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Moto Tour Moscow-Crimea, 2018

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Care My Tours  is pleased to announce a series of bike tours in India and Crimea named by Afanasy Nikitin , which celebrates this historical connection between two great cultures of India and Russia & who share momentous and very good relations through the centuries to this very day.
Circa 1469, young maverick traveler Afanasi Nikitin in search of the famed Indian diamonds and precious stones lands on the shores of Revdanda in Maharashtra, he comes from Tver region near Moscow in Russia. His travels reach far into the heartland of India up to Kallur, which is now a part of Telangana.
This places his arrival in India around 27 years before Vasco Da Gama who is widely thought to be the first European to reach India (now we know better). Afanasi Nikitin departed from India around 1472 from the shores of Dhabhol, Maharashtra for Russia and set foot in Crimea, the Russian Riviera, where he wrote the first historical and cultural description of India on European soil, the book is called ‘Journey beyond Three Seas’ and a movie is also been made in 1957 (a joint Indo-Russian production) with the same name.
Avid Indian bikers interested in easy comfortable riding, fantastic scenery on the rides, night life, beaches, mountains and architecture, feeling of real Russian hospitality are welcome to be part of this exciting in summer season 2018.

Dates: May – September

Inclusions: 

– Accomodation 3-4* for 8 nights in DBL room

– Breakfast in the hotel, 4 lunches

– All transfers to and from Airports

– Sightseeng as per program with Entry tickets

– English speaking Guide along all route

– Technical support

– Russian Visa

– Motorcycle rent 4 days, 950 km

Husqvarna 511, Yamaha V-star 650,

HD Sportster 48, HD Switchback Dyna,

BMW F800R, HD Sportster 883, HD V-rod CVO,

BMW 1200 GS, HD Streetglide Touring I,

HD Softail Heritage

Exclusions: 

– Airfare Delhi – Moscow – Simferopol-Delhi

– fuel cost

Program 

1 Day, India – Moscow

Meeting in Moscow airport, drop to the hotel

2 Day, Moscow

Moscow city Tour with Red Square, Kremlin area, Gum Mall by bus and guide

3 Day, Moscow – Crimea  

Flight to Simferopol.

Transfer to Yalta, free time

4 Day, Crimea

Visiting the Parade of Naval forces of the Russian Federation in Sevastopol (Day of Victory in the great Patriotic war of 1941-1945). Excursion by boat on the South Bay with an overview of military ships

5 Day (riding day) 201 Km 

Simferopol – Bakchisarayi – Sevastopol – Yalta

Transfer to Simferopol. Collect bikes, sign contract, pay deposit, Flag off

Sightseeing: Svyato-Uspensky monastery of XV century, Salachik – first capital of Crimean Tatar Khanate, Donkey farm, riding by donkey, after riding you will get the licence of donkey driver, Visiting territory of the bike-club “Night wolves”, Foros Church , Vorontsov park , Swallow’s nest  – the symbol of Crimea

6 Day (riding day) 258 km

Yalta – Yevpatoriya – Kyzyl-Yar lake – Yalta

Sightseeing: Valley Of Ghosts, The medieval fortress Funa, Walking in the down town of Simferopol, Salt lake Sasyk (Swan), Cathedral Of St. Nicholas, Kysil – Yar Lake

7 Day (riding day) 274 kms 

Yalta – Sudak –  Koktybel – Feodosiya – Hrushivka – Safari Park Taygan– Yalta

Sightseeing: The medieval fortress Funa, The Church of St. Nicholas of Myra (Church-beacon), Tower “Choban-Kule”, Lutheran Church, Koktebel, Iver Church, old town, monument to Afanasy Nikitin, Visit of Lion Safari Park

8 Day (riding day) aprox 200 km

A Day for free ride

9 Day

Transfer to Simferopol Airport

Flight to Moscow then India

Safety Pointers : 

Crimea is a left hand drive country

Travel Insurance is very important and sport insurance is ideal

Jacket, helmets, gloves is minimum requirement for all riders and pillion riders

Adhere to speed limits as indicated in various sections of the tour

Russian Police is strict and enforces the law with discipline, unlike many other countries.

Who can join:

Any individual with valid Indian or Russian Driving license subject to signing of indemnity

Not less than 21 years of age

Must have minimum three years of motorcycle riding experience (as per license)

Must have IDP

2 Moto Tour Moscow-St.Petersburg, 2018

Welcome to Moto Bike tour Moscow – St.Petersburg in the memory of Afanasiy Nikitin!   Circa 1469, young maverick traveler Afanasi Nikitin in search of the famed Indian diamonds and precious stones lands on the shores of Revdanda in Maharashtra, he comes from Tver region near Moscow in Russia. His travels reach far into the heartland of India up to Kallur, which is now a part of Telangana.This places his arrival in India around 27 years before Vasco Da Gama who is widely thought to be the first European to reach India (now we know better).

