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Program for individual travellers

THE ISLAND OF SEILI

EXCURSIONS FROM NAUVO TO SEILI

The naturally beatiful island of Seili is six kilometres away from Nauvo centre and is one of the most attractive places to visit. The history of the island begun already in 1619, when the king Gustav II Adolf ordered to find a suitable spot outside of Turku to put people with lepracy and mental problems. The patients had to bring the wood for their own coffins upon arrival, and once you were there you could not leave. As from 1889 the only patients were women. The mental institution was shut down in 1962 and these days the Archipelago Research Institute is working in the facilities. Seili church

In the summer 2014 we are organizing guided tours (in Finnish or Swedish; English-speaking guide as special arrangement in advance) from Nauvo to Seili. The excursion takes 3 hours, during which we get to know the islands history and church museum. The ferry, Östern, makes the trip both ways. Price 30 € / Adult, 15 € / child.

Departures from the harbour of Nauvo Saturdays (summer season. Not on Midsummer weekend). Book your place through this link (you can also ask for an English-speaking guide). You can also buy last minute tickets at the information booth in the harbour. The info opens att 11 a.m. We ask you to arrive 15 minutes before departure which takes place at 12:00. Arrival back in Nauvo is approx. at 15:00. 

Also ask about the Nauvo-Seili accomodation package! In Nauvo there is a possibility to stay at cozy hostels or hotels. The return trip can also be made in another direction then when you came, circling the popular Archipelago Trail.

THE ARCHIPELAGO BY BIKE IN THE SUMMER OF 2014

THE ARCHIPELAGO ROUTE 4 DAYS

Route: Nauvo-Rymättylä-Naantali-Velkua-Kustavi-Iniö-Korppoo-Nauvo

The Archipelago Trail is a four day circular self guided tour following the Archpelago Ring Road. You will start at noon from the island of Nagu, Nauvo in Finnsih. From Nagu you will take the first ferry through the island of Seili over to Rymättylä.

There are daily bus connections to Nagu/ Nauvo from Turku. Please reserve a extra night if you want to arrive in the previous evening. If you arrive with a car we have parking space available at Västergård.

The route will take you from the island of Nagu to the islands of Rymättylä, Naantali, Velkua, Kustavi, Iniö, Houtskar, Korpo and back to Nagu. The islands are connected by bridges and ferries. The longest ferry rides are about one hour. The total cycling distance is about 140 km. Most of the roads surfaces are paved. The profile of the route varies from fairly flat to rolling hills.

The first accommodation is in Naantali, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Finland.

You will ride through stunning archipelago sceneries. The peace and tranquillity, particulary in the rugged outer islands, is a unique experience. Along the route there are many intresting tourist attractions and services.

The price is 465,00 €/ person (shared two person room) including route description with map, bike with helmet and bags, required ferry tickets, accommodation with breakfast (4 nights) and dinner last night. Additional price for single room 95,00 €.

Baggage transport is available on tours starting on Mondays. Please ask for a quotation. Additionally you are always welcome to deposit your excess luggage, for no extra cost at Västergård during your tour.

NEW! We are now able to offer the tour using electrival bikes. The price with electrical bikes is € 525 / person.

You can start on the self guided tour every day during the sommer period 1.6. - 30.8.2012.
NOTE! We can also arrange the tour, with a slightly modified route during 1.5 - 31.5.

Book your trip here.

THE PENSAR ROUTE 1 DAY

Route: Nauvo-Lenholm-Granvik-Pensar-Nauvo

The length of the route is about 45 km from Nagu village or 30 km if you start from Västergård. The ferry rides are totally about one hour.

The start is at latest 11:00 in the morning and you will be back around 7 o´clock in the afternoon. Lunch will be served at Pensar Syd restaurant.

The price is 65,00 €/ person including route description, bike with helmet and lunch. The bikes are collected and returned at the tourist information in Nagu village or at Västergård in Gyttja village. The bikes can be delivered to your accommodation in Nagu, Airisto or Sattmark for an extra fee according to a separate agreement.

