Join us on a journey to unravel the vibrant history of this fascinating region. Discover the splendours of St Petersburg and the iconic Kremlin in Moscow, as well as ancient Novgorod, the birthplace of Russian history and religion. Onwards through Ukraine by train, travel to Kyiv, elegantly situated along the glorious Dnipro River. Take time out to explore the majestic Carpathian Mountains before crossing stunning countryside to arrive in romantic and cosmopolitan Budapest.
Days 7-9 Kyiv
Roam the cobbled streets of Kyiv, the 'Mother of Slavic Cities' and gain valuable insight into Ukraine's tragic history with a visit to the Chernobyl Museum.
Days 10-11 Carpathian Mountains
Stay with a local family and join in with the cooking of Ukrainian delicacies. Located near the borders of Romania, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, the Carpathians hold an eclectic mix of Eastern European cultures. Appreciate the immense natural beauty of this region with a hike.
Days 12-13 Lviv
The tour continues on to historical Lviv. Work up an appetite for delicious Ukrainian borscht on a walk through Rynok Square or perhaps head up to High Castle.
Days 14-15 Budapest
The grand architecture and beautiful boulevards of Budapest offer an outdoor museum, so take to the streets by bicycle to discover its secrets. Perhaps cap off the adventure with a refreshing soak in a traditional Hungarian thermal bath.
Day 1-2 St Petersburg
Arrive in Russia and set off to explore St Petersburg, a magnificent city abundant in palaces, churches and canals. Get acquainted with it's beauty on a walking city tour. A climb up the colonnade of St Isaac's Cathedral is highly recommended - the views from the top are exceptional.
Days 3-4 Novgorod
With a history stretching back more than 1,000 years, Novgorod is often seen as the cradle of modern Russian civilisation. On arrival, join a local family for a Russian tea party. Later, visit the town's riverside Kremlin for an insight into the nation's turbulent past.
Days 5-6 Moscow
Travel to Moscow and marvel at the mighty heart of Russia. Visit the Kremlin's grand halls, home to impressive imperial treasures and Lenin's Mausoleum. In free time, why not head to the Izmaylovo Market to snap up a souvenir.