Turku, Finland

Introduction to Turku

Located at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is the oldest city in Finland, founded in the 13th century.

The city really has a lot to offer, with an array of museums, and lively summers when the whole city seems to head for the small armada of boat bars moored in the heart of town. Each July a Medieval market is held, and on 24th December every year, 'Christmas Peace' is declared at the Cathedral of Turku, as the city is the country's official 'Christmas City'.

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ARCHIPELAGO CRUISE TO NAANTALI OLD TOWN (TOUR E)

• Embark on a leisurely cruise out to the Turku archipelago
• Admire the impressive scenery from the water
• Explore the charming town of Naantali

Price£70.00-£80.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Enjoy a scenic cruise out to the Turku archipelago before discovering Naantali’s beautiful old town.

Leaving the quayside, your tour begins with a brief photo stop at the Castle of Turku. Originally built in 1280, the Castle is one of the most outstanding examples of Finland’s national heritage. Its heyday was during the mid-16th century, during the rule of Duke Johan and Katarina Jagellonica.

Continue to the River Aura. Here you board your private boat and continue downstream along the river and towards the harbour area. Your cruise will take you out to the archipelago, passing the green island of Ruissalo. Sit back and relax as you enjoy your leisurely cruise, which will pass by islands, summer cottages and villas, before taking you right to the heart of Naantali.

Naantali is a popular family resort and a traditional spa town, and its charm stems from its historical surroundings, the sea and the archipelago. Yachts are able to sail right into the centre of the old town, and Kultaranta, the President’s summer residence, stands tall on the opposite shore. Upon arrival here, you have the option of taking in the highlights of the town and its historical streets during a guided walking tour, before savouring time at to explore at leisure or perhaps enjoy refreshments at one of the many delightful cafés nearby.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? For reference, your cruise will last approximately 90 minutes. The boat, which has both covered and open areas, is boarded via steps, and there may be further steps inside to negotiate the different levels. Guests taking part in the walking tour of Naantali will encounter around two kilometres of walking, some of which will be over uneven ground, and there will be steps to negotiate. Those not wishing to embark on the walking tour can instead enjoy further time at leisure in Naantali. Please note that refreshments are not included in the cost of this tour; these will be at your own expense. 

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Naantali, Turku

LOUHISAARI MANOR, KULTARANTA & NAANTALI (TOUR D)

  • Explore one of the most well-preserved historic estates in Finland
  • Admire the grounds of Kultaranta – the summer residence of the President
  • Enjoy free time in the beautiful town of Naantali
Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

On this tour, leave the city of Turku behind as you enjoy visits to the 17th century Louhisaari Manor, the beautiful rose garden at Kultaranta and the charming town of Naantali.

Leaving the quayside, a drive of approximately 40 minutes will take you past Turku Castle and to Louhisaari Manor. Upon arrival here, you can explore the main building which was constructed in 1655, a rare example of palatial architecture in Finland. C G E Mannerheim, Marshall of Finland, was born here in 1867 and the Mannerheim family owned Louhisaari until 1903. During your tour of the Manor, admire the old furniture and items from the time that the Mannerheim family lived here.

En route to Naantali, pause for a brief stop at Kultaranta - the official summer residence of the President of Finland. Enjoy a visit to the colourful rose garden where the President and family often come to spend the holidays. Kultaranta is home to over 3,200 square feet of greenhouses, which supply the President’s household with flowers and vegetables all year round. The beautifully preserved formal garden was among the first in Finland and a woodland garden on rocky terrain is also part of the garden area.

Your scenic drive continues to the old spa town of Naantali, where you will embark on a walk through the old city before enjoying some free time to explore at leisure. You may decide to browse around the shops, or perhaps stop for a drink overlooking the sea (refreshments will be at your own expense).

Following your visit, you re-board your coach and drive back to Turku and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking – approximately an hour and a half over gravel and cobblestones, with steps and many stairs (approximately 60 in total) to negotiate. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Kultaranta is closed on Mondays so a visit will not be possible if your call falls on this day. Entrance may also be denied due to unexpected presidential functions, in which case refreshments and more time in Naantali will be provided instead. The order of sights visited may vary. Please note that the visit at Kultaranta is to the garden only.


PANORAMIC TURKU (TOUR B)

  • Admire the highlights of Turku from the comfort of your coach
  • Capture photos of the impressive Turku Cathedral
  • Savour free time to explore the charming town of Naantali
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

This panoramic tour offers the best way to see the main sights of Turku, with little walking involved.

Departing from the pier by coach, you first travel to the Castle of Turku, where you can enjoy a brief photo stop. Originally built in 1280, the Castle is one of the most outstanding examples of Finland’s national heritage. Its heyday was in the mid-16th century, during the rule of Duke Johan and Katarina Jagellonica.

Continuing your drive through the centre of the city, you will pass the Handicraft Museum, a living open-air museum. Pause for a photo stop at the Mother Church of Finland – Turku Cathedral, which is the oldest cathedral in Finland, consecrated in 1300. This magnificent church is the final resting place for many important people in Finnish history.

Next, drive towards the beautiful town of Naantali. Naantali's charm stems from the historical surroundings, the sea and the archipelago. Yachts can sail right into the heart of the old town, and the President's summer residence Kultaranta stands tall on the opposite shore. Naantali is a popular family resort and a traditional spa town. During your visit here, you can enjoy coffee or tea and a pastry at an old town restaurant, after which you will have a little free time to explore the area at leisure.

Your return drive to Turku will take approximately 30 minutes.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: As this tour involves little walking – approximately 100 metres (328 feet) to join the coach and to get into the restaurant at the refreshment stop, including six steps – all participants must be able to get on and off the tour transport without assistance. It should be noted that the refreshment venue is subject to change as it is dependent upon tour numbers. It is possible to stay on the coach at the photo stops, if guests prefer, however to get the most out of this tour, it is not recommended. The order of sights visited may vary.

 

Old medieval castle of Turku, Finland

TURKU CITY TOUR (TOUR A)

  • Discover the main sights of Turku, including the imposing Castle
  • Enjoy a visit to Finland’s oldest cathedral
  • Step back in time as you explore the Handicraft Museum
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Explore the highlights of Turku, the third largest city in Finland.

Your tour begins from the port, where the River Aura meets the sea. Travel by coach for approximately 15 minutes to the site where the Castle of Turku was initially built in 1280. A guided tour will take you through the major parts of the Castle, giving you an idea of life in the 15th century. The Castle houses an important collection of medieval wooden sculptures, glass, and gold and silver artefacts.

Next, continue through the centre of the city to reach the Handicraft Museum – a living, open-air museum with artisans demonstrating working methods from the 18th century. These buildings, about 60 in total, were saved from the Great Fire in 1827 that destroyed much of the city.

Finally, stop at Turku Cathedral – the mother church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, and Finland's national shrine. Consecrated in 1300, it is Finland’s oldest cathedral, and is also the seat of the Archbishop of Finland. The memorials and smaller details of the church provide a good deal of information about the history of the Finnish people. The Cathedral is the final resting place of several bishops and even a queen.

Following your guided tour here, you return to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking – approximately one and a half hours – over cobblestones, with steps and many stairs (in the Castle) to negotiate. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The Cathedral sometimes holds services, concerts and public functions; therefore it cannot be guaranteed that it will be open for visitors, in which case your visit will be external only. The order of sights visited may vary.


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