About This Trip

Explore the scenic landscapes of Finland on this 8-day self-drive tour

On this trip you will experience the Land of the Thousand Lakes. The seemingly endless lakes in Finland`s lake district are punctuated by several communities that come to magical life in the summer, from Imatra and Lappeenranta in the south to the town of Savonlinna with its medieval island castle. The Karelia region gives you a taste of the distinctive culture, flavored by the historical influence of the Orthodox faith and the hospitable character of the Karelian people.

Dates & Prices

  • Daily Departures Between:
    May 1 2021 to Sep 30 2021
  • Price per person from: $1225 Per person based on double occupancy.
  • Single Supplement $695

Tour Information

Tour/Price Includes

  • 7 nights accommodations, double occupancy with private facilities
  • Daily breakfasts [B]

Disclaimer

Price is subject to change and does not include airfare or car rental. Optional activities and entrance fees are not included. All rates are per person. Rates and schedules subject to change without notice.

Please read Brekke's Terms and Conditions for this tour carefully before registering.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Helsinki

Arrival in Helsinki according to your own itinerary. Helsinki is a modern cultural city which, throughout 450 years of history, has existed in the crosscurrents of the East and West. The colorful layers of history can be seen everywhere. Accommodation in 3* hotel in Helsinki city center.

Day 2: Helsinki – Lappeenranta

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Helsinki in eastern direction. We recommend a stop in Porvoo, a small, idyllic town which is the second oldest in Finland. Continue driving east, past the border town of Vaatimaa to Lappeenranta which is the center of the South Karelia region. It is a city renowned for its natural beauty and its happy Karelian character. Accommodation in 3* hotel in Lappeenranta (2 nights).

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Day 3: Lappeenranta – Lake Saimaa

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at your own disposal. We recommend a two-hour cruise on Lake Saimaa. Also you should not miss one of Lappenranta`s most famous attractions: the sand castle. A huge sand sculpture located close to the harbor area, which can be visited from June to August. In the evening we recommend an excursion to the Imatrankoski Rapids close to Imatra, which have been attracting visitors for over 200 years. Today tourists can admire the daily rapids shows which are organized every evening during summer (mid-June to mid-August).

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Day 4: Lappeenranta – Savonlinna – Joensuu

Breakfast at the hotel. Today’s drive will give you the opportunity to experience the famous lake lands. Drive along Lake Saimaa towards Imatra. From Imatra, continue in Northern direction to Savonlinna, host of the famous Opera Festival. From Savonlinna continue your drive north past Kerimäki (worth a stop to visit the world’s largest wooden church!) and Vihtari to Joensuu, located next to the Russian border. It is a university town and the lively capital of the North Karelia Region. Accommodation in 3* hotel in Joensuu.

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Day 5: Joensuu – Jyväskylä

Breakfast at the hotel. From Joensuu head into western direction, passing Varkaus on your way to Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä is especially known for its rich variety of culture, museums, art exhibitions, concerts, events and theatre performances. Jyväskylä is the hometown of the world-famous architect Alvar Aalto and houses several buildings designed by him. Accommodation in 3* hotel in Jyväskylä.

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Day 6: Jyväskylä – Tampere – Turku

Breakfast at the hotel. From Jyväskylä drive towards Tampere, located between two lakes, which differ in level by 18 meters. The Tammerkoski rapids linking them have been an important power source throughout history. Tampere is also the second most important urban center in Finland after the Helsinki region. From Tampere continue to Turku, Finland’s oldest city and previous capital. The famous Mumin theme park, perfect for a day visit with the whole family, is located close to Turku in the coastal town of Naantali. Accommodation in 3* hotel in Turku city center.

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Day 7: Turku – Helsinki

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive in western direction past Salo, often considered the original hometown of Nokia telephones, towards Helsinki. On your way you pass along the King's Road, a route comprising some of the oldest roads in northern Europe, starting in Bergen by the Atlantic Ocean and ending in St Petersburg by the Gulf of Finland. Accommodation in 3* hotel Helsinki city center.

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Day 8: Helsinki

Tour ends following breakfast at the hotel.

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Pre-Tour Extensions

  • Pre & Post Tour Extensions

    Reykjavik Extension (USA to Europe)

    Enjoy a 3-day independent extension in Iceland's vibrant capital city. Package includes a full-day Golden Circle Tour and a city tour of Reykjavik.

    Additional sightseeing tours on request.

Post-Tour Extensions

  • Pre & Post Tour Extensions

    Reykjavik Extension (Europe to USA)

    Explore the Land of Fire & Ice on this 3-day extension to Iceland! Visit the main attractions in Reykjavik and spend the day in the Icelandic countryside on the famous "Golden Circle" tour.