9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly + train:  8​h
1
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Lahti
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Istanbul

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kurjenrahka National Park has been added to your itinerary. Visit Tampere Cathedral and Hame Castle for their historical value. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, admire the masterpieces at Maltinranta Artcenter, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tampere road trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in July, things will get little chillier in Tampere: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Hame Castle, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Hame Castle ©
Hame Castle

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, and finally ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kuopio trip planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Museums, #Fun & Games, #Historic Sites
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Kuopio Art Museum ©
Kuopio Art Museum
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 23rd (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online trip planner .

You can drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta journey planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Lahti.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, and then admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lahti day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Lahti takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Lahti, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

#Museums, #Shopping
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Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland
Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall

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