Weekend at the Russian family farm

Unique chance to visit Russian family which grows fruit trees, breeds sheep, cows, pigs and poultry in Smolensk region, near the first cosmonavt on the planet birthplace. You will spend several days staying at the guest house and learning how modern Russian farmer lives. Try yourself in rural activities, try Russian banya, taste peasant meal cooked from farm products. You can totally switch from a big city rhythm to slow countryside life.

Highlights:

- staying with Russian peasant family

- birthplace of the first cosmonavt on the planet - Yuriy Gagarin

- walks, rural activities and master-classes at the farm

- Russian banya and fishing experience

- local organic food

  • Activity
  • Culture
  • Comfort
  • Avaliable: round year
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Group: from 2 people
  • Border permits:
Languages: English German French
  • By train from Moscow: 2 hours
Day 1
Departure from Moscow to Gagarin by train "Lastochka" (1 h 40 min). Meeting at the station, boarding a minivan. City-tour "Yuriy Gagarin - the first cosmonavt on the planet". After lunch transfer to the farm. Walking along the farm area, communication with farmer's family. Welcoming dinner. Russian banya, steaming with birch broom. After bath traditionally we have a herbal tea, Russian kvass or beer.
Day 2
Breakfast. Guests have a chance to watch how Russian peasant family lives and works. Rural activities (depending on the season): farm animals care, mowing grass, chopping wood, harvesting. During walking along orchard and fruit breeding nursery the farmer talks about cultivated fruit varieties and fruit crops care features. Veneer grafting and inoculation in case the season (demonstration). Lunch. Excursion to the mill. Breadmaking master-class. Guests will learn how to cook in Russian traditional stove. About 8 pm all guests will be invited to cowshed to watch hand milking process. Dinner.
Day 3
Breakfast. Morning angling, fishing net and crayfish traps setting together with the farmer at the pond. Cooking master-class: learning how to produce dairy products (cottage cheese, sour cream, butter, yoghurt) from cow milk. Milk separation by manual and electric separator (demonstration). Tasting dairy products. Lunch. Rural activities: harvesting and processing fruits. Checking of the fishing nets and crayfish traps. Fish smoking. Garden-party and evening around fire.
Day 4
Breakfast. Relax and walking. While haymaking season guests can walk to a field and watch how farming machinery works. Lunch. Transfer to the Gagarin railway station. Departure to Moscow by train. *Check out right after breakfast is possible, then departure by morning train.
Included
  • invitation for a tourist visa
  • train tickets to Gagarin and return tickets
  • transport to the farm
  • English-speaking guide
  • local museum guide in Gagarin
  • entry tickets
  • accommodation in the guest house 3 nights
  • 3 meals a day (rural food)
  • all excursions and activities at the farm
  • Russian banya - 1 time
Not included
  • flights to Moscow and return tickets
  • tourist visa
  • additional paid services
  • tips
  • organic food purchase
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