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Cycling Tour in Russia

The cycling route goes from Moscow, the modern Russian capital, to the old one, St. Petersburg, through the oldest one, Novgorod the Great (UNESCO world heritage). Most roads along the route do not have heavy traffic and are well paved. You stay only in good quality hotels (double / twin or single accommodation with private bathroom).

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: mostly flat but there is some rolling terrain
  • Starts in: Moscow
  • Ends in: St Petersburg
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 186 Miles / 300 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: road or hybrid bikes
  • E-bike: Available to rent - 200 EUR
  • 10 - 20 participants

Meet the instructors

Timothy & Andrey
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Highlights

  • Take part in a trip to Lake Seliger
  • House-museum of Fedor Dostoevsky in Staraya Russa
  • Visit three main Russian destinations: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Great Novgorod
  • Visit the oldest Russian Orthodox churches and monasteries
  • Service of tour guide, mechanic, and support vehicle
  • Transfer from Moscow airport
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: Russian
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Sheremetyevo International Airport (US$45 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Vnukovo International Airport (US$45 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Domodedovo International Airport (US$45 per person)
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Accommodation

You will stay at 3 - 4-star hotels with double / twin or single accommodation.

Program

Day 1: Moscow

Arrival in Moscow (no cycling). You will be met at the airport by a guide and taken to the hotel. The hotel is located in the east part of Moscow next to the biggest Moscow park and five minutes' walk from an underground station. It takes 15 minutes by metro to get to Red Square. After a short briefing and buffet dinner, you will go for a walk in the center of Moscow.

Day 2: Bicycle tour of Moscow (30 kilometers / 19 miles)

You start with a bicycle tour of Moscow along rivers from the hotel to Victory Park. You will pass the Kremlin, Gorky Park, Vorob’evy hills with a view point of Moscow. After lunch, you will take a bus to Tver (200 kilometers), the old city on the Volga, the capital of the region. After settling down at the hotel in the center of the city, you go on a guided walking tour of Tver including a dinner cooked by old local recipes.

Day 3: Torzhok (64 kilometers / 40 miles)

A short transfer to Mednoe memorial (30 kilometers). After visiting the Memorial of Mass Repressions, you ride to Torzhok by a quiet road through a forest. On the way, you stop near the house-museum of famous Russian opera singer Sergey

Lemeshev. Torzhok, an old Russian town, is famous for its unique architecture and folk craft of goldwork embroidery. You have a guided tour of the town.

Chicken cutlets (called Pozharskie) were invented here. Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin used to eat them here. You have a master's class in cooking them. You will stay in the hotel in an old historic building in the center of the town.

Day 4: Lake Seliger (35 kilometers / 22 miles)

You start the day with a bus transfer to Seliger lake (140 kilometers). You visit the Saint Nil Monastery. Overnight in a country hotel near lake Sig. You may try a real Russian steam bath (banya).

Day 5: Staraya Russa (60 kilometers / 37 miles)

Transfer to Korpovo (120 kilometers). From there, you cycle to Staraya Russa– around 60 km by a good quiet road. Staraya Russa is an old provincial town famous for a balneological (spa) resort and Fedor Dostoevsky museum. Fyodor Dostoevsky used to live in Staraya Russa from 1872 till his death in 1881. He wrote here his novels The Brothers Karamazov and The Possessed.

After settling in the hotel, you walk into the spa resort with mineral water tasting. You visit a tourist center where you taste products produced by local companies. Dinner at 19.30 at the best city restaurant.

Day 6: Veliky Novgorod (35 kilometers / 22 miles)

After visiting the Dostoevsky Museum, there is a short bus transfer to Borki (75 km) from where you cycle a scenic road along lake Ilmen to Veliky Novgorod (35 km). On the way, you stop in Ur’evo to see the oldest Russian monastery and the

open-air museum of wooden architecture "Vitoslavitsy".

Veliky Novgorod is one of the oldest Russian cities supposed to be the most influential in that time which gives people grounds to call it the first capital of Russia. The center of the city including the outstanding Kremlin is World Heritage Site. You stay in a hotel opposite the Kremlin. City tour in Novgorod with a local guide.

Day 7: Novgorod (58 kilometers / 36 miles)

You start in Novgorod and cycle to Selistchi along Volkhov River by quiet road. You finish near the ruins of Arakcheev barracks. From there you will take a bus to St. Petersburg (150 kilometers). Night bridges opening watching (optional).

Day 8: St. Petersburg (30 kilometers / 19 miles)

Bicycle tour in St. Petersburg. Farewell dinner.

Day 9: Departure (no cycling)

It is time to say goodbye, hopefully, the Russian Cycle Touring Club will see you back soon on their future trips. Russian Cycle Touring Club wishes you a good flight back home or a pleasant stay in St Petersburg. A guided tour to the Hermitage or bus tour to Peterhof park is optional.

The itinerary is subject to change.

Included excursions

  • Moscow bike tour along Moscow River, Kremlin, Gorky, and Victory Park
  • House-museum of Sergey Lemeshev - a famous Russian opera singer
  • Tour in Torzhok, an old Russian town, famous for its unique architecture and folk craft of gold work embroidery
  • Visiting the Saint Nil monastery including lunch
  • House-museum of Fedor Dostoevsky in Staraya Russa
  • The open-air museum of wooden architecture "Vitoslavitsy"
  • Tour of Great Novgorod historic center - UNESCO world heritage
  • Tour of the center of St. Petersburg

Instructors

Timothy

Andrey

Location

This tour will take you to fascinating places in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, and more.

Food

All meals are included in the package. Russian Cycle Touring Club tries to include a variety of typical Russian food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy a special dinner
  • Experience Russian steam bath
  • Try masterclass of Pozharskie chicken cutlets

What's included

  • A sag wagon (support vehicle and baggage carrier)
  • All transfers along the route
  • Car support
  • Guided excursions and museums fees as described in the itinerary
  • English-speaking cycling guides and mechanic
  • GPS track
  • Visa invitation
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All meals (from dinner on the arrival day till breakfast on the departure day)
  • T-shirt

What's not included

  • Consulate fee for visa processing
  • Flight or train to / from Moscow
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Permission for photo / video taking in the museums
  • Bike rental - 100 EUR
  • E-bike rental - 200 EUR
  • Cycling jersey - 50 EUR (extra T-shirt - 10 EUR)
  • Airport transfer (one way - 40 EUR, both ways - 75 EUR)
  • Guided tour to the Hermitage (main collection and the Winter Palace) - 40 EUR
  • Guided bus tour to Peterhof (park with fountains) - 80 EUR
  • Extra night in Moscow or St. Petersburg with breakfast - 80 EUR in double / twin room, 70 EUR in single room

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Sheremetyevo International Airport Airport transfer available: Sheremetyevo International Airport (US$45 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Vnukovo International Airport Airport transfer available: Vnukovo International Airport (US$45 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Domodedovo International Airport Airport transfer available: Domodedovo International Airport (US$45 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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