RUSSIA GROUP BIKE TOUR “ANCIENT TOWNS OF CENTRAL RUSSIA
Moscow - Staritsa - Sergiev Posad-Moscow
10 DAYS / 9 NIGHT TOUR
Our tour starts in Moscow, but our first ride along the Upper Volga will begin in the ancient town called Staritsa, where the river is still
not so deep and full flowing. The famous French author Alexandre Dumas
once wrote "Every country has its national river and Russia has the Volga
- the longest river in Europe, the Queen of rivers ". This tour will give you a chance to bike
along the Volga and explore many ancient towns and villages of central Russia.
This bike tour will offer you an amazing and picturesque Russian
countryside, an emotion not to be found in the bigger cities of Russia.
Our bike route will end in a very important place for the Russian
Orthodox religion, in the town of Sergiev Posad,
the «pearl» of the Golden Ring. The tour program will be full of
activities and sightseeing: we ride past many authentic villages, visit
various ancient monasteries and churches that are still in use or
half-destroyed. We will attend some museums, manor houses, make stops in
beautiful ancient Russian towns, have some cooking & painting
classes, and we will rest on the Volga River
bank. For a great part of the route, we will cycle along rural roads and
dirt-tracks in the Tver and Moscow regions. Only two times we will cycle along asphalted roads. The group
will always be escorted by a Van for technical problems. We will spend
the first night in a hotel in the historical centre of Moscow.
During dinner we will meet the other group members. At the end of the
tour we will go back come to Moscow from Sergiev Posad. Those who wish to continue visiting the Russian
capital can book an extra night.
Red Square and the cathedral of San Basil
and the Moscow Canal
the town of Catherine the Great
Russian Ortodox churches and monasteries.
typical Russian dishes
town of Staritsa
to the first hotel of the tour situated in the centre of Moscow.
After or before dinner, you will meet the other group members
and an explanation about the tour program will be given. After
dinner, you we will make a stroll through Moscow by night: we walk along the Moscow River
banking, see the great Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and come
to the Kremlin and Red Square.
With the Moscow Metro we go back to the hotel admiring its
famous stations «Mayakovskaya», «Ploshchad Revolyutsii» and
«Arbatskaya», recognised as real architectural treasures.
– Staritsa, Transfer of
leave Moscow by bus and the ride of 260km will bring us in the afternoon to
the ancient Russian town of Staritsa.
Staritsa is one of the oldest towns of Russia that through the centuries has remained authentic and original.
This town was also the main and most favourite residence of Tsar
Ivan the Terrible (Ivan IV). After lunch in the hotel, we have
an excursion to one of the oldest Russian monasteries founded by
the monks of Kiev Pechersk Lavra in 1110. In the afternoon, we
will come back to our hotel that long ago used to be a manor
place. A master class of cooking Russian pelmeni (meat
dumplings) will be waiting for you !
Staritsa – Village Krasnoije – Village
Cycling tour: Krasnoije – Golshino or
Voevodino; distance 45 km /28 miles or 55 km / 34 miles + transfer 35 km /
22 miles oder 25 km / 15,5 miles.
After breakfast, we leave Staritsa to go to the village of Krasnoije by bus.
Krasnoije used to be a country estate of a State Counsellor, who
was a friend of A.S. Pushkin. In the village, there is still an
old unique pseudo gothic church built in 1790. There are only
three such exceptional churches in Russia. Going up
the bell tower with Father Superior we can take wonderful
pictures and even clang a bell. After our visit of Krasnoije, we
have our first cycle tour through the Tver Governorate. We will
pass some deserted villages, fields, meadows and small rivers.
Then we pedal along the Volga River. It is a
very quiet route so maybe we will meet only some fishermen.
There is just peace and quiet around us, now and then
interrupted by the chirping of birds. Near the village of Golshino or Voevodino we will take the bus to get to the beautiful country Hotel
situated on the bank of the Volga River. There you
could swim in an indoor swimming pool, play bowling, visit a SPA
and banya, ride horses or explore a small but interesting zoo.
Volga – Tver
Cycling Tour: village of Volga – Bolschie
Borki; distance 35
km / 22 miles + transfer 25 km / 15,5 miles.
Today, you will discover the capital of Tver
Oblast, the ancient Russian city of Tver. But first cycle along
dirt roads and cross through small «old» and «new» villages.
The nature of Tver Oblast is amazing. There will be no cars at
all… just us and the nature of Tver Oblast. The nicest part is
the landscape with sand dunes covered with colourful mosses and
pines. We will have a rest on the bank of the Volga River in
village Bolschie Borki. Here we have a light lunch and, if you
like, a swim in the river. Then back in the saddle we go to Tver
to get acquainted with its interesting history and sights. After
a fire, which levelled most of the town in 1763, Catherine the
Great rebuilt the town. The architect took as an example St
Petersburg and Moscow.
