Russia Plus (Start Stockholm) (Ends in Berlin)

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Tour Cat.: Hotels

Duration: 14  days


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Russia Plus (Start Stockholm)

Tour Code: CCRSMM10

Cat. Name: AccommodationType

Tour Cat.: Hotels

Duration: 14  days

Description:

The name might just be Russia, but with 6 countries on the cards, theres much more to this tour. Starting in Stockholm, we make our way to the Finnish capital, Helsinki, then head to colourful cities in the former Soviet Union. From ‘Venice of the North to the economic hub, Moscow, theres loads to discover. Do as the Romans (or Russians) do & sample vodka, see the famous Moscow Circus & tour the Kremlin. Also explore the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Brest Fortress in Belarus & the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw all along the way.

Arrive Stockholm

Check in to your hotel & the afternoon is yours to explore. At 6:00pm, meet your Tour Manager & fellow Contiki travellers for dinner.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 1


Stockholm & sail to Helsinki

Free time this morning in the city to grab your last dose of Swedish cool then live the high life this afternoon as we board our luxurious cruise to Helsinki. Kick back with a drink on the deck and watch the sun set over the Baltic Sea, check out the shops of the promenade deck or maybe try your luck at the casino tonight.
Accommodations: Overnight Cruise
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 2


Helsinki

A blend of Finnish and Russian influences, Helsinki is a 21st century city with a lot of quirky aspects. Your Tour Manager will take you to check out Temppeliaukio, a church cut out of solid rock, and to see the famous Sibelius Monument, a gravity-defying sculpture made out of 600 steel pipes. Round off your Helsinki introduction with a drive past the Olympic Stadium and the historical heart of Senate Square.
Helsinki is all about location, so with free time on your hands, head harbour side to soak up the great views and mingle with the locals at South Harbour Market. Rummage through stalls selling flowers and local foods, handicrafts, fresh fish and tasty baked goods. You could visit Suomenlinna, the fantastic and impressive sea fortress where Swedes and Russians once fought.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 3


Helsinki to St. Petersburg

Leaving Helsinki today, the coach travels through pine forests and Finlands vast wilderness, before crossing over the border into Russia, the worlds biggest country.
Get ready for arrival at the imperial city of St. Petersburg, sitting right at the crossroads of Europe and Russia. Built by Italians, dreamt up by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg has been the home town to many original thinkers. With its fantastic cultural heritage, Venice-like canals, wide avenues and phenomenal buildings, this grand city will give you goose bumps.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 4


St. Petersburg

Get a feel for the citys UNESCO World Heritage centre and a look into Peter the Greats imagination as our Local Guide uncovers many of St. Petersburgs best-known sites. Youll see the Admiralty and the stunning Church on the Spilled Blood, where Alexander II was killed
Make a visit to Petrodvorets, Peter the Greats summer palace. This place is breathtaking! Explore the spectacularly manicured grounds, cottages, fountains and palace. Choose to visit St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress in our fascinating optional, where the remains of many Tsars are held.
The group takes a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit one of the worlds top art collections at the Hermitage gallery. The Hermitage itself is a gorgeous palace and was once home to Tsar Royalty. It makes a scene-stealing back for the priceless works inside, which are the remains of Catherine the Greats personal collection.
Theres free time to walk along St. Petersburgs main street, Nevsky Prospekt. Theres a bit of everything along this street: palaces, lavish shops, museums, churches and buildings from many different eras. Take off down Nevsky Prospekt for a slice of glitzy new Russia and see how the country is shaking off its past with style.
Take advantage of an optional cruise on the Neva River and get another angle on the city from the water. Theres also a chance to get up close to St. Petersburgs traditional art and romance in an evening excursion to the Russian ballet, where world-class dancers perform classics such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
Otherwise liven things up with your new friends and head to a bar or club to try out Russias national drink, vodka.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (2 days)
Duration
2 day(s)
Start Day
day: 5


St. Petersburg to Novgorod

Theres a definite change of pace as we enter the peaceful, shady streets of Novgorod, an ancient fortress city. Filled with old churches and a Kremlin of its own, this lovely town once suffered terribly at both the hands of Ivan the Terrible and, more recently, the Nazis.
Head into central Novgorod with the group and get an insiders look into the old town, where Russian history is captured in a nutshell - or actually in a bell! The landmark Millennium Bell is a 300 tonne sculpture covered in 127 figures – all of them key players in Russias history which our Novgorod Local Guide brings to life with stories.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 7


Novgorod to Moscow

En route to Moscow we make a stop in Klin, the former home of famous Russian composer Tchaikovsky, and see where the creator of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker worked.
Later today, we arrive in Moscow, Russias economic powerhouse, political point of power and cultural core. As the countrys historical heart, this massive metropolis mixes up extravagance from the time of Tsar Royalty, relics from the Cold War and a new, progressive Russia. Moscow is a popular destination for travellers, its rich historical past makes it the perfect place to explore & get a serious learning fix on days gone by.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 8


