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Big Red to Red Star 2018-19 (10 Days, Helsinki to Moscow)

Veer off the beaten track and let our friends in the north show you how winter is really done. Travelling by ferry, coach and train, take in the snow-capped scenery, tumultuous history and unique traditions of Finland, Estonia and Russia. Don't forget to pack your thermals!

Inclusions

Entrance & guided tour to the State Hermitage Museum & the Moscow Kremlin
9 Breakfasts
9 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
10
Price From
AUD $2,089
Start Location
Helsinki, Finland
End Location
Helsinki, Finland
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
23 Dec 201801 Jan 201924AUD $2,329
09 Jan 201918 Jan 201923AUD $2,089
06 Feb 201915 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $2,089 
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Helsinki, Finland
Stalk the major sites and embrace Finnish tradition with a hearty salmon soup (lohikeitto). Or, try ice skating or foodie-stall hopping at Old Market Square before meeting your soon-to-be besties for a group dinner. Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Helsinki to Tallinn, Estonia
We'll ferry it from Helsinki to the Silicon Valley on the Baltic Sea, where Skype was invented and kids start coding at six. Go exploring and check out the only surviving Gothic town hall in northern Europe. Included today: -Baltic Sea ferry ticket Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 3: Tallinn
Go all knight in shining armour with a medieval tour of the city (horse not included), or go and see the super impressive Kadriorg Palace (optional). The palace is home to the Kadriorg Art Museum as well. Plenty to get your teeth into. Included today: -Walking tour of Tallinn Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Visit Kadriorg Palace
Day 4: Tallinn to St Petersburg, Russia
Russia is bigger than Pluto, so it’s understandable that today’s drive is pretty epic. Say Zdravstvujtye (zdrah-stvooy-tee = hello) as we arrive in St Petersburg in time to scope out the Venice of the North on a driving tour. The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is awesome in all its domed and glittery glory. Included today: -Driving tour of St Petersburg Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 5: St Petersburg
With 3 million items in the archives, the Hermitage Museum is your morning (and more if you want) sorted. It has the largest collection of paintings in the world and guard cats that protect them from rodents. Included today: -Visit the State Hermitage Museum Meals: -Breakfast
Day 6: St Petersburg to Moscow via overnight train
Dress in your finery and take in the city at your own pace today. Why not dial up your inner hipster with a visit to the city’s Street Art Museum? Then all aboard the night train for Moscow. Get cosy! Included today: -Overnight train ticket Meals: -Breakfast
Day 7: Moscow
Bounce to Moscow this morning to roll with the billionaires. The city is home to the largest number of high-rollers in the world. We’ve got a driving tour to give you a good overview of the city before the whole group meet up for dinner together. Included today: - Driving tour of Moscow Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 8: Moscow
You’ll feel like you’re in a history book today. Check out the Red Square, then onto the Kremlin. Fact: The Kremlin was saved from WWII bombing by disguising it as a normal house. Pretty cool huh? The evening's yours to explore. Included today: -Guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin Meals: Breakfast
Day 9: Moscow
St. Basil's Cathedral in winter blows all those Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales out of the water. Be amazed by the onion domes and pop back in on Putin at the Kremlin before going underground for the world's cheapest (art) ticket at one of the 196 beautifully elaborate metro stations (optional). Prep that Instagram of yours. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Guided tour of Moscow's metro art
Day 10: Moscow
Time to say poka (bye) after breakfast. We won’t blame you if you wanna stick around some more. Meals: -Breakfast