Sochi – Abkhazia. Exploring the Kingdom of Abkhazia

Book the tour — 07 Apr - 14 Apr

It’s considered to be that summer in Russia is short, lasting only for 3-4 months, and even less in the northern areas. But we are not upset with this at all. In the southern part of Russia there is Sochi region, from where you can easily go to Crimea, Caucasus Mountains and Abkhazia. Last is the warmest place and we kindly invite you to explore the Kingdom of Abkhazia with us. Tours are starting from April and till the end of October

  • Dates – 7-14th of April, 13-20th of October 2019
  • Duration – 8 days (6 riding days + 2 days arrival/departure)
  • Total mileage – 1250 km
  • Roads 80% asphalt, 20% paved roads / bad roads
  • Price is 1750 EUR (includes BMW F700/F800GS rent, extra charge for R1200GS - 250 EUR)
  • Deposit for the motorcycle 1000/1200/1500 Euro for F700GS/F800GS/R1200GS
  • Price if you ride your own bike – 1050 EUR  
  • Extra price for the passenger –  950 EUR
  • Single room supplement – 200 EUR

Key tour highlights: Sochi, Black Sea, Ritsa Lake, Gorbachev and Stalin residence, Old Monasteries, local food, wine, ghost cities

Price includes:

  • Transfer to/from the hotel
  • Motorcycle rental (BMW F700/F800GS, extra charge for R1200GS 250 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
  • Breakfasts (during all days)
  • 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

Sochi – Gagra – Novy Afon – Sukhumi – Ochamchira – Soch

Day 1. Arriving to Sochi

Upon arrival to Sochi and checking-in at the hotel in Krasnaya Polyana we will have an intro meeting, briefing, and you will get your bikes. Evening is up to you: we can visit Olympic park or stay in the mountains and visit the Russian baths.

Day 2. Sochi - Abkhazia, Gagra. 250 km

After breakfast we start towards Abkhazia’s border. It will take us about an hour to cross the border, and then we have a tight schedule. We will visit unknown Stalin’s summer house near the sea, Solnechny pansion and the abandoned stadium and supermarket (“univermag” in Soviet times), and also we will visit a view-point in Gagra.

But that’s not all: later we go to Prince Oldenburg’s Castle, to a market and have a lunch. In the afternoon be ready for the waterfall with the poetic name “Woman’s tears”, together with the Blue lake and famous Ritsa lake. Finally, we go back to Gagra and have some rest at the hotel.

Day 3. Abkhazia, Gagra – Novy Afon, 135 km

Today we are about to see ruins of old Roman wall, trout farm, grape plantations, ewe and boxwood grove, ancient pines, another summer house or Josef Stalin, a couple of temples and tea factory. Don’t forget about Novy Afon, where we will stay for the night – well, not literally there, but close by. Finally we will visit Picunda, a famous resort, in fact, second popular resort after Gagra, and the old capital of Abkhaz country, a city called Lykhny.

Day 4. Abkhazia, Novy Afon – Sukhumi, 100 km

On the way to Sukhumi we will see museum of Abkhaz country, Simon Kanonyte’s temple, Tri Kotla (Three Pots) kanyon, as well as Abgaruk castle, one more market, botanical garden and even the marina.

Day 5. Abkhazia, Sukhumi – Miron’s guest house, 180 km

Again, a list of places to visit: Kalaman monastery, Bestlet’s bridge and hydroelectric power station, Earl Smetskiy’s castle, Chernigovka canyon, hot spring and old Genuez castle at the seashore. For the night we stay at our friend’s guesthouse.

Day 6. Abkhazia – Sochi, 310 km

We’re returning to Sochi. On the way back we will see half-abandoned town and the biggest waterfall of this area. After lunch we cross the border and hooray, we’re back to Mother Russia. In the evening be ready for a russian sauna/banya and a dinner with fish and beer.

Day 7. Sochi, 220 km

We hope you slept well last night, because today we’re going to explore Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana. One day is certainly not enough to see everything, so we’ve prepared our best selection for you, including Orekhovskiy waterfall, Vladimir’s Church, Krasny Shturm beach, and Psaho river’s canyon. In the afternoon we’ll stop by the mineral spring and visit one of the highest points in Krasnaya Polyana.

Day 8. Sochi, departure

After breakfast and saying goodbye you will have transfer to the airport. We wish you a pleasant flight.

Book the tour — 07 Apr - 14 Apr
Tour map

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