You will be surprised with the luxurious beauty of grand palaces and parks, built for Russian Tsars in Pavlovsk, Pushkin and St. Petersburg. After the tour you can return to Moscow by comfortable night train or stay longer in the north capital of Russia. On the route you can choose your own cycling pace, a car will wait for you at the appointed places along the route. Experienced guides will look after you in case of difficulties. If you are tired you can always take a car for some part of the route. Even non-riding spouses, children or friends are welcome to the tour and they can follow us with the car.
Day 1: Arrival in Moscow (no cycling). You are met at the airport by a guide and taken to the hotel. Free time.
Day 2: Tver – Volga (60 km/40 miles). Train to Tver. City tour in Tver. Cycling to Volga. Overnight in hotel near Volga.
Day 3: Volga – Rzev (105 km/65 miles). After breakfast we continue along Volga river to old Russian town Staritsa. Visiting Monastery of the Assumption. Cycling to Rzev. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 4: Rzev – Lake Volgo (115 km/70 miles). We continue upstream to north and stay for the night in cottage near lake Volgo.
Day 5: Lake Volgo – Zarech’e (75 km/50 miles). We pass Ostashkov - one of the finest Russian provincial towns, capital of Seliger region. We stay for the night in cottage in Zarech’e in resort center of lake Seliger.
Day 6: Lake Seliger (no cycling). We spend day for relaxing and enjoying beauty of Lake Seliger. Boat trip to Saint Nil Monastery, which is situated on the other side of the lake. Russian steam bath in the evening will help to relax after cycling.
Day 7: Zarech’e – Staraya Russa (95 km/ 60 miles). We start day with bus transfer to Demians and then continue by bikes to Staraya Russa where we visiting the balneologic (spa) resort and the museum of the famous Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 8: Staraya Russa - Novgorod (110 km/70 miles). Cycling to Great Novgorod around Lake Ilmen. The museum of wooden architecture "Vitoslavitsy", city-tour in Novgorod, Kremlin. Overnight in a hotel in the center of Novgorod.
Day 9: Novgorod - Oredez (100 km/60 miles). We enter St. Petersburg region and stay overnight in a cottage near lake.
Day 10: Oredez - St. Petersburg (85 km/55 miles). We start day with short train transfer and then continue cycling to St. Petersburg through beautiful suburb (gardens and palaces in Gatchina and Tsarskoe Selo). Farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in hostel or hotel.
Day 11: St. Petersburg (no cycling). City tour in St. Petersburg.
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