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Red Star Special tour
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Red Star Special

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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
37 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Driving tour of Berlin
  • Walking tour of Riga
  • Walking tour of Tallinn
  • Walking tour of Oslo
  • Driving tour of Copenhagen
  • Drive the famous Troll's Path Crossing
  • Walking tour of Vilnius
  • Driving tour of Warsaw
  • Driving tour of Helsinki
  • Walking tour of Stockholm
  • Visit The State Hermitage Museum
  • Cruise the majestic Geirangerfjord
  • Visit the Arctic Circle
  • Driving tour of Moscow
  • Walking tour of Novgorod with a local guide
  • Guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin
  • Visit the the Hill of Crosses
  • Visit Trondheim and the town of Hell
  • Visit Lenin’s tomb
  • Do a 'polar plunge' in an Arctic river
  • Visit Santa's Village
  • Guided tour of Moscow’s Metro
  • Driving tour of St Petersburg with a local guide
  • Visit the Ringebu Stave Church

Short Description

Welcome aboard the Red Star Special, where classic European cities meet stunning natural landscapes. From Berlin to Copenhagen, the Arctic Circle (aka the Land of the Midnight Sun) to Moscow and St Petersburg to the Baltics, this trip ticks off loads of the hotspots. A once-in-a-lifetime trip that will give you bragging rights for years, this is the one to beat. Are you ready for this?

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

Activities

Culture

Age Requirement

30

Good for Singles
No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • 36 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 22 dinners
  • 16 nights in hostels, 13 nights in hotels, 7 nights in bungalows at European campsites
  • All ferry crossings
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader, Driver and Topdeck Chef

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Itinerary

Day 1

With more museums than rainy days and some of the best DJs on the continent, the only thing you'll miss out on in Berlin is sleep – but there's plenty of time for that later. Drop your bags and get the trip admin sorted at the hostel before getting to know your new trip pals over dinner.

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

We'll drive you around to see (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building. Afterwards, why not step out on an optional Third Reich walking tour for a local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II? Tonight: explore the city after dark on an optional alternative street art and nightlife tour.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Third Reich walking tour
-Street art and nightlife tour

Day 3

On to Copenhagen to find out why this city keeps popping up among the top five most liveable cities in the world. Get your bearings on a guided driving tour and discover why Copenhagen is home to half of the nation's population.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Copenhagen

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 4

Today you have the chance to explore the city in true local fashion: on a bike. Romantic streak? Check out The Little Mermaid, a tribute to the fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen's pre-Disney masterpiece. Spoiler alert: the original version has the lovestruck mermaid become foam on the sea after she fails to win the prince's affections. Even back then, it seems, #thestrugglewasreal.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 5

You know it for the IKEA hotdogs and meatballs (plus ridiculously good-looking people), but Sweden’s capital also punches way above its weight in design, fashion and some multicultural vibes you wouldn’t expect this close to the Arctic Circle.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 6

Today we've cleared your schedule, so you can wander the city to your heart's content. Take an optional guided tour of Stockholm City Hall (the famous Nobel Prize banquet venue), or spend the day strolling through one of Stockholm’s many museums. Wanna take in some views? Then gaze at the greenery of Djurgården or let a hop-on-hop-off boat transport you around the city’s 14 islands.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Stockholm

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Guided tour of Stockholm City Hall

Day 7

The day is yours to do as you please. Need some suggestions? Well, you could always pay an optional visit to the Vasa Museum or watch the changing of the guards at the Royal Palace and drink copious amounts of quality coffee. Note: Swedes treat caffeine the way they do their style: very seriously.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Visit the Vasa Museum

Day 8

From the cosmopolitan city vibes of Stockholm to a more laid-back experience in Oslo. Check out endless stretches of Christmas trees and pretty lakes as you settle in for a day of nature-filled sights on the way to Norway’s capital. By the afternoon, you’ll be all gawped out and more than ready for dinner in the land of the midnight sun.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 9

There’s just enough time to wake up and take a stroll through Gustav Vigeland's bizarre and eccentric sculpture park this morning. Then: an optional visit to the Viking Ship Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum and Fram Polar Ship. Take the rest of the day off to soak up Oslo’s funky 60s vibe.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Visit The Viking Ship Museum
-Visit The Kon-Tiki Museum
-Visit The Fram Polar Ship Museum

Day 10

On to Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Do an optional run down the bobsled track before we move on to Åndalsnes for a full day on the Geiranger Fjord. To call the scenery epic would be an understatement (check out Google Images for proof). Also today: a visit to the distinctive Ringebu Stave Church.

Included today:
-Visit the Ringebu Stave Church

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional Activities:
-Ride the Lillehammer Olympic Bobsleigh

Day 11

Grab yourself a window seat as we wind our way around some of Europe’s most scenic roads en route to the famous Trolls’ Path Crossing. Sit back and drink in the sheer scale of the breathtaking fjords – long recognised as some of the world’s greatest natural attractions. Later, we’ll get up close and personal with the impossibly beautiful Geirangerfjord on a sightseeing cruise. One word: wow.

