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
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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 Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Helsinki Cathedral and The Esplanadi Park. 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 admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

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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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 Jacquemart-Andre. Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles will appeal to history buffs. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, approximately Marne-la-Vallee away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

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You can 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 when traveling from Helsinki to Paris is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can 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 Saint Basil's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate Moscow Kremlin and State Tretyakov Gallery. 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 much more to do: don't miss a visit to Lenin's Mausoleum, learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent).

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Moscow sightseeing planner.

Getting from Paris to Moscow by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris to Moscow, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Moscow to be slightly colder, temps between -1°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly 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 · Specialty 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."