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Caucasus Express – an exclusive motorcycle tour along the Caucasus Mountains

Picturesque serpentine roads, local cuisine, authentic villages, breathtaking views, rivers and lakes. Our final destination is Dagestan, which is considered by modern anthropologists as one of three unique places on the Earth where the traditional way of life has been preserved.  Join our tour to be among few who visited Dagestan with motorcycle

The North Caucasus has always been considered one of the most beautiful corners in Russia: the highest and largest mountains in Russia, more than 30 nationalities, with their own traditions and culture. It has unusually beautiful nature, breathtaking views, interesting mountain roads, delicious cuisine. We invite you to Ingushetia, Dagestan and Chechnya to show you the most interesting places in the Caucasus

  • Dates: 30 September - 10 October 2021
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Total mileage: 3300 km
  • Tour level: medium-hard, there will be gravel roads in the mountains, advance off-road riding skills are required
  • Roads: 60% asphalt, 40% gravel roads
  • Price: 4950 EUR (includes BMW F750/850GS rent)
  • Deposit for the motorcycle: 1500EUR for F750GS/F850GS (Read more...)
  • Price if you ride your own motorcycle: 2950 EUR  
  • Price for the passenger: 2500 EUR
  • Single room supplement: 500 EUR

Key tour highlights: Caucasus Mountains, Derbent, lake Kezenoy-Am, authentic villages, local cuisine, serpentine roads

Included services:

  • Motorcycle rental (BMW F750/F850GS)
  • Petrol (for rented motorcycles only)
  • Accommodation in 2-4* hotels (based on sharing a double/twin room)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • English-speaking guide on a motorcycle
  • Support vehicle
  • Entry tickets to the places of interest and excursions with local guides
  • Hotel transfers from/to the airport
  • Welcome dinner
  • Souvenir pack (t-shirt, paper maps, etc.)       
  • Visa assistance

Services not included:

  • Air tickets to/from Russia
  • Personal medical insurance
  • Visa counsel fee
  • All services not mentioned as included

Route: where we will go

Vladikavkaz – Itum Kali – Kezenoy Am – Gunib – Derbent – Sulakskiy Canyon – Chechnya – Vladikavkaz

dagestan map Rusmototravel

Day 1. Vladikavkaz, arrival

You arrive in Vladikavkaz airport and we arrange transfer to the hotel. After checking in you will get your bike, we sign all needed documents and brief you about the tour details. In the evening we go for a dinner and take a walk.

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. Vladikavkaz – Itum Kali, 310 km

Our journey begins. Today we will visit Ingushetia and Chechnya. First, we ride to the mountains of Ingushetia to see the famous defensive towers (Targim, Vovnushki, Egikal, Erzi).

After lunch we will go to Chechnya and will stop for the night in Veduchi - new ski resort.

Highlight of the day: defensive towers in Ingushetia

Day 3. Itum Kali – Kezenoy-Am, 240 km

Today we will see many beautiful mountain villages, ancient watchtowers. In the evening we will arrive at Lake Kezenoy-Am, one of the main attractions of Chechnya, it is located in the mountains of the North Caucasus at an altitude of over 1800 meters. Swimming in the lake is prohibited.

Highlight of the day: lake Kezenoy-Am

Day 4. Kezenoy-Am – Gunib, 170 km

We leave Chechnya and move to Dagestan, through Botlikh we go to Gunib. This is the heart of mountainous Dagestan. Right here Caucasian War ended, right here Shamil surrendered to the Russian army and a peace treaty was signed between the highlanders and tsarist Russia.

Gunib is located on a beautiful plateau at an altitude of 1500 meters, there are many historical and cultural monuments around it, authentic villages, abandoned mountain towns. We will spend the next three days in Gunib, making radial trips around the surroundings.

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Day 5. Gunib, a rest day

Today we have a rest and visit attractions near Gunib.

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Day 6. Gunib – Chokh, Kubachi, 120 km

Today we will have a trip to Chokh, an ascent to an abandoned city and a visit of the village Kubachi, the handicraft center of Mountainous Dagestan. The most famous craft of people of Kubachi is the production of artistic metal products, from weapons and military armor to jewelry and household items.

Highlight of the day: an abandoned city Gamsutl and authentic Kubachi village

Day 7. Gunib – Gatzatl, Shamilkala, Karadakhskaya Gorge, 150 km

Today we pass one more day enjoying the beautiful views and roads of the North Caucasus. The program of this day may vary depending on the off-road skills of the group.

Highlight of the day: incredible views, Karadakhskaya Gorge

Day 8. Gunib – Derbent, 260 km

Through Kasumkent we ride to Derbent: long day with breathtaking views of mountains and nature. In the evening we arrive in one of the oldest cities in Russia, have dinner and go for a walk in the old city.

Highlight of the day: Derbent city walk

Day 9. Derbent – Sulak Canyon, 230 km

We ride along the sea towards the capital of Dagestan Makhachkala and then visit the highest Barkhan Sarykum in Eurasia. After that we go to the Sulak canyon and take photos at the picturesque viewpoints.

Highlight of the day: views of Sulak Canyon and Barkhan Sarykum

Day 10. Sulak Canyon – Grozny – Vladikavkaz, 250 km

Today we go to Grozny, the capital of the Republic of Chechnya. The city was badly damaged during the Russian-Chechen war and was recently rebuilt from scratch. We will visit all “must see" of the city: Grozny-City, the Heart of Chechnya Mosque, the Temple of the Archangel Michael, the Flower Park, Central Square and cozy streets that can help you to feel the true flavor of the capital.

After lunch we ride to Vladikavkaz, park our motorcycles and go to celebrate the end of the tour at the best restaurant of the city.

Highlight of the day: Grozny city walk

Day 11. Vladikavkaz, departure

Breakfast and transfer to the airport

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