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Big Red to Red Star tour
Hermitage Museum Moscow Big Red to Red Star Trip

Big Red to Red Star

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
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Overview

Short Description

Travel 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 and learn about the local history and unique traditions of Finland, Estonia and Russia. Don’t forget to pack your thermals!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural Singles Travel

Destinations

Russia Estonia Finland

Activities

Culture

Age Requirement

30

Good for Singles
No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • 8 nights in hotel accommodation (twin-share or double) & 1 night on an overnight train
  • Baltic Sea ferry ticket
  • Overnight train ticket
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Awesome Trip Leader

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Itinerary

Day 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time to say poka (bye) after breakfast. We won't blame you if you wanna stick around some more.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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Dec-07-2019Dec-16-2019$ 1,979YesLimited Reserve
Dec-23-2019Jan-01-2020$ 2,079YesLimited Reserve
Jan-11-2020Jan-20-2020$ 1,879NoLimited Reserve
Feb-08-2020Feb-17-2020$ 1,879NoLimited Reserve

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My husband and I just finished our first Topdeck tour, 2 weeks around Europe!
We loved the tour and the people we got to adventure with, our trip leader Alex, chef Morgan and driver Marian absolutely rocked!
We felt so special having them look after us and couldn't have had more fun if we tried.
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I've just finished the Mega European tour with Trip Leader Nicole Smith & Coach Driver Lloyd Spencer. I was incredibly nervous about going on a tour across Europe, but the planning and organisation by our Topdeck Crew made everything stress free. All the driving and walking tours were very informative, with Nicole being able to recall information off the top of her head about the history of all the Countries and Landmarks we visited. Our driver Lloyd took a very professional approach to his work and should be praised for all the effort he puts in. Both Nicole & Lloyd are enthusiastic individuals, who are always able to give great recommendations in every Country we stopped. This trip was absolutely fantastic and will be in my memories for life. A very special thanks to these two and topdeck for such an amazing trip.
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I loved my travel experience with Topdeck. Alex was such a wonderful tour leader, she had great recommendations and was super sweet and helpful. Morgan was an excellent cook and always made healthy options for us. I think the food far surpassed my expectations for this trip. Marian was also a great driver! The bus was always clean for us. I had a great time and I would do another top deck trip!
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Absolute best experience of my life!

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I just finished the Mega European and had the absolute best experience of my life! Would 100% recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see Europe! Not only were the places amazing but we all made so many friends and some that I can't wait to see again soon! Our trip leader Nicole and driver Lloyd made the trip even better, they were amazing!!
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I just finished the Oceanic empires tour and absolutely loved it. This is my second top deck tour in 4 years and it was the best experience again. All the places were amazing and had the best group of people to experience new countries and food with. I would like to make a special mention to Nicole and Lloyd as they were the best and made the trip incredibly fun and memorable. Would recommend to all my friends to do a top deck tour
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I booked a topdeck summer fun and sailing tour as a solo! I wasn’t sure what I’d expect as this is the first solo trip I’ve ever taken. Day one I made friends and family for a lifetime as well as a tour guide and driver who Ill never forget! Dan made the tour not just fun and memorable but one where I felt safe. Zolio our driver was like a second dad who made every drive something to look forwards to! I left this trip with new friends and family a big either and a second Dad ! Would highly recommend topdeck and dr dan and zolio 110%
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Accomodations

We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, while striving to keep the cost affordable.

Age Notes

Max Age: 30

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Meals Included:

Your included meals are detailed in the 'More Inclusions' section of this document.

Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (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 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, or make note of this in the Topdeck app when you check in (refer below). 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.

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