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Real Russia self-drive
REAL RUSSIA SELF-DRIVE

«REAL RUSSIA» self-drive

Russia has long become one of major tourist destinations of the world, but unfortunately most of the itineraries offered to a Western traveller comprise the cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg and several museum towns. At the same time, the true wonders and spirit of Russia remain hidden from the foreign tourists.
We are now attempting to present the “Real Russia” as it is. It is not an easy task, because the most interesting things are far away from big cities and major tourist destinations with their hustle and glamour. Even tarmac roads are not everywhere to be found, and a 4x4 vehicle may be the only possible transport. But what to be seen is a reward in itself. Small Russian towns which history goes many centuries back, authentic villages unaffected by modern civilization, virgin forests and quite rivers and lakes, tranquil and friendly people - all this is what is called “The Real Russia”.
Quite symbolically, the itinerary connects two Russian capitals – the old and the new ones, and passes through the places where the history of Russia has been made.

Tour description

Day one
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Day two
Moscow

City tour with an English-speaking guide. During this four hour tour you will see the Kremlin, the Red Square and other highlights of Moscow. The rest of the day – at leisure.
Meals – breakfast.

Day three
Moscow - Uglich

After breakfast, transfer to the starting ground of the tour – “4x4 Club” of Moscow. Familiarisation, briefing. Start of the tour. After 58 km of highway we are arriving to one of the most famous historical and religious shrines of Russia – Troitski-Sergiev monastery. It has been founded in the ХIV century and until now remains one of the most important centers of the Russian Orthodox church. We shall make a brief tour of the monastery.

Our tour goes on in the direction of the ancient Russian town of Uglich. We are driving, alternatively, tarmac, gravel and dirt roads for 177 km among forests, fields and abandoned villages, until we reach Ilyinskaya village. After that, an old brick road built by the medieval Russian tsars will lead us to the Uleyma convent. Following a brief visit to the monastery (please note that in Russian convents and monasteries shorts and mini-skirts are not welcome, and women should preferably have their heads covered) and a 10-km tarmac road drive, we reach Uglich, one of the most ancient Russian towns founded in 937 AD. The town is known for its 3 monasteries of the XIII century, typical Russian provincial architecture (mainly XIX century) and some tragic historical events dating back to the times of Ivan the Terrible…
A brief tour of the small town and accommodation in a hotel in its historical center.

±288km (tarmac 200 km, gravel and dirt 88 km)
11-12 hours drive (including stopovers)
Meals - breakfast.

Day four
Uglich - Tver
We cross Volga and drive along its banks for some time. The picturesque dirt road leads us to an old town of Kashin founded in the XII-XIII centuries. After a brief tour of the town we proceed to Tver, a big city with long and interesting history, lying in the heart of the Middle Russian valleys with their dense forests, quite rivers and charming lakes. 111 km of gravel and tarmac roads lead us to the village of Stoyantsy. After Stoyantsy, a difficult section – 10 km of narrow and winding dirt road. Next, 22 km of tarmac and 70 km of sand road to Savateevo village. And finally, 12 km of tarmac to Tver. The city has been founded in the ХII century, and has been the capital of the most powerful princedom in the North-Eastern Russia. Some architectural monuments of the ХIII century have remained till our time. Accommodation in a hotel.

±294 km. (tarmac 134 km, gravel and dirt. 160 km)
13 hours drive (including stopovers)
Meals - breakfast

Day five
Tver - Seliger

In the morning – a tour of the city followed by a 100 km drive to the town of Staritsa (tarmac). Staritsa has first been mentioned in ancient chronicles in 1297. The local Assumption monastery has been founded in 1110 and is one of the oldest acting monasteries in the whole of Russia. After 1569, Staritsa was owned by tsar Ivan the Terrible. Lunch (own account) and a brief tour of the town. After that, we dirve to the jem of Russia, the Seliger system of lakes. Accommodation in a lodge.

±282 km.(tarmac 200 km, gravel 82 km)
10 hours drive (including stopovers)
Meals - breakfast

Day six
At Leisure

In the beautifully located lodge we can swim, water ski, travel by boats and motor boats, or just relax after the tiring travel. We shall also board a ship and make a tour of the Seliger system of lakes with its 160 islands, visiting en route an Orthodox shrine – Nilova Pustin monastery founded in the XVI century. In the evening we shall restore our streangth in the healthy Russian sauna ("banya") and finish the day with a tasty barbeque.
Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day seven
Seliger - Novgorod

Tarmac, gravel and dirt roads among the breathtaking scenery of lakes and forests will lead us to the old Russian town of Novgorod, once a powerful medieval city-state. Accommodation in a hotel in the historical center of the town.

±382 km (tarmac 197 km, gravel and dirt 185 km)
11 hours of drive including stopovers
Meals - breakfast

Day 8
Novgorod – St.Petersburg

Following a two hours tour of the town with its ancient kremlin and awe-inspiring churches, we shall drive to St. Perersburg. Accommodation in a hotel. In the evening – a walking tour of the city.

±216 km (tarmac 166 km, gravel and dirt.50 km)
8 hours of drive
Meals - breakfast

Day 9
St. Petersburg

A tour of the city.
A visit to he Hermitage, one of the most famous museums of the world.
Transfer to the airport for homebound flight.
Meals - breakfast.

Total mileage - 1451 km

Price: 2900 Euro per person sharing.
Included: rental of Russian-made 4x4 vehicles NIVA or UAZ (one vehicle per two participants), support vehicle with two mechanics, services of a guide, accommodation (1/2 Dbl), meals, excursions and transfers as indicated in the itinerary.

Excluded: International flights, visas, petrol, personal insurance, pre- and post-tour accommodation, additional tours and services, tips and personal requirements.


 
   
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