Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Hi, dear friend!


If you’ve visited our website, it means that roads are calling you! And we are going to help you to ride this road by bicycle! LinguaBike is a united resource for searching and booking biketours in different places around the world. On our website you can choose and book individual or group biketour through the town and cities of Russia, Belarus, Germany, Italy, Abkhazia and many others. Tours are conducted in English, Russian and in a state language of the country you are visiting. The duration of the tours is from 2, 5 hours to a whole day. You can send a tour request a week ahead or earlier. We are also looking for bikeguides from every corner of the globe. Haven't found the needed city or country? Would like to visit Marocco, Rome, Copenhagen, Moscow or any other place? Just put it into you request and we'll organize a tour in any corner! Just click here !

Monday, 2 May 2016

Country therapy by LinguaBike

Where and how can we find the lost paradise? What do we lack when we wish to go travelling? How can a country cure us? And who are country-specific kinesthetics? All answers for these questions you can find in this  interview with the creator of “LinguaBike” project - Alyona Zaitchenko. 
- Hey, Alyona!
- Hey, Juliana!
- Tell me, please, your project “LinguaBike” what is it like?
- It is a united resource for finding and booking bicycle tours in different corners of the world in different languages.
- Tell me, what do your bike tours include? I mean food, maybe some language trainings or programs for weight loss as it is a bike.
- Firstly, our excursions are accompanied by a guide, surely local. Our indispensable condition is that each tour is guided by a local resident who knows, loves and feels the city with all his heart. The guide is your “escort” to this new world. He can show you such a picture of this city! He will protect you and create your own mood. The Italian guide will make you feel like Italians, the German one like Germans, and, accordingly, the Russian one like Russians. This is the most important thing, to feel this person who loves his country, loves his city and he shares with you all his emotions, his knowledge. We work with people who are eager to it, who can’t live otherwise. In other words you get a “product” that is impossible actually to buy by money. I mean emotions, knowledge, feelings, love for the native country. Your eyes meet the eyes of another person, and you feel the love to the area, you understand that love is everywhere.
- Are there any language educational programs?
- This is the only practice on-site. I mean, you are listening to the tour in any language you want. So if you go to Italy, you learn Italian, you can listen to a guide and ask questions, to try yourself speaking Italian. This is practice. You're surrounded by this country, Italy is around you, beauty, mountains, sea, all of it is around you, everywhere you can hear the Italian speech, the guide, your guide, your guiding star speaks Italian too, and you start understanding it too, it's a super chance. You start saying something, create something. I think this is the best practice.
- But tell me, is there any global mission in your project?
- This is called "country-therapy", that means therapy by a country. I understand, like many of us, that each country has its soul, and this soul is very specific, one is not like another. All these souls are living in each of us. It's like the soul of the world. But sometimes you feel missing something, that’s why people want to travel, to go somewhere for new impressions. And they start thinking about where to go. And I want to understand every country, every soul to do a “treatment by this or that country”. And in this case you're not just going to think, well, where to go? You will know exactly what you lack and where you should go and you will recover, you will pass this course of therapy.
- Alyona, I looked through your group in “Vkontakte” and in the end of the description of the group you wrote: "We need only the elite. Hello to country-specific kinesthetics!What do you mean? What is this elite like?
- I have already started to talk a little bit about this country-specific kinesthetics. It is not enough for a person just to see something, just to listen and feel the taste of food ... not enough. Kinesthetic means all the senses, that you let something pass through yourself. And in our case it’s the same thing. If you are not just a tourist, but a “country explorer”, and want to live this country, then I call this phenomenon “country-specific kinesthetizm”. And, accordingly, we, as the apologists for this phenomenon, strive to ensure people meet here these kinesthetic needs in the studying country. Why is it elite? Because not all people need it. As always, there are some ones, the tops, who need it. I respect everyone else, but people who do not need it so deeply will not get here all the pleasure that we offer them.


Let’s ride together to feel and understand the world!

Bike tours across Abkhazia

Abkhazia - a country of soul is waiting for you! Abkhazia is hospitality, crazy rhythms of Caucasian dances, the rustle of the sea, the greatness of mountains, the coolness of canyons, the aroma of magnolias and eucalypti, ancient traditions, lived into present days, the spirit of freedom, independance, a riot of colors, hot springs, plantations of tangerine trees, persimmons, grapes. kiwi, cows and horses everywhere, birds singing under your balcony, sunshine every day and litres of hot blood!!!  

