20 days in Finland, Paris & Moscow Itinerary

20 days in Finland, Paris & Moscow Itinerary

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Helsinki, Finland
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Moscow, Russia
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Helsinki, Finland

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Helsinki Cathedral and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Paris.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Paris, France

— 7 nights

City of Light

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

Before you visit Paris, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Helsinki to Paris in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Paris is somewhat warmer than Helsinki - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Moscow.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Moscow, Russia

— 6 nights

Third Rome

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Red Square and Lenin's Mausoleum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Moscow Kremlin and Bulgakov's House Museum-Theater. Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: Yegor'yevskiy Istoriko-Khudozhestvennyy Muzey (in Yegoryevsk), Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy) and Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Armoury Chamber, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, and admire the striking features of Melnikov House.

Make your Moscow itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Moscow takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Paris in December, with highs in Moscow at -1°C and lows at -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."