A Visit To The Russian Terem In The Woods

Winter Fairy Tale Roadtrip

9 days
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A Visit To The Russian Terem In The Woods

Moscow – Suzdal – Kostroma - Terem Astashovo – Vyatskoe - Yaroslavl – Moscow
Let's head to the Winter Fairy tale, to the TEREM, located in the woods, in the Kostroma province. The terem is called Astashovao. Along the way we will enjoy beautiful russian cities located on the golden ring and visit Snegurochka (snow maiden) palace, where cat Bayun will tell us some Russian fairy tales

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

Driving distance: 1250 km (50% asphalt and 50% off-road)

Types of driving: highway, snow and ice off-road

Type of tour: Self driving tour


Minimum driver age: 21

Group size: from 6 to 20 persons

Accommodation: Best hotels on the route. 5* hotels in Moscow

Meals: 3 times a day

Best time: December - March

Day 1. Moscow

Arrival to Moscow. Pick-up at airport arrivals hall. Transfer to the hotel, check-in. Rest of the day at leisure. In the mood for sightseeing in Moscow? We are happy to offer you some ideas.

Option 1: Walking tour of Moscow city center: Red Square, followed by a short introduction to Moscow metro (1,5-2 hrs). You will see St.Basil’s cathedral (exterior), GUM mall , Kazan church, State History Museum and the Moscow metro (Revolution Square station).

Option 2: Guided tour of the most iconic streets and architecture with a private vehicle (3-3,5 hrs). Highlights: Red Square and St.Basil's Cathedral, Bolshoi Theatre and the Alexander Garden, the State Duma and Russian Govt buildings, Lubyanka Square with KGB HQ, the Russian State Library, Sparrow Hills, Moscow-City business district, Poklonnaya Hill, Victory Park, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

Option 3: Moscow River Cruise on the amazing Radisson yacht (2,5 hrs). Accommodation in a hotel (Meals: - /-/-)

Day 2. From Moscow to Petushki village and Suzdal (220 km)

We leave Moscow early in the morning, embarking on a long journey to Suzdal. We are in for an interesting and enlightening day.

First, after 120 km, we make a stop at Bogdarnya agrotourism complex. Let us enjoy a tour of the farm and participate in workshops (of your choice). We will find ourselves tasting delicious farmer's lunch and a traditional English tea ceremony (why English traditions on a Russian farm, remains to be revealed on the spot).

After lunch, we drive further on to the medieval Suzdal without any more stops on the way.

Upon arrival, we will check into the hotel, have a hot coffee or tea in the homely atmosphere and enjoy an evening tour of Suzdal. We will also dine in one of the city’s cozy restaurants.

Accommodation in a hotel (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 3. From Suzdal to Kostroma (185 km)

We will spend the first half of the day in Suzdal. The thousand-year-old Suzdal is the provincial town that you simply won't want to leave. An incredible number of historical architecture marvels have been preserved here, all of them perfectly well-kept. We will see ancient monasteries, visit the Museum of wooden architecture and the Kremlin, and then continue our trip.

Our next destination is the city of Ivanovo, where we will first have lunch and then go for a sightseeing tour.

They say that Ivanovo is “the city of brides", well, let’s see where that fame originates from, and check if it still corresponds to reality.

After spending some time in Ivanovo, we continue our way to Kostroma. Having covered a little over a hundred kilometers, we will check into the hotel immediately upon arrival, and then go on an evening tour of the city. Kostroma is known as the birthplace of Snegurochka (Snow Maiden), and we will be able to visit her (provided that we reach the city before 5pm).

After meeting the fairytale Father Frost’s Granddaughter, we will have dinner in one of the city's restaurants.

Accommodation in a hotel (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 4. From Kostroma to Terem Astashovo (200 km)

After breakfast, we will discover more of Kostroma. First, we visit the renowned Ipatievsky monastery, and then we head on to the historic Kostroma Sloboda. Further our way lies to our main destination – the Terem of Astashovo.

As one Russian fairy tale has it, there is a cottage deep in the remote woodlands and steep hills of the Galich lands, far from the cities and off the beaten tracks....

That cottage turned into a fairytale Mansion. The richly-decorated Terem in Astashovo was built at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries by the peasant–millionaire Marian Sazonov. We will definitely hear the amazing romantic history of the estate from its current owners.

We will stay in the cozy rooms, comfortable, but still preserving the historical interior. In the evening, tea from the samovar and captivating table talks await.


