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An unforgettable journey through Russia, the Baltics and Eastern Europe. Explore medieval castles, a Soviet bunker and grand palaces. Tour the heritage-listed cities of Tallinn and Riga, and discover the history and opulence of Moscow, St Petersburg and Prague.

This fascinating Europe tour starts in Russia where we’ll explore Moscow, stopping at the famous Red Square, the Kremlin, and the city’s Grand Metro, before heading to St Petersburg where we’ll visit the world famous Hermitage Museum.

As the European tour continues, we journey through the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & Belarus. Along the way we’ll stop in Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. All of these cities have a medieval atmosphere which you’ll feel as you walk down cobblestone streets, sample the delights of cafes in old-world town squares, and visit gothic town halls.

Next stop Poland. Here we’ll spend time in Warsaw and Krakow, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, rivalled only by Prague - which is where we’ll finish our Europe tour. You’ll love Prague - it’s a wonderfully vibrant city and is home to some of Europe’s most stunning gothic and Baroque architecture.

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  • Ages:
    best suited 45 years+
  • Duration:
    25 Days
  • Status:
    Sold out
  • Region:
  • Destinations:
    Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Czech Republic, Poland
  • Travel Style:
  • Accomodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    standard price $12740 for tour & airfare with own room. Additional savings if you share with a friend or roommate
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Train
  • Pace:
  • Group Size:
    maximum 20
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'For those in my acquaintance who said why Russia? I say talk to Encounter Travel and go, they will be helpful, friendly and ready to answer any questions. This trip was just the right mix of culture and fun, the people, the guides the locals and my travel companions made this a fun, informative adventure of a life time.'

Colleen, QLD

'Not only was my holiday great value for money, it was well organised and thoroughly enjoyable.  A lovely group of fellow travellers made it an experience I will treasure forever.'

Michelle, 53, NSW


  • Return economy class flights from Australia to Europe (taxes included) ^
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour ~
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • High Speed Train from Moscow to St Petersburg
  • Pre-paid tips at value $255 per person
  • 21 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 21 breakfasts, group welcome and farewell dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing inclusions as detailed by the itinerary
  • English speaking, locally based tour director
  • English speaking local guides 

^ included with the tour & airfare package with taxes inclusive 
~ included with tour & airfare package; additional fees may apply if airfare is not purchased as part of your package


  • Extensive sightseeing in Moscow including Red Square and the Kremlin
  • Tour Peterhof and the Hermitage Museum in grand St Petersburg
  • Tour the Baltic capitals Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius
  • Visit the Hill of Crosses
  • Visit Vilnius University, and the Amber Gallery, home to an extensive collection
  • Visit Minsk
  • Visit Brest
  • A moving visit to Auschwitz concentration camp
  • Explore the Wieliczka Salt Mines, dating back to the late 13th century
  • Discover the beauty of Cesky Krumlov and Prague

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after a long flight.  The cost of the additional night of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

DAY 1 – MONDAY 21 MAY 2018
Depart Australia

DAY 2 – TUESDAY 22 MAY 2018
Arrive in Moscow

Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s cosmopolitan capital. Meet your fellow travellers and tour director this evening for a welcome cocktail.


Today we discover the highlights of Moscow. Marvel at the city’s lavishly decorated metro stations, walk through Red Square, admire St Basil’s Cathedral and see Moscow University. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 – THURSDAY 24 MAY 2018

Visit the famous Kremlin, a magnificent architectural ensemble of museums, cathedrals, palaces and towers, and the symbol of the USSR during the Cold War. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the city at your own pace.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 – FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018
Moscow - St Petersburg

This morning we travel north via high-speed train to the beautiful city of St Petersburg, an elegant display of Imperial Russia and the birthplace of the Russian revolution. We visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum; the third-largest museum in the world, housing more than 3 million masterpieces!

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 – SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018
St Petersburg

We visit the stunning Peterhof Grand Palace and its exquisite gardens. Later this afternoon we’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour, taking in the baroque Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and the impressive Cathedral of Peter & Paul.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 – SUNDAY 27 MAY 2018
St Petersburg

Enjoy a day at leisure. Why not visit the museums, take a cruise along the canals, go shopping or stroll through the beautiful Summer Garden?

