2 independent reviews for Helsinki city break, winter sports & gastronomy

Reviews for Helsinki city break, winter sports & gastronomy

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review 30 Jun 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Spending a wonderful afternoon and evening at the country home of our Finnish guide, meeting her delightful family and enjoying a superb dinner while listening to her son's girlfriend singing Finnish songs. Not to mention the sauna and being introduced to traditional Finnish outdoor games.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The guide makes all the difference. She went out of her way to find the activities and contact people that gave us a special experience in Finland. Nothing was too much trouble for her. I cannot praise her professionalism and charm too highly.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Ritta took us to charming out-of-the-way farmhouses and cafes where we met local people and enjoyed their coffee and purchased handmade gifts. We stayed in delightful farmhouse guesthouses where the host his way of life with us. We are a walking group, and so Riitta arranged for us to walk with a truly exceptional guide, Liisa Ytllila, who imbued us with her love of nature and the environment and the legends of the region. We felt truly privileged to walk with Liisa.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A superb experience. I am grateful to Responsible Travel for putting me in contact with such superior travel and tour professionals.

review 7 Sep 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We really enjoyed the bicycle tour through green spaces around the edges of Helsinki. It was definitely off the beaten tourist track. Our guide was informative and delightful. We loved the evening boat trip to a tiny island west of Turku. There was live music on the boat and on the island we were served a feast outdoors with fresh salmon, potatoes, grilled vegetables and more. We were the only foreigners. Everyone else was Finnish. Walking on the dunes and the sandy beach near Pori was very special. The canoe trip on the pristine lake outside of Tampere was wonderful as well. And, of course, being on Riitta's farm and taking an old-fashioned sauna was a highlight.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Perhaps, more explicit instructions on how to get from point A to point B could have been helpful. Our GPS on the phone didn't always give us reliable information.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

That's hard to determine. We did take buses and trains as much as possible, but we did have to use taxis more that we would have liked.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

My daughter and I had a fabulous week. Our tour operator did a great job of creating a customized tour of Southern and Western Finland for the two of us.

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