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. The cycling itinerary leads pass the pearl of Russian nature, Lake Seliger, across the forested hills of Valdai; where the mighty Volga River starts. In Staraya Russa, where Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote his novels The Brothers Karamazov and The Possessed, there will be opportunity to visit a museum dedicated to him. In Novgorod, among the oldest cities of Russia, founded in the 9th or 10th century, highlights are the ancient Kremlin, the magnificent XI-century St. Sofia Cathedral, and wonderful Russian Millennium Memorial. The grand palaces and parks of St. Petersburg built for Russian Tsars, will surprise you with their luxurious beauty.

    ​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 16th departure, you are in for a treat!

    This itinerary will combine the best parts of the classic Golden Ring and Moscow - St. Petersburg tours. 2017 is the 10 year anniversary of the Uglich Bike festival or "Versta of Uglich" and a highlight will be your participation on June 17th. You will finsih your tour in St. Petersburg to finish 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.

    Most roads along the route are very quiet and paved with asphalt. For four days youfollow Volga river and stay in charming hotels next to Volga.

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

  • June 16 departure: £ 1285 $ 2,218 1420 NOK 13490 kr 12452 $ 1,619

    Other departures: £ 1194 $ 2,061 1320 NOK 12540 kr 11575 $ 1,505

    Single supplement (can be avoided if willing to share): £ 181 $ 312 200 NOK 1900 kr 1754 $ 228

    extra options

    Extra night in Moscow: £ 113 $ 195 125 NOK 1188 kr 1096 $ 143

    Extra night in St Petersburg: £ 95 $ 164 105 NOK 998 kr 921 $ 120

    Transfer from hotel in St. Petersburg to train station (per transfer): £ 9 $ 16 10 NOK 95 kr 88 $ 11

    Transfer from hotel in St. Petersburg to airport (per transfer): £ 18 $ 31 20 NOK 190 kr 175 $ 23

    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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Skill Level

This fully guided tour covers 200 miles (300 km) on the 9 day tour and 400 km on the 10 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 9 nights depending on itinerary booked
  • All meals (from dinner on arrival day in Moscow till breakfast on the departure day in St. Petersburg) including buffet snacks during cycling days
  • Support van with luggage transfer
  • Guided excursions and museum fees as described in the program
  • Russian steam bath
  • Boat trip on Lake Seliger to Saint Nil monastery (if schedule permits) (9 day tour)
  • T-shirt
  • Map
  • In addition for 10 day White Night’s Tour:
  • Participation in the bike festival in Uglich
  • Night bike excursion in St. Petersburg

What’s Not Included

  • Visa processing fee
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bicycle protection
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length9–10 days
From1320 Rates
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Tour Dates

June 16*, July 15, August 19, 2017

Special 10 day itinerary.  See below for details.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

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July 15 and August 19 departures

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
Day 2: Bus transfer to Lotoshino - Staritsa, (70 km)
​Day 3: Staritsa - Volga, (50 km)
Day 4: Volga - Torzhok, (75 km)
Day 5: Bus transfer to Valday, cycling around lake Valday, (50 km)
Day 6: Bus transfer to Visuchy Bor - Staraya Russa, (75 km) 
Day 7: Staraya Russa - Novgorod, (35 km)
Day 8: Novgorod - Spasskaya Polist, (70 km)
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 Lotoshino - Staritsa, (70 km)
In the morning is a bus transfer to Lotoshino. You will cycle from there to Staritsa, around 70 km by quiet country road. On the way, you may visit an unusual museum in Stepurino, an old Russian merchant village. This museum is operated by local volunteers. Overnight stay in the country hotel next to Great Russian river Volga. You may try Russian steam bath house (banya).

Day 3: Staritsa - Volga, (50 km)
In the morning we are going for the short city tour in Staritsa including recently restored Assumption monastery. Then another quiet road leads as to a charming resort hotel– one of the best in this area. Today is easy day - around 50 km. A swimming pool and beautiful Volga are waiting for us in the evening.

