St Petersburg to Istanbul

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  • 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31

Explore the heart of Eastern Europe - Russia, Ukraine, Hungary and Bulgaria

Join us on a journey to discover the splendours of St Petersburg, the iconic Kremlin in Moscow and ancient Novgorod, the birthplace of history and religion in Russia. Travel onwards through Ukraine by train and head 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. Continue this epic Eastern European adventure past the haunted castles of Transylvania and across stunning mountains to Bulgaria and beyond. Be enchanted by medieval monasteries, old-world towns and the warm hospitality of this region before ending the journey in magnificent Istanbul.

  • Admire Istanbul's majestic mosques

St Petersburg to Istanbul Summary

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Days 1-2 St Petersburg

Simply bursting with intriguing sights and culture, get ready to be wowed by St Petersburg - it's opulent, sophisticated, historic and drop-dead gorgeous.

Days 3-4 Novgorod

Often referred to as the cradle of modern Russian civilisation, Novgorod is packed with well-preserved architectural gems and historic monuments recalling its medieval glories.

Days 5-7 Moscow

Whether it's awe-inspiring history, iconic architecture, edgy creative centres or stylish bars and cafes, Moscow delivers on so many levels with a surprise around every corner.

Days 8-10 Kyiv

Kyiv is Ukraine's capital and cultural heart - grand theatres, fascinating museums, cobbled streets and beautiful parks await in the 'Mother of Slavic Cities'.

Days 11-12 Carpathian Mountains

A popular destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, the Carpathian Mountains are one of the most beautiful natural areas in Eastern Europe.

Days 13-14 Lviv

Sitting at the crossroads of Central Europe, the influence of many empires and religions is evident in Lviv's elegant architecture and many places of worship.

Days 15-16 Budapest

Budapest's grand architecture and boulevards evoke a time gone by, while glamorous stores and glitzy restaurants make this one of Europe's truly great cities.

Day 17 Eger

Home to some of the most famous vineyards in Eastern Europe, the beautifully preserved Baroque town of Eger is also famous for its impressive 13th-century castle.

Days 18-19 Maramures

Rich in tradition, folklore and ancient superstitions that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years, the region of Maramures is a land that seems frozen in time.

Day 20 Sighisoara

Set in the mystical and enchanting region of Transylvania, the medieval masterpiece of Sighisoara effortlessly conjures images of haunted castles, gothic churches and vampires.

Day 21 Viscri

Best known for its heavily fortified medieval church, the charming village of Viscri offers a great opportunity to get in touch with the local Roma community.

Days 22-23 Brasov

The city of Brasov was once a major medieval trading centre and today its gothic Black Church and ornate building are still protected by massive city walls.

Day 24 Bucharest

Bucharest, Romania's beautiful capital city, likes big things. It's home to one of Europe's biggest squares and its enormous Palace of Parliament is the second largest building in the world.

Days 25-26 Veliko Tarnovo

Tracing its incredible history all the way back to 4500 BC, Veliko Tarnovo's imposing Tsarevets Fortress and picturesque Old Quarter are a delight to explore.

Day 27 Sofia

Bulgaria's cosmopolitan capital, Sofia is loaded with wide tree-lined boulevards, pleasant parks and striking buildings including the Aleksander Nevski Memorial Church.

Day 28 Gorno Draglishte

The small mountain village of Gorno Draglishte is home to a delightful community of warm and welcoming people, a rich cultural heritage and delicious home-cooked food.

Days 29-30 Bansko

Set at the foot of the majestic Pirin Mountains, many of Bansko's stone houses have been transformed into charming 'mehanes' (taverns) where visitors can indulge in some local cuisine.

Days 31-32 Plovdiv

Once the meeting point of two ancient transportation routes, Plovdiv is a picturesque city with a fascinating collection of traditional workshops, baroque houses and ancient Roman ruins.

Day 33 Istanbul

Adorned with treasure from all periods of human history, Istanbul is not only one of the world's most fascinating places, it's also one of its most mesmerising.