10 days in Finland, Tallinn & St. Petersburg Itinerary

10 days in Finland, Tallinn & St. Petersburg Itinerary

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10 days in Finland, Tallinn & St. Petersburg Itinerary

Start: Dallas, United States
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Dallas, United States

3
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Turku (Turku Cathedral, Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, & more) and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church and steep yourself in history at The Aalto House.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip builder site .

Dallas, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Dallas to Helsinki, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Helsinki is much colder than Dallas - with highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Turku, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

1
night
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, then take in panoramic vistas at Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tallinn online trip itinerary maker .

Ride a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daily temperatures in Tallinn can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites
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Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
Viewing Point Kohtuotsa ©
Viewing Point Kohtuotsa

3
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Russian Museum of Ethnography, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, admire the masterpieces at The Shadow Museum, then steep yourself in history at Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island, and finally admire the striking features of Rostral Columns. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Monplaisir Historical Palace Museum, examine the collection at The Bath Block, contemplate the long history of The Marly Palace, then see the interesting displays at Oranienbaum State Museum Reserve, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg road trip app .

You can fly from Tallinn to St. Petersburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
The Bath Block ©
The Bath Block
The Marly Palace ©
The Marly Palace

1
night
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Helsinki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites
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Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Helsinki Central Railway Station ©

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