8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Lugano
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Lahti
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Lugano

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Haemeenlinna to see Hame Castle about 1h 15 min away. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, explore the world behind art at Tampere Art Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary builder website .

Lugano, Switzerland to Tampere is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Lugano to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lugano in August: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Hame Castle
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, then get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kuopio trip planning app .

Take a train from Tampere to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Kuopio sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Fun & Games, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip planner .

You can drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then take an in-depth tour of South Karelia Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Lahti.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): examine the collection at Motorcycle Museum of Finland and then get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lahti online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Lahti in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Lahti sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

#Shopping, #Museums
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland

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