|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||30 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Aug 23, 2014|
|Start city:||Moscow, Russia|
|End city:||St. Petersburg, Russia|
This cycling tour goes from Moscow, the modern Russian capital, to St. Petersburg, the old capital, and through the oldest city, Novgorod the Great. All 3 are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will also be charmed by the spirit of olden times in Torzhok, Ostashkov, and Staraya Russa.
Pass by the pearl of Russian nature, Lake Seliger, and cross the woody hills of Valdai, where the great Volga River starts. In Staraya Russa, you'll visit the museum commemorating the life of the Russian author, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who wrote there his novels The Brothers Karamazov and The Possessed. In Novgorod you will see the ancient Kremlin, the magnificent eleventh century St. Sofia Cathedral, and the Russian Millennium Memorial. You will be surprised by the luxurious beauty of grand palaces and parks, built for Russian Tsars in the St. Petersburg area.
On the route you can choose your own cycling pace. A car will wait for you at appointed places along the route. Experienced guides will look after you in case of difficulties. If you are tired you can always use the car for some part of the route. Even non-riding spouses, children or friends are welcome on the tour and they can follow you in the car.
For 7 cycling days we ride about 200 miles (300 km) on the comfort tour. Most roads along the route do not have heavy traffic and are covered with asphalt.
This bike tour is designed for international cyclists, and it will introduce you to the real Russia! You are not just customers – you are the guests of our cycling club. In addition to the beautiful riding, you'll participate in a cultural discovery program, part of which takes you to museums and exhibitions. You will meet friendly village dwellers and see how Russians really live. We also visit a Russian bath house ("banya"). The menu promises to give you the opportunity to tast authentic Russian food that is unlike anything you've tasted before!
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Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
Upon arriving in Moscow, you will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to the hotel. That evening there will be dinner and an evening city walk.
Overnight in Moscow
Day 2: Mednoe - Volga (22 mi/35 km)
The day begins with a transfer to the Tver region. Then you'll visit the Mednoe Memorial Complex and enjoy biking a very quiet road to a resort club near the Volga River.
Overnight near the Volga
Day 3: Volga - Torzhok (47 mi/75 km)
Bike on a quiet road to old Russian town of Torzhok, famous for its old architecture. We also visit a gold embroidery shop.
Overnight in a Torzhok hotel
Day 4: Torzhok - Ostashkov (22 mi/35 km)
Transfer closer to Ostashkov, then bike on quiet roads to the capital of Seliger region, the old town of Ostashkov, where you'll have a city tour. If the schedule permits, you'll have a boat trip to the Saint Nil monastery.
Overnight in a hotel in Ostashkov
Day 5: Ostashkov - Lake Seliger (22 mi/35 km)
Today you'll bike to the pearl of Central Russia nature, Lake Seliger. Your hotel will have a banya, or Russian steam bath.
Overnight in a lake resort hotel
Day 6: Lake Seliger - Staraya Russa (47 mi/75 km)
Today starts with a bus transfer to Demiansk. From there you continue on bikes to Staraya Russa, where you'll visit the spa resort and the museum of the famous Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Overnight in a Staraya Russa spa hotel
Day 7: Novgorod (25 mi/40 km)
You cycle to Great Novgorod, the old capital of Russia, around Lake Ilmen. Highlights include the Museum of Wooden Architecture "Vitoslavitsy" and city tour in Novgorod.
Overnight in a hotel in the center of Novgorod.
Day 8: St. Petersburg
Transfer to St. Petersburg for a city tour.
Overnight in St. Petersburg
Day 9: Departure
After breakfast, your tour is complete. You can arrange for a ride to the St. Petersburg airport, or take a train back to Moscow.
Aug 23, 2014
You should bring:
We have chosen exclusive hotels in resort areas. The hotels are perfect quality and located in quiet settings. Double/twin or single accommodation.
Bikes available to rent on this tour (must be reserved at time of booking):
Bikes come equipped with the following:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it has a universal seat post.
We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
For 7 days of cycling, we ride about 200 miles (300 km). Most roads along the route do not have heavy traffic and are paved with asphalt. The route is mostly flat, but there is some rolling terrain.
"Thank you so much for all your fantastic organisation. Deb and I had a ball. It was the best and probably most challenging thing I’ve ever done. The group was great fun and our intrepid Russian leaders bent over backwards (isn’t always easy in a large group) to please everybody. We learned so much about beautiful Russia. I wasn’t prepared for the endless fields of wildflowers, acres green forests and huge open spaces...which were in stark contrast to the densely populated sophistication of the cities, Moscow and St Petersburg. The tour itself was at times hard going, the distances great and the roads challenging to say the least. Accommodation was basic. But at the end of a hard day there was always a great meal, loads to drink and of course fantastic company to share laughs with, of which we had many.
