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Guided tours in Lappeenranta and Imatra

A guided tour in Lappeenranta or Imatra region will bring you back in time to experience the interesting history of our region. If you would like to book a guided walking tour or bus tour please contact the tourist information offices. There is no minimum group size so also small groups can easily enjoy the services of our professional and inspiring guides!

Guided walking tours or bus tours can be organised all year round. Guided tour prices in Lappeenranta region from 130 €/h. and in Imatra region from 87 €/h.

For Imatra region please contact:
Imatra region tourist information
tel. +358 (0)5 235 2330

For Lappeenranta region please contact:
Saimaa Travel
Kipparinkatu 1, 53100 Lappeenranta
Tel. +358 5 541 0100

Guided tours 2016


Imatra tour
The Imatra city bus tour takes you around Imatra with departures from all the main hotels. During the tour you will hear the most interesting stories about the history of Imatra. The tour includes
a visit to the historical castle hotel in the city centre of Imatra (Rantasipi Imatran Valtionhotelli).

Wednesdays, 1 June – 31 August
5.30 pm Departure from Imatran Kylpylä Spa
5.40 pm Departure from Holiday Club Saimaa
6.00 pm Tour of the castle hotel
Rantasipi Imatran Valtionhotelli
6.20 pm The tour continues from
Rantasipi Imatran Valtionhotelli
7.30 pm Return to Imatran Kylpylä Spa
7.40 pm Return to Holiday Club Saimaa
7.55 pm Return to Rantasipi Imatran Valtionhotelli

Tickets from each of the hotel receptions or directly from the guide.
Guidance in English, Russian and Finnish. Cash only on the bus.
Fares: adults € 15, children € 5 (6–14 yrs.)
Inquiries and orders: +358 40 037 9509,
Minimum number of participants is 16.
Reservations previous day by 6 pm.

Wuoksi-Wille City Train
Imatra’s last summers newcomer is Wuoksi-Wille, a nimble city train that takes passengers
on a fascinating guided tour round Vuoksi river or to Mansikkala’s markets, Imatran Kylpylä
Spa and marina.

Wuoksi-Wille is in operation 7 June–28 August (to Ukonniemi until 7 August)
Tue–Sun, not during Midsummer holiday or during Imatranajo event 19.–21.8.

Prices: adults € 5, children € 3 (6–14 yrs.) and family
ticket € 15 (2 adults and max. 3 children)
Tickets available on train: all payment modes.


Personal guide for groups Starting at € 130 / hour. There are several theme excursions as
well as tailored group excursions.

For example:
Dragoons and Spa life
– On this tour you will hear about history of Finnish dragoons.

From Emperors canal to Kekkonen’s canal
– On this tour you will hear about the history of Saimaa Canal from 1800s to present day.

Guided tours in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian languages.
Additional information and booking:
Saimaa Travel
Kipparinkatu 1, 53100 Lappeenranta
Tel. +358 5 541 0100

Get to know Lappeenranta Fortress with a mobile App
The app will find your location and guide you to different objects of
the Fortress giving information about them.
To use the app go to

Raatihuone opening hours
Open: 11.6., 21.- 23.7. and 6.8. 10 am– 3 pm. Classical music 2 pm- 3 pm.
Prices: adults € 5, children € 3 (free for children under 3 y.o.).

Riding the street train
You can also get familiar with Lappeenranta by touring the city on
board a street train. There are earphones on the train allowing you
to listen to information in six languages including english.

The street train is in operation 11 June – 14 August, 20 – 21 and 27 -28 August
Departure every hour from the Sandcastle in the harbour area,
Mon 12 am – 5 pm, Tue – Sun 11 am – 5 pm.
Price: adult 5 €, children 2 €, family ticket 10 € (2 adults + 2 children),
day ticket adult 7 €, children 3 €.
It´s a hop-on/hop-off service: you can leave the train at any of the stops.

What is the Saimaa Canal?

The first plans to construct a waterway between Lake Saimaa and the Gulf of Finland were put forward as early as 1499 but it was not until at the beginning of the 19th century that plans to build the canal were revived. The building of the Canal began in 1845 and it was opened for traffic on 7 September 1856. The building of the present Canal was begun in 1963, and it was inaugurated in 1968 by the then President of Finland, Dr. Urho Kekkonen.

The total length of the Canal is 43 km, of which 23 km lies on the Finnish side of the border and the remaining 20 km in the section leased from Russia. The difference between the water levels of Lake Saimaa and the Gulf of Finland totals 76 metres, and is offset by means of eight locks. Goods are transported along the Saimaa Canal to various areas in Finland as well as to several countries in Europe.

One way of exploring the Saimaa Canal is to take a boat trip from Lappeenranta to the Mälkiä lock and back. In summer, there is also a daily boat service from Lappeenranta to Vyborg in Russia. The Canal on the Finnish side is open to all free of charge. You can also enjoy a boat trip along the whole length of the Canal, all the way to Vyborg and onward to the Gulf of Finland. Additional information about canal travel is available from the Canal authorities.

At the kiosk by the Mustola lock you can admire the ships and enjoy a cup of coffee. Monuments relating to the history of the canal can be seen at the Mälkiä lock.

Additional tip!
You can also visit the Saimaa Canal Museum

Exhibition with artefacts, photographs and scale models of old ships and of the Mustola and Juustila lock areas in the early 20th century. Exhibition on Suvorov’s canals in an outbuilding. Restored garden dating from the 19th century and a signposted canal path from Mustola to Mälkiä.

Saimaa Canal Museum
Sulkuvartijankatu 16
tel. +358 (0)204 48 3115
Saimaa Canal Museum

Salpalinja fortifications
Salpalinja (in english: Bolt line) forms Finland’s largest line of defence. The building of the fortifications was begun in 1940-41 by order of Marshall Mannerheim, then the Supreme Commander of the Finnish Army. The Salpalinja is made of over 1200 kilometres of reinforced concrete, wood, barbed wire and stone. The reconstructed bunkers in Luumäki, Lemi, Roukolahti and Ylämaa are worth to visit.

You can also book a guided tour on the Salpa-Linja’s  largest completely built bunker for soldiers here.