Lake Saimaa, Finland

Gorgeous 9-Day Self-Drive to Finnish Forests and Lake Saimaa

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Lappeenranta, Imatra, Joensuu, Anttolanhovi

Suggested Duration

9 Days

Cruise across the Finnish countryside on this lavish 9-day Finland self-drive tour from the old towns near Lappeenranta to the sensational scenes circling Anttolanhovi and Lake Saimaa. The magnificent Finnish forests, breathtaking blue lakes, and captivating cultural cities and towns showcase their vibrance and history during excursions to towering peaks, riverside cafés, religious monuments, and inspiring nature reserves around Lappeenranta, Imatra, Joensuu, and Anttolanhovi.

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Trip Highlights

  • Wander the Old Towns of Finland, including Porvoo and Kotka, to admire the distinct Karelian architecture and indulge in the regional cuisine
  • Tour the historic museums and landmarks of Lappeenranta Fortress before you cruise across the stunning Saimaa Canal to Lake Saimaa
  • Spend an evening in the comfort of a luxurious Art Nouveau castle, and then gallivant through the green forests of Crown Park Nature Reserve
  • Explore the great Finnish countryside from the sparkling waters of Punkaharju lakes to the Finnish Forest Museum Lusto and the floral sanctuary, Punkaharju arboretum
  • Climb the dusty mountain trails and winding pathways beneath the flourishing Koli National Park canopy and spot indigenous wildlife along the way
  • Discover ancient traditions of Joensuu exploring the Market Place, the Artisan’s Quarter, the architecture of Taitokortteli, and the New Valamo Monastery in Heinävesi
  • Amble the ancient pathways of Neitvuori in Anttolanhovi to capture the views of Lake Saimaa, fish in the tranquil waters, or devour delectable local delicacies on the banks
  • Unpack the World War II history in Finland as you visit the Olavinlinna Castle, Mikkeli Headquarters Museum, and more in the charming towns of Mikkeli and Savonlinna

Starting Price

$3,775 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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