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Finland Citybreak and Lakeland

June 14 to 18, 2023


TOUR OPERATOR FAM TRIP, BY INVITATION ONLY

Please note that changes to the program are possible.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM 

Wednesday, June 14th

Flights to Helsinki
Meet your Visit Finland host at Helsinki Airport arrival hall
Transfer to Helsinki City
Welcome to Helsinki! 
Awarded with ‘City of Design’ status by UNESCO, Helsinki is a modern city that offers functional design, unique gastronomy, and maritime appeal. The capital of Finland is filled with lively events all year round, but the peaceful archipelago and green forests are only a stone’s throw away and can be easily reached by the efficient public transportation system.
Check-in at Hotel Fabian
Hotel Fabian is situated right in the heart of Helsinki. Featuring 58-room this boutique hotel has uniquely welcoming atmosphere. A short walk from the Market Square, the beautiful gardens of the Esplanadi and the famous Museum of Finnish Architecture, the hotel is designed around a lush, verdant courtyard and is flooded with natural light. Guests of Hotel Fabian can enjoy exquisite interior details plus all the comforts of home.
18:45 Lobby call
Walk to Hotel Lilla Roberts
19:00
 Meet Ms Patricia Herlin, Kämp Collection Hotels - Strawberry Finland at the hotel lobby
Site inspection at Hotel Lilla Roberts
Hotel Lilla Roberts offers an elegant environment - a simultaneous dichotomy of the modern, and rich with history. In the hotel's stylish lobby you can sense the times gone by, and be charmed by the wonderful history of the building. The hotel is located between Helsinki's busiest business district and the most prestigious residential area, making it the perfect home for you whether travelling for business, pleasure... or why not both? 
Dinner at Krog Roba hosted by Kämp Collection Hotels - Strawberry Finland
Walk back to the hotel 

Thursday, June 15th

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out (leave your luggage at the hotel luggage room)
09:15 Lobby call, meet your tour guide Ms Maddalena Benedetti from Vino Tours
Helsinki City Sightseeing
12:15 Lunch at Story Kauppahalli
Restaurant Story is an unbeatable combination of beautiful and lively premises, top chefs and confectioners, professionals in wine and service & love for the craft and fresh ingredients. Story is a good friend always here for you from breakfast till late dinner
13:15
Walk back to the hotel
13:30
 Pick up your luggage, transfer towards Lake Saimaa region
17:00 Arrival in Tertti Manor
Tertti Manor is a functioning farm with its own herb garden and eco-certified forest, which has been owned by the same family since the late 1800's. The stunning manor house serves as a delightful restaurant serving fresh, local food in historical surroundings. The five farm hotel rooms are cosy and close to nature – you will be sure to sleep soundly and wake up to the sweet sound of silence.
The culinary delights of Tertti Manor are regionally and nationally renowned. Their food philosophy is based on clean, local ingredients, mostly grown on their own land. You will get a peek of their delicious farming cellar full of produce from the summer and autumn gone and hear fascinating stories of life at the manor house from years gone by.
Coffee break and tour of the grounds
18:30 Transfer to Rantasalmi
Check-in at Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän
Accommodation in Forest Suites
Forest suite rooms are equipped with a 180cm king bed. A forest view rushes through the windows facing north. The forest suite is equipped with a spacious bathroom. The Forest village is located right by our nature trails and it is only 500 meters away from the reception.
Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän is a vibrant resort with plenty of activities or peace and quiet, whatever your preference. Nestled in a bay of Lake Saimaa, the resort offers luxury accommodation, an amazing spa and lots of nature activities. The resort has been run by Heiskanen family since 1658 and is steeped in tradition. You may even spot a curious Saimaa ringed seal here – the rarest seal in the world with a population of only over 400.
Järvisydän has the Sustainable Travel Finland-label. Read more of sustainability in Järvisydän from here: Sustainable Travel Finland - Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän

20:30 Dinner in Wine Cellar
This unique dining room, seating up to 220 people, is surrounded by a glass wall and the wine cellar consisting of an impressive wine collection has been carved the rock.
 

