11 days in Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  25 h
1
Turku
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Phoenix

6
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Turku Castle and Teijo National Park. Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Ett Hem Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: The Church of the Holy Cross (in Rauma), Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy (in Pernio) and Hanko (Tulliniemi Nature Path, Gunnarstrand, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, and don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary maker.

Phoenix, USA to Turku is an approximately 19- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 9 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in July, things will get colder in Turku: highs are around 70°F and lows about 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hanko, Pernio, The Church of the Holy Cross, Naantali Old Town, Katanpaa
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Helsinki

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then visit Ullanlinna, then stop by Katajanokka, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Laajalahti Nature Reserve.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Laajalahti Nature Reserve
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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