Tour distances: cycling ~205 km/~128 mi.
Depending on weather, the route might be a little bit changed (this decision will be taken by our tour coordinator and a sport leader). Cycling distance during the trip can be increased or decreased (except the 3-nd and the 4-th day, when the escort car will not be able to stay close to a group), depending on the physical condition and / or group's wishes.
Cycling grade: The estimated bike route will be 205 kilometers, not including transfers. However, these distances can be either increased or decreased (except Day 3 and Day 4 when our support vehicle can't go near the group), depending on the group, their physical training and the individual wishes of our guests. Most of the trip will take place on rural and earth roads in ecologically clean parts of Tver and Moscow regions. Only these two stages will be on asphalt roads with little traffic, and under the supervision of our staff.
Arrival / Departure: Moscow Airport
8 days guided group cycling tour in Russia from/to Moscow (Code G6P)
Welcome to Russia for a cycle ride in one of the most interesting parts of the First National cycle route of Russia. The bike route will start from the Upper Volga, from the ancient Russian city of Tver. Gradually we will approach Moscow region and the Volga River here will be much deeper and full flowing – surrounding landscapes will change as well, and we shall see more and more grandiose sights and architectural monuments. And the bike tour will reveal the extraordinary originality, the colorfulness of Russian hinterland and the true Russian soul, which is not always possible to experience when you make a trip through the big cities of Russia.
Our unforgettable bike route will be going through famous old cities such as Dmitrov, Sergiyev Posad and Vladimir – the "Pearls" of the Golden Ring and symbolic places for Russian Orthodoxy! Also, one of the main points of interest will be "the young city of Science" – Dubna. The tour program is rich in events – we will pass many authentic villages and visit several old monasteries and churches, active and dilapidated. We will also visit a couple of museums and manors, and make stops in the famous Old Russian towns, have fun and rest by the bank of the River Volga.
The first night of the tour will take place in a hotel in the historical center of Moscow, where we will gather all of the participants of the bike tour. At the end of the tour, we will come to Moscow from Vladimir, which rightfully can be called as a head of the Golden Ring. Those who wish, may continue exploring the capital of our country. We are ready to organize an interesting program on request in advance. A professional sports leader (English or German speaking), a minibus and a car of technical support will accompany the cycling group. Across all the way, we provide your customers with accommodation in comfortable hotels (almost all hotels are 4*).
Day 1, Saturday: Arrive in Moscow
Arrival at the hotel of the tour in the very center of Moscow. In the evening you will have a city tour around Moscow. We will walk along the embankment of the Moscow River, past the great Temple of Christ the Savior and reach the Kremlin and Red Square. You will be filled with unforgettable impressions of scope and power of these cult constructions of the Capital of Russia. On the way back to the hotel after you will take the metro, and will visit one of the most famous stations – «Revolution Square» and «Arbatskaya», which in truth can be called a work of architectural art.
Overnight in Moscow.
Day 2, Sunday: Moscow – Tver (transfer by bus ~180 km)
In the morning, around 11 a.m. we will take the transfer bus to go from Moscow to an old Russian city of Tver, which will be reached in the second part of the day. Here after a lunch break we will have a city tour around the old center. Taking a walk along the embankment, listen to the city's history. Passing by the monument of Pushkin and Athanasii Nikitin, who loved this city very much.
Later that day we go be back to our hotel, which is a former manor house, lovingly renovated by current owners. Also, as a next step we will have a master class of modeling the Russian pelmeni. The chef of the restaurant will uncover the secrets of this popular Russian dish.
After dinner you will have the opportunity to take a walk along one of the central street «Trehsvyatskaya» – this is pretty much the same as Moscow «Arbat» with the same souvenir benches, rows of bright matryoshkas, easels of artists and many cozy cafes and restaurants. Here you will plunge into the colorful atmosphere of the provincial Russia.
Overnight in Tver (HB)
Day 3, Monday: Tver – Yurievskoe Settlement (cycle ~35 km Tver – Orschinski Kloster – Savvat`evo, bus ~15 km)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our tour by passing through the historical part of Tver and along its embankment that was built up in the 1760-1770s. On our way we will cross the bridge, which was built at the very end of the 19th century and which will remind the curious traveller of the bridge in the Bavarian town of Laufen on the Salzach River and in Budapest.
Leaving Tver we continue our trip along gravel and sandy roads through pine woods, along the banks of a great Volga River to reach the walls of an Orsha convent, which was patronized by Tsar Ivan the Terrible. Here, on the shore of a small influx, we will have a picnic break. You will feel an extraordinary pacification in this mysterious place, where the Volga becomes even wider and more powerful. After we continue our trip on tarmac surface among the age-old pine forest to Savvatievo. Further on, by our bus – we take the direction back to the Volga, to the village of Yuryevskoye and to our Park Hotel. In the evening we will have a dinner and a romantic night on the bank of Volga River.
Overnight in village Yurievskoe (B&B)
Day 4, Tuesday: Yurievskoe – Konakovo – Dubna (cycle ~35 km / 45 km Yurievskoe – Vidogoshi – Edimonovo, by bus ~40 km)
Today’s route will lead through age-old pine forest and old rare settlements, mostly on nice gravel and sandy roads. In the village of Edimonovo the river Volga becomes even more full flowing and wide. The islands, the water surface of the bay, beaches and pine forests – all this creates a fantastic atmosphere of peace in mind and unity with nature. Here the river makes a sharp turn to north-east and «stores» in the Ivankovsky reservoir. After a pleasant break and swimming in the clear river waters we will have a transfer to a shore of reservoir, where we take a ferry and cross the wide Volga waters to reach the city Konakovo. Later on via our transfer bus we continue our trip and reach the «city of Science» – Dubna.
