Bicycle+Boat holiday on Lake Saimaa
Bicycle+Boat holiday on Lake Saimaa
SPEND A NIGHT ABOARD ON A SMALL ISLAND!
Bicycle+Boat Tour gives you the unique chance to experience Finland’s largest lake and its small islands on the bike as well as on the water aboard boat Emma. Experience this unforgettable holiday!
Check the availability of the Bike Boat Tour in calendar. We have made a reservation to m/s Emma in June, July and August 2020.
The highlight of this tour is to spend one night aboard on a small island in Lake Saimaa! The cruise ship Emma under captain Marko’s guidance takes you over the backwater of Great Lake Saimaa archipelago. At this time, summer weather in Finland is very sunny and temperatures can rise to almost 30 degrees! You can best enjoy the nice weather on the ship deck. And in case it should start raining, there is enough room in a bright salon on board, where Nina, your boat host, also serves delicious meals. Regardless of the weather you can go to the sauna aboard and jump right into the lake to refresh.
Back ashore cycle at your own pace along the shorelines and through the islands of Lake Saimaa and find your favorite spot to pause and have a picnic. The harbor cities Imatra and Lappeenranta offer you plenty to see and possibilities to enjoy local delicacies and have a cold drink in one of the small and cozy bars and restaurants on the lakeside promenade. You will spend the other two nights in small comfortable accommodations provided by our local partners.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS HOLIDAY
- Lake Saimaa landscapes both from the saddle of the bike and from the water from the deck
- Spending one night aboard Emma on an island in Lake Saimaa
- Bathing in the boat’s sauna, swimming directly from the ship
- Cycling in the beautiful Saimaa landscape
- Discovering the harbor cities of Imatra and Lappeenranta
BIKE & BOAT TOUR DETAILS
Start & Destination
Lappeenranta (Imatra also possible). Circular cycling route, you will return to the starting point.
The total length of the cycling route is around 100 km, daily distances vary between 20 and 40 km.
Note: You can extend the journey (apart from the boat stay) if you would like to stay longer in the Imatra-Lappeenranta region. Just ask us for additional days.
Fairly easy terrain. Mostly small roads outside towns, where there are safe cycle paths. Maximum of 5 km of gravel roads.
This is a self-guided tour. The route will be described to you in the beginning and we will provide you with a detailed map so you can cycle the tour at your own pace. The crew of the ship will give you information about Lake Saimaa.
Facilities on the boat
There are beds available for up to 10 passengers in cabins for 2-3 persons. You can take part in groups of maximum 10 people and have the boat to yourselves or if you travel in a smaller group you might share the boat with other groups. Sanitary facilities are shared. Bikes travel along the ship’s deck.
This holiday is perfect for you if you are ready to experience a unique adventure in Finland’s Lakeland district. Do you like light active holidays, don’t get seasick on a boat and enjoy the simple joys of slow travel, local food and nature? Then this holiday is your chance to experience Finnish Lakeland actively but without a strict timetable by cycling and relaxing on a small boat.
Groups and capacity
The tour will be implemented when there is a minimum number of participants of 6. You may request your Bicycle+Boat Holiday in the summer months from June to August, check the departure days in the calender. Bookings will be accepted depending on demand and ship availability.
INCLUDED SERVICES IN THE BIKE & BOAT PACKAGE
- Travel planning, program organization and route directions
- Best Guest welcome meeting and telephone support daily 8 am – 8 pm
- Ship transport including one night’s accommodation and sauna on board
- Two other small local accommodations on the route, bed linen included
- breakfast every morning, lunch/dinner during the boat trip
- Information on sights and events along the route
- Journey to the starting point/from the end point, entrance fees
- Further meals not mentioned above
- Personal insurance (recommended)
- Bike rental
DAILY PROGRAM FOR BIKE & BOAT HOLIDAY
Day 1 20-30 km
Departure from Imatra or Lappeenranta harbor, welcome meeting. Looking around in the town where you start, B&B accommodation.
Day 2 10-30 km
Cycling to Imatra harbor (30 km), lunch/dinner, sauna & accommodation on board of Emma.
Day 3 20-40 km
Journey aboard m/s Emma to Sarviniemi recreation area, cycling to Taipalsaari or Lappeeneranta, accommodation in B&B.
Day 4 20-40 km
Cycling back to the place of departure (Imatra or Lappeenranta).The variation in daily distances is due to the different start/ destination options (Imatra or Lappeenranta).
Distance to airport: 35 km
Distance to train station: 4,5 km
Distance to bus station: 4,5 km
Distance to nearest city: 7 km
Reachable by public transportation: Yes