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Cycling - Lake Saimaa

In a country of thousands of lakes, Lake Saimaa is one of the most stunning. Guided or self guided, we have created a unique cycling experience that takes in all that Lake Saimaa has to offer.

This wonderful waterway has the world’s longest lake coastline of 14,500 kilometres, boasts almost 14,000 islands and is the fourth largest natural freshwater lake in Europe. It’s no wonder that the Wall Street Journal lists it as one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world.

With many local delicacies such as ‘muikku’ (a freshwater whitefish) and the home of ‘lörtsy’ (crescent shaped pastries), idyllic lakeside towns and the easy-going hospitality of Karelian people, a visit to Lake Saimaa is a truly memorable experience. Combining boat rides and ferry links, the Saimaa channel and even a daytrip to Russia this tour is one of our favourites!

Note! There is also a 4 nights Lake Saimaa Short Break version of this cycle tour

Lake Saimaa Cycle Tour:
7 days / 6 nights (optional night in Lappeenranta on day 7 possible)
Dates: 27.6.-31.7.2021
Arrivals: on saturdays (first week in june on sunday)
Total: 250km
Level: Intermediate
Guaranteed departures: 17.7., 24.7. and 31.7.2021
Self-guided departures: 27.6.2021
Rates (per person and doubleroom): Starting xxx euros (self-guided) or xxx euros (guided)
Including: Accommodation and breakfast in a shared double room or single/single use room (supplement), luggage transfers, boat rides and necessary transfers during the tour
Not included: Flights, transfers from and to Lappeenranta, meals (except breakfasts),
Single supplement: euros (for 6 nights)
Bike rental: xxx euros (touring bike) xxx euros (eBike)

Accommodations (7 nights)
  • Lappeenranta (4 nights) two first and two last nights
  • Imatra Valtionhotelli (1 night) 3rd night
  • Sahanlahti Resort, Puumala (2 nights) 4th and 5th nights

Itinerary (5 days cycling)
Day 1: Arrival Individual arrival to Lappeenranta, welcome info and bike rental / fitting.
Day 2: Lappeenranta tour with Saimaa Channel (40km)
The first stage of the tour gives you just a taste what to expect for the rest of your week. Enjoy the lakeviews at nearby island of Mikonsaari and ride along a 160-year-old Saimaa Channel.
Day 3: Lappeenranta – Imatra (48km)
A ride by the southern part of Lake Saimaa to Imatra – a town with a long industrial heritage and a gateway to neighbouring Russia. Overnight at the elegant art nouveau Imatra Valtionhotelli right next to the extraordinary Imatrankoski (Imatra Rapids).
Day 4: Imatra – Ruokolahti - Puumala (44km + bus ride)
Cycle alongside the Vuoksi River to Imatra Spa and Lake Saimaa and further to lovely village of Ruokolahti where you can feel the carnelian hospitality at its best. A busride takes you to Puumala that has been listed many times among the top three summer resorts in Finland.
Day 5: Puumala Loop Tour (60km)
The classic tour of Northern part of Saimaa offers a wide variety of landscapes and natural beauty. You can smell and even feel the lake right next to you as you admire the quiet country roads, sandy ridges and narrow passes, ferry rides and bridges.
Day 6: Across the Lake Saimaa UtulaKiviniemi-Lappeenranta (60km + bus and ferry)
The last stage of the tour is the final crossing of Lake Saimaa from east to west and takes you back to Lappeenranta. You start the tour at Utula and its one and only grocery store that’s reminiscent of times gone by. Take a detour to Huuhanranta, known as Riviera of Saimaa which has a crowd free 2km long sandy beach. A gentle stroll and a boat ride make the perfect ending to this wonderful lake tour.
Day 7: Individual departure or optional night in Lappeenranta.
Enjoy a mini cruise along the Lake Saimaa or along the Channel to Russia and Viborg. This seaside town at end of the Saimaa Channel was inhabited by Finns for hundreds of years and was the third largest city of the Finland until it was ceded to Russia after the Second World War.
Day 8: Individual departure

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