Custom & Special Interest Tours

From exploring WW2 locales to finding your ancestors, experience YOUR Eastern Europe…

Our Special Interest Tours are the adventures for you if

  • you have a special interest in Russian or Eastern European history and culture.
  • you’ve been to the area before and would like something a bit different.
  • you’re going for the first time, but want to get to know the area in a deeper way.

These tours do not have set departures and the dates are flexible depending on your itinerary.

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General Tours: Set Departure & Group Trips

Take the trip of a lifetime! See Eastern Europe with comfort and ease!

Our General Tours are designed for those who are making their first visit to the region and are interested in getting a taste of the big sites. These group tours have set departures but we also can run these as individual tours, so please get in touch and let us know your thoughts.

 

We love talking about travel in Eastern Europe and would love to hear from you!

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“They first took us for an amazing walk around the old Moscow – Red Square, Lubyanka neighbourhood, Kitai Gorod (medieval center). Walking around the city, they were telling us the stories about Ivan the Terrible and Stalin. We could really feel the spirit of the times they was describing, almost touch it….without the rush, with time and patience to answer all the questions…. It was truly a memorable experience!! And we ended the day in a nice Italian pizza place…something we all felt like doing at that time:-)”
Anna

 

Welcome to Eastern Europe Explorer!

We are a boutique travel company owned and run by Sean, an American-born Eastern Europe expert, and Ulyana, a native Russian. We are passionate about mindful travel – the kind  that takes you on a journey into history, culture, and art while telling stories that have the power to expand your heart and mind. We want to help you connect deeply with the local community, taste all the flavors this beautiful place has to offer, and experience Eastern Europe as the locals do.

-Sean & Ulyana

Books by our very own Sean Stewart…

Adventures from our travel blog…

Moscow Off-The-Beaten-Track: Gorki Leninskiye

Many of our travellers appreciate the chance to get off the beaten track, to head to those quirky places that only locals seem to know about. Today’s adventure takes you to one of the most interesting of these destinations, the country house where Vladimir Lenin, the...

Russian Winter

People often ask us if they should visit Russia or Ukraine in the winter. Having heard of its fearsome reputation (it helped defeat Napoleon and Hitler, after all), people can be understandably reluctant to plan a vacation during a time of year when minus 30 degree...

Can I Travel to Russia On My Own?

Of course, you can! Many people do. We recommend doing a cost-benefit analysis to determine which option is the best fit for you. Keep in mind a few things... The language barrier Outside the major cities of Minsk, Kyiv, Moscow, and St Petersburg, people rarely speak...

The House on the Embankment

Moscow and St Petersburg have a huge number of world-class museums for you to explore. But did you know that visiting some of Russia’s smaller museums can be equally rewarding, can unlock secrets not found elsewhere and be delightfully tourist-free at the same time?...

Sergiev Posad: The Heart of Holy Russia

100 kilometres and 5 centuries from modern Moscow lies the town of Sergiev Posad, whose star attraction is the medieval Holy Trinity Church. Stunningly photogenic, the whole monastery complex is THE place to feel the ancient rhythms of old Russia, a place that has...

Russian Visa

How do I get a Russian Visa? What sort of visa do I need to travel to Russia? Getting a visa to visit Russia is one of the reasons people put off going. This is understandable, after all, who wants to pay extra money and do more paperwork? However, it would be a great...

How do I get to the city from the airport?

Spoiler: It’s delightfully simple. Back in the day, getting from Russia’s various airports to the cities they serve was something of an adventure. You needed at least some Russian language skills, a pretty high tolerance for uncertainty and adventure, and a sixth...

Things To Do In St.Petersburg In Your Free Time

Part One: Traditional Museums and Apartment-Museums If you’ve booked a trip with us, chances are that you’ll have some free time. To help you decide where to go, we’ve assembled this list of things you might want to check out. Before we dive in, this is not a list of...

A Tale of Two Cities

Why does Russia have Two Capitals? If you’ve been looking through our list of trips, you might have noticed that some of our tours are called “Highlights of the Two Capitals,” or “The Two Capitals in 9 Days.” This may beg the question, why does Russia have two...

That’s A Good Tip!

A guide to tipping in Eastern Europe Have you ever been in this situation? You’ve just arrived at your dream destination, wanting to make a good first impression on the locals and start your trip off on the right foot. Your first meal was a great success, as delicious...