Accommodation in Terem (cottage) (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 5. Ski or Snowmobile trip to Pogorelovo terem (Mansion) (20 km)

In the morning, we'll have a hearty farm breakfast. After that, we suggest going on a ski or snowmobile trip to another whimsical terem in Pogorelovo, located in 20 km from Astashovo. We will have lunch and hot tea by the fire in Pogorelovo and will return by car. If you aren’t a fan of skiing, you can either rent snowmobiles to get to the mansion, or just drive there.

In the evening, we return to our fabulous accommodation and spend the rest of the day in a cozy leisurely atmosphere.

Russian steam bath (banya) in the evening will be also prepared at your request.

Accommodation in a cottage (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 6. Day in Astashovo

We will spend the whole day in Astashovo. We suggest hiking or skiing with a guide along the 8-kilometer eco-trail. The owners of the mansion say that they live in the true wilderness also known as “bear’s corner" in Russian, since there are more animals than people around. Therefore, you can easily meet someone from the animal world during the walk.

We have prepared two amusing master classes for the day as well, The Cook and The Stoker. Learn how to heat a traditional Russian stove, and cook delicious food in the oven.

A real feast is planned for the evening, we will sing and dance outside by the fire, together with a local accordionist, and the steam bath is also available.

Accommodation in a cottage (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 7. From Astashovo Mansion to Vyatskoe then to Yaroslavl (300 km)

TToday we leave the fabulous place of Astashovo and head on further to Vyatskoye, which in 2015 was officially recognized as the most beautiful village in Russia. It hosts a number of small private museums, such as the Museum of Russian entrepreneurship, Children's World or The House of Angels, which we plan on visiting.

We will have an opportunity to try the acclaimed Vyatskie cucumbers at lunch - they say that those are the most delicious throughout Russia.

Take a walk through the wonderful streets, snap some pictures of the colourful buildings and learn some fascinating facts about their history

In the evening we move on to Yaroslavl, where we stay for the night.

Accommodation in a hotel (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 8. From Yaroslavl to Moscow (265 km)

The first half of the day will be devoted to the gorgeous Yaroslavl; we will go for a walk along the famous Volga embankment, visit the Music and Time Museum and climb the belfry of the Transfiguration monastery to see the entire city center. Children will likely be interested to see the large collection of Teddy bears in the My Favourite Bear museum.

After lunch, we head on to Moscow.

Arrival to Moscow. Spend a night in one of the best hotels, situated in the very heart of Moscow.

Ready for adventures? We are happy to offer a visit to the Circus, or Ballet, or even a River Cruise.

Accommodation in a hotel (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 9. Departure

Transfer to the airport. Morning flight home



If the flight takes place in the afternoon or in the evening and you are in the mood for sightseeing in Moscow? We are always there to come with some ideas.

Transfer to the airport. Flight home.

The cost includes:

  • UAZ Patriot vehicle specially designed for driving tours (UAZ Patriot 2018-2019). One vehicle for 3-4 people
  • Support car with all the necessary equipment
  • Mechanic- instructor
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation in the hotels: Moscow in the City Center, and the best hotels on the road. (the list of hotels is sent when booking the program)
  • Meals 3 times a day according to the program
  • Route preparation including off-road part
  • Sight Seeing tours and active programs according to the program
  • Souvenirs and memory gifts from the company

The cost does not include:

  • Single supplement
  • Early check in
  • Nutrition not indicated in the program
  • Additional program and services
  • Strong drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International flights and Personal insurance

The terem (artfully carved wooden mansion) is located in the Kostroma region, in a rather secluded area; the nearest village is 8 kilometers away. One could even meet wild animals walking around: an elk, a wild boar, or even a bear! The terem is known as Astashovo.

We will drive to Astashovo Terem through some iconic Russian cities; see Suzdal, the heart of the Golden Ring, Ivanovo, the City of Brides; the ancient Kostroma with dozens of architecture monuments, the village of Vyatskoe, officially named the most beautiful in Russia, and the mighty fortress of Yaroslavl. During our journey, we will plunge into age-old Russian traditions. Find out why Vyatskiye cucumbers are known throughout Russia, learn how to create amazing ceramic tableware and toys, get acquainted with the Snow Maiden and Bayun the Cat; drink English tea with Russian cookies on a farm, go on a cross-country skiing trip, dance and sing to the harmonica, learn how to use a classic Russian stove and bake pies, find out what exactly connects music and time.

Unusual places, secrets and riddles fill each day of the journey

Join us for the winter fairy tale experience!

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