6 days in Savonlinna, Lappeenranta & Helsinki Itinerary

6 days in Savonlinna, Lappeenranta & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Milan
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Milan

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, and finally appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

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Milan, Italy to Savonlinna is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Milan in September, expect Savonlinna to be a bit cooler, temps between 16°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 7th (Fri), browse the different shops at Shopping Mall Galleria, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, then brush up on your military savvy at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip app.

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Imatra
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Ullanlinna. Popular historic sites such as Helsinki Cathedral and Temppeliaukio Church are in your itinerary. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korkeasaari Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of Pohjolan toimitalo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online route planner.

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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