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Cycling tour «Along the ancient towns of Central Russia»

From 1.289,00 Euro
on Saturday: 13.05. and 27.05., 17.06., 01.07 and 15.07., 05.08. and 19.08., 02.09.2017
Tour type:
  • Velotours in Russia

Duration

10 days / 9 nights

Distance

260 - 300 km.

Start dates

on Saturday: 13.05. and 27.05., 17.06., 01.07 and 15.07., 05.08. and 19.08., 02.09.2017

Start location

Moscow (Transfer to Staritsa)

End location

Sergiev Posad (Transfer to Moscow )

Dear Guest!
   Our bicycle route will begin next to the Upper Volga in an ancient town called Staritsa where the river is not so deep and full-flowing. Surrounding views will change and will be filled with more significant sites while approaching the Moscow region. The bike tour will open an amazing distinctiveness and picturesqueness of Russian province that is not always possible to feel while travelling through big cities of Russia.
   Our bike route will have its logical conclusion in an important place of Russian Orthodoxy – in the town of Sergiev Posad, a «pearl» of the Golden Ring. The tour program will be full of activities – we will ride past many authentic villages, visit various ancient monasteries and churches that are still active or half-destroyed. We will attend some museums and manor houses, make stops in beautiful ancient Russian towns, have some masterclasses and stay and rest on Volga River bank for a while.
   A great part of the route we will cycle along rural roads and dirt-tracks in pristine areas of Tver and Moscow regions. Only two times we will cycle down asphalt motor roads escorted by our cars. We will spend the first night of the trip in a hotel in a historical centre of Moscow where all group members will gather. At the end of the tour we will come to Moscow from Sergiev Posad. Those who wish to continue to familiarize themselves with the Russian capital may proceed. We can organize an interesting program on request

Dear friend! If you still have doubts but really willing to go to a cycling tour around central Russia, you can always contact our European partners to book this tour. 
     We wish you an easy booking and a wonderful trip around Moscow and Tver region, along welcoming and friendly Russia! 

DATES guided tours in 2017, on Saturday:
13.05. and 27.05., 17.06.,01.07 and 15.07., 05.08. and 19.08., 02.09.2017.

TOUR PRICE PER PERSON 10 days / 9 nights, 2016:
DBL (Double or Twin) – 1.289,00 Euro
SGL (Single) supplement – 199,00 Euro 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
•  Detailed route with materials about the sights in English and German.
•  Overnight stays in hotels 4* and 3* (in the centre of Moscow), one night - in a family hotel, and another one in «Recreation Park» on the Volga River.
•  Use of hotel's swimming pool;
•  Services of support team, including sports leader (English or German), technical support car, minivan;
•  All tour transfers (incl. Moscow – Staritsa; Sergiev Posad – Moscow), ferry through the Volga;
•  Luggage transfer between hotels (no more 25 kg per bag / person);
•  Excursions on the route of the tour, including entrance tickets to museums – in Dmitrov, in Abramtsevo, in the Lavra (Sergiev Posad);
•  2 Master classes during the tour (in Staritsa and Sergiev Posad);
•  Bike rent - MTB-bike, 24 or 21 speed, helmet on request;
•  Visa support – invitation to the Russian Embassy in your country.

NUTRITION:
     – 8 days on bike route, full board:
•  Breakfast, complex or buffet;
•  Packed lunch or Picnic; tea, coffee, juice;
•  Complex dinners, will be at the hotel's restaurants;
• In some hotels drinks for the breakfasts (tea, coffee, juice) will need to be extra paid;
•  During the route – bottle water.
   – First day - dinner at the hotel's restaurants (Saturday).
   – Last day - breakfast at the hotel (Monday).

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:
• Picking up from the / to airport (price upon request);
• Flight to/from Moscow;
• Visit museums which are not included in the program;
• All beverage during the dinners, including alcoholic drinks are paid by tourists on a spot;
• Access to SPA, Russian banya, sauna in hotels;
• Laundry service;
• Visa expenses;
• Medical insurance;
     * Almost every hotel has a Sauna complex (Russian banya, sauna, SPA) – Clients can pay locally for these services.

