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Vladikavkaz-Elbrus-Sochi one-way 10 day ride - Caucasus Explorer

Vladikavkaz-Elbrus-Sochi one-way motorcycle tour - Grand Caucasus Tour

Tour starts in Vladikavkaz and has finish in Sochi. Moscow-Vladikavkaz and Sochi-Moscow tickets for air plane are not included in the tour price and can be purchased for approx 75-100 Euro per segment. Alternatively you can travel by train, another interesting experience to try in Russia 

  • Dates 2022: TBC
  • Dates 2023: TBC
  • Duration: 10 days (7 riding days + 1 rest day at Elbrus + 2 days arrival/departure)
  • Total mileage: 1950 km
  • Roads: 95% asphalt 
  • Tour level: Intermediate 
  • Price: 3250 EUR (includes BMW F750/850GS rent)
  • Extra charge for BMW R1250GS: 350 EUR
  • Comprehensive motorcycle insurance: 350 EUR (no deposit needed, full coverage)
  • Deposit for the motorcycle: 1500 EUR for F750GS or F850GS and 1750 EUR for R1250GS (Read more...) or you can purchase comprehensive all-inclusive motorcycle insurance that costs 300 EUR (no deposit needed, full coverage)
  • Price if you ride your own motorcycle: 1750 EUR  
  • Price for the passenger: 1450 EUR
  • Single room supplement: 350 EUR

Key tour highlights: Caucasus Mountains, Sochi, Black Sea, Elbrus, local cuisine, serpentine roads

Included services:

  • Motorcycle rental (BMW F750/F850GS)
  • Petrol (for rented motorcycles only)
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels (based on sharing a double/twin room)
  • Welcome dinner
  • Breakfasts during all days
  • 7 Dinners during the riding days
  • English-speaking guide on a motorcycle
  • Support vehicle assistance with second guide
  • Entry tickets to the places of interest and excursions with local guides
  • Hotel transfers from/to the airport
  • Souvenir pack (t-shirt, paper maps, etc.)       
  • Visa assistance

Services not included:

  • Air tickets to/from Russia
  • Air tickets to Sochi and from Vladikavkaz (approx 75-100 Euro per ticket, we can help with this if needed)
  • Personal medical insurance
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Visa counsel fee
  • All services not mentioned as included

Possible connections:

  • Vladikavkaz-Sochi + Sochi-Crimea (10 + 12 days)

Route: where we will go

Vladikavkaz – Fiagdon – Digora – Elbrus – Dombay – Arkhyz – Adygea – Sochi  

Vladikavkaz-Sochi tour map

Day 1. Vladikavkaz, arrival

You arrive in Vladikavkaz, we will meet you at the airport and take to your hotel. In the evening we will have a general welcome meeting, kick off about the ride, you will get bikes, sign documents, then we go to a welcome dinner.

Important: for a comfortable daily routine, it is desirable to arrive no later than 15:00. Briefing is usually at 17:00 at the hotel

Day 2. Vladikavkaz - Upper Fiagdon, 150 km

First riding day, in the morning we visit the Karmadon Gorge, then dead city Dargavs, after we go to the most high-mountainous monastery in Russia - Holy Dormition Monastery. We check in at the Forrest Terrace hotel at 16:00 and have a short walk around before dinner. 

Highlight of the day: Dargavs, Karmadon Gorge

Day 3. Upper Fiagdon - Tsey - Digorskoe Gorge, 195 km

Today real adventures begin. In the morning we go to see the Transcaucasian highway, the road to South Ossetia. In beauty it is not inferior to the famous Chuysky Tract. Next, we are waiting for the Tsey ski complex, where you can climb the lift to the glacier. At the same time, let's compare what ski tourism looks like in Krasnaya Polyana and in Ossetia. Then we go to Digora Gorge, one of the most beautifl places of the Caucasus Mountains.

Highlight of the day: Transcaucasian highway, Tsey, Digorskoe Gorge

Day 4. Digorskoe Gorge - Upper Balkaria - Elbrus, 380 km

We go further, today Elbrus is waiting for us. But before we reach Elbrus we will make plenty of stops in different interesting locations and will show you some sights. 

Highlight of the day: Glade Azau

Day 5. Elbrus, rest day

We will climb the highest cable car in Europe, Gara-Bashi, to an altitude of 3800m. If you wish, in good weather, you can climb even higher up to 5000m on a snowcat or snowmobile. Incredible and stunning views of the mountains will open up here. After lunch, free time, you can relax at the hotel, go to the spa or arrange trekking in the mountains.

Highlight of the day: climbing Mount Elbrus

Day 6. Elbrus - Dombay, 370 km

Today we have a long driving day. In the morning we go through the Kichmalka village to the Emmanuel Glade to the very foot of Elbrus.The place is named in honor of the Russian general, the conqueror of Elbrus.

After we ride to Kislovodsk for lunch and after the Gumbashi pass awaits us. From here, in good weather, a stunning view of Elbrus opens. We say Good Buy to Elbrus and move forward to Dombay ski resort. On the way we make stops at several sights, for example, at the Military-Sukhum Road, old monastery, WW2 monument.

Highlight of the day: Glade Emmanuel, Dombay ski resort

Day 7. Dombay - Arkhyz, 185 km

In the morning we climb to the mountains for the sunrise, then jump on the bikes and go to Arkhyz, to look at one of the youngest ski resorts in Russia. On the way, we will stop at the waterfalls, ancient monasteries and one of the largest observatory in Europe.

At Arkhyz, after checking into the hotel, we will take a cable car up to the mountains to admire sunset with famous mountain Arkhyz tea.

Highlight of the day: Dombay and Arkhyz ski resorts

Day 8. Arkhyz - Adygea, 330 km

After breakfast we go to Adygea region, moving closer to the Black Sea. Today you will see Lago-Naki - the famous West Caucasian Plateau, which is located at an altitude of about 2 km in the mountains. This is a place of stunning natural beauty, primarily flowering alpine meadows.

Highlight of the day: Azish cave and views of the Lago-Naki plateau

Day 9. Adygea - Sochi, 360 km

Finally we arrive to the Black Sea coast, today you will see Caucasus Mountains from the other side. There will be 200 km serpentine road along the Black Sea, in Sochi we visit several olympic sights and finally check in at the hotel at 17:00. After short break we go for the welcome dinner. 

Highlight of the day: Olmpic Sochi

Day 10. Sochi, departure home