Cycling : Island Hopping by Bike, Finnish Archipelago 2017

Our hugely popular cycling tour hops from island to island using local ferries.
Included in the package is accommodation in a combination of locally-thatched cabins, converted barns, the Old Town of Naantali, and the city of Turku, plus bicycle hire with panniers and helmets, detailed route notes including .GPX files, cycling maps, luggage transportation, and 24 hour emergency service.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

• The Turku archipelago are one of Finland's most stunning natural phenomena – 20 000 islands stretching out into the sea from the city of Turku in the country's south-west.
• Cycling a circular route around the main islands is made easy, and exciting, by a system of local ferry services, constantly going back and forth acting like bridges.
• Picturesque harbour villages & the true peace of the nature.
• The cycling route starts and ends in Turku – the formal capital of Finland, and a bustling, attractive market town, and also the European Capital of Culture in 2011. With easy train connections to Helsinki, the tour can easily be combined with the Finnish capital.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO TURKU
Personal arrival 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, bed and breakfast

DAY 2: TURKU TO KUSTAVI (68 km)
Collect your bicycles and ride north-west and out into the countryside. Soon the island-hopping begins with a relaxing 45 minute ferry journey. After an invigorating day's ride, relax in the sauna at your harbourside accommodation where you stay in thatched cabins
Overnight in Kustavi, breakfast & dinner in unique accommodation, locally-thatched individual mini-cottages with private WC and terrace. Dinner by the sea.

DAY 3: KUSTAVI-KORPPOO (34 km)
Today is the main island-hopping day with 5 ferry journies, reaching the very heart of the archipelago. Cross the tiny island of Iniö before some of the region's most challenging cycling on Houtskär island. Enjoy a rest on the 30 minute ferry ride to the next island, Korppoo.
Overnight on Korpoo island in converted barn, breakfast & dinner

DAY 4: KORPPOO (cycling according to own wishes)
Free day to cycle at your leisure. There are various possible circular routes we suggest on Korppoo
island or the neighbouring island of Nauvo. Whichever you choose, beautiful archipelago landscapes and harbour villages await. Ride to nearby local restaurant for dinner.
Overnight on Korppoo island, bed & breakfast

DAY 5: KORPPOO - NAANTALI (57km)
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 Old Town, Naantali, with plenty of local restaurants to choose from for dinner

DAY 6: NAANTALI-TURKU 14 km
Free time in Naantali, or in Turku according to your preference. Short ride back to Turku. Return your bicycles.
Overnight in Turku centre , bed and breakfast

DAY 7: Personal departure from Turku

MAP

The map centres on the village of Norrby, on the island of Iniö, the smallest and remotest island on the trip.

GOOD TO KNOW

All accommodations have private bathrooms, except the first overnight which is quite unique - individual locally-thatched cabins located in a small harbour complex. These cabins have private WC and sink - showers are taken in the adjoining sauna complex, which is an ideal way to unwind after a long day's ride.

City centre locations in Turku at the start and end of the tour make it easy to arrive and depart. Beautiful natural locations in the archipelago combine with a stay in the old town of Naantali where you can choose a restaurant for dinner from a range in the harbour area.

This is a self-guided cycling tour. Each guest will receive full route details, plus ferry timings, but there is no guide included. On most departures there will be other guests cycling the same route.

Due to a small chance ferry timetables may change we reserve the right to amend the dates and/or tour route and accommodations.

WHAT MAKES OUR CYCLING TOURS SO SPECIAL?

We use the best available accommodation, from atmospheric converted barns to high quality spa hotels.

Our route is a combination of the best of everyting in the area. You get to stay in the most beautiful natural surroundings with dinner cooked by your hosts, but you also get to experience picturesque harbour villages with a choice of excellent local restaurants, and to stay in the heart of Turku.

You are well taken care of : our tour includes luggage transportation, detailed route notes, and a 24 hour emergency contact.

DEPARTURE DATES in 2017

JUNE 11, 18, 25
JULY 2*, 9, 16, 23, 30
AUGUST 6, 13, 20

Prices in EUR (euros) :

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891 EUR per person sharing twin/double room
1224 EUR single room for single traveller
(*For July 2 departure: 990 EUR twin/double room, 1335 EUR single)

What's included:
- 6 nights accommodation with breakfast
- 1 dinner
- 7-speed bicycle with panniers, repair kit, pump, helmet
- All necessary island ferry fees
- Cycling road map (1 for up to 2 persons)
- Detailed route notes: in paper and electronic .GPX format
- 24 hour emergency phone service
- Luggage transport between hotels (max 1 piece per person. 40 EUR per person per piece extra luggage)

Note:
- Note: August departures minimum 2 pax per booking
- Reduction for using own bicycle: 85 EUR

Extras possible on request:
• Extra nights in Turku
• Train tickets between Helsinki and Turku
• Accommodation in Helsinki
• Other services such as airport transfers, ferry excursions to Tallinn, Stockholm and St Petersburg

Please check our Booking, Payment, and Cancellation Conditions (click the link to view the details in a seperate window)

For bookings & further information please contact us by email.

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