36 days in Russia, Romania & Finland Itinerary

36 days in Russia, Romania & Finland Itinerary

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Kaliningrad, Russia
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
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Rostov, Russia
— 1 night
Drive
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Suzdal, Russia
— 2 nights
Bus to Vladimir, Train to Moscow
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Moscow, Russia
— 6 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
Drive
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Brasov, Romania
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Otopeni Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki, Finland
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi, Finland
— 3 nights
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Saariselka, Finland
— 2 nights
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Levi, Finland
— 3 nights
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Kaliningrad, Russia

— 3 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Explore hidden gems such as Amber Museum and Beach Promenade. Popular historic sites such as Holy Cross Cathedral and Brandenburg Gate are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaliningrad: Church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God (in Yantarnyy) and Nesselbek (in Orlovka). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. There's much more to do: take a tour of Research vessel "Vityaz", pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Countrymen-Cosmonauts.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kaliningrad tour itinerary website.

New York City, USA to Kaliningrad is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Kaliningrad hover around 38°F and lows are around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Marly Palace and Central Naval Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The State Hermitage Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Petersburg: Korobitsyno (Krasnoye Ozero Ski Resort & Snezhny Resort). There's much more to do: make a trip to Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island, explore the engaging exhibits at The Shadow Museum, take an in-depth tour of Petrovskaya Aquatoria Museum-Model of St. Petersburg and Suburbs, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg. In December, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Rostov.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rostov, Russia

— 1 night
Rostov is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, one of the oldest in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring. For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rostov day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Rostov takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from St. Petersburg in December, expect nights in Rostov to be about the same, around 23°F, while days are slightly colder, around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Suzdal.

Things to do in Rostov

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Suzdal, Russia

— 2 nights
One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskaya Tserkov', see the interesting displays at Spoon Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Gzhel', Chastnyy Muzey Im. Velikogo Glada Valakesa, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Suzdal trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rostov to Suzdal in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Suzdal

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Moscow, Russia

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries and Cathedral Square. Popular historic sites such as Red Square and Krutitskoe Podvorye are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Sergiyev Posad (Chapel-at-the-Well, Refectory Church of St Sergius, &more). Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Eksperimentanium, walk around Victory Park, examine the collection at Museum Moskovskiy Transport, and explore the galleries of Moscow Kremlin.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Moscow trip maker.

Getting from Suzdal to Moscow by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Moscow sees daily highs of 30°F and lows of 23°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Bucharest.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bucharest, Romania

— 4 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ceausescu Mansion and National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul Nakional de Arta al Romaniei). Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Green Adventure. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in nature's colorful creations at Cismigiu Parc, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedrala Patriarhala.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bucharest trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Moscow to Bucharest in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Moscow in December, you will find days in Bucharest are somewhat warmer (41°F), and nights are about the same (26°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Brasov, Romania

— 2 nights
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the historical opulence of Rasnov Citadel, step into the grandiose world of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), then gain interesting insight with Transylvanian Wolf, then take in the awesome beauty at Muntele Tampa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra).

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brasov trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bucharest to Brasov takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Brasov

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Helsinki, Finland

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Let the collections at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Kansallisgalleria capture your imagination. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Guide-Matti in Tammisaari, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Brasov to Helsinki takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in December, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Rovaniemi, Finland

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Rovaniemi Church and Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Local History Museum. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi holiday planning site.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 22°F and lows reach 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Saariselka, Finland

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 1st (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Lapland Safaris Saariselka, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm, then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and finally find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

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Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Saariselka, with lows around 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Levi, Finland

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Jemes Sport. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Samiland and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. Step out of Levi to go to Akaslompolo and see Seven Fells Up, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, explore and take pictures at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, soothe aching muscles at KuruYoga Levi, and take an exotic tour of Wingrens Dogsafaris.

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You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between 15°F during the day and -1°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Historic Sites
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.

Romania travel guide

4.4
Castles · Churches · Historic Walking Areas
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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."