Saimaa Canal, Lappeenranta

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A visit to Saimaa Canal does not require a Russian visa, but does require a passport, as nowadays it's actually Russian territory. Located along the Russian border, the canal was leased to Finland for a few decades following the country's independence, but in 2012 it reverted back to Russian control. The canal itself is used for transport between the Gulf of Finland and Lake Saimaa in the "Finnish Land of Lakes," but walking and biking trails follow the waterway through scenic woods and meadows. Book a boat tour at the canal, which allows you to reach all the locks quickly. You can learn about the importance of the canal at the museum near the docks. Snacks and drinks are served on the tour boats, or opt for the cafeteria inside the museum if you get hungry. Plan your Saimaa Canal visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lappeenranta using our Lappeenranta travel route site .
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  • Saimaa Canal connects the Lakes system with Baltica. Part of it is in long-term rent-Finland Russia pays an annual fee for the service. Passenger ship "Karelia" unlucky tourists on route Vyborg-Lappeenranta-Lappeenranta, the path does not stop. Goes from Lappeenranta somewhere at 7.30 a.m., sent from Vyborg in 16.15 (registration begins for 45 minutes). About 10:00 pm arrives in Lappeenranta. Not money day. The Canal connects the natural lake. On the road to Vyborg gateways will lift motor on the back-lower. There is a little shop duty free (onboard drink alcohol there cannot be bought, if in Finland are traveling less than 3 days, you also cannot carry beverages). There is a bar with beer, cider, coffee, etc., and sandwiches. Not cheap, but it does not frighten Finns-soured the whole way and sang songs. Relaxed mentally))) can be ordered from Lappeenranta-lunch, back to dinner. Ask time (from Vyborg offer 17.30 or 19.00) and docks for your table. If ordered in advance on the Internet, one ...
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  • Beatiful, just beatiful and a weird experience to enter russia and watch the cultural differencies. Good way to travel to russia.  more »
  • We had a great sail with food on board, the food was good as was the trip going through the lock was an experience  more »

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Where to stay in Lappeenranta

While you won't find many true luxury options in Lappeenranta, its hotels offer affordable accommodations. You'll also find hostels and apartments geared toward housing its extensive university student population. Because of its history as a spa town, many hotels feature these sorts of amenities. Most accommodations cluster in the city center around the church and near the small airport, with easy access to the nearby lake. Guesthouses and private apartments outside of town offer more peace and quiet for prices lower than central hotels, but you'll need a car in order to get around efficiently.
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