16 days in Turku, Tampere & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Turku, Tampere & Helsinki Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubai

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Rosala Viking Centre. Go for a jaunt from Turku to Rosala to see Bengtskar Lighthouse about 2h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and kick back and relax at Vepsa Island.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Turku online sightseeing planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Turku is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Turku. In July, Turku is much colder than Dubai - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rosala, Kultaranta Garden, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Evo Hiking Area. Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Vanha Kirkko are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to The Parola Armour Museum in Parola--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Ideapark and kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Parola Armour Museum, Ideapark, Evo Hiking Area
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Evo Hiking Area ©
Evo Hiking Area

5
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Hakaniemi Market or Market Square Kauppatori. Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Arboretum Mustila. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo, about 50 minutes away. Pack the 2nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki route planner.

Drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Arboretum Mustila
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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