St. Basil's Cathedral, Red Square. Photo via Flickr:jurvetson
Moscow river at night. Photo via Pavel "KoraxDC" Kazachkov

Alekseyevsky Monastery in Uglich. Photo via Flickr:Alexxx1979

Golden Ring of Russia

Russia Bike Tours

Cyling in the "real Russia"

This guided bike tour in Russia is designed for the international and adventurous cyclist and will introduce you to the real Russia! The Golden Ring is a ring of ancient cities, northeast of Moscow, which combined, are living museums of the most significant events in Russian history. They also showcase monuments of Russian Architecture from the 12th to the 18th century. Cycling is the perfect way to explore as you wheel past kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals, and churches. The tour is comfortably paced and in addition to cycling, you will be offered a special cultural program with visits to museums and exhibitions. Along the route, there is opportunity to mingle with the locals and see how Russians really live.
The tour begins and ends in Moscow, a major political, economic, cultural, and scientific center in Russia and in Eurasia. There is a guided downtown excursion, including of course, the Kremlin, and Red Square. At the end of the tour you can stay longer in Moscow or make a trip to St. Petersburg by train. Even better, combine this tour with our other tour in Russia, Three Capitals of Russia. Discount applies!

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Where You’ll Stay

Comfort Tour: Good, quality 3 to 4 star hotels with private bath. Double or twin accommodations available.

Adventure Tour: Accommodations in modest hotels or cabins with double rooms or dorms with shared WC and shower. Cooking in the cabins is possible. If you have a tent, you might enjoy occasionally sleeping outdoors in the Russian countryside. Banya (Russian steam bath) is usually available in the cabins.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 11 nights
  • All meals (from dinner on arrival day till breakfast on the departure day) including buffet snacks during cycling days
  • Visa support (up to 1 month)
  • Transfers airport-hotel-airport in Moscow
  • All transfers along the route
  • English speaking cycling guide
  • Support van with luggage transportation
  • Guided excursions and museum fees as described in the itinerary
  • Bike rental
  • Russian steam bath
  • Folklore program
  • T-shirt
  • Map

What’s Not Included

  • Visa processing fee
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Always recommended!

TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length12 days
From1370 Rates
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Tour Dates

Adventure Tour: July 2, 2017

Comfort Tour: August 6, 2017

Discount offered if booked before December 1, 2016!

Skill Level

Easy guided bike tour on mainly flat, paved roads, with daily distances of approximately 37 miles

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Golden Ring of Russia Map

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
Day 2: Rostov - Borisoglebsky, 12 mi./20 km
Day 3: Borisoglebsky - Uglich, 40 mi. (60 km)
Day 4: Uglich - Myshkin, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Myshkin - Rybinsk - Demino, 47 mi. (75 km)
Day 6: Demino - Tutaev - Yaroslavl, 56 mi. (90 km)
Day 7: Yaroslavl - Vyatskoe, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Vyatskoe - Nekrasovskoe - Kostroma, 50 mi. (80 km)
Day 9: Kostroma - Ples, 40 mi. (60 km)
Day 10: Ples - Suzdal, 45 mi. (70 km)
Day 11: Suzdal - Bogolubovo, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 12: Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
You are met at the airport and taken to the hotel. Dinner and guided city walk.

Day 2: Rostov - Borisoglebsky, 12 mi./20 km
The day begins with a transfer to Rostov, complete with guided city tour followed by a cycling route to Borisoglebsky and a visit to the Borisoglebsky Monastery. Rostov is located on the shores of Lake Nero (more than 50 sq. km in area) and is one of the oldest towns in Russia. Other highlights of the day include a visit to the Kremlin. Built in medieval style, it was the last structure of its kind to be erected in Russia for Ivan Sysoevich in 17 century. The walls aren’t suitable for defensive purposes and are purely decorative. Kremlin’s bells are among the largest and most famous in Russia; each has its own name. The largest bell, cast in 1688, weighs more than 32,000 kg. It is named Sysoi to honor the metropolitan's father.

Day 3: Borisoglebsky - Uglich, 40 mi. (60 km)
Cycling begins on a quiet road towards Uglich, passing by the old monastery on the Uleima river, which is a great spot for swimming as well! The town of Uglich is one of the main highlights of the tour. The youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, Dmitry was banished to Uglich in 1584. The most famous event in the town's history took place on May 15, 1591 when the 10-year old Dmitry was found dead with his throat cut in the Kremlin courtyard. A visit to the Vodka Museum is also on the agenda.

