Holiday Club Saimaa – wellbeing from South Karelia 15.1 – 17.1.2017

Released 27.12.2016

Holiday Club Saimaa and South Karelia is one of the MeetFinland 2017 pre tours. See the programme here below. The hosts are goSaimaa and Holiday Club Saimaa. 

Lappeenranta and Imatra regions are located near the Russian border only

a couple of hours away from the Finnish capital Helsinki.


Holiday Club Saimaa - the new dimension of holiday 

Holiday Club Saimaa takes the holiday concept into a whole new dimension. In a beautiful natural landscape of South-Eastern Finland, amid 300 hectares (over 700 acres) of grounds, this spa hotel which was opened in October 2011 is packed with experiences to delight all the senses. Immerse yourself in the world of the Cirque du Saimaa spa, spin across the ice of the skating rink or hold a meeting in a box overlooking the arena.Relax in the sauna or pamper yourself with a luxurious Harmony Spa treatment. 

Spa hotel Holiday Club Saimaa's rooms are located in three separate hotel wings, which all have their own unique atmosphere. You can choose between a Castle hotel which is in a hospital building from 1920´s, intimate Gant hotel and family friendly and spacious Club hotel. All rooms are non-smoking. Most of the rooms have a balcony and great view of the Lake Saimaa or hotel grounds. All rooms have an indoor access to the spa, restaurants and activities, including ice arena. You can leave your room comfortably wearing a bathrobe and access the spa without going outside. There are also holiday homes in the premises of Holiday Club Saimaa. The holiday homes are built with the latest technology to meet modern demands for energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.


Day 1, 15.1.2017 (Departure from Helsinki) 

Train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta departs at 10.17. Meeting at Helsinki Railwaystation at 10.00 at entrance doors to quays. Your host Ms. Suvi Ahola from goSaimaa will meet you and deliver train tickets.

Train arrives to Lappeenranta at 12.15. 

Lunch at Säräpirtti Kippurasarvi restaurant in Lemi Särä is a delicious lamb dish cooked in a wood-fired baking oven following a thousand-year old tradition. Slow baking guarantees a delicious taste experience. In a genuine Lemi way, Särä is enjoyed slowly, and you can have as many servings as you like. 

Tour of the old town of Lappeenranta Surrounded by the ramparts, this historic district represents the original town which was founded in a medieval trading center during the Swedish regime in 1649. Today they house private residences, handicraft workshops and cultural and business premises. 

Spa and Sauna world at Holiday Club Saimaa The novelties of

our Sauna world – playful combinations of steam, color and sound, the salt sauna and our own Master of Sauna – offer new experiences.

Dinner and accommodation at Holiday Club Saimaa.

Tour of the premises and services of Holiday Club Saimaa


Day 2, 16.1.2017  (You can choose from the following activities)

Skating Experience the thrill of this novel form of skating on the natural ice of Lake Saimaa. 

ATV or snowmobile safari In motorized safaris you can enjoy the beautiful nature of South Karelia in the winter as well as in the summer time. 

Cold water floating The sport can be engaged in all year round, since a watertight rescue suit keeps the floater dry and warm. 

Ice fishing Fishing is an extremely popular sport in Finland. Ice fishing on the ice of a lake is a relaxing experience. 

Lunch by Lake Saimaa at Imatran Kylpylä Spa. 

Dinner and Sauna by Lake Saimaa (winter swimming possibility). 

Accommodation at Holiday Club Saimaa.

Day 3, 17.1.2017 

Angry Birds Activity Park An indoor activity park for the whole family. The park is located in the 1st and 2nd floor of the new Shopping Center Capri, in Lappeenranta, near the Holiday Club Saimaa spa hotel and holiday resort.

Lunch at the historical castle hotel in Imatra The unique Castel hotel in the cultural landscape of the river Vuoksi has increased its magnificence by opening a cozy spa. 

Guided tour in Imatra: Imatrankoski rapids and the Crown Park nature park Imatrankoski rapids were formed 5000 year ago and it was a famous tourist attraction already 300 hundred years ago, and in the end of 1800 century it was considered as a one of the Europe’s most know attractions. 

Departure to Helsinki

Departure 17.1. by train from Imatra at 17.12.  arriving at 19.42 to Helsinki.


See also the official website of Matka Workshop Day 2017 where all itineraries are shown.

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