Ideal tour for the first visit to Russia – you will see both Russia capitals, beautiful Moscow with the Red Square and Kremlin and fascinating Saint-Petersburg with Peterhof and Hermitage. Plus there will be plenty of small towns and villages, local cuisine and Russian nature
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Moscow – Valday – Saint-Petersburg – Pskov – Derbovezh – Moscow
Arriving in Moscow
Today you arrive in Moscow. We will take care of the transfer to the hotel in the city center. After some rest, there will be a kick off meeting regarding the tour. We will brief you on the details, an itinerary, and give some advice about rules and customs in Russia.
After the kick off we will go for a walk and explore Moscow, as well as have a dinner in a nice restaurant near the Kremlin with the Russian cuisine.
Moscow – Valday, 400 km
In the morning we will go to the Red Square to make photos with the bikes. After that, we leave Moscow and head to Valday. We have a long way to go, that’s why we will use toll roads and the highway. All these roads were build only a few years ago. Using toll roads will help us save time, plus you’ll get a chance to get used to your bikes.
We will have lunch in Tver, the small provincial city 200 km from Moscow. We also visit Valdaisky Iversky Svyatoozersky Bogoroditsky Monastery, one of the most praised places for Orthodox Russians.
This night we will spend in the cozy hotel on the territory of the Valdai National Park. Here you will see the authentic household with meat and dairy products and have a chance to take Russian baths. There are also very interesting forest roads which we can explore on bikes or a horseback. If anyone in the group would want to have some off-road experience, Valday is the ideal spot for that.
Valday – Saint-Petersburg, 400 km
Today we ride through several small towns and arrive in St. Petersburg in the evening.
One of the cities along our way is Novgorod – one of the oldest and most famous cities in Russia. It celebrated the 1155th anniversary in 2014. It’s a birthplace of the Russian state and democracy. The old Kremlin and Monastery preserved in the heart of the city.
We also stop in Gatchina and take a look at the Castle and a Park, and have a coffee and catch our breath back. After that, we go straight to Saint Petersburg, check-in in the hotel and have a dinner in the Museum of Russian Vodka.
Today we have a sightseeing tour around the city. First, we go to Peterhof, where you see dozens of fountains in the Lower Garden - funny and pompous, simple and complex – they have delighted guests for the past two and a half centuries. The "Russian Versailles" is certainly not inferior to its French prototype in terms of luxury, decoration, engineering genius, the radiance of gold and the riches of the Palace's halls.
From Peterhof we come back to the city center, have a lunch in a nice restaurant and have a walk around architectural ensemble of the Palace Square, visiting the Hermitage, excursion to St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Nevskiy Prospect and rivers and canals of St. Pete.
By the evening we will be tired, so another local restaurant with Russian wine would be just the perfect place to relax and share emotions about the tour.
Saint-Petersburg – Pushkin Hills, 350 km
Our plan for today is to visit Pskov and Pushkin Hills, all places situated on the banks of Chudskoye Lake.
Pskov, along with Novgorod, is one of the oldest Russian cities. The very old church remained untouched in the very center, in Kremlin. We have a short sightseeing tour around and then head to Pushkin Hills.
Pushkin Hills is a family residence of – guess who? – Alexander Pushkin, probably one of the most recognized Russian poet. His matrilineal great-grandfather was Abram Petrovich Gannibal, who was kidnapped from equatorial Africa and raised in the household of Peter the Great. Pushkin even created a novel Peter the Great’s Negro based on this story. There is a museum of the family in the Pushkin Hills, surrounded by a very old forest. We will face the sunset at the bank of the river, and we promise – it’s a marvelous sight.
Pushkin Hills – Derbovezh, 300 km
Derbovezh is a lake where you can experience fishing, boat tours on the lake. Russian baths – if you are ready for it. There are some other activities available: volleyball, sunbathing on the beach, swimming in the crystal clear water, etc. The dinner will be made by a local chief, and in the evening we will hear some more stories about Russia, our culture and history.
Derbovezh – Moscow, 375 km
The last part of the journey we ride on Riga highway. There are no alternative ways, except some off-roads, because Tver area has probably the worst roads in the country. Who wants some off-road? We can do short 20 to 30 km rides on these roads. We have a lunch in Rzhev and arrive to Moscow approximately at 4 pm. We check-in to the hotel and have a walk around the city center, the Red Square and the Kremlin. It’s less crowded in the evening and very peaceful. We will finish the day in the best beer restaurant in Moscow.
This day we have an excursion around the city. Starting with Kremlin and Red Square, we will see GUM (The main shopping mall) and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Later on we will explore the subway (Metro) and have a walk on Arbat, which is the most famous pedestrian street in Moscow, where you can buy authentic Russian souvenirs. And lastly, in the evening we will have a farewell dinner.
Departure from Moscow
This is the last day before you catch your plane. If your departure is rather late, we will be able to visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Bolshoy Theater or Central Park. We will also take care of your transfer to the airport.