5 Capitals Motorcycle tour

Moscow - Vilnius - Riga - Tallinn - St. Petersburg
3.100 km
98% asphalt roads
12 days
8 riding days and 2 rest days: in Moscow and St. Petersburg, 2 days for arriving/departure
Safe adventure
Small groups, experienced English speaking guides, well-planed and safe routes
Main highlights
Moscow: Kremlin, Red Square, GUM, subway and Arbat street
Saint Petersburg - "Russian Venice"
Palace square, Hermitage and Peterhof Palace
Trakai island castle, Kaunas castle, Turaida castle
Swimming in the Baltic Sea
Vilnius Old town, Hill of three Crosses, Gediminas Tower
Liepaja seaside park and the Great Kemeri Bog
Riga Old town
Train museum
Tallinn: Old town, Toompea Hill and Castle
Novgorod Kremlin
Full tour program
Itinerary day by day
Day 1: Arriving in Moscow
We will meet you at the airport and take you to a hotel in the center of Moscow. In the evening, we will all meet together and discuss our trip at the welcome dinner. You will also receive a motorcycle and we will sign all the documents.
Day 2: Moscow - Velikiye Luki, 490 km
In the morning we are planning on taking a picture on Red Square and hit the road. We will drive along the elite highway of Rublevka and into the Zvenigorod Monastery. We will have lunch in an excellent restaurant right next to the Volokolamsk Kremlin, which we will also have a chance to explore and take pictures.
Day 3: Velikiye Luki - Vilnius, 490 km
Today we will cross the border and continue our journey already in the European Union. After lunch, we will stop at Daugavpils Fortress, which includes a whole residential quarter inside it, and then we will head to Vilnius.
Day 4: Vilnius - Klaipeda, 340 km
In the morning, we will walk along Vilnius Old Town and climb Hill of three Crosses. Then we will go to the stunningly beautiful Trakai island castle. We will have lunch in Kaunas, where we will also walk around Kaunas castle. In the evening we will already have a rest in Klaipeda.
Day 5: Klaipeda - Riga, 330 km
Today we will have breakfast in Lithuania, an dinner already in Latvia. In Liepaja we take a walk through the very beautiful Liepaja seaside park, here we will see magnificent sand dunes and, if the weather permits, we will swim in the sea. Also, we will have an opportunity to visit the Great Kemeri Bog. And in the evening Riga will be waiting for us with its cozy old city.
Day 6: Riga - Tallinn, 350 km
In the morning we will drop by Turaida castle and afterwards we will drive to Estonia. The road will run along the Baltic Sea and we will call on a sandy beach to relax and swim. We will have lunch at a very atmospheric motorcycle pub in Parnu. And after lunch we will visit the museum of trains and in the evening we will arrive in Tallinn, where we will walk and have dinner in the old city.
Day 7: Tallinn - Saint Petersburg, 370 km
Today we are again crossing the border with Russia and getting to the Peterhof. This is a palace park complex which was built in the early beginning of the 18th century by ruler Peter the Great and became one of the most beautiful summer residencies of Tsar and the symbol of Russian access to the Baltic Sea. And this night we will spend in the second Russian Capital which is called "Russian Venice".
Day 8: Saint Petersburg
During this day we will get acquainted with St Petersburg having a walk through Palace Square and museum of Hermitage. It is one of the most famous museums in the world which is a must pace when visiting St Petersburg.
Day 9: Saint Petersburg - Valday, 330 km
Today, in addition to small towns and villages, we will drop into Veliky Novgorod, this is one of the oldest cities in Russia (in 2020 it will be 1161). In it we will walk around the Kremlin and the monastery, which are perfectly preserved. After which we will drive to Valdai, where we will visit a large complex of monasteries on the island. We will spend a night in a rural country hotel on the territory of the Valdai National Park. In the evening we can have a barbecue on the lake and go to the Russian bath (a kind of sauna).
Day 10: Valday - Moscow, 400 km
Today we will go to Moscow, leave our motorbikes and continue exploring the Russian capital - take a walk along the famous pedestrian street Arbat and relax.
Day 11: Moscow, rest day
Moscow sight-seeing. Walking guided sight-seeing tour (or bus tour) around Moscow: Kremlin, Red Square, GUM, subway and finish the day with a farewell dinner.
Day 12. Departure home
If you are from the European Union and would like to ride your own motorcycle, you can start this tour in Klaipeda or Liepaja. In these cities comes a ferry from Germany, where you can swim for 22-23 hours with your motorcycle. Your tour will have the following route: Klaipeda-Riga-Tallinn-Saint Petersburg-Moscow-Vilnius-Klaipeda. Specify this when booking or email me: yuri@uventure.tours
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Our aim is to create a personalized experience for your safe, thrilling & unforgettable Adventure!
Accommodation & Food:
Accommodation in various Selected hotels
(3-4* star), such as art-hotels, forest eco-hotels, traditional Russian lodgings and country hotels. Breakfasts is included during all days. Also Vegan-friendly and Halal-friendly.
Excursions, Moscow Kremlin, Ermitazh museum, Peterhof Palace, Trakai island castle, Turaida castle, the Great Kemeri Bog, Train museum, Novgorod Kremlin, BBQ, sauna…
Assistance & Support:
English-Speaking Guide, Gasoline (for rented bikes only), Visa Assistance, Luggage Storage, Support vehicle (for 5+ groups) , Private transfers to/from the airport
Service not included:
Air tickets, lunches and dinners, medical insurance, motorcycle gear, personal spending, GPS (+€150), tips. Bike rental deposit (1000-2000 EUR depending on the bike model)

