16 days in Turku, Vaasa & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Turku, Vaasa & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Turku
— 4 nights
2
Vaasa
— 3 nights
3
Helsinki
— 6 nights

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Popular historic sites such as Turku Castle and Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Cathedral and Old Rauma. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya), The Church of the Holy Cross (in Rauma) and Koylio Church (in Koylio). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kuusisto Manor, and get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Turku tour builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Turku is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Turku at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Rauma, Kurjenrahka National Park, Teijo National Park, Koylio Church, Naantali Old Town
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Skata and Stundars Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Salgrund Pilot Station and Huutoniemen kirkko. Take a break from Vaasa with a short trip to Kuddnas Museum in Uusikaarlepyy, about 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa visit site.

Traveling by car from Turku to Vaasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Salgrund Pilot Station, Skata, Kuddnas Museum, Stundars Museum
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Kuddnas Museum ©
Kuddnas Museum
Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko ©
Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko

6
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.
Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Helsinki Cathedral and The Aalto House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Hameenlinna (Birthplace of Jean Sibelius & Hame Castle), Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island) and Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Vaasa to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Hameenlinna, Arboretum Mustila, Paavolan Tammi, Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

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