The Turku Archipelago

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The Turku Archipelago

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

Trip Summary

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.

Suitability

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.

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

Enjoy a beautiful island morning on the main island hopping day of the route, reaching the very heart of the archipelago. Later, cross the tiny island of Iniö before reaching Houtskär island for overnight. Overnight on Houtskär island.

Meals:  B

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

What's Included

  • 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner (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.

What's Not Included

  • 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

Upcoming Travel Dates

Reviews

We have travelled to Finland to visit friends and wanted a self guided tour to use as an introduction to the country and this was a great choice. The ferries were fun, the accommodation was varied and proved to be good choices and we had some good times with some fellow travellers heading the same way. Turku and Naantali were a great introduction to Finland. Easy to get to via VR and the archipelago islands were relaxed.

M. Maughan, Harvey, Western Australia, 13 Jul 2018


Our bike trip was totally awesome. We are a freshly retired couple in our mid 60s looking for a challenge but not too much challenge. This bike trip fit our style completely. We loved studying the directions for each day, the night before, and having a mission each day. The accommodations were absolutely perfect & very interesting. Each place had it's own culture. The landscape was beautiful! The GPS map & written directions were perfect. We are ready to plan another self-guided bike trip.

P. Smull, MN, USA

AT A GLANCE

Duration:7 Days
Countries:Finland
Starting Point:Turku
Finishing Point:Turku
Activities:Self-Guided Cycling
Grade:introductory to moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:CFI
Prices From:GBP£980 Per Person
single supplement:GBP£530  Click for more information
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