After pickup from your Helsinki hotel, transfer to the train station by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.
Here, board the express train bound for Turku, one of Finland’s most historical cities, beautifully located on the River Aura on the southwest coast. With roots extending to the 13th century, this delightful place boasts a medieval quarter crowned by Turku Castle, a granite-stone fortress constructed in the 1280s.
Gaze at Finland’s picturesque countryside and villages on the approximately 2-hour train journey, and on arrival, meet up with your guide. Then, set off on a 2-hour walking and panoramic tour, wending your way around Turku’s highlights by foot and air-conditioned vehicle.
Delve into the pretty riverside streets and take in the main sights, including Turku Cathedral and the Old Great Square — a picture-postcard cobbled square that was the main marketplace in medieval times. Admire the square’s elegant buildings, including the handsome Town Hall, and see more of Turku’s landmarks, including monuments, statues, and leafy parks.
After your sightseeing tour, head for Turku Castle and enjoy an hour to explore this imperious, well-preserved fortress. Delve into the castle’s corridors, halls, and galleries and admire its treasures as you uncover its long history. Originally built to guard the River Aura, the use of the fortress changed through the centuries, becoming a seat of the royal court, administrative center, prison, storehouse, and barracks.
Having explored here, get two hours free to enjoy Turku’s charms as you wish. Perhaps stroll along the charming waterfronts, browse the quaint shops, enjoy a meal (own expense), or simply soak up the relaxed atmosphere from a sidewalk café.
Lastly, catch the early-evening train back to Helsinki, where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.