Road of Bones, from Vladivostok to Magadan

This tour leads from Vladivostok to Magadan, along the world famous Road of Bones, where it is just evening when the day begins in Moscow.

Pricing

Price
per person in double room standard, rider with own bike €4,750.00
per person in double room standard, rider incl. BMW F800 GS €6,950.00
per person in double room standard, rider incl. BMW F850 GS €6,950.00
per person in double room standard, rider incl. BMW F1200 GS €7,300.00
per pillion passenger in double room with rider €3,000.00
Single room supplement: €550.00

Features

Features
Overnight stays in hotels, private houses and tents, including breakfast (on all days) and lunch and dinner (on driving days)
Airport Transfers
Welcome Dinner
Motorcycle rental BMW F800GS / F850GS / 1200GS deposit not included (€ 1.500)
Petrol (only rental motorcycles)
Tour guide on motorcycle, English speaking
Support vehicle
Assistance with visa procurement
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services
Flights: We can offer these optionally on request.
Deposit for the rental motorcycle
Motorcycle clothing and protective equipment
Gasoline for own motorcycle
Lunch and dinner (except on riding days)
visa fees
Expenditure for personal needs
Tips
Also not included, but strongly recommended: Travel insurance with cancellation protection. (Foreign health insurance for Russia mandatory!)

More details

More details
Total distance: approx. 5,000 km
Road condition: 70% asphalt, 30% unpaved or gravel roads.
Difficulty: Medium to high, very high in rainy conditions. This tour is suitable for all those who have already gained some experience on narrow, winding mountain roads as well as gravel roads and dirt tracks and have their travel enduro well under control.
Climate: August is the warmest month of the year with an average temperature of 21.2 °C. Dry climate.
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Information:
18 days (including 12 days of travel, 4 rest days, 2 days of arrival/departure)
Minimum number of participants: 4 persons. If the minimum number of participants is not reached, the tour operator reserves the right to cancel the trip up to four weeks before the start of the trip.
The general travel conditions of Russian Mototravel Company, Moscow, Russia apply. These are handed out before booking.
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A frank word among bikers:
We do not take a riding course on our trip, but a demanding and varied motorcycle tour. If you are already experienced in riding a motorcycle, you will get your money's worth on the tour. If you are not sure if your driving skills are sufficient, please contact us. Due to our many years of experience we can give you good advice in this regard.
Furthermore, a good physical and health condition should be a matter of course for participation in the tour. Depending on the tour we leave several hundred kilometres behind us. Riding a motorcycle in a unique landscape is in the foreground, a certain adaptation to the group and team spirit will be necessary to fully enjoy the tour. With the description of the individual travel days you can already prepare yourself for the journey and get to know the routes we have carefully planned.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Tour description:

The 2,000 km long "bone road" was built under Stalin by the prisoners of the Gulag, a network of penal and labour camps in the Soviet Union, and is the only lifeline in this remote area. It winds past the ruins of ancient villages, over rugged hills and through untouched nature, and riding along this road means travelling through some of the most remote areas in the world.

Tour schedule:

Day 1 Vladivostok

After your arrival in Vladivostok the motorcycles will be taken over, final preparations will be made and you will get to know the team and the other participants. A joint welcoming dinner brings the day to a close.

Day 2 Vladivostok - Khabarovsk

760 km

A long ride to one of the most beautiful cities in the Far East, Khabarovsk. The capital of the region of the same name lies on the river Amur and was founded in 1858 as a military post. In the evening we will take a little walk around the city.

Day 3 Khabarovsk- Blagoveshchensk

730 km

Also on this day we will get a few kilometres under the wheels before we reach Blagoveshchensk, a town right on the border with China, which is on the other side of the river. In the evening we treat ourselves to Chinese food and do not go to bed too late, so that we are well rested for the coming day.

Day 4 Blagoveshchensk

We use today for preparations, because tomorrow the real adventure begins when we turn to Richting Road of Bones tomorrow. We strap the off-road bikes onto our bikes and get everything ready for the coming gravel sections. The next 1,000 km we cover 50% on unpaved and 50% on paved roads.

Day 5 Blagoveshchensk - Tynda

780 km

After a few hours of riding we leave the Trans-Siberian Route and enter the Road of Bones towards Magadan. After the turn-off the Lena highway begins (from the Trans-Siberian route to Yakutsk the Lena highway runs for about 1,200 km; from Yakutsk to Magadan the Kolyma highway runs for another 2,000 km). In 2006, this road to Yakutsk was named the most dangerous road in the world by one of the world's leading car magazines, overtaking the famous Death Road in Bolivia and several other difficult stretches. The good news, however, is that the situation has changed in recent years and construction is currently underway on the road; some sections are already paved, others are under construction. The current situation is therefore much better than in 2006.

Day 6 Tynda - Aldan

460 km

We ride on roads that are mostly asphalted, but are interrupted by gravel sections.

Day 7 Aldan - Yakutsk

540 km

Yakutsk is the capital of the Republic of Sakha and has over 300,000 inhabitants. After five days of riding we take a day off here.

Day 8 Yakutsk, day off

For half a day we visit the city. The remaining time is at your free disposal.

Day 9 Yakutsk - Chandyga

410 km

50 km after Yakutsk the paved road ends, and before us there are 2,000 km of gravel road to Magadan: the legendary Kolyma highway. Chandyga, where we spend this night, is one of the few "big" cities on our way to Magadan.

Day 10 Chandyga - Tomtor

350 km

This is the coldest place in the world where people are still settled. In winter the temperatures drop to -50 °C to -70 °C

Day 11 Tomtor, day off

We visit a museum, take pictures with Stella (a monument of this "pole of cold") and recover for the next day.

Day 12 Tomtor - Ust-Nera

240 km

Ust-Nera is the last major town we pass before we reach Magadan. The next two nights we sleep in tents.

Day 13 Ust-Nera - Sussuman

390 km

On this day we visit the ghost town of Kadykchan. In the past, this was a small town with several factories and plants employing the local population, but after these were closed, there was no electricity or heating and the inhabitants moved away quickly. Today Kadykchan is one of the most famous ghost towns in Russia.

Day 14 Sussuman - Gerba River

320 km

After another exciting riding day we spend the second night in the tent.

Day 15 Gerba River - Magadan

310 km

Before arriving in Magadan we visit one of the few detention camps along the road that is still preserved. Most of the prison camps in this region were closed after Stalin's death in the 1950s and 1960s and most of them were destroyed shortly afterwards. This prison camp has remained untouched, and we can see today how people lived and worked in these places back then.

Day 16 Magadan, day off

City tour and farewell dinner.

Day 17 Magadan, buffer day

This day serves as a security day in case our arrival in Madagan is delayed.

Day 18 Magadan, departure

Depending on the time of departure, you can either use the time to pack or explore Magadan on your own. We hope that you were so excited about Russia that you will come back one day for another tour and tell you

"Do svidaniya" - Goodbye - in Russia