12 days in Helsinki, Tallinn & St. Petersburg Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Tallinn & St. Petersburg Itinerary

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Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Visit Temppeliaukio Church and The Esplanadi Park for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and examine the collection at Design Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Reykjavik to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in July: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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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 Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum and Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Olaf’s Church and Kumu Art Museum. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik, and steep yourself in history at Tallinn Town Wall.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Tallinn travel planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Tallinn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Tallinn are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Neva Embankments and Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Fortress, take a stroll through Nevsky Prospekt, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip planning website.

Getting from Tallinn to St. Petersburg by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to St. Petersburg. In August in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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