24 days in Russia, Finland & Riga Itinerary

24 days in Russia, Finland & Riga Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
2
Lappeenranta, Finland
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Helsinki, Finland
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Riga, Latvia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Kaliningrad, Russia
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  20 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Bath Block and Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island. Take a break from the city and head to Yelagin Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Petersburg: Staraya Ladoga Archeological Museum Preserve (in Staraya Ladoga) and WindTunnel FlyStation (in Kuzmolovsky). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor, contemplate the long history of The Marly Palace, make a trip to Chasovnya Svyatoy Blazhennoy Ksenii Peterburgskoy, and admire the natural beauty at Summer Garden.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg online trip maker.

Johannesburg, South Africa to St. Petersburg is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to St. Petersburg is 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in St. Petersburg, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Staraya Ladoga Archeological Museum Preserve, WindTunnel FlyStation
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The Bath Block ©
The Bath Block
Kronstadt ©
Kronstadt
Yelagin Island ©
Yelagin Island

4
nights
Lappeenranta, Finland

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Wolkoff House Museum. Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina) and Kummakivi Boulder (in Ruokolahti). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Lappeen Marian kirkko, have some family-friendly fun at Flowpark, take an in-depth tour of South Karelia Museum, and look for gifts at Souvenirs World.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta day trip planning tool.

You can drive from St. Petersburg to Lappeenranta in 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trips

The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Kummakivi Boulder
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuuksio National Park and Sapokka Water Garden. Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Bike Rental - by Carfield. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Turku Castle (in Turku). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market, stroll around Sibelius Monument, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

Take a train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Helsinki sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Turku, Nuuksio National Park, Sapokka Water Garden, Porvoo Old Town
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dzintari Forest Park and Gauja National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Kemeri National Park and Cable Car Across Gauja. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Riga: Tervete Nature Park (in Tervete), Sigulda Adventure Park Tarzan (in Sigulda) and Rundāle Palace (in Pilsrundale). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at OldTown Archery Riga, take an in-depth tour of Zanis Lipke Memorial, explore the activities along Pilsetas kanals, and make a trip to Livu Square.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Riga journey planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Riga in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June, daytime highs in Riga are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Jurmala, Sigulda, Tervete Nature Park, Gauja National Park, Rundāle Palace
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Kemeri National Park ©
Kemeri National Park
Gauja National Park ©
Gauja National Park
Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park

4
nights
Kaliningrad, Russia

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monument to Cats in Zelenogradsk and Fort XI Donhoff. Get outdoors at Beach Promenade and Tikhoye Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Kaliningrad side-trips: Vysota Efa (in Morskoye), Tortilin Pond (in Zelenogradsk) and Vistula Spit (in Baltiysk). There's much more to do: walk around Youth Recreation Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden of the Baltic Federal I. Kanta University, admire the striking features of The Church of the Holy Family, and step aboard Research vessel "Vityaz".

To see other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Kaliningrad vacation planning app.

Getting from Riga to Kaliningrad by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kaliningrad can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Zelenogradsk, Beach Promenade, Vysota Efa, Tikhoye Lake, Vistula Spit
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Vysota Efa ©
Vysota Efa
Beach Promenade ©
Beach Promenade
Tikhoye Lake ©
Tikhoye Lake

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