Nelson's Scandinavia
Chicago, IL



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.

Day 1 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.
Day 2 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.
Day 3 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.
Day 4 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.
Day 5 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 Spa.
Day 6 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 rest.
Day 7

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.


Note Due to early arrival your hotel room may not be available until normal check in time.