Friday, June 16th

Breakfast
Järvisydän site inspection including Lake Spa
Järvisydän's Lake Spa will give you a new kind of Finnish lake wellness experience. The spa is built in the middle of the natural rocks and the large windows overlook Lake Saimaa. In the middle of the spa you can find the heart of the lake - a heart-shaped natural pond. Natural materials are used for Lake Spa's genuine and exciting experience. Rugged rock walls, natural stone tiles, pools with natural rock bottoms and the twinkling lights will bring ancient times to the present day. A fire flames in the fireplace, candles twinkle around the spa and daylight shimmers from the fissures in the rock.
12:00 Lunch in Piikatyttö Restaurant
14:00 Champagne cruise on Lake Saimaa
15:00 Visit to Kuru Resort
Kuru is more than just a destination. Kuru is a peaceful resort for adults where you can relax and recover from the demands of everyday life. They invite you to experience Kuru, a unique luxury retreat in Saimaa region, Finland.
Their luxurious and private Villas are designed to create encounters with nature: Each Villa is designed with natural elements and breathtaking sceneric window. All Villas have their own private spa with sauna and bathtub. The soft bathrobes and slippers waiting in the Villas are the best outfit for your stay.
They offer high-quality services at the resort, including a fine dining restaurant Solitary and a Day Spa that offers a wide range of rejuvenating treatments.
17:00 Transfer to PihlasResort
PihlasResort is a brand new, luxurious eco-resort. They offer an unforgettable getaway in the middle of the most beautiful nature. The first-class hideaway invites you to return over and over again – to heal, enjoy, and relax with all your senses.
Since Pihlas is still under construction, the facilities and services are not yet fully completed. However, we are fortunate to be the first group to visit and experience the concept firsthand.

Their five intimate Forest Suites are perfect for invigorating getaways when travelling by yourself or with a companion, whereas the five enchanting two- bedroom Garden Villas offer more space to enjoy time together. During your stay you can dine in their top-quality restaurant Siimes, enjoy yourself on the tennis and padel courts, break a sweat at our gym and indoor sport hall, experience the secret forest routes, do laps in the streamline pool, relax in the outdoor jacuzzi, freshen your mind and body in the lakeside sauna - all this while experiencing the beautiful Finnish nature within each season.
Welcoming drinks and tour of the grounds
19:00 Dinner at Pihlas
22:00 Lakeside sauna and snacks
The Finnish sauna is probably up to 10 000 years old. The prehistoric sauna has come a long way to the modern electric saunas with their high-tech sauna stoves, but the traditional wood-heated sauna or smoke sauna are still the most popular options at cottages. The health benefits of sauna have been known for centuries. In sauna, the skin temperature and pulse rise, metabolism speeds up and aching muscles relax. Sauna soothes and makes you feel calm and also improves your sleep. Sauna is pure health!
Overnight at PihlasResort's villas 

