The Eastern Front: Russia to Germany
*This experience runs on selected Sundays starting 26 May till 15 September, 2019 – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Accommodation might vary between hotels and hostels (Check below for further info)
16 days exploring Russia, Eastern Europe and Germany
Visiting 6 countries: Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany
Come explore this part of Europe on a tour of Russia and beyond that will reveal some of the region’s best-kept travel secrets. From St Petersburg to Moscow via some of the hottest destinations in Eastern Europe, we’ll finish up in buzzing Berlin. Ready for this?
Day 1: Tallinn
Meet the group today and get ready for the ultimate Russian adventure. Pro tip: Old Town is where you’ll get the best kind of Estonian #throwback vibes.
Day 2: Tallinn to St. Petersburg, Russia
Cross the border to Russia for a tour of the country’s former capital. Later, scoff some blini and caviar (yes, caviar) – and wash it down with a shot of vodka, if you wish. When in Rome…
Day 3: St. Petersburg
Today: a St Petersburg driving tour with a super knowledgeable local guide. Learn all the juicy insider info as you check out oh-so-many bucket list items. Anything called the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood has got to be worth a look (and it really is). You won’t be bored in St Petersburg, for sure.
Driving tour of St Petersburg with a local guide
Day 4: St. Petersburg
Dig into breakfast, then we’re off on a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum. This place spans six palatial buildings, including the epic Winter Palace. Ah-maze! You won’t want to miss this. Next: (window) shopping your way down Nevsky Prospect, the capital’s main street.
-Visit the State Hermitage Museum
Day 5: St. Petersburg to Novgorod
Through the Russian countryside to the World Heritage-listed city Novgorod. Try: Medovukha, the Russian version of mead.
-Walking tour of Novgorod with a local guide
Day 6: Novgorod to Moscow
Roll into Moscow today, where the city is alive in rain, hail or shine. Believe it or not, Moscow sparkles – so be prepared for an incredible few days ahead. As you move through the city, spot the tangible reminders of Russia’s involvement in modern history.
Day 7: Moscow
Swing by the greats on today’s driving tour, including Moscow University, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral (aka the capital’s technicolor sandcastle). Explore the Kremlin with our local guide before setting off to roam the streets. Tonight: get fancy with an optional evening at the Russian ballet. Clink that champagne and get those binoculars at the ready.
-Driving tour of Moscow with a local guide
-Guided tour of the Kremlin
-Tickets to a famous Russian ballet
Day 8: Moscow
Down we go for a guided tour of the not-so-mundane Moscow Metro. If you’re picturing the Piccadilly or Central Line in London, think again. Not even close! We’re talking chandelier-lined stations, each one more decadent than the last. Next: visit Lenin’s tomb. Keep the history lesson going with an optional guided tour of the Kremlin Armoury.
-Guided tour of Moscow’s Metro
-Visit to Lenin’s tomb
-Guided tour of the Kremlin Armoury
Day 9: Moscow to Velikiye Luki
Today it’s out of Moscow and into Velikiye Luki, where we’ll stay overnight. This town is also known as ‘Small Stalingrad’.
Day 10: Velikiye Luki to Riga, Latvia
Cross the border into Latvia. Riga’s up next – another World Heritage star in an already studded Baltic lineup. Late medieval sights and lots of art nouveau await on today’s guided walking tour. Key highlights: Power Tower, the Freedom Monument and Riga Cathedral. Oh, and the impressive House of Blackheads building – but more on that later.
-Walking tour of Riga
Day 11: Riga
You’ve got a free day today, so take the chance to explore Riga’s wooden buildings and medieval Old Town. Set on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the River Daugava, Riga offers a wide range of water activities, from canal boat tours to swimming at the beach. Tonight, hit up the town’s cellar bars.
Day 12: Riga to Vilnius, Lithuania
Today we set our sights on the capital of Lithuania. Vilnius is home to Europe’s largest baroque Old Town and the world’s only statue of Frank Zappa (we know – the connection escapes us, too). Today’s walking tour covers the Town Hall, Gediminas Tower and Vilnius Cathedral. As you make your way around, keep an eye out for the Gate of Dawn and St Anne’s Church. Tonight: let your feet carry you to a local spot for dinner.
-Visit the Hill of Crosses
-Walking tour of Vilnius
Day 13: Vilnius to Warsaw, Poland
On today’s driving tour, you’ll find that modern day Warsaw is a far cry from its war-torn past. Street art, picturesque lakes and epic street food are just the beginning.
-Driving tour of Warsaw
Day 14: Warsaw
Today, Warsaw is all yours. Keep on exploring or simply sit back and eat your way through a bevy of Poland’s notorious baked goods.
Day 15: Warsaw to Berlin, Germany
Return to the scene of the crime: we’re heading back to Berlin. Tonight: reminisce over a group dinner.
Day 16: Berlin
Time for a few sad farewells: we’re outta here after breakfast. Swap numbers and plan that next adventure together.
Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia
2 Weeks +
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
- Russian guide travelling with the group for 8 days through Russia
- Visit The State Hermitage Museum
- Guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin
- Local guide in St Petersburg, Novgorod and Moscow
Hostel Plus trips host our most eclectic types of accommodation. While modern hostels make up the majority of your overnighters you could also stay in hotels (free upgrade – yeah!), Austrian Gasthofs, canvas cabins, ferry cabins or bungalows.
The ‘More Inclusions’ section details what type of accommodation will be used for overnight stops on your trip.
The number of people to a room on Hostel Plus trips will vary. For hostels you will have multi-share rooms and usually share with between 3 and 5 others (although in some circumstances you will share with more than 5) while in hotels there will be twin or triple-shares (and the odd quad-room). The number of people sharing in bungalows, canvas cabins, ferry cabins and Austrian Gasthofs can vary.
Please note: When staying on a Hostel Plus trip, multi-share accommodation is single-sex. You will also need to bring your own towels with you as these are not provided by all of our hostels.
Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.
Breakfasts are included every day (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most European countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in continental Europe, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well.
Included meals will be a combination of those prepared by on-Site Chefs, local restaurants and places in which we stay. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodations, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.
If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Customer Service Consultant when you book. However, please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Eastern Europe. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
- 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
- 12 nights in hotel upgrades, 3 nights in hostels
- Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
- Guided tours of all major cities
- Awesome Trip Leader and Driver
Meet at 12pm in Tallinn
Approximately 9am in Berlin
On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.
None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by Drifters Guide, nor do they form part of your contract with Drifters Guide for your trip. Drifters Guide arranges the activity as an agent of the local supplier. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.
Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.
Tickets to a famous Russian ballet: TBC
Guided tour of the Kremlin Armoury: TBC
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellows if you become separated.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.