9 days in Istanbul & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Istanbul & Helsinki Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary planning tool.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Helsinki, Finland

— 3 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation builder site.

Fly from Istanbul to Helsinki in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Helsinki. Traveling from Istanbul in August, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums