To Russia With Love: 8 Weeks

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Trip Details

Route: London Brussels Amsterdam Hamburg Copenhagen Berlin Krakow Warsaw Vilnius Riga Tallinn Helsinki St Petersburg Yaroslavl Moscow Kiev Prague Cesky Krumlov Vienna Paris London

Duration: 56 nights

Transport: This route is an 57 day trip which travels all the way from the UK to Russia and back! You’ll spend 52 in your accommodation with four spent on night trains. Otherwise, you’ll travel by train, bus or ferry during the day. 

Sustainability:This trip only creates 551 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 2074.7

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Trip Style

This route is the perfect way to experience Europe by rail in all its forms. You’ll start off in Western Europe, with enough time to enjoy the sights in every city, before winding east and north all the way to Russia. Spend 2 weeks in this vast and intriguing country before heading back via the Ukraine and Central Europe. This trip is perfect if you’ve seen a lot of Western Europe and fancy a big adventure… it’s not for the faint-hearted!

Only have 6 weeks to travel? Check out the 42 night option to fit in with your plans.

Trip Description
To (and From) Russia With Love… and an Interrail Pass

If you’ve always dreamed of Europe’s Eastern frontiers, this trip is to you. You’ll start off from London, before heading on to the Belgian capitalCheck out Europe’s most impressive square, taste silky Belgian chocolate, and let’s not forget about that beer…

Continue on to Amsterdam, home of world famous nightlife and sometimes questionable past times… but also plenty of fascinating museums and historic art galleries too!

Take a comfortable train to the heart of Hamburg in the morning. Decide whether to first explore the arty dock quarter or settle down on the main square for a historical local beer. Soon after, Copenhagen awaits; a stylish and modern city with a liberal and relaxed attitude. Join the students relaxing in the parks with a chilled beer, hire bikes and make the most of the city’s excellent cycle paths or visit the fascinating world that is Freetown Christiania.

You’ll continue your journey eastwards via Berlin. Seek out the city’s famous street art at the East Side Gallery, head to a biergarten to sample the local brew, walk across the buzzing Potsdammer Platz or visit the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

Travel on and stop off in the cultural heart of Poland – Krakow – to sample as many pierogis as you can manage before moving on to the city’s famous nightlife. Don’t miss a day trip out to Auschwitz – a sobering and important sight for any traveller. Next stop off in Warsaw, the Polish capital. Often overlooked, this is the place to go for traditional Polish food and crafts at cheap prices.

Now it’s time to kick off the Baltic part of your trip! Vilnius and Riga – although they might often be known as stag-do destinations – play host to a huge number of Baltic cultural centres, from museums explaining the role the Soviet Union played in the history of this region, to galleries featuring local artists. Next up is Tallinn, where the Old Town has plenty of Russian influence, as well as Scandinavian style – think a mixture of Stockholm and St Petersburg. It’s also full of trendy cafes and bars, with a blossoming foodie scene to check out.

You’ll continue by ferry across the Gulf of Finland to explore Helsinki’s galleries and parks. Take a day trip out to sea and explore some of the surrounding islands – you won’t regret it! Hop aboard the train and start the Russian portion of your adventure! First up it’s St Petersburg, which will blow you away with its sheer glamour. Think gilded palaces and ballrooms, immaculately dressed people and expertly-mixed vodka cocktails. Next, Yaroslavl gives you a taste of something a little more understated, with a slower pace of life – the city is a Unesco World Heritage centre, famous for its Orthodox cathedral and traditional Russian architecture.

Head on to Moscow to discover the grittier side of Russia – on the one hand, check out the impressive Kremlin and Red Square, and on the other, notice the enormous number of Soviet blocks which still dominate the capital’s skyline.

Head back towards Western Europe and make a pitstop in Kiev, the beautiful capital of Ukraine, before you continue your homeward journey via Prague for some fresh chimney cake and crisp Pilsner Urquell! Seek out the city’s famous street art at the John Lennon Wall and explore the charming pastel-coloured Old Town before you move on to the incredibly quaint walled city of Cesky Krumlov.

Next nip down to fascinating Vienna to explore the palaces and gardens of one of Europe’s great cities. Explore the rides at Prater Park or hire a pedalo on the Danube. Heading back into the heart of Western Europe, finish your trip in the City of Light. Paris needs no introduction, so what better place to finish your trip than on the banks of the Seine…

Finally, you’ll hop back on a relaxing train back to London, and onwards back to wherever you started in the UK for free using your Interrail pass!