In the evening, if the weather is good, we will have one more opportunity to swim in the Volga River and enjoy unbelievable atmosphere of the city of Academics and cyclists.
Overnight in Dubna (B&B).
Day 5, Wednesday: Dubna – The Moscow canal – Dmitrov (cycle ~35 km or 47 km The Moscow canal – Verbilki, by bus ~30 km)
oday we will have a very eventful day! After breakfast we will have a short tour along the «city of Science». The guide will tell you about the history of this city and the construction of Moscow Canal. This unique and large-scale construction was erected in the 30s of the last century, in just five years by the forces of hundreds of thousands of political prisoners of the Gulag, many of whom died in its construction. Walk along the spit, will dip us into the history of this place, a great chance to take wonderful photos of the lighthouse, the famous monument of Lenin (25 meters tall!) and the serene waters of the bay. And further on we will ride along the canal, and after through woods, fields, authentic settlements and villages to reach the ancient industrial village of Verbilki. Here is possible to visit museum of the porcelain factory that was founded by an Englishman Gardner in the year 1775. By the evening we will reach an ancient city of Dmitrov, will have a dinner at the hotel and continue our day with a walk in the historical part of the city, will visit local Kremlin, walk along the Kropotkinskaya street among the beautiful monuments of its citizens.
Overnight in village Dmitrov (B&B).
Day 6, Thursday: Dmitrov – Sergiev Posad (cycle ~40 km Budenovets – Svyatogorovo – Yakot, by bus ~40 km)
After breakfast, upon your will, we can spend a little time visiting the Museum-Reserve «Dmitrov Kremlin», there are interesting exhibits dedicated to the Second World War and the historical and cultural life of the region. Then, from the former Golitsyn estate, we will ride to the highest part of the Klin-Dmitrovsky ridge, where it is crossed by the fast and winding river Velya. For the extreme lovers we can offer, but a bit later, to wade it – It can be an unforgettable moment! Riding first on tarmac surface, after on gravel and sometimes even rocky roads we will reach the settlement «Svyatogorovo». This place is popular for pilgrims, photographers, artists and just for curious ones. Here we examine the architecture of wooden houses and dine with hospitable hosts who will treat us with dishes of Russian cuisine made from products of their own farmstead. After we transfer to the city of Sergiev Posad – one of the culminating places of our cycling tour in «Russian inland». The places we pass through are called «Moscow taiga» and even «Russian Switzerland» because of the high, often alternating green hills. Among all the cities that make up the Golden Ring of Russia, this city is considered to be its pearl and one of the main sights. In 1993 this architectural ensemble became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening we will have another interesting event – a master class of painting the Matryoshka in the city's «Workshop of Art». Each person will be given a wooden blank.
Overnight in Sergiev Posad (B&B).
Day 7, Friday: Sergiev Posad – Vladimir (cycle Kirzhach – Pokrov, 35 or 40 km or more, two transfers by bus ~160 km)
Today we are having the final and the longest cycle track, that will lead at the junction of the Moscow, Yaroslavl and Vladimir regions. We will see some old small towns. Part of the way, as always, will be accompanied by our bus. We will have a break in the ancient town with an offbeat name «Kirzhach», the name of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin is closely connected to this place. By the evening we will reach city of Vladimir – the crown of the «Golden Ring». Here are carefully kept some of wonderful monuments of Russian medieval white-stone architecture, which were entered by UNESCO into the World Heritage List.
Overnight in Vladimir (B&B).
Day 8, Saturday: Vladimir – Moscow (by high speed train ~180 km)
In the morning after breakfast we will have a city tour in the city of Vladimir. The tour is going to be filled with lots of interesting information and facts. Vladimir was founded by Prince Vladimir in the late 10-th century. This city for more than 250 years was the capital of the Old Russian state, until 1432. In the second part of the day we will go back to Moscow.
After the excursion and lunch, we will have a short transfer from our hotel «Panorama» to the railway station of Vladimir. We will go to Moscow by high-speed train at 15:35. Travel time will be less than 2 hours. Approximately at 17:30 we will arrive at the Kursk station of the Capital of Russia. On this trip you will be accompanied by our Sports Leader (leaders), he will also help you to organize a taxi ride to your hotel / airport (not included in the cost of your tour). If you stay at our hotel «Bagration», you are waiting for a transfer (included in the cost of the tour).
Our cycling tour will finish there. But everyone, upon your wish, is always welcome to stay longer to spend more time exploring our wonderful city of Moscow.
A train ride between Vladimir and Moscow is not included in the price of the tour
End of the tour.
2020 TOUR DATES
G6P-1. 13.06 - 20.05.2020
G6P-2. 27.06 - 04.07.2020
G6P-3. 04.07 - 11.07.2020
G6P-4. 08.08 - 15.08.2020
TOUR PRICE per person
Double/Twin room - 1599 EUR
Single room - 1958 EUR
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:
- 3-4* hotels typical to the region, rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC
- Almost every hotel has a Sauna complex (Russian banya, sauna, SPA) – Clients can pay locally for these services.
- Last day of the tour you will be brought back to the hotel «Bagration», in case if you have booked an extra night; or to the circle metro station «Kurskaya»
- In some hotels (In Sergiev Posad, Vladimir) the city tax can be charged (~ 250 – 500 RUB p/p ).