Saturday, June 17th

Breakfast
10:00 Transfer to Pistohiekka Resort, Puumala
Pistohiekka Resort is one of the finest beach resorts at the shores of Lake Saimaa. Surrounded by magnificent nature and Lake Saimaa, Pistohiekka is part of Saimaa UNESCO Global Geopark with many attractions nearby. The resort consists of two main buildings and ten cottages for accommodation. The beach restaurant with a fantastic lake view is famous for its architecture and a popular attraction in its own right. The restaurant offers tasty local food, and its terrace is a perfect place to enjoy warm summer days or dark autumn nights. Their saunas are a great way to relax and wind down from the day's activities.
Pistohiekka has the Sustainable Travel Finland-label, read more from here: SUSTAINABILITY | Pistohiekka
11:30 Guided paddling from Pistohiekka Resort
Canoeing and kayaking in Saimaa region is truly the way to experience the beauty of nature. Everything else is stripped away; there is only you and the world around you. There's no city noise; there's only the small waves lapping against your boat. There's no motor working for you; you'll feel the water with every stroke. There's no walls or windows; only the breeze in your hair and the smell of the water. In your canoe, or kayak, you rise and fall with every wave and feel at one with nature.
14:00 
Lunch with lakeside view at Pistohiekka Restaurant
15:45 Transfer to Puumala Harbour
16:00 Story cruise by Ecoboat with guide Arto
One man band offering activities, tours and experiences based on sustainability and Lake Saimaa region's unique nature. Mission of Lakeland GTE is to make the client see and feel nature with the company's trademarks as personal service, tailor-made tours and safety. Professional guide, Arto, will lead you to the wonders of Lake Saimaa region. If you are lucky, you may see the glimpse of Saimaa Ringed Seal. LakelandGTE has the Sustainable Travel Finland label, read more from here.
Transfer to Sahanlahti Resort
Sahanlahti is a small, family run resort with hotel and cottage accommodation and three restaurants serving the best of local food made from seasonal ingredients. All restaurants offer the most amazing lakeside views and the small guest harbour hosts visitors from near and far in the summertime. Built around an old sawmill, Sahanlahti is steeped in history and has a story or two to tell you as you wander around the resort.
Food based on high-quality, fresh and local products and the dedication to ethical and responsible farming are the cornerstones of Sahanlahti dining. All of this and the skill of people growing and preparing your food can be clearly tasted on your plate when dining in the atmospheric restaurants at Sahanlahti.
Sahanlahti has the Sustainable Travel Finland label, read more from here.
18:00 Tour of the grounds and dinner at Rantamakasiini
21:00 Transfer to Saimaanranta Resort, Anttola, check-in
Saimaanranta Resort is the perfect destination for relaxed holiday – there is something for everyone from private luxury villas with a special touch of the local nature included with a lovely view of Lake Saimaa, to cosy hotel rooms. If pampering in the spa or sporty activities are more your thing, you will be just as happy here!
Evening snacks in every villa and option for sauna in villa 

Sunday, June 18th

Breakfast at restaurant
09:30 Check-out and transfer to Muisti Centre of War and Peace
Muisti Centre of War and Peace is a modern museum which examines the effects of war from the perspective of human experience. The interactive exhibition at Muisti enables you to understand what war felt like for those who were confronted by it, how it affected society at the time, and how it still affects it today. Muisti Centre of War and Peace shares experiences of war in order to promote peace. Muisti is for those who are interested in the history of war, and especially for those who are not.
11:00 Transfer to Helsinki
14:30 Arrival at Helsinki Airport 
Departures to home destinations

Thank you for visiting Finland!

Flights

Wednesday June 14th
Arrivals in Helsinki with Finnair flights

Sunday June 18th
Departure from Helsinki to home destinations

Accommodation

Helsinki
14.-15.6.2023
Hotel Fabian

Rantasalmi
15.-16.6.2023
Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän

Joroinen
16.-17.6.2023
PihlasResort

Mikkeli
17.-18.6.2023
Saimaanranta Resort

Follow the weather

Helsinki
Rantasalmi
Joroinen
Mikkeli

Bring along

  • Comfortable outdoor clothing
    (including good walking shoes)
  • Swimming suit for Sauna
  • Happy mood

Sustainable Travel Finland

To help the travel professionals to make more sustainable choices when creating travel itineraries to Finland, Visit Finland has developed the Sustainable Travel Finland (STF) programme. The programme is designed for tourism companies and destinations in Finland to systematically adapt sustainable practices. Companies and destinations that undergo the entire programme are recognized with the Sustainable Travel Finland label. The label is a definitive symbol of commitment towards sustainable practices and principles.

Useful links

Sustainable Travel Finland label
Sustainable Travel Tips

Contact us

Visit Finland France

Sanna Tuononen

+33 648201719
Visit Finland Spain & Italy

David Campano

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Visit Saimaa

Laura Harimaa

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