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 – MONDAY 28 MAY 2018
St Petersburg - Tallinn

We cross the Russian border into neighbouring Estonia, the smallest of the three Baltic states. We’ll travel through the countryside to arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Tallinn.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 – TUESDAY 29 MAY 2018

Today we explore medieval Tallinn. Step back in time as we tour the Old Town, stopping at the 15th century Gothic Town Hall and St Nicholas Church. The afternoon is free for you to stroll through this picturesque city at your own pace.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 – WEDNESDAY 30 MAY 2018
Tallinn - Riga

We continue to the Latvian capital, Riga, stopping en route at the gothic Turaida Castle.

Meals: Breakfast

Special Experience: We’ll visit a secret underground Soviet bunker. Declassified in 2003, the Līgatne Bunker was constructed in the 1980s for the political and powerful elite that would govern the state in the case of a nuclear war.

DAY 11 – THURSDAY 31 MAY 2018

This morning we discover Old Riga on a walking tour. Sights include St Peter’s Church, the Dome Cathedral, the ancient hanseatic city and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is at leisure to relax.

Meals: Breakfast

Special Experience: We’ll go behind the scenes of the Riga Opera. Our backstage pass includes a champagne reception.

DAY 12 – FRIDAY 1 JUNE 2018
Riga - Vilnius

Special Experience: Receive a rococo-style welcome at Rundale Palace. We’ll be greeted in accordance with court etiquette and escorted through the opulent apartments, before enjoying a short baroque music concert.

We then travel into Lithuania. Along the way, we visit the Hill of Crosses, a sacred pilgrimage site where many thousands of crosses have been placed on a hill as a plea for blessings. During Soviet times, the crosses would be removed by the authorities but within hours they would start to reappear.

Meals: Breakfast

Vilnius - Minsk

This morning we tour the beautiful capital, Vilnius, known for its baroque architecture and alluring charm. We cross the border into Belarus this afternoon and travel deep into the forest to visit a small farm that produces delicious local honey. We’ll taste the produce and enjoy a cup of tea in the beautiful natural setting.

Meals: Breakfast

Special Experience: We’ll spend the next 2 nights in a beautifully restored 17th century building - a former monastery of the Bernadines.

DAY 14 – SUNDAY 3 JUNE 2018

Known as the city of light, Minsk is full of symbols of Soviet strength, making it a fascinating place to visit. Our city tour also includes the local market and the heart of the Old Town.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 – MONDAY 4 JUNE 2018
Minsk - Brest

We depart Minsk and travel west to the charming town of Brest. You will definitely notice the difference in architectural styles and charms as we move further into central Europe. We’ll take a city tour this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16 – TUESDAY 5 JUNE 2018
Brest - Warsaw

Travelling west, we cross the border into Poland. Watch the rolling hills and verdant forests pass us by as we make our way to Warsaw.

Meals: Breakfast


Our morning tour of the city includes the reconstructed Old Town, a drive along a portion of the Royal Route, a visit to the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial and a stop at the Chopin Monument.

Meals: Breakfast

Warsaw - Krakow

We continue to charming Krakow, a harmonious and elegant city, rich in history. En route we pay a moving visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp, which stands as a poignant reminder of the horrors of World War II.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 19 – FRIDAY 8 JUNE 2018

Special Experience: We’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mine - one of the world’s oldest operating mines, dating back to the 13th century.

In the afternoon, we tour Krakow. At its heart is the historic Old Town square - make sure you look up when we enter St Mary’s church, the interior is unexpectedly breathtaking.

Meals: Breakfast

Krakow - Cesky Krumlov

Today we cross the border into the Czech Republic and make our way to the fairytale town of Cesky Krumlov.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 21 – SUNDAY 10 JUNE 2018
Cesky Krumlov - Prague

This morning we explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, centred on its spectacular castle. We then travel north to stunning Prague, one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 22 – MONDAY 11 JUNE 2018

After breakfast, we take an in-depth tour of Prague. Highlights include the Old Town square, Hradcany Castle (and the amazing views over the city from the square here), the Astronomical Clock and the Jewish Quarter. Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 23 – TUESDAY 12 JUNE 2018
Depart Prague

Today we begin our journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

In Transit

DAY 25 – THURSDAY 14 JUNE 2018
Arrive In Australia


Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour. 

