Along The West Coast of Finland


ALONG THE WEST COAST OF FINLAND

Western Finland is a unique region. The varied 700-kilometre coastline of western Finland is characterised by wood-built towns and a scenic archipelago. Here you can admire the skilfully constructed wooden houses, learn about the traditional bobbin-lace making, visit festivals or get an insight into the region’s tar-making and seafaring traditions.

Day 1 Stockholm - Turku
In the evening you go on board a luxury ship to Turku. During the voyage you will enjoy one of the world´s most beautiful archipelagos with thousands of islands. What about trying the specialties of the Scandinavian Buffet on board?
Accommodation in double inside cabin

Day 2 Turku – Naantali - Turku
Breakfast on board. At 07.35 o´clock arrival in Turku, Finland´s oldest town, an important port town with a charming atmosphere. On a guided sightseeing tour you learn more about Turku. Most of the city was destroyed by fire in 1827. One of the areas spared was the artisans' quarter on the hill Vartiovuori, site of today's Luostarinmäki Handicraft Museum. The charming quarter with its narrow alleys and romantic courtyards illustrates the lives and work of artisans in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. There are handicraft shops and workshops where traditional methods are still employed. One of the most important sights in Turku is the medieval castle. Over the centuries, it was built up to create a formidable fortification. Today it serves as a museum, with a permanent exhibition describing the history of the city and varying additional presentations. Turku Cathedral, the oldest building in the city, is the most important church in Finland and seat of the Evangelical-Lutheran Archbishop.
From Turku our route takes you to the idyllic summer harbour Naantali, one of Finland’s most popular tourist destinations. This charming seaside town is home to many children’s favourite theme park, Moominworld, based on Tove Jansson’s internationally beloved fairy-tale characters. Other sights include the Finnish president’s summer residence, Kultaranta, and the Mediaeval Old Town.
Free time in Naantali Old town before drive back to Turku (15 km).
Transfer to the Hotel in the city centre.
Overnight in Hotel Cumulus. Dinner at hotel restaurant.

Day 3 Turku – Rauma – Vaasa 333 km
After the breakfast you continue your tour first to Rauma, Finland´s third oldest town, renowned for its huge harbour and intricate lace-making traditions. Here you will make a stop and have a walk in Old Rauma, which is the largest single timber-built district in Scandinavia and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This functioning district is typified by rambling streets filled with tiny boutiques, handicraft shops, galleries and restaurants.
You continue along the sunny coast though small idyllic towns and villages to Vaasa.
Vaasa, the capital of the province of Ostrobothnia, was established in the seventeenth century. A fire which razed the city in 1852 left behind some ruins, which now form the oldest sights in Vaasa. There are numerous museums and galleries in the area, including the Tikanoja Art Museum in the Vaasa city centre. Amusement park Wasalandia and water park Tropiclandia offer fun for the whole family. For those wishing to visit Sweden, the shortest sea route from Finland begins in Vaasa.
Overnight in Hotel. Dinner at hotel restaurant.

Day 4 Vaasa – PIetarsaari(Jakobstad) - Kokkola 136 km
After breakfast your journey continues first to Jakobstad, that offers interesting sights in the form of the idyllic wooden house district of Skata and the Nanoq Arctic Museum, set up in the middle of the forest by arctic explorer Pentti Kronqvist. The museum’s oldest exhibits date from the eighteenth century. From Jakobstad we continue to Kokkola along the beautiful seaside Seven Bridges Archipelago Road.
In Kokkola 21 per cent of the population are Swedish speaking. The King of Sweden, Gustav Adolphus founded the town in 1620. Originally it stood on the seashore. During the years 1750 - 1860 Kokkola had its great seafaring period, which is well presented in many museums. As the land has gradually been rising since the weight of the ice was removed at the end of Ice Age, there are now no fewer than five kilometres of dry land between Kokkola and the sea. Place of interest: Old wooden town area nearby the town centre, seal hunting museum, English Boathouse, Tankar lighthouse isle, 17 km outside of Kokkola, which houses a sealing museum and a chapel from 1754, among other sights.
Overnight in Hotel. Dinner at hotel restaurant.

Day 5 Kokkola – Tampere 321 km
Today your journey continues with a drive to Seinäjoki, the capital of the Southern Ostrobothnia province, known for the architecture of Alvar Aalto, the Tangomarkkinat Tango Festival, the Provinssi-rock festival and a wide variety of sports activities.
From Seinäjoki the tour continues to Tampere. A short sightseeing tour in Tampere with a local guide Tampere is located in the heart of southern Finland and is the largest inland city of the Nordic countries. Tampere is known for its famous writers, theatres and Jugend style architecture. The modern architecture of Tampere, the Tampere Hall (congress and concert centre) and the Hermia science centre, give the city a cosmopolitan ambience.
Overnight in Hotel Cumulus. Dinner at hotel restaurant.

Day 6 Tampere – Hämeenlinna - Helsinki 175 km
After breakfast your tour continues towards the Finnish capital. On the way you make a short visit in Hämeenlinna (43,000 inhabitants), the oldest inland town in Finland. The capital of the province is Hämeenlinna, a town with trading traditions stretching back a thousand years. Over the past centuries Hämeenlinna has also served as a centre of administration and culture, and as a garrison town.
A visit to Häme Castle, which dates from around 1260, is an absolute must. In the summer season there are guided tours. The most famous son of the city is Jean Sibelius and the house where he was born is nowadays a museum.
Drive to Helsinki. Free time for own disposal.
Overnight in Hotel. Dinner at hotel restaurant.

Day 7 Helsinki - Stockholm
Breakfast at your hotel. On a guided City sightseeing tour you will learn more about Helsinki, also called the "Daughter of the Baltic". Visible from afar is the Lutheran Cathedral, the majestic symbol of the city and a welcoming landmark for approaching ships. The City Hall and the Presidential Palace watch over the bustling and colourful Market Square. Right beside the Market Square is the Market Hall, a treasure trove of Finnish culinary delicacies. The Sibelius Monument, a huge steel structure resembling a set of organ pipes, symbolises the music of the greatest Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.
An absolute must on a tour to Helsinki is a visit to the "Rock Church". The walls are of natural Finnish rock and the ceiling is faced with copper wire.
The sightseeing tour ends at the harbour, where you go on board of the luxury vessel to Stockholm. Accommodation in double inside cabin.

Day 8 Stockholm
Breakfast on board. Arrival in Stockholm.

Bookable 19.06.-18.08.2013
Net rate per person in DBl including following service:
 Ferry Stockholm–Turku and Helsinki–Stockholm, accommodation in DBL inside cabins (Kat.B)
 2 x Breakfast on board
 5 x accommodation in double room with shower and WC
 5 x Half board
 Sightseeing tours in Turku, Vaasa, Tampere ,Helsinki,
 Guided walking tour in Old Rauma
 Entrance fee to Turku castle, Luostarinmäki Handicraft museum, Nanoq Arctic museum, Häme castle,
 Bus transfers according to programme

EUR tourguide from day 2 to day 7

With supplement possible to book for example:
- In Kokkola: a cruise onboard m/s Jenny to the lighthouse island Tankar incl. lunch, a guided walk around the island with a visit to the church and to the Sealhunting museum
- In Naantali: visit at Kultarata garden









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