11 days in Turku, Tampere & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Turku, Tampere & Helsinki Itinerary

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11 days in Turku, Tampere & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Muscat

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Kurjenrahka National Park, examine the collection at Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: get lost in a book at Turku City Main Library, then admire the masterpieces at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally trek along The Archipelago Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Turku vacation trip planner.

Muscat, Oman to Turku is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Muscat to Turku is minus 2 hours. In August, Turku is cooler than Muscat - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 12th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki observation tower, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Old Church. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tampere vacation planner.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

5
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.
Visit Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Zipline will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel, step into the grandiose world of Fortress of Suomenlinna, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church