12 days in Helsinki, Tallinn & St. Petersburg Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Tallinn & St. Petersburg Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki, Tallinn & St. Petersburg Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik, Iceland
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Reykjavik, Iceland

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatori. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, see the interesting displays at Design Museum, stop by MyGoodKnife Helsinki, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Helsinki route maker website .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Reykjavik in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

3
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.
Kumu Art Museum and Tallinn Old Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum and KGB Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Oleviste Church, take in the exciting artwork at The Little Red House Design Store, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and contemplate the long history of Town Wall.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tallinn planning site .

Traveling by ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. 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 travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tallinn

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Fun & Games
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Kumu Art Museum ©
Kumu Art Museum
Oleviste Church ©
Oleviste Church

5
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.
The Bath Block and Catherine Palace and Park will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Neva Embankments and Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Peterhof Grand Palace, examine the collection at The Museum Complex The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, take a stroll through Nevsky Prospekt, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip planning site .

Fly from Tallinn to St. Petersburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks
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Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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