Day 1, Saturday: Moscow
Transfer or self arrival to the «start» hotel of the tour in the very center of Moscow.
In the evening you will have a city tour around Moscow! We will walk along the embankment of the Moscow River, past the great Temple of Christ the Savior and reach the Kremlin and Red Square.
You will be filled with unforgettable impressions of scope and power of these cult constructions of the Capital of Russia. On the way back to the hotel after you will take the metro, and will visit one of the most famous stations – «Revolution Square» and «Arbatskaya», which in truth can be called a work of architectural art.
Dinner is not included into a tour price
Day 2, Sunday: Moscow – Tver, Transfer, approx 180 km
In the morning, around 11 a.m. we will take the transfer bus to go from Moscow to an old Russian city of Tver, which will be reached in the second part of the day.
Here after a lunch break we will have a city tour around the old center. Taking a walk along the embankment, listen to the city's history. Passing by the monument of Pushkin and Athanasii Nikitin, who loved this city very much.
Later that day we go be back to our hotel, which is a former manor house, lovingly renovated by current owners. Also, as a next step we will have a master class of modeling the Russian pelmeni. The chef of the restaurant will uncover the secrets of this popular Russian dish.
After dinner you will have the opportunity to take a walk along one of the central street «Trehsvyatskaya» – this is pretty much the same as Moscow «Arbat» with the same souvenir benches, rows of bright matryoshkas, easels of artists and many cozy cafes and restaurants. Here you will plunge into the colorful atmosphere of the provincial Russia.
Dinner is included into a tour price.
Day 3, Monday: Tver – Orschinski Kloster – Savvat`evo, 35 km + transfer 15 km, or 50 km to the hotel
Main route: Tver – Yurievskoe Settlement
Cycling route: Tver – Orschinski Kloster – Savvat`evo, 35 km + transfer 15 km., or 50 km to the hotel
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our tour by passing through the historical part of Tver, and along its embankment that 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 into a tour price.
Day 4, Tuesday: Yurievskoe – Vidogoshi – Edimonovo, 35 / 45 km + transfer approx 40 km
Main route: 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 age-old pine forest and old rare settlements, mostly on nice gravel and sandy roads.
In the village of Edimonovo the river Volga becomes even more full flowing and wide. The islands, the water surface of the bay, beaches and pine forests – all this creates a fantastic atmosphere of peace in mind 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 Konakovo. Later on via our transfer bus we continue our trip and reach the «city of Science» – Dubna.
In the evening, if the weather is good, we will have one more opportunity to swim in the Volga River, or rather, the «Moscow» Sea and enjoy unbelievable atmosphere of the city of Academics and cyclists.
Dinner is not included in a tour price.
Day 5, Wednesday: Moscow canal – Verbilki, 35 km or 47 km + Transfer approx 30 km
Main route: Dubna – The Moscow canal – Dmitrov
Cycling route: The Moscow canal – Verbilki, 35 km or 47 km + Transfer approx. 30 km
Today we will have a very eventful day!
After breakfast we will have a short tour along the «city of Science». The guide will tell you about the history of this city and the construction of Moscow Canal. This unique and large-scale construction was erected in the 30s of the last century, in just five years by the forces of hundreds of thousands of political prisoners of the Gulag, many of whom died in its construction.
Walk along the spit, will dip us 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 serene waters of the bay.
And further on we will ride along the canal, and after through woods, fields, authentic settlements and villages to reach the ancient industrial village of Verbilki. Here is possible to visit museum of the porcelain factory that was founded by an Englishman Gardner in the year 1775.
By the evening we will reach an 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, Thursday: Budenovets – Svyatogorovo – Yakot`, 27 km + Transfer 40 km
Main route: Dmitrov – Sergiev Posad
Cycling route: Budenovets – Svyatogorovo – Yakot`, 27 km + Transfer 40 km
After breakfast,we will have a short transfer to Budenovets. Here we will ride our bicycles and continue our bike route along the «Klinsko-Dmitrovskaya Ridge» (this is one of the most beautiful parts of the Moscow Upland, the maximum altitude is 285 m), where descents and ascents will be awaiting us.
Riding first on tarmac surface, after on gravel and sometimes even rocky roads we will reach the settlement «Svyatogorovo», where the fast and winding river Velya flows. This place is popular for pilgrims, photographers, artists and just for curious ones. Here we examine the architecture of wooden houses that were built according to old Russian projects. In the afternoon, take a bird's-eye view of the surrounding expanses. The places we pass through are called «Moscow taiga» and even «Russian Switzerland» because of the high, often alternating green hills.
In the afternoon, having made another short bike ride along «Dmitrovsky» hills, we transfer to the city of Sergiev Posad – one of the culminating places of our cycling tour in «Russian inland».
