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.

St Petersburg, Russia
Istanbul, Turkey
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 344kg pp per trip


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


Situated on the pretty Neva River, St Petersburg exudes history, culture and charm. From its beautiful baroque architecture to its opulent palaces and historic landmarks, the city is a sight to behold.
As the oldest city in Russia, Novgorod dazzles with its long history and medieval remnants. From museums to monasteries, Kremlins to cathedrals, the city offers a plethora of captivating historical gems.
With its iconic architecture, intriguing history, sophisticated bars and chic cafes, Moscow blends old with new, past with present. Be mesmerised by the sights and sounds of the country’s compelling capital.
Cross the border into Ukraine and discover the country’s capital and cultural heart. Also known as the ‘Mother of Slavic Cities’, Kiev will captivate with its cobbled streets, picturesque parks, enthralling museums and impressive theatres.
Considered one of the most spectacular natural regions in Eastern Europe, the Carpathian Mountains are an outdoor wonderland for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Stay with a local family, learning about rural life and regional specialties in a cooking class. Go for some walks, swim in the river or simply soak up the peacefulness of this special area.
Located smack bang in the belly of central Europe, Lviv exhibits the diverse aesthetic influence of several empires and religions. Take a tour through the Old Town or hike up High Castle Hill for some spectacular views of the city.
Known as ‘The Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest’s magnificent architecture and beautiful boulevards evoke the magic of the past. Enjoy a relaxing cycle through the city centre and discover one of Europe’s greatest cities.
Best known for its 13th-century castle, the beautifully preserved Baroque town of Eger is also home to some of the most celebrated vineyards in Eastern Europe.
Often considered the heart and soul of Romania, Maramures is rich in tradition, customs, folklore and superstition. Explore the surrounding villages, experiencing a world that has little changed over the last few centuries.
Situated in the mystical land of Transylvania, Sighisoara is an exciting, romantic and enchanting destination. Discover why the region evokes images of haunted castles, gothic churches, werewolves and vampires.
The quaint town of Viscri offers a unique opportunity for local interaction and indulgence. Dine with the locals, taste homemade wine and learn all about the Sock Project, which supports this beautiful community.
Also known as ‘Kronstadt’, the city of Brasov was once a major medieval trading centre and has a plethora of ornate churches and charming townhouses. Be captivated by the famous gothic Black Church and stare up in awe at the city’s towering ancient walls.
The stunning capital of Romania likes things big. Be mesmerised by Piata Unirii, one of Europe’s largest squares, and the ‘Ceausima’, the towering 12-storey Palace of Parliament – the world’s second largest building after the Pentagon.
With its tree-lined boulevards, pleasant parks, vibrant nightlife and impressive array of stunning churches, Bulgaria’s cosmopolitan capital offers a multitude of sights and sounds.
Visit some of Bulgaria’s most important orthodox monasteries in the small mountain village of Gorno Draglishte. Learn all about the region’s traditional crafts, taste delicious local dishes and delight in the company of friendly village folk.
The small town of Bansko is home to hundreds of cultural monuments and beautiful stone houses that have been transformed into quaint mehanes (taverns). Sample the local cuisine as you take in the majestic scenery of the surrounding Pirin Mountains.
Brimming with parks, baroque houses, monuments, museums, mosques and Byzantine ruins, the charming town of Plovdiv is as historic as it is beautiful. Take a guided walk of the town that includes the Roman Amphitheatre and the hilltop fortress of Nebet Tepe.
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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17 breakfasts3 dinners
Bicycle, Boat, Bus, Metro, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train, Tram
Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (11 nights), Overnight sleeper train (4 nights), Pension (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Budapest - Guided bike tour
  • Carpathian Mountains - Cooking Class
  • Carpathian Mountains - Guided walk
  • Chernobyl Museum
  • Kyiv - Orientation Walk
  • Lviv - Guided walking tour
  • Maramures - Guided tour
  • Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury Guided Tour
  • Novgorod - Family visit & dinner
  • Novgorod - Public Banya
  • St Petersburg - Boat tour
  • Wine Tasting


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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.

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