16 days in Savonlinna, Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

16 days in Savonlinna, Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Get a sense of the local culture at Olavinlinna Castle and Sandcastle Lappeenranta. Explore Savonlinna's surroundings by going to The Parikkala Sculpture Park (in Parikkala), Lappeenranta (Joutsenon kirkko, Lappeenranta Fortress, &more) and Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju). Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Linnansaari National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, make a trip to Kenkavero, admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, and take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary builder app.

In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Joensuu, Mikkeli, Imatra, Punkaharju
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

3
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, stroll around Dianapuisto, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaari Zoo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip website.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

3
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 5th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then get your game on at Moomin World, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Turku sightseeing site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You'll set off for Turku on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Moomin World, Old Rauma
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
On the 8th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, then get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and finally browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, then admire the natural beauty at Turku University Botanical Garden, and finally identify plant and animal life at Vepsa Island.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip planning website.

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 Nature

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku University Botanical Garden ©
Turku University Botanical Garden
Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House ©
Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church