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Turku

Hi there

I will be in Helsinki 6-11 May and by the sound of the forum, Turku is a worthwhile side trip. I'd like to 'cruise' Turku 'islands' but not particularly wanting to go to Stockholm. Any advice would be appreciated. Many thanks.

Clare

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1. Re: Turku

May might be a bit too early in the season, but check the "see & experience" and "archipelago" section of visitturku.fi to see what's available.

Viking Line and Tallink Silja also offer day cruises from Turku to Åland, but they do take the whole day.

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Rent a car for a day and drive along the King's Road towards Turku. See visitraseborg.com/en/…the-king-s-road

Do a detour to Nauvo/Nagu for the archipelago experience. Nauvo is in the heart of the archipelago, but easily accessed by car. There's a nice restaurant to have a lunch.

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Hi there

Thanks very much for your expert advice and friendly suggestion. I will keep an eye over "see & experience" and "archipelago" section of visitturku.fi. Can I submit the following self composed itinerary for your comments:

6/5 - arrive Helsinki at noon (half day available)

7&8/5 - do Helsinki & Porvoo

9/5 - do Suomenlinna

10/5 - early train to Turku

11/5 - Viking Line /Tallink Silja day cruise from Turku to Åland (if running)

12/5 - Turku train to Helsinki then ferry to Tallinn (Tallinn is where I pick up the Baltic tours departing on 14/5.)

Your views and opinion would be appreciated.

Cheers

Clare

Edited: 08 April 2017, 09:04
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4. Re: Turku

You don't need a whole day for Suomenlinna. By that time the tourist cruise boats will be operating. One of them does an island-hopping package (including Suomenlinna) which makes a nice day, weather permitting.

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Thank you very much JohntheFinn. One last question - do you think I would have any problem connecting a ferry in Helsinki to Tallinn on 12/5 leaving Turku that same morning?. I of course should check the ferries' schedule. I will most likely organise train and ferry tickets prior to leaving Helsinki. Much appreciated.

Cheers

Clare

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There are four ferry operators and numerous departures all through the day. Linda Line is by far the most likely ferry to be cancelled - at least check the weather forecast for your departure date before you book with them. The other three are practically 100% reliable.

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Wow that's Finnish efficiency - thanks for speedy response!!. I can go ahead with accommodation bookings now. Can't ask for more from you. Great stuff.

Cheers

Clare

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You are welcome. Enjoy your trip!

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