The Golden Ring Bicycle Adventure Tour TU01

12 Days From £0 (1,888 USD)

This bike tour is designed for international cyclists, and it will introduce you to the real Russia! Bicycling is an ideal way to explore this fascinating country. Our informal tour is very comfortably paced and you will enjoy biking in the quiet Russian countryside.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour or Small Group
Start Location: Moscow, Russia
End Location: Moscow, Russia
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: Summer
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers (must be relatively fit)

About The Operator

Accreditations: European Cyclists Federation, NBTDA
Years In Business: 15

Tour Highlights

-Picturesque Russian countryside
-Meeting Russian people from a range of backgrounds
-Russian cuisine
-Russian bath house (banya)
-Small local museums and exhibitions
-Orthodox churches and monasteries
-Folklore programs

Tour Description
This bike tour is designed for international cyclists, and it will introduce you to the real Russia! Bicycling is an ideal way to explore this fascinating country. Our informal tour is very comfortably paced and you will enjoy biking in the quiet Russian countryside. You are not our customers – you are the guests of our club. In addition to cycling, we offer a special culture program. We visit a lot of museums and exhibitions (some of them are little known). You will meet friendly village dwellers and our dinners are cooked from home products grown by local Russians. The menu promises to give you the opportunity to taste authentic Russian food that is unlike anything you’ve tasted before! We also visit a Russian bath house ("banya") and see how Russians really live.

The Route
The Golden Ring of Russia (the region northeast of Moscow) is the most famous tourist route in the heart of Russia. It goes through numerous picturesque and ancient Russian towns: Vladimir, Suzdal, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Uglich, and others known for their ancient history and inspiring architecture. We will see the beautiful Russian countryside and Volga River, magnificent Orthodox churches and monasteries.

The tour starts in Moscow, where you have a guided downtown excursion. At the end of the tour you can stay longer in Moscow on your own or make a trip to St. Petersburg by train.
During the day you can cycle at your own pace, and a car will wait for you at appointed places along the route. Experienced guides will look after you in case of any difficulties. If you are tired you can always take the car for part of the route. Even non-riding spouses, children or friends are welcome to join the tour and they can follow the group in the car.
For 10 cycling days we ride about 650 km (400 miles). Most roads along the route do not have heavy traffic and are paved with asphalt. (Note: in the Adventure tour, there are about 30 miles of dirt or gravel roads.)

In the Adventure tours we stay in less expensive hotels or cottages, and sometimes we cook meals ourselves. If you have a tent, you might enjoy occasionally sleeping outdoors in the Russian countryside!In the Comfort tours we stay in higher quality hotels (double accommodation with WC and shower).

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- visa application support
-transfers between airport-hotel-airport in Moscow
-hotel accommodations
-all meals
-a sag wagon (support vehicle and baggage carrier)
-all transfers along the route
-guided excursions and museums fees as described in the itinerary
-special events (Russian steam bath, folklore programs, video, etc.)
-English-speaking cycling guides (who often speak other languages as well)
-maps
-T-shirt

Excludes
-Consulate fee for visa processing
-Flight to/from Moscow
-Medical and travel insurance
-Alcoholic drinks
-Permission for photo-video-taking in the museums
-All events marked "optional" in the itinerary
-Bicycle rental

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrival in Moscow You are met at the airport by a guide and taken to the hotel. Free time.
Day 02. Transfer to Rostov (20 km/15 miles) City tour. Kremlin, Enamel factory, Borisoglebsky monastery.
Day 03. Uglich (70 km/45 miles) City tour in Uglich. Meeting Volga. Kremlin, museum of Russian Vodka.
Day 04. Myshkin (40 km/25 miles) City-tour in Myshkin (Valenki (wool-boot) museum, windmill, folklore program).
Day 05. Rybinsk (60 km/40 miles) City-tour in Rybinsk (Mologa museum)
Day 06. Yaroslavl (80 km/50 miles) City tour in Yaroslavl (the Spassky monastery, the Volga embankment)
Day 07. Cycle to Kostroma (90 km/55 miles) City tour in Kostroma (the Outdoor museum of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, the Ipatjev monastery)
Day 08. Ples (60 km/40 miles) City tour in Ples (the Folklore program “Russian house”, the museum of I. Levitan)
Day 09. Ivanovo (90 km/55 miles) Jewelery factory
Day 10. Suzdal (70 km/45 miles) City tour in Suzdal (Bell rings, mead tasting) Farewell dinner
Day 11. Vladimir, Transfer to Moscow (40 km/25 miles) The Church of Intercession on the Nerl in Bogolubovo (optional), the Golden Gate and Cathedrals in Vladimir
Day 12. Departure Transfer to airport