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You will visit: Finland, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany (end Berlin option)

The name might just be Russia, but with 5 countries on the cards, there’s much more to this tour. Starting in Helsinki, make your way through colourful cities of the former Soviet Union. From ‘Venice of the North’ to the economic hub of Moscow, there’s loads of history & stories to discover. Do as the Romans (or Russians) do & sample vodka, see the famous Moscow Circus & tour the Kremlin. You’ll tour the Hermitage Grounds in St. Petersburg, Brest Fortress in Belarus & the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw as you head west into Poland.

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Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1 Arrive Helsinki

Check-in to your hotel and meet up with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager.

A blend of Finnish and Russian influences, Helsinki is a 21st century city with a lot of quirky aspects. Your Tour Manager will take you to check out Temppeliaukio, a church cut out of solid rock, and to see the famous Sibelius Monument, a gravity-defying sculpture made out of 600 steel pipes. Round off your Helsinki introduction with a drive past the Olympic Stadium and the historical heart of Senate square.

Helsinki is all about location, so with free time on your hands, head harbour side to soak up the great views and mingle with the locals at South Harbour Market. Rummage through stalls selling flowers and local foods, handicrafts, fresh fish and tasty baked goods. You could visit Suomenlinna, the fantastic and impressive sea fortress where Swedes and Russians once fought.

Hotel

  • See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium and Senate Square
  • Visit the 'Church of the Rock'
2 Helsinki to St. Petersburg

Leaving Helsinki today, the coach travels through pine forests and Finland’s vast wilderness, before crossing over the border into Russia, the world’s biggest country.

Get ready for arrival at the imperial city of St. Petersburg, sitting right at the crossroads of Europe and Russia. Built by Italians, dreamt up by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg has been the home town to many original thinkers. With its fantastic cultural heritage, Venice-like canals, wide avenues and phenomenal buildings, this grand city will give you goose bumps.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

3-4 St. Petersburg

Get a feel for the city’s UNESCO World Heritage centre and a look into Peter the Great’s imagination as our Local Guide uncovers many of St. Petersburg’s best-known sites. You’ll see the Admiralty and the stunning Church on the Spilled Blood, where Alexander II was killed

Make a visit to Petrodvorets, Peter the Great’s summer palace. This place is breathtaking! Explore the spectacularly manicured grounds, cottages, fountains and palace. Choose to visit St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress in our fascinating optional, where the remains of many Tsars are held.

The group takes a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit one of the world’s top art collections at the Hermitage gallery. The Hermitage itself is a gorgeous palace and was once home to Tsar Royalty. It makes a scene-stealing backdrop for the priceless works inside, which are the remains of Catherine the Great’s personal collection.

There’s free time to walk along St. Petersburg’s main street, Nevsky Prospekt. There’s a bit of everything along this street: palaces, lavish shops, museums, churches and buildings from many different eras. Take off down Nevsky Prospekt for a slice of glitzy new Russia and see how the country is shaking off its past with style.

Take advantage of an optional cruise on the Neva River and get another angle on the city from the water. There’s also a chance to get up close to St. Petersburg’s traditional art and romance in an evening excursion to the Russian ballet, where world-class dancers perform classics such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

Otherwise liven things up with your new friends and head to a bar or club to try out Russia’s national drink, vodka.

Hotel Breakfast,Breakfast

  • Locally guided tour of historical St. Petersburg
  • Locally guided tour of the Hermitage, former home of the Russian Tsars & one of the world's largest Art & Culture Museums
  • Visit Peterhof Palace Gardens
  • See the Church on the Spilled Blood and the Admiralty
  • See the St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress
  • Canal Cruise
    Euro 16.00
  • Guided tour of Peter and Paul's Fortress
    Euro 13.00
  • St. Petersburg dinner
    Euro 25.00
  • Russian Ballet Performance
    Approx. Euro 65.00 - 85.00 (A range of pricing based on availability)
5 St. Petersburg to Novgorod

There’s a definite change of pace as we enter the peaceful, shady streets of Novgorod, an ancient fortress city. Filled with old churches and a Kremlin of its own, this lovely town once suffered terribly at both the hands of Ivan the Terrible and, more recently, the Nazis.

Head into central Novgorod with the group and get an insider’s look into the old town, where Russian history is captured in a nutshell - or actually in a bell! The landmark Millennium Bell is a 300 tonne sculpture covered in 127 figures – all of them key players in Russia’s history which our Novgorod Local Guide brings to life with stories.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

  • Locally guided tour of Novgorod's old town
  • See the Millennium Bell
6 Novgorod to Moscow

En route to Moscow we make a stop in Klin, the former home of famous Russian composer Tchaikovsky, and see where the creator of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker worked.

Later today, we arrive in Moscow, Russia’s economic powerhouse, political point of power and cultural core. As the country’s historical heart, this massive metropolis mixes up extravagance from the time of Tsar Royalty, relics from the Cold War and a new, progressive Russia. Moscow is a popular destination for travellers, its rich historical past makes it the perfect place to explore & get a serious learning fix on days gone by.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

  • See the famous composer Tchaikovsky's house in Klin
7-8 Moscow

With two full days, there’s plenty of time to uncover Moscow. Chalk up a truly local experience with a ride on one of the planet’s busiest subway systems. The Metro is packed with art that was installed under Stalin, meaning that Moscow’s Metro stations double as fascinating historical art galleries. You can learn more about them in an included tour and get an insider’s look at the art with our expert Local Guide.

