St Petersburg to Istanbul Itinerary

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Days 1-2 St Petersburg

Arrive in St Petersburg, Russia and be dazzled by this city's multitude of opulent palaces.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-4 Novgorod

Travel to Novgorod, on the banks of the Volkhov River, and explore the graceful Kremlin with a local guide.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 5-6 Moscow

Arrive in the enigmatic city of Moscow and grab some pirozhki - Russian pastries - to fuel explorations of the Kremlin. Take time to discover Moscow's many cultural attractions and modern sights.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 7-9 Kyiv

Stop by the Chernobyl Museum in Kyiv to gain insight into Ukraine's tragic history.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 10-11 Carpathian Mountains

Head into the Carpathian Mountains that are located near the borders of no less than five European countries. Stay with a local family and join in with the cooking of Ukrainian delicacies. Perhaps appreciate the immense natural beauty of this region with a hike in the hills.
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Days 12-13 Lviv

Be captivated by the crumbling facades of Lviv's old town.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 14-15 Budapest

Since Communism collapsed, Budapest has experienced a renaissance. Head out on a cycling tour to uncover all this wonderful city has to offer.
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Day 16 Eger

Sip on Egri Bikaver - a red wine native to Hungary's Eger region - during an optional trip to the evocatively named, Valley of the Beautiful Women.
ACCOM: Pension - 1

Days 17-18 Maramures

Discover one of the last peasant cultures in Europe on a visit to rural villages in Maramures, the heart and soul of Romania.
ACCOM: Pension - 2

Day 19 Sighisoara

Uncover the myths of Transylvania.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 20 Viscri

Enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family in Viscri.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 21-22 Brasov

Travel to the medieval town of Brasov and be sure to sample the nightlife at some of the funky bars in town.
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Day 23 Sinaia

No trip to Romania would be complete without a visit to the eerie Bran Castle, the home of Dracula. Explore this iconic castle before travelling on to Sinaia. Once a quiet monastery settlement, Sinaia quickly became a booming resort town with the construction of King Carol I's summer residence, the Peles Castle.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 24-25 Veliko Tarnovo

Explore the imposing fort which overlooks picturesque Veliko Tarnovo.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 26 Sofia

Make tracks to Sofia, Bulgaria's capital. Marvel at the gold-domed Aleksander Nevski Church.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 27 Gorno Draglishte

Be a guest of a local family during a stay in the Rila Mountains.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 28-29 Bansko

Stretch legs on an invigorating hike through alpine scenery.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 30-31 Plovdiv

Wander among impressive Byzantine ruins in Plovdiv, nestled on the banks of the Maritsa River before boarding an overnight train to Istanbul.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 32 Istanbul

Finish up among the many mosques and bevy of bazaars in Istanbul, Turkey's eclectic and very beautiful capital.