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Russia Plus

(Start Helsinki)

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The one that explores Russia plus the highlights of Northern Europe in 2 weeks

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Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    12 days

  • Countries

    4 Countries

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, Moscow, Minsk, Warsaw, Klin, Brest

Russia Plus (Start Helsinki)

10 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Locally guided tour of Hermitage (Russia's Vatican art palace)
  • Delve into Russia's royal past with a locally guided tour of Novgorod, one of its oldest cities
  • See the Millennium Bell
  • Guided city tour to see the Red Square, Kremlin & see Lenin's Masoleum and St. Basil's Cathedral
  • Guided Tour of the Statue Park
  • See the manicured gardens and pretty water features of Minsk in a locally guided tour
  • Visit Brest fortress - one of the most important Soviet World War II war monuments
  • Take a locally guided tour of the richly historical city of Warsaw, Poland
  • Visit the old town the monument to Chopin and hear tales of the Warsaw uprisings
  • A farewell dinner as we say goodbye to Poland

12 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Canal Cruise EUR 17.00
  • Matryoshka Painting EUR 32.00
  • Russian Folklore Evening EUR 26.00
  • Visit the beautiful but haunting Fortress of Peter & Paul, St Petersburg EUR 13.00
  • Pelmeni Cooking Class
  • Watch a traditional Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg EUR 80.00
  • Get the inside story on the 900-day repeal of the Nazis during WWII with a locally guided tour of the Siege of Leningrad Memorial EUR 10.00
  • Moscows Bunker 42 EUR 29.00
  • Take a tour of the Kremlin Armoury, one of the oldest museums in Russia EUR 34.00
  • Tour Moscow's historical communist-era Metro, now also a living art gallery EUR 10.00
  • Eat some traditional Russian recipes in the homes of locals in Moscow EUR 52.00
  • Chopin Piano recital, Warsaw EUR 30.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 11 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    8 nights in Hotel, 3 nights in Hostel

    For 11 nights, you'll be laying your head in top quality hotels - some quirky, some chic, some homely. Accommodation will often be quad-share, but there'll be plenty of opportunities to upgrade to twin-share free of charge.

About this trip

Finland, Belarus, Poland, Germany - we weren't lying when we said Russia "plus". Cathedrals, charming old towns and endless history abound on this 12-day extravaganza firing up in Helsinki. Ramp up your trip with experiences like the Russian Ballet and a Chopin piano recital in Warsaw, or just get your culture fix from the comfort of a local bar.

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Map & Itinerary

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Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Helsinki

  2. 3 3 nights

    St. Petersburg

  3. 1 1 night

    Novgorod

  4. via via

    Klin

  5. 3 3 nights

    Moscow

  6. 1 1 night

    Minsk

  7. via via

    Brest

  8. 2 2 nights

    Warsaw

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DAY 1 - Arrive Helsinki

Helsinki

Hyvää huomenta, or as we know it, good morning Helsinki! As you arrive in the Finnish capital, you're no doubt buzzing with the anticipation of what lies ahead. Vodka and tales of days gone by are going to explode before your eyes on this trip through Russia and it's neighbours. Start out with some off the track exploring, stopping to sample local delicacies, because exploring is done best when heading out of the comfort zone. Kaalikääryleet – cabbage rolls, Hernekeitto pea soup, are what the locals dig around here, so find a spot and start ticking them off your list. Tonight, meet up with the crew to chat about what lies in store, then get out there, get ready, and let's do this!

DAY 2 - Helsinki to St. Petersburg

Helsinki

Now that you have 20 new Finnish friends and a whole new outlook on this totally underrated European capital, it's Russia time.

St. Petersburg

Our first stop on the Russian map is the imperial city of St. Petersburg. Built by the Italians, this city is a unique blend of Europe and Russia, unfathomably grand & made pretty by canals - which you can opt to explore tonight for the best view of the city's palaces by night. You'll be pleased to hear we have 2 full days to uncover its enigmatic ways.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take in this city's stunning architecture from the water with a boat cruise

    EUR 17.00

DAY 3 - St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Today is a full dose of history, learn about the Romanov's and its founding by Tsar Peter the Great as well as all the goss on the Tsar's of Russia. See one of the world’s top art collections at the Hermitage gallery; kick it in St. Petersburg’s main street of Nevsky Prospekt; find ways to tap into glitzy new Russia; and enjoy history lessons at the city's incredible list of monuments.  And all that exploring could call for a beef stroganoff where it was invented, as well as a vodka or 2 - in the name of culture, of course.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Use your imagination and Paint your very own Matryoshka doll to create a truly unique masterpiece

    EUR 32.00

  • Russian Folklore Evening

    EUR 26.00

DAY 4 - St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Visit Peterhof Gardens, known as the Versailles of Russia will give you an outdoor lovers fix, including a beautiful gold fountain cascade. Use the rest of the day to take on the city, and tonight, you could choose to go local with folklore show for some sights and sounds of Russia.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided tour of Hermitage, the 2nd largest art museum in the world

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the beautiful but haunting Fortress of Peter & Paul, St Petersburg

    EUR 13.00

  • Learn the secrets of cooking Russian cuisine & eat your creations

  • Watch a traditional Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg

    EUR 80.00

DAY 5 - St. Petersburg to Novgorod

St. Petersburg

So long St. Petersburg! Thanks for your hospitable welcome into the world of Russia. You've left us wanting a whole lot more.

