Day by day description:
Day 1: Arrival in Moscow (no cycling). You will be met at the airport by a guide and taken to the hotel Izmailovo. Hotel is located in the east part of Moscow next to the biggest Moscow park and 5 minutes walk from underground station. It takes 15 minutes by metro to get to the Red Square. After short briefing and buffet dinner we will go for a walk in the center of Moscow.
Day 2: Early bus transfer to Lotoshino. You will cycle from there to Staritsa – around 70 km by quiet country road. On the way we may visit unusual museum in Stepurino – old Russian merchant village. This museum is held and operated by local volunteers. We will stay overnight in the country hotel next to Great Russian river Volga. You may try Russian steam bath house (banya).
Day 3: 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: We continue our way to Torzhok – around 75 km. Road almost does not have cars and twists through nice forest. Torzhok – an old Russian town, famous for its unique architecture and folk craft of gold work embroidery. Chicken cutlets (called Pozharskie) were invented here. Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin used to eat them here. Hope we will have them for dinner. The hotel we stay has excellent spa facilities.
Day 5: Morning transfer to Valday. Valday is 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. Cycling around Valday lake 50 km (14 km of gravel road) including visiting Iversky Monastery and bell museum. Overnight in the hotel faced to lake Valday.
Day 6: Early bus transfer to Visuchy Bor. From here you cycle to Staraya Russa– around 75 km (at least half of it is a perfect recently made road with very few cars). 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. He wrote here his novels The Brothers Karamazov and The Possessed.) We stay in the hotel which is a part of old spa resort.
Day 7: After visiting Dostoevsky museum there is short bus transfer to Borki from where we cycle 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: You start in Novgorod and cycle to Spasskaya Polist around 70 km along Volkhov river by quiet road. At the end we transfer you to St. Petersburg. Here you will have a Farewell dinner.
Day 9: City tour with a local guide in St. Petersburg including Metro, Nevsky prospect, downtown. Then it is time to say goodbye, hopefully we’ll see you back soon on our future trips. We wish you a good flight back home or a pleasant stay in St Petersburg.
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