15 days in Finland, Russia & Sao Paulo Itinerary

15 days in Finland, Russia & Sao Paulo Itinerary

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Helsinki, Finland
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Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Moscow, Russia
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Helsinki, Finland
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Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 1 night

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 19th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, then shop like a local with Paulista Avenue, and then browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis, then walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiports are Congonhas Airport, Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport and Viracopos International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Helsinki, Finland

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the striking features of Old Customs House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The National Library of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, then stroll around Sibelius Monument, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Helsinki takes 20 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in October; daily highs in Helsinki reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Shopping

Rovaniemi, Finland

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in October, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Helsinki, Finland

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, then browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary site.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from Rovaniemi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, then examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and finally see the interesting displays at Russian Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to St. Petersburg. October in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Moscow, Russia

— 3 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Red Square, stroll around Patriarch's Pond, admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum, and see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Moscow travel route planning site.

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Moscow, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Helsinki, Finland

Daughter of the Baltic

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Helsinki takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Helsinki is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Moscow in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. You will leave for home on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Helsinki

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.