Novgorod

Now that we've got a taste of Russian city life, it's time to change the pace and step into the quieter town of Novgorod. Suffering two unfortunate eras at the hands of evil dictators, the town is now enjoying its time of slow life and peace. Soak up its new found happiness and explore its epic history - complete with a very large bell.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Delve into Russia's royal past with a locally guided tour of Novgorod, one of its oldest cities

  • See the Millennium Bell

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Get the inside story on the 900-day repeal of the Nazis during WWII with a locally guided tour of the Siege of Leningrad Memorial

    EUR 10.00

DAY 6 - Novgorod to Moscow via Klin

Novgorod

After being submerged in small town feels, we'll be quite ready for the grandeur capital of Moscow. Time to hit the road!

Klin

En route to Moscow we'll stop off in Klin, home of Russian composer Tchaikovsky. We can't resist the chance to see the place that inspired a man to make Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

Moscow

Before you go screaming your way to the Aladdin's palace like monument of Saint Basil's Cathedral, let us settle in to our Moscow digs and hear of the many incredible things this city has on offer - and there are many. Hence we have two full days here - joy!!

DAY 7 - Moscow

Moscow

Oh good morning Moscow. Diving right in is the way to do it, so we'll start off with a guided city tour of all the sights, including one of the countries most colourful and quirky buildings St Basil's Cathedral. Chance to visit Lenin’s tomb followed by free time to explore more of what Red Square and this city have to offer.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Guided city tour to see the Red Square, the Kremlin & see Lenin's Masoleum and St. Basil's Cathedral

  • Visit Moscow’s Statue Park, home of ex-communist memorabilia featuring busts of Stalin and Lenin

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Head underground to visit a secret cold war fortress once code named “Bunker-42”

    EUR 29.00

  • Take a tour of the Kremlin Armoury, one of the oldest museums in Russia

    EUR 34.00

DAY 8 - Moscow

Moscow

After the underground, probably the most famous metro in the world is Moscow's. Get up close with our local guide, uncovering the fascinating communist artworks that make it what it is today. The city keeps on giving today, with some free time to roam, before a guided visit to the famous Kremlin Museums, then the option to view the Romanov’s collection of Faberge Eggs, carriages, clothes and jewels at the Armoury.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tour Moscow's historical communist-era Metro, now also a living art gallery

    EUR 10.00

  • Eat some traditional Russian recipes in the homes of locals in Moscow

    EUR 52.00

DAY 9 - Moscow to Minsk

Moscow

Moscow to Minsk, how's that for a cute sounding journey? Though it will be hard to leave Russia, the lure of Belarus will help ease the pain.

Minsk

Rebuilt by Stalin after World War II, Minsk has become a model of communism & a statement of resilience. Manicured gardens and pretty water features spot the wide open spaces of the city; a great place to sit back and chill.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the manicured gardens and pretty water features of Minsk in a locally guided tour

DAY 10 - Minsk to Warsaw via Brest

Minsk

Laters Minsk, we have one more country to cover before this epic road trip comes to an end. Poland, we're coming for you!

Brest

Before we head on to energetic Warsaw, we'll visit one of the most important Soviet World War II war monuments; the castle like monument of Brest fortress.

Warsaw

Perogies are Polish dumplings and a glass of compote somewhere within Warsaw's lively cafe scene should be your introduction to this emerging European capital. We have all day tomorrow to explore, so there's no need to start whipping through the to-do list.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

DAY 11 - Warsaw

Warsaw

You didn't think we were winding down now, did you? Gosh no. Not when we have an old Jewish Ghetto to explore and a Chopin piano recital up for grabs. A renowned musical city, keep your ears open day long and see what sound pleasures you stumble upon.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a locally guided tour of the richly historical city of Warsaw, Poland

  • Visit the old town, the monument to Chopin & hear tales of the Warsaw uprisings

  • A farewell dinner as we say goodbye to Poland

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Chopin Piano recital, Warsaw

    EUR 30.00

DAY 12 - Depart Warsaw

Warsaw

That's it for our extravaganza through Scandinavia and Russia. By now you will be pulsating with new knowledge & forever memories. Pass the tissues to the left hand side; 14-days together is enough to get a group gripped together like glue. Contiki has over 300 other trips around the world to get involved with - reconvene in South America?

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place on trip?

The health and wellbeing of everyone who travels with Contiki has been, and always will be, our top priority. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travellers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organisation and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols. Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardised health and hygiene protocols. You can find details about how we’re prioritising your wellbeing when you travel with us here.

What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

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Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).