Reindeer and Russians

from R 45,000* per person

It's time for reindeer and Russia! Think: European capitals and stunning natural landscapes. Yep, this lineup is pretty special! On this awesome trip you'll tick off the likes of the Arctic Circle (aka the Land of the Midnight Sun), Moscow, St Petersburg and loads more. Are you ready for this?

Destination: Russia

Travel Dates: From 10/05/2020 to 21/09/2020

Duration: 23 days

Company: Topdeck

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  • Cruise the majestic Geirangerfjord
    Visit Trondheim and the town of Hell
    Visit the Arctic Circle
    Do a 'polar plunge' in an Arctic river
    Visit Santa's Village
    Driving tour of Helsinki
    Walking tour of Tallinn
    Driving tour of St Petersburg with a local guide
    Visit the State Hermitage Museum
    Walking tour of Novgorod with a local guide
    Driving tour of Moscow with a local guide
    Guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin
    Guided tour of Moscow's Metro

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DAY 1 Oslo, Norway

Awww, yeah – you’re finally here! Meet the group and get ready for an incredible adventure. Are you ready for this?

DAY 2 Oslo

There’s just enough time to wake up and take a stroll through Gustav Vigeland's bizarre and eccentric sculpture park this morning. Then: an optional visit to the Viking Ship Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum and Fram Polar Ship. Take the rest of the day off to soak up Oslo’s funky 60s vibe.

DAY 3 Oslo to Åndalsnes

Next stop: Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Do an optional run down the bobsled track before we move on to Åndalsnes. To call the scenery epic would be an understatement (check out Google Images for proof). Also today: a visit to the distinctive Ringebu Stave Church.

DAY 4 Åndalsnes

Grab yourself a window seat as we wind our way around some of Europe’s most scenic roads en route to the famous Trolls’ Path Crossing. Sit back and drink in the sheer scale of the breathtaking fjords – long recognised as some of the world’s greatest natural attractions. Later, we’ll get up close and personal with the impossibly beautiful Geirangerfjord on a sightseeing cruise. One word: wow.

DAY 5 Åndalsnes to Steinkjer

Today we’ll chase the sun to Trondheim, the religious capital of Norway. Repent your sins – the next stop is Hell. Yes, really (only this one is usually frozen over). Temperatures can dip down as low as -25°C! After snapping up some photographic proof of our visit, we'll make tracks to Steinkjer for the night.

DAY 6 Steinkjer to Bjerka

Today it’s back on the coach for a coastal drive to Bjerka, an inland village surrounded by mountains. Look forward to some peace and quiet – not to mention more greenery than you can poke a pine tree at.

DAY 7 Bjerka to Tysfjord

On to Tysfjord for the night to experience the narrowest point in Norway. While you’re here, you could get the chance to check out Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier. Covering a full 370 square kilometres and at just 20 m above sea level, it’s the lowest glacier in mainland Europe – making it easily accessible for hikes and nature-based experiences. Top tip: wear your comfy shoes.

DAY 8 Tysfjord to Skibotn

Today we’re headed for Skibotn – where polar ice baths and wood-fired saunas await your arrival. Lifelong bragging rights are awarded to those who take the plunge!

DAY 9 Skibotn to Olderfjord

Onwards and upwards! Today we're heading north for the last time as we prepare to witness the height of the midnight sun (so named as it doesn’t set between May and June). If you’re lucky with the weather, you can expect to see nature at its absolute best.

DAY 10 Olderfjord

Fuel up with a late breakfast. Then: a hike through the rugged countryside. After an included dinner with the crew, you’ll go to bed counting reindeer and dreaming of fjords.

DAY 11 Olderfjord to Rovaniemi, Finland

Cross back over the Arctic Circle and practise your best ‘Jingle Bells’ as we make our way to Rovaniemi – where Santa’s Village awaits. Excitement levels: 100/10! Keep your eyes peeled for Santa’s reindeer from your window seat.

DAY 12 Rovaniemi to Jyvaskyla

Next up: the university town of Jyväskylä. This Finnish city boasts a party scene to rival some of the best, so this is your chance to let your hair down and rub shoulders with the locals.

DAY 13 Jyvaskyla to Helsinki

Today we’ll make a short journey south to the quirky Finnish capital, Helsinki. Kick back and let us show you the hotspots on a driving tour. Think: art-nouveau buildings and oh-so-fancy cafés.

DAY 14 Helsinki to Tallinn, Estonia

More fairytale magic is on the cards today as we hop across to Tallinn with its old city walls and medieval buildings. A walking tour will get you acquainted with the highlights before we hand you over to the city.

DAY 15 Tallinn

It’s all about whatever tickles your fancy today. Check out the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral or visit the KGB museum for a history lesson about the antics of the Soviet Union’s former security agency. Pro tip: Old Town is where you'll get the best kind of Estonian #throwback vibes.

DAY 16 Tallinn to St. Petersburg, Russia

Russia is next! After crossing the border, we’ll embark on a tour of St Petersburg: the country’s former capital. Later, scoff some blini and caviar (yes, caviar) – and wash it all down with a shot of vodka, if you wish. When in Rome...

DAY 17 St. Petersburg

Today: a St Petersburg driving tour with a super knowledgeable local guide. Learn all the juicy insider info as you check out oh-so-many bucket list items. Anything called the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood has got to be worth a look (and it really is).

DAY 18 St. Petersburg

Dig into breakfast, then we’ll whisk you away for a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum. This place spans six palatial buildings, including the epic Winter Palace. You won’t want to miss this! Next: a spot of (window) shopping on Nevsky Prospect, the city’s main street.

DAY 19 St. Petersburg to Novgorod

Onwards through the Russian countryside to the World Heritage-listed city of Novgorod. While you’re here, why not try a drop of Medovukha (aka the Russian version of mead)?

DAY 20 Novgorod to Moscow

We’ll roll into Moscow today, where the city is alive in rain, hail or shine. Believe it or not, this city sparkles – so be prepared for an incredible few days ahead. As you explore the city, you’ll be able to spot tangible reminders of Russia’s involvement in modern history.

DAY 21 Moscow

Swing by the greats on today's driving tour – including Moscow University, Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral. Then: check out the Kremlin with our local guide before setting off to roam the streets. And tonight? You could always get fancy with an optional evening at the Russian ballet. Clink that champagne and get those binoculars at the ready!

DAY 22 Moscow

Down we go for a guided tour of the not-so-mundane Moscow Metro. If you’re picturing the Piccadilly or Central Line in London, think again. Not even close! We’re talking chandelier-lined stations, each one more decadent than the last. Later, we’ll keep our history lesson going with a visit to Lenin's tomb and an optional guided tour of the Kremlin Armoury.

DAY 23 Moscow

Time to say goodbye! It’s never too soon to start planning the next adventure, though. What are you waiting for?

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