11 days in St. Petersburg, Tallinn & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in St. Petersburg, Tallinn & Helsinki Itinerary

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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights

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St. Petersburg, Russia

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The State Hermitage Museum and Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens. Family-friendly places like Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Saint Isaac's Cathedral will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Palace Square, enjoy the sand and surf at Kronshtadt City Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Peter and Paul Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Fortress.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg driving holiday planner.

Helsinki, Finland to St. Petersburg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. In July in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches
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Tallinn, Estonia

— 3 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour and Peter the Great House Museum. Tallinn Old Town and Aleksander Nevski Katedraali are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik, enjoy the sand and surf at Kakumae Beach, and explore the historical opulence of Kadriorg Palace.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tallinn online travel planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Tallinn by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Visit Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You will leave for home on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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