Travel in Russia
Active travel in Russia is a ticket from
weekdays to an adventure and an opportunity
to have a bright journey one would remember
again and again. Unfortunately, active travel
in Russia is still surrounded by stereotypes
of the Soviet era and the most difficult thing
about it is to break the ice.
Dispelling the myth about a lack of comfort
on active routes in Russia, nowadays tour operators
offer modern tents and sleeping-bags, high-quality
bicycles and other equipment, fresh food, and
The majority of active routes are developed
for an ordinary person to be able to cope with
the offered physical activities on their own.
Managers of travel companies normally try to
match the tours with travellers taking into
account their wishes and capabilities. In all
kinds of active travel and all regions of Russia
the offers line is diverse, including different
levels of the routes` difficulty. It is not
recommended to travellers with no experience
in active travel to pick the most difficult
routes. On the other hand travellers in good
physical shape can pick any tour they like.
When choosing an agency for going on an active
tour in Russia for the first time, it is reasonable
to consider the Internet, travel magazines,
or friends who have positive experience of active
travel in Russia. There are hardly a dozen of
agencies in Moscow specializing on active travel;
unlike mass travel destinations, active travel
organization requires more knowledge and specifics.
The chances to get good service are high if
the agency’s offers are about active travel
Seeking cheap offers may play a low-down trick
with the traveller. A good tour cannot be cheap,
like any other good service or product. On the
whole, travel to Russia is not cheap, and the
prices on travel are reflection of the whole
country’s economy. Depending on the kind
of activity, tours can cost $US250-1000. Amongst
the inexpensive tours is trekking, rafting,
cycling tours, horse-riding. Some combined routes,
jeep-tours, and quad safari are more expensive
If going on an active trip to Russia for the
first time, tour operators advise to start with
a rafting tour to Karelia. It includes the simplest
but various routes for the whole family, beautiful
nature sights, and moderate physical activity.
More experienced travellers may like rafting
in Altai, but the majority of routes there exclude
presence of children.
It is also possible to choose cycling tours
in Altai, Ural, Karelia and Adygeya. Cycling
tours imply all personal belongings and equipment
to be loaded on a car while the travellers cycle
Horse-riding tours imply some experience; otherwise
the trip might turn into hell on the third-fourth
day, because “life” in the saddle
is not that easy as shown in Westerns.
Jeep-tour and quad safari are a handy variant
for “lazy” travellers but at the
same time are amongst the most exciting and
memorable kinds of adventures.
It is needed to keep in mind that self-organized
active tours can hardly be compared to the modern
variants of active travel: they have the same
share of romantics along with a higher level
of availability, safety, and service.