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Cathedral in St Petersburg in Russia

Cycle Moscow to St Petersburg 2023

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

20 May - 27 May 2023 On Sale
5 August - 12 August 2023 On Sale
Duration 8 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £349

Book with the code NEWYEAR30 before midnight on Sunday 23rd January 2022 to get 30% off your registration fee! This is part of a sliding scale of discounts running throughout January. As the month goes on, the discount will go down, so register today to get the best saving!

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Cycle Moscow to St Petersburg 2023

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Russia on this phenomenal cycle from the magnificent metropolis of Moscow to the canals and palaces of St Petersburg, aka the Venice of the North.

Kicking off with an eye-opening tour of Moscow’s famous sites, including the spectacular St Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin, we’ll mount our bikes and cycle from one iconic city to another.

Our idyllic route treats us to surprisingly tranquil roads with few cars but several historic sites to explore. Pedalling on smooth roads through the quaint Russian countryside, we’ll ride through lush fields and forests, alongside the longest river in Europe and by the banks of the beautiful Lake Ilmen.

Our adventure will take us into small rural towns off the tourist track, giving us the chances to visit local monasteries and explore the serene balneological spa in Staraya Russa.

We’ll twin these insights into the local culture with glimpses into the past, visiting the ancient battle monuments and the museum of the famous Alexander Pushkin, aka the inventor of Russian literature.

We'll also embrace the awesome opportunity to explore Russia’s oldest and most influential capital, Veliky Novgorod, aka. Novgorod the Great. Pulling up here after a stunning day's cycle, we'll take in its magnificent medieval architecture and stay the night opposite the Kremlin!

All this leads up to a fantastic celebration in Petersburg, followed by a day to explore its enthralling maze of canals and historical centre, named a World Heritage Site.

pay in full and save 5% on your challenge costs
You can get a 5% discount on your challenge costs if you pay in full by the end of January! 

Any money you pay towards your challenge will remain protected by ATOL and ABTOT. Simply call us on 01590 646410 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm) when you're ready to pay and we will deduct your discount from your challenge balance.

Your itinerary

Day 1
UK – Moscow

We start our adventure in the best way, flying together from London, straight to the capital.

Touching down in the magnificent metropolis of Moscow, our local ground handler welcomes us at the airport and we transfer to our hotel in the city.

You then have some time to freshen up and relax before we reunite in the evening for our delicious welcome dinner.

Day 2

Today after breakfast, we have the fantastic opportunity to explore the mind-blowing metropolis of Moscow on a guided tour.

Kicking off with a metro-tour taking in the majestic marble metro stations that look more like palaces than stations, we alight to discover a myriad of iconic sites.

We wander around the beautiful Alexander Gardens and the medieval Manezhnaya Square, along with the brightly coloured St Basil’s cathedral and the magnificent towers and palaces of the Kremlin.

Fuelling up at a local café for lunch, our discovery continues as we board our coach to visit the magnificent Christ the Saviour Cathedral, followed by the New Maiden Convent, Sparrow Hills and one of Stalin’s highest skyscrapers, the Moscow State University.

On our way back to our hotel, we also get to visit the lesser known but no less spectacular Izmailovsky Kremlin, before we settle down for dinner.

Later in the evening, we make sure we’re comfortable in our saddles with a bike fitting and a short ride to Izmailovsky Park, just five minutes from our hotel. Our day ends with an exciting briefing from our challenge leader about the ride ahead.

Day 3
Moscow – Lotoshino – Staritsa | approx. 76km

Waking early to breakfast at our hotel, we transfer (approx. 150km/2-3 hours) to Lotoshino, a much quieter area in the outskirts of the city.

From here, we cycle North, past lush farms and fields, we stop at an ancient monument commemorating the Bortenevo Battle with the Golden Horde in 1337. This gives us a chance to catch our breath and look back to the time this battle took place, when the area was ruled by Golden Horde, a group of Mongols led by Genghis Khan’s grandson.

We’re then back on our bikes to ride through more quaint roads through the countryside to the small, historic town of Staritsa, which sits on the bank of the winding Volga River.

We finish the day wandering the town on an eye-opening tour and visit to the Assumption Monastery, before retiring to our hotel for dinner and a Russian steam bath!

Day 4
Staritsa – Torzhok | approx. 110km

Kicking off for a longer cycle today, we make the most of the idyllic cycling rural Russia has to offer.

We ride through a beautiful forest and jump on the fab chance to visit the museum of Alexander Pushkin. This renowned poet, playwright and novelist is widely considered to be the founder of Russian Literature and was exiled after writing the controversial poem “Ode to Liberty”.

