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
Key tour highlights: Caucasus Mountains, Sochi, Black Sea, Elbrus, local cuisine, serpentine roads
Services not included:
Vladikavkaz – Fiagdon – Digora – Elbrus – Dombay – Arkhyz – Adygea – Sochi
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