Key tour highlights: Moscow, Red Square, Kremlin, Metro, Sparrow Hills, Russian sauna (banya), Vodka museum, local BBQ, Savior on Blood Church, Hermitage, Peterhof, small towns and villages
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Moscow – Valday – Saint-Petersburg – Pskov – Moscow
Day 1. Moscow, arrival
Today you arrive in Moscow. After some rest, there will be a kick off meeting regarding the tour. We will provide you with the details and 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 at a nice restaurant with the Russian cuisine near the Kremlin.
Important: to prevent any timing issues, please, make sure that your arrival time is not later than 3 p.m.
Highlight of the day: Welcome dinner, Moscow
Day 2. 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 down Arbat, which is the most famous pedestrian street in Moscow, where you can buy authentic Russian souvenirs.
Highlight of the day: Moscow city tour
DAY 3. Moscow – Tver, 400 km
We leave Moscow, make a stop at Red Square in the morning to make a photo and then ride to the cozy town Tver. With secondary roads and plenty of stops it will take 6-8 hours.
Highlight of the day: historical center of Tver city, photos at Red Square
DAY 4. Tver – Novgorod, 450 km
More secondary roads, small villages and towns. In the end we reach Novgorod, one of the oldest cities in Russia, which is 1155 years old. We walk to the Kremlin and after have a dinner at one of the restaurants on the bank of the Volkhov river.
Highlight of the day: Hansa town Novgorod
DAY 5. Novgorod – St. Petersburg, 250 km
Saint-Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Marvelous palaces, churches and cathedrals, small streets and canals, Neva river and Baltic Sea. We reach the city and go for a city tour. In the evening dinner in Rumochnaya №1.
Highlight of the day: cultural capital of Russia
DAY 6. St. Petersburg, rest day
Full day city tour. We visit Peterhof, Hermitage, Savior on Blood Cathedral and many other sights.
Highlight of the day: the State Hermitage museum and other sites of the city
Day 7. Saint-Petersburg – Pskov, 350 km
Our plan for today is to visit Pskov. Along with Novgorod, Pskov 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 the city in the evening and dinner in local restraurant.
Highlight of the day: lunch at Chudskoe Lake, Pskov city tour
Day 8. Pskov – Derbovezh, 430 km
Derbovezh is a lake where you can experience fishing, boat tours and real Russian Banya (sauna) – if you are ready for it. There are some other activities available: volleyball, sunbathing on the beach, swimming in the crystal clear water, etc. Dinner will be cooked by a local chief, and in the evening we will hear some more stories about Russia, our culture and history.
Highlight of the day: secondary roads through small towns and villages, dinner at lake with BBQ
Day 9. Derbovezh – Moscow, 375 km
It is our last riding day. In the morning we take a 100 km segment of the highway and after we go to secondary roads. We will finish the day in the best beer restaurant in Moscow with a farewell party!
Highlight of the day: Zvenigorod Monastery, farewell dinner
Day 10. Moscow, departure