Minds full of poetry and cultural insight, we follow more quiet roads all the way to Torzhok, a riverside town that boasts exquisite architecture and a fantastic folk craft of goldwork embroidery.

We find our comfortable hotel and enjoy a very well-deserved dinner.

Day 5
Torzhok – Demyansk – Staraya Russa | approx. 90km

An early breakfast sets us up for a bus transfer (approx. 240km/4 hours) to today’s starting point in Demyansk.

From here, we enjoy a peaceful route along a road with next to no traffic.

More twisting country roads guide us all the way to Staraya Russa. This old provincial town gives us a touch of paradise, as not only do we find our hotel for the night; but we also explore its famous balneological (spa) resort and taste the local mineral water.

If you’re into Russian literature, more treats await you here, as this is the home of the novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. You may want to visit the local museum and learn more about his work and inspirations.

Day 6
Staraya Russa – Veliky Novgorod | approx. 110km

Our longer ride treats us to stunning views across the Lake Ilmen, once a vital part of the medieval trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks.

Stretching a whopping 2,090km, this scenic lake stays with us for most of our cycle, a beautiful backdrop amidst lush fields and forests.

We take a break in Ur’evo, a small town, which hosts the fascinating Vitoslavitsy Museum of wooden architecture, along with an open-air museum and the oldest monastery in Russia! This is no doubt a brilliant chance to further immerse ourselves in the culture and history of an area visited by so few tourists.

Hopping back on our bikes, we continue alongside the lake and can tell we’re drawing close to today’s ending point when it narrows into the Volkhov River.

We follow the river to Veliky Novgorod, the so-called first capital of Russia and one of the oldest cities in the country.

After checking into our hotel opposite the world-famous Kremlin, we’re rewarded for our long day on the bikes with a fantastic guided tour of the city.

Day 7
Veliky Novgorod – Selistchi | approx. 57km

We’ve made it to our last day in the saddle and you’ll be pleased to know it’s much shorter than the rides we’ve tackled.

Hopping on our bikes in Novgorod, we bid the city goodbye and follow the Volkhov River all the way to our finish line in Selischi (also known as Seliŝĉi).

Fields of bright grass, speckled with shrubs and trees, stretch into the distance on either side of us and with so few cars passing us, it’s a perfect taste of peace before we travel to the city.

Finally pulling up near the impressive ancient ruins of Arakcheev barracks in Selischi, we rest our aching limbs on a transfer to our hotel in St Petersburg.

Tonight, we toast our incredible achievement over our delicious celebration dinner.

Day 8
St Petersburg – UK

Today is free for you to spend as you please in the stunning city of St Petersburg, birthplace of the Russian Empire. You can kick back at the hotel or explore the many monuments of the Historic Centre, which together have made UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

Widely known as the Venice of the North, you can easily get lost wandering the maze of canals and spot Italian style architecture, even while you brush up on your Russian History at the forts, palaces and monasteries in the heart of the city.

Why not jump on the awesome optional guided tour we’re arranging, which will take in many of these sites and will give you heaps more insight than you would gain exploring on your own.

This is not included in your challenge cost, but it’ll be worth the extra expense! You’ll have the privilege of visiting the State Hermitage museum before opening hours to skip the crowds and milk your time admiring the collections. You’ll then tune into your spiritual side visiting the striking fortress of Peter and Paul and the spectacular St Paul’s Cathedral, ending the tour with a trip to St Isaac’s Cathedral.

Your lunch won't be included today, so please make your own lunch arrangements while exploring independently.

This will give you maximum freedom with how you spend your time in St Petersburg.

In the evening, we reunite to start our journey home. We transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK. Touching down in London, we part ways and you make your own way home, contemplating which challenge to take on next!

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself.


Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £349 when you book, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay your challenge cost of £1,850 yourself 12 weeks before the challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £150), your food, accommodation, transfers, entry fees, outdoor remote first aid trained challenge guides, bike hire, mechanics and medical support, including a UK doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can or make a personal donation to the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice.
  • Please also remember to budget for your visa and your airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £150).
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Pay your registration fee and raise the minimum target for your chosen charity.


Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £349 when you book, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £3,700 for a charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice at least 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs of £1,775 on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £150), your food, accommodation, transfers, entry fees, outdoor remote first aid trained challenge guides, bike hire, mechanics and medical support, including a UK doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please also remember to budget for your visa and your airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £150).
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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Cycle Moscow to St Petersburg 2023

This cycle is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part in this challenge will have a low level of fitness when they sign up.

We will be tackling long distances on every day of this challenge, so we strongly recommend you train. Once you sign up, we'll send you a fantastic free training plan, which builds up over time and will set you up for success. Remember, the more you train, the more you'll enjoy the real deal!

