2025 dates for UK trips now live!Start planning >
3
moderate

Traveller Rating

 

Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 6 nights in small hotels and guesthouses
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 6 Breakfasts

7 Days£1185GBP

Overview

Trip Code: CFI

Trip highlights


  • Island hopping on the main islands by bike
  • Enjoying the culture and cuisine of the harbour villages
  • Exploring Finland's oldest city and former capital
  • Staying in character and charming accommodation

The Turku archipelago is one of Finland's most stunning natural phenomena - 20,000 islands stretching out into the sea from the city of Turku in the southwest part of the country. Cycling a circular route around the main islands is made easy, and exciting by a system of local ferry services. Experience the peaceful nature of meandering by bike around rural Finland, the enchantment of the sea, the beauty of the inner islands, wholesome Finnish cooking and picturesque harbour villages. Our cycling tour starts and ends in Turku, Finland's oldest city, where you will enjoy a ride around the historic city with its medieval castle, cathedral and riverside paths. Enjoy the unique pleasure of hopping between the small islands off Finland's southwest coast.

Countries:

Finland

Starting Point:

Turku

Finishing Point:

Turku


Make your own way to Turku, a bustling summer city on the south-west coast of Finland. There is a medieval castle and cathedral, and a wide selection of bars, cafes, and restaurants. Overnight in Turku centre.

Meals:  Nil

This morning, collect your bicycles and and head south-east out of the city. A fine system of Bike Lanes keeps you out of the traffic as you head into the archipelago. After a short ferry ride you arrive on the island of Nauvo for an overnight stay by the sea.

Meals:  B

A choice of routes takes you across a couple of islands to Houtskär. An excellent dinner is included tonight in hotel’s top-rated restaurant.

Meals:  B,D

There is one relaxing ferry journey today between two of the largest of the archipelago islands, Houtskär and Korpo. The 20km riding distance is between the overnight hotels but there are various possible ways to get some extra cycling in for those who wish. Dinner tonight is a 5 course local tasting menu in the highly-regarded hotel restaurant. Overnight on Korpo island.

Meals:  B,D

Return to Nauvo, the main archipelago island. Nauvo village has a bustling harbour. Take the ferry north back to the mainland and continue by bike via Rymättylä to Naantali, an idyllic seaside village with cobbled streets and old wooden houses around a bustling harbour. Overnight in the Old Town at Naantali, where there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from for dinner.

Meals:  B

Free time in Naantali or in Turku, according to your preference - it's a short ride today. Return your bicycles on arrival in Turku. Overnight in Turku centre.

Meals:  B

Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners (a 3 course dinner and a 5 course tasting menu)
  • 6 nights accommodation in small hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • All necessary ferry fees
  • Information pack with digital route details (GPS Tracks) plus map and leaflet including ferry timings (one set per room)
  • Emergency hotline
  • 24 speed bike hire including helmet, repair kit, phone attachment and panniers to carry your gear for the trip (e-bike available - supplement applies)
  • Main luggage storage during the trip. You carry your gear for the week in the panniers provided. Optional daily luggage transfer is available - supplement applies - must be pre-booked and pre-paid.

  • Travel to and from Turku
  • Dinners not noted as included, all lunches & beverages
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
  • Luggage transfers (your daily needs are carried in panniers provided). Daily luggage transfers are available - must be pre-booked and pre-paid. Minimum 2 pieces.
  • Items of a personal nature

Bike information


Suitability

moderate

3

TRIP GRADING - MODERATE (3) The trip requires a good level of fitness to fully participate in the cycling, with daily cycle distances from 17 to 57km (10.5 to 35.5mi) per day. It is generally easy, but with occasional rolling sections and 2 days of cycling over 50km/31mi. During the cycle you will share the roads with other vehicles, although usually the island traffic is quiet. Nevertheless you should be comfortable riding on roads with passing traffic.


Departure dates


Priceper person from

£1185GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • E-bike supplemenetGBP£190
  • Optional luggage transfers - per piece (min 3 pieces)GBP£350
  • Single supplementGBP£470
  • Optional luggage transfers - per piece (min 2 pieces)GBP£520
*Prices listed are per person

Trip reviews


Why travel with us

Personal Experience

We've been walking and cycling the planet for over four decades and are passionate about delivering exceptional service. Combined, we’ve travelled to virtually every corner of Europe, and are eager to share the many benefits of travelling on foot or by bike.

Great Value & Quality

Our well priced trips offer great value for money. Included in your package are comprehensive route notes, maps & guide books along with bag transfers and locally run accommodation. We take the stress out of organising your holiday.

Self-Guided Specialists

We have been operating active self guided holidays since 1973. We handle all the necessary logistics so that you can relax and explore your destination at your own pace. Many of our tours depart daily, giving you even greater flexibility.