The King’s Road is a historical route
dating back to the 9th century. Passing along the southern
coast of Finland it formed
an important connection between the powerful kingdoms of Sweden
and Russia. Following the King’s Road is a virtual journey
through the pages of time and history. Old stone churches, iron
mills, and powerful estates, and believe it or not taverns and
inns that offered refuge to the weary travelers are still intact.
It is difficult to imagine that the Vikings were the original travelers
on this road between 800 and 1050.
||Arrive in Helsinki, the city founded by King
Gustav Wasa in 1550 (preferred arrival day Saturday, Monday
or Wednesday) to coincide with suggested tours. Helsinki
is a cosmopolitan city where east meets west. Upon arrival
self transfer by airport motor coach to the Scandic Hotel
Continental or similar a centrally located hotel.
||Today a sightseeing tour of the city including
the historical city center, Senate Square the diplomatic
headquarters, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the parliament
building, Finlandia Hall, and the Opera House. A stop is
made at the Sibelius Monument and when permitted a stop at
the famous Rock Church Temppeliaukio. The remainder of the
day is free with overnight accommodation.
||A 4 hour tour to the idyllic town of Porvoo
is on today’s agenda. Porvoo is the second oldest city
in Finland dating from 1346. During your stay you will see
the beautiful medieval cathedral and fine arts museums. Cobblestone
streets lined with boutiques and art galleries will complete
your stay. Return to Helsinki for overnight accommodation.
||Depart from Helsinki for a two hour train
ride bound for Turku located on the southwest coast and Finland’s
oldest town and former capital.
Upon arrival transfer to the nearby town of Naantali dating back to 1443 and
your accommodation at the Naantali Spa one of the most modern and up-to-date
health spa’s in Scandinavia. The spa is located by the sea on a small cape.
||Today, make use of your Turku Card. With your
Turku card you may wish to take a city sightseeing tour at
a 50% discount, the tour includes visits to the Cathedral
and the Medieval Castle dating back to the 1280’s.
The card also offers free entrance to museums and use of
public transportation. Overnight accommodation at Naantali
||With most of the day at leisure in the evening
continue your journey by overnight Silja Cruiseliner to Stockholm,
Sweden. On board enjoy a delicious dinner and entertainment
before retiring to your double cabin for a pleasant nights
If you are an early riser and before breakfast
enjoy the Stockholm archipelago as your cruiseliner approaches
Stockholm. After breakfast and debarkation self transfer
to your centrally located hotel.
||Due to early arrival your hotel room may not
be available until normal check in time.
||THIS KING’S ROAD ADVENTURE CAN BE ENJOYED
IN EITHER DIRECTION.