The tour is self-guided and can be done daily during 1.4-30.9.2012

The Pensar Trail can be turned into a two day relaxed tour by staying overnight and enjoying sauna and dinner at Pensar Syd. The price is 170,00 €/ person (min. two persons). You can also stay one additional night at Västergård b&b, 50€/person.

Book your trip here.

NORRSKATA ROUTE

Route: Nauvo-Norrskata-Korppoo-Nauvo

A whole days biking trip that takes you to the northern side of Nauvo and Korppoo. The ferry Satava will take you from the Nauvo village on a breathtaking trip through the archipelago to the village of Houtsala on Norrskata island. Your travel continues by bicycle through quiet village roads in beautiful green landscapes to the Korppoo ferry. Along the way there is both a shop and a restaurant. In Korppoo it is possible to visit the village and ,in example, the Korppoo museum. The trip continues along the archipelago trail and over to Nauvo's side by ferry, where one can again cycle on quite village roads back to the Nauvo village. The length of the route is approx. 30 km (measured from the village), from which 20 km are village roads. The price of the trip is € 25 / person and includes a route description, a bicycle, and a helmet. Bicycles are retreived and returned to either the Nauvo Tourist Info or the Västergård B&B. For an additional fee we can transport bicycles to the location of desired accomodation. The tour is self guided and is cyclable during the summer season from 21st of May to 29th of August.

Book your trip here.

THE ARCHIPELAGO TRAIL 3-5 DAYS

Route: Turku-Naantali-Velkua-Kustavi-Iniö-Houtskari-Korppoo-Nauvo-Parainen-Turku or in the opposite direction

The lenght of the excursion is about 190 km. Along the trail there are alot of nice B&B's, but in July they can be pretty fully booked. We recommend you to book your accommodations at the Archipelago Booking of Finland in good time before your departure. A great help in planning your biketrip in the archipleago is the Bike guide of the Archipleago, which you can order from us for the price of 30 euro + postal expenses.

Book you trip here.

NATURE AND ADVENTURE ON THE ISLAND OF VÄNÖ

The holiday's made for relaxing but after a while you start to long for something to do. On Vänö you can try a bit of everything: fishing, kayaking, nordic walking, freesbeegolf, sauna, swiming, linedance, boat trips and birdwatching. NEW! On Vänö there's also the possibility to take a guided ghost tour! Book your accommodation from us and ask us about the possibilites. E.g. A week-end or two nights in a cottage for 2-4 people 135 euro. It is easy to come with a ferryboat. The boattrip takes approx. one hour and is free of charge. You can also stop in Kasnäs and enjoy the services of Kasnäs Spa Hotel before or after the trip. For more information on Vänö. Book you trip here.

A one day trip Kasnäs-Vänö-Kasnäs includes the transport with a taxiboat one way (return with the ferryboat), lunch and a guided walk to the chapel. Price starting from 40 eur/adult. Children under 14 years to half price. (When the group size min. 8 persons).

 

THE ARCHIPELAGO TRAIL EXCURSION

This package requires private means of transport. To rent a car in the Turku area try Sixt.

Route: Turku-Naantali-Velkua-Kustavi-Iniö-Houtskari-Korppoo-Nauvo-Parainen-Turku or in the opposite direction

The length of the route is about 190 km. The route is filed with sea trips on ferries, cultural and natural sights. Along the route there are plenty of nice B&B but July tends to be pretty full booked. So we recommend you to book in time at the Archipelago Booking of Finland. E.g. A three day excursion packagei: Accommodtion 2 nights with breakfasts starting at 70 eur/ person. Accommodation by your choise in different B&B's along the trail, e.g. in Nauvo or Kustavi. More information on the accommodation section on our website.  Book you trip here.

THE LITTLE ARCHIPELAGO TRAIL

This package requires private means of transport. To rent a car in the Turku area try Sixt.

ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES ON THE LITTLE ARCHIPELAGO TRAIL FOR INDIVIDUAL TRAVELLERS

Route: Turku-Naantali-Rymättylä-Nauvo-Parainen-Turku or in the opposite direction

Along the route you will find alot of cultural and natural sights. There is a wide range of accommodation possibilities along the way, but july tends to be quite booked. We encourage our clients to book their accommodation well in advance. Accomodation in bed and breakfasts by choice along the route ie. in Nauvo. More info about such on our accomodations page. Additional information about The Little Archipelago Trail. Ask for an offer or book here.

EXCITING MOTORCYCLE JOURNEY THROUGH THE ARCHIPELAGO 2 DAYS

Feel the fresh, seascented winds of freedom as you ride a Kawasaki VN900 Classic -motorcycle on this two-day-long journey along the Archipelago Trail. During the trip you can enjoy the wonderful views and the noble nature, but also visit some very interesting sights on the way. Some examples of what you can find are the island of Seili outside of Nauvo, which has an eventful history as a colony for lepracy- and mental patients, the Archipelago museum on Houtskär and the many historical churches. You can also participate in some of the many summer events in the Archipelago.

The overnight stay can take place for example in Saariston Lomakeskus or Hyppeis Värdshus on Houtskär. The rental motorcycle, equipment, route planning, maps, time tables and accomodation in double room is included in the package price from 185€ /person. More information and bookings at www.saaristovaraus.fi

SAILING TRIPS TO ÖRÖ 2014

[We are currently updating the information]

The military fortress of Örö is open for restricted visitation during the summer of 2014. Visiting with a boat of your own is prohibited.

The program includes the trip to the island and back with the schooner Inga and a two hour guided tour on the island. On the way there the sails are set and there is a fish soup lunch. The crew will tell you about traditional sailing and the archipelago and the passangers can take part in the sail setting. During the guided tour the guides tell about the history and nature of the island. More information here. Bookings here. Be aware that it's more difficult to participate in this tour if the participant doesn't have a finnish citizenship.

RIB-BOAT TRIPS TO ÖRÖ 2014

Come on to the the military fortress of Örö with a RIB-boat. Experience the unique nature of the island, the historically interesting garrison from the tsarist times and the roads paved by prisoners of war.

Timetables for the summer 2014:RIB-Vene

[We are currently updating the information]

Bookings here. Limited availability. Note that it can be more difficult to take part if you don not have Finnish citizenship.

EXCITING MOTORCYCLE JOURNEY TROUGH THE KEMIÖ ISLAND 2 DAYS

Feel the fresh winds of freedom as you ride a Kawasaki VN900 Classic -motorcycle on this two-day-long journey through the Kemiö Island. During the trip you can enjoy the wonderful views and the noble nature, but also visit some very interesting sights on the way. Some examples of what you can find are the Kasnäs Archipelago Spa, the Södelångvik manor and the many historical churches. You can also participate in some of the many summer events in the Archipelago.

The overnight stay can take place for example at the Ceracon Inn. The rental motorcycle, equipment, route planning, maps, time tables and accomodation in double room is included in the package price 185€ /person. More information and bookings at www.saaristovaraus.fi

MURDER MYSTERIES

If your private party or cottage vacation lacks excitement, what better way to get some than solving a murder mystery. If you have a group of 10 or more you can book a mystery from us, including the director, script and props. Price for example 549 € / group of 10 + VAT 24%. Ask for an offer.

TROUBADOUR OR ACCORDIONIST  

If your party needs some entertainment you can book a troubadour or accordionist from us to perform and create some atmosphere. Prices range from 525 €. The price includes the performance, travel fees and sound equipment. There's a possibility for larger line-ups according to offer. Ask for an offer.

NAGU CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Nagu Chamber Music Festival sounds again through the archipelago in the summer of 2012. You have the opportunity to enjoy one of a kind concerts in the heart of the atmospheric arhicpelago. Book your tickets with us! You can also book accomodation for your trip at the same time and go visit the famous island of Själö (Seili). The concert program will be updated during the spring. More informatoin here. Book tickets here. Postal expenses will be added to the price.