Visas
This route requires a Russian tourist visa, not included in the price.

You can apply for a Russian visa 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. For further 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). Check out Portia’s blog on travelling in Russia for more tips and advice on getting your paperwork sorted! 

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.

What's Included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
  • Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
  • A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
  • Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
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London

London is home to the UK’s biggest and best known museums, sights and attractions – why not customise this route to add a few nights here if you want to make the most of what the city has to offer?

Highlights

Check out the country’s top museums, all of which are free!

Explore the alternative markets at Portobello road and Camden

Try all the international foodie delights in Brixton Village or Brick Lane

    Train to Brussels  – 4 hours

Brussels (2 nights)

Belgium’s biggest city accommodates an eclectic mix of old and new, from Europe’s most beautiful square, lined with guild houses and continental cafes to its bureaucratic alter ego as capital of the European Union itself. Come for the delicious beer, stay for the waffles and moules frites.

Highlights

Visit Mini Europe in the capital of the EU

See Europe’s most beautiful square – Grand Place

Try to find the cheeky fountain statue – Manneken Pis

    Train to Amsterdam – 4 hours

Amsterdam (3 nights)

Despite being credited with certain recreational pastimes, there is actually a lot more to the city than the stereotypical picture, with its abundance of engaging museums, beautiful townhouses and canals. Find out what makes Amsterdam the beating heart of the Netherlands.

Highlights

Visit the Van Gogh Museum

Discover Europe’s biggest historic centre by pedal

Take a tour of the red light district

    Trains to Hamburg – 5.5 hours

Hamburg (2 nights)

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany, but you can still expect a green environment mixed with a maritime spirit. Check out the cool music scene which hosted the Beatles in their early days, as well as the bustling Reeperbahn district, the historical St Michaelis Church, and the famous fish market. Hamburg has an eclectic feel that’s hard not to love.

Highlights

Visit the Tierpark Hagenbeck

Go to the Fischmarkt – either very late or very early

Explore the 800-year-old harbour

Train to Copenhagen – 5 hours

Copenhagen (4 nights)

Copenhagen is a place where equal rights and liberal attitudes take precedence, a land where the atmosphere is incredibly safe and remarkably relaxed. Make sure you visit the hippie commune of Christiania where squatters’ rights still hold sway.

Highlights

Visit the little mermaid

Go to one of the world’s oldest theme parks

Sample the fruity beers at plenty of microbreweries

    Bus to Berlin – 9 hours

Berlin (4 nights)

Berlin is the alternative, cool kid of Europe and a pro at being edgy. It’s how people dress, their liberal attitudes, the graffiti, the skaters and BMXers, the art, the clubs and the food. Berlin is also crammed full of fascinating WWII history around every corner so there’s something for everyone.

Highlights

See a section of the old Berlin Wall

Climb the dome of the renovated Reichstag

Discover the nightlife of Schoneberg and Kreuzberg

    Train to Krakow – 7 hours

Krakow (3 nights)

Krakow escaped being reduced to rubble in WWII, preserving the postcard-perfect Old Town and the cellars housing its famous bars and clubs. That’s not to say it doesn’t share a chapter of history in the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp, which demands a humble visit.

Highlights

See Europe’s largest medieval market square

Take photos of Poland’s best preserved city

Find one of many gothic cellar bars open until late

    Train to Warsaw – 3 hours

Warsaw (3 nights)

Known as the ‘Phoenix City’ after having risen from the ashes of so many ruinous wars, Warsaw is home to an abundance of Polish art, vibrant nightlife and wholesome cuisine. A plate of delicious dumplings and soup will keep you nourished while you venture around the stunning rebuilt Old Town.

Highlights

See the imposing Soviet Palace of Culture

Visit the entirely reconstructed Royal Palace

Have a drink at the fashionable old town bars

    Bus to Vilnius – 9.5 hours

Vilnius (2 nights)

Vilnius is home to one of Europe’s largest Baroque old towns. The spires and coloured facades have a distinctly continental feel – not surprising since you’re only a few hours away from the North of Poland. Enjoy exploring the hub of Lithuania’s culture and arts scene – and don’t forget the hearty local cuisine once the sun sets.

