Moscow – Saint Petersburg Motorcycle tour

Two stunningly beautiful capitals
2.300 km
95% asphalt roads
11 days
7 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 and the Hermitage
Peterhof Palace
Troitse-Sergiev Lavra in Sergiev Posad
Uglich, one of the most ancient Russian towns founded in 937 AD
Park and Monument to the 1000 anniversary of Yaroslavl
Vologda and its wooden architecture
Pskov - Old Russian fortress
Seliger Lake and BBQ
Russian banya (sauna)
Russian province…
Full tour program
Itinerary day by day
Day 1 & 2: Arriving in Moscow
Transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner.

Moscow sight-seeing. Walking sight-seeing tour (or bus tour) around Moscow: Kremlin, Red Square, GUM, subway and Arbat street.
Day 3: Moscow - Uglich, 240 km
After going away from Moscow, he head to a very interesting place that is famous due to its religious and historical background- Troitse-Sergiev Lavra in Sergiev Posad. It took its beginning in the ХIV century and since then it has been an Orthodox religious center of Russia. The aim of our trip is Uglich which is an old stunning town which was created in 937 AD. It is being famous for the architecture, mostly the one from XIX century and Russian leaders especially the times of ruling of Ivan the Terrible.
Day 4: Uglich - Vologda, 300 km
Our road will lead along the banks of the Volga river leading up to Yaroslavl and our lunch time. As well as, we will take a walk through the park to the monument which was built as a gift to the city for 1000 years anniversary. Later, we will head to Vologda which is considered to be one of the most historical and rich with heritage cities of Russia. Moreover, the city attracts tourists due to its wooden statutes and laces factory.
Day 5: Vologda - Tikhvin, 440 km
During this day we will have a very long ride through Russian provinces. The best of this tour is the fact that it combines both innovative cities like Moscow and St Petersburg and homey and romantic provinces of Russia. Having an opportunity to enjoy the secondary roads, we will see the real province life which is usually hidden from ordinary tourists
Day 6: Tikhvin - Saint Petersburg, 220 km
Today we are getting to the Second Russian Capital which is called "Russian Venice". 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 7: Saint Petersburg
Day 7 will continue us on to a city excursion and after a full lunch visit to Peterhof. This is a palace park complex which was built in the early beginning of XVIII century by ruler Peter the Great and became one of the most beautiful summer residencies of Tsar and his family and the symbol of Russian access to the Baltic Sea.
Day 8: Saint Petersburg - Pskov, 290 km
Today we will begin our journey from early morning and aim at riding through Russian province villages by the secondary roads finishing at the city-fortress Pskov. It became the city on Russian border line and was always the first one to face any attack.
Day 9: Pskov - Seliger Lake, 430 km
Day 9 consists of a long riding day using mixed types of roads- gravel, asphalt and secondary. And, of course, after such a long day, we will have a rest at Russian Banya (Russian type of Sauna) finishing the day with a tasty barbecue for supper. The clean air will help you fully relax and enjoy.
Day 10. Seliger Lake - Moscow, 380 km
The last day of our riding will mostly be through the secondary roads reaching Moscow where we will leave our motorcycles and finish the day with a farewell dinner.
Day 11. Departure home
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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, lunches and dinners (without alcohol). Also Vegan-friendly and Halal-friendly.
Sightseeing:
Excursions, Kremlin, Troitse-Sergiev Lavra, Ermitazh museum, Peterhof Palace, Tikhvin monastery, Russian fortress – Pskov…
Assistance & Support:
English-Speaking Guide, Gasoline, Visa Assistance, Luggage Storage, Support vehicle, Professional mechanic, Private transfers airport - hotel - airport
Service not included:
Air ticket, 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.
FAQ
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.