Literature bicycle tour

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9 Day(s)
270 Km
avg 39 Km

Golden Autumn in Russia

For people who like Russian literature and want to ride unhurriedly around the Central regions of Russia in the most romantic time of year this new tour looks a promising choice. This territory was home and a Pierian spring to the great Russian writers Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace, Anna Karenina), Ivan Turgenev (Fathers and Sons, Sportsman's Sketches), Anton Chekhov (Three Sisters,The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull), Nikolai Leskov (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Tale of Cross-eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea), and others. The country estates, where they lived and created their famous works are now museums, and are on our route. This year is Bicentenary of Ivan Turgenev (1818 - 1883), who spent childhood on his mother's estate Spasskoe-Lutovinovo.

The route runs through sparsely populated and scenic countryside area along minor roads. Wild and picturesque scenery, fields and hills interchanging with protected forests, create a unique atmosphere of European Russia. As far as the nature is concerned the route is interesting thanks to the fact that it runs along the natural southern forest borders of European Russia, which served as a natural defensive position against Mongol-Tatar invasions in 12-15 century. Old Russian townlets Mtsensk, Bolhov, Belev, and Kozelsk will acquaint you with both monuments of architecture and life in the remote interior of Russia.

In the last part of our tour you will visit famous Monastery of Optina Pustyn and Shamordino Convent with unique monuments of architecture and baptismal founts. We finish our journey in Kaluga Region. Kaluga is famous for its space museum. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a great scientist and founding father of the world astronautics, used to live here for most of his life (he liked to ride his bicycle). On the last day we will ride in the world biggest art-park.


Tour Location

European Central

Tour Information

9 Days
Quiet roads
Special Interest:
Art & entertainment
Double Occupancy
Tour Language:
English, Russian
Cost From:
EUR 1250

Tour Distance & Dates

270 Km
Riding Days:
September 7, 2019

Additional Information


visa support
transfer from airport in Moscow
8 night accommodation
all meals (from dinner on the arrival day till breakfast on the departure day)
a sag wagon (support vehicle and baggage carrier)
all transfers along the route
guided excursions and museums fees as described in the itinerary
English-speaking cycling guides and mechanic


flight to/from Moscow
consulate fee for visa processing
health and travel insurance
alcoholic drinks
permission for photo-video-taking in the museums
assured good weather


100 euro discount for former participants
Bicycle rental - 100 Euro

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