Hugely impressive Catherine's Place in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo via Flickr:Florstein

Religious ceremony in Staraya Russa, Russia. Photo via Flickr:Saint Petersburg Theological Academy
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Three Capitals of Russia

Russia Bike Tours

Cycling from Moscow to St. Petersburg

  • This intriguing bike tour in Russia leads from Moscow, the modern Russian capital, to the old one, St. Petersburg, through the most ancient capital, Novgorod the Great, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The contrasts among these three cities reflect the contrasts that are Russia in general.

    You will be charmed by the spirit of times gone by in the age old towns of Torzhok, Ostashkov, and Staraya Russa, once powerful and prosperous cities and enjoy Russain Nature at Lake Seliger, across the forested hills of Valdai; where the mighty Volga River starts.

    Other hightlights:

    • Staraya Russa, and the Fyodor Dostoyevsky museum I
    • Novgorod, among the oldest cities of Russia
    • Ancient Kremlin, the magnificent XI-century St. Sofia Cathedral, and wonderful Russian Millennium Memorial.
    • St. Petersburg and the he grand palaces and parks built for Russian Tsars

    ​On the agenda are several visits to museums and exhibitions (some of them are little known). There is opportunity to mingle with friendly villagers and to experience authentic Russia and taste authentic Russian food that is unlike anything you’ve tasted before.

    On the June 24th departure, you are in for a treat! The FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018 in 11 cities but the most important games will be in Moscow and St. Petersburg. You will see all FIFA World Cup sites in both capitals, and if you would like, you can attend an event. The tour finishes in St. Petersburg with the infamous White Nights Festival, an annual international arts festival during the season of the midnight sun, consisiting of a series of classical ballet, opera and music events.

    Interested in more, please see our other bicycle tours in Russia.

  • June 24: £ 1247 $ 1,988 1320 NOK 13090 kr 12083 $ 1,571 All other departures: £ 1294 $ 2,064 1370 NOK 13586 kr 12541 $ 1,630 Single supplement (can be avoided if willing to share): £ 189 $ 301 200 NOK 1983 kr 1831 $ 238

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 236 $ 377 250 NOK 2479 kr 2288 $ 298 Tandem: £ 142 $ 226 150 NOK 1488 kr 1373 $ 179 Extra night in Moscow and St. Petersburg:
    Twin double: £ 76 $ 121 80 NOK 793 kr 732 $ 95   Single room: £ 66 $ 105 70 NOK 694 kr 641 $ 83 (There may be price increase in June and July due to FICCA event)
    Airport or train station transfer in Moscow and St. Petersburg (per transfer):
    English speaking driver: £ 38 $ 60 40 NOK 397 kr 366 $ 48

    please note

    Train from St. Petersburg back to Moscow is €30-60 (2nd class) and €70 - 100 (1st class).

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Moscow

    Local Travel

    Transfer from airport to first hotel. For departing, you can opt to fly out of St. Petersburg. You can also take a train back to Moscow. Moscow-St Petersburg and reverse is the most popular route in Russia. There are night trains with the most historic and best being the Krasnya Strela or Red Arrow. For day travel there is the Sapsan high-speed train with the journey time cut to as little as 3 hours 45 minutes.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before you arrival. A good website to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures and average rainfall is weatherbase.com

    Remarks

    This tour requires a visa which begins with an invitation from our local operator as for a foreigner to receive a Russian visa, there must be a Russian sponsoring organization or individual. Usually the invitation is issued for up to 30 days because most folks want to stay longer. Tour is usually confirmed in January/February. Here is web site for information on obtaining Visa: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/russia.html. During the special tour date, you could check into a Fan ID: https://www.fan-id.ru/?locale=en


Tour Dates

May 12, June 24*, July 21, and August 25, 2018

*Special tour during the FIFA World Cup. During this time, you may visit Russia without a visa if you have a Fan ID.

On July 21 and August 25 you can combine the tour with the Golden Ring of Russia tour.

Skill Level

This fully guided tour covers 200 miles (300 km) on the 9 day tour traversed at your own pace. Most roads are asphalt and lightly traveled. On the route you can cycle at your own pace. A support vehicle will await at appointed places along the route in the event you would like to quit riding. Experienced guides are available to assist.

Where You’ll Stay

Good quality 3 - 4 star hotels

What’s Included

  • Transfers airport-hotel in Moscow
  • All transfers along the route
  • Bike rental
  • English speaking cycling guide
  • Hotel accommodations for 8 or 7 nights depending on itinerary booked
  • All meals during your booked itinerary including buffet snacks during cycling days
  • Support van with luggage transfer
  • Guided excursions and museum fees as described in the program
  • T-shirt
  • Map
  • Visa invitation letter

What’s Not Included

  • Visa processing fee
  • Alcoholic beverages
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length9–10 days
From1320 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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May 5, July 21, and August 25:

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
Day 2: Bus transfer to Staritsa (230 km), cycling Staritsa to Volga, 34 mi. (55 km)
​Day 3: Volga - Torzhok, 47 mi. (75 km)
Day 4: Bus transfer to Zdanovo (100 km), cycling to Svetlitsa, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Bus transfer to Novy Brod (100 km), cycling to Staraya Russa, 47 mi. (75 km) 
Day 6: Bus to transfer to Borki (75 km), cycling to Veliky Novgorod, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Novgorod - Selitsche, 37 mi. (60 km), bus transfer to St. Petersburg (150 km)
Day 8: St. Petersburg
Day 9: Departure from St. Petersburg or extension of stay.

