Route: Helsinki St Petersburg Yaroslavl Moscow
Duration: 14 nights
Transport: You’ll spend 13 nights in your accommodation and 1 night on the train, with the other train travel taking place during the day.
Sustainability: This trip only creates 86 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 302.5.
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If you’ve covered most parts of Western Europe and are looking for a little bit of a challenge, why not venture East? Europe’s most mysterious, vast and varied country, Russia borders both Finland and China… what better way to explore such an immense land than by rail? In this trip you’ll start of in scenic Helsinki before crossing the border to check out 3 of Russia’s most beautiful cities in 2 weeks.
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Start off your journey in stylish Helsinki where you’ll be able to explore a multitude of galleries and parks. Take a day trip out to sea and explore some of the surrounding islands, or visit the Finnish folk museum with live actors… Next, hop aboard the train and start your Russian adventure!
Explore the spires and palaces of St Petersburg, Yaroslavl and Moscow, and lose yourself in the fairy-tale landscapes of the world’s largest nation. Start off in the City of the Tsars – discover the beautiful National Ballet, Winter Palace and Catherine Park. Walk along the harbour in the midnight sun – during May and June the legendary “White Nights” play host to a huge variety of concerts and shows throughout the city.
Next you’ll explore Yaroslavl – it’s a world heritage city and sits at the heart of the “Golden Ring” of Ancient Russian cities which have all played an important historical role in the region. This winter wonderland is a haven for snow lovers – the Volga river freezes solid every winter as temperatures drop well below freezing. In summer be sure to explore the beautiful spires and traditional architecture of the city’s old town.
Last, but definitely not least, you’ll arrive at your final stop – Moscow. The iconic power house of Russia is home to some of the country’s most famous landmarks. Red Square, with its neighbouring St Basil’s Cathedral as well as The Kremlin is a must. But don’t miss out on the more underground aspects of the city – from its stylish coffee houses to the famously exuberant nightlife. Moscow’s hipster culture is alive and thriving, so you shouldn’t struggle to find a stylish brunch joint to sooth any resulting hangovers from one too many vodkas!
You can apply for this up to 6 months before your trip. Once you have the visa, you MUST enter Russia within 6 months otherwise it will expire.
Euroventure is not able to provide visas, however we can supply supporting documents for your application for a fee of £3 per hostel/hotel.
For information on how to apply, please go to your nearest Russian Embassy website and look up the entry requirements for your nationality. Make sure you allow plenty of time to process this (at least 2 months).
Our partners at Real Russia are the experts in Russian tourist visas, and can process your visa for a set fee. Learn more about their visa service.
Helsinki is a beautiful harbour town with great galleries, shopping and fine food, and it’s also a great place for day trips to the small islands surrounding it. In summer Finnish people enjoy their open parks, relaxed atmosphere and quirky cafes before they all disappear indoors for winter as temperatures plummet.
Visit the Finnish folk museum with live actors
Stroll through the magnificent Sibelius Park
Take a boozy sightseeing tour on the red pub-tram
Train to St Petersburg – 5 hours
St Petersburg is the city of the Tsars. From glorious opera houses to underground music scenes, classical masterpieces to street art – immerse yourself in Russian colour and culture. When you’re done, make the most of the city’s famous White Nights to party into the early hours – you can sleep when you’re dead right!?
Marvel at the incredibly ornate “Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood”, Pushkin and Catherine Palaces
Join local residents for all night parties in June during summer’s “White Nights” where the skies only reach twilight but not complete darkness
Discover authentic bargains at Udelka flea market on the weekend
Night Train to Yaroslavl – 12 hours
Check out traditional Russian hospitality in Yaroslavl – one of the “Golden Ring” cities famed for their beauty and historical importance. Explore the gorgeous cathedrals and churches, with golden domes and elaborate frescoes. Make sure you get a pic of the grand Cathedral of Assumption too!
Join Yaroslavl’s locals and kiss for good luck by the Volga River
See the UNESCO heritage area of the city which is teeming with museums and churches
Head to Pivoteka Pinta and drink the best beer in town
Train to Moscow – 4.5 hours
Home to the grand treasures of the Tzars, Russia’s modern political hub (The Kremlin) and more cultural heritage than you can shake a stick at; it’s clear that any trip to Russia has to include Moscow.
Check out Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedrals – arguably Russia’s most famous sight
Eat your way through delightfully stodgy cuisine – potatoes, Borscht, any kind of meat you can imagine and plenty of local beers (and maybe vodka) to wash it down
Sweat out all the toxins you’ve acquired in a classic Russian Banya, or bath house
The quickest way to get to and from the UK will be to book a flight into Helsinki Airport, and back from any of the three Moscow Airports: Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo or Domodedovo.