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
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St. Petersburg, Russia — 3 nights

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 Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Family-friendly places like Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul Cathedral will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Kronshtadt City Beach, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, 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.
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 Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum. Tallinn Old Town and Aleksander Nevski Katedraali are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kakumae Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Peapiiskopi Kirik, and explore the world behind art at Kumu Art Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tallinn trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from St. Petersburg to Tallinn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches
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Helsinki, Finland — 3 nights

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).
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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