12 days in Tallinn, Finland & St. Petersburg Itinerary

12 days in Tallinn, Finland & St. Petersburg Itinerary

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12 days in Tallinn, Finland & St. Petersburg Itinerary

Start: Stockholm, Sweden
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Stockholm, Sweden

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rotermann Quarter and Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, examine the collection at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tallinna Raekoda, and steep yourself in history at Tallinn Town Wall.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tallinn trip itinerary planning website .

Stockholm, Sweden to Tallinn is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. December in Tallinn sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Rotermann Quarter ©
Rotermann Quarter
Tallinna Teletorn ©
Tallinna Teletorn

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Kansallisgalleria. Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning site .

Traveling by ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Room Escape Games
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like WindTunnel FlyStation and Chasovnya Svyatoy Blazhennoy Ksenii Peterburgskoy. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the views from Palace Bridge, examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. In December in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Baths

Side Trip

WindTunnel FlyStation
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Turkish Baths
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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