Key tour highlights: Red Square and Moscow Kremlin, Volga River, Kazan, Irbit (Ural motorcycle factory), Ural mountains, Europe-Asia Stella, Ganina Pit (Romanov family memorial place), Siberia, Yenisei River, Stolby National Park, Russia bath, vodka tasting, Lake Baikal, Taiga, Far East, Vladivostok
Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod – Kazan – Izhevsk – Ekaterinburg – Tyumen – Omsk – Novosibirsk – Kemerovo – Krasnoyarsk – Tulun – Lake Baikal – Ulan-Ude – Chita – Yerofey Pavlovich – Blagoveshchensk – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok
Day 1. Arriving to Moscow
Transfer to the hotel and evening meeting for the kick off before the tour. Signing all documents and learning more about each other, route, schedule for the day, etc.
Day 2. Moscow, rest day
Moscow walking tour. Visiting Kremlin and Red Square, GUM, metro and many other interesting places. On this day we also change money, buy local sim cards, prepare bikes, buy rain suits and other staff if you forgot something.
Day 3. Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod, 580 km
In the morning we will ride to Red Square to take a beginning of the tour group photo. We are leaving Moscow right after that and with several stops along the way we reach one of the Golden Ring cities located on the banks of the Volga River. On our way we visit Vladimir, a little town where we make a stop to see the Dormition (Assumption) Cathedral, a great architectural wonder of the 12th century. In Nizhny Novgorod we will walk along the Volga embankment, we will visit Novgorod Kremlin and we will have a dinner at the local restaurant.
Day 4. Nizhny Novgorod – Kazan, 460 km
In the first half of the day we visit national museum in Kozmodemyansk. After that we move to Kazan, ancient city known as the third capital of Russia after Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. We will visit the Kazan Kremlin, second largest in Russia. Its origins date back to the 10th century. In the evening we will have a delicious dinner with local food.
Day 5. Kazan – Izhevsk, 540 km
With good secondary roads and small off-road segment we will reach Kalashnikov hometown. It’s a place where famous AK-47 is produced. We will visit armory museum and shooting range where you will try AK-47 on your own. After that we go to the local home style hotel with interesting and delicious regional food.
Day 6. Izhevsk – Yekaterinburg, 710 km
It will be a long riding day with lots of picturesque roads, oil production plants, farm fields of Perm region, second breakfast from local food store, forest berries, apples and other fruits and finally shot of vodka in Yekaterinburg.
Day 7. Yekaterinburg, rest day
Day off in Yekaterinburg. We sleep well, have some free time in the morning and in the second half of the day we walk around the city with a local guide. We will see 1905 Square, Oktyabrskaya Square, Church on the Blood, Historical Square, Garden of Stones, and the Obelisk at the border between Europe and Asia.
Day 8. Yekaterinburg - Tyumen, 400 km
In the morning we visit Ganina Pit, a place where last Russian emperor was buried. Today it’s a memorial complex and a monastery. After that we go to Irbit, a motherland of Russian motorcycles Ural. We will visit a factory with its museum and make a Ural motorcycle test drive. That will be a memorable experience.
After lunch in local canteen we take off for Tyumen and arrive in the city in the evening. We check in, leave the bikes in the parking lot and explore Tyumen by foot. We will have a walk along the embankment and the pedestrian bridge over the Tura River, and visit Znamenskiy Cathedral. We will also bath in the hot springs in the city center and then we will have a dinner at the restaurant nearby.
Day 9. Тyumen – Omsk, 630 km
A calm road to Omsk is waiting for us today. On our way we visit Ishim, a small city with a well preserved architecture of the 19th century. In Omsk we have a walking tour over the city and visit main places of interest.
Day 10. Omsk – Novosibirsk, 650 km
We have a peaceful and beautiful road to Novosibirsk, the biggest city on the Trans-Siberian route. Today this is the 3rd largest city in Russia, a cultural and scientific capital of Siberia. In the evening and next day in the morning we will have a walk in the city center.
Day 11. Novosibirsk – Kemerovo, 300 km
A short riding day, but still full of interesting places and people. This day we will visit our friends in Urga, a small city in the center of Siberia. Here we have a lunch, a walk around this small provincial city, have some free time. In the second half of the day we arrive to Kemerovo, a coal industry center of Russia. Here we will visit several museums and spend evening in a country house hotel in the forest. Tomorrow we have a long ride, but today it’s time to relax.
Day 12. Kemerovo – Krasnoyarsk, 630 km
We are on the Trans-Siberian route again and head to Krasnoyarsk, another big Siberian city. The city is situated on the Yenisei River, one of the biggest rivers in the world. We check in and explore the city center by foot.
Day 13. Krasnoyarsk, rest day
Today we service our bikes, take some rest and visit Krasnoyarsk National Park "Stolby", a place where you will see taiga nature. It will be at least a half day walk with climbing hills and mountains. In the evening we have dinner at a cozy restaurant with local food.
Day 14. Krasnoyarsk – Tulun, 650 km
Road to Tulun through many small villages and stops. Among most interesting places we are going to see is Taishet bike guesthouse with Igor Shalygin. We spend a night in Tulun in a country hotel with Russian banya (sauna) on the banks of the river.
Day 15. Tulun – Listvyanka (Baikal), 450 km
Final 450 kms to great Baikal Lake await us!
Day 16. Listvyanka (Baikal), rest day
After good rest and healthy breakfast we visit Baikal Museum and Cherskogo Peak to take photos of the lake. We also visit local market and have a boat trip.
Day 17. Listvyanka (Baikal), rest day
Day 18. Listvyanka – Ulan-Ude, 540 km
The road to Ulan-Ude goes along the Baikal shore. A long time ago Ulan-Ude was a Mongolian city, now it’s Russian one. Lots of nationalities live here: Buryats, Barguzin Jews, Evenks, Mestizo and others. There are many Buddhist temples in the city. At the restaurants we have a chance to try the traditional local food and famous Baikal fish - omul.
Day 19. Ulan-Ude – Chita, 640 km
In the next five days we have a road to Vladivostok. The first city on our way is Chita, that’s where the Decembrists were sent after they tried to make an uprising in 1825. The city has a Museum of the Decembrists.
Day 20. Chita – Yerofey Pavlovich, 780 km
The town is called after the famous Russian entrepreneur, traveler, and explorer Yerofey Pavlovich. In the 17th century he charted the Amur River and built a fortress somewhere nearby. Unfortunately, it is not preserved.
Day 21. Yerofey Pavlovich - Blagoveshchensk, 760 km
Blagoveshchensk is the 5th biggest city in the Far East. It was established in the middle of 19th century to guard the borders of the Russian Empire. The Amur River is a borderline between Russia and China. Locals often visit China to drink Chinese beer, buy souvenirs and have a nice lunch. The journey to China takes only half an hour.
Day 22. Blagoveshchensk – Khabarovsk, 700 km
Khabarovsk is probably the most beautiful city in the Asian part of the Trans-Siberian route. The Amur River is wide here, hills are beautiful, plentiful of forests. The city has lots of Chinese markets and restaurants, and we have a chance to check them.
Day 23. Khabarovsk – Vladivostok, 750 km
This is our destination point. The city is located at the southern extremity of the Muravyov-Amursky Peninsula and surrounded by the sea from three sides.Today we have a dinner and a massage.
Day 24. Vladivostok
Rest after long trip and after that we do a sightseeing tour over the city. We will see a Sea port, an embankment, bridge to the Russkiy Island, local pedestrian street and many other interesting places.
Day 25. Vladivostok, Departure home