St Petersburg to Istanbul Itinerary

Jump aboard this amazing tour of Eastern Europe. Travel from St Petersburg to Istanbul via Moscow, Budapest, Kyiv, Brasov, the Carpathians and Plovdiv.

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St Basils cathedral, Moscow

Lviv at sunset

Wild horse in the Carpathian Mountains

Budapest at night

Colourful horse with red flowers in the window, Sighisoara

Russian tea

Opera house, Lviv

Days 1-2 St Petersburg

Arrive in St Petersburg, Russia, and be dazzled by a multitude of palaces, museums and galleries.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-4 Novgorod

Travel to Novgorod on the banks of the Volkhov River. Explore the graceful Kremlin with a local guide before joining a local family for a Russian tea party.
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, Red Square and Lenin’s mausoleum.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 7-9 Kyiv

Roam the cobbled streets of Kyiv, the 'Mother of Slavic Cities' and gain valuable insight into Ukraine's tragic history with a visit to the Chernobyl Museum.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

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.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

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

Head out on a cycling tour to uncover what Budapest, the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, has to offer.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 16 Eger

Sip on ‘Bull’s Blood’, a red wine native to Hungary's Eger region, while exploring wine cellars in 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 Maramures, the heart and soul of Romania.
ACCOM: Pension - 2

Day 19 Sighisoara

Travel through pastoral fields to Sighisoara before crossing into Transylvania, a magical place that conjures images of haunted castles, gothic churches and vampires – it doesn’t disappoint!
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 20 Viscri

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

Days 21-22 Brasov

Why not change things up with a night out in the lively medieval town of Brasov.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 23 Bucharest

Travel on to Bucharest, where a guided tour visits the expansive Piata Unirii Square and prodigious 12-storey Palace of Parliament, supposedly the largest civilian administrative building in the world.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 24-25 Veliko Tarnovo

Cross the Friendship Bridge into Bulgaria and travel to scenic Veliko Tarnovo. Wander the Tsarevets Fortress that looms impressively over the town, tread the cobblestone streets of the Old Quarter or relax in the cafes or vinarnas and people watch.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 26 Sofia

Make tracks to Sofia. 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 and try the local cuisine at night.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 30-31 Plovdiv

Wander among impressive Byzantine ruins in Plovdiv and take an optional trip to a nearby hot springs before an overnight train to Istanbul.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 32 Istanbul

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