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About Yuri Kalika, Founder
About Yuri Kalika, Founder

My name is Yuri Kalika. Now I am 33 years old and I adore my life. I have a beautiful wife, a wonderful daughter and a super project Uventure.

I will tell you a little about my path:
Having worked one year after the university as a manager in a construction company, I realized that I was traped within the framework of an employee and I decided to create my own construction company. Since 2009, I became the founder of KARUS-Stroy LLC (www.karus-stroy.com), and the first 5 years were very exciting - the company had been doubling the turnover and profit every year. It was very interesting in the beginning and I grew up very much in this company as a person. However, after 5 years, I realized that these tasks became as a routine for me. The company was developing successfully, but I felt that I was no longer growing in it, I was bored. At that time I had already secured myself with a big house and great cars. And I began to simultaneously discover new directions - online coaching (www.business.ukalika.com), environmental certification (www.z-of.ru). I looked at how things are arranged in politics - became an assistant to the deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation (www.ukalika.com). But all this was somehow not my cup of tea. It brought me money, but did not bring joy. And I sold out all my business assets. I decided that I would do only what I really love, even if it does not bring a lot of money.

So what do I love the most?

1. Motorcycles. They give inexpressible feelings of freedom and adventure, feelings that you live a real life.
2. Nature. What can be more beautiful than forests, mountains, rivers and stunning panoramic views? I have been adoring nature since high school and even have been a Greenpeace volunteer for 16 years.
3. Travelling. Exploring new places, nature, cities, countries and cultures. All of this this fills my life with happiness. This is how the Uventure project was born ...

I realized that I don't want to put up some ambitious business plans as before, such as having 200 motorcycles in a garage in 5 years or organizing 100 tours around the world. I decided that the main value of this project will be the pleasure and emotions of my new friends who will join me in a group and custom tours. Traveling with me you will find the maximum possible freedom of the group tour and a personalized approach, so that you feel welcomed, as if you came to your best friend, and not just become another client in a huge bureaucratic mechanism. I will be very happy to show you Russia in all of its diversity.
How to get a Russian visa?
Residents of these countries do not need a visa: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Serbia, Venezuela, Guatemala, Chile, Israel, SA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Nicaragua, Peru, Salvador, Uruguay, Fiji, Honduras, South Korea, Mauritius, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cuba, Macao, Montenegro, Mozambique, Serbia, Thailand, Ecuador, Mongolia, Seychelles, Brunei, Hong Kong.

