20 days in Finland, Paris & Moscow Itinerary

20 days in Finland, Paris & Moscow Itinerary

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20 days in Finland, Paris & Moscow Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Paris, France
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Moscow, Russia
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Get some cultural insight at Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and get your game on at Labyrinth Games Room Escape.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In December, Helsinki is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Labyrinth Games Room Escape ©
Labyrinth Games Room Escape
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

7
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris route tool .

Getting from Helsinki to Paris by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Disneyland Paris, Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

6
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Museum-lovers will get to explore State Tretyakov Gallery and Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml). Get some cultural insight at Red Square and Church of The Holy Virgin. Venture out of the city with trips to Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye), Yegoryevsk History and Art Museum (in Yegoryevsk) and Sergiyev Posad (Refectory Church of St Sergius, Cathedral of the Assumption, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Bulgakov's House Museum-Theater, take an in-depth tour of Armoury Chamber, and stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Moscow road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Moscow takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Paris to Moscow. In December, Moscow is slightly colder than Paris - with highs of -1°C and lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sergiyev Posad, Church of The Holy Virgin, Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo, Kolomna Kremlin, Yegoryevsk History and Art Museum
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Church of The Holy Virgin ©
Church of The Holy Virgin
Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

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