615 € / person (if min. 8 passangers on boat)
Minimum group size
Maximum group size
Duration of the tour
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Specific weeks from end of June to August, see calendar
SPEND A NIGHT ABOARD ON A SMALL ISLAND!
Our new 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. Be one of the first to experience this unforgettable holiday!
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 whenever you fancy 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
- 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
Day 1: Departure from Lappeenranta harbor, Saimaa Canal, cycling to first accommodation: Johanna’s Aitta (25 km)
Day 2: Cycling to Imatra harbor (30 km), boat trip to small island, sauna & accommodation on board of Emma
Day 3: Journey aboard m/s Emma to Sarviniemi recreation area, cycling Taipalsaari, accommodation in B&B (20 km)
Day 4: Taipalsaari church village and island, cycling to Lappeenranta (20 km)
Start & End points of the tour
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.
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.
The crew of the ship will give you information about Lake Saimaa.
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.
CAPACITY & PRICE
The tour price of 540 € is for a four days holiday per person and includes the services mentioned in the list below.
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 September. Bookings will be accepted depending on demand and ship availability.
INCLUDED SERVICES IN THE TOUR PACKAGE
- Ship transport including one night’s accommodation on board, sauna
- Two other small local accommodations on the route, bed linen included
- breakfast every morning, lunch and dinner during the boat trip
- Best Guest welcome and telephone support daily 8 am – 8 pm
- Travel planning, program organization and route directions
- Information on sights and events along the route
- Further meals not mentioned above
- Personal insurance (recommended)
- Journey to the starting point/from the end point, entrance fees
- Bike rental (70 €/bike)