Cycling Tour from St Petersburg to Moscow

Logistically, the tour is organized in the most optimal way for traveling from Saint Petersburg to Moscow – daily bicycle rides during the day accompanied by a bus escort with your luggages, picnic lunches along the way and comfortable night rest in hotels along the route.

For our Cycling tours in Russia we chose only the trustworthy suppliers who share our passion for cycling and for discovery, love and knowledge of our country, and care about the people who travel with us. Our supplier for this tour has a 30 years’ experience in organizing cycling trips, and over 50 itineraries to offer. Join us for an adventure and look forward to an opportunity to welcome you in Russia!
Program 9 days/8 nights, Cycling Tour St. Petersburg - Moscow
Arrival to Saint-Petersburg.
Meeting with a guide at the airport.
Transfer to the hotel. Check-in.
Free time.
Option: Dinner in the hotel

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.
Transfer to Veliky Novgorod.
Arrival to Veliky Novgorod.
Lunch in a local café. Check-in.
City tour. Visit to an ancient fortress Detinets with its central Saint Sofia Cathedral.
Veliky Novgorod is one of the oldest cities in Russia on the banks of River Volkhov. You will see many well-preserved ancient churches dating back to 10th century, some of them with beautiful frescoes, and you will visit an ancient fortress Detinets with its central Saint Sofia Cathedral. The Novgorod Kremlin, or Detinets, as was called in Novgorod in antiquity, laid down by prince Yaroslav, is the oldest Kremlin preserved in Russia (1044 year of construction). The Kremlin was the administrative, public, and religious center of Novgorod. Its walls were protected by the main one – Saint Sophia Cathedral, the oldest surviving church in Russia.
Return to hotel.
Option: Dinner in the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.
Bike ride from Veliky Novgorod (~48 km).
Picnic lunch on the way.
We bear round the western side of Lake Ilmen, crossing the rivers that flow into it and passing by the ancient Yuriev Monastery and some tiny fishing villages. We shall be crossing the Shelon River at Shimsk. Soon afterwards we pass the small town of Korostyn and its beautiful church. A high bank will serve there as a superb vantage point from which one can view the beautiful Ilmen panorama.
Transfer to Staraya Russa by bus.
Walking city tour with a visit to the house-museum of F. M. Dostoyevsky.
Staraya Russa – a pretty town founded in the 11th century on salt lands and the major supplier of salt to Russia for centuries. Today Staraya Russa is better known as a quiet country resort town boasting a number of lovely ancient churches. On the banks of the Pererytitsa we will visit a large wooden house where F.M. Dostoyevsky once lived – now it serves as a museum.
Check-in to the hotel in Staraya Russa.
Option: Dinner in the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.
Bike ride from Staraya Russa (~52 km).
Picnic lunch on the way.
In the morning we depart to River Pola and cycle further south. We catch a glimpse of the archaic lifestyle and cordiality of the villages we pass. Here too we shall see how the war has left its mark. Just beyond the village of Tsemena there is an extraordinary burial ground for German soldiers whose remains were discovered in the surrounding woods and marshes. We hit the first bit of uphill as we move out of the Ilmen lowland and into the Valdai Heights climbing no more than 300 meters. This highland is the watershed for rivers of the Baltic, Caspian, and the Black Sea basins. The road then winds off among hills, wood copses, lakes, and fields of flax.
Transfer to Baranovo village (Lake Seliger) by bus.
The uniqueness of Seliger is in his geography. The lake, which arose as a result of the influence of an ancient glacier, is a system of reaches with numerous deep bays, channels and islands. As a result, a relatively small lake has a total length of only the main coastline of more than 500 km. The coasts are winding, with a diverse relief and vegetation.
Check-in. Free time.
Option: Dinner in the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.
Cycling along lake Seliger (~30 km).
Picnic lunch on the way.
Motor boat cruise on lake Seliger to the Ostashkov.
In the morning we continue cycling along Lake Seliger, and then take motorboats for the cruise on Lake Seliger to Ostashkov. We pass Nilova Pustyn, a monastery that stands as a superb example of Russian Classicism and the Baroque on Stolbny Island.
Arrival to Ostashkov. Check-in.
Walking city tour with a visit to the Bogoroditsky Zhitenny Convent.
Ostashkov is a pretty old town located on a peninsula at Seliger Lake. As we gaze out at the fishing boats, we realize that many of the low storey buildings lining the quiet streets of Ostashkov behind us have retained much of the sedate manner of the 19th century. The old towns is dominated by two impressive and nicely decorated bell-towers – those of the Trinity Cathedral and of the Church of Resurrection. Near the tip of the peninsula you visit the Bogoroditsky Zhitenny Convent.
Option: Dinner in the hotel

