16 days in Savonlinna, Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

16 days in Savonlinna, Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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16 days in Savonlinna, Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

Start: Savonlinna
1
Savonlinna
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Turku
— 3 nights
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Savonlinna

7
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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Olavinlinna Castle and Lappeenranta Fortress are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju), Lappeenranta (Joutsenon kirkko, Sandcastle Lappeenranta, & more) and The Parikkala Sculpture Park (in Parikkala). Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Linnansaari National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, and admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary planner .

July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Joensuu, Punkaharju, Imatra
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

3
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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 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dianapuisto, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, then browse the exhibits of Fortress of Suomenlinna, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki online holiday planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum. On your second day here, gain insight at Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then have fun at Moomin World, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. You will leave for home on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Moomin World, Old Rauma
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Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum ©
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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Turku

Turku ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church, then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, then get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and finally browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Turku University Botanical Garden, and finally step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku travel planner.

Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku University Botanical Garden ©
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town