Adventure Tour in Moscow: Off-roading & Caving in 2019
Why Take The Adventure Tour?
• You will wander along in the ramified network of wild catacombs. It is much more adventurous than visiting them in Paris! Big Brother will not find you there :)
• You will drive (and even self-drive) our Soviet military UAZ 452, a unique off-road van! Be ready for knee-deep mud, close-standing trees and meter-deep rivers.
• You will enjoy a campfire and a barbecue party with a craft Russian beer and delicious meat as a break.
• Unique experience even for Russians!
Price: from 100 USD / person (see below)
About Soviet Military UAZ van
Our Soviet van is an original and authentic UAZ-452 van, built in 2010. Initially, this vehicle was designed in 1950s as a support vehicle for military forces. Now it‘s still being produced, just as it was sixty years ago… And, surprisingly, it looks almost like it did in 1965!
The UAZ-452 looks very similar to a VW transporter, but there is also a huge difference: VW was designed in Germany, the country of perfect and numerous paved highways. Our Russian military van was designed to survive in Russian countryside. It is a Land Cruiser 40 at the back of its mind – sturdy axles, a heavy frame, stout under drive and robustness in every way. Do you really need to build highways if you produce such vans?
Combined with four-wheel drive, our Russian military van was born to endure any off-road condition! Nine men can be comfortably seated inside this soviet era van – and nine men can push it out of any mire! Unfortunately, the design engineer considerably upgraded the engine: now it cannot use any liquid as a fuel except Au-92 :)
Ice Climbing in the Soviet UAZ 452 van
Do you really need to build highways if you produce such vans?
We were so glad to do something different and unique! I love palaces and museums, but it can get old. So my brother and I were thrilled to do something different like going through these limestone quarries that have a whole life of their own! Tony was so easy to talk to and prepared for everything. If you are ready for some exercise and a unique day, I highly recommend this.
Tony is a real nice, friendly and well organised tour guide. Especially his off road trip is a real experience and a must do for every one who wants to explore the countryside of Moscow. If you want to see the city, Tony also organises a balanced and interesting citytour. You will experience the best MoscowMix in only two days with Tony!
Our van and the hero from the famous Russian cartoon
Why do you need adventure tour?
For many people, visiting Russia is a real adventure! First, you need to get a visa, then - to assure all your relatives that you will return alive, and finally - to assure yourself that traveling in a country with a different mentality and strange letters would be safe enough.
Do you still need the Adventure tour after all this challenges?.. Sure! You will quickly understand that Moscow is a very "European" city with nice people and hotels, shops, cafes for all tastes. The Adventure tour is perfect for those people who have already enjoyed Moscow landmarks and want to see more that the bustling capital!
The tour includes three parts. We will start from visiting a network of underground caves, then we will feed our hunger at the barbecue party, and finally take off-road driving UAZ 452 van, unique Russian military car of Soviet era.
About underground caves
A majority of people are still afraid of caves, despite knowing they were the first shelters for ancient people. After 8 years of caving we have heard two main questions: 1) is it possible to breath there? 2) is it scary to be in a closed underground area? NO! There are no problems with air or claustrophobia. And it quickly becomes obvious for everyone who is brave enough to go there, make sure for yourself!
During the Adventure tour you will visit an easily accessible system of artificial caves formed as a result of limestone mining. Did you hear that Moscow is called "white-stoned"? All of these magnificent buildings and monuments were made of limestone mined at numerous underground caves! We will visit the largest artificial cave in the Moscow region, it has more than 15 km of tunnels with a lot of chambers, narrow paths and large halls. The system is so long and ramified that it is not recommended to go inside without a guide. Even experienced cavers may easily lose themselves!
The place is very popular among some Russians. Moreover, there is a subculture of people who visit such caves each weekend and even make a real dwelling from the cavern chambers. They bring furniture, install lighting and even whitewash walls! However, the system is so large that you will rarely meet people during the visit. Summing up, the place is worth visiting. One of our travelers said that the system is "much cooler than Paris catacombs but with no securities, crowds of people, and cameras everywhere".
Off-roading... party like a Russian!
For Northern and Siberian part of Russia, off-roading is just a part of their everyday routine or everyday survival (depending on the season). Do you want to be impressed? Just look at the photos of the federal road in Yakutia region. Could you believe that 60% of Russia is a permafrost area? It is true! But you will hardly experience the challenges of everyday life staying in a Moscow hotel... The Adventure tour is a lucky chance to face problems of many Russians without going into the wilderness of Siberia!