We offer 3 different bike tours.

1) A sightseeing tour across Sukhum. Meeting the city

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Sukhum is the capital of Abkhazia, a beautiful ancient city with history of more than 2500 years. There lived ancient Greeks, Romans, Turks and many other nationalities. And despite of the fact that the city was destroyed a lot of times during countless wars, it always rose as the Phoenix from the ashes. And today it inspires us with its beauty and history. 
During our bike tour we'll visit the most basic beautiful sights of Sukhum, where you can feel the city spirit, its mood and get your own impression of it.
On our bikes we'll visit the ruins of ancient Dioskuria, city meeting point Brekhalovka, Theatre Square with fountains, dolman, a view point and many more.
Time: 2 hours
Distance: 10 km.
Level: low
Language: English, German

Price: 
1000 roubles per person
Extra costs:
bike rent - 300 roubles
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2) Bagrat Mountain - Besleti bridge - Old hydroplant

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We start at the Makhadzhir Embankment and head to the marvelous ruins of the castle of an Abkhazian Tsar Bagrat III. 
Then we go out of the city to the North-West to reach a bridge over the river Besleti, built in the X-XI centuries, but still well-preserved. 
On the left side we can find the ruins of an old temple. We also will walk along the mountain river bed, where we can enjoy the coolness and relict plants.
And at the end of our trip we'll visit an old soviet hydroplant.
On our way we'll meet a lot of cows, pigs, hens and blackberry bushes!
Time: 3 hours
Distance: 20 km.
Level: medium
Language: English, German
Price: 
1200 roubles per person
Extra costs:
bike rent - 400 roubles
3) Abandoned health centre for the Soviet Central Intelligence Agency, Nizhniaia Eshera

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This trip starts in Suchum and goes to Nizhniaia Eshera, and we promise that all lovers of wild nature and abandoned buildings will highly enjoy it! We'll go to the former Soviet Central Intelligence Agency Helth Centre which earlier of course was closed for mere tourists. Here was an entire town with its own cinema, swimming pool, park, post office, bank, tennis courts and boat station. But during the war between the Abkhazians and the Georgians the place was damaged and now nature takes everything back. And you can see incredible beauty and romance of decline in it!
Moreover we'll have a look at the cromlech and a site of ancient settlement near there - one of the most interesting memorials of the Epoch of the Greek colonization.
On our way there also will be a memorial of the first president of the Rebublic of Abkhazia - Vladislav Ardzinba - the real hero who won the war with the Georgians.
Time: 3 hours
Distance: 30 km.
Level: medium
Language: English, German

Price: 

1100 roubles per person
Extra costs:
bike rent - 400 roubles

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

LinguaBike, or Riding Together to the Lost Paradise

What the Linguabike project is for 5 minutes: bike tours around the world in different languages, country therapy, country-specific kinesthetics and many more!



Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Dusseldorf bike tours

The following guided tours are available, you can also choose a bike guide and language of the tour: 
1)Bike-Trip Düsseldorf -> Kaiserswerth  

Rhine embankment
We start our trip at Mannesmann-Embankment  or Oberkassel, depending on where we rent the bikes.
Between biking our awesome, mediterranean Rhine embankment promenade, we will do three sightseeing stops: Mannesmann-Embankment, Burgplatz and Academy of Fine Arts and Tonhalle.  

After that, we continue direction Kaiserswerth and do another small stop at the Duesseldorf fair. Following the Rhine bank with its nice nature views, we will reach Kaiserswerth, the oldest district of Düsseldorf. 
There we will do a sightseeing walk through the old town. Before we start,  you have the possibility for a short stop to enjoy an original Berlin-Currywurst and a beer if you want.
After that, we continue by bike to the so called  „Kaiserpfalz“, the ruin of an old fortress,  from where the city expanded.  
Kaiserpfalz
Before we go by ferry to the other side of the river, biking back through the fields to Duesseldorf, we can make a break at „Burghof“, to eat and drink something, or at the camping site on the other side of the river,  enjoying the Rhine beach,  depending on  the weather and what you prefer.  

Time: 5,5 hours.    
Distance: 26 km.
Language: German, English.
Guide: Steffi
Price:   1 - 3 persons - 45 euro per person
4 - 6 persons - 38 euro per person
7 - 10 persons - 31 euro per person
+30 euro for each person more, max 12 persons.
  
