During last years we traveled with groups along the Trans-Siberian Route from Moscow to Vladivostok 16 times. Some of you asked us to make our regular tour (25 days) a bit longer, to have more time to explore Russia and ride is more comfortable pace. It was problematic because max tourist visa duration was 30 years till nowadays.
We are glad to inform you that because since 2021 touristic visas to Russia can be obtained online and max duration now is 60 days we can finally introduce you extended version of the Moscow-Vladivostok tour. More places, cities, roads and experiences.
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
Services not included:
Saint-Petersburg – Novgorod – Tver – Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod – Kazan – Izhevsk – Kungur – Ekaterinburg – Tyumen – Omsk – Novosibirsk – Kemerovo – Krasnoyarsk – Tulun – Irkutsk (Lake Baikal) – Olkhon (Lake Baikal) –Listvyanka (Lake Baikal) – Arshan – Ulan-Ude – Chita – Yerofey Pavlovich – Blagoveshchensk – Birobidzhan – Khabarovsk – Ussuriisk – Vladivostok
Day 1: Arrival in Saint-Petersburg
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.
Important: to prevent any timing issues, please, make sure your arrival time is before 3 p.m.
Day 2: Saint-Petersburg sightseeing
Today we have a sightseeing tour around the city. In the morning we go to Peterhof, where you see dozens of fountains in the Lower Garden - funny and pompous, simple and complex – they have been delighting guests for the last two and a half centuries. From Peterhof we come back to the city center and after lunch continue with the Hermitage, one of the best museum in the world. It was calculated that you need at least a week to see all exhibits of the Hermitage. We don't have so much time, but trust us, even half of a day walk will impress you.
Day 3: Saint-Petersburg - Novgorod, 250 km
Today we are going to Veliky Novgorod - one of the oldest cities in Russia, which has preserved the Kremlin and several temples of the 11th century. In the evening, we will have dinner at the best of the local bars.
Day 4: Novgorod - Tver, 370 km
Tver is another ancient city, and today we will visit it. Along the way, we will see lake Valdai, the Valdai Iversky monastery and many other attractions.
Day 5: Tver - Moscow, 350 km
Today we arrive in Moscow, the capital of Russia. We will devote 2 days to this city, and today we will take a long route through the famous flooded bell tower in Kalyazin, and Sergiev Posad - one of the centers of Orthodoxy in Russia.
Day 6: Moscow sightseeing
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 7: Moscow sightseeing
On the second day, we will look at everything that we didn't have time to see yesterday. This exhibition center, Sparrow hills and a few other attractions.
Day 8: Moscow - Vladimir / Murom, 250 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. Today we will devote to getting acquainted with the ancient cities of Russia: Murom, Vladimir, Kasimov. These are ancient cities, each of which is full of its own ancient history.
Day 9: Vladimir / Murom - Nizhny Novgorod, 250 km
Today is a continuation of yesterday's theme, the ancient cities of Russia. The main theme today is Nizhny Novgorod, an ancient city with a giant fortress. In ancient times, this city was the Eastern Outpost of Russia. 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 10: 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. In the evening we will have a delicious dinner with local food.
Day 11: Kazan, rest
Today we will devote to Kazan - its history, as well as the history of Islam in Russia.We will visit the Kazan Kremlin, second largest in Russia. Its origins date back to the 10th century. We will see many mosques and other ancient buildings. Kazan is one of the best tourist cities in Russia.
Day 12: 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 13: Izhevsk - Kungur, 350 km
Today there will be many beautiful roads, and at the end of the day we will see the Kungur Ice cave-a unique place, a giant cave where everything is covered with ice.
Day 14: Kungur - Yekaterinburg, 300 km
We arrive in Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Urals. The Urals is the largest industrial region in Russia. However, Yekaterinburg is one of the best cities to live in, and you will see for yourself.
Day 15: Yekaterinburg, rest
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 16: 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 17: Tyumen - 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 18: 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.
Day 19: Novosibirsk rest day
Novosibirsk is the capital of Siberia, and there is a lot to see in this city. We will see a huge locomotive Museum, many beautiful buildings, and other attractions.
Day 20: 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 21: Kemerovo - Krasnoyarsk, 560 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 22: Krasnoyarsk, rest
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 23: 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 24: Tulun - Irkutsk, 400 km
We are going to Irkutsk, the capital of lake Baikal. Irkutsk is a fairly large city, and an evening walk will be interesting.
Day 25: Irkutsk-Olkhon (mainland coast), 300 km
We are going to Olkhon, the most beautiful place of lake Baikal. Olkhon is a remote place, so be prepare for dirt roads.
Day 26: Olkhon, rest day (by jeep to the island)
Day dedicated to lake Baikal and Olkhon. We will take off-road vehicles and go to the island to explore its natural beauty.
Day 27: Olkhon-Listvyanka, 350 km
Back to civilization. Listvyanka is the largest resort on the shore of lake Baikal. In addition, there is an interesting museum.
Day 28: Listvyanka - Arshan, 300 km
We are going to Arshan, a mountain resort in Buryatia. Here we will see stunning views, try the local mineral water, and start exploring the culture of Buryatia.
Day 29 Arshan, rest day
We will spend the day in the Sayan mountains, in the resort of Arshan. It is a beautiful place.
Day 30: Arshan - Ulan-Ude, 480 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 31: 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 32: Chita, day off
Today we are walking in Chita. We will see the Decembrist Museum, military equipment of the Soviet era, as well as many other attractions.
Day 33: Chita - Urum (Mayak), 410 km
Today we will go to the most sparsely populated areas of Zabaikalye. There will be stunning views along the way.
Day 34: Urum (Mayak) - Never, 510 km
Another day on the road. Today we will arrive in Nevers, the place where the road to Magadan starts.
Day 35: Never - Blagoveshchensk, 620 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 36: Blagoveshchensk, rest day
We walk around Blagoveshchensk, and rest after a long road. The city has several attractions, in addition, you can go for a massage or Spa, and recover before the final section of the tour.
Day 37: Blagoveshchensk - Birobidzhan, 450 km
Birobidzhan has a strange history. This is the city where Stalin was going to resettle all the Jews, creating for them "little Israel" in the far East, the Jewish Autonomous region. Today, a large percentage of Jews still live in this city.
Day 38: Birobidzhan - Khabarovsk, 200 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 39: Khabarovsk, rest day
Khabarovsk is one of the largest cities in the far East. Today we will walk around the city and study the history of the development of these places.
Day 40: Khabarovsk - Dalnerechensk, 350 km
Today we arrive in Ussuriysk, a small city on the way to Vladivostok. A small town that allows you to see the life of the locals.
Day 41: Dalnerechensk - Vladivostok, 400 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 42: 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 43: Vladivostok, flight home