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.
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.
ClareEdited: 08 April 2017, 09:04
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.
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.
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.
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.
You are welcome. Enjoy your trip!