Remark:

  • Cost of the tour may increase significantly, if there is a significant rise in price of fuel;
  • Depending on the weather, tour route may be changed insignificantly (the decision will made by the coordinator of the tour and a sports leader);
  • Bike ride along the route of the tour can be increased or decreased (except the 2nd and the 6th day, when the vehicle support cannot go near a group), depending on the physical condition and / or group's wishes.
  • Price of extra nights in Moscow (before start /after finish the tour) for a room in our hotel: on request

Difficulty level: Flat with some gentle slopes.

  • Our company is working with European bike-tour operators since 2006. We are open for cooperation with agencies and direct foreign guests.
  • Make an on-line request and we will respond to you on all your questions and of course we will book your participate in our guided bike tour.
  • We will welcome all tourists in Russia and sure they will be happy with unforgettable exciting!
  • We would like also to note that after the tour, or before it starts, we can also arrange for your clients an interesting program of staying in Moscow. 

Insurance

If you didn't get the insurance policy yet, we recommend to address to ERV Group (ERV - Travel Insurance).
Existence in Moscow of one of departments of the group guarantees the qualified help in a case of a loss occurrence.
We work with Russian department ERV company since 2007

Day 1, Saturday:
Transfer to the first hotel of the tour situated in the very centre of Moscow. You may also arrive there by yourself.
After or before dinner, you will meet your group members there and the company manager will tell you about the cycle tour program. After dinner you will have a walking tour around evening Moscow: have a walk along the Moscow River banking, see the great Cathedral of Christ the Savior and come to the Kremlin and Red Square.
You will get an unforgettable experience exploring the world famous architectural monuments of Russia. We will come back to the hotel via the Moscow Metro admiring its famous stations «Mayakovskaya», «Ploshchad Revolyutsii» and «Arbatskaya» known as real architectural treasures. 

Day 2, Sunday:
Main route: Moscow – Staritsa, transfer, about 260 km.
   You are leaving Moscow by bus at about 11in the morning. And in the afternoon you will arrive in the ancient Russian town of Staritsa.
Staritsa is one of the oldest towns of Russia (the first reference of Staritsa dates from 1297) that still remains authentic and original. This town is also known as the main and most favorite residence of Tsar Ivan the Terrible (Ivan IV).
  After lunch in the hotel you are going on an excursion to one of the oldest Russian monasteries founded by the monks of Kiev Pechersk Lavra in 1110. You will go up to the top of the high hill to enjoy the picturesque view of illimitable space, the Volga River and quiet town with its churches and cathedrals bosomed in trees.
In the evening you will be back to our hotel that used to be a manor place long time ago and now is restored by a young family. The master class of cooking Russian pelmeni (meat dumplings) awaits you! The chief cook of the restaurant will unravel up a mystery of this popular Russian dish.
After dinner you will have some free time. You will also have an opportunity to visit Russian sauna (banya).

Day 3, Monday:
Main route: Staritsa – village Krasnoije – village Volga
Bike route: Krasnoije – Golshino or Voevodino  ~ 45 / 55 km + transfer 35 / 25 km.
    After breakfast you are leaving Staritsa for village Krasnoije by bus.
Village Krasnoije used to be a country estate of State Counsellor who was a friend of A.Pushkin. You may still find there an old unique pseudo gothic church built in 1790. There are only three such exceptional churches in Russia. Going up to the bell tower with Father Superior you may also take wonderful pictures and clang a bell.
   After thr visit to Krasnoije you will have your first cycle tour through Tver Governorate. You will pass by some deserted villages, fields, meadows and small rivers. Then you go along the Volga River. It is a very quiet route so there will be only fishermen from time to time on you way. Peace and quiet prevail there barely disturbed by the cries of birds.
Near village Golshino or Voevodino you will take a bus to get to a beautiful country hotel «Usadba» situated on the bank of the Volga River. There you may swim in an indoor swimming-pool, play bowling, visit SPA and banya, ride horses or explore a small but interesting zoo. 

Day 4, Tuesday:
Main route: Village Volga – city Tver
Bike route: village Volga – village Bolschie Borki  ~35 km + transfer 25 km.
   The nature of Tver Oblast is amazing and pristine. And today you will discover the capital of Tver Oblast, the ancient Russian city of Tver. But first you will have to leave our hotel and pass through small «old» and «new» villages exploring rural roads. There will be no cars at all! Only our group and pristine wilderness of Tver Oblast.
On our way you will admire the beauty of sand dunes covered with colorful moss and spreading pines. You will have a rest on the bank of the Volga River in village Bolschie Borki, have a light meal and even have a swim in the river. Then you will go to Tver to get acquainted with its history and sights.
  In the evening you will have some time to take a walk after dinner at the hotel. You will see the sights of the ancient center of Tver, monuments to Pushkin and Afanasy Nikitin. Later you will have some free time to wander down Trehsvyatskaya Street, one of the main streets of Tver that looks absolutely like Moscow Arbat Street famous for souvenir shops with colorful Russian nesting dolls, artists with easels and lots of cozy restaurants and cafes. There you will immerse yourself in the vivid atmosphere of Russian country town.