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Hotel Name

Star Rating


Holiday Inn Moscow Lesanaya

4 star

St Petersburg

Parklane Resort and Spa

4 star


Radisson Blue Sky Hotel

4 star


Radisson Blu Ridzene

5 star


Artis Centrum Hotel

4 star


Hotel Monastyrski

3 star


Hermitage Hotel

4 star


Radisson Blue Sobieski

4 star


Metropolis Design Hotel

4 star

Cesky Krumlov

Hotel Zlaty Andel

4 star


Adria Hotel

4 star

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.


Set on a lively boulevard of shops and restaurants, the central Holiday Inn Moscow-Lesnaya is well located in the heart of Belorusskaya business district, close to Belorusskaya Subway Station and Aeroexpress Terminal and is just 40 minutes by taxi from Sheremetyevo Airport.

Clean lines and striking lighting define our lobby. Check in your spacious guest room and unwind with complimentary tea and coffee, a relaxing bath and the latest pay movies on your TV or surf web with free Wi-Fi. It's just a 3 km walk from Holiday Inn Moscow-Lesnaya to the pomp and splendour of Red Square, dominated by the treasure-trove Kremlin and the whimsical domes of St. Basil's Cathedral.

Harmoniously located in a park and at the same time at the very center of entertainment attractions, the Parklane Hotel and Spa is close to Sports Arena, Zenit Football Stadium, Divo Ostrov amusement park, Kirov Central Recreational Park, the Park of the Tercentenary and many other places of interest.

Guests can find inner balance, away from the city life without leaving the city and enjoy the tranquility of the green park, feed the squirrels, play tennis and just chill.  The air near the Parklane is amazingly fresh and pure, which does not seem possible in the center of the city. Enjoy all of the advantages of a holiday in the countryside near the Gulf of Finland.

Discover the place that inspires you to listen to the silence and the sound of your soul, to restore balance, and to reach peace in your mind.

This hotel is conveniently located just minutes form the city's harbour. Rooms are nicely appointed with modern interior and the hotel boasts a pool, heath club, a restaurant, cafe and lobby bar.

Situated between 2 beautiful parks in the center of Riga, the Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel places guests near prime attractions, such as the Latvian National Opera and Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll the city center to take in the rich architectural heritage of the city. Many of the 95 modern rooms and suites present beautiful views of Old Town and Esplanade Park, and all feature Free high-speed, wireless Internet. You can also enjoy a view of Esplanade while you dine in the greenhouse-like ambiance of Restaurant Piramida. Afterward, retire to the Ridzene Bar & Library for an after-dinner drink and cigar. During your visit, take advantage of complimentary access to the wellness center, which features a modern gym and a Nordic sauna. The eco-friendly spa offers soothing treatments with organic products.

Hotel Monastyrski is located in the center of old town. Its apartments are located in the restored building of the 17th century, in the former monastery of the Bernadines. 

Every room equipped with a desk, safe, mini-bar, air conditioner, satellite television, telephone. Rooms also have a private bathroom, hair dryer, towels. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

The elegant Hermitage Hotel is situated in the heart of Brest, and sights like Lenin Square and the Brest Fortress are within 2 km of the hotel. All rooms offer air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. A seating area, work desk and flat-screen satellite TV are provided in all the rooms. They are decorated in rich colours and luxurious fabrics. Toiletries and a hairdryer are provided in the antique-style bathrooms.

This luxurious hotel is located in the business district, 1 kilometre from the city centre, close to the Central Railway Station and the Fryderyk Chopin International Airport. Also nearby are the Palace of Culture and Science and Złote Tarasy. The property features air conditioned rooms with soundproof windows, LCD satellite TV, minibar, desk, direct dial telephone, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel offers 2 excellent restaurants serving delicious Polish as well as International dishes. In addition it features a fitness facility with a spa tub, a solarium, massage treatment rooms, steam room and a sauna with aromatherapy. A hair salon and complimentary coffee and newspapers in the lobby are also provided.

