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Gourmet Culinary Trail in Savo-Saimaa Lakeland

Finland 7 Days 6 Nights


Total package price for 1 traveler


7 Days & 6 Nights

6 People



  • Savor the extraordinary gastronomy-cultural heritage of the Finnish Lakeland district, and become part of the culinary traditions of some of the best food destinations in Finland - Kuopio in the Northern Savo awarded as the European Region of Gastronomy capital, 2020-21, and Mikkeli, Puumala, Punkaharju & Savonlinna in Saimaa constituting the Saimaa Region of Gastronomy companies, awarded as the best Food tourism product in Finland in the "Hungry for Finland", 2019.
  • Indulge in the sauna experience of a lifetime paired with the beautiful scenery of the Kallavesi region, on the floating sauna, soaking in a hot tub with a glass of the award-winning locally produced sparkling wine drifting through a labyrinthine mace of hundreds of islands.
  • Experience the original Finnish classic - the Smoke sauna in the World's biggest smoke sauna at Jätkänkämppä with locals, followed by the traditional Savonian buffet meal including delicacies such as ´rosvopaisti or robber's roast' in the traditional lumberjack-style lodge accompanied by live accordion music and dance.
  • Guided tour of the manor and the beautiful garden at the historical Tertti Manor, decked in an authentic turn-of-the-century milieu, run by the Pylkkänen family since 1894, with a functional farm restaurant famous for its award-winning "Nature-to-Table" theme and one of the four distinguished members of the Saimaa Region of Gastronomy, with a tasting of the Manor's own sparkling rose drink, made from hand-picked Finnish organic rose petals.
  • Enjoy a first-class gourmet culinary experience at the rustic Tertti Manor restaurant - a mecca for gastronomes, serving the finest Finnish flavors from lakes, land, and forest at their famous "grand buffet" table, which has charmed numerous guests from musician and composer Oskar Merikanto to the President of Finland Urho Kekkonen.
  • Spend a great day in Lake Saimaa at the heart of Finnish Lakeland district, the largest Lake in Finland, learning about the unique geology and history of the Saimaa Geopark area which comes under the protection of UNESCO, enjoying an island picnic with the Lakeland specialty "muikku" (vendace) on the Rokansaari island and cruising in an eco-boat guided by an accordion-playing lively guide for spotting the critically endangered Saimaa ringed seal, 
  • Indulge your senses in an extraordinary three-course experiential dinner in Sahanlahti resort - a traditional sawmill-turned-mansion by the lake Saimaa where the iconic founder of Kalevala Jewelry, Ms. Elsa Heporauta was born, a gourmet food destination and proud member of the Saimaa Region of Gastronomy, known for its D.O. Saimaa (Destination of Origin) organic menu.
  • A four-course experiential seasonal menu at the charming Hotel Punkaharju, a distinguished member of the Saimaa Region of Gastronomy,  renovated from Punkaharju Valtionhotelli, the oldest state hotel in Finland built during Russian rule in Finland, owned by the famous model and Finnish TV personality Saimi Hoyer, the renowned wild mushroom expert and set amidst the extraordinary landscape of Punkaharju.
  • Visit Olavinlinna (Olaf's castle), a 15th-century three-tower castle which is the World's northernmost medieval stone fortress, and venue for the iconic annual Savonlinna Opera Festival.
  • Embark on a fascinating cruise along the gorgeous Saimaa Archipelago shoreline on the original Finnish handmade steamship S/S Punkaharju,  one of the oldest steamers still in business use, built-in 1905.
Who is this for?
The trail is ideal for gastronomes and history-culture buffs who would like a totally laid-back and experiential gourmet holiday celebrating the exemplary culinary traditions discovering the iconic Lakeland gems. The trail could be tailored for golf enthusiasts with the stay and games arranged at the golf resort. 

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Know Before You Book

  • All the service providers (except transportation) enlisted in the trail are partners to the Kuopio European Region of Gastronomy 2020-21 or The Saimaa Region of Gastronomy.
  • The itinerary could be tailored for a smaller or bigger group of travelers.
  • We retain the right to changes.
  • The prices would vary slightly based on peak summer season periods.
  • The itinerary could be planned in a way to coincide the Kuopio European Region of Gastronomy jubilee celebrations such as SATOA harvest festivals.
  • The current itinerary is semi-escorted plan with no escort during the arranged transportations. A full-time guide (in English, German) can be employed for an extra rate (to be discussed, depending on the number of travelers in the group).

Accomodation & Acivities

*The accommodations listed are a four-star hotel, a boutique Art Nouveau villa, and a rustic manor house, all with in-house sauna facilities.
**The accommodation options are flexible and will be fixed only after confirming the group size, date of the booking, availability, and service range.
***The given images should be used only as a standard reference.