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Combination of city break and archipelago theme. That is what destinations such as the oldest city of Finland, Turku and Åland Islands are offering. These two destinations are attached together with Viking Line ship. All three destinations are also attending at Matka Workshop Day on 18.1.2017 in Helsinki. This following post tour is avalaible for foreign tour operators attending at the event.

Welcome to Turku, the Archipelago and Åland Islands! 19 - 12 January 2017

Post Tour

 

Turku has great city charm, possessing the status of the oldest city of Finland and the European Capital of Culture 2011. The city has a compact size and easy walking distance for exploring the exciting mixture of old and new. A large part of city life – main sights, restaurants and shops – is concentrated around the banks of the River Aura – the heart and soul of Turku. Outside the city you will find one of the most magnificent and breath-taking archipelagos of the world, with over 20.000 islands. Turku Archipelago stretches all the way to the exciting and beautiful Åland, an autonomous area part of Finland that consists of a total of 6700 named islands.

During this post tour you will discover the winter beauty of this spectacular and unique Archipelago area and all the exciting sights and places it holds for travellers to discover! Warmly welcome! 

18:00          Departure with private minibus from Helsinki (Messukeskus) towards

                     Turku    

20:00          Arrival in Turku

                     Check-in & Welcome drinks at

                    Original Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs

                      https://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/turku/sokos-hotel-hamburger-bors 

 

                      A representative/hostess from Visit Turku will accompany you for

                      the whole time in Turku and the Archipelago                    

 

21:00          Welcome dinner at Restaurant Smör http://www.smor.fi/eng/

                     Restaurant Smör is also one of the restaurants that are included in

                     the Turku Food Walk Card.  

                    http://www.visitturku.fi/en/turku-food-walk_en

 

                     Overnight at Original Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs

 

Friday 20th of January

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

9:00             Hotel inspection:

                      Radisson Blu Marina Palace

                      https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-turku          

10:00           Getting to know the highlights of Turku:

                      Cultural gems: Turku Cathedral, Turku Castle & Aboa Vetus

                     & Ars Nova                        

12:00            Lunch at a Food walk restaurant 

13:30            Afternoon refreshments and short tour in the 120-year old indoor

                      Market Hall http://www.kauppahalli.fi/en 

                       You will get to try the Best Bakery in Finland 2015 – Mbakery’s

                     – Kiss my Turku cake http://mbakery.fi/ 

14:30             With bus towards Turku Archipelago 

15:00             Meet Ted Dalí at ArtBank Finland in Pargas  

                      Art Bank is a unique Fine Arts Gallery in Pargas, Finland. The Salvador Dalí Private Exhibition presents

                       stunning Dali sculptures, furniture, paintings and other pieces of Dalí. Meeting with the owner Ted Wallin,

                      short presentation of the gallery

                      Address: Kauppiaskatu 24, Pargas

                      http://www.artbank.fi/

 

Afternoon & evening programme in Turku Archipelago:

-          Archipelago winter outdoor activity

-          Archipelago style dinner

-          Traditional Finnish Sauna experience

 

Transfer with bus back to Turku      

Overnight at Original Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs

 

Saturday 21st January

                                

07:40             Transfer with bus towards Viking Line terminal. Check-in. 

08.45             Departure by Viking Line www.vikingline.com from Turku to Mariehamn, Åland 

                       Lunch on board. 

14.10             Arrive in Mariehamn (the ship will only be in the harbor for 10 minutes, please make 

                      sure you know where to get off the ship, Finnish time).

Annica Grönlund from Visit Åland and a bus will wait for you in the harbor.

 

Hotel tour in Mariehamn:

Hotel Pommern and hotel Savoy, www.alandhotels.fi

Hotel Park Alandia www.parkalandiahotel.com 

Hotel Arkipelag www.hotellarkipelag.com

 

Excursion in Mariehamn and to the countryside including

Maritime museum, best Museum in Finland 2016.

 www.sjofartsmuseum.ax Hamngatan 2, AX-22100 Mariehamn

Maritime quarter  www.sjokvarteret.com & SALT Österleden 110, Mariehamn

 

17.40             Åland Pancake and coffe/tea at www.smakbyn.ax

                      Michael Björklund was nominated to best chef in Finland and Sweden and 5th in Bocuse d’Or. Owner of

                       Smakbyn, situated close to Kastelholm castle in Sund. Michael will start to build a hotel next to Smakbyn in

                      2017. 

19.15             Dinner at Stallhagen brewery www.stallhagen.com 

22.30             Departure from Stallhagen. 

23.00             Check in at the terminal 

23.45             Departure from Mariehamn to Helsinki by Viking Line.

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