8 days in Tampere, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Tampere, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Tampere, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly + train:  8​h
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Istanbul

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tampere day trip app .

Istanbul, Turkey to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Tampere is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in May, things will get a bit cooler in Tampere: highs are around 17°C and lows about 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 19th (Sun), gain insight at Turku Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then take a stroll through Naantali Old Town. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Turku sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Ullanlinna. Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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