Highlights

Enjoy amazing panoramic views from the Hill of Three Crosses

Stroll around the largest Old Town in Eastern Europe, declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO 

Visit the fascinating Museum of Illusions

    Bus to Riga – 4 hours

Riga (2 nights)

Riga may be austere and gracious on the surface but dig deeper and you’ll discover awesome nightlife and a wealth of Baltic culture. Wind your way around the cobbled streets by day, come evening go underground to seek out some of the Baltic region’s best music venues.

Highlights

Learn about the varied and fascinating history of Latvia in a walking tour of the old town

Dance the night away, Latvian style, at Folksklub Ala Pagrabs

Marvel at the Art Nouveau style buildings – like famous building at 2a, Alberta Iela

    Bus to Tallinn – 5 hours

Tallinn (2 nights)

At once a modern, stylish city and a medieval maze of passageways and cobbled streets, Tallinn is a great combination of old and new. Recently the city has become a centre for contemporary art and design, with loads of independent boutiques and ateliers springing up – perfect for whiling away slow summer days.

Highlights

Visit the museum of (both) occupations

See the sumptuous Aleksander Nevsky cathedral

Drink at numerous pubs with local Estonians

    Ferry to Helsinki – 3 hours

Helsinki (3 nights)

For an important harbour town it only seems right that you should take a ferry to Helsinki. In summer Finnish people enjoy their open parks, relaxed atmosphere and quirky cafes before they all disappear indoors for winter as temperatures plummet.

Highlights

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 (4 nights)

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!?

Highlights

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

Yaroslavl (2 nights)

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!

Highlights

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

Moscow (5 nights)

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.

Highlights

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.

    Night Train to Kiev – 22 hours

 

Kiev (3 nights)

Ukraine’s capital is a stunning city with a history as fascinating as it is turbulent. The large number of students gives the city an unexpectedly progressive and young outlook – you only have to look to the 2014 riots to see what its population is capable of. Learn more about the city’s past and present by checking out the excellent museum and art scene.

Highlights

Take a craft beer tour to discover Kiev’s awesome underground brew-houses

Explore Caves Monastery with it’s stunning golden rooves

Feeling daring? Travel out to Chernobyl to check out the exclusion zone.

   Night Train to Prague – 20 hours

Prague (2 nights)

Prague is beautiful, with no better word to describe it. On whichever side street or square, the intricate architecture prevails, with every building unique and full of colourful detail. The Czech Republic is also the home of Pilsner beer, with no lack of establishments to sample it.

Highlights

Cross the enchanting Charles Bridge

Marvel at the curvy design of the dancing building

Try all the Czech Pilsner beers in the old town pub

    Train to Cesky Krumlov – 3 hours

Cesky Krumlov (2 nights)

Cesky Krumlov is often sighted as the “undiscovered” Prague. We’re not sure how undiscovered it really is, but it certainly makes a great value addition to your stay in the Czech capital. Enjoy the pretty pastel buildings, slow pace of life and quieter (but just as quaint) old town.

Highlights

Try out Night Rafting – head out with a trained guide and discover the river after dark

Head underground to discover the old mines which made Cesky Krumlov rich

Visit the Eggenburg Brewery to see how their tasty Pils is made.

    Train to Vienna – 5 hours

Vienna (2 nights)

Vienna is crisp, clean and chic with its biggest draw factor being the multitude of classical palaces and grand imperial buildings. Whether you’re into your royal history or not, the sheer scale of it here will be encapsulating for all, whilst not forgetting the great bars and eateries.

Highlights

Visit the Spanish riding school of Vienna

Eat real Apple Strudel and Wiener Schnitzel

  Go to a classical concert in a city renowned for music

    Night Train to Paris – 15 hours

Paris (2 nights)

Paris is a byword for romance, a synonym for style and the epitome of elegance. The pride of France and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris needs little introduction, from the Eiffel Tower to the Pont Neuf, bedazzling visitors and oozing charisma at every turn.

Highlights

See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum

Watch a cabaret act the famous Moulin Rouge

Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais

    Train to London – 4 hours

London

Home time! Either finish your journey here or continue your onward journey home to your nearest UK station for free using your Interrail pass!

How to get there

For free! All your transport to and from the UK is included so you don’t need to worry about anything else apart from your Visa!