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introductory to moderate

Traveller Rating

 

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

7 Days£1050GBP

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


Itinerary

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

Collect your bike from the shop, only minutes from your hotel. Once your panniers are packed you will ride north-west and out into the countryside. The day’s journey ends with 2 short ferry hops to your overnight island accommodation surrounded by the archipelago. Overnight in Velkua.

Meals:  B

An early start this morning with a breakfast box provided by the hotel. This is the main island hopping day of the route, where you will reach the very heart of the archipelago. Later, cross the tiny island of Iniö before reaching Houtskär island for overnight. An excellent dinner is included tonight in the hotel’s top-rated restaurant. Overnight on Houtskär island.

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

Cross over 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 available - supplement applies (per bag) - must be pre-booked and pre-paid.

  • Travel to and from Turku
  • 5 dinners, all lunches & beverages
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
  • Daily luggage transfer (your daily needs are carried in panniers provided) - unless paying the supplement

Bike information


Suitability

introductory to moderate

2

TRIP GRADING - INTRODUCTORY TO MODERATE (2) The trip requires a reasonable to 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.


Departure dates


Total Priceper person from

£1050GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • electric bike supplementGBP£160
  • Optional luggage transfers (per bag) - hotel-hotel (except on 1 night)GBP£280
  • Optional luggage transfers (per bag) - 5 transfers - complete routeGBP£350
  • single supplementGBP£480
*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 have been operating active self guided holidays for over 45 years. 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.