- Ratakatu 23, 53100 Lappeenranta 53100 Lappeenranta
Take a 4-night self-guided cycle tour around Lake Saimaa in South Karelia as such or combine it as part of a longer tour! This cycle tour starts from Lappeenranta and ends in Imatra. You will get the kind of bicycle you like. Panniers will be given for the cycle tour and your local hosts will take care of your luggage. They will also give you backup support in case you have questions. You will cycle through forests, islands, bridges, and eskers. You will find sandy beaches, Geopark and nature sites, hiking trails and cross the lake by a cycle ferry offering a long break between two legs. On this route we have included unique accommodations in 4 culturally and historically meaningful hotels: Olkkolanhovi is located in Savitaipale with a long history dating back as far as 1688. The present main building was built in 1906. Currently, it is a lively event venue, hotel, and caravan park. Sahanlahti resort is located in Puumala in a historical sawmill community. The first sawmill of Sahanlahti was established in 1740’s and it was among the first ones of its kind in the Saimaa area. The last sawmill was pulled down in 1936. To respect Sahanlahti’s historical heritage, the buildings of the resort have been named after old sawmill workers Tiittalan Kartano is located in Sulkava. The farm has been populated since the 15th century and the present main building was built in 1846. The house has been completely re-furnished during the last 20 years respecting the style of an old manor house. Neitsytniemen kartano is located in Imatra. The present manor house was built in 1900 and designed by Karl-August Wrede but also the history of this manor dates back to the 18th century. Note! This tour can be added to the Most Beautiful Railway Journeys of Finland or the National Park Tour or you can continue to North Karelia and take another 4-night self-guided Cycle Tour from Guesthouse to Guesthouse there.