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Experience Unesco and architectural destinations

June 9 to 12, 2022

Get to know enchanting Old Rauma, the largest wooden city area in the Nordic countries. Close to Rauma, the Sammallahdenmäki the burial cairn area has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.  One of Alvar Aalto's most prominent works internationally is the The Terraced House in Kauttua. We also visit Alvar Aalto's masterpiece, Villa Mairea. And last but not least the tour ends in Jyväskylä, the capital city of Alvar Aalto's architecture.

Preliminary program 

Thursday 9.6.2022

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
09:00 Departure by bus to Rauma
10:30 Welcome to Rauma, a vibrant seaside and cultural city
Guided walking tour in Old Rauma. During the tour short visits in some of the boutiques, museums and artist´ workrooms and ateliers. Old Rauma is the largest wooden city area in the Nordic countries and it was granted the UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1991. The over 600 wooden buildings are a home to hundreds of people and place of business to many unique boutiques, restaurants and cafés
12:15 Lunch at one of the cosiest restaurants in Old Town
13:00 Departure to UNESCO World Heritage Site Sammallahdenmäki
13:45 Guided visit by foot to Sammallahdenmäki area
Sammallahdenmäki, the burial cairn area dating from the Bronze Age (1500 -500 BC) has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. The whole ancient relic area contains 36 burial cairns from the Bronze Age and Early Metal Age that spread on ridges and hearh terrain over a distance of one kilometer
14:15 Departure to Kauttua
15:00 Arrival in Kauttua
Guided visit with coffee break in Terrace House
Kauttua Ironworks area is one of the most notable sites in the industrial history of Finland. Alvar Aalto designed many buildings for the grounds of the Ruukinpuisto Ironworks. Nowadays the beautiful surroundings of the old Ironworks area function as the stage for events and has restaurants, cafes, art exhibitions and galleries. The Terraced House is a vivid example of the desire of the architect to integrate the building into the natural environment: the multi-storey residential building adapts to the slope, so the entrance of each apartment is on ground level. Completed in 1938, the Terraced House is one of Alvar Aalto's most prominent works also internationally
16:00 Departure to Noormarkku
17:30 Arrival at Noormarkku
18:00-19:30 Welcome to Noormarkku Works
Drinks and introduction of the company and cultural tourism services
Ahlström Voyage exhibition in the old iron smithy
Ahlström's historical Voyage exhibition is a journey into the fascinating life of the manors and the various twists and turns that have taken place there. The exhibition, located in the old Iron smithy, is a comprehensive presentation of the history and life of the family business over 170 years. Feel the history, learn the interesting stories and enjoy the old workshop atmosphere by the Makkarakoski river
19:30 Dinner at Club House  

Friday 10.6.2022

08:00 Breakfast at the hotel
08:45 Makkarakoski Sawmill Museum & Gardens of the Works area
A short visit to the sawmill museum which includes original machinery from 1880's and beautiful industrial architecture
Makkarakoski Sawmill Museum is located in the heart of the Noormarkku Works. Work at Makkarakoski Sawmill ended in February 1956. The original sawmill machinery mainly from 1880s remained oi its' place. Therefore, the sawmill has kept a piece of the Finnish industrial heritage which has remained untouched for over 60 years. 
Makkarakoski is a unique example of a life cycle of a sawmill. The equipment which was acquired after the blaze of the sawmill in 1875, originally worked by water power, then by steam power and finally by electric power. The Sawmill is one of its kind in Europe, which serves now as a museum
Walk through the many gardens of the Works on the way to Villa Mairea
10:00-10:50 Guided tour of Villa Mairea by Mairea Foundation
Villa Mairea was designed by architect Alvar Aalto and completed in 1939. It is one of the most successful examples of the modernist style in architecture and one of Aalto's most widely known designs. The interior design of Villa Mairea was done by architect Aino Aalto. Villa Mairea was constructed for Walter Ahlström's daughter Maire and her husband, general director Harry Gullichsen. Villa Mairea is a work of art in itself and a popular destination for architects from around the world. The interior of the Villa mainly consists of modern art and Artek furniture, which form a rare collection of Finnish and international art and design
11:15 Buffet lunch
12:00 Departure by bus to Ruovesi
14:15 Arrival at Ruovesi Passenger Harbour
14:30 All aboard s/s Tarjanne
The route is operated by s/s Tarjanne, a veritable steam boating legend. Built in 1908, Tarjanne is the last passenger steamboat still running a long regular route in Finland. During the storied journey, you will hear the famous sound of the steam whistle and dine in the fabulous restaurant originally designed by renowned Art Nouveau artist Akseli Gallén-Kallela
18:00 Arrival at Virrat Harbour
Transportation by bus to Jyväskylä Region
In the sustainable Jyväskylä Region, Lakeland Finland, you encounter beautiful nature, four national parks, and 3 700 lakes. The region is home for UNESCO World Heritage Sites and more of Alvar Aalto's architecture than anywhere else in the world. In the Jyväskylä Region, the Sauna Region of the World, there is a chance to experience the Finnish sauna in various ways
Petäjävesi Old Church
Petäjävesi Old Church – masterpiece of construction in wood. Petäjävesi Old Church gained inclusion in Unesco's world heritage list as a prime example of northern wooden architecture in 1994. The church is representative of Scandinavian, Lutheran church architecture and the long tradition of log building
Transfer to Jyväskylä
Check-in at the hotel 

Saturday 11.6.2022

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer from hotel to city center to meet the city guide
Guided city tour in Jyväskylä – taste of Aalto Andante walking tour
Who was Alvar Aalto, the architect and academician? On the Aalto Andante walking tour you’ll discover how this young, small-town dreamer found his own style and put the architecture of the place where he grew up on the world map 
Transfer to Säynätsalo
Visit to one of Alvar Aalto’s most significant works, the Säynätsalo Town Hall
It holds a special status in the history of twentieth-century architecture. This unique building attracted attention even at the construction stage. Since completion, the building has attracted visitors from all over the world: groups of students and architects as well as individual visitors
Transfer to Muuratsalo
After the lunch, we continue to Alvar Aalto’s summer residence – also known as  Muuratsalo Experimental House
This unique building that is possible to visit only with a guide, is located on an island five kilometres from Säynätsalo Town Hall. From its courtyard opens an extraordinary view over the Lake Päijänne.  No wonder Aalto built the summer residence for his family here!
Transfer to Puolakka for a hike to Struve Geodetic Arc: Oravivuori Arc Point
The point of the Struve Arc Puolakka is located at the top of Oravivuori in Korpilahti. It is the most famous of the Finnish Struve Geodetic arc points, because it is located at the top of a hill and there are beautiful views to the lake Päijänne. On this spot a triangulation tower has been erected to commemorate the importance of the Oravivuori (or Puolakka) measuring station to the mapping of Finland. The Struve Geodetic Arc was accepted into the Unesco World Heritage List in 2005. It represents the cultural heritage of science and technology
Sauna experience

Sunday 12.6.2022

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
Transportation to Helsinki
Arrival at Helsinki Airport
Flights home

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  • Swimming suit for sauna
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