Weekend at the Russian family farm

staying with Russian peasant family
rural activities and master-classes at the farm
birthplace of the first cosmonavt on the planet - Yuriy Gagarin
local organic food
average temperatures:
+25°C in the afternoon,
+15°C in the night
  • Activity
  • Culture
  • Comfort

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.

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  • Languages: English German French
  • Avaliable: round year
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Group: from 3 people
  • Border permits: no needed
  • Accomodation: guesthouse at the farm x 3
activities:
  • City sightseeing
  • Ethno
  • Local cuisine tasting
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What's the plan?
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 6-8 pm all guests will be invited to cowshed to watch hand milking process. Photosession with all animals. 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. You can buy dairy products, eggs, canned meat, smoked lamb, fish, fruit on the farm (pre-order required). Transfer to the Gagarin railway station. Departure to Moscow by train. Transfer to the airport or to a hotel (accommodation not included).
Included / Not included
  • invitation for a tourist visa
  • train tickets to Gagarin and return tickets
  • all transport
  • guide
  • local museum guide in Gagarin
  • accommodation in the guest house 3 nights
  • full board (rural food)
  • all excursions and activities at the farm
  • Russian banya, steaming with birch broom- 1 time
  • flight to Moscow and return ticket
  • tourist visa fee
  • additional paid services
Options
single-room accommodation 58 EUR/ pax for 3 nights
Note
The program can be changed depending on the current technological processes on the farm. You will learn how the farm lives at different seasons, and get a live experience. In winter season, some activities are not possible, such as picking fruit and mowing grass. In winter, you can also enjoy skiing, snowshoeing in the surrounding forests. Also snowmobile trips is available in winter (extra pay).
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