15 days in Cairns, Finland & Oxford Itinerary

15 days in Cairns, Finland & Oxford Itinerary

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Cairns, Australia
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Helsinki, Finland
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Levi, Finland
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi, Finland
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Cairns, Australia

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris) and Spas (in Palm Cove). Spend the 8th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planner.

Athens, Greece to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Athens in March: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Helsinki in 26 hours. Traveling from Cairns to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in March, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Levi, Finland

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then get a dose of the wild on Lapland Safaris Levi, and finally bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip planning tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in March; daily highs in Levi reach 0°C and lows reach -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

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Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Oxford.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Oxford, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

City of Dreaming Spires

A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oxford: The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes), Octavia's Bookshop (in Cirencester) and Cotswold Falconry Centre (in Moreton-in-Marsh). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cotswolds Distillery, see the interesting displays at Pitt Rivers Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of Christ Church Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Oxford online attractions planner.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Oxford in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in March; daily highs in Oxford reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oxford

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

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."