Saimaa Travel

We do not organize visa-free cruises to Russia in summer 2022.


Take a cruise along the historic Saimaa Canal to Vyborg for a 3-day holiday. You have time to see Vyborg and its tourist attractions without any hurry. Numerous shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants are at your service. There are many high quality beauty salons in Vyborg offering manicure, pedicure, facials and massage at a reasonable price.

Enjoy the lively atmosphere in the Market Hall, make good bargains in charming shops and boutiques, enjoy the feeling of the Old Town and its narrow streets and green parks. Visit the Vyborg Castle or the fabulous Hermitage-Vyborg centre. Or take our guided tour and book a traditional dinner in the restaurant Round Tower.

This 3-day visa-free cruise is available for citizens of all countries.

An advance booking and a valid passport is required for visa-free cruises. The booking should be made latest 3-5 days before the cruise, depending on the cruise day.


15 May - 22 June and 4 August - 12 September 2020

Hotel Druzhba
€175 / person
€100 / child 2-15 years in extra bed
€20 / child under 2 years without own bed

Hotel Victoria
€205 / person

23 June - 1 August 2020

Hotel Druzhba
€190 / person
€105 / child 2-15 years in extra bed
€20 / child under 2 years without own bed

Hotel Victoria
€220 / person

Price includes:

  • Cruise on M/S Carelia Lappeenranta-Vyborg-Lappeenranta
  • 2 nights in a shared twin room at the hotel Druzhba, Vyborg or Victoria with breakfast (hotel varies according to the departure date)
  • Services of a guide
  • Transfer in Vyborg, harbour-hotel-harbour
  • Vyborg port fee

Extra charges:

€60 / single supplement in hotel Druzhba
€80 / single supplement in hotel Victoria

The price is based on the tariffs valid on 10.10.2019. We reserve the right for changes.

Service fee in bookings made in our office (or by email or phone) €15 / reservation. Handling fee in our eShop €5 / reservation.

Ship schedule

Departure from Lappeenranta, Finland, at 7:45.
Arrival in Vyborg, Russia, at about 13:15.

Departure from Vyborg at 16:15.
Arrival in Lappeenranta at about 21:45.

Time in Vyborg is the same as Finnish time during summer. Check-in starts 30 min before the departure. We reserve the right for changes.

The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2015/2302.
Therefore, you will benefit from all EU rights applying to packages. Saimaa Travel Oy will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the package.
Additionally, as required by law, Saimaa Travel Oy has protection in place to refund your payments and, where transport is included in the package, to ensure your repatriation in the event that it becomes insolvent.
More information on key rights under Directive (EU) 2015/2302.

General terms and conditions for package travel
Saimaa Travel Oy Special terms and conditions

M/S Carelia buffet lunch or dinner:

  • Booked and paid in advance €22 / person, €10 / child (2-15 years)
    Booked and paid on board €24 / person, €12 / child (2-15 years)
  • Á la carte -menu available on M/S Carelia

Please book your meals together with your cruise booking. If meals are added in your reservation after payment, we charge €10 service fee for changes.

  • Vyborg Castle (guided mainly in Finnish), €20 / person
  • Dinner with Russian folklore show at restaurant Round Tower, €35 / person
  • Sightseeing tour (guided mainly in Finnish), €10 / person

Please book your excursions together with your cruise booking. If excursions are added in your reservation after payment, we charge €10 service fee for changes.
You can also book excursions onboard M/S Carelia during cruise Lappeenranta-Vyborg, if there are still available places.

Hotel Victoria

Hotel Vyborg

Hotel Druzhba

Passport copy

Send a copy of your passport to us
- latest 3 days before the departure, if our departure day is Monday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday
- latest the previous Friday before the cruise, if your departure day is Tuesday or Wednesday

If you send us the copy latest possible day, it should be in our office by 13:00, but for last minute bookings please check the time from us.

You can send the copy
- by email saimaatravel(at)
- by post
Saimaa Travel Oy
Ratakatu 23

Don't forget to take the passport with you to the cruise!

Our cruises to Russia by M/S Carelia are visa-free for citizens of all countries.

Please notice that if you are a foreign national requiring a visa to Finland, the visa has to be a double entry or multi entry visa in order to take part in a cruise to Russia. Please send us a copy of your Schengen visa with the passport copy.



M/S Carelia

The Saimaa Canal

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