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Russian Cycle Touring Club  Russian Cycle Touring Club

invites you to the annual international bicycle tour

“The Golden Ring of Russia”

since 1996

12 days/11 nights

Golden Ring of Russia bicycle tourend of the bike tour in Vladimirfarewell dinner in Suzdal after bike tour

The bike tour is designed for international cyclists, and it will introduce you to the real Russia! Bicycling is an ideal way to explore this fascinating country. Our informal tour is comfortably paced and you will enjoy biking in the quiet Russian countryside. You are not our customers – you are the guests of our club. In addition to cycling, we offer a special culture program. We visit a lot of museums and exhibitions (some of them are little known). You will meet friendly village dwellers and see how Russians really live. The menu promises to give you the opportunity to taste authentic Russian food that is unlike anything you’ve tasted before!

Route. The Golden Ring of Russia (the region northeast of Moscow) is the most famous tourist route in the heart of Russia. It goes through numerous picturesque and ancient Russian towns: Vladimir, Suzdal (UNESCO world heritage), Yaroslavl (UNESCO world heritage), Kostroma, Uglich (the Church of Dmitry on Blood is in the list of the world's most beautiful churches) , Rostov, and others known for their ancient history and inspiring architecture. The conception of the Golden Ring was created by art critic and writer Yuri Bychkov in 1967. Church

We will see the beautiful Russian countryside and Volga River, magnificent Orthodox churches and monasteries. The bicycling part starts in Rostov (north of Moscow) and ends in Vladimir 10 days later. See the map.

Itinerary. 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, or friends are welcome to join the tour and they can follow the group in the car.

For 10 cycling days we ride about 600 km (375 miles). Most roads along the route do not have heavy traffic and are paved with asphalt.


In Adventure (budget) tour we stay in modest hotels or cabins with double rooms or dorms and shared WC and shower. In cabins we usually cook ourselves. If you have a tent, you might enjoy occasionally sleeping outdoors in the Russian countryside. Banya (Russian steam bath) is usually available in cabin accommodation.

In Comfort tour we stay in higher quality hotels (only double or single accommodation with private bathroom).

Itineraries (pdf):

        Adventure tour       Comfort tour    

Day  to day description (pdf):

Adventure tour       Comfort tour

The map of the route

Photo reports from our previous tours


Frequently Asked Questions about the Golden Ring of Russia tour


The prices for 2018

Tour Dates Price,
Former participants*

Adventure Reunion tour

July 8 - 19

1,300 1,000

Comfort tour

August 12 - 23 1,500 1,400

* including tandem peace tours 1993 (Moscow - St. Petersburg) and others.

The tour can be combined with Moscow - St. Petersburg tour (150 euro discount for the second tour).

Single supplement in Comfort tour - 250 euro. (You do not need to pay if you are ready to share a room with another participant.)

Bicycle rental - 100 Euro.

Only one discount per tour.

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 How to apply?

1. First read carefully all information including Frequently asked questions and Terms and Conditions . Applying for the tour you accept Terms and Conditions statements.

2. Apply using online form or download the application form (MS Word). (Even if these dates does not suit you you can apply and specify you preferable dates.)

The deposit (€ 200 for the adventure and € 400 for the comfort tour) should be paid after the confirmation, usually in February-March. (The price is fixed at the moment of your application.)

 For more details about the tour contact us.

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We may organize an independent (self-guided) tour in the Golden Ring area. You must be confident about finding the route and surviving in non-English speaking environment. Itinerary, dates, and price may vary depends on your preferences. Contact us.

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