Key tour highlights: Caucasus Mountains, Sochi, Black Sea, Elbrus, local cuisine, serpentine roads
Services not included:
Sochi – Lago-Naki – Arhyz – Dombay – Kislovodsk – Elbrus – Goryachiy Klyuch – Sochi
DAY 1. Sochi, arrival
Upon arrival there will be a transfer to the hotel (Krasnya Polyana, slightly in the mountains but near Sochi city) where after a short rest we will have welcome meeting, kick off and dinner. You will receive bikes and meet with other members of our journey.
Important: to prevent any timing issues, please, make sure you arrival time is not later than 3 p.m.
Highlight of the day: welcome dinner
DAY 2. Sochi – Lago-Naki (Adygea), 360 km
After breakfast we leave towards the Lago-Naki plateau, which is located on the height of approx. 2 km. This is a fantastic place which is mostly famous for its flowering meadows. We will stay in Dachovskaya Sloboda village and in the evening we will also have a walk to Azish Cave.
Highlight of the day: Azish cave and Lago-Naki plateau views
DAY 3. Lago-Naki (Adygea) – Dombay, 460 km
In the morning we will ride to Arhyz, new modern mountain resort that was built just several years ago. It was renovated in 2013 and since that time it was several times nominated as the best mountain resort in Russia. Area around Arkhyz is saturated with waterfalls, caves, sightseeing spots and quiet places for meditation. One of the best spots on the Earth for sky observing and nice roads for motorcycle riding are here. After lunch we go to Dombay, most picturesque mountains of Caucasus Region.
Highlight of the day: snowy peaks of Dombay and Arkhyz ski resorts
DAY 4. Dombay – Kislovodsk. 320km
Today we will go through the Gumbashi pass by one of the most picturesque secondary road of the Caucasus. A stunning view of the Central Caucasus Range, headed by Elbrus, opens here. Then we will go to the Emmanuel Glade, named after the Russian general, the conqueror of Elbrus. We will ride along the new beautiful road from Kislovodsk to Emmanuel's Glade with fantastic views of Elbrus, and then return to Kislovodsk for the night.
Highlight of the day: Emmanuel's Glade
DAY 5. Kislovodsk – Elbrus, 210 km
Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe, one of the top 7 world peaks. Today it’s a renovated all year round resort with well-developed infrastructure and good roads. We will spend two nights at the foot of Mount Elbrus at the place which is called Polyana Azau. All the needed infrastructure including hotels are located here at the altitude of 2300 m.
Highlight of the day: Elbrus
DAY 6. Elbrus, rest day
We are having a day off without bikes here. A cable car will rise us up to the elavation of 3800 m. where the highest in Europe station Gara-Bashi is located. Depending on weather conditions and your personal will a snowcat can lift us up even higher - up to almost 5000 m. We will enjoy the unbelievable and stunning views of the mountains around, take a little walk, breathe in the fresh and clean mountain air, nourish the energy of these places and drink local herbal tea. In the evening we have barbeque and local wine degustation.
Highlight of the day: 5642 m. of the highest mountain in Europe
DAY 7. Elbrus – Goryachiy Klyuch, 580 км
Today we start our way back to Sochi. From Elbrus we move to Goryachiy Klyuch, another resort famous not for high peaks, but for hot springs.
Highlight of the day: riding through farmlands and pastures
DAY 8. Goryachiy Klyuch – Sochi, 250 km
Last riding day. With the serpentine roads we return to Sochi. In the evening we go to sauna and after that enjoy draft beer from local brewery.
Highlight of the day: serpentine roads and Russian banya
DAY 9. Sochi, departure
Breakfast and transfer to the airport