Helsinki & South Karelia Express - 5 Day

Helsinki & South Karelia Express - 5 Day

5 Days



Helsinki & South Karelia Express - 5 Day

5 Days Starting and ending in Helsinki

Visiting: Helsinki, Lappeenranta

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:


Group size:

2 - 36

Age range:

Children welcome on these tours. 5 years and up. Although if you have a big family and one of the children is 3 or 4, we can accept the booking.Children between 5-11 will pay 50% of the adult price.No upper age limit but please just use your best judgemen

Trip Styles:

Small Group

$836 (USD) Operator discount: -$215 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$24 -22%

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Tour Overview

Explore Finland's capital and South Karelia on this 5 day escorted tour. Discover the fascinating Finnish capital Helsinki with its rich culture & history before heading to the beautiful resort town of Lappeenranta on the shore of Lake Saimaa. Take in the spectacular scenery on an evening cruise around the lake and the Saimaa Canal.


  • Helsinki - Take in the best of the Finnish capital on a city tour, including the Parliament building and the famous Suomenlinna Fortress

  • Lappeenranta - Explore the old town of this charming lakeside settlement, home to wooden churches and a pretty port area

  • Lake Saimaa - Cruise this shimmering lake at dusk and enjoy a delicious onboard meal and drinks at your own leisure


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Day 1: Helsinki
Location: Helsinki

Upon arrival at Helsinki airport you'll be met and transferred to our hotel in the heart of Finland's capital. The rest of the day is at free for you to independently explore. A welcome meeting will be held this evening, in the lobby, at approx. 7pm.

Day 2: Helsinki
Location: Helsinki
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we explore Helsinki, the green and lively Finnish capital. Our guided tour takes us around the harbours and Senate Square with its Lutheran Cathedral, we will also see the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall and the Sibelius Monument before visiting the famous Church-in-the-Rock.

In the afternoon there's an optional excursion to the 18th century Suomenlinna Fortress, a cultural gem set on an island.

Day 3: Helsinki
Location: Helsinki
Meals Included: Breakfast

Helsinki- Lappeenranta. This morning we board a train to Lappeenranta in South Karelia, arriving shortly after midday. Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Saimaa, Lappeenranta was an important Swedish fortress town in the 18th century. In the recent years, the picturesque town has become a popular resort. We explore Lappeenranta on a walking tour, taking in the historical Old Town, the port area, Lappeenranta fortress, wooden Orthodox Mary the Virgin Church and more.

Late afternoon we walk to the pier and embark on a 3 hour long evening cruise on Lake Saimaa and the Saimaa Canal. The ship has a restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks and snacks or a meal while enjoying spectacular views of the lake.

Day 4: Lappeenranta
Location: Lappeenranta
Meals Included: Breakfast

Lappeenranta - Helsinki. Today is free to spend at leisure exploring this resort town. Our hotel is located between the Old Town and the port area which are both easily accessed. Check out the small boutique shops in the Old Town and grab a Karelian lunch at one of the local restaurants or simply enjoy the atmosphere and the picturesque views at the port. In the late afternoon we transfer to the train station and travel by train back to Helsinki for our final night.

Day 5: Helsinki
Location: Helsinki
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our tour ends after breakfast today with an included transfer to Helsinki airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    4 star

  • 4 breakfasts

  • 4 nights in 4 star hotels

  • Sightseeing tours of Helsinki and Lappeenranta

  • Express train tickets Helsinki-Lappeenranta-Helsinki

  • Entrance to Church in The Rock in Helsinki and Lake Saimaa

  • Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go. Minimum group size 2 - maximum 36.

  • One arrival transfer on Day 1 and one departure transfer on Day 5 included per booking

  • Welcome meeting with a Champagne-cocktail or juice

  • Escorted by a bi-lingual English and German speaking tour leader, with English speaking guides for city tours

  • Escorted by a bi-lingual tour leader, with English speaking guides for city tours

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visas

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

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  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

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    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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