Russian countryside package: Volga River ecotour and the traditional village

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Moscow (different options) to null
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Tour description

Join our 5-days road tripping from Moscow to St. Petersburg across the real Russian countryside!As you know, there is a great difference between Moscow and all other Russia... It is not easy to understand life here when you are stuck in a traffic jam on your way to Kremlin with a coffee in your hand! The concept of this tour is to show you the real Russia with numerous small towns, pristine nature, abandoned churches and the common life of ordinary people. The itinerary is perfect for those who are going to St. Petersburg. It takes only 4 hours to get there by a local train.Tour highlights: • Road-tripping from Moscow to St. Petersburg • Ecotour along the Volga River • Real Russian countryside • Off-roading and caving • Soviet military van • Novgorod The Great: the oldest town in Russia

Day 1We will drive from Moscow to Staritsa town (about 200 km). Most of the day will be spent road tripping. We will see Moscow suburbs, a lot of small villages, abandoned churches with tumbled down crosses, small countryside towns, and nice nature. Depending on your wishes, we will spend the night at the hostel or camping at the riverbank.Day 2This day we will visit the 700-years old Staritsa town with its beautiful old mansions, abandoned churches and a real monastery, truly the place where time stopped! You'll see the real life of a small Russian town on the banks of the Volga river.In the afternoon, we'll have an ecotour along the Volga River to see its light evergreen forests, limestone cliffs and the crystal waters of numerous small creeks. You will learn a lot about Russian nature and life of the people here.We will also visit the ramified network of underground quarries where people mined limestone for churches and monuments. Depending upon your adventurism, you can either wander in some easily accessible beautiful quarries or search the road back from remote parts of the most challenging kilometers-long underground network! The Russian bathhouse («banya») will bring the relaxation after the very active day.Day 3We will visit an elderly couple living in a traditional Russia village. They have a small farm with several horses, cows and ducks. We will help them with their daily work - plowing the land (not by tractors, but by horses), caring for the livestock and cooking food in a traditional Russian oven… And surely we will taste some real fresh milk and eggs while they will be telling us about their common life, their habits, and the households.Day 4We will say goodbye to friendly couple and move to Ostashkov town to have some adventures (4x4, horse riding quad, boat trip, kayak...)We will choose activity all for together one month before the trip.Day 5We will drive to Novgorod the Great and walk there. Novgorod is the oldest city in European Russia, famous for its history. It was a people's republic at 9-12 centuries! Oh, good times... The city is known for the variety and age of its medieval monuments. The huge fortress at the city center is even more impressive than the Moscow Kremlin!After the day in Novgorod we will say farewell to each other at the Novgorod train station where the cheap local train well be waiting for you. Only 4 hours later you will be in St. Petersburg to wonder its architecture wandering all its small streets and river channels.Transportation options:1) Travel in a unique and very authentic, but less comfortable, «CrazyBu» van (up to 7 people).2) Travel in a very modern and comfortable, but not authentic, Pajero IV (up to 4 people).

What's included

  • Snacks
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Food tasting
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Use of helmet
  • Private tour
  • Round-trip private transfer
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Landing and facility fees
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water

What's not included

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Meals in local cafes