yet active way. The guide will introduce you to the history and modern life of the city and different rulers who built its major monuments.
Afternoon visit at Suomenlinna Fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), built by the Swedish on a group of islands located at the entrance of Helsinki’s harbor. This fortress is an especially interesting example of European military architecture of the 18th century.
Activity: cycling (15 km)
Highlights: cycling along the Baltic Sea, SPA Park of Hanko
Be ready for an active day of cycling along a seaside landscape in the south of Finland. Follow the route that goes along a sparkling sea, softly rounded cliffs and forest towards the summer town of Hanko. The town is situated at the tip of a peninsula where mainland Finland ends and the Finnish Archipelago begins.
Explore the charming Hanko, a seaside and spa town, learn about the spa culture that was highly developed in the Russian Empire, and see the beautiful wooden villa quarters that were built in the 19th century.
Activity: cycling (45 km)
Highlights: Hiking to the south tip of Finland, Turku city tour
Today you will go on a hiking trip to the outer archipelago and to the southern tip of Finland, where the waves of the Archipelago Sea and the Gulf of Finland meet and form a beautiful landscape. Keep you camera close, so you can take photos of the many migrating birds resting in this peaceful place.
Continue on to Turku, Finland’s oldest city and the former capital of the country. A walking Turku city tour is an excellent chance to get an overall picture of the city´s history and sights, including a visit to the Cathedral of Turku and the medieval Castle – the largest in Finland.
In the evening there is a good chance that you will be able to attend some of the many summer festivals.
Activity: walking (6 km)
Meals: B + L
Highlights: Cycling and swimming in Turku Archipelago
Prepare yourself for the true archipelago experience in the southern part of the Archipelago islands. There are about 20,000 islands in the Turku Archipelago and you will bike in two of them. Immerse yourself in a serene atmosphere of ever-changing views of sea and land, abundant bird life and idyllic fishing villages. Short ferry trips will bring you from one island to another and the story continues…
While on the archipelago, the sea is everywhere and so are swimming options. There will be hidden beaches on your way, so, don’t miss a chance to have a refreshing swim today.
Activity: cycling (37 km)
Meals: B + L
Highlights: Cycling in Turku Archipelago, Naantali resort town
Today your Turku archipelago experience continues in its central part. You will bike in 3 charming islands, each with its own places of interests, like the residence of the Finnish President – a classic granite summerhouse with lovely gardens. Or the well-preserved 14th century church on the island of Otava. Or the eco village – home to a community living a sustainable life close to nature.
You will finish in Naantali town, called Finland’s holiday capital. Enjoy a stroll in the narrow alleys in the old town and see how yachts are sailing right to the very heart of the Old Town.
Activity: cycling (29 km)
Meals: B + L
Highlights: Rauma city tour
This morning we give our legs a rest from pedaling and will go sightseeing in Rauma – a beautiful Finnish town and one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The sightseeing tour in Old Rauma is like stepping into a fairy tale: the colorful wooden houses, decorative gates and cobble stone streets create an atmosphere of the long-forgotten past.
Moreover, Rauma boasts a large number of unique interior design shops and craft boutiques. The city is especially proud of it long traditions of lace-making. Look around and find some extraordinary clothing or linens – a perfect gift for home.
In the evening we board a cruise ship from Turku to Stockholm.
Meals: B + D
Overnight: on a board of the cruise ship
Highlights: Stockholm city tour by bike, Vasa museum, evening kayak tour in Stockholm
Get to know Stockholm like a local! A bike tour will showcase the city’s best parks and landmarks, including hidden gems that many tourists miss. You will pass the medieval Old Town, see the Stockholm City Hall, the world-famous venue for the Nobel Prize ceremony and pedal your way to different islands in the surrounding archipelago.
In one of the island we will visit Vasa Museum, Scandinavia’s most visited attraction. In the large hall stands the warship Vasa – the only remaining, intact 17th century ship in the world.
Stockholm is lovingly known as “The Venice of the North.” So, in the evening we invite you to discover this beautiful city from the water. The calm evening is the best time to admire the scenery of the city from a different angle.
Activity: cycling (20 km), kayaking (6 km)
Meals: B + L
Highlights: hiking in a nature reserve of the Stockholm archipelago
Today your archipelago adventure continues from the opposite side of the Baltic Sea. Unlike the Turku archipelago, the Stockholm archipelago is more lively and inhabited due to its proximity to the Swedish capital. The area consists of 30,000 islands where you can find wealthy residential areas with villas and yachts, charming coastal towns, as well as quiet spots of nature reserves.
In fact, you will start exploring the archipelago by hiking in one of them. You will go hiking in a place that is referred to as “Stockholm’s garden of paradise.” Follow a trail that goes through blooming meadows, oak woods, past bays and sandy beaches. Do you feel like stopping for a swim or sunbathing? You can do it like the locals – from the rocks or on the 1 km long sandy beach.
Activity: hiking (10 km)
Meals: B + L
Highlights: kayaking in Stockholm archipelago
Your archipelago adventure continues from the water. We invite you to one of the archipelago’s best kayaking areas – its shallow waters are home to oystercatchers, terns, turnstones and seals. Glide silently between the shores and breathe in the tranquility and beauty – you’ll instantly see why this collection of islands is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Activity: kayaking (15 km)
Meals: B + L
Highlights: walking in the Drottningholm Palace gardens
On this morning you will visit the Royal Drottningholm Palace, a World Heritage Site. You will see the impressive reception halls and private rooms of the royal family and listen to the history of the Swedish royal dynasty.
We continue with a walking tour in several beautiful parks that are adjusted to the Palace. Reminiscent of Versailles, these perfectly manicured gardens expand miles behind the palace. Walking in these lavish green areas, you can observe a change of epochs and fashion in the landscape design from the Baroque stylistic ideals to the classic English park style.
Free evening in Stockholm. Spend your last evening enjoying the city on your own.
Activity: walking (6 km)