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RUSSIA GROUP BIKE TOUR “ANCIENT TOWNS OF CENTRAL RUSSIA

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHT TOUR

 

Our tour starts in the ancient Russian town of Tver, which has spread on a bank the Volga River. 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 ". The first two cycling stretches will lead you along Volga's banks and you will explore many ancient towns and villages of central Russia. Our bike route will pass a very important place for the Russian Orthodox religion, the town of Sergiev Posad, the «pearl» of the Golden Ring. The final city for this tour is Vladimir. Also, one of the points of interest will be "the young city of science", Dubna. 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. 

 

 

 

 

Highlights:  

  • Moscow:Kremlin, Red Square and the cathedral of San Basil

  • Wolga and the Moscow Canal, Dubna    

  • Tver, the town of Catherine the Great  

  • The Russian Ortodox churches and monasteries.

  • The typical Russian dishes

  • The beautiful river landscape of the Wolga

 

Programme

Day 1

Individual arrival in Moscow

Arrival to the first hotel of the tour situated in the centre of Moscow. 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. By the Moscow Metro we go back to the hotel admiring its famous stations «Mayakovskaya», «Ploshchad Revolyutsii» and «Arbatskaya», recognised as real architectural treasures. Dinner not included. 

 

Day 2 

Moscow Tver, Transfer of approx. 180 km  

We leave Moscow by bus in the late morning and reach the old Russian town of Tver. After a lunch break we will have a city tour around the old centre. We'll take a walk along the embankment, listening to the city's history. Then we will pass the monument of Pushkin and Athanasii Nikitin, who loved this place very much. Later we will go back to the hotel, a former manor house. Then, we will have a cooking class to learn how to make Russian pelmeni. The chef of the restaurant will uncover the secrets of this popular Russian dish. After dinner you can take a walk along one of the central strees, "Trehsvyatskaya", with souvenir benches, rows of bright matryoshkas, artists and many cozy cafes and restaurants. Here you will plunge into the colourful atmosphere of the Province of Russia. Dinner included.

 

Day 3 

Tver – yurievskoe Settlement

Cycling route: Tver - Orschinski Kloster - Savvat'evo, 35 km + transfer 15 km

After breakfast, we will start our tour by passing through the historical part of Tver and along its embankment which 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 traveler of the bridge in the Bavarian town of Laufen an der Salzach 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. Dinner is not included.

 

Day 4 

Yurievskoe Settlement - city of Konakovo - city of Dubna 

Cycling route: Yurievskoe - Vidogoshi - Edimonovo, 35 / 45 km + transfer approx. 40 km. 

Today's route will lead through century-old pine forests and old rare settlements, mostly on nice gravel and sandy roads. In the village of Edimonovo, the river Volga becomes even fuller and wider. The islands, the water surface of the bay, beaches and pine forests - all this creates a fantastic atmosphere of peace 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 of Konakovo. Later on via our transfer bus we will continue our trip and reach the "city of Science" - Dubna. In the evening, if the weather is good, we will have a chance to swim in the Volga River and enjoy the unbelievable atmosphere of the city of Academics and cyclists. Dinner is not included.

 

Day 5 

 

 

Dubna - The Moscow canal - Dmitrov 

Cycling route: The Moscow canal - Verbilki, 45 km + Transfer approx. 40 km. 

Today we will have a day full of activities! After breakfast a short tour along the "city of Science". The guide will tell you about the history of this city and the construction of the Moscow Canal. This unique  construction was built in the 30s of last century, in just five years thanks to hundreds of thousands of political prisoners of the Gulag, many of whom died while working. We will immerse ourselves 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 calm waters of the bay. And further on we will ride along the canal, and later, through woods, fields, authentic settlements and villages we will reach the ancient industrial village of Verbilki. Here it is possible to visit the museum of porcelain factory that was founded by an Englishman, Mr. Gardner in 1775. In the evening we will reach the 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. Dinner is not included into a tour price.

 

Day 6

Dmitrov - Sergiev Posad 

Cycling route: Budenovets - Svyatogorovo - Yakot`, 40 km + Transfer 40 km. 

After breakfast, if you wish, 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, crossed by the fast and winding river Velya. If you are interested, we can propose to wade it, but a bit later - It can be an unforgettable experience! Riding first on tarmac surface, later on gravel and sometimes even rocky roads we will reach the settlement "Svyatogorovo". This place is popular to pilgrims, photographers, artists and interesting for curious visitors. Here we will examine the architecture of wooden houses and dine with friendly hosts who will treat us with dishes of Russian cuisine made with products of their own farm. Later, we have a transfer to the city of Sergiev Posad - one of the best places of our cycling tour in "Innland Russia". 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 the pearl, one of the main sights. In 1993 this architectural ensemble became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, we will have another interesting activity - a master class of painting the Matryoshka in the city's "Workshop of Art". Each person will be given a wooden blank. Dinner is not included into a tour price.

 

Day 7

Sergiev Posad - Vladimir 

Cycling route: Alexandrov - Kirzhach - Pokrov, 70 km or less + Transfer 160 km. 

Today we will have final and the longest cycle stretch, that will lead us to the junction of the Moscow, Yaroslavl and Vladimir regions. We will see some old small towns. Part of the way, as always, will be escorted 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. In the evening we will reach the city of Vladimir - the crown of the "Golden Ring". Here there are some of wonderful monuments of Russian medieval white-stone architecture, perfectly preserved, which are part of UNESCO World Heritage List. Dinner is not included into a tour price.

 

Day 8

Vladimir - Moscow

Transfer approx. 200 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 interesting information. Vladimir was founded by Prince Vladimir in the late 10-th century. This city has been the capital of the Old Russian State for more than 250 years, until 1432. In the second part of the day, we will go back to Moscow. Our cycling tour will finishes there. But if you wish, you can stay longer and spend more time exploring our wonderful city of Moscow. Lunch and Dinner are not included into a tour price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included in the tour:

·         Detailed road book and information about the sights in English and German

·         Accommodation in 4* and 3* hotels, one night in a « Recreation Park » on Volga River  

·         Two meals a day for 5 days: breakfast, packed lunch or pic-nic, a bottle of water during daily routes; on the second day of the tour: breakfast, lunch and dinner in Tver, on the last day (Saturday): breakfast. Please note that some hotels might charge drinks during breakfast.  

·         Use of hotel's swimming-pools

·       A support team, clients assistance, including a guide in English and minivan

·         All tour transfers mentioned in the program, ferry across the Volga (Transfer from the airport to Moscow City centre not included, it can be organized upon request).

·         Luggage transportation (no more than one bag, 20 kg and per person)

·         City tours in Moscow (1st day of the tour), Tver, Dubna, Dmitrov, Sergiev Posad, Vladimir 

·         2 Master classes during the tour

·         Visa support - invitation to the Russian Embassy of your country

·         Bike rental: MTB-bike, 24 or 21 speed, helmet on request

 

 

Dates 2018

Saturday 19/05, 27/05, 02/06, 30/06, 21/07, 04/08, 18/08

Level 1/2

The 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.

Prices p.p. 2018

In double or twin room € 1.559,00

Supplement single room     € 299,00 

Supplement for start on 30/06 because of the Mondial Foorball match € 790,00 in double room and € 99,00 in single room

Half board supplement  € 110,00

Participants

Group tour will be confirmed with min. 6 and max. 16 persons.