You can also rent bicycles with our help:
 + 8-13 euro bike rent for each person (plus a deposit). 
+ ferry 2 euro  for each person (10 people 1,80 euro)  
+ eating and drinking
Bike guide:



2) City-Tour Düsseldorf

Media harbour
Alternatively to the nature and history tour we also recommend you to follow us to the city with its different faces. With the motto gardens, graffiti's and Großstadt (big city) we show you the way to the little streets and sideways of our city. 
We start our tour at the media habour next to the Rhine tower. We make our way through the streets of Friedrichstadt to the Volksgarten (garden for the citizens). From here we follow the streets to non touristic areas and let you see different places of street art and places where only Düsseldorfers would go. 
On half of our way we will make a break and eat or drink some special German stuff. You can have a look at new growing parts of the city and even get a little view on our sad history.

Time: 3 hours.    
Distance: 12 km.
Language: German, English.
Guide: Steffi
Price:   1 - 3 persons - 35 euro per person
4 - 6 persons - 28 euro per person
7 - 10 persons - 21 euro per person
 +20 euro for each person more, max 12 persons.

You can also rent bicycles with our help:
 + 8-13 euro bike rent for each person (plus a deposit). 

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Through Naples & surroundings by bicycle

Linguabike calls you to some of the most beautiful places into the Mediterrean area.

1) The City of Naples
San Gennaro
We could meet close to Toledo metro station, via Shelley, 11, where we rent our bikes. Thus we can go to Corso Umberto I which is one of the most important and trafficated street of the city. Direction Cattedrale di Napoli, the major Saint of Naples San Gennaro.
Then the Archeological Museum, once again we can decide to stop or not. We will make kind of an up& down and we will pass through and by many important sites like Piazza Dante Alighieri, Universities L Orientale and Federico the 2nd, Piazza del Gesù nuovo, Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, Piazza Plebiscito, Lungomare Via Caracciolo...
To Marechiaro
We will stop in the biggest square of Naples where all the kings of Naples have statues representations and we we will be able to eat the typical Neapolitan Pizza known worldwide in the pizzeria built for the woman that gave name the the most important and famous pizza of all: Margherita.
One thing we can't miss is going up Posillipo and continuing from the square that takes down to Marechiaro but not going there, climbing a bit and then enter the Park which panorama is evided by so many cities in Europe: Parco Virgiliano.. This is one of the most breathtaking places in Naples. 
We can also visit a weird and mysterious place - Cimetere delle Fontanelle - a cimetery of plague victims!
Posillipo
Time: 5 hours
Distance: about 20 km
Language: English, Italian, (Greek)
Price: 1 - 3 persons - 45 euro per person
4 - 6 persons - 38 euro per person
7 - 10 persons - 31 euro per person
+30 euro for each person more, max 12 persons.
Bicycles rental with our help:10 € pro bike
2) To Amalfi Coast
Amalfi coast
We will meet out of the Circumvesuviana train station in Sorrento. We could decide to rent the bicylces now or later and then we will go back to Piano di Sorrento through the Sea Street and up to Colli di Fontanelle, it's quite steep.
Then Amlfid Coast and first stop in Tordiglaino. Marvellous beach reachable by hiking. Then Positano which is bulit to be in a vertical way and form which Capri is reachalbe, as it is in Sorrento too.
After Positano Conca dei Marini, Praiano and finally Amalfi with the Pizza with Lemons... A D.O.P. product (PDO) it's also cheap (very uncommon in Positano and Amalfi)
Stependous beaches everywhere
Time: 6 hours
Distance: 30 km
Language: Italian, English, (Greek)
Price: 1 - 3 persons - 45 euro per person
4 - 6 persons - 38 euro per person
7 - 10 persons - 31 euro per person
+30 euro for each person more, max 12 persons.
Bike rental: 10 € pro bike
3) Nerano
Nerano beach
We'll meet at Sorrento Train Station, very close to the place where yo can rent a bike. We'll pedal along the sea and  see all these nice terraces... Awesome panorama. We will pass close one of the best ice-cream factories... (if you want)/
We'll go up the hills of Sorrento Peninsula. We will pass a nice and pretty Sant Agata sui Due Golfi.
We can visit thus the Ieranto Bay, protected by yhe Italian National Trust (F.A.I.), it is available by hiking or by boat from Nerano. This is the next place we'll go... 
Nerano is kind of Positano or Amalfi but just for fun and realx.There's a very famous Mariagrazia restaurant with the famous Spaghetti con le zucchine. A bit expensive.Then we can go to Recommone through a path. Another beach is available by easy hiking or by boat. Before or after the trip we can eat Meta typical dish: Crocchè Gigante and of course visit one cozy pizzeria Da Gildo, which I highly recommend:))
Ieranto Bay
Time: 6 hours
Distance: 28 km
Language: Italian, English, (Greek)
Price: 1 - 3 persons - 45 euro per person
4 - 6 persons - 38 euro per person
7 - 10 persons - 31 euro per person
+30 euro for each person more, max 12 persons.
Bike rental: 10 € pro bike

