Arrival in Turku
Independent arrival in Turku. Turku is the oldest city and the former capital of Finland. Some of the main attractions are the Cathedral, Turku Castle, Aurajoki riverside, Forum Marinum maritime centre and its museum ship fleet (including the full-rigger Suimen Joutsen), Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum and Turku Art Museum. In the summer the city holds many events and festivals with themes like middle age, music, theatre, art, design and much more. The river is the heart and soul of the city. Walk along the Aurajoki River and admire the old ships. There are many nice cafès and restaurants in the centre and by the riverside.
Today you cycle in the nearby Tuku Archipelago connected to the mainland by bridges. Your first destination is Hirvensalo Island where the famous Finnish sculpture was completed on the fringe of the archipelago nature in 2005. Kakskerta is also an island in the Archipelago Sea in the district of Turku. Like other island in the Turku Archipelago, it has a large number of summer residences. There is a lake in the middle of the island. In the summer you can take a bath in the lake on in the sea. In Kkakskerta you can visit the old stone church and the Brinkhall Manor famous as a filming location for a historical TV-drama.
Today you cycle in the lovely and calm Finnish countryside. In the summer you can take a swim in the small lakes along the way in Rusko and Masku. Then you arrive to Naantali by the Archipelago Sea. Naantali is one of the oldest towns in Finland and was founded around the medieval Brigittine convent of which the church still dominates its skyline. Known as the Sunshine Town, Naantali attracts local and foreign visitors from around the world with the ever-popular children’s favourite Moomin World theme park. The official summer residence of the President of Finland, Kultaranta estate, is also located in Naantali. Take a walk through the idyllic old town and harbour and enjoy good food in one of the beautiful seaside restaurants. After Naantali you have a 18 km ride back to Turku.
Today you cycle first along Aurajoki River and along seaside. In summer you can take a swim in the sea along the way. Then you arrive to Katariinanlaakso nature reserve where you can take a short walk in the beautiful and calming seaside forest. Through lovely paths you arrive to Lake Littoinen where in a beautiful nature setting there is a small, well-preserved old cloth factory industrial area, Verkatehdas. Established in 1823, it was the first of its kind in Finland. The National Board if Antiquities has classified the aera as a cultural historical environment. Take a nice walk around the beautiful buildings and by Lake Littoinen. On your return to Turku centre you cycle along the Aurajoki River and pass the historical area of Koroinen. Koroinen was the residenve of the Bishop of Finland until 1300 whe, because of the upthrust, it was moved a couple of kilometres further down the Aurajoki River, to the present-day Cathedral of Turku. There is a white, wooden memorial cross and stone foundations still remaining in Koroinen.
It’s good to dedicate one day to Turku sightseeing – maybe without cycling. Trake aboat trip n Aurajoki River or in Turku Archipelaho. In summer you can go by boat to Vespä Island and have a great nature and sauna experience there. Turku has a lot to offer; many museums and also fun parks. You can also go for a lovely walking day tour in the nearby Kurjenrahka National Park.
Ruissalo Island is located to the south-west of the city, in the Archipelago Sea. You can reach the island by cycling or by waterbus with you rbicycle on board. The Ruissalo Island has lovely nature reserves and one of the largest old oak forests in Finland. The Botanical garden of University of Turku is situated in the middle of the island. The charming 19th century villas on the island are considers as cultural and historically valuable. You can take a swim in the sea and a real Finnish sauna experience is available year round! From Ruissalo you can also go paddling in the Archipelago Sea.
Today you cycle first through the Koroinen historical area along the Aurajoki River and to the St. Marys church which is an important medival stone church.
Then you cycle passing calm countryside districts and municipalities of Maaria, Paatinen, cahto and Rusko. In the summer you can take a swim in the small lakes along the route.
Abreise oder Verlängerung
Mostly slightly hilly on paved cycle oath and side roads, few short but steep climps. Short sections also on unpaved roads.
- Accomodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet
- Welcome briefing
- Detailed travle documents 1x per room (German, English) with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers
- Service Hotline
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Turku, Tampere and Helsinki airport
Things to note:
- Tourist tax, if due is not included in the price!
- Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Hotel Scandic Atrium
A cosy and quiet 3*** hotel in an excellent location, not far from all restaurants and shopping facilities. A place to feel good!