12 days in Helsinki, Tallinn & St. Petersburg Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Tallinn & St. Petersburg Itinerary

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Helsinki, Finland
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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

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 Kansallisgalleria. Visit Temppeliaukio Church and The Esplanadi Park for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Reykjavik to Helsinki is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in July, with highs in Helsinki at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Tallinn.
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 Kumu Art Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Olaf’s Church and Town Hall Pharmacy. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Tallinn Town Wall, stop by Tallinn Old Town, shop like a local with The Little Red House Design Store, and examine the collection at KGB Museum.

To find ratings and tourist information, refer to the Tallinn online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Tallinn in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to St. Petersburg.
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St. Petersburg, Russia — 5 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.
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 Saint Isaac's Cathedral. 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 walk around Catherine Palace and Park.

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.
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