Included today:
-Drive the famous Trolls’ Path Crossing
-Cruise the majestic Geirangerfjord

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 12

Today we chase the sun to Trondheim, the religious capital of Norway. Repent your sins – the next stop is Hell. Yes, really (only this one is usually frozen over). Temperatures can dip down as low as -25°C. After snapping up some photographic proof of our visit, we're off to Steinkjer for the night.

Included today:
-Visit Trondheim and the town of Hell

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 13

Today we embark on a coastal drive to Bjerka, an inland village surrounded by mountains. Look forward to some peace and quiet – not to mention more greenery than you can poke a pine tree at.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 14

On to Tysfjord for the night to experience the narrowest point in Norway. Look forward to the chance to check out Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier. Covering a full 370 square kilometres and at just 20 m above sea level, it’s the lowest glacier in mainland Europe – making it easily accessible for hikes and nature-based experiences. Top tip: wear your comfy shoes.

Included today:
-Visit the Arctic Circle

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activity:
-Visit Svartisen (weather dependent)

Day 15

Today, we’re headed for Skibotn – where polar ice baths and wood-fired saunas await your arrival (lifelong bragging rights are awarded to those who take the plunge).

Included today:
-Warm up in a wood-fired sauna
-Do a 'polar plunge' in an Arctic river

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 16

Onwards and upwards, we're heading north for the last time to witness the height of the midnight sun (so named as it doesn’t set between May and June). If you’re lucky with the weather, you can expect to see nature at its absolute best.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Midnight sun Nordkapp experience (weather dependent)

Day 17

Fuel up with a late breakfast. Then: a hike through the rugged countryside. After an included dinner with the crew, you’ll go to bed counting reindeer and dreaming of fjords.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 18

Cross back over the Arctic Circle and practise your best ‘Jingle Bells’ as we make our way to Rovaniemi for a trip to Santa’s Village. Excitement level: 100/10. Keep your eyes peeled for Santa’s reindeer from your window seat.

Included today:
-Visit Santa's Village

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 19

Next up: the university town of Jyväskylä. This Finnish city boasts a party scene to rival some of the best, so this is your chance to let your hair down and rub shoulders with the locals.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 20

A short trip south to the quirky Finnish capital, Helsinki. Kick back and let us show you the highlights of this funky town on a driving tour. Think: art-nouveau buildings and oh-so-fancy cafés.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Helsinki

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 21

More fairytale magic as we hop across to Tallinn with its old city walls and medieval buildings. A walking tour will show you the highlights before we hand you over to the city.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Tallinn

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 22

It’s all about whatever tickles your fancy today. See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral or check out the KGB museum for a history lesson on the antics of the Soviet Union’s former security agency. Pro tip: Old Town is where you'll get the best kind of Estonian #throwback vibes.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 23

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...

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 24

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 Saviour on Spilled Blood has got to be worth a look (and it really is). You won't be bored in St Petersburg, for sure.

Included today:
Driving tour of St Petersburg with a local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 25

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.

Included today:
-Visit the State Hermitage Museum

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 26

Through the Russian countryside to the World Heritage-listed city Novgorod. Try: Medovukha, the Russian version of mead.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Novgorod with a local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 27

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.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 28

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.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Moscow with a local guide
-Guided tour of the Kremlin

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Tickets to a famous Russian ballet

Day 29

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.

Included today:
-Guided tour of Moscow's Metro
-Visit to Lenin’s tomb

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activity:
-Guided tour of the Kremlin Armoury

Day 30

Today it’s out of Moscow and into Velikiye Luki, where we’ll stay overnight. This town is also known as ‘Small Stalingrad'.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 31

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.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Riga

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 32

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.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 33

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.

Included today:
-Visit the Hill of Crosses
-Walking tour of Vilnius

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 34

On today’s driving tour, you’ll find that modern day Warsaw is a far cry from its war-torn past. Home of Frederic Chopin and Maria Sklodowska-Curie, the city has loads on offer when it comes to history and culture. Its nightlife doesn’t disappoint either.

Included today:
-Driving or walking tour of Warsaw (time dependent)

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 35

Today, Warsaw is all yours. From the Warsaw Rising Museum to the Neon Museum housing Poland’s collection of Cold War era neon signs, this city is sure to keep you busy. Why not stroll along the newly-refurbished river bank or get some great views of the city from the top of the Palace of Science and Culture? Don’t leave the city tomorrow without trying some of Poland’s best food including those stuffed parcels of deliciousness called pierogi. Cottage cheese and onion pierogi may sound unusual, but trust us, they don’t have our seal of approval for nothing.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 36

Return to the scene of the crime, #Topdeckers: we're heading back to Berlin. Tonight: reminisce over a group dinner.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 37

Time for a few sad farewells: we’re outta here after breakfast. Swap numbers and plan that next adventure together.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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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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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.

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Accompanying you on this trip (as far as Tallinn) will be a trained Topdeck Chef who is responsible for providing any included meals. The coach will be equipped with all the utensils required for the Chef to cook dishes fresh at every destination, whether breakfast, lunch or a two-course dinner. Occasionally, some of the included meals may be in local restaurants or accommodations.

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