Friday, 2 May 2014

Bike tours through Saint-Petersburg

Photo by Olga Dub
Hey guys! We've created several various routes through St.Petersburg. The great value is also in our stories about Petersburg, where we represent different points of view on the local history. For example, you'll know who invented the brand "white nights" and how Peter The Great destroyed the Russian Fleet. You can choose and book the following tours: 
1)The Northern Capital. This is a sightseeing bike tour for those who visit our city for the first time. We'll make a tour round the most famous and beautiful sights of Petersburg, you'll check out Isaak Square, The Bronze Horseman, The English Embankment, Sphinxes, Spit of Vasilevsky Island, Peter-and-Paul Fortress, The House of Peter the Great, Chizhik Pyzhik, Mosaic Courtyard, Saviour on Blood, Kazansky Cathedral. 
Time: 3 - 3,5 hours
Distance: 12-15 km. 
Language: English
2)A tour across the most beautiful part of the city - Petrogradskaya Side, this is the place where Petersburg had started its history, where Peter the Great, Pavlov's dogs, dukes and merchants lived. Here grew a "chemist's garden", experiences in physical acoustics were held, Gromov ,a patron of arts, gave shelter to students of a music conservatoire and now here, on an embankment, forever sits a married middle manager. 
Time: 3 hours
Distance: 12 km. 
Language: English
3) Petersburg at night is especially beautiful.
You'll check out all the sights in a new light: The Bronze Horseman, Winter Palace, Isaac's Cathedral, Peter-and-Paul Fortress, Nevsky Prospect, Michailovsky Castle, Kazansky Cathedral. We'll ride along the Neva to the Smolny Cathedral and enjoy picturesque views of brightly lit embankments and bridges and will find out their stories. 
Time: 3 - 3,5 hours
Distance: 12-15 km. 
Language: English, Russian
4)"For those who believe in wonders". In Piter there are a lot of interesting places to make a wish. You'll find out whose little finger you should hold, wjose nose to rub, where to throw a coin and where to write your wish to make it come true! Our route goes tgrough the historical part of the city and during our tour you'll find out a lot of interesting things!
Time: 3 hours
Distance: 12-15 km. 
Language: English
Photo by Pavel Melkoff
5)Petersburg of Dostoevsky"At the beginning of july, at an extremely hot time, in the evening, one young man left his closet, that he rented in the S.side street, went outside and slowly, like in a state of uncertainty, set off to K. bridge. " So begins The Crime and we riding our bicycles will get acquainted with the places where the characters from Dostoevsky's books roamed and where he himself drew inspiration. We will also find out a lot of interesting facts about well-known sights and will check out a lot of informal monuments, that usually stay unnoticed.
Time - 3,5 hours
Distance: 12-15 km. 
Language: English
Price (except "Petersburg at Night"): 
a) A group of 1-3 persons with your bicycles - 3000 rubles altogether
b) 
A group of 4-6 persons with your bicycles - 4000 rubles altogether
с) A group of 7-10 persons with your bicycles - 5000 rubles altogether
You can also rent bicycles: on workdays - 300 rubles for a bike, Fr-Sun- 400 rubles. 
Price of the tour "Petersburg at Night"

A group of 1-3 persons with your bicycles - 3500 rubles altogether
b) 
A group of 4-6 persons with your bicycles - 4500 rubles altogether
с) A group of 7-10 persons with your bicycles - 5500 rubles altogether

You can also rent bicycles: on workdays - 300 rubles for a bike, Fr-Sun- 400 rubles. 
Groups of more than 10 people are also available, just contact us