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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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 Kansallisgalleria 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. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Customs House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. 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 d'Orsay. 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. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, take a stroll through Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

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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

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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 State Tretyakov Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Moscow Kremlin and Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye), Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy) and Yegor'yevskiy Istoriko-Khudozhestvennyy Muzey (in Yegoryevsk). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Kremlin Walls and Towers, see the interesting displays at Melnikov House, and learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber.

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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 · Castles
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."