9 days in Tampere, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Tampere, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Tampere, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Yyteri Beach and Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get a sense of the local culture at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampere Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Villa Mairea (in Noormarkku) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Ronga.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere tour itinerary builder website .

Istanbul, Turkey to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Tampere, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect Tampere to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Yyteri Beach, Villa Mairea
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, then make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Sibeliusmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip builder site .

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. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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.
Popular historic sites such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Rock Church and Cathedral of Porvoo. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planning website .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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