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Ask anyone about Russia and the first few words that come to their mind is usually vodka, the largest country, military, snow, Red Square and St. Petersburg. But the real beauty of Russia can only be experienced in the winters when it is a bit like stepping inside a snow globe. Our expedition officially began in Moscow, where all the participants gathered for an unforgettable and icy cold experience. After a full day of sightseeing, we got together for an authentic Russian style dinner with folk music.

The next day, we were introduced to the UAZ Patriot Vehicles, our home for the coming 10 days. We pulled out of Moscow, and after driving for a few hours on icy fields, we reached Sergiev Posad, also known as the “Russian Vatican”. Here, we visited Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, which is one of the most famous Russian monasteries and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church.

While driving through several towns of the famous Russian Golden Ring, the only thing that accompanied our convoy for long was the snow-covered pine trees. En route, a tree had toppled over the road due to heavy snowfall. The whole group stepped out of their SUVs and cut the tree with an axe to clear the route. And just when we thought that we had enough adventure for the day, it started to snow, covering the roads almost knee-deep. The whole experience made for a great team-building exercise. Some helped with clearing the snow, while the rest used the pull-push and front-back technique to clear the cars. Later in the evening, we reached our resort in Koprino, where we had many fun activities in the snow to look forward to. We did snow-tubing, ice fishing, cross country skiing, rode a snowmobile and went for a joy ride on the frozen lake in a hovercraft.

The following day we got back on the road and headed towards Vologda where we got a first-hand experience of local traditions, rich history andculture. After resting overnight, we drove 450 kilometres towards Tikhvin. En route, we admired the vast expanses of the Russian land, old wooden houses and the villagers who have chosen a simple measured life. Our happy souls but tired bodies got some free time in Karjala Park on a rest day when local musicians taught us a few rhythms to play with everyday tools used as instruments. This was followed by an afternoon when we got in a dog sledge pulled by at least eight Siberian Huskies as we sped past the snow-covered pine forests in an adrenalin rush ride.

Our winter drive in Russia concluded in St. Petersburg, which is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This trip was a memory in more ways than one. Past 11 days were an experience about which we will be talking about for the rest of our lives. Dasvidaniya Russia!

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  • Puneet Agarwal, WINTER DRIVE IN RUSSIA 2020

    Driving through Russia in winters is breathtakingly beautiful. I felt blessed everyday during the tour. The last day we had a gala dinner and I dont remember last time when I saw 17 people at one place so happy about themselves. Salute to AO for finding this place for us and making it so easy for us to experience.

    Puneet Agarwal

    WINTER DRIVE IN RUSSIA 2020
  • Suketu Trivedi, WINTER DRIVE IN RUSSIA 2020

    Very professional and reliable company. Amazing people to travel with Adventures Overland.

    Suketu Trivedi

    WINTER DRIVE IN RUSSIA 2020
  • Jafrin Jay, WINTER DRIVE IN RUSSIA 2020

    Winter Drive through Russia in the winters was just like a dream. Adventures Overland team has well organised the journey and taken care of each and every traveller with them with love and comfort.

    Jafrin Jay

    WINTER DRIVE IN RUSSIA 2020
  • Karan Khanna, WINTER DRIVE IN RUSSIA 2019

    I will never forget the Winter Drive in Russia. Everything was well arranged and we didn't face any glitch anywhere during the tour. I had the time of my life. It couldn't be more amazing and was the most memorable trip of my life. If someone wants surreal trips I would highly recommend Adventures Overland.

    Karan Khanna

    WINTER DRIVE IN RUSSIA 2019
  • Nainesh Nandu, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    I have travelled thrice now - Russia 2018, Jordan 2018 and Lahaul & Spiti 2019 with them and have enjoyed every moment with their team. It’s not the destinations but the journeys that matter where we just don't make friends on these trips with the participants - we make extended families for life.

    Nainesh Nandu

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Shalin Sarvaiya, WINTER DRIVE IN RUSSIA 2018

    Fantastic experience and Adventures Overland team made sure everyone had a great time. Professional is not the right word for them, because it was more like a personal touch in everything and that too with everyone. Thank you, team, for taking such good care.

    Shalin Sarvaiya

    WINTER DRIVE IN RUSSIA 2018
  • Shona Walton, WINTER DRIVE IN RUSSIA 2018

    Driving on snow in the largest country takes some getting used to. It 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

    WINTER DRIVE IN RUSSIA 2018

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