St Petersburg to Istanbul Overview

Travel from enthralling St Petersburg through the best of Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria to the magnificent metropolis of Istanbul.

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      CAD $6,115
      AUD $5,995
      EUR €4,125
      GBP £3,465
      NZD $6,675
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      CHF FR4,995
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There is an earlier version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. View earlier St Petersburg to Istanbul.

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Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Travel from St Petersburg to Istanbul on this epic trip through Eastern Europe

Be captivated by the spirit of Eastern Europe on this journey from history-packed St Petersburg to the colourful city of Istanbul. Visit the ‘Mother of Slavic Cities’, the ‘peal of the Danube’ and the ‘soul’ of Romania. Discover medieval relics in Novgorod, soak up the atmosphere of marvellous Moscow, learn all about the community Sock Project in the village of Viscri and discover some of Europe’s most famous vineyards in Eger. This is a journey jam-packed with history, captivating cultures, incredible scenery and vibrant cities.

  • Admire the gothic Black Church in Brasov
  • Discover Istanbul, a city that straddles two continents
  • Enjoy a cycle tour through beautiful Budapest
  • Experience traditional life in a Maramures village
  • Explore the historic sights of St Petersburg
  • Feel the eerie magic of Transylvania
  • Hang out with locals in Viscri
  • See the world’s second largest building in Bucharest

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    St Petersburg, Russia
  • Finish:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    17 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (3 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (13 nts), Overnight sleeper train (4 nts), Pension (3 nts)
  • Transport:

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

    Bucharest - Guided walking tour, Budapest - Guided bike tour, Carpathian Mountains - Cooking Class, Carpathian Mountains - Guided walk, Chernobyl Museum, Chornobyl Museum, Eger - Wine tasting, Kyiv - Orientation Walk, Lviv - Guided walking tour, Maramures - Guided tour, Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury guided tour, Novgorod - Family visit & dinner, Novgorod - Public Banya, Novgorod - Walking Tour & Kremlin, St Petersburg - Boat tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1344kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details. 2. A scanned passport copy is required at time of booking in order to obtain your international train tickets.

  • Total price from

    USD $5,925
    CAD $6,115
    AUD $5,995
    EUR €4,125
    GBP £3,465
    NZD $6,675
    ZAR R60,010
    CHF FR4,995
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $185
    CAD $191
    AUD $187
    EUR €128
    GBP £108
    NZD $208
    ZAR R1,875
    CHF FR156
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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 15-17 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 18 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 19-20 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 21 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 22 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.

Day 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.

Days 24-26 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.

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.

Day 29 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.

Day 30 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.

Days 31-32 Istanbul

End this Eastern European adventure today in ancient Istanbul - the only city in the world to straddle two continents, Istanbul is a vast metropolis with a beautiful blend of cultures and traditions. Adorned with treasures from all periods of history, the city is one of the most captivating and intriguing places in the world.
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    • WBSIC
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $5,925
      CAD $6,115
      AUD $5,995
      EUR €4,125
      GBP £3,465
      NZD $6,675
      ZAR R60,010
      CHF FR4,995
      *
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