Motorcycle tour from Moscow to the Northern regions of Russia, to St. Petersburg and Karelia Republic with visiting several cities of the Golden Ring, tasting local food, good and sometimes not very good secondary roads, BBQ, Russian sauna (banya), swimming in the lakes and visiting museums and UNESCO world heritage sights. This is a pure riding tour with just few days of rest. You will see small towns and villages and both Russia’s capitals, highways and small rural roads, there will be city walking tours and boat trip to islands in the Onega Lake
Key tour highlights: Moscow, Red Square, Kremlin, Metro, Sparrow Hills, Russian sauna (banya), Vodka museum, local BBQ, Savior on Blood Church, Hermitage, Peterhof, small towns and villages, Ladoga and Onega Lakes, old Monasteries, Golden Ring cities
Services not included:
Moscow – Valday – Velikiy Novgorod – St. Petersburg – Sortavala – Petrozavodsk – Vitegra – Vologda – Yaroslavl – Moscow
DAY 1. Moscow, arrival
Getting bikes, signing papers, meeting team and welcome dinner in the evening.
Important: to prevent any timing issues, please, make sure your arrival time is not later than 3 p.m.
Highlight of the day: welcome dinner
DAY 2. Moscow, rest day
Half a day walking tour plus small preparations for the tour. This day we also exchange money, buy local sim card, pack luggage and other staff. Team dinner in the evening.
Highlight of the day: sightseeing in Moscow
DAY 3. Moscow – Valday, 420 km
We leave Moscow and ride to the Valday National Park. Today after a big city we have some rest in the national park.
Highlight of the day: park hotel in Valday national reserve and Russian banya
DAY 4. Seliger – Novgorod, 330 km
More secondary roads, small villages and towns. In the end we reach Novgorod, one of the oldest cities in Russia, which is 1155 years old. We walk to the Kremlin and after have a dinner at one of the restaurants on the bank of the Volkhov river.
Highlight of the day: Hansa town Novgorod
DAY 5. Novgorod – St. Petersburg, 250 km
Saint-Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Marvelous palaces, churches and cathedrals, small streets and canals, Neva river and Baltic Sea. We reach the city and go for a city tour. In the evening dinner in Rumochnaya №1.
Highlight of the day: cultural capital of Russia
DAY 6. St. Petersburg, rest day
Full day city tour. We visit Peterhof, Hermitage, Savior on Blood Cathedral and many other sights.
Highlight of the day: the State Hermitage museum and other sites of the city
DAY 7. St. Petersburg, rest day
Half day city tour. Free time in the evening.
Highlight of the day: boat trip along the rivers and canals of the city
DAY 8. St. Petersburg – Sortavala, 280 km
Heading to the North we will reach Karelia Republic today. There will be 5-7 km of gravel road and after that fantastic 70 km of roads with ups and downs, turns and great views. Today we stay in Sortavala in the hotel complex on the Ladoga Lake. Russian sauna and tasty dinner in the evening.
Highlight of the day: Ladoga lake and Valaam monastery
DAY 9. Sortavala – Petrozavodsk, 350 km
One more great riding day to the capital of Republic of Karelia. Today we will reach Petrozavodsk and straight from the bike just into the boat to see Kizhi, a unique wooden museum complex in the middle of another big lake with old wooden houses and churches.
Highlight of the day: UNESCO heritage site - Kizhi
DAY 10. Petrozavodsk – Vitegra, 250 km
Late departure and road to Vitegra, a small town with a population of 10,000 people. We can see the life of the Russian backyard country. In the evening we have dinner on the banks of the river channel.
Highlight of the day: BBq with teammates
DAY 11. Vitegra – Vologda, 320 km
Heading back to Moscow in the last days we will visit several ancient city, for example Vologda. A traditional small town with very quiet way of life, small streets, old buildings, cozy restaurants and nice people.
Highlight of the day: Golden Ring of Russia
DAY 12. Vologda – Yaroslavl, 250 km
Yaroslavl is considered to be most beautiful city of the Golden Ring. All of its center is considered to be UNESCO Heritage site.
Highlight of the day: Yaroslavl city center
DAY 13. Yaroslavl – Moscow, 380 km
In the last riding day we reach Moscow making plenty of stops on the way in different towns along the Volga River. In Sergiev Posad we stop on the observation deck of the famous Sergieva Lavra monastery.
Highlight of the day: Volga river
DAY 14. Moscow, departure