Arrival at Helsinki Airport in the afternoon. After immigration find the Finnair City Bus at stop nr 10 just outside arrival level at Terminal T2. The bus will take you to Elielinaukio Square at Helsinki Central Station in 35 minutes.
A short 10 minute walk to your first class downtown hotel, we will confirm your hotel after your booking. After a short rest at your room we suggest a refreshing walking tour in surrounding downtown area. There are many types of restaurants, Finnish, Western or Asian, where you can buy dinner as per your appetite.
For evening snack or maybe as dessert after dinner You will taste something very typical Finnish: a “Korvapuusti” cinnamon bun with a cup of coffee or tea at traditional coffee shop Café Esplanad on one of the main shopping streets, the Esplanade. (Address: Pohjois-Esplanadi 37, open until 21.00 hrs).
Full buffet breakfast at your hotel. We suggest you check-out and store your luggage at the front desk.
In the morning you have time to explore the main shopping streets Esplanade with brand shops and Aleksanterinkatu as well as Mannerheimintie where you find bigger malls like Kämp Galleria or Forum and the Stockmann department store. The lively market place Kauppatori and the traditional market hall are situated at the end of the Esplanadi Park by the sea. The market vendors sell also traditional dishes, recommendable for a snack or lunch, also open air weather permitting.
An audio guided (several languages including English, Chinese and Japanese) Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing city tour starts from Fabianinkatu street tourist bus stop in the middle of the Esplanade Park in downtown Helsinki. The comfortable double decker tour bus is air conditioned and heated (winter) and has a free wifi. During the 1,5 hour city tour you will drive past the main sights of Helsinki and hear interesting stories behind them. There will be a short stop at the famous Temppeliaukio Church, graved in rock, and the Sibelius Monument before the tour ends at the Esplanade Park.
We recommend to arrive to the Central Railway Station latest 15 minutes prior the train departure. Please, check the right platform on the monitors at the station and consider that some platforms are located within 500 meters walking distance from the main station hall. Check the train number and exact time of departure as well as car and seat number on your train ticket.
Train journey from Helsinki to Turku aboard an Intercity train in economy class. Enjoy the sceneries. You can buy drinks and snacks from a Bistro trolley or at train cafeteria.
Arrival to Turku Central Station. Your driver with your name is awaiting outside the station. Transfer to Ruissalo Spa Hotel and check-in to a Standard Plus Room. The free use of two saunas and three pools in the spa department is included. From the pools there is also a direct connection outside to the swimming pier on the sea where you may take a dip round the year – even on winter! The spa has also various treatments available at extra charge to enjoy. Please, check the daily opening hours at the hotel reception.
After a short rest we recommend an orientation walk in the park and boat marina around the hotel, map of the paths is available at hotel lobby. Ruissalo Island national park famous for it’s pure nature right by the sea. Alternatively, you may visit the city center of Turku (12 km) easily by taking the local bus (extra charge) for a 20 minutes ride or just relax in the Spa of the hotel.
A Buffet Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Enjoy the local and Nordic delicacies.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Today you will make a minicruise through the archipelago to Mariehamn on Åland Islands, half way between Finland and Sweden. You can leave your luggage in your hotel room as the cruise is a day excursion and you will return to the hotel in the evening. Please, take your passport with you!
Private transfer from the hotel to Turku harbor
Check-in at the Viking Terminal in Turku
Viking Line’s cruise ferry m/s Amorella leaves Turku. There are several shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and a small casino on board. Live music, dance and karaoke is available.
You can admire the ever changing scenery and views to the archipelago through the panorama windows.
Buffet lunch including drinks (wine, beer, water, coffee, tea, soft drinks) at the Viking Buffet in which you can taste all the famous and delicious items of the Scandinacian “Smorgasbord” as much as you wish.
Arrival to Mariehamn, disembarkation and change of ships
Viking Line’s cruise ferry m/s Viking Grace leaves Mariehamn. This is the newest and most innovative cruise ferry between Finland and Sweden. It is famous for it’s modern green technology. The interiors are spacious and stylish. In addition to many bars and restaurants as well as shops Viking Grace has a spa with views out to the sea. You can enjoy live entertainment also on the way back. Tax free shopping is available.
Your dinner voucher (EUR 34) is good for the Aurora Buffet which also includes the drinks. Please, choose your favorite seating time and make the table reservation on board as the timings vary. If you wish to try the other restaurants instead, The Oscar a la carte and the Frank’s Bistro accept your dinner voucher as partial payment. Check the options on board and book a table.
Arrival to Turku, disembarkation. Your driver awaits you outside the terminal and takes you to the hotel. Overnigt at Ruissalo Spa.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Why not try a morning sauna or refreshing swim for a good wake up?
Check-out and private transfer from the hotel to Turku Central Station. Please, confirm the exact time of departure with the reception in advance.
Train journey from Turku to Helsinki onboard Intercity train in economy class.
Arrival to Pasila station (suburb of Helsinki) where you can change to the Helsinki Airport Train
Arrival to Helsinki Central Station where you can change to the Helsinki Airport Train
The Helsinki Airport Trains (Commuter lines P and I) depart regularly every 10-15 minutes from Helsinki and Pasila stations. The train journey to the airport takes approximately 35 minutes. Your train ticket Turku – Helsinki includes also the Airport Train. Please, choose a direct train change in Pasila or a short stop in Helsinki before continuing to the airport in accordance with your flight departure.
We suggest to arrive to the airport latest 1,5 hours before your flight departure even if you have already checked-in. Show your boarding pass at the security control in order to access the international departure area. Please, remember the security rules for hand luggage. There is a good choice of shops and restaurants in the departure area. Have a good flight and welcome back to Finland soon!
Included in the program:
- A one way ticket for the Finnair City Bus
- One overnight at a downtown Helsinki hotel in a standard guest room, breakfast buffet (See our hotel partners, click here)
- A cinnamon bun and a cup of coffee or tea at Café Esplanad in Helsinki
- Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing tour by bus
- A return Intercity train Helsinki – Turku – Helsinki Airport in economy class
- A seat reservation on the Intercity train (not for the Airport commuter train)
- A return private transfer Turku station – Hotel Ruissalo Spa
- Two nights accommodation in a Classic Room at Ruissalo Spa including buffet breakfast (See our hotel partners, click here)
- Use of hotel swimming pools and saunas during opening hours
- One buffet dinner at Ruissalo Spa
- A return private transfer Hotel Ruissalo Spa – Turku harbor
- Viking Line minicruise Turku – Mariehamn – Turku
- A Viking Buffet lunch on m/s Amorella
- An open dinner voucher (EUR 34) on m/s Viking Grace
Please, check final train and ferry departure times from your train ticket as the above schedule may change!