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
You will be met at the airport by a guide and taken to the hotel Izmailovo. The hotel is located in the east part of Moscow next to one of Moscow's largest park and a 5 minute walk from underground station. It takes 15 minutes by metro to get to the Red Square. After short briefing and buffet dinner, enjoy an evening walk in the center of Moscow.

Day 2: Bus transfer to Staritsa, cycling Staritsa to Volga, 34 mi. (55 km)
In the morning is a bus transfer to Staritsa (230 km) followed by a city tour here. Staritsa is located at the confluence of the Staritsa and the Volga rivers, and is known for a rich history that began in 1297. Highlight will be the recently restored Assumption monastery. Then, on quiet roads you cycle to a charming resort hotel in Volga, one of the best in this area.

Day 3: Volga - Torzhok, 47 mi. (75 km)
From Volga, you continue on your way to Torzhok, around 75 km. The quiet road has little traffic and winds through nice forest which makes today's ride scenic and relaxing. On our way we will stop near house-museum of famous Russian opera singer Sergey Lemeshev. Torzhok, an old Russian town, famous for its unique architecture and folk craft of gold work embroidery. Interestingly, chicken cutlets (called Pozharskie) were invented here. The great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin used to eat them here. Perhaps you can try this famous dish for dinner. The hotel has excellent spa facilities.

Day 4: Bus transfer to Zdanovo (100 km),  cycling to Svetlitsa, 31 mi. (50 km)
You start the day with bus transfer to Seliger lake. Here you visit the Saint Nil monastery. Overnight this everning is  in the hotel near lake Seliger. You may try a real Russian steam bath (banya).

Day 5: Bus transfer to Novy Brod (100 km) - cycling to Staraya Russa, 47 mi. (75 km) 
Early bus transfer to Novy Brod. From here you cycle to Staraya Russa, around 75 km. Staraya Russa is old provincial town famous for a balneological (spa) resort and Fedor Dostoevsky museum. (Fyodor Dostoevsky used to live in Staraya Russa from 1872 till his death in 1881. Here he wrote his novels The Brothers Karamazov and The Possessed. 

Day 6: Bus to transfer to Borki (75 km). Cycling to Veliky Novgorod, 22 mi. (35 km)
After visiting Dostoevsky museum there is short bus transfer to Borki where you cycle a scenic road along lake Ilmen to Veliky Novgorod (35 km). Veliky Novgorod is one of the oldest Russian cities supposed to be the most influential in that time which gives us grounds to call it the first capital of Russia. The center of the city including outstanding Kremlin is World Heritage Site. City-tour in Novgorod with local guides.

Day 7: Novgorod - Selitsche, 37 mi. (60 km). Transfer to St. Petersburg (150 km)
You start in Novgorod and cycle to Spasskaya Polist around 60km along the Volkhov River on a quiet road, finishing near the ruins of Arakcheev barracks. Bus transfer to St. Petersburg.  

Day 8: St Petersburg
Day to explore St. Petersburg! City tour with a local guide in St. Petersburg including Metro, Nevsky prospect, and downtown. Farewell dinner.

Day 9: Departure from St. Petersburg or extension of stay.
Departure or extend your stay with extra nights in St. Petersburg. Bus tour to Peterhof park is optional.

June 24

Day 1: Moscow, bike tour of the city, bus transfer to Volga (220 km)
Do note that the ovenight in Moscow on June 23 is NOT included with this special itineary. Please check http://hotels.fifa.com/
Day 2: Volga - Torzhok, 47 mi. (75 km)
Day 3: Bus transfer to Zdanovo (100 km),  cycling to Svetlitsa, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Bus transfer to Novy Brod (100 km) - cycling to Staraya Russa, 47 mi. (75 km) 
Day 5: Bus to transfer to Borki (75 km). Cycling to Veliky Novgorod, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Novgorod - Selitsche, 37 mi. (60 km). Bus transfer to Zelenogorsk (200 km)
Day 7: Zelenogrosk - St. Petersburg, 44 mi. (70 km)
Day 8: St Petersburg

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  • Elaine Sullivan 4 months ago

    This tour (Jun 16 2017) which included a bicycle festival in Uglich and the White Nights festival in St Petersburg was fabulous. The guides were wonderful, knowledgeable, and helpful. Accommodations were super. We toured many small museums along the route, had an excellent city tour of St Petersburg led by an incredible tour guide. Too many great things to list.

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