Metropolis Design Hotel is located in the heart of the Old Town in Cracow. A few minutes’ walk along magical streets takes you to charming Vistula embankment, the Wawel Royal Castle, the Main Market Square or Kazimierz – a historical Jewish district. Modern, design rooms here feature six changing light colours and will provide you with a large, flat-screen TV with cable channels and games, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi .The bathroom has heated floors, a lit rain shower, towels and free toiletries.

The Hotel Zlaty Andel provides comfortable accommodation for both individuals and larger groups. The location of the hotel allows to easily discover the beauties of Cesky Krumlov on foot. Nearby is the Museum of Wax, the Church of St. Vitus and the castle. All rooms have telephone, satellite TV and minibars. The hotel restaurants are stylish, spacious with a pleasant atmosphere. In the restaurant Don Julius, there you can taste Czech and international cuisine and relax with a glass of Czech beer or Moravian wine.

Located in the centre of Prague, the Adria Hotel has been in operation for more than a hundred years attracting guests with the quality of its services, its elegant and comfortable interior and friendly atmosphere. Its excellent location not far from the Old Town, but also in close vicinity to the evergreen Franciscan Garden provides a peaceful base after a day spent in the hustle and bustle of the city.The Adria Hotel in Prague offers comfortable rooms with a view of the vibrant Wenceslas Square or the serene Franciscan Garden, a cheerfully equipped breakfast room with lots of home produce, as well as a lobby bar with the option of being seated directly on Wenceslas Square. The pride and joy of the Adria Hotel is the renowned Triton Restaurant – an Art Nouveau stalactite cave with the original 1912 interior.


Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

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SAVE an additional $75 with our ‘Solo Traveller Saving’ (STS)

In addition to any other savings, when you book this tour with your own room and also the airfare with us, we include a $75 saving on your total package price.  Offer is not available when you book to share a room.

Prices per person (in AUD)

Your Own Room

Standard: Tour & Airfare Package



If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $2250 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

* International airfare ex Australia is valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

The tour and airfare package includes air taxes to the value of $250.  Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only. At the time final monies are due the amount for the airline tax & fuel surcharge will be updated if there has been any change.

An airfare supplement may apply depending on airline availability and departure cities, and this would be advised with your quote. 

The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability.

The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points.

Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. 

Not included: 

  • Airfares when booking tour only package
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications 

Share and save with our roommate match option. On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $300 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing.

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Tuesday 21 February 2018.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded.


Arrive to:  Moscow, Russia
Depart from:  Prague, Czech Republic  

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Check In: 11am as a guide (can be as early as 10am)
Check Out: 2pm (as a guide but can be as late as 3pm)

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

Flights are valid ex Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide with the group tour and airfare package.  Full flight itineraries from your departure city are provided at time of quoting.
Please note that flight schedules are subject to change as deemed by the airline.

When you book the flight with the tour & airfare package arrival and departure transfers are included.

If your airfare is by own arrangements (even if they are on the same flight as group flight) then private transfer fees apply.

Some information from this page has been sourced from other websites and is intended as a guide only.


Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

You will enjoy this  group experience with a maximum group size of 20 travellers. This tour is not exclusively for solo travellers and couples will be in the group. However, we expect a fair representation (or more) of solo travellers on this select departure.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
A moderate pace, some free time but there are some days with early starts and full days of touring.

You will need a good level of fitness and mobility and an open mind. Many of the best sights can only be accessed on foot. You should be able to walk at least 3.5km or for 2-3 hours on uneven ground with no walking aids and climb several flights of stairs. You should also be able to carry your own bags - porterage is not included in our tipping costs and extra services may not always be available.

Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

This is a private group tour with a coach driver and English speaking tour leader. Your tour leader is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

Transport is by private air-conditioned coach. There is also a high speed train between Moscow and St Petersburg.


'For those in my acquaintance who said why Russia? I say talk to Encounter Travel and go, they will be helpful, friendly and ready to answer any questions. This trip was just the right mix of culture and fun, the people, the guides the locals and my travel companions made this a fun, informative adventure of a life time.'

Colleen, QLD

'Not only was my holiday great value for money, it was well organised and thoroughly enjoyable.  A lovely group of fellow travellers made it an experience I will treasure forever.'

Michelle, 53, NSW

'Russia to Prague an interesting and very informative tour, we saw so much. Beautiful Baltic countries.'

Sandra, 66, NSW
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