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Ella "I loved this tour. We saw so many amazing things. The first part of the trip was through Scandinavia and we saw so much beautiful scenery as we drove all the way from Berlin to Nordkapp and then back down to Helsinki. We then explored Russia which was fascinating and so different from anywhere I've been before, we saved a lot of money by having a cook on board for the first part of the trip and C..."
Excellent
22 reviews
Starts
Berlin
Destinations
+19
Ends
Berlin
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Highlights

Start and end in Berlin! With the in-depth cultural tour Red Star Special, you have a 37 day tour package taking you through Berlin, Germany and 19 other destinations in Europe. Red Star Special includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel
Max Group Size
48
Transportation
Coach / Bus

22 Reviews

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  • LW
    Written on September 28, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    I went on a Red Star Special with Judes and she made the whole experience phenomenal. Every day she must full of beans and always making sure every single one of us was having the time of our lives!!
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  • DE
    Written on September 27, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Judes was a amazing and very knowledge trip leader. She very passion about her job and and she make sure every person on tour get the best experience of it.
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  • N
    Written on September 16, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Judes was a legend! Very knowledgeable and never left anyone out. Would love to have a tour with Judes again!
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  • Red Star Special reviewer 4
    Written on August 21, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    What a Tour. Beautiful sceneries and awesome people. I seriously had one of my best times in my life. The people were less into parties than on other tours but still we had a lot of fun nights along the way in the capitals or the way up Norway at one of our many bonfires. The busrides were easy too. You'll be in a bus for 200h but you'll fall in love with it because it is the only time really where you have the time to relax. There is just so much to do and see along the way. Book it, you won't regret it. There are 5 tours on this trip so there are lots of people leaving and joining the tour. We were somewhere between 11 and 35 people on the bus.
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  • Red Star Special reviewer 5
    Written on August 18, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    I just got home after 11 weeks away and the Red Star Special was the ultimate way to spend the last half of my trip. First of all, if you are going to go on one of the Scandi trips, do the whole trip if you can afford it! It is absolutely worth it 100%, I wish I could relive it again! Most people agreed that Norway was the absolute highlight overall. You basically spend the whole week working your way North to chase that bloody majestic midnight sun! The time you spend with your topdeck mates this week will grow you super close as you are quite isolated! We mostly played games, set up campfire, helped our on road chef cook our meals, drink by the lakes, and incredible walks (Svartisen Glacier highlight of Norway for me) The scenery is like something out of a dream, you dont want to be sleeping on the bus that week! Important to pack: bug spray, towel, sleeping bag, pillow case, a good quality rain coat, playing cards, speaker, washing powder (double bag a ziplock) portable charger for your phone and if you use a gopro/camera, bring several memory cards and extra batteries! Empty Water bottle is very handy - just dont drink the water in Russia My top highlights: Andalsnes - Trolls pass Geiranger Fjord Svartisen Glacier Midnight Sun (if you are going to book this tour you would be insane not to do this optional) What I didnt like: The food in Russia. Keep your expectations low The Russian Ballet (the folk show was so much better and half the price) Santas Workshop is a bit of a joke I budgeted $100 Australian dollars per day for spending money and that got me through without me having to worry about how much I was spending. Also, Aussies that need a Russian Visa, do it yourself and save the dollars. It is not difficult, follow this blog: https://russiau.com/getting-russian-visa-australia/ Couldnt recommend this tour enough!!
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  • S
    Written on December 19, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    I did Scandinavia and Russia with Piotr, and he is an absolute delight to have as a trip leader. He's always up for some fun and so easy to get along with. He definitely made the trip more interesting and fun.
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  • S
    Written on May 19, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Absolute trip of a life time! I can't recommend this trip more, everywhere we went was more incredible than ever imagined and I saw places I would probably never have got a chance to see otherwise. Best 5.5 weeks of my life!
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  • Red Star Special reviewer 8
    Written on January 28, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    I had a fantastic time on this tour, I saw so many amazing places, the meals were amazing thanks to our cook Holly and it was an all around great time. Mihaly, our driver, was great and I always felt safe even on the small winding roads. Our guide Vic was incredible, she knew her stuff, was always organized and great to talk to. I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone and everyone. It's hard to go wrong with a Topdeck tour.
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  • N
    Written on January 5, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    I absolutely loved this trip. The scenery in Scandinavia was stunning and the big cities in Russia had lots of entertainment to offer. The tour leader had a wealth of knowledgeable on the destinations we visited and was always willing to give advice on where to eat, what to visit etc. The rest of the crew was brilliant as well and the guides in Russian were excellent too. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to visit countries outside of Europe.
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  • Red Star Special reviewer 10
    Written on January 3, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    I loved this tour. We saw so many amazing things. The first part of the trip was through Scandinavia and we saw so much beautiful scenery as we drove all the way from Berlin to Nordkapp and then back down to Helsinki. We then explored Russia which was fascinating and so different from anywhere I've been before, we saved a lot of money by having a cook on board for the first part of the trip and Caity was amazing her food was delicious and she was a lot of fun. Johan our driver was a good guy and drove us safely for thousands of kms. Our guide Vic was a total legend. Her knowledge was limitless and her enthusiasm was contagious. She kept us informed and entertained for 37 days. She always knew the good places to eat and drink and she had so many helpful hints and tips for travelling about in the cities. If I do another tour with Topdeck I will be requesting Vic as my guide. She was awesome!!
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Itinerary

