Route & dates
Start: Cape Town
Turku— 3 nights
Helsinki— 7 nights
End: Cape Town
Thu, Sep 27 - Tue, Oct 9
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.You'll explore and learn at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Visiting Kurjenrahka National Park and The Archipelago Trail will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku vacation builder app.
Cape Town, South Africa to Turku is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in September: high temperatures in Turku hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.
Things to do in Turku
Kurjenrahka National Park, Kuusisto Bishop's Castle
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Daughter of the Baltic
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.Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. For shopping fun, head to Market Square Kauppatori or Artisaani. Pack the 2nd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), look for gifts at Digelius Music, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.
To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.
Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Helsinki
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