Day 4: Volga - Torzhok, (75 km)
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. 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 5: Bus transfer to Valday, cycling around lake Valday, (50 km)
Morning transfer to Valday in the center of Valday Hills area where many Russian rivers including Volga start. Around Valday lake the National park which has a status of Biosphere Reserve is situated. Valday is also famous for its bell making handicraft. Cycle around Valday lake, around 50 km, including visiting Iversky Monastery and the bell museum. Overnight in the hotel that faces lake Valday.

Day 6: Bus transfer to Visuchy Bor - Staraya Russa, (75 km) 
Early bus transfer to Visuchy Bor. 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. Stay in the old part of the spa resort.

Day 7: Staraya Russa - Novgorod, (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 8: Novgorod - Spasskaya Polist, (70 km)
Begin your day in Novgorod and cycle to Spasskaya Polist around (70 km) along Volkhov river by quiet road. At the end of the day is a transfer back to St. Petersburg. Here you will have a Farewell dinner.

Day 9: Departure from St. Petersburg or extension of stay.
City tour with a local guide in St. Petersburg including Metro, Nevsky prospect, and downtown. Departure or extend your stay with extra nights in St. Petersburg.

June 16, Special White Nights itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
Day 2: Transfer to Uglich
Day 3: Uglich - Myshkin, 40 km
Day 4: Myshkin - Gorelovo, 75 km
Day 5: Transfer. Cycling to Ves'egonsk, 50 km
Day 6: Transfer to Uglovka. Cycling to Valday, 55 km
Day 7: Transfer to Visuchy Bor. Cycling to Staraya Russa, 75 km
Day 8: Transfer to Borki. Cycling to Veliky Novgorod, 35 km
Day 9: Vel Novgorod - Selitsche. Transfer to St. Petersburg, 60 + 10 km
Day 10: St. Petersburg

Day 1: Arrival in Moscow
You will be met at the airport by your 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: Transfer to Uglich
Today you will be transferred 240 km to Uglich and then will enjoy the 10th Jubilee Bicycle Festival, the Uglich Versta. You may join the bike parade and ride followed by the concert. We spend night in the hotel near the Volga.

Day 3: Uglich - Myshkin, 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 4: Myshkin - Gorelovo, 75 km
Today we ride along Volga River. In Borok – small scientific town we visit one of its museum. We stay for the night in a country hotel with Russian bathhouse.

Day 5: Transfer. Cycling to Ves'egonsk, 50 km
There is 100 km to travel today to your destination, Ves’egonsk,  including some unpaved road. There is a transfer scheduled for half of the way but you may cycle all the way, if you would like.  In Ves’egonsk, you visit the unique winery which produces cranberry wine, the best in Russia.

Day 6: Transfer to Uglovka. Cycling to Valday, 55 km
We start the day with a bus transfer to Uglovka (260 km) and then a 55 km cycling itinerary to Valday through Valday National Park.

Day 7: Transfer to Visuchy Bor. Cycling to Staraya Russa, 75 km
Early bus transfer to Visuchy Bor. From here you cycle to Staraya Russa, around 75 km. Staraya Russa is an 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 8: Transfer to Borki. Cycling to Veliky Novgorod, 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 purported to be the most influential at one time.The center of the city including the outstanding Kremlin is World Heritage Site. A city tour is scheduled in Novgorod with local guides.

Day 9: Vel Novgorod - Selitsche. Transfer to St. Petersburg, 60 + 10 km
You will begin your day in Novgorod and cycle to Spasskaya Polist around (70 km) along Volkhov river by quiet road. At the end of the day, there is a transfer back to St. Petersburg. Here you will have a farewell dinner.

Day 10: St. Petersburg
City tour with a local guide in St. Petersburg including Metro, Nevsky prospect, and downtown. Departure or extend your stay with extra nights in St. Petersburg.
End of tour.

 

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  • Elaine Sullivan 2 weeks 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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