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.
Bike ride from Ostashkov (~49 km).
Picnic lunch on the way.
We leave Ostashkov, first cycling along the lake, then through the pine groves. This area gives birth to a major Russian river Volga, the “Mother of all Russian rivers” and the largest of the European waterways. We cycling all the morning amidst dense forest and rare hamlets, and take a transfer to the town on Torzhok.
Transfer to Torzhok by bus. Check-in.
Walking city tour.
This name means a “marketplace”, and indeed Torzhok is an old trade town. The biggest attraction of Torzhok is the river Tvertsa, a tributary of Volga. Pedestrian bridge gives the best view of the town, with the nice old houses boarding the riverbanks and bell-towers of many churches all around us.
Option: Dinner in the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.
Bike ride from Torzhok (~46 km). Visit to the Pushkin Museum in Bernovo village.
Picnic lunch on the way.
We continue our way through forests, fields, and rural villages. In the village of Bernovo we will stop to see an old country estate with the old park. This estate belonged to the friends of the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Pushkin was staying here on several occasions, and now the country mansion hosts a museum dedicated to the poet’s life.
Transfer to Staritsa by bus. Check-in.
Walking city tour.
We end the day in Staritsa, an unspoilt old town with its gorgeous Dormition monastery on the banks of Volga. Staritsa is a quiet, provincial and very cozy city. It seemed to be stuck in time and retained the unique features of past centuries. The city received its name from the Upper and Lower Staritsa rivers flowing into the Volga. For a long time served as a fortress for the Tver princes. A walk along Staritsa will allow us to see the Holy Assumption Monastery, founded in the XII century.
Option: Dinner in the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.
Bike ride from Staritsa (~53 km).
Picnic lunch on the way.
Today’s route lies through pine forests along Volga. More than once we will stop by the river for a swim, or to simply perch upon the steep bank and contemplate the streaming passage of the water of this great river. Before entering Tver, we board our bus for a transfer to Moscow.
Transfer to Moscow by bus.
Arrival to Moscow. Check-in.
Option: Dinner in the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.
Transfer with a guide to the airport.
End of the tour.

The program is preliminary. The organizers reserve the right to replace the excursion blocks with similar ones, without changing main waypoints.

The route is laid on secondary roads.
Participants who feel unwell or insecure can take the escort bus.
At the beginning of the hike and further as necessary, safety briefing is carried out – braking rules, gear shifting and selection, distance, overtaking, crossing intersections, etc.
Cycling – wearing helmets only. We also strongly encourage people to wear cycling gloves and glasses.
We strive to keep the group together, but just in case we ask the participants to have roaming enabled or a local SIM card on their phones.
Before the hike, adjustment and preventive maintenance of rental bicycles is carried out, during the hike – regular monitoring of their condition.
Participants must have medical insurance. We recommend that they hand over copies of their insurance policies to the guide (so that if necessary they do not have to look for the policy at the bottom of the suitcase).
Requirements for participants: participants must be able to ride a bike and in the season before the hike ride at least 100-150 km.
What is included and not included in the tour?
Our prices include:
  • Double accommodation in Saint-Petersburg in 4* hotel
  • Double accommodation in Veliky Novgorod in 4* hotel
  • Double accommodation in Staraya Russa in 3* hotel
  • Double accommodation in Polnovo village in 3* hotel
  • Double accommodation in Ostashkov in 3* hotel
  • Double accommodation in Staritsa in 3* hotel
  • Double accommodation in Torzhok in 3* hotel
  • Double accommodation in Moscow in 4* hotel
  • Breakfast at the hotels
  • Transport services per program
  • English / German / French / Italian speaking guide per program
  • On cycling days – picnic lunches
  • On cycling days – snacks and water
  • On cycling days – support van carrying the luggage and providing help when needed (An escort van will transport not only your luggage, but also you and your bicycle if necessary. The car also has a spare bike, a repair kit, a first aid kit, a supply of water and energy supply)
  • Excursion program with entrance fees when necessary
  • Visa support letter

  • Bicycle rent (better to book with us not later than 21 days before the tour)
  • Single supplement
  • Dinner in hotels
  • Pre / post accommodation and program in Saint-Petersburg or Moscow
  • Non obligatory insurance of medical, medical transport and other expenses
  • Non obligatory accident

* If restrictions are imposed on the entrance to museums for a certain number of people, we can serve group requests with the division of groups into smaller ones, with the predominant use of the same transport (or with a different number and capacity of transport), but with a large number of guides.
** Some museums or excursions can be excluded from the program if circumstances beyond the control of the tour operator require it (time constraints due to covid-19 / bans on the operation of facilities). At the same time, as far as possible, we will offer an alternative replacement.
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