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Classic Motorcycle tour from Moscow to Saint-Petersburg
Day 1 - Arriving in Moscow
Transfer to the hotel in the city centre. After some rest, there will be a quick meeting explaining the tour details, itinerary, as well as some advice on rules and customs in Russia. Then we set off on a walk to explore Moscow, and have Russian dinner in a nice restaurant near the Kremlin.
Day 2 - Moscow – Valday, 400 km
In the morning we will visit the Red Square and will have plenty time to take photos even on the bikes. After that, we leave Moscow and head to Valday. We have a long way to go, that’s why we will use toll roads and the highway. All the roads were built only a few years ago so the ride will be smooth. Using toll roads will help us save time, plus it will give you a chance to get used to your bikes.
We will have lunch in Tver, a small provincial city 200 km from Moscow. We will also visit Valday Iversky Monastery, one of the most sacred places for Orthodox Russians. The night we will spend in the cosy hotel on the territory of the Valdai National Park. Here you will see a real Russian household, dinner with local meat and dairy products and have a chance to experience an authentic Russian banya (sauna). There are many beautiful forest roads which we can explore on bikes or a horseback. If you would like to have some off-road experience, Valday is the ideal spot for that.
Day 3 -Valday – Saint-Petersburg, 400 km
Today we will ride through several small towns and arrive in St. Petersburg in the evening.
One of the cities along the way is Novgorod – one of the oldest and most famous cities in Russia. It celebrated its 1155th anniversary in 2014. It is a birthplace of the Russian state and democracy. The old Kremlin and Monastery have been preserved in the heart of the city.
We will also stop in Gatchina and take a look at the Castle and the Park, and have a coffee break here. After that, we will drive straight to beautiful Saint Petersburg, check-in at the hotel and have a dinner at the Museum of Russian Vodka.
Day 4 -Saint-Petersburg
Today we have a sightseeing tour around the city. First stop is Peterhof, where you will see dozens of fountains in the Lower Garden - funny and pompous, simple and complex – they have delighted guests for the past two and a half centuries. The "Russian Versailles" is certainly not inferior to its French original in terms of luxury, decoration, engineering genius, and the radiance of gold and the riches of the Palace's halls.
From Peterhof we come back to the city center, have lunch at a nice restaurant and have a walk around architectural ensemble of the Palace Square, visiting the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, as well as Nevskiy Prospect and canals of St. Petersburg.
Day 5 -Saint-Petersburg – Pushkin Hills, 350 km
Our plan for today is to visit Pskov and Pushkin Hills, all places situated on the bank of Chudskoye Lake. Pskov, along with Novgorod, is one of the oldest Russian cities. The oldest church remained untouched since it was built.
Pushkin Hills is a family residence of Alexander Pushkin, one of the most recognized Russian poets. His matrilineal great-grandfather was Abram Petrovich Gannibal, who was kidnapped from equatorial Africa and raised in the household of Peter the Great. Pushkin even created a novel Peter the Great’s Negro based on this story. There is a family museum in the Pushkin Hills, surrounded by a very beautiful old forest. We will meet the sunset on the river bank which is a marvellous sight.
Day 6 -Pushkin Hills – Derbovezh, 300 km
Derbovezh is a lake where you can go fishing or take a boat tour on the lake. Russian banya (sauna) is available to you if you are ready for it. There are some other activities such as volleyball, sunbathing on the beach, swimming in the crystal clear water that we can enjoy. The dinner will be made by a local chief, and in the evening we will hear some stories about Russia, its culture and history.
Day 7 - Derbovezh – Moscow, 375 km
The last part of the journey is a ride back on Riga highway. There are no alternative ways, except some off-roads since Tver area has probably the worst roads in the country. After riding for 20-30 km we will have lunch in Rzhev and arrive to Moscow approximately at 4 pm. After checking-in at the hotel we will take a walk around the city centre. It’s less crowded in the evening and very peaceful. To finish the day we will dine at the best beer restaurant in Moscow.
Day 8 – Moscow
Today we will have an excursion around the city. Starting with Kremlin and Red Square, we will see GUM (main shopping mall) and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Later on we will explore the local metro which is considered an art gallery itself and have a walk on Arbat, the most famous pedestrian street in Moscow, where you can buy authentic Russian souvenirs.
Day 9 - Departure from Moscow
Transfer to the airport. If your departure is rather late, we could visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, Bolshoi Theatre or Central Park.
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