Cheese tasting, excursion to production and reindeer sledding: tour of farms in the Moscow region
Type of rest: gastro-tourism, family, cognitive, entertaining
How to get from Moscow to Istra
The distance from Moscow to Istra along the highway is 54 kilometers. The first point on our route is a little closer - 47 kilometers. The most convenient and fastest way to reach it is by car along the Novorizhskoe highway. The road without traffic jams will take 30-40 minutes.
1 Oleg Sirota's Istra cheese dairy
The Istrinskaya Cheese Factory produces naturally ripened cheese in large volumes
Istra urban district, Dubrovskoe village
There are free and group paid excursions (from 2000 rubles per group)
Oleg Sirota's cheese factory has been operating since 2015. It produces hard and semi-hard cheese varieties. The store presents such cheeses as: "Vinny", "Istrinsky", "Festivalny", "Honey", "Pivnoy", "Tyrol", "Russian Parmesan" and others.
More than 1000 cows are involved in the production of healthy and tasty cheese, yoghurt and milk every day. There is a cowshed next to the cheese dairy. Anyone can come there and see how the nurse-cows live. And on the excursion, you will be taught to recognize the varieties of cheese and determine its quality, and will be given a view of the full cycle of the transformation of milk into cheese.
Free guided tours run every hour from 10:00 to 17:00. For group paid excursions, you must sign up in advance by phone: +7 (926) 975-96-22, - and make an advance payment.
The next point of the route is 30 kilometers from Oleg Sirota's cheese dairy. You can get there in about half an hour. Follow Novorizhskoe shosse and then turn onto Savelievskoe shosse. After the village of Savelyevo, turn left towards the village of Kurovo.
2 Root Farm
The Root farm is home to cows, calves, rabbits, goats, birds, pigs, dogs, cats and many other animals
Istra urban district, Kurovo village, building 1A
The owners of the farm, Alexander and Lyudmila Kornev, conduct free excursions for everyone, where they show guests their farm, talk about the farm, the difficulties and peculiarities of their work. Cows, calves, rabbits, goats, birds, pigs, dogs, cats and many other animals live there. They can be ironed, fed and photographed. The program also includes tasting of farm products and bread prepared according to an old Russian recipe.
Do not forget to call in advance and arrange your arrival!
How to get from Istra to Volokolamsk
The next location is in the Volokolamsk urban district. The path is not short - more than 70 kilometers. The road will take an hour and a half. You need to go back to Novorizhskoe highway and turn left in the area of the Matrenino village. The route will pass through the villages of Ivantsevo, Shitkovo, Sosnino, Tabolovo, Sudnikovo and the village of Ostashevo.
3 Farm M2 Shulgino
M2 farm in Volokolamsk is the first organic multi-profile farm in Russia
Volokolamsk urban district, Shulgino village
Organized walks for groups of up to 10 people: only around the territory - 10,000 rubles, with a visit to the workshops - 15,000 rubles. Cottage rental - from 20,000 rubles
On the M2 farm, all the rules of organic farming are observed. They do not use growth stimulants or chemicals, and the animals are kept in conditions close to natural. They live in maximum comfort, with access to free range and self-produced organic food.
In addition to natural products, the farm offers ecotourism to its guests. There is an opportunity to combine outdoor recreation and get acquainted with the work of the enterprise. You can book a cottage on the website or by phone +7 (966) 371-03-93.
Other available services include fishing, renting a motor boat, snowmobile and buggy, sauna and excursions. It is imperative to sign up in advance.
If you want to choose a different accommodation option, you can pay attention to one of the Volokolamsk hotels.
Where to rest and eat in Volokolamsk
The hotel has 28 elegant rooms of various categories: from modest single rooms to spacious family rooms and luxurious suites
Volokolamsk, Gorval, 4
Standard room - from 4500 rubles
Recreation center Zubovo Village Club
All the houses of the recreation center are made of cedar timber
Volokolamsk urban district, Zubovo village
Standard room - from 2500 rubles
Motel rooms have everything you need to relax and rejuvenate
Volokolamsk urban district, highway M9 "Baltia", Afanasovo village
Double room n / a suite - 3400 rubles
The Zotto restaurant is cozy and beautiful, soft sofas are conducive to a comfortable rest
Volokolamsk, Revolutionary, 3
Average check - from 1000 rubles
In the cafe "Begemot" you can relax with a glass of wine in a cozy atmosphere
Volokolamsk, Novo-Soldatskaya street, 5
Average check - 1000 rubles
Facility's menu includes rich soups and hearty pasta, pizza of various types on thin and fluffy dough
Volokolamsk, Panfilova, 22
Average check - 1000 rubles
How to get from Volokolamsk to Ruza
At the second day will take place in the Ruza city district. The distance between Volokolamsk and Ruza along the highway is 53 kilometers. Our next location is in the village of Likhachevo. The road to it will take about an hour.
4 Reindeer farm ZooOleni
At the reindeer farm, you will have the chance to be alone with the majestic animals
Ruzsky urban district, Likhachevo village
Entrance ticket - 500 rubles, excursion with a story about animals - 800 rubles, reindeer sledding - 1000 rubles
Apart from deer, ZooOleni farm is home to fallow deer, camels, llamas, lambs, horses, goats, arctic foxes, raccoons, rabbits, owls, swans, pheasants and even porcupines! Animals are accustomed to people and are very communicative.
The farm staff will take you on an exciting tour and tell you about each inhabitant. You can pet and feed lambs, take beautiful photos and even drink tea from a real samovar right in the forest with deer. And here you can also ride a reindeer sleigh!
The last point on our route is in the village of Baranovo. The way to it will take 40-50 minutes.
5 Farm "Baranovo"
The farm has guest houses that can accommodate families and large groups of friends
Ruzsky urban district, Baranovo village
Accommodation - from 5500 rubles per day
The farm is surrounded by forests and fields, on a high bank near the Moskva River. Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, alpine goats, chickens, guinea fowls, geese and cows are bred here. The farm has six guest rooms, a sauna and a barbecue area.
Guests can take part in a cheese making workshop, where they will be shown all stages of production from milk pasteurization to the final product. They also make amazing ice cream from goat milk and wild orchid fruits!