16 days in St. Petersburg, Helsinki & The Baltics Itinerary

16 days in St. Petersburg, Helsinki & The Baltics Itinerary

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16 days in St. Petersburg, Helsinki & The Baltics Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
Fly:  7​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
3
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
4
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Milan, Italy

4
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), admire the landmark architecture of Peterhof Grand Palace, and see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg online trip builder .

Milan, Italy to St. Petersburg is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Milan to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Milan in August, with highs in St. Petersburg at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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Helsinki, Finland

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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki visit planning app .

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki is minus 1 hour. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

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Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Tallinn is known for museums, historic sites, parks, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, examine the collection at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kumu Art Museum, and make a trip to Tallinna Raekoja Plats.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tallinn sightseeing planner .

Ride a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Tallinn are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
On the 22nd (Thu), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Jurmala Beach. The adventure continues: make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga), steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, and take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Riga trip planner .

You can fly from Tallinn to Riga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Riga are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis) ©

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Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius ©
The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika), take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, then wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town, and finally examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus). Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Trakai Island Castle Museum.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vilnius trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Riga to Vilnius in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
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Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower