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Explore incredible Eastern Europe - Russia, Ukraine and Hungary

Join us on a journey to unravel the vibrant history of this fascinating European region. Discover the splendours of St Petersburg and the iconic Kremlin in Moscow city, as well as ancient Novgorod - the birthplace of Russian history and religion. Travel onwards through Ukraine by train and continue on to Kyiv, elegantly situated along the glorious Dnipro River. Take time out to explore the majestic Carpathian Mountains before crossing stunning countryside to arrive in romantic and cosmopolitan Budapest.

  • Cruise narrow canals in St Petersburg
  • Relive history in Novgorod, Russia's oldest city
  • Explore Moscow's Kremlin
  • Pay a sobering visit to the Chernobyl Museum
  • Experience Carpathian hospitality at a mountain homestay
  • Cycle the cosmopolitan streets of Budapest
  • Sample traditional Ukrainian food

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    St Petersburg, Russia
  • Finish:

    Budapest, Hungary
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    11 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (2 nts), Hotel (8 nts), Overnight sleeper train (4 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bicycle, Boat, Bus, Metro, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Taxi, Train, Tram
  • Included activities:

    Budapest - Guided bike tour, Chernobyl Museum, Cooking Class, Kolomiya, Guided walk in Carpathians, Kyiv - Orientation Walk, Lviv - Guided walking tour, Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury guided tour, Moscow - Lenin's Mausoleum, Moscow - Red Square, Novgorod - Family visit & dinner, Novgorod - Public Banya, Novgorod - Walking Tour & Kremlin, St Petersburg - Boat tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    517kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    2013 Itinerary change St Petersburg to Budapest trips departing in 2013 will be 16 days long (rather than 15) and start on Saturdays. The updated price and full itinerary will be available later this year. The revised itinerary is: Days 1-2 St Petersburg Days 3-4 Novgorod Days 5-7 Moscow Day 8-10 Kviv Days 11-12 Carpathian Mountains Days 13-14 Lviv Days 15-16 Budapest

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Days 1-2 St Petersburg

Arrive in St Petersburg and uncover a magnificent city, bursting with lavish palaces, churches and canals. Realise the depth of the city’s beauty on a boat tour. In free time, choose to climb up the colonnade of St Isaac's Cathedral for exceptional views or head to Aleksandr Nevsky Lavra and the Necropolis of Masters of Arts, the final resting place for some of Russia's great musicians and writers like Tchaikovsky and Dostoyevsky.

Days 3-4 Novgorod

Discover how Novgorod, a city that is over 1,000 years old, is often referred to as the cradle of modern Russian civilisation. On arrival, join a local family for a traditional tea party. Later, venture down the town's riverside Kremlin to gain an appreciation of the nation's turbulent past before a refreshing steam at the public banya (bath house). Settle in for the night on a train bound for Moscow.

Days 5-6 Moscow

Experience the mighty heart of Russia. Visit the Kremlin to wander through grand halls, peek at imperial treasures and enter Lenin's Mausoleum. While here, why not snap up souvenirs at Izmaylovo Market, admire the work of esteemed artists in Tretyakov Gallery or enjoy a moment of solitude inside St Basil’s Cathedral.

Days 7-9 Kyiv

Arrive in the Ukraine after an overnight train journey. Roam the cobbled streets of Kyiv, the 'Mother of Slavic Cities'. Gain valuable insights into the country’s tragic history with a visit to the Chernobyl Museum. There’s also the option to see mummified monks at the Caves Monastery, amble through the Museum of One Street or take in a classical music performance.

Days 10-11 Carpathian Mountains

Travel deep into the stunning Carpathian Mountains and join in a cooking class, learning to make traditional Ukrainian delicacies. Appreciate the Carpathian’s eclectic mix of Eastern European culture, discover lovingly decorated Hutsul houses, complete with private chapels and ornate wells, and soak up the immense natural beauty of this region while hiking.

Days 12-13 Lviv

Continue the adventure in historical Lviv. Work up an appetite for delicious Ukrainian borscht on a walking tour through the Old Town, and then perhaps head up to High Castle or stop for coffee and cake in a Viennese-style cafe.

Days 14-15 Budapest

See how the grand architecture and beautiful boulevards of Budapest offer visitors something of an outdoor museum to explore. Take to the streets by bicycle and, in free time, discover monuments from the Iron Curtain era at Statue Park. Or perhaps learn from a local guide about the Soviet era in further detail on the Urban Adventures’ Hammer and Sickle tour. Perhaps cap off the adventure with a soak in a thermal bath.
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