Day 5, Wednesday:
Main route: Tver – village Yurievskoe
Bike route: Tver – Orschinski Kloster – Savvat`evo, 35 or 45 km + transfer 15 km.
   After breakfast at the hotel you will pass through the historic area of Tver going down the banking that dates back to 1760-1770. You will cross Volga river over the «Starovolzhsky» bridge, which was built in the late XIX century. This bridge reminds the inquisitive traveler the bridge in Bavarian town Laufen an der Salzach and the bridge in Budapest.
   Then the road leads us along Volga River it will amaze us with old pine forest. You will have to cycle down along dirt and sand roads to reach a real architectural pearl – Orshin Ascension Monastery favoured by Tsar Ivan the Terrible. There you will make a stop to have a picnic on the bank of the feeder. You will be truly delighted by the view of the wide and quiet river. Leaving this calm and mysterious place you continue your trip through old pinery cycling down a sealed road to Savvat`evo. Then you will go back to Volga River by bus to village Yurievskoe to have some rest at the Park hotel. There you will have a nice meal on the bank of Volga River.

Day 6, Thursday:
Main rout: Village Yurievskoe – town Konakovo
Bike route: Yurievskoe – Vidogoshi – Edimonovo, 35 or 45 km + transfer 25 / 30 km.
   Today you will have a journey through the old pine forest passing by ancient small villages. You will cycle down smooth dirt and sand roads as a great part of this route.
  You will enjoy the splendid view of the Volga River especially wide and deep near village Edimonovo. You will experience the beauty of the islands, riverbanks, pinery and calm water creating a fairy tale called mysterious Russian nature. There you will follow the river turning to the North-East to form Ivankovo Reservoir.
  After a nice break and a swim in pure water you will be transferred to the bank of the reservoir to take a ferry. You will passage the great Volga River to reach 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 on the riverbank famous for its own sand beach and extensive infrastructure.

Day 7, Friday:
Main route: Town Konakovo – the Moscow Canal – village Rogachevo – town Dmitrov
Bike route: the Moscow Canal – Rogachevo, 45 km + 40 km. transfer.
   In the morning you will go by bus to the famous point of interest – the Moscow Canal. This unique and massive canal was built in 1930s in five years by hundreds of thousands Gulag political prisoners. Many of them died working there. You will have a 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 calm and quiet water.
   After that we will continue our trip along the canal, pass by forests, fields and old Russian villages to reach trading village Rogachevo. In the middle of the XIX century the Emperor of Russia Alexander II with his wife Empress Maria Alexandrovna and children used to visit this village. You may still see stone country buildings indicating the bygone age of wealth and prosperity there.
   In the evening you will arrive in the ancient town of Dmitrov, have dinner at the hotel restaurant and walk around the center of old town, visit the Kremlin and take a stroll down Kropotkinskaya street famous for its monuments to «citizens».

Day 8, Saturday:
Main route: Town Dmitrov – Town Sergiev Posad
Bike route: Dmitrov – Svyatogorovo – Vasil`evskoe, 35 or 40 km + transfer 40 km.
   After breakfast you will visit reserve museum «Dmitrovsky Kremlin» where you will see a very interesting display dedicated to the Second World War. You will also find out a lot of fascinating information about local history and culture there.
   Leaving former country estate of the Golitsyn family you will cycle to the highest part of Klinsko-Dmitrovskaja chain of hills crossed by the rapid and twisty Velja River (later we will have a real adventure wading this river!). This place is often called Moscow taiga and even Russian Switzerland because of its high green hills. You will cycle down the sealed, dirt and even very rocky roads to reach village Svyatogorovo. This village has always been a place of interest for tourists, photographers and artists. There you will admire the architecture of wooden Russian palaces famous for their beauty all over the world. Then you will have a nice lunch consisted of traditional Russian dishes. It is important to mention that these dishes are made of fresh products self-grown right there by our hospitable hosts.
   In the evening you will finally explore the main treasure of the Golden Ring of Russia – city Sergiev Posad. This city is rightfully considered as one of the most magnificent sights of Russia included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. There you will arrive to the hotel and have a pleasant dinner at the restaurant serving fruit dumplings.
   Later the master class on Matreshka painting will await you! Everyone will get a wooden doll to paint.

