Travel with Alexandra

Travel with Alexandra

Travel with Alexandra to the former Russian Empire; riding horses in Kyrgyzstan, a ‘Tolstoy tour’ to Moscow and Yasnaya Polyana, and a cultural tour of Moscow and St Petersburg

Join Alexandra for the adventure of a lifetime, riding horses in the magnificent Tien Shan Mountains, home to the nomadic Kyrgyz people and some of the most beautiful and untouched scenery in the world. Or choose between a tour of ’Tolstoys Russia’, taking in the writer’s homes in Moscow and Tula Province, and a tour of Moscow and St Petersburg, carefully curated to include all the historical and cultural highlights of these romantic cities.

A unique experience

A relative of Leo Tolstoy and fluent Russian speaker, with decades of experience of living and travelling (much of it by horse!) all over the former Russian Empire, Alexandra can offer unrivalled access to this historically, culturally and geographically fascinating region. Scheduled trips are run in conjunction with Ampersand Travel to the different destinations throughout the year, but bespoke trips can also be commissioned, including family riding trips to Sary Chelek, Kyrgyzstan.

Due to Covid-19 all trips for 2020 have been delayed to 2021. The 2021 trip dates are gradually being released as flight schedules become available. The itineraries will remain the same so please feel free to dream when only 2020 dates are available!

    Sary Chelek Reserve

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    This ride takes place in Sary Chelek Reserve in the Tien Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Translated as ‘golden hollow’, Sary Chelek is considered a charmed land, and a destination that even the Kyrgyz dream of visiting.

    Nestled in the western Tien Shan Mountains, this magnificent nature reserve is home to seven mountain lakes, meadows of the most exquisite wildflowers and the largest walnut forest in the world. It is also home to the most wonderful people – nomadic Kyrgyz shepherds and their families who spend the winters in picturesque villages and the summers in yurts high up in the alpine pastures or jailoo. There is no more restful holiday; time spent doing something so invigorating and disconnected from the stresses of the modern world is invaluable – this slice of simplicity and proximity to nature is restoration for the soul.

    Riders need to be comfortable walking, trotting and cantering but the horses, bred for the mountains, are impeccably behaved and the group is accompanied by up to seven guides on horseback so an advanced level is not required.

    A Tour of ‘Tolstoy’s Russia’

    Moscow and Yasnaya Polyana

    Join Alexandra, a relative of Leo Tolstoy, on a tour to the writer’s city and country homes, inspiration for many scenes in both ‘War and Peace’ and ‘Anna Karenina’. The trip takes in the principal sights of Moscow. 

    Moscow is a huge, sprawling city, difficult to grasp in a weekend, so using one of Russia’s greatest writers as the prism through which to explore is also the ideal way to visit. Tolstoy spent twenty-two winters living and writing in his city home but to completely understand him, and Russian history, this tour also includes his country estate, Yasnaya Polyana. The houses, preserved as museums, are today exactly as they were in his life time and truly imbibed with his spirit. Moscow, perhaps contrary to expectations, is nowadays one of the world’s most glamorous and vibrant cities, boasting a young, energetic population. As well as being a great cultural and historical centre, the city has a very sophisticated restaurant scene, some of which will be explored on the trip!

Click here to read the legendary writer P.J. O’Rourke’s amusing account of his riding trip to Kyrgyzstan with Alexandra for Forbes Magazine

    A tour of Moscow and St Petersburg

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    Moscow, perhaps contrary to expectations, is nowadays one of the world’s most glamorous and vibrant cities, boasting a young, energetic population. As well as being a great cultural and historical centre, the city has a very sophisticated restaurant scene, some of which will be explored on the trip from the comfort of the historic National Hotel, situated opposite Red Square.

    St Petersburg presents an intriguing contrast to Moscow, with its more uniform architectural style and magical atmosphere, focussed on the arts. Based in the Astoria Hotel, built for the tercentenary celebrations of the Romanov dynasty, we visit some of the three million works of art in the Hermitage Museum, as well as the romantic summer palaces outside the city, and of course attend a performance at the Mariinsky Theatre.

“There is no better holiday in our eyes; time spent together doing something so invigorating and disconnected from the stresses of the modern world is invaluable… Life is complicated but these slices of simplicity and proximity to nature are restoration for the soul, and we look forward to sharing our precious experiences with others”

ALEXANDRA TOLSTOY, ULTRATRAVEL, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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