This adventure is the perfect motivation to get fit, gain amazing insight into the history and culture of Russia, while raising vital funds for a very important cause.

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and lifelong friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for Cycle Moscow to St Petersburg 2023. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow cyclists on your training and fundraising.

You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. Everyone who is at least 18 years old by the challenge date is more than welcome to join the ride.

16 and 17-year olds may participate if given permission by Dream Challenges. Please get in touch with us to discuss this. Simply email events@dream-challenges.com and we'll be happy to help.

There will be around 30-35 participants in our group for Cycle Moscow to St Petersburg 2023. You'll no doubt make a bunch of awesome new friends!

Your non-refundable registration fee of £349 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.

Your challenge costs of £1,850 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £150).
  • Meals throughout the challenge (except for lunch and dinner on your free day in St Petersburg on Day 8).
  • Accommodation*.
  • Entree fees where applicable.
  • Guided tour of Moscow on Day 2.
  • Bike hire.
  • All transfers and luggage transportation in Russia.
  • A team of awesome, outdoor remote first aid trained local guides and Dream Challenges staff.
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead-up to and during your challenge.
  • Medical support, including a UK doctor with expedition medicine training, who will accompany us throughout the challenge.
  • Your Cycle Moscow to St Petersburg 2023 medal and t-shirt.

*Accommodation is included on a twin-sharing basis. If you would rather pay for a single supplement and have a room to yourself, we can arrange this for you for an additional cost of approx. £250.

**Please note, the optional guided tour of St Petersburg on Day 8 is not included in your challenge costs.

In addition to paying your registration fee and either fundraising or self funding your challenge costs, you will need to budget for:

  • Your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (currently £150 but subject to change – up or down).
  • Tourist visa for Russia (you will need to arrange this yourself. We'll send you details of this in the lead up to the challenge).
  • Your personal travel insurance.
  • Your lunch and dinner on Day 8 in St Petersburg.
  • Gratuities.
  • Personal expenses.
  • You may also choose to pay approx. £250 for a single supplement and have a room to yourself.
  • Optional guided tour of St Petersburg, should you choose to partake. This will include lunch.

A cycle helmet is essential and must be worn at all times. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a camel back-type hydration system.

Apart from that, no specialist equipment is required. We will supply you with a list of everything you will need to take before you go.

Cyclists will have the use of 18 or 21-gear bikes and we suggest you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on.


We stay in comfortable, three-star class hotels throughout this challenge.

*Please note, accommodation is included on a twin-sharing basis. If you would rather pay for a single supplement and have a room to yourself, we can arrange this for you for an additional cost of approx. £250.

Please email us at events@dream-challenges.com if you would like to do this at least fourteen weeks before the challenge starts.

Yes of course! We're delighted to offer you the opportunity to partake in a fantastic optional three-day extension package in Northern Russia. We'll send the details of this to all participants as the challenge date draws closer.

Alternatively, if you would like to extend your stay in Russia but not partake in the optional excursion to Northern Russia, please get in touch and let us know if you’d like to do this at least 14 weeks before the challenge by emailing us at events@dream-challenges.com.

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation.

Dream Challenges has a policy that provides appropriate cover for this type of activity and also covers you for COVID-19. We will send you the details once you have registered.

You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity cycle in Russia.

You will be required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into Russia, we will send you all the relevant information and forms to do this before the challenge.

The Dream Challenges team is here to help you achieve your challenge and we will support you all the way.

We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.

Once you have registered, we will send you a realistic training plan to help you get fit for the challenge. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.

During the cycle, we'll have a UK doctor with expedition medicine training accompanying the group from the get-go and at all times throughout the challenge, along with a team of experienced, outdoor remote first aid trained challenge guides

Please note that the Dream Challenges staff travel back to the UK with the main group at the end of our challenge on Day 8. If you choose to take part in the optional three-day extension, there will be no Dream Challenges staff, but you will be supported by our trusted local agent in Russia.

We’ll have an event leader, plus a UK doctor with expedition medicine training, who will be with you the whole time. We'll also have a team of first-aid trained challenge guides.

Certainly. Our hotel accommodation is included in your challenge cost on a twin-sharing basis.

However if you would prefer to have a room to yourself and pay for a single supplement, we'll be happy to arrange this for you at an additional cost of £250. Please note, this is NOT included in your challenge cost).

If you would like a single supplement, please get in touch by emailing us at events@dream-challenges.com or call us on 01590 646410 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm).

You'll be pleased to know that this challenge does not include hills. We will cycle mostly on smooth, flat, quiet roads through the countryside. 

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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