Discover the city’s centre with our Local Guide, who’ll give you the background on the famous Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral with its iconic onion-shaped domes, and on Lenin’s Mausoleum, where the former leader of the Russian Revolution still lies, preserved in wax. Learn how Russia only came out from behind the Iron Curtain in 1991, and is still opening up.

Walk through Russia’s political heart with a visit to the Kremlin, whose construction marked the birth of Moscow. Your Local Guide will reveal the inner workings of the Kremlin as the group explores the grounds of this stunning fortified complex, made up of cathedrals, palaces and treasures. The former home of grand princes as well as to Stalin and Gorbachev, the Kremlin is now the current Russian president’s place of residence. Learn more about it and see treasures up close by joining our fascinating optional through the Kremlin Armoury with our expert Local Guide.

In your free time, get a feel for the old Communist regime by heading to the Garden Ring, where grey blocks, former min

Otherwise, make the most of a beautiful shopping experience at GUM, once the favourite shopping mall for Soviet leaders and now a favourite spot for Russia’s elite. There are 150 shops to explore in this elegant turn-of-the-century building, selling anything from designer labels to local products and great souvenirs.

Food-wise, Moscow mixes it up. You could try out blinis (pancakes) or borshch (beetroot soup) at a street stand, caviar in a gourmet store, or grilled meats in one of the city’s many cafes.

While you’re here, get a taste of local culture at the Moscow Aquamarine Circus. Be amazed by highly-skilled artists and performers on this fun night out.

Hotel Breakfast,Breakfast

  • Visit Red Square, the Kremlin & see Lenin's Mausoleum & St. Basil's Cathedral
  • Discover the rich history & culture of Moscow & the Kremlin on our locally guided tour
  • Guided tour of the famous Moscow Metro
  • Guided tour of the Armoury Museum in the Kremlin
    Euro 27.00
  • Statue Park
    Euro 10.00
  • Moscow dinner
    Euro 28.00
  • Circus Aquamarine
    Euro 38.00
9 Moscow to Minsk

We pass by Borodino, where the bloodiest single day of battle took place during the Napoleon led invasion of Russia.

Later, pull into the capital of Belarus, Minsk. Torn to the ground in World War II and then rebuilt by Stalin, Minsk became the model Communist city of the Soviet era with its wide avenues, monumental buildings and vast squares. You’ll get a good look into its grand style on our city tour. Check out the Leninsky Prospekt and Victory Square as you get the background on Minsk from our Local Guide.

Hotel Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner

  • See the birthplace of Communist Russia on our locally guided tour of Minsk
10 Minsk to Warsaw

Start the day with a visit to the 19th century Brest Fortress, a stronghold of Russian resistance during the German invasion of Russia in World War II.

Back on the coach, journey on to budding Warsaw. See how Poland’s capital started up again from scratch after World War II and see how it’s now looking to the future. Get a feel for the city’s buzzing café scene, relax with a drink, order some perogies (Polish dumplings) and soak up the vibes of this energetic city.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Visit Brest fortress - one of the most important Soviet World War II war monuments
11 Warsaw

Go back in time as our Local Guide gives you a crash-course in Warsaw’s troubled history. You’ll see Warsaw’s Ghetto, Chopin’s park, as well as the old town. Hear how this town has been all about survival, being literally reduced to rubble, and how Warsaw then picked up the pieces, using these ruins to rebuild the city. Check out St. John’s Cathedral and the Royal Palace, which was blown-up during World War II.

Free time means a chance to discover Warsaw’s modern, festive side. Relax in Lazienki Park, a favourite haunt with the locals, or dip into the city’s many museums, galleries and theatres. Get some hints on what to explore from your Tour Manager.

Tonight, make your last night on tour one to remember and join the group for a final night dinner. Then hit Warsaw’s thriving nightlife. The choice of clubs, live music and bars here is mind-blowing, so be ready for a fun night out!

Hotel Breakfast,Regional Dinner

  • Locally guided tour of the old Jewish Ghetto & the medieval centre of Warsaw
  • Visit the old town, the monument to Chopin & hear tales of the Warsaw uprisings
  • A farewell dinner as we say goodbye to Poland
  • Chopin piano recital
    Euro 28.00
12 Depart Warsaw/Berlin

The tour ends after breakfast in Warsaw and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. Otherwise catch a free transfer back to Berlin where your tour ends upon arrival.

Hotel Breakfast

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 11 nights accommodation: 11 nights in hotel upgrade
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
  • Overnight cruise
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Food

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 Regional Dinner: Polish feast in Warsaw
  • 4 dinners

Inclusions

  • 4 World Heritage Sites visited
  • See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium and Senate Square
  • Visit the 'Church of the Rock'
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Me Time

  • Canal Cruise
  • Guided tour of Peter and Paul's Fortress
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$194
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay

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