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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1: Berlin, Germany
  • Day 2: Berlin
  • Day 3: Berlin to Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Day 4: Copenhagen
  • Day 5: Copenhagen to Stockholm, Sweden
  • Day 6: Stockholm
  • Day 7: Stockholm
  • Day 8: Stockholm to Oslo, Norway
  • Day 9: Oslo
  • Day 10: Oslo to Andalsnes
  • Day 11: Andalsnes
  • Day 12: Andalsnes to Steinkjer
  • Day 13: Steinkjer to Bjerka
  • Day 14: Bjerka to Tysfjord
  • Day 15: Tysfjord to Skibotn
  • Day 16: Skibotn to Olderfjord
  • Day 17: Olderfjord
  • Day 18: Olderfjord to Rovaniemi, Finland
  • Day 19: Rovaniemi to Jyvaskyla
  • Day 20: Jyvaskyla to Helsinki
  • Day 21: Helsinki to Tallinn, Estonia
  • Day 22: Tallinn
  • Day 23: Tallinn to St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Day 24: St. Petersburg
  • Day 25: St. Petersburg
  • Day 26: St. Petersburg to Novgorod
  • Day 27: Novgorod to Moscow
  • Day 28: Moscow
  • Day 29: Moscow
  • Day 30: Moscow to Velikiye Luki
  • Day 31: Velikiye Luki to Riga, Latvia
  • Day 32: Riga
  • Day 33: Riga to Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Day 34: Vilnius to Warsaw, Poland
  • Day 35: Warsaw
  • Day 36: Warsaw to Berlin, Germany
  • Day 37: Berlin

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  • Transport

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • April 23, 2015

      What does the food fund cover?

      Food fund for Red Star Special covers all included group meals while you are on the trip. This tour includes all breakfasts and some fresh lunches lunches while travelling - which means you can save on expensive lunches from motorway service stations and enjoy higher quality food. Meals at local restaurants are also included giving you the opportunity to try local cuisines. The food fund needs to be paid upfront before the departure.

    • January 20, 2015

      Do people usually go with people they know, or can you go alone and still make friends?

      Both! Some people do travel with their friends/ partners and others travel alone - it is usually a good mix on Topdeck trips. There are normally quite a few solo travellers and it is very easy to make friends and have a good time on the trip! Your tour guide will try to make everyone interact and have the time of their life on tour whether it be through group activities, nights out, games, walking tours etc

    • January 15, 2015

      I am wanting to book this tour through TourRadar, will you honour the tour operators promotional price?

      Yes, we will honour all valid operator promotional prices.

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    Guides who have led this tour

    • Victoria
      "Work hard, play hard, be kind, travel, travel, travel some more.....oh and always try the local food..."
    • Elise Tait
      "Hi! I'm Elise and I've been working for Topdeck for a few years now. I'm absolutely addicted to Europe..."
    • Jody Judes Douglass
      "Hey there - my name is Judes and I am a Maltese Australian working as a European Trip Leader with Topdeck..."
    • Piotr Liskiewicz
      "Hey guys! My name is Piotr and I have been a tour guide since 2013. So far I've worked four summer seasons..."
    • Kriszti Imre
    • Rebecca Kelly

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    Currencies

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    Visa

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Ideally 6 months before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Russia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Russia, Latvia and Lithuania. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Russia. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    Japanese B encephalitis
    Recommended for Russia. Ideally 1 month before travel.

    Policies

    Location
    Start and end in Berlin.
    Max group size
    48 is the maximum group size for Red Star Special.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Topdeck to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm this Topdeck booking. The remaining balance is then payable 47 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 7 December 2017 the full payment of $4,544 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 47 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $4544 for Red Star Special, but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
    Credit Cards
    The following cards are accepted for Topdeck tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 6,787 km.
    • Berlin (Germany)
    • 355 km
    • Copenhagen (Denmark)
    • 522 km
    • Stockholm (Sweden)
    • 416 km
    • Oslo (Norway)
    • 135 km
    • Lillehammer (Norway)
    • 218 km
    • Andalsnes (Norway)
    • 167 km
    • Trondheim (Norway)
    • 85 km
    • Steinkjer (Norway)
    • 504 km
    • Tysfjord (Norway)
    • 215 km
    • Skibotn (Norway)
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