Moscow Boulevard Ring Private Bicycle Tour
- The 10 Boulevards: Ride along a continuous chain of boulevards that pass by squares, parks, ponds, monuments, and historic buildings and neighborhoods where Muscovites have lived for centuries.
- The Embankment: Connecting the ends of a horseshoe-shaped loop, this section of the ride starts at majestic Christ the Savior Cathedral (where Pussy Riot got busted in 2012), passing the Kremlin walls and one of Stalin's famed Seven Sisters skyscrapers.
- Comfortable pace: The route totals about six miles, mostly in bike lanes and on sidewalks, with ample rest stops and a break for anyone who wants to get lunch on Sretensky Boulevard.
- Gear and guidance: We'll set you up with city bikes, helmets, safety vests, and audio headsets. Then your professional guide will lead the way and share fascinating details and stories about the many sights encountered.
- Small group = more personal: Share your experience with only people you know; enjoy the luxury of deeper interaction with your guide and a more flexible itinerary.
About this Moscow tour
Late in the 1500s, the city of Moscow erected a 10-kilometer-long white limestone wall to surround and defend its central core. Lined with 28 handsome towers and 11 gates, this architectural masterpiece became the icon of the medieval "White City" (Bely Gorod in Russian) and a great source of pride.
But by the mid-1700s, times and needs had changed. The gates were no longer even guarded, and the growing city had other uses for all those handsome white bricks: They were now being commandeered to build new structures, from houses to Moscow City Hall. And soon, the great White Wall was history.
But its path still formed a natural boundary of sorts for residents, so a new ribbon of road emerged– this time built of ten interconnected tree-lined boulevards forming a semicircular ring, with the Yauza River on the east and Red Square on the west. It took almost a century to complete the links, but it got done – and life and commerce around the now "in-town" boulevards thrived.
By 1880, horse-drawn tram service began circling the very same ring route you'll cycle on this tour. It soon became known by the girl's name "Annushka," for the "A" emblazoned on the cars. You'll see the old tracks and hear about the city's efforts to bring the charm of Tramway-A service back of life.
You'll also see – and hear stories about – a parade of boulevards whose names may be hard to pronounce (Gogolevsky, Nikitsky, Rozhdestvensky, and Sretensky are a few) but whose colorful character speaks a universal language.
On the oldest of them, Tverskoy Boulevard, you'll hear about how Napoleon's invading troops pitched their tents here in 1812, and used the lampposts to hang locals they suspected of treachery. You'll also see a coffee house opposite the Pushkin Theater that was a favorite hangout for Moscow's artists before the 1917 Revolution.
And along Chistoprudny Boulevard, you'll pass a lovely swan and duck-filled landmark known as Clean Ponds. Hard to believe that, long ago, it was known as Filthy Swamp.
Nikita's swimming hole
Your ride starts out near the magnificent Christ the Savior Cathedral along the Moskva River. Completed in 2000, it's an exact replica of the 19th-century showplace Stalin dynamited in 1931 (after harvesting all the gold from its domes). His vision was to build a colossal Palace of the Soviets here, but lack of rubles, river flooding, and World War II put the kibosh on that. Left for years as a huge hole in the ground, Khrushchev finally put it to good use: The world's largest open-air swimming pool opened here in 1958. They pulled the drain plug in 1995 when reconstruction of the cathedral began.
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.
Tour confirmation is required at least 10 days in advance and is non-refundable once reservation is made.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. Flat shoes, comfortable shoes are highly recommended on this tour.
Participants ride bicycle for approximately 6 miles with some stops for rest and lunch. No interior visits made during tour.
Cultural, Walking Tour, Scenic
Vehicles? We have them all. Cars for up to three travelers on the rear seat, Minivan for up to nine folks, and Vans for groups of up to 16 travelers.
Boulevard Ring and Kremlevskaya embankment ride (approx. 10 km)
Bike Gear including city bicycle, vest, helmet, and headsets for 15
English, Russian, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Travelers must be 14 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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