"Thank you so much... man what a ride! I loved every minute and after spending so much time with folk, really miss everyone. But I'm sure some of us will keep in contact. After all, that’s what travelling is all about."
Nearest airport: Moscow, Russia - Domodedovo (DME), Sheremetievo (SVO), or Vnukovo
Nearest train station: Moscow, Russia
Nearest airport: St. Petersburg, Russia (Pulkovo - LED)
Nearest train station: St. Petersburg, Russia
There is also a ferry to Helsinki, Stockholm, Tallinn, or Lubeck.
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The Iron Curtain shrouded Russia in mystery for many decades, and even now this beautiful land is often misunderstood. Yet today it's still one of the most-visited and popular tourist destinations in the world.
Russia's vast territory spans two continents and straddles the East and West unlike any other modern nation. Russia's unique culture blends influences of both its European and Asian neighbors to produce a fascinating array of sites, smells, and tastes. The folk traditions and arts are incredibly rich, and traditional music and dance can still often be found throughout the more rural areas of this mighty country.
Because of its enormous size, Russia spans multiple climates and ecological environments – offering an impressive diversity of landscapes. Some regions are lush with greenery while others are barren and practically unlivable. Russia is a country of stark contrasts and intriguing uniqueness that’s thrilling to explore.
Russian Cycle Touring Club is a not-for-profit social organization that joins bicyclists with different interests. Founded in 1996, they promote cycling tours in Russia and are the only organization that organizes bike tours in Russia for international customers. They are a member of the European Cyclists Federation (ECF) and NBTDA.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Russian Cycle Touring Club (RCTC) organizes incredible adventure bicycle tours for foreign cyclists to the most interesting places of Russia. Our bicycle tours give you a unique chance to see the real Russia, not from a bus window but from your bicycle saddle, accompanied by Russian cyclists.
A deposit is not refundable except a case if the tour is full and we can find another participant. In this case we can make full refund (minus transactions cost) or transmit your deposit to the next year. The cost of the tour (minus deposit) can be refunded up to the date tour starts (minus transactions costs). Riders canceling may transfer their tour to another person for a fee of $50 dollars. In the exceptional case of RCTC canceling a tour due to low enrollment (insufficient number of participants), participants receive a full refund of all payments received to date. In this exceptional case we can suggest to change the conditions of the tour.
Reservation and Payment
Step 1. Booking. You send us your application via email.
Step 2. Confirmation. We send you the confirmation via email. Please do not make non-changeable travel plans until you receive your confirmation.
Step 3. Deposit. You pay a deposit by bank transfer to our account within time required. If you do not pay the deposit, RCTC reserve the right to cancel your reservation. The balance of your payment is due any time before your tour begins. If you book via our agents you follow their booking policy.
Limitation of Liability
RCTC and its staff do all they can to make tours safe and pleasure. However, you travel at your own risk. RCTC is not liable for any participants' illness, injury, or death, property loss or damage before, during and after the tours. RCTC is not liable for accidents caused by consumption of alcoholic beverages, civil unrest, terrorism, crime, breakdown of equipment, forces of nature, lack of or limited access to medical attention in remote locations, and the adequacy of medical attention once provided. RCTC is also not liable for expenses not specified as included in the tour, but which may be required. RCTC reserves the right to make route, itinerary and hotel changes as necessary for comfort and safety of participants or as a result of act of god. RCTC reserves the right to refuse any reservation and participation for a person whose condition or behavior may be a hazard to himself or others. RCTC cannot be responsible for inconvenience as a result of acting of third party (hotels, restaurants, banks, transport etc.) as well as the condition of the roads, participants' bikes, weather or insects.
Participant Responsibility and Safety Statement
Tour participants assume the responsibility to select a tour most appropriate to their physical abilities and interest. Participants are responsible for being in sufficient good health to undertake their trip. Participants are also responsible for studying all pre-departure information, for bringing all necessary equipment and clothing, for acting in a manner considerate of fellow tour participants and the country visited. The participants are presumed to have the knowledge and bicycling riding and handling skills necessary to participate in the tour they have chosen. Participants should follow any written or verbal instructions that are given by RCTC guides. Children under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Under 14's should be attached to an adult's bike. Participants must obey the Highway (Traffic) Code, cycle in a safe and responsible manner, and ensure that their bike is roadworthy. All participants should ride with a helmet and have adequate medical insurance.
We state that we only use the information we collect about you with your consent in order to process your application and to tell you about our events. It is our strict rule never to disclose personal information about you to any third party without first receiving your permission (except in the case of formal legal instruction). We may need to know your name, date of birth, email address, address, passport number and expiry date in order to process your booking. This information is used strictly for the purpose of organizing the bicycle tour, processing your visa support papers and will not be disclosed to any third party without your authority except cases which are required by tour organizing process. RCTC may make photographic or film records of its tours and may use such records for promotional purposes without compensation.