Best of Russia: Moscow, Saint-Petersurg, Karelia and Golden Ring

Book the tour — 06 Jul - 19 Jul

Motorcycle tour from Moscow to the Northern regions of Russia, to Saint-Petersburg and Karelia Republic with visiting several cities of the Golden Ring, tasting local food, good and sometimes not very good secondary roads, BBQ, sauna, swimming in the lakes and visiting museums and UNESCO world heritage sights. This is a pure riding tour with just few days of rest. You will see small towns and villages and both Russia’s capitals, highways and small rural roads, there will be city walking tours and boat trips to islands in the Ladoga and Onega Lakes

  • Dates - 6-19th of July, 3-16th of August 2019 
  • Duration – 14 days (9 riding days + 3 rest days + 2 days arrival/departure)
  • Total mileage – 3300 km
  • Roads 95% asphalt, 5% unpaved roads 
  • Price is 3750 EUR (includes BMW F700/F800GS rent, extra charge for R1200GS - 400 EUR)
  • Deposit for the motorcycle 1000/1200/1500 Euro for F700GS/F800GS/R1200GS
  • Price if you ride your own bike – 2350 EUR  
  • Extra price for the passenger – 2150 EUR
  • Single room supplement – 450 EUR

Key tour highlights: Moscow, Red Square, Kremlin, Metro, Sparrow Hills, Russian banya, Vodka museum, local BBQ, Savior on Blood Church, Hermitage, Peterhof, small towns and villages, Ladoga and Onega Lakes, old Monasteries, Golden Ring cities

Price includes:

  • Motorcycle rental (BMW F700/F800GS, extra charge for R1200GS 400 Euro)
  • Petrol (for rented motorcycle only, if you ride your own motorcycle petrol is not included)
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels (based on sharing a double / twin room)
  • English-speaking guide on a motorcycle
  • Support VAN 
  • Breakfasts (during all days)
  • Meals (lunch and dinner during riding days)
  • English-speaking guide on a motorcycle
  • Motorcycle insurance
  • Entry tickets to places of interest

Price does not include:

  • Air tickets to Russia
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra motorcycle insurance (extra 350 Euro, no deposit needed, full coverage)
  • Visa counsel fee

Route: where we will go

Moscow – Seliger/Valday – Velikiy Novgorod – Saint-Petersburg – Sortavala – Petrozavodsk – Viterga – Vologda – Yaroslavl – Moscow


Day 1. Moscow Arrival

Getting bikes, signing papers, meeting team and welcome dinner in the evening.

Day 2. Moscow

Half a day walking tour plus small preparations for the tour. This day we also exchange money, buy local sim card, pack luggage and other staff. Team dinner in the evening. 

Day 3. Moscow – Seliger/Valday, 420 km

With secondary roads we leave Moscow and ride to the Valday National Park and Seliger Lakes. Today after a big city we have some rest in the national park.

Day 4. Seliger – Novgorod, 330 km

More secondary roads, small villages and towns. In the end we reach Novgorod, one of the oldest cities in Russia, which is 1155 years old. We walk to the Kremlin and after have a dinner at one of the restaurants on the bank of the Volkhov river.

Day 5. Novgorod – Saint-Petersburg, 250 km

Saint-Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Marvelous palaces, churches and cathedrals, small streets and canals, Neva river and Baltic Sea. We reach the city and go for a city tour. In the evening dinner in Vodka Museum.

Day 6. Saint-Petersburg, day off

Full day city tour. We visit Peterhof, Hermitage, Savior on Blood Cathedral and many other sights. Free time in the evening.  

Day 7. Saint-Petersburg – Sortavala, 280 km

Heading to the North we will reach Karelia Republic today. There will be 5-7 km of gravel road and after that fantastic 70 km of roads with ups and downs, turns and great views. Today we stay in Sortavala in the hotel complex on the Ladoga Lake. If the weather is good we make a boat trip to Valaam Monastery. Russian sauna and tasty dinner in the evening. 

Day 8. Sortavala – Petrozavodsk, 350 km

One more great riding day to the capital of Republic of Karelia. Today we will reach Petrozavodsk and straight from the bike just into the boat to see Kizhi, a unique wooden museum complex in the middle of another big lake with old wooden houses and churches. 

Day 9. Petrozavodsk – Vitegra,  250 km

Late departure and road to Vitegra, a small town where tomorrow we will have a rest day. In the evening we cook Russian BBQ and have free time.

Day 10. Vitegra, day off

Half a day city tour, free time in the evening.

Day 11. Vitegra - Vologda, 320 km

Heading back to Moscow in the last days we will visit several cities of the Golden Ring, for example Vologda. A traditional small town with very quiet way of life, small streets, old buildings, cozy restaurants and nice people.

Day 12. Vologda - Yaroslavl, 250 km

Yaroslavl is considered to be most beautiful city of the Golden Ring. All of its center is considered to be UNESCO Heritage site. 

Day 13. Yaroslavl - Moscow, 380 km

In the last riding day we reach Moscow making plenty of stops on the way in different towns along the Volga River. In Sergiev Posad we stop in a famous Sergieva Lavra.

Day 14. Moscow, departure

Book the tour — 06 Jul - 19 Jul
Tour map

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