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Golden Ring of Russia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): Russia  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: July - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1300 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1800 Euro (EUR)

The Golden Ring of Russia (the region northeast of Moscow) is the most famous tourist route in the heart of Russia. It goes through the old Russian towns: Vladimir, Suzdal, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Uglich and others known for their ancient history and architecture. You will see the beautiful Russian countryside and the Volga river, magnificent orthodox churches and monasteries. The bicycling part starts in Rostov (200 km to north of Moscow) and ends in Vladimir 10 days later.

The tour starts in Moscow, where you have a guided downtown excursion. At the end of the tour you can stay longer in Moscow on your own or make a trip to St. Petersburg by train.

During the day you can cycle at your own pace, and a car will wait for you at appointed places along the route. Experienced guides will look after you in case of any difficulties. If you are tired you can always take the car for part of the route. Even non-riding spouses, children or friends are welcome to join the tour and they can follow the group in the car.

For 10 cycling days we ride about 650 km (400 miles). Most roads along the route do not have heavy traffic and are paved with asphalt. (In the Adventure tour we have about 30 km of dirt or gravel roads.)

In Adventure (budget) tour we stay in less expensive hotels or cabins with double rooms or dorms. In cabins we usually cook ourselves. If you have a tent, you might enjoy occasionally sleeping outdoors in the Russian countryside.

In Comfort tour we stay in higher quality hotels (only double or single accommodation with WC and shower in the room).

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Moscow. You are met at the airport or train station by a guide and taken to the hotel. Orientation meeting. City tour in Moscow, Metro, Red Square.

Day 2: Rostov. Transfer to Rostov. City tour. Cycling to Borisoglebsky (25 km/ 15 miles).

Day 3: Uglich. Cycling to Uglich (90 km/ 55 miles). City-tour (the Kremlin, the Volga embankment, Museum of Russian Vodka, Banya (Russian steam bath).

Day 4: Myshkin. Cycle to Myshkin (50 km/ 30 miles). City-tour in Myshkin (Valenki (wool-boot) museum, windmill,).

Day 5: Rybinsk. Cycle to Rybinsk (65 km/ 40 miles). City-tour in Rybinsk. Overnight at famous ski resort.

Day 6: Yaroslavl. Cycle to Yaroslavl (70 km/ 40 miles). City tour in Yaroslavl (the Spassky monastery, the Volga embankment).

Day 7. Nekrasovskoe. Cycling 85 km/ 55 miles. City tour in Nekrasovskoe.

Day 8: Kostroma. Cycling to Kostroma (60 km/ 35 miles). City tour in Kostroma (the Outdoor museum of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life).

Day 9: Ivanovo. Cycling: 100 km/ 65 miles (25 km of dirt road). Visit Jewellery factory.

Day 10: Suzdal. Cycle to Suzdal (110 km/ 70 miles). Picnic at Rubskoe lake (swimming). Farewell Dinner.

Day 11: Vladimir. City tour including the Spaso-Ephimy monastery (the bell ring, choir, the Stalin prison museum), mead tasting. Cycle to Vladimir (40 km/ 25 miles). The Church of Intercession on the Nerl (optional). City tour in Vladimir (optional). Transfer to Moscow.

Day 12: Moscow - Departure. Transfer to airport.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- Golden Ring of Russia Adventure: 1300 EUR p/p
- Golden Ring of Russia Comfort: 1800 EUR p/p.

Price Includes:
- Visa application support
- Transfers airport-hotel-airport in Moscow
- Accommodation
- All meals (except arrival and departure days)
- A sag wagon (support vehicle and baggage carrier)
- All transfers along the route
- Guided excursions and museums fees as described in the itinerary
- Special events (Russian steam bath, folklore program, Video, etc.)
- English-speaking cycling guides (or other languages)
- Maps
- T-shirt.

Price Excludes:
- Consulate fee for visa processing
- Flight to/ from Moscow
- Medical and travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
- Permission for photo-video-taking in the museums
- All events marked "optional" in the itinerary
- Bicycle rental.

Notes:
- Discounts 10% - for former RCTC participants (on the regular price) and a special price for people who live or temporarily stay in Russia
- Single supplement: 350 EUR.

Supplier Information
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Location: Russia
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2005
Client Request Served: 55

The M05728 is a not-for-profit social organization which joins bicyclists with different interests: road cycling, family cycling, "severe" cycling, and so on. We promote touring cycling in Russia among the world. We are ready to provide information and help for foreign cyclists in respect of cycle touring in...

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