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ultracycle St Petersburg to Moscow

itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive in St. Petersburg

We arrive in St. Petersburg in the afternoon and transfer to our centrally located hotel. We have time to relax and settle in before a briefing over dinner. This evening there is a guided walk of St Petersburg to see the Winter Palace, Nevsky Avenue and the beautiful embankments on the Neva River.

 

Meals: D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 2

Tosno - 110 km

The first stage of our cycle is to Tosno. Along our route we pass the towns of Pushkin and Pavlovsk which are famous for their parks and palaces; the most famous of which is Catherine Palace. This first days ride acts as a fantastic warm up for some of the longer more difficult rides that are set to test us on this challenge. Not only is this the shortest day of cycling but it is also has a progressive segment of short climbs which should help to warm up our legs and get us used to the Russian roads.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 3

Cycling to Staraya Russa - 185 km

Our day starts with a short bus transfer to Spasskaya Polist from where the nice quiet road starts along the Volkhov River to Great Novgorod,one of Russia's oldest and most historic cities. The historic Monuments of Novgorod and the surroundings are part of the World Heritage Site which includes the Novgorod Kremlin with the XI-century St. Sophia Cathedral and the Millennium of Russia monument. After a short stop in Novgorod we continue to Staraya Russa, another old Russian town which was the home of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky who wrote the novels ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ and ‘The Possessed’. This is infact our longest day of cycling and although it will be tough as we will be on our bikes for a long period of time, it is one of the flatter days that we will experience on our challenge.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 4

Ostahkov - 175 km

Today we cycle to Ostahkov which is located on a peninsula on the southern shores of Lake Seliger. Our cycle today is probably the toughest day we will experience and includes one steep climb at the beginning of the day, which will tire us out for the day ahead. Lake Seliger is a protected nature reserve and is sometimes known as the "European Baikal" due to the diversity of its unique flora and fauna. Lake Seliger is one of the purest lakes of Europe and one of the most popular resorts in central Russia. The route includes 22 km of gravel road and depending on how we are feeling a bus transfer is possible.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Motel

DAY 5

Rzhev - 140 km

Today we head for Rzhev along the upper reaches of the Volga. There were cruel battles in this area during the Second World War which all but wiped out the town and we come across many memorials and military cemeteries along our route. Our route is undulating but the climbs are not too extreme and it will be the distance of our previous days that begin to take their tole on our legs.

DAY 6

Moscow Cycle - 150 km

On our penultimate day of cycling we enter the outskirts of greater Moscow and begin to see more buildings starting to appear as we get closer to Russia’s capital. The distance today will be a struggle so when we finally make it to our cosy hotel we will enjoy the chance to rest our weary legs, so we are ready to take on the final day of our challenge.

 

Meals: B, L, D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 7

Moscow City - 140 km

Cycling to Moscow city is the most exciting day of the challenge and a worthy way to finish our adventure. On our way we pass the beautiful Savvino-Storozhevsky monastery in Zvenigorod. The final stretch of our challenge is cycling up to a viewing point on the top of Vorob’evy hills which opens up amazing panoramic views of Moscow. This is also an excellent spot for the last group photo of our challenge before we head to our hotel ready for a celebratory meal and perhaps some Russian vodka... if we can handle it.

 

Meals: B, L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 8

Depart Moscow

We wake early for a short guided tour in the center of Moscow, which includes Red Square, before we are transported to the airport for our journey home.

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