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Russia – The Frozen Lakes Drive 2017

A drive in the extreme cold temperatures in the heart of the Russian winters is not for the faint hearted! Are you tough enough to brave the cold temperatures as low as -20 degrees, fierce winds, icy roads and to top it all, drive on glass like surfaces of the frozen lakes?

On this unique road trip, not only will you immerse yourself in the unique Russian culture visiting ancient cities, historic towns and age old cathedrals, you will also get to take the road less travelled as you go on exploring those parts of the country which are hard to find on a tourist map! Explore the historic cities of Moscow and St Petersburg, drive through age old towns like Valday and Myshkin, and be a part of a rare group of travelers as you go on exploring the biggest country in the world sitting behind the wheels of your iconic UAZ Patriot 4×4 vehicle!

"Driving has been challenging but rewarding. These guys don’t know the meaning of the word problem. The organization of the whole trip was very smooth and we formed a great bond with the whole group."
-Shona Walton, UK

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Date: 21st – 28th January 2017

Duration: 7 nights / 8 days

Route: Moscow – Sergiev Posad – Rybinsk – Valday – Veliky Novgorod – St. Petersburg

Cost: Rs 3,50,000 Per Person

Tour Inclusions

  • Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis for 7 nights
  • Self-Drive Vehicle (4 people in one vehicle)
  • Fuel
  • Training on special field (ice and snow)
  • A support car with all the necessary equipment
  • English speaking guide
  • All Breakfasts, All Dinners, 5 Lunches

Tour Exclusions

  • International Air Tickets
  • Lunches in Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • Sight Seeing tour in Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Personal costs
  • Tips
  • Insurance and Documentation Costs such as travel Insurance, visa applications, International Driving Permit etc
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill health, vehicle breakdown, land blocks, bad weather etc

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% of the Tour cost will be charged if the tour cancelled anytime after confirmation till 30 days prior to start date.
  • 50% of the tour cost will be charged as cancellation if tour is cancelled in less than 29-15 days prior to start date.
  • 100% of the tour cost will be charged as cancellation if trip is cancelled in less than 14 days prior to start date.

Day 1 - Moscow City

Day 01

Home to the famous Red Square, you will arrive in the beautiful city of Moscow. The city is said to date back eight-and-a half-centuries and has beautiful architecture created over several centuries.You will be directly transferred from the Airport to the Hotel where you can relax before you start discovering Moscow. From Ice staking rinks to Ice sculptures and Snow Parades, there is a lot to see.

The city is also home to the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre, for those who prefer more classical entertainment. At the hotel, meet your fellow travelers and remember…you will be hugging these same people when the trip ends, who appear as strangers to you on this day!

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 2 - Ice Rink next to St Basil's Cathedral

Day 02

Today, you will be introduced to your 4×4 vehicles as we start exploring the extreme winters of Russia by road! We will test our snow driving abilities under the watchful eye of a professional instructor who will give us a briefing on how to drive on ice. This part is really fun as you will learn something new, exciting and unique to Russia. After getting comfortable with the vehicle, we will continue driving on snow covered roads and reach Sergiev Posad, also known as the “Russian Vatican”.

The city is located among picturesque forests on the shore of the large and circular Lake Plescheevo. It has a massive collection of churches and you will have enough time to visit some of these. In the churches, you’ll also be able to hear the wonderful choir singing, as it never stops from early morning to late evening. Later, a hearty meal will be waiting for us at the hotel. Overnight in Sergiev Posad.

Driving Distance: 80 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius

Day 03

After Breakfast, we will go for an excursion to Lavra which is the largest monastery of the Russian Orthodox church. It used to be a Russian fortress and is surrounded by massive walls and towers. Its territory is filled with objects (over 40 buildings) of art built in XV-XIX centuries by the leading Russian masters.

After visiting Lavra, we will drive towards Uglich which is also a part of the Golden Ring. It is the perfect showcase for those wishing to experience pure Russian beauty. What was once a fortress in the Kingdom of Muscovy is now a quiet retreat against the hectic city life.

