Return tour from Vladivostok to Moscow.
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:
Vladivostok – Khabarovsk – Blagoveshchensk – Yerofey Pavlovich – Chita – Ulan-Ude – Lake Baikal – Tulun – Krasnoyarsk – Kemerovo – Novosibirsk – Omsk – Tyumen – Ekaterinburg – Kazan – Moscow
Day 1. Vladivostok, arrival
Transfer to the hotel and kick off meeting. We will provide you with the details and itinerary, and give some advice about rules and customs in Russia. You will receive bikes and can make some final preparations. After that we go for a dinner to the local seafood restaurant. We promise you will enjoy crabs and other seafood from the Pacific Sea.
Important: to prevent any timing issues, please, make sure your arrival time is before 3 p.m.
Day 2. Vladivostok
In the morning we go for the city tour. We will see a Sea port, an embankment, Bridge to the Russkiy Island, local pedestrian street and many other interesting places. This day we also exchange money, buy local sim cards, prepare bikes, buy rain suits and other staff if you forgot something.
Day 3. Vladivostok – Khabarovsk, 750 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 4. Khabarovsk – Blagoveshchensk, 700 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 5. Blagoveshchensk – Yerofey Pavlovich, 760 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. This is a small town "in the middle of nowhere", we spend the night in a local motel, because in this area there is no other hotel within a few hundred kilometers.
Day 6. Yerofey Pavlovich – Chita,780 km
Chita is a city where the Decembrists were sent after they tried to make an uprising in 1825. The city has a Museum of the Decembrists.
Day 7. Chita, rest day
Day 8. Chita – Ulan-Ude, 640 km
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 9. Ulan-Ude – Irkutsk (lake Baikal), 540 km
The road goes along the Baikal shore. Today you will see the biggest and one of the purest lakes in the world.
Day 10. Irkutsk (lake 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 11. Irkutsk (lake Baikal) – Tulun, 450 km
Road to Tulun goes through many small villages and stops. Among the most interesting places we are going to see is Taishet bike guesthouse with Igor Shalygin. We spend a night in Tulun in a countryside hotel with Russian banya (sauna) on the banks of the river.
Day 12. Tulun – Krasnoyarsk, 650 km
Krasnoyarsk is situated on the Yenisei River, one of the biggest rivers in the world. In the evening we walk around the city center and have a dinner at a local restaurant with early go for sleep. Tomorrow will be a long walking day.
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 – Kemerovo, 540 km
Today we stay for a night in Kemerovo. It is an industrial city, although it is tidy and quiet. In the city center
, we will see a beautiful embankment of the Tom River and lots of monuments.
Day 15. Kemerovo – Novosibirsk, 300 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 we have a walk in the city center.
Day 16. Novosibirsk – Omsk, 650 km
A calm road to Omsk is waiting for us today. We will see Irtysh and Omy rivers. In Omsk we have a walking tour over the city and visit main places of interest.
Day 17. Omsk – Тyumen, 630 km
We arrive at 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 18. Tyumen – Yekaterinburg, 450 km
Today we go North towards Yekaterinburg. We pass the town of Karabash with its Martian scenery, hills, and ditches, and the town of Kyshtym, a small town surrounded by rocky mountains and blue lakes. We stop in Yekaterinburg, have a lunch and a walk around the city.
Day 19. Yekaterinburg
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 20. Yekaterinburg – Izvhevsk, 710 km
It will be a long riding day with lots of picturesque roads, oil production plants, farm fields of Perm region. In Izvhevsk we stay in a very local home style hotel with interesting and delicious regional food.
Day 21. Izvhevsk – Kazan, 350 km
With good secondary roads and small off road segment we will reach Kazan, the muslim capital of Russia and probably one of the most beautiful cities in the country. We will visit the Kazan Kremlin, Russia's second largest Kremlin after Moscow. Its origins date back to the 10th century.
Day 22. Kazan - Nizhny Novgorod, 460 km
One of the last riding days. On our way we stop at Kozmodemyansk to visit local ethnographic museum. In Nizhny Novgorod we will stop in the city center near the Volga embankment and Novgorod Kremlin.
Day 23. Niznhny Novgorod – Moscow, 550 km
Today through Vladimir and Suzdal we ride to Moscow. In Vladimir we will make a stop to see the Dormition (Assumption) Cathedral, a great architectural wonder of the 12th century.
Day 24. Moscow
A sightseeing tour through Moscow: visiting the Red Square, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Kremlin, Moscow subway (sometimes called "the underground museum"), Arbat Street (often called "Old Arbat"), and other attractions.
Day 25. Moscow, departure
Today is the last day in Moscow. Depending on your departure time, in the morning we can visit some more interesting places in Moscow or just help you with buying souvenirs.