|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||25 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Jul 7, 28; Aug 18, 2014 (minimum 12 participants)|
|Start city:||Moscow, Russia|
|End city:||St. Petersburg, Russia|
Moscow and St. Petersburg are the two biggest and richest cities in Russia. Full of monuments and impressive architecture, both cities are top tourist destinations in Europe.
Now you can combine Moscow and St. Petersburg with cycling in the beautiful Russian countryside. Memorable, must-see, highlights of this tour include the Red Square, Vladimir Lenin's mausoleum, the Kremlin, the Nevsky Prospekt, and the Winter Palace, the icon of Communist Revolution.
Along the way, let yourself be charmed by the culture, architecture, cuisine and friendly people. Don't miss this chance to experience Russia by bike!
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Day 1: Arrival to Moscow
Individual arrival to Moscow. Shortly before 8 p.m. (local time) a briefing with your travel guide is scheduled. Right after the briefing enjoy the tour's first authentic Russian dinner, followed by a guided walk in Moscow in the evening. You will travel via the famous Moscow Subway (tickets bought individually) to Arbat, a picturesque avenue, where such famous people as Pushkin, Gogol and Dostoyevski have left their footprints. Return to the hotel by 10 p.m.
Overnight in Moscow.
Day 2: Tour around Moscow (bicycle free day)
Right after breakfast a guided tour (by bus and by walk) of Moscow’s main attractions awaits you. The tour includes an optional break in the middle of the day. After dinner, you will visit the Kremlin visiting area. Then we arrive at a „rynok“, or Russian bazaar, where you can find almost everything imaginable, including interesting souvenirs. Dinner and accommodation as on day one.
Overnight in Moscow.
Day 3: Moscow - Valday Lake District (16 miles/26 km)
After breakfast, we transfer by bus to Valday. Valday is a 500 year old Russian town, which lies between Moscow and St. Petersburg, upon a trading route. The Valday lake district is very picturesque and attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Your first bicycle trip follows along the shore of a lake and introduces you to the charm of local folk. Accommodation and dinner in Valday.
Overnight in Valday.
Day 4: Valday National Park - Ivyersky Monastery (38 miles/60 km)
Today you will cycle through Valday National Park. The park, one of the last unspoilt regions between Moscow and St. Petersburg, extends upon more than 4000 square kilometers. It’s nature is varied and unique. Here you will find dense woods, marshes and numerous (over two hundred) lakes. The park is inhabited by moose, wild boar, wolves, bears and more than 220 bird species. But not only the wonderful nature is worth seeing. On the road we shall visit the holy spring, where each day hundreds of pilgrims receive drinking water.
In the afternoon, we reach the mighty Ivyersky Monastery, built on the Rudnev Isle, in the middle of Lake Valday. Accommodation and dinner as on day three. Today's route is slightly elevated, and on gravel roads for about 9 miles (15 km) and 28 miles (45 km) on asphalt.
Overnight in Valday.
Day 5: Valday National Park - Staraya Russa Health Resort (31 miles/50 km)
Right after breakfast we leave Valday by bus (87 miles/140 km), heading towards the Baltic on the old trading route that connects Moscow, Veliky Novgorod and St. Petersburg.
The route leads mostly by asphalt, through impressive woods. If we are lucky, we can encounter rare birds such as grouse and animals such as deer and moose on the road. On the way, we will have a picnic. We shall reach our hotel in Staraya Russa, the town which probably gave Russia it’s name, in the late afternoon. Accommodation in Staraya Russa.
Overnight in Staraya Russa.
Day 6: Staraya Russa - Veliky Novgorod (28 miles/45 km)
Today our trip takes us to the craddle of Russian state – the oldest city in Russia, the former Hansa city, 1000 year-old Veliky Novgorod. You ride through Russian villages, fields and woods where you rarely see any people. It is here where one can truly understand, that such concepts as "distance", "open space" and "time" have a different meaning in Russia than in Western Europe.
In an isolated place, a picnic is scheduled; don’t miss this opportunity to try some of Russian specialties. In the afternoon, after a short bus transfer (68 miles/110 km), you reach Veliky Novgorod (about 250,000 inhabitants). The city, proudly looking back at it’s 1000 years of history, lays about 200 km from St. Petersburg. Accommodation and dinner in Veliky Novgorod.
Overnight in Veliky Novgorod.
Day 7: Veliky Novgorod - St. Petersburg (bicycle free day)
A guided tour Russia’s oldest city, Veliky Novgorod, awaits us in the morning. The tour includes the powerful Kremlin, the Millenium Monument and the Cathedral. Afterwards, a bus transfer (118 miles/190 km) to our next accomodation. Lunch is scheduled in the meantime.