On our way to Uglich, we will be driving on a special snow training field and get one more opportunity to experience the thrill of driving on snow covered fields which on occasions may feel like driving on glass because you may actually see the reflection of your vehicle on the ground below you! We will also be visiting Kremlin, which is on the highland of the Volga River. In ancient times, surrounded by water, the fortress was inaccessible.

Post lunch, we will drive on ice-covered rivers to reach the town of Myshkin (Mouse’s city). Interestingly, many places and museums in Myshkin have a mouse theme. After exploring this fascinating city, we will continue driving towards Rybinsk. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing in your luxury hotel in Rybinsk.

Driving Distance: 250 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

ong drive towards Valday, Russian bath - Banya - Day 4

Day 04

We will have an early start today as we have a long way to go. After hot cups of tea/coffee and a scrumptious Russian breakfast, we will start our long drive towards Valday. This is going to be an interesting drive as Valday is known for its bells, lakes, forests and rivers. En route, we will stop at Borovichi which is a beautiful town located next to the Mtsa river for Lunch. On way to Borovichi, we will also stop for another quick breakfast in Cherepovets.

On the way we will see many small Russian villages and churches. Of course, we will stop in many of them to meet the local people. In the afternoon, we will continue our drive towards Valday. The frozen lakes experience is going to get more thrilling and exciting as we will brave ourselves to take steam bath in a genuine Russian bathhouse and dive into a natural ice-hole cut out in the middle of a frozen lake! After the long driving day and adventurous dips, we will call for a sumptuous dinner at the hotel and stay the night in Valday.Driving

Distance: 563 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Diner

Valday Iversky Monastery - Road trip Russia

Day 05

In the morning after a hearty breakfast, we will have some time to explore the city further and to visit strikingly beautiful places, like the ensemble of Valday Iversky Monastery, the Presentation Church and the Valdaysky District Museum. In the afternoon, we will start our journey towards Veliky Novgorod. During the trip, we will drive by the Kresttsy Town, famous for its linen lace called “Embroidery of Kresttsy”. As we reach Veliky Novgorod, we will stop here for the night and have an elaborate Russian dinner.

Driving Distance: 140 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

drive to St. Sophia Cathedral - Road trip Russia

Day 06

Today, we will do some sightseeing in Veliky Novgorod. We will visit St. Sophia Cathedral, built between 1045 and 1050 under the patronage of Vladimir Yaroslavich, Novgorod Kremlin, traditionally known as the Detinets, also contains the oldest palace in Russia. Veliky Novgorod will definitely leave an unforgettable impression on your mind because of its inimitable and majestic landscape.

Time to switch your tourist hats with your travellers hats as we sit behind the wheels and start driving towards St. Petersburg. We will not follow the main road between Moscow and St. Petersburg, but will drive on a country picturesque road, which will go through a few small towns, such as Luga & Gatchina. On the way, we will be driving on more icy roads. But there is nothing to worry about, by now, you would have become a bit of an expert in driving on frozen lakes and icy roads!

We will arrive at St Petersburg in the evening and will stay the night in one of the best hotels of the city. Don’t forget to stroll along the famous Nevsky Prospect in the evening before getting together for dinner in the beautiful city of St Petersburg.
Driving Distance: 240 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Diner

Church of the Split Blood - Self Drive Russia

Day 07

This day you will be able to admire the city on your own, whether you’re in the Church of the Spilt Blood, visiting museums, or walking down the streets, in any case you’ll admire gorgeous decorated bridges, monuments and the buildings that once housed Russia’s nobility. Museums, Palaces, Mansions and Villas, Religious Sights, Monuments, Rivers, and Canals, everything is fascinating in St. Petersburg. No wonder, St Petersburg is called one of the most beautiful cities of the world.

For example, The Hermitage Museum is the general attraction in Saint Petersburg. A wonderful palace-museum showing more than 3,000,000 pieces of art. The Hermitage is one of the world’s greatest museums, with priceless works by Rembrandt, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rubens and more.

In the evening, we will get together for a Farewell Dinner! Remember how you shook hands and formally introduced yourself to your fellow participants on day 1? We promise you, tonight you will be hugging goodbyes with a promise to keep in touch!

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 08

The expedition concludes this morning and we fly back home. However, in case you wish to extend your programme and stay back in St Petersburg for a few more days, we will be happy to assist you in extending your holiday!

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