13 days in Finland, Tallinn & St. Petersburg Itinerary

13 days in Finland, Tallinn & St. Petersburg Itinerary

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13 days in Finland, Tallinn & St. Petersburg Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  15​h
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kouvola, Finland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Turku, Finland
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere, Finland
— 1 night
train + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Charlotte, United States

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), stop by Okra, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki itinerary planner .

Charlotte, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Kouvola, Finland

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 28th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola online holiday planner .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kouvola

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko

1
night
Turku, Finland

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Turku online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Kouvola to Turku in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

1
night
Tampere, Finland

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 30th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tampere vacation planner.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kumu Art Museum and Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum. Popular historic sites such as Town Wall and Toompea Hill are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, don't miss a visit to St. Catherine's Passage, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dome Church / St. Mary's Church, and examine the collection at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tallinn online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Tampere to Tallinn by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or fly. In August in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Kumu Art Museum ©
Kumu Art Museum

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.
The Bath Block and Neva Embankments are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Nevsky Prospekt and Magazin Kuptsov Yeliseyevykhfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of The Church Building Museum, and see the interesting displays at Russian Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to St. Petersburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to St. Petersburg. In September in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Palace Square
Palace Square
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum

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