Day 9, Sunday:
Main route: Sergiev Posad – country estate Abramtsevo – Sergiev Posad, circular tour
Bike route: Abramtsevo – town Khotkovo – Sergiev Posad, 18 or 36 km.
   Today you will have the most eventful day. First of all after breakfast you will spend an hour and a half exploring memorial estate Abramtsevo where you discover a lot of wonders connected to Russian history and culture. This estate was bought in 1870 by Savva Ivanovich Mamontov, a famous Russian industrialist and patron of the arts. And 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. Then you will get by nice country town Khotkovo wondering at the local monastery and afterwards take the road to Sergiev Posad enjoying brilliant views of Russian nature.
  Our next destination point is Lavra located 500 meters from our hotel in Sergiev Posad. You will visit this place before dinner. And the architecture of the hotel will remind you of traditional Russian country estate with its own Russian sauna, Palace of Princess, manor-place and an admirable courtyard. One may even visit Russian sauna in the evening. 

Day 10, Monday:
Main route: Sergiev Posad – Moscow, transfer about 80 km.
   After breakfast at the hotel you will have a back transfer to Moscow. For everyone who wishes to continue exploring the capital of Russia we recommend to stay in the hotel «Bagration» where you spend your first night in Moscow. Booking in advance is required.
   Tourists who plan to leave Russia on this day, please let us know beforehand. But if the group has some free time on their way to Moscow, you will be able to visit Saint Russian Orthodox Church – to see a waterfall (considering Russian nature – it is a rare appearance, because we do not have mountains) – spring «Gremyachiy Klyuch». There you will see what a magnificent place it is. This pilgrimage destination is annually visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. According to the legend St. Sergei of Radonezh spent there a few days offering prayers. And afterwards a spring gushed up. People call three parts of the spring – Faith, Love, Hope.

Rental bike (include in the tour price)

MTB, Navigator 930 D 29" MTB, Navigator 830 V 26"
Front fork SR SUNTOUR, XCM, 80 mm SR SUNTOUR XCM, 100 mm
Frame Sizes 17.5" / 19.5"/ 21.5" Aluminum 17.5" / 19.5" / 21.5" Aluminum
Tires Sizes 29" 26"
Speed 24 21
Derailleur front SHIMANO Alivio, FD-T4000 SHIMANO Tourney, FD-TX50
Derailleur rear SHIMANO Alivio, RD-T4000 SHIMANO Altus, RD-M310
Shiftlever SHIMANO Alivio, SL-M360 SHIMANO Acera, ST-EF65
Cassette SHIMANO Altus, CS-HG41 SHIMANO Altus, CS-HG41
Brakes TEKTRO, DRACO, Hydraulic Discbrake, 180мм TEKTRO, V-brake
Rims WEINMANN, aluminum double WEINMANN, aluminum double

Extra equipment: Bottle holder, beam deflectors and small lamps.
On request: a cycle bag, luggage compartments, helmets.

                                                                                                    

                                                                                  

Sincerely yours company «Paradise voyage» and our partners in Crimea and Baltic States.
Dear friends, we invite you to take a trip on one of the most interesting parts of the First National cycle route of Russia. The estimated bike route will be 260 kilometers, not including all transfers. However, these distances can be either increased or decreased, depending on the group, their physical training and the individual wishes of our guests. 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*).
The bike route will start from the Upper Volga, from the old town of Staritsa, where the river is not that deep. Gradually we will approach the Moscow region and the Volga 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. You will meet interesting people, who not only love their homeland, but also know a lot about their area, and will be ready and glad to share these knowledges with you.
Our bike route will have its logical ending in a symbolic place for Russian Orthodoxy – in the town of Sergiev Posad, the «pearl» of the Golden Ring of Russia. 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, get several master classes, have fun and rest by the bank of the River Volga. 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. 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. After the tour, we will come from Sergiev Posad to Moscow. Those who wish, may continue exploring the capital of our country. We are ready to organize an interesting program on request in advance. 

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