At the end of the day, after a bus transfer, you reach the former capital of Russia – St. Petersburg. In the late afternoon we take a wonderful boat ride through canals and rivers of St. Petersburg (optional, about 20$/person, starts about 8 p.m.). Dinner and accommodation in St. Petersburg.
Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Day 8: St. Petersburg (bicycle free day)
Right after breakfast you shall discover the impressive St. Petersburg, including the Hermitage, Peter and Paul’s Fortress, by a guided bus tour. Free time in the afternoon. Dinner and accommodation as on day seven.
Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Day 9: Individual Departure
Individual departure home after breakfast. We would be happy to help you extend your stay and book individual accommodation in St. Petersburg or Moscow.
Bikes available for rent on this tour (reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.
The terrain is mostly flat and primarily asphalt with occasional hills. You will pass through numerous woods and fields in the area.
Approximately 85% of the tour is on quiet roads, 8% on dirt or gravel roads, and 7% on roads shared with traffic.
Nearest airport and train station: Moscow, Russia
It is best to travel by plane. Moscow has two airports, Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo, which both offer many connections and are easily reached by public transport. From Domodedovo, you can take Aeroexpress train to Paveletsky station, and from Sheremetyevo you can take Aeroexpress to Belorussky Railway Station. Timetables can be found here: http://svo.aero/en
Nearest airport and train station: St. Petersburg, Russia
From St. Petersburg you can depart through Pulkovo airport. Alternatively, one can take a comfortable train to Moscow and fly out of Moscow.
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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.
Since the founding of Nature Travel, bike tours remain our specialty. We are among the biggest and most experienced tour operators in the region, offering guided bike tours with accommodations, baggage handling and bike transport between the cycling sections. Our tour guides are not only keen cyclists, but also possess extensive knowledge of countries and settlements the group visits with them and are fluent in foreign languages. Thanks to the presence of our bus drivers, we can easily react to all incidents and conduct repairs.
Our tours usually last between 7 and 13 days. The season starts at the beginning of May and lasts until the end of September. Cycling sections usually are about 50 km/30 miles, thoroughly checked and described by us, fully suitable for beginners. The roads we ride are bicycle routes and local roads with small traffic. During each section as one of the very few operators we offer our guests a rich picnic, which allows not only to regenerate, but also to taste the local specialties.
Besides cycling, tours by Nature Travel contain also cultural programme - our guests tour the cities and landmarks which they pass with professional city guides, participate in dinners, are accommodated in good class hotels. It is an excellent way to spend your vacation the original way, allowing to experience the place from a different perspective than just the seat of the bus. You not only cycle, but also take photos, bathe in the sea, smell the flowers, and, most of all - enjoy yourself.
1. Booking and payment
Bookings of closed groups are based on the following conditions:
The bikes are rented from Nature Travel, which costs additionally. It is possible to bring your own bicycles, although please note that this will add to to the cost of the tour (starting from 20 Euro, which stands for transportation costs). The all-terrain bicycles are inapplicable due to numerous field and forest roads. During the tour, each participant is financially responsible for his/her bicycle (in case of damages or losses). Since the route descriptions, which you will receive, contain the distance in kilometers, we advise you to bring a speedometer to the trip. It shall be installed by your driver free of charge. You can also rent a speedometer from us, which costs 10 Euro (installation included). Please let us know upon reserving your tour, which option do you choose.
The first installment is 50 Euro and is paid upon receiving the confirmation. The remaining amount is to be paid at the latest two weeks before the tour.
4. Children discounts
5. Number of participants
Usually, between 10 and 20 people. Minimum number of participants for guided tours is 10 people, excluding: BNT (Baltic), GKM (Koenigsberg), UKR (PL&Ukraine) and RNT (Russia), which require at least 12 participants to take place. Individual tours in Poland require at least 2 participants, LI - 6, IB - 8 people. If the minimum number of participants isn't met, the group is cancelled. You shall be informed about it right away - at the latest, 6 weeks before the tour.
In case you have to cancel your reservation, please be aware that we have already started our work and have carried certain costs. We muss charge you with the following costs:
We always consider the date of receiving your resignation by us.
7. Our offer does not include insurance
Our offer does not include insurance (from resignation costs, luggage loss, accidents, illness, legal responsibility). We advise you to buy insurance personally.
The organizer is responsible to do everything, for the tour to take place and be of highest quality. In particular, he is responsible for:
9. Limited liability
Our liability for any losses etc. is limited to the price of tour, multiplied by three. Rarely, we come to a situation where we have to change the programme, or the place of accommodation without notice. We ask for your understanding on this matter.
If you feel you have a reason to complain on our services, please write us immediately. Please do it at the latest one month after the end of your tour. The seat of the operator is relevant in case of legal arguments.