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Horse riding in Dr. Zhivago country

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If a crisp trot over crunchy snow brings a sparkle to your cheeks, it may be the weather and not the vodka on a Russian snow adventure. Unlike many equestrian holidays, this trip is scheduled during the winter months (keep in mind that Russian winters last a LONG time) and include horseback and troika (a sled with three horses) or duga (a sled drawn by one horse) riding.

You will meet in Moscow and take an overnight train – an experience in itself! – 600 kilometers north to the Vologda lakes region. Each day you will sightsee small villages set in white vistas, and sometimes guide your horse, or horses, over deep snowbanks (and sometimes through them, when you have to walk beside your mount). Each night you will sleep in isbas, rustic country cottages. Your horses are strong and sturdy, and vodka will flow freely to temper the cold. The riding part of the trip begins and ends in Zakoziye, but you will continue on to majestic St. Petersburg for two-legged sightseeing before returning home.

Written by  Claudia Flisi.

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