This tour offers you a unique chance to explore the best of the Southern Part of Russia. We start in Moscow with a city tour and move to the South passing vast agricultural regions with large and small farms, local home-made food, rivers and forests, fields and steppes. In a few riding days with nice serpentine roads we will reach Caucasus Mountains and Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe. We stay in the hotels at 1500-2300 meters high, going in the cabin to the 3800 meters peaks. Finally, in the third part of our tour we ride to Volgograd (Stalingrad), the place where the largest battle in the world history took place - the Stalingrad Battle. Here we touch history and enjoy Volga River, one of the biggest rivers in Europe
Key tour highlights: Moscow, Red Square, Kremlin, Metro, Sparrow Hills, Russian banya, Volgograd (old name is Stalingrad), Volga River, Elbrus Mountain (highest peak of Europe)
Services not included:
Moscow – Elets – Rostov-on-Don – Dombay – Elbrus – Elista – Volgograd – Tambov – Moscow
DAY 1. Moscow, arrival
Today you arrive in Moscow. After some rest, there will be a kick off meeting regarding the tour. We will provide you with the details and itinerary, and give some advice about rules and customs in Russia. After the kick off we will go for a walk and explore Moscow, as well as have a dinner at a nice restaurant with the Russian cuisine near the Kremlin.
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
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 – Elets, 440 km
During the first riding day we explore small villages and rural areas. With plenty of stops and after visiting several places of interest we arrive to Skornyakovo, old private estate which today offers small number of rooms to stay in. Here you will taste Russian cuisine and enjoy real nature.
Highlight of the day: XIX century noble estate in Skornyakovo
DAY 4. Elets – Rostov-on-Don, 680 km
Rostov-on-Don is a big city, located on the Don river. After a long riding day we will go to one of the best city’s restaurants to taste local crayfish and beer. After that a short city walk to enjoy the city can be arranged.
Highlight of the day: Rostov-on-Don city walk
DAY 5. Rostov-on-Don – Dombay, 600 km
Another pretty long riding day. Today we reach mountains and serpentine roads will begin. We also pass through several regions and you will see how they differ one from another. Our hotel today is located in the mountains at elevation of 1500 m. After a long riding day we go to russian banya and enjoy local wine with lamb.
Highlight of the day: snowy peaks of Dombay ski resort
DAY 6. Dombay – Elbrus, 360 km
In the morning if the weather is good we will go to Dombay peaks and after we head on to Elbrus. On the way we make a stop for lunch at our friend’s house in a small village. You will see how local people live and taste real homemade food. When we reach Elbrus we check in at the hotel on the 2300 meter height. We will stay here for two days.
Highlight of the day: Gumbashi mountain pass
DAY 7. Elbrus, rest day
Excursion to the peak and several places around. Free time in the evening.
Highlight of the day: raising up at 4000 m
DAY 8. Elbrus – Elista, 500 km
Today we go to Elista, the Buddhists region of Russia. Landscape will be mostly steppes and even deserts with almost no grass and trees. 90% of the local food here is cooked with horse meat and side dishes.
Highlight of the day: Buddhist temples
DAY 9. Elista – Volgograd, 290 km
A short ride to the Volgograd, one of the most interesting cities of Russia. In the evening we will visit several places and museum of the Second World War. Tomorrow we will continue with boat tour and more city sights.
Highlight of the day: the longest city in Russia
DAY 10. Volgograd, rest day
In the first half of the day we have excursions and boat tour along the Volga river, fee time after that. You can have some rest or go to the public beach with us.
Highlight of the day: Stalingrad and its history
DAY 11. Volgograd – Tambov, 530 km
Long riding day to the small agricultural city. Free time in the evening.
Highlight of the day: riding along the farmlands of Central Russia
DAY 12. Tambov – Murom, 380 km
During last days we will visit several cities of the Golden Ring and we will tell you some interesting facts about them. Murom is one of such cities, will old Kremlin and many other ancient buildings it’s one of most interesting cities of the Golden Ring.
Highlight of the day: Murom Kremlin
DAY 13. Murom – Moscow, 370 km
Last day of our tour, we arrive to Moscow and have a farewell dinner.
Highlight of the day: farewell dinner
DAY 14. Moscow, departure