Route & dates
13 days in Finland Itinerary
Start: Cape Town
Fly: 26 h
Turku— 3 nights
Drive: 2 h
Helsinki— 7 nights
Fly: 18 h 45 min
End: Cape Town
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Let the collections at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum capture your imagination. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Kurjenrahka National Park in Poytya, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, hike along The Archipelago Trail, delve into the distant past at Kuusisto Bishop's Castle, and get lost in a book at Turku City Main Library.
For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip planner.
Cape Town, South Africa to Turku is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect Turku to be a bit cooler, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.
Things to do in Turku
Kuusisto Bishop's Castle, Kurjenrahka National Park
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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.Step out of the city life by going to Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temppeliaukion Church and Ullanlinna. Pack the 2nd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, make a trip to Old Market Hall, and stop by Artisaani.
To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip builder .
You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Helsinki
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