Day 4: Uglich - Myshkin, 25 mi. (40 km)
Included in the itinerary today is a visit to the Museum of hydropower and a city tour in Myshkin as well as a visit to the Valenki (wool-boot) museum. Other highlights include the area's beautiful windmills, scenery, and folklore program. Located on the steep left bank of the Volga, Myshkin is a tiny town with a population of only 6000. Mysh means mouse in Russian. Legend has it that after a successful hunt, a Prince lay down to rest on the high bank of the Volga. He slept for a few hours, but was awakened by a mouse scampering over his face. The prince was angry at first, until he saw a snake slithering towards him. The mouse had saved his life. In honor of this the town received its name and the picture of a mouse on its coat-of-arms.

Day 5:  Myshkin - Rybinsk - Demino, 47 mi. (75 km)
Rybinsk is an important river port and the second largest city of Yaroslavl region. On the way, you cross the Volga by ferry. In the 1930s, there was a prison camp here. The prisoners in the camp were used as the main workforce for the “construction project of the century”, the man-made Rybinsk Sea. In April 1941 the town of Mologa, vanished under the waves of the Rybinsk reservoir, formerly touted as the largest man-made body of water on the Earth. The city was closed to foreigners during Soviet times. After Rybinsk, the route follows the Volga on a scenic road to the center of sports and leisure, Demino.

Day 6: Demino - Tutaev - Yaroslavl, 56 mi. (90 km)
The overnight in Yaroslav includes a city tour featuring the Spassky Monastery and Volga embankment. Sitting at the point where the mighty Volga River meets the smaller Kotorsol, Yaroslavl is a prosperous town dating back to 1010, which is often referred to as the capital of the Golden Ring. Famed for its beautiful riverside promenade, medieval churches, and frescoes, Yaroslavl boasts a UNESCO protected city center filled with 18th and 19th Century Russian architecture peppered with huge medieval gates and towers. In addition to its pristine architectural sights, Yaroslavl also has a fine art museum and a wealth of historic treasures on show in the main monastery.

Day 7: Yaroslavl - Vyatskoe, 25 mi. (40 km)
The whole settlement  of Vyatskoe is a museum complex devoted to 18th and 19th century rural Russian life made possible by the investments of a financial company.

Day 8: Vyatskoe - Nekrasovskoe - Kostroma, 50 mi. (80 km)
The route leads along a very quiet road to a ferry crossing of the Volga again and then on to Nekrasovskoe for a visit to a local museum. The day ends in Kostroma, the administrative center of the region. The Ipatiev Monastery is a monastery situated on the bank of the Kostroma River, just opposite the city of Kostroma. It was founded around 1330. On March 14, 1613, the Zemsky Sobor announced that Mikhail Romanov, who had been in this monastery at that time, would be the Russian tsar (the first Romanov). 

Day 9: Kostroma - Ples, 40 mi. (60 km)
The day begins with a city tour in Kostroma, which includes the downtown and the Outdoor Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life. The open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life is located in a picturesque meadow by a small river. Here you’ll find churches, log cabins, and other valuable specimens of wooden architecture from all over the Kostroma Region. The exhibitions and displays illustrate Kostroma peasant life, arts and crafts. The best souvenirs are the bright and attractive linen tablecloths and napkins made of pure linen at the stands of local traders. The cycling leads to the small town of Ples, a pearl to be discovered. There is a river crossing by boat.

Day 10: Ples - Suzdal 45 mi. (70 km)
Today begins with a bus transfer to Lake Rubskoe, followed by a picnic on the lake. Then, it is off to the magical  town of Suzdal. Arriving in Suzdal is like entering a fairy-tale.  The white-stone churches with their intricate carving, the rich colors of the old icons, the ancient manuscripts and the chiming bells, the fortified monastery walls, all this takes us out of the web-crazy 21st century, back to the living past. You will find more than 200 architectural, historical and cultural monuments from the 10th to 20th centuries (33 churches, 5 monasteries, 17 chapels etc.). Population: 10,000. The town is known for mead drink (miedovukha) - the medieval, mildly alcoholic honey-wine - a Russian variant of cider - made of honey, served at near room temperature, spiced with different flavors. White monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal are in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The day ends with a farewell dinner. 

Day 11: Suzdal - Bogolubovo 25 mi. (40 km)
City tour in Suzdal, featuring the bell rings and mead tasting. An optional excursion is a visit to the Church of Intercession on the Nerl in Bogolubovo or the Golden Gate and Cathedrals in Vladimir. If the weather permits, you will enjoy a final ride through the open fields near Bogolubovo. You will then be transferred to Moscow. 

Day 12: Departure

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