Once more, France-Bike is going, or should we better say cycling new ways. And so we invite you to come to Russia for an outstanding guided bike tour. So fly to Moscow and discover the so called ‘Golden Ring’ by bicycle. The ‘Golden Ring’ of ancient Russian towns is the most popular traveler destination in the whole country and will give you a perfect impression of the history and culture of the former Tsardom. Enjoy the daily bike tours along the river bank of the Volga and experience the authentic Russian way of live. And the traveler’s program of this tour really has got it all. So you will visit numerous museums, cloisters and churches. But also a cookery course of Russian specialties and the visit of a Matryoshka doll manufactory is included in the program. And your English speaking guide will be there for you whenever it is necessary.
Day 1: Individual arrival in Moscow
Come to Moscow and settle down in your comfortable 3*** hotel in the heart of the Russian capital. A transfer from the airport to down town Moscow is possible on request. And in the evening we will start to get to know each other a bit better on our first common guided city walk. And sights light the Red Square, the Kremlin or the Saint Basil’s Cathedral are just breathtaking.
Day 2: Transfer to Twer
At about 11 o’clock we will start our transfer from Moscow to Twer where we will have lunch together. We then will discover the architectural highlights of this old Russian town. Today’s hotel is an ancient nobility manor which has been lovely restored by its owners. And in the afternoon the hotel’s chef invites you to a cookery course of some typical Russian food specialties. The following evening is free to discover Twer by yourself. Numerous of comfortable cafés or small souvenir shops invites you, to stay a while.
Day 3: Twer - Yurievskoe, ~35 km/22 miles
It is time for a first bike tour. So after breakfast we will cycle out of Twer and through pine forest on sandy paths along the Volga River which here is still very young and small. The first point of interest is the Orsha Abbey. No one else but Ivan the Terrible himself is the patron of the abbey. After a common picnic we will ride on along the river which is getting wider here. Finally we will be transferred by bus to Yurievskoe where we will dine and spend the night in the Park Hotel.
Day 4: Yurievskoe - Dubna, ~35 or 45 km/22 or 28 miles
This morning the way leads us again into and through the typical pine forest. Some beautiful and charming villages will be on our way where you can experience authentic Russian live by yourself. The Volga River is getting more and more majestic and a number of river beaches invites you to go swimming in the clear but cold water. After our daily common lunch break we will cross the Volga by a ferry boat to get to Konakowo. From here another transfer by bus will lead us to the town of Dubna, where we will spend the night. Dubna is since many centuries most notably famous for science and academics.
Day 5: Dubna - Dmitrow, ~45 km/28 miles
An eventful day is waiting for you. It begins with a guided town walk in Dubna. You will find out a lot about the town but also about the Moscow canal which we will follow by bike today for a while. This canal was built in the 1930s by slave laborers from the surrounding gulags. Many of them didn’t survive this torture. Passing by a Lenin statue of 25m height we will soon get to Werbilki, where we will visit a porcelain manufacture of the 18th century. And finally another short bus transfer of about 40km will bring us to today’s hotel in Dmitrow. But before going to bed a guided sightseeing tour of Dmitrow is not to be missed.
Day 6: Dmitrow - Sergijew Possad, ~40 km/25 miles
This morning you will have the opportunity to visit the town’s Kremlin museum by yourself. This might be interesting for those who wants to know more about what happened here while the 2nd World War. Afterwards we are riding through a gently hilly and green landscape along the small but lively Velya River, which is a confluence of the Volga. Soon we will arrive Swyatogorowo, which is famous for its artist’s workshops. A common sightseeing tour will let you discover the impressive architecture of the wooden houses here. And our delicious lunch with some Russian specialties is not to be missed. You then ride along the so called ‘Moscow Taiga’ through beautiful green landscape to Sergijew Possad. This town really is a pearl of the old Russian towns of the Golden Ring. So it is not by chance that since 1993 the historic town center of Sergijew Possad is listed as a UNESCO world heritage. And in the evening another highlight awaits you. We will visit a manufacture where the famous Matryoshka dolls are made.
Day 7: Sergijew Possad - Wladimir, ~70 km/44 miles
Today’s last stage of your bike holidays is also the longest one. In the North of Moscow you will cycle again through many beautiful medieval towns as for example Jaroslav. Because of the long distance today again we will use our support car for a transfer. With our bus we will arrive in a small provincial town - Kirzhach. The town seemed to fall asleep and was lost in the 90s of the last century. But it will be interesting to see. 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. And in the evening we will reach Wladimir. This town once has been an important place of culture and power before it was occupied by the Mongols. And so it is not by chance that the historic town center of Wladimir is listed as a UNESCO world heritage.
Day 8: Transfer to Moscow and departure
In the morning after breakfast we will have a city tour in the city 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 10-th century. This city for more than 250 years was the capital of the Old Russian state, until 1432. In the second part of the day we will go back to Moscow. After the excursion and lunch, we will have a short transfer from our hotel "Panorama" to the railway station of Vladimir. We will go to Moscow by high-speed train at 15:35. Travel time will be less than 2 hours. Approximately at 17:30 we will arrive at the Kursk station of the Capital of Russia. 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). If you stay at our hotel «Bagration», you are waiting for a transfer (included in the cost of the 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 into a tour price. A train ride between Vladimir and Moscow is not included in the price of the tour.
7 nights in carefully chosen 3 *** and 4**** hotels
daily packed lunch
luggage transport (1 piece per person)
carefully chosen roads and paths
detailed documentation, brochures, plans, maps, etc.
English speaking tour guide
transfers and visitations as mentioned in the program (except the train from Vladimir to Moskow which is NOT included in the tour price)
Guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival on Saturdays
13.06., 27.06., 04.07., 08.08.2020
route (1)-(2): ~240 km/150 miles
mainly on quiet paths and flat roads that anybody can do, often along the rivers, support van available
how to get there
by plane: to Moscow
from the airport to down town Moscow possible on request
To enter Russia having a visa is obligatory. We can help you to get your visa.
If the minimum number of 6 participants is not achieved, France-Bike will inform you at least 28 days before the tour start.
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