Ancient towns of central Russia
From Tver to Vladimir
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Guided group tour
- Minimum number of participants: 6 | max. 16
Arrival in Moscow
Arrival at the hotel of the tour in the very center of Moscow. In the evening you will have a city tour around Moscow. We will walk along the embankment of the Moscow River, past the great Temple of Christ the Savior and reach the Kremlin and Red Square. You will be filled with unforgettable impressions of scope and power of these cult constructions of the Capital of Russia. On the way back to the hotel after you will take the metro, and will visit one of the most famous stations – «Revolution Square» and «Arbatskaya», which in truth can be called a work of architectural art.
In the morning, around 11 a.m. we will take the transfer bus to go from Moscow to an old Russian city of Tver, which will be reached in the second part of the day. Here after a lunch break we will have a city tour around the old center. Taking a walk along the embankment, listen to the city's history. Passing by the monument of Pushkin and Athanasii Nikitin, who loved this city very much.
Later that day we go be back to our hotel, which is a former manor house, lovingly renovated by current owners. Also, as a next step we will have a master class of modeling the Russian pelmeni. The chef of the restaurant will uncover the secrets of this popular Russian dish.
After dinner you will have the opportunity to take a walk along one of the central street «Trehsvyatskaya» – this is pretty much the same as Moscow «Arbat» with the same souvenir benches, rows of bright matryoshkas, easels of artists and many cozy cafes and restaurants. Here you will plunge into the colorful atmosphere of the provincial Russia.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our tour by passing through the historical part of Tver and along its embankment that was built up in the 1760-1770s. On our way we will cross the bridge, which was built at the very end of the 19th century and which will remind the curious traveller of the bridge in the Bavarian town of Laufen on the Salzach River and in Budapest.
Leaving Tver we continue our trip along gravel and sandy roads through pine woods, along the banks of a great Volga River to reach the walls of an Orsha convent, which was patronized by Tsar Ivan the Terrible. Here, on the shore of a small influx, we will have a picnic break. You will feel an extraordinary pacification in this mysterious place, where the Volga becomes even wider and more powerful. After we continue our trip on tarmac surface among the age-old pine forest to Savvatievo. Further on, by our bus – we take the direction back to the Volga, to the village of Yuryevskoye and to our Park Hotel. In the evening we will have a dinner and a romantic night on the bank of Volga River.
Today’s route will lead through age-old pine forest and old rare settlements, mostly on nice gravel and sandy roads. In the village of Edimonovo the river Volga becomes even more full flowing and wide. The islands, the water surface of the bay, beaches and pine forests – all this creates a fantastic atmosphere of peace in mind and unity with nature. Here the river makes a sharp turn to north-east and «stores» in the Ivankovsky reservoir. After a pleasant break and swimming in the clear river waters we will have a transfer to a shore of reservoir, where we take a ferry and cross the wide Volga waters to reach the city Konakovo. Later on via our transfer bus we continue our trip and reach the «city of Science» – Dubna.
In the evening, if the weather is good, we will have one more opportunity to swim in the Volga River and enjoy unbelievable atmosphere of the city of Academics and cyclists.
Today we will have a very eventful day! After breakfast we will have a short tour along the «city of Science». The guide will tell you about the history of this city and the construction of Moscow Canal. This unique and large-scale construction was erected in the 30s of the last century, in just five years by the forces of hundreds of thousands of political prisoners of the Gulag, many of whom died in its construction. Walk along the spit, will dip us into the history of this place, a great chance to take wonderful photos of the lighthouse, the famous monument of Lenin (25 meters tall!) and the serene waters of the bay. And further on we will ride along the canal, and after through woods, fields, authentic settlements and villages to reach the ancient industrial village of Verbilki. Here is possible to visit museum of the porcelain factory that was founded by an Englishman Gardner in the year 1775. By the evening we will reach an ancient city of Dmitrov, will have a dinner at the hotel and continue our day with a walk in the historical part of the city, will visit local Kremlin, walk along the Kropotkinskaya street among the beautiful monuments of its citizens.
After breakfast, upon your will, we can spend a little time visiting the Museum-Reserve «Dmitrov Kremlin», there are interesting exhibits dedicated to the Second World War and the historical and cultural life of the region. Then, from the former Golitsyn estate, we will ride to the highest part of the Klin-Dmitrovsky ridge, where it is crossed by the fast and winding river Velya. For the extreme lovers we can offer, but a bit later, to wade it – It can be an unforgettable moment! Riding first on tarmac surface, after on gravel and sometimes even rocky roads we will reach the settlement «Svyatogorovo». This place is popular for pilgrims, photographers, artists and just for curious ones. Here we examine the architecture of wooden houses and dine with hospitable hosts who will treat us with dishes of Russian cuisine made from products of their own farmstead. After we transfer to the city of Sergiev Posad – one of the culminating places of our cycling tour in «Russian inland». The places we pass through are called «Moscow taiga» and even «Russian Switzerland» because of the high, often alternating green hills. Among all the cities that make up the Golden Ring of Russia, this city is considered to be its pearl and one of the main sights. In 1993 this architectural ensemble became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening we will have another interesting event – a master class of painting the Matryoshka in the city's «Workshop of Art». Each person will be given a wooden blank
Today we are having the final and the longest cycle track, that will lead at the junction of the Moscow, Yaroslavl and Vladimir regions. We will see some old small towns. Part of the way, as always, will be accompanied by our bus. We will have a break in the ancient town with an offbeat name «Kirzhach», the name of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin is closely connected to this place. By the evening we will reach city of Vladimir – the crown of the «Golden Ring». Here are carefully kept some of wonderful monuments of Russian medieval white-stone architecture, which were entered by UNESCO into the World Heritage List.
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 with the high-speed-train (not included). The tour will finish there. But everyone, upon your wish, is always welcome to stay longer to spend more time exploring our wonderful city of Moscow.
The cycling will mostly take place on flat country roads, within two stages there will be a little bit more traffic.
Categorie: 3***- and 4****-hotels, one overnight-stay in a family-hotel, one overnight-stay in cosy log-houses at Wolga-riverside
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
- 6x lunch, partially as lunch package with water
- 1x dinner
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Detailed travel documents
- Accompanied by an experienced tour guide
- Support van throughout the whole tour
- Guided tours in Moscow (1st day of the tour) and further on the route: in the cities of Tver, Dubna, Dmitrov, Sergiev Posad, Vladimir
- 2 Master classes during the tour;
- All Transfer according to programm
- Ferry across the Volga
- Visa invitation for Russia
- Rental mountainbike
- Half-board evening meal (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
- The transfer from the airport and to the airport is on request!
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Moscow airport
Things to note:
- Visa is needed for the entry!
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
- Changes of the route reserved.
- Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!