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“Three capitals of Russia”
Moscow - St. Petersburg

9 days, cycling distance 300 - 600 km

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The cycling route goes from Moscow, the modern Russian capital, to the old one, St. Petersburg, through the oldest one, Novgorod the Great (UNESCO world heritage). You will be charmed by the spirit of olden times in Torzhok, Ostashkov, Staraya Russa. In Staraya Russa we will visit the museum of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who wrote there his novels The Brothers Karamazov and The Possessed. We will pass the pearl of Russian nature - Lake Seliger, cross woody Valdai hills, where Great Russian Volga river starts. In Novgorod you will see its ancient Kremlin (Detinets), magnificent XI-century St. Sofia Cathedral and wonderful Russian Millennium Memorial. You will be surprised with the luxurious beauty of grand palaces and parks, built for Russian Tsars in St. Petersburg area. After the tour you can return to Moscow by comfortable night train or stay longer in the north capital of Russia.

This tour has less sightseeing than the  Golden Ring of Russia tour. The Adventure tour has longer day cycle distance.

Most roads along the route do not have heavy traffic and are paved with asphalt. (In the Adventure tour we have about 40 km of dirt or gravel roads.)

In Adventure (budget) tour we stay in modest hotels or cabins with double rooms or dorms and shared WC and shower. 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 St. Petersburg you may stay in a hotel instead of hostel.

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

Itineraries (pdf):

Comfort tour                     Adventure tour

Map of the route

There is no this tour scheduled for 2015 - see Karelia tour


Photo reports from our previous tours

Article about the tour

Lake Seliger
Lake Seliger

Novgorod the Great

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