But other foreigners need a visa to enter Russia. Standard tourist visa is 30 days long, can be single or double entry. If you need more that 30 days for your trip most common way is to apply for business visa, it can be 90 days, 180 days, 365 days and even 3-5 years, single, double or multi entrance as well.

A Russian visa is an official stamp which is placed in your passport at the Russian Consulate. In order to apply for a Russian tourist visa, you will first need to obtain an official Russian visa invitation from a licensed Russian travel company (we will provide it to you).

Documents required to apply for a Russian visa:
- Official Russian visa invitation (also called visa voucher). We do this.
- Filled out and printed Russian visa application form. The form must be filled out on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://visa.kdmid.ru/PetitionChoice.aspx
* Please note: be careful when filling out your form and provide as much information as possible.
- Original passport, must be valid 6 months after arrival from Russia. Must have at least 2 consecutive empty pages for the visa stamp
- 2 passport-size photos (photo size: 2 x 2 inches for US or 3.5 x 4.5 cm for Australia, Europe and Canada; photos must be recent and taken against a white background)
- Medical insurance policy

Standard visa application process by the Consulate.
Usually it takes up to 2 weeks for the Consulate to process your documents and issue your visa. If you need it urgently the procedure can be expedited for extra charge.
Processing time and consular fees may vary from country to country. The ideal time to start your visa procedure is 2-3 months prior to departure.
How can I ship my bike after the Trans-Siberian Marathon from Russia?
We have 4 options how to do it from Vladivostok:
1. We can ship your bike to Moscow by cargo train. It takes 12 days and costs approximately 450 euros. Either option is to choose a speed delivery by speed cargo train to Moscow, it takes 8 days and costs ~750 euros. And the same conditions of shipping from Moscow to Vladivostok.
2. Shipping by plane to Moscow, it takes 1-2 days and costs around 1250-1500 euros.
3. By ferry to Europe (Rotterdam, Hamburg...), Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, etc. The delivery time is from 1 month and costs around 1200 euros depending on the distance to your country.
4. Shipping by ferry to Seoul (South Korea) and then by plane to your country. It will arrive to Europe in about 10 days. The cost depends on the city of delivery.

You cannot use a train or a truck to send a motorcycle to Russia. There is a law in Russia that the owner must be on the board. Although, it can be done by a ship or a plane.

For example:
You ship your motorcycle by ferry to Vladivostok. When you receive a motorcycle in Vladivostok, you must personally be in the port of the city. After what we go to Moscow. Then we ship your motorcycle by train to Vladivostok, and you fly home from Moscow. After that our transport company ships your motorcycle by ferry to your country (your presence in Vladivostok is not required).

If you ride to Moscow on your bike, we can meet you at the border. If you need any of this support - write to me: yuri@uventure.tours
How many people are usually in the group?
The average size of our groups is 5-10 people. In such small groups, we can take into account your personal wishes.
Do we use highways or secondary roads?
We always use secondary roads whenever and wherever is possible. Riding on a highways is very boring. For our routes, we always choose the best balance between the road surface quality, beauty of the surrounding nature and the presence of interesting places.
Do I have to stay with the group all the time?
No, you don't have to :) We understand that each rider has a different dream trip. Some love riding in a group, while others prefer venturing off on their own to explore the open road. If you are going to head out solo or in a small group, please be sure to let your Tour Leader know so that he can assist you with a route and give you place to meet later in the day.
What types of hotels can we stay at during a guided tour?
We always choose a nice mix if luxury, nature, and fun, focusing on the properties of the region we are riding in. We organize accommodation in various types of hotels, such as art-hotels, forest eco-hotels, traditional Russian lodgings and country hotels.