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Big Red To Red Star 2016-17

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  • Walking tour of Tallinn
  • Driving tour of Moscow
  • Driving tour of St. Petersburg
  • Entry to the Hermitage Museum
The Big Red to Red Star 2016-17 tour starts in Helsinki and ends in Moscow. The Big Red to Red Star 2016-17 is an Explorer tour tour that takes 10 days taking you from Helsinki to Moscow and 3 other destinations in Europe. The Big Red to Red Star 2016-17 includes trip leader, accommodation, meals, transport and some activities. Please see the Includes section for details.

Veer from 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, tumultuous history and unique traditions of Finland, Estonia and Russia. Don’t forget to pack your thermals! This is going to be one chilly escapade.
Day 1 Helsinki, Finland

Your trip starts here. Make the most of your day by stalking the major sites and embracing Finnish tradition with a hearty salmon soup (lohikeitto) for lunch. Alternatively, try ice-skating or foodie-stall hopping at Old Market Square before meeting your soon-to-be-besties for a group dinner.


Day 2 Helsinki to Tallinn, Estonia

We'll ferry it from Helsinki to the Silicon City on the Baltic Sea, where Skype was invented and kids start coding at six. Be enamoured by Tallinn's fairytale charm, check out the only surviving Gothic town hall in northern Europe and chow down on an included dinner. Nom nom.

Included today:
-Ferry crossing from Finland to Estonia


Day 3 Tallinn

Today we've lined up the goods. Go all knight in shining armour with a medieval tour of the city (horse not included) and feed your inner hippie with a flower power visit to Kadriorg Palace. Must do: Hunt down the spot where you can see all five of the town's church spires.

Included today:
-Medieval history tour of Tallinn
-Visit to Kadriorg Palace


Day 4 Tallinn to St. Petersburg, Russia

Russia is bigger than Pluto, so it's understandable today's drive will take a while. Remember: good things come to those who wait. Say Zdravstvujtye (zdrah-stvooy-tee = hello) as we arrive in St. Petersburg in time to scope out the Venice of the North on a guided tour. Love: the Church of the Spilt Blood in all its domed and glitter glory.

Included today:
-Driving tour of St. Petersburg with local guide


Day 5 St. Petersburg

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. Afterwards: go for your life, it's your choice.

Included today:
-Entry to the Hermitage Museum


Optional activities:
-Visit St Isaac's Cathedral

Day 6 St. Petersburg to Moscow (overnight train)

Dress in your finery (Russians do a good line in chic) and take in the city at your pace today. Why not dial-up your inner hipster with a visit to the city's street art museum. See: 'All I Know About Street Art' for instant cred. Then all aboard the night train for Moscow.


Day 7 Moscow

Bounce (technically, roll) into Moscow this morning to mix it with the billionaires - the city is home to the largest number of high-rollers in the world. You've got the day to explore at your leisure before the whole crew are back together for dinner.

Included today:
-Moscow city tour


Day 8 Moscow

We've got your history book beat today. Take a trip to Moscow State University - former holder of the title, 'biggest building outside of New York'. Check out the Red Square, then onto the Kremlin. Facty bit: The Kremlin was saved from WWII bombing by disguising it as a normal house. The evening's yours.


Day 9 Moscow

St. Basil's Cathedral in winter blows all those Hans Christian Andersen fables out of the water. Ogle 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 196 insanely elaborate metro stations.


Optional activities:
-Visit to metro station art gallery

Day 10 Moscow

Time to say 'poka' (bye) after breakfast but it's a good thing it also means 'so far' - Moscow might not be done with you yet!


what’s included
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation + 1 night onboard overnight train
  • Overnight train ticket
  • Ferry ticket
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Awesome Trip Leader
  • Other services as per the itinerary
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Helsinki and from Moscow are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Big Red to Red Star 2016-17 tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 10 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Age Requirement 18-39 yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Helsinki, Finland
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“Tour is a good introduction to Estonia and Russia. New Years Eve Celebrations are one of Russia's biggest celebrations and was awesome to be a part of. The cities decorated for Christmas is an added bonus.”
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Good to know Payment

A deposit of 81 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 10 June 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Big Red to Red Star 2016-17 tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Big Red to Red Star 2016-17 tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Big Red to Red Star 2016-17 tour. You can cancel the tour up to 43 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 43 days of departure.
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