Moscow

With two full days, theres plenty of time to uncover Moscow. Chalk up a truly local experience with a ride on one of the planets busiest subway systems. The Metro is packed with art that was installed under Stalin, meaning that Moscows Metro stations double as fascinating historical art galleries. You can learn more about them in an included tour and get an insiders look at the art with our expert Local Guide.
Discover the citys centre with our Local Guide, wholl give you the background on the famous Red Square, St. Basils Cathedral with its iconic onion-shaped domes, and on Lenins Mausoleum, where the former leader of the Russian Revolution still lies, preserved in wax. Learn how Russia only came out from behind the Iron Curtain in 1991, and is still opening up.
Walk through Russias political heart with a visit to the Kremlin, whose construction marked the birth of Moscow. Your Local Guide will reveal the inner workings of the Kremlin as the group explores the grounds of this stunning fortified complex, made up of cathedrals, palaces and treasures. The former home of grand princes as well as to Stalin and Gorbachev, the Kremlin is now the current Russian presidents place of residence. Learn more about it and see treasures up close by joining our fascinating optional through the Kremlin Armoury with our expert Local Guide.
In your free time, get a feel for the old Communist regime by heading to the Garden Ring, where grey blocks, former min
Otherwise, make the most of a beautiful shopping experience at GUM, once the favourite shopping mall for Soviet leaders and now a favourite spot for Russias elite. There are 150 shops to explore in this elegant turn-of-the-century building, selling anything from designer labels to local products and great souvenirs.
Food-wise, Moscow mixes it up. You could try out blinis (pancakes) or borshch (beetroot soup) at a street stand, caviar in a gourmet store, or grilled meats in one of the citys many cafes.
While youre here, get a taste of local culture at the Moscow Aquamarine Circus. Be amazed by highly-skilled artists and performers on this fun night out.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (2 days)
Duration
2 day(s)
Start Day
day: 9


Moscow to Minsk

We pass by Borodino, where the bloodiest single day of battle took place during the Napoleon led invasion of Russia.
Later, pull into the capital of Belarus, Minsk. Torn to the ground in World War II and then rebuilt by Stalin, Minsk became the model Communist city of the Soviet era with its wide avenues, monumental buildings and vast squares. Youll get a good look into its grand style on our city tour. Check out the Leninsky Prospekt and Victory Square as you get the background on Minsk from our Local Guide.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Lunch (1) day, Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 11


Minsk to Warsaw

Start the day with a visit to the 19th century Brest Fortress, a stronghold of Russian resistance during the German invasion of Russia in World War II.
Back on the coach, journey on to budding Warsaw. See how Polands capital started up again from scratch after World War II and see how its now looking to the future. Get a feel for the citys buzzing café scene, relax with a drink, order some perogies (Polish dumplings) and soak up the vibes of this energetic city.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 12


Warsaw

Go back in time as our Local Guide gives you a crash-course in Warsaws troubled history. Youll see Warsaws Ghetto, Chopins park, as well as the old town. Hear how this town has been all about survival, being literally reduced to rubble, and how Warsaw then picked up the pieces, using these ruins to rebuild the city. Check out St. Johns Cathedral and the Royal Palace, which was blown-up during World War II.
Free time means a chance to discover Warsaws modern, festive side. Relax in Lazienki Park, a favourite haunt with the locals, or dip into the citys many museums, galleries and theatres. Get some hints on what to explore from your Tour Manager.
Tonight, make your last night on tour one to remember and join the group for a final night dinner. Then hit Warsaws thriving nightlife. The choice of clubs, live music and bars here is mind-blowing, so be ready for a fun night out!
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Regional Dinner (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 13


Depart Warsaw/Berlin

The tour ends after breakfast in Warsaw and its time to say farewell to your new friends. Otherwise catch a free transfer back to Berlin where your tour ends upon arrival.
Accommodations: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 14


Country Locations

Belarus Minsk
Finland Helsinki
Germany Berlin
Poland Warsaw
Russia Moscow
Russia Novgorod
Russia St. Petersburg
Sweden Stockholm
Stockholm

  • See Gamla Stan (the old town) & see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace

Helsinki

  • See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium and Senate Square
  • Visit the 'Church of the Rock'

St. Petersburg

  • Locally guided tour of historical St. Petersburg
  • Only Contiki: Locally guided tour of the Hermitage, former home of the Russian Tsars & one of the world's largest Art & Culture Museums
  • Visit Peterhof Palace Gardens
  • See the Church on the Spilled Blood and the Admiralty
  • See the St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress

Novgorod

  • Locally guided tour of Novgorod's old town
  • See the Millennium Bell

Klin

  • See the famous composer Tchaikovsky's house in Klin

Moscow

  • Visit Red Square, the Kremlin & see Lenin's Mausoleum & St. Basil's Cathedral
  • Only Contiki: Discover the rich history & culture of Moscow & the Kremlin on our locally guided tour
  • Only Contiki: Guided tour of the famous Moscow Metro

Minsk

  • Only Contiki: See the birthplace of Communist Russia on our locally guided tour of Minsk

Brest

  • Visit Brest fortress - one of the most important Soviet World War II war monuments

Warsaw

  • Only Contiki: Locally guided tour of the old Jewish Ghetto & the medieval centre of Warsaw
  • Visit the old town, the monument to Chopin & hear tales of the Warsaw uprisings
  • A farewell dinner as we say goodbye to Poland

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