tour: Tver - Orschinski
monastery- Savvat`evo; Distance 35 km/22 miles or 45 km/28 miles + transfer 15
After breakfast we cycle through the historic area of
Tver, going down the banking that dates back to 1760-1770. We
cross the Volga river over the «Starovolzhsky» bridge, built in the late XIX century and
will leave Tver. Then we continue cycling along the Volga River along dirt
roads crossing pine forest. We reach a real architectural pearl,
the Orshin Ascension Monastery, which was always favoured by
Tsar Ivan the Terrible. There we make a stop to have a picnic on
the bank of a Volga feeder. Leaving this calm and
mysterious place, we continue our trip through old pinewoods,
cycling down a quiet asphalted road to Savvat`evo. We return to
the Volga River by bus and
have an overnight stay in a Park-Hotel in the village of Yurievskoe
Distance 35 or 45 km / 22 of 28 miles + transfer 25 -
30 km / 15,5-18,6 miles
Also today, we cycle along dirt roads through old pine
forest passing ancient typical, small villages. We enjoy
splendid views of the Volga River, which
became especially wide and deep near the village of Edimonovo. We
experience the beauty of the islands, riverbanks, pinewoods and
calm water, creating a real fairy-tale landscape. We follow the
sharp river turn to the Northeast, which forms the Ivankovo
Reservoir, also known as the sea of Moscow. After a
nice break and a swim in clear waters, we have a transfer to the
bank of the reservoir and here we take a ferry until
the town of Konakovo. If we have enough time we will visit the local faience factory built in
1809. Later you will have a lovely evening at the hotel famous
for its own sandy beach.
Konakovo –Canal of Moscow –Rogachevo -
Cycling tour: Canal of Moscow– Rogachewo: Distance 45 km/28 miles + 40
km / 25 miles transfer.
In the morning, we go by bus
to the Moscow Canal. This unique and massive canal was built in 1930s We will walk
along the canal to embrace the history of this place, take some
pictures of the lighthouse, one of the world's tallest statues
of Lenin and admire calm and quiet waters. We first continue our trip
along the canal and then we cross forests, fields and old
Russian villages to reach the trading of Rogachevo. You still see the wooden country buildings indicating the bygone age of
wealth and prosperity. We have lunch in an Inn at the marketplace of the village. In the evening, we stay in the ancient
town of Dmitrov.
Dmitrov –Sergiev Posad
Cycling tour: Budenovetz–Swyatogorovo–Vassil`evskoje:
Distance 25/15,5 miles or 40
km/25 miles + transfer 40 km/25 miles.
After breakfast, we will
visit the museum «Dmitrovsky Kremlin» where we will see a very
interesting display dedicated to the Second World War and local
history and culture. Leaving the former country estate of the
Golitsyn family we cycle to the highest part of
Klinsko-Dmitrovskaja hill chain, which is crossed by the rapid
and twisty Velja River(later we
will have a real adventure wading this river!). This place is
often called the Moscow taiga and even Russian Switzerland because of its high green hills. You
will cycle down the sealed, dirt and sometimes even very rocky
roads to reach village of Svyatogorovo. This
village has always been a place of interest for tourists,
photographers and artists, because of its typical architecture
of wooden Russian houses famous for their beauty all over the
world. Then we will have a nice lunch consisted of traditional
Russian dishes at km 0. In the evening, you will
finally explore the main treasure of the Golden Ring of Russia,
the city of Sergiev Posad. Later the master class on
Matreshka painting will await for you! Everyone will get a
wooden doll to paint.
Sergiev Posad –
country Estate Abramtsevo – Sergiev Posad, ring tour
Abramtsewo–Khot’kowo–Sergijew Possad: Distance 18/11 miles or 36 km
/ 22 miles.
Today first, we will spend an
hour and a half exploring the memorial estate Abramtsevo
dedicated to Russian history and culture. For many years
distinguished Russian artists such as Korovin, Repin, Polenov,
Vrubel, Surikov, Levitan, the brothers Vasnetsov and the others
lived and worked in Abramtsevo. We continue our route to the
nice country town Khotkovo with its monastery. Then we return to
Sergiev Posad enjoying from afar the brilliant views of Russian
destination is Lavra located 500 meters from our hotel in
Sergiev Posad. You will visit this place of interest before
Sergiev Posad – Moscow
After breakfast, we will
return to Moscow. Tourists who plan to leave Russia on this day, please let us know
beforehand, because if the group has still some free time on
their way to Moscow, we visit a Saint Russian Orthodox Church,
see a waterfall (considering Russian nature – it is rare,
because there are no mountains) and the spring «Gremyachiy
Klyuch». It is a magnificent place, a pilgrimage
destination. Back in Moscow we say goodbye to our fellow
travellers and end of tour !
in the tour:
Detailed route notes with materials about the sights in
English and German
9 overnight stays in 4* and 3* hotels (in the centre of
), one night
in a family hotel and another one in a «
» on the
7 cycle days
Breakfast and evening meals
Packed lunch or Picnic; tea, coffee, juice
During the cycling a bottle of water.
Use swimming pools of the hotels
Clients assistance and a guide (English or German)
Minivan for technical support
All tour transfers mentioned in the programm (incl.
Staritsa; Sergiev Posad –
Luggage transfer (no more 25 kg and one
bag / person)
Tour excursions mentioned in the programme, including
entrance tickets to museums in
Dmitrov, in Abramtsevo and in Lavra (Sergiev Posad)
2 Master classes during the tour (in Staritsa and
Sergiev Posad): one cooking class and one painting class
Bike rental: MTB-bike, 24 or 21 speed, helmet on
tour is of easy/medium difficulty. Suitable for cyclists who
some cycling experience. Flat routes, asphalt and some dirt
roads. Daily distances are between 18 and 55 km.
double or twin € 1.589,00
Group tour will be confirmed
with min. 8 and max. 20 people.
You do not need yourself to consolidate a full group for the
tour. It will be an international group tour with an
English-speaking tour leader