14 days in Tampere, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

14 days in Tampere, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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14 days in Tampere, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + train:  7​h
1
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Manchester

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Popular historic sites such as Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Hame Castle are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Yyteri Beach and Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and examine the collection at Emil Aaltosen Museo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere holiday planner.

Manchester, UK to Tampere is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Yyteri Beach, Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park, Hame Castle
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kids will enjoy Vepsa Island and JukuPark Turku. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Old Rauma. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Rauma, Kuusisto Manor, Naantali Old Town, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Temppeliaukion Church and The Aalto House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuuksio National Park and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town) and Heureka (in Vantaa). There's lots more to do: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park, Heureka
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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