Among all the cities that make up the Golden Ring of Russia, this city is considered to be its pearl and one of the main sights. In 1993 this architectural ensemble became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the evening we will have a tour of the famous Lavra, the golden domes of which we will see at the entrance to Sergiev Posad.
Dinner is not included in a tour price.
Day 7, Friday: Kirzhach – Pokrov, 35 or 45 km or more + Two transfers ~ 160 km
Main route: Sergiev Posad – Vladimir
Cycling route: Kirzhach – Pokrov, 35 or 45 km or more + Two transfers ~ 160 km
Today, our cultural program will start at 10 am. We will have another interesting event – a master class of painting the Matryoshka in the city's «Workshop of Art». Each person will be given a wooden blank.
Later, with our bus we will go from Moscow to Vladimir region and we willarrive in a small provincial town – Kirzhach. Currently, the city is being restored thanks to local residents and patrons. We will ride bikes near an old printing house and ride on the longest wooden bridge in Russia, which connects the «Aleksandrovsky» garden with the city center.
Then, leaving the «old town», riding on the bank of the Lake Krutoye, we will go to the Kirzhach River floodplain to continue our cycling journey along its banks.
Then we will ride on dirt and sandy roads along the picturesque riverbed Kirzhat. The fields, meadow flowers and pine forest – will become our companions. For a lunch pause we will stop near the beautiful Telvjakovsky Lake.
After lunch, we will continue our trip to the place of death of the first Soviet Union cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, and his colleague and friend, test pilot Vladimir Seryogin. There is a monumental Memorial and a small Chapel have been erected on this place now.
We will reach town Vladimir – the crown of the «Golden Ring» in the evening by our transfer bus. Here are carefully kept some of wonderful monuments of Russian medieval white-stone architecture, which were entered by UNESCO into the World Heritage List.
Dinner is not included in a tour price.
Day 8, Saturday: Bogolyubovo - Suzdal, 35 or 40 km or more + Two transfers ~ 30 km
Main route: Vladimir – Bogolyubovo - Suzdal, if you booked a tour of 9 days / 8 nights
Cycling route: Bogolyubovo - Suzdal, 35 or 40 km or more + Two transfers ~ 30 km
In the morning after breakfast we will have a city tour in the center of Vladimir. The tour is going to be filled with lots of interesting information and facts. Vladimir was founded by Prince Vladimir in the late 10th century. This city for more than 250 years was the capital of the Old Russian state, until 1432.
Then we will have a very short transfer to the ancient village of Bogolyubovo. There by bicycles we will ride through the meadow to one of the oldest churches in Russia – «Cover on the Nerl» – white stone temple was built by Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky in the 12th century.
Then, passing near the white-stone walls of the ancient monastery, we will go to our final cycle track. We will ride through vast fields, hills, lakes and ancient manicured and sometimes reconstructed villages and temples. The vast expanses of the Vladimir region amaze the traveler with their vast distances, the beauty of forest islands and distant celestial horizon.
By evening we will arrive in the Old Russian city Suzdal, another bright representative of the Golden Ring. The boundaries of the city with a thousand-year history remain unchanged since the 18th century!
In Suzdal we will immerse ourselves in the fabulous atmosphere of the Russian backwoods, tender and well-groomed, perfectly preserved, perfectly inscribed in the classic Russian landscape with vast fields, river bends and hills.
*Dinner is not included in a tour price.
**If you have booked a tour of 8 days / 7 nights, in the morning, or a little later, you will go from Vladimir to Moscow by high-speed train. Train for 1,5 hours will bring you to the capital of Russia.
***A train ride between Vladimir and Moscow is not included in the price of the tour.
Day 9, Sunday: Suzdal – Vladimir – Moscow. Transfer approx 35 km + high-speed train
After breakfast in the hotel, we will go on a tour of ancient Suzdal. There are many attractions that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Even time in this amazing city goes on its own way, historically. Or rather, in this way it is measured on an ancient chime clock, located on the bell tower of the Bishop's Chambers of the 17th century. And the local Kremlin is an old fortress, on the territory of which there is a golden-domed Mother of God-Nativity Cathedral with frescoes of the 13th century.
At the end of the historical tour, we will have lunch in one of the many small Russian refectories, and then take our bus to the railway station in Vladimir. From there we will return to Moscow by high-speed train. The trip will last just over an hour. This time will be enough to sum up our bicycle trip to Central Russia, to laugh, to be glad and to say goodbye.
On this trip you will be accompanied by our Sports Leader (leaders), he will also help you to organize a taxi ride to your hotel / airport (not included in the cost of your tour). Our cycling tour will finish in Moscow. But everyone, upon your wish, is always welcome to stay longer to spend more time exploring our wonderful city of Moscow.
*Lunch and Dinner is not included in a tour price.
**A train ride between Vladimir and Moscow is not included in the price of the tour.