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Golden Ring of Russia bicycle tour 12 days

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Golden Ring of Russia bicycle tour 12 days

The Golden Ring of Russia is the most famous tourist route in Russia. It goes through numerous picturesque and ancient Russian towns: Vladimir, Suzdal (UNESCO world heritage), Yaroslavl (UNESCO world heritage), Kostroma, and others known for their ancient history and inspiring architecture. Bicycle tour is organized by Russian cyclists who accompany the group and show real Russia and its culture. The tour has rich cultural program.

DAY 1

Moscow

Arrival in Moscow. You will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel. The hotel is located in the east part of Moscow next to the biggest Moscow park and 5 minutes walk from an underground station. It takes 15 minutes to get to the Red Square by metro. After short briefing and buffet dinner we will go for a walk in the center of Moscow with a guide. Read more

Moscow 1 night
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DAY 2

Rostov - Borisoglebsky 20 km

Early bus transfer to Rostov Veliky. After a guided tour in the Kremlin we cycle to Borisoglebsky – a small settlement 20 km away from Rostov. We will stay overnight in the local hotel next to the old monastery. After dinner we usually go around the imposing monastery and fill like we are in real Russian country. Read more

Borisoglebsky 1 night
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DAY 3

Borisoglebsky – Uglich 70 km

Today is our first real cycling day – 72 km till Uglich – a charming town on the Volga – one of pearl of our tour. Road almost does not have cars and twists through nice forest and fields. We meet the Volga River – a main river of Russia which we will follow next 5 days. After a short city tour and visiting the museum of Vodka we end at the central hotel faced to the river. (In the budget tour we cycle 5 more km outside the town to a country cottage. Read more

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DAY 4

Uglich - Myshkin 40 km

Today we cycle 40 km by a quiet road to Myshkin. Myshkin (“mice town” in Russian) is a small town on the Volga with plenty of museums. Again we stay next to the river. In the afternoon we have free time to walk around the town. (In the budget tour we cycle 5 more km outside the town to a country cottage.) Read more

Myshkin 1 night
DAY 5

Myshkin - Rybinsk 70 km

After crossing the Volga by ferry we continue downstream of the river to Rybinsk. We visit the historic museum of the region in this quite big city and then continue 18 km further to a nice countryside hotel.

Demino 1 night
DAY 6

Yaroslavl 85 km

The longest day leads us to the capital of the region, 1000 years old city Yaroslavl. On the route we stop in small town Tutaev which preserves its authenticity since 19 century. We visit old 17 century church with frescos of famous Gury Nikitin. In Yaroslavl we stay in a modern hotel in the center of the city. We walk with a local guide in the central part of the old city and enjoy view of the Volga. (In the budget tour we stay in a country cottage 20 km out of city.) Read more

Yaroslavl 1 night
DAY 7

Viatskoe 50 km

After leaving Yaroslavl we make for the old merchant village Viatskoe. He we find out how Russian people lived few centuries ago. We have experience of real Russian banya (steam bathhouse) and end the day in the inner yard of the local restaurant drinking local bear and eating strudel from local apples. fter leaving Yaroslavl we make for the old merchant village Viatskoe. He we find out how Russian people lived few centuries ago. We have experience of real Russian banya (steam bathhouse) and end the day in the inner yard of the local restaurant drinking local bear and eating strudel from local apples. Read more

Viatskoe 1 night
DAY 8

Kostroma 60 km

The main adventure is going to be today. We cycle through a wood by sand road (7 km) to a place where we will cross the river by boat. Before the sand part we cycle 25 km by very quiet road. After the boat crossing we continue by a small road to Kostroma (20 km). We visit the Outdoor museum of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life and stay for a night in a hotel in the very center of the city next to the river. Read more

Kostroma 1 night
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DAY 9

Ples 60 km

Today the route leads us to the small town Ples where famous Russian artist Isaak Levitan used to work in 19 century. The town is also famous for its incredible landscape.

Ples 1 night
DAY 10

Suzdal 40 km

We start the day with a short bus transfer (150 km, about 3 hours). After that we continue 40 km of quiet road to world famous town Suzdal. After city tour in Suzdal we go for a guided tour in Spaso-Ephimy monastery. Farewell dinner.

Suzdal 1 night
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DAY 11

Back to Moscow

In the comfort tour we do not ride today. We have a bus ride to Bogolubovo to see the famous Church of Intercession on the Nerl. Then bus transfer to Vladimir to have a guided tour of the historic center including the Assumption monastery with Andrey Rublev frescos. Bus ride back to Moscow (180 km, about 4 hours). In the budget tour we cycle 30 km to Bogolubovo including a few kilometers of soil road. Read more

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DAY 12

Departure

Moscow departure

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Moscow
Hotel Hotel Delta
Day 2
Location Borisoglebsky
Day 3
Location Uglich
Hotel Guest house
Day 4
Location Myshkin
Hotel Guest house
Day 5
Location Rybinsk
Day 6
Location Yaroslavl
Day 7
Location Viatskoe
Day 8
Location Kostroma
Day 9
Location Ples
Hotel Motel Ples
Day 10
Location Suzdal
Hotel Guest house
Day 11
Location Moscow
Hotel Hotel Delta
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Moscow
Hotel Hotel Delta
Day 2
Location Borisoglebsky
Day 3
Location Uglich
Hotel Hotel Moscow
Day 4
Location Myshkin
Hotel Hotel Summit
Day 5
Location Rybinsk
Day 6
Location Yaroslavl
Hotel Hotel Ibis
Day 7
Location Viatskoe
Day 8
Location Kostroma
Day 9
Location Ples
Hotel Hotel Volga
Day 10
Location Suzdal
Hotel Hotel Suzdal
Day 11
Location Moscow

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from the airport
  • Transport support during the tour
  • 11 night double/twin accommodation
  • All meals including biffet lunches during cycling days
  • English-speaking cycling guides and mechanic
  • Guided excursions and entrance fees as described in the itinerary
  • Visa invitation
  • Information pack

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Visa consular fee
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Permission for photo-video-taking in some museums

More information

  • Tour in July is economy, in August is comfort
  • Bicycle rental - 100 euro, tandem - 250 euro, E-bike - 350 euro
  • Single supplement (comfort tour) - 250 euro
  • Extra night in Moscow - 80 euro (double) 70 Euro (single)
  • Transfer to airport - 40 euro

REVIEWS

8 Reviews

Naomi Levine, United States

I felt an incredible sense of accomplishment afterwards. The tour had just the right amount of structure, and our guides were extremely genuine and personable.

Twan van Bakel, Netherlands

I thought the trip was very well organised. There was a lot of laughing and friendship during the trip.

Geoff Stevens, Australia

Thanks very much for a well thought out tour - the variety of scenery, villages, towns, cities, churches and museums increased my appreciation of Russia.

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THE TEAM

Vladimir Filippov

Founder and tour guide. English speaking

Vladimir Troshin

Tour guide. English, Spanish, Portuguese interpreter

Andrey Buravtsov

Driver. English speaking

Andrey Afanasiev

Tour guide. French interpreter

Svetlana Chabaevskaya

Tour guide. English interpreter

Timothy Filippov

Tour guide. English speaking

Konstantin Korban

Driver and tour guide. English speaking

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