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Discover Finland by bike as we explore the unspoilt nature and beauty of the Turku archipelago.
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6 nights accommodation, bike rental, transport as noted, meals as indicated and services of an Explore Tour Leader.
15 June, 31 Aug, 7 & 14 Sep '19
Our trip starts in the attractive and bike-friendly city of Helsinki with a cycle tour that includes some modern architectural wonders. We then drive north to Hameenlinna where we explore medieval churches and ancient tombs. Finally we visit Turku and spend two days exploring the archipelago by bike - beauty spot with 20,000 Baltic islands. Hopping between islands by ferry and over bridges we cycle on quiet roads to enjoy the natural beauty of Turku.
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Cycle through Finland's capital Helsinki
Discover Hanko, the southermost town in Finland, an idyllic seaside town with well-preserved wooden houses
Explore the Turku archipelago, filled with attractive villages, unspoilt nature and welcoming hospitality
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Arrive Helsinki and check-in to hotel.
This morning we will discover Helsinki on a sightseeing tour (3 hours) by bike. Exploring the city on its extensive network of cycle paths makes a great introduction to Helsinki and along the way we will see harbours, Mannerheim Street, Parliament, Finlandia Hall, market square, Kiasma contemporary art museum and other modern architectural wonders, Temppeliaukio ( rock church ) and Central Park. The afternoon is left free to explore the city further and you may choose to visit Suomenlinna fortress.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 15 kilometres (B)
This morning we drive north to Hameenlinna and the journey takes about 1.5 hours. Here we experience the best parts of Häme region's history and culture. Our route passes through a forested countryside with fields and lakes. We have the opportunity to visit Häme Castle, Parola Tank Museum, Littala Glass museum. We then drive to the UNESCO city of Rauma where we spend the night.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 55 kilometres (total 148 metres ascent, 150 metres descent). (B)
This morning we start with a drive to the southern archipelago and the journey takes about 2 hours. After a short ferry crossing to Storlandet Island we start cycling. Our first stop is the main village of Nagu. After crossing the island by pedal power we take another short ferry to Kyrklandet Island and cycle to Korpo Village. After exploring this popular holiday spot for Finns on foot we continue by bike on to Korpostrom harbour from where we meet the bus to drive 2 hours to Turku.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 45 kilometres (total 190 metres ascent, 170 metres descent).
After breakfast we will explore Turku city - Finland's oldest city and the first capital of the whole country. The town is located on the River Auraand the main places of interest can be found on the riverfront. Our walking tour includes seeing the Cathedral and Turku Castle, which are two one of the oldest buildings that is still in use in Finland. Later this morning we drive to Livonsaari Island and start today's ride from the village of Teersalo. Continue along to Otava Island via Marimasku, Hellemaa and Luonnonmaa Islands and we finish in the summer resort Naantali with its beautiful wooden harbour. Here we have time to explore one of the oldest towns in Finland before our drive back to Turku. There is the possibility to continue cycling individually to Turku (17 km).
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 29 kilometres (total 145 metres ascent, 155 metres descent). (B)
We say goodbye to Turku this morning and drive south to the idyllic seaside town of Tammisaari with its well-preserved section of old wooden houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Tammisaari has also a fine beach and visitor's marina. We begin our ride here and the route follows the seaside landscapes towards the summer town of Hanko. Once we reach our goal we can explore the old town and wooden villaes of Hanko then walk a trail to the southernmost point of Finland (3 km each way). Later this afternoon we drive back to Helsinki (2 hours) for our final evening.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 45 kilometres. (B)
The trip ends in Helsinki this morning after breakfast. (B)
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