15 days in Finland, Estonia & St. Petersburg Itinerary

15 days in Finland, Estonia & St. Petersburg Itinerary

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15 days in Finland, Estonia & St. Petersburg Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Helsinki, Finland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Levi, Finland
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Turku, Finland
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Tampere, Finland
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Tartu, Estonia
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial and State Russian Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nevsky Prospekt and The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Book House, get a taste of the local shopping with Tretyakov's Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg itinerary builder.

London, UK to St. Petersburg is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in St. Petersburg at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum

4
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.
Fortress of Suomenlinna and Katajanokka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Pihlajasaari Recreational Park and Hietaranta Beach. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Kauppatori, experience rural life at Fallkullan Kotielaintila, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki itinerary maker.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Helsinki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Kamppi Chapel of Silence ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence

few
hours
Levi, Finland

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read Levi vacation builder.

Getting from Helsinki to Levi by combination of train, flight, and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in September, with highs in Levi at 14°C and lows at 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
night
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 23rd (Sat), have fun at Arctic Circle Snowmobile park, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi travel planner.

Take a bus from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Snowman World Igloo Hotel ©
Snowman World Igloo Hotel

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, examine the collection at Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Rovaniemi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Rovaniemi in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Turku: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turun Kauppahalli ©
Turun Kauppahalli

1
night
Tampere, Finland

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 25th (Mon), kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach and then stop by Ideapark.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tartu.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ideapark
Highlights from your plan
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Ideapark ©
Ideapark

1
night
Tartu, Estonia

Tartu ©
One of the oldest cities in the Baltic region, Tartu boasts heaps of cultural attractions, a quaint Old Town, and bustling main square.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tartu Town Hall Square, then make a trip to The Kissing Students fountain, then take a stroll through Tartu Old City, and finally engage your brain at AHHAA Science Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tartu trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Tampere to Tartu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tallinn.

Things to do in Tartu

Childrens Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Tartu Town Hall Square ©
Tartu Town Hall Square
Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, then take in panoramic vistas at Oleviste Church, then get outside with North Dream Yacht Rent, and finally see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour. On the next day, shop like a local with Telliskivi Loomelinnak, steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, then explore the galleries of The Museum of Estonian Drinking Culture at the Luscher & Matiesen Distillery, and finally contemplate the long history of Town Council's Aphothecary.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tallinn holiday planner.

You can drive from Tartu to Tallinn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Tallinn sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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