Afanasi Nikitin departed from India around 1472 from the shores of Dhabhol, Maharashtra for Russia and set foot in Crimea, the Russian Riviera, where he wrote the first historical and cultural description of India on European soil, the book is called ‘Journey beyond Three Seas’ and a movie is also been made in 1957 (a joint Indo-Russian production) with the same name….

Avid Indian bikers interested in easy comfortable riding, fantastic scenery on the rides, night life, beaches, mountains and architecture, feeling of real Russian hospitality are welcome to be part of this exciting in summer season 2018

Dates: May – September

Inclusions:

– Accomodation 3-4* for 8 nights in DBL room

– Breakfast in the hotel, 6 lunches, 1 Gala Dinner

– All transfers to and from Airports

– Sightseeng as per program with Entry tickets

– English speaking Guide along all route

– Fuel

– Technical support

– Russian Visa

– Motorcycle rent 6 days, 1975 km

BMW F700R

BMW F800R

Exclusions:

Airfare Delhi – Moscow – Delhi

 

Program:

Day 1 India – Moscow 

Meeting in Moscow airport, drop to hotel

Day 2 Moscow – Tver – Valday, 400 km

In the morning, we will ride to the Red Square – the heart of Russia, to take a few photos, and then we will leave in the direction of Tver, using very good highway and toll roads. First stop in Tver, meeting with the City administration of Tver, a small ceremony of flowers presentation on the monument to Afanasy Nikitin, first Russian/European to set foot in India 25 years before Vasco Da Gama

Lunch at the eco-farm Ivanovka, interactive program “One day in the Russian village”

Overnight in the hotel in Valday National Park a beautiful place with sauna, lake, eco-farm.

Day 3 Valday–Novgorod-St.Petersburg, 500km

Through Demyansk, Staraya Rusa, Novgorod, Luga and Gatchina, we’re going to St. Petersburg. On the way there will be many interesting stops, in Novgorod we will visit the Kremlin. Novgorod is one of the oldest Russian cities, in 2014, it completed 1155 years. By evening we will arrive in St. Petersburg, check in at the hotel. Free time

Day 4 Saint Petersburg

Today we have a sightseeing tour of the city. We ride to Peterhof, where you will see one of the most beautiful parks I nthe world with fountains . Back to the hotel. Park bikes. After lunch, St.Petersburg guided tour.  12 midnight start by bikes to see opening bridges show and meet local bike clubs.

Day 5 St.Petersburg- Pushkin Gory, 350km

After Breakfast we plan to visit Pskov, like Novgorod, is one of the oldest Russian cities. Visit To Pskov Kremlin.

Day 6  Pushkin Gory – Derbovezh, 300 km

Derbovezh is a lake in a National Park, where we stop today before returning to metropolis.  Dinner with fresh local fish, home-grown fruit and vegetables, cooked by local cook on the fire. In the evening we sit by the lake around the campfire

7 day  Derbovezh – Moscow, 375 km

The first third of the way drive on the highway, and then go down on the Ruza and Zvenigorod. Retuning bikes

8 Day Moscow – India

Transfer to the airport

3 MotoTour Ice Ride on Baikal Lake, March 2018

This is the ride that separates you from the boys and the ladymen!  Adventurous but not threatening to your riding and well being!

Lovely +10 degrees outside with frozen ice under your wheels on a vehicle that does not allow you to hurt yourself easily, unless you are a crazy rider.Riding on the largest chunk of Siberian ice available on this planet Earth, 636km by 81km, the one and only – Lake Baikal.Astride the legendary Ural motorcycle skidding, gliding, stuttering and flying around the lake, sometimes so far you won’t see dry land.This is a mild test of your biking and adventuring prowess, always here will be an English speaking tour leader to make your journey comfortable and well guided to ensure you can manage the situations faced.

You will need an International Driving Permit or Indian Drivers License certified for ‘Motorcycle with Gear’ which has been valid for a minimum of 3 years before you ride with us

See you on the Ice!

Care My Tours India invite You to an unforgettable journey on motorcycles “Ural” on the ice of lake Baikal!  Ice Ride offers the unique opportunity to ride across the frozen waters of the largest, deepest and biotically richest fresh water lake in the world. The surface of The frozen Lake Baikal is covered in fields of ‘hummocks’, small hills of ice rubble. Beneath the ice surface, geothermic springs and seismic activity cause localized melting that weakens the ice to form holes and cracks. Transparent Baikal ice and sparkling hummocks particularly impressive in March-April. After the thaw and strong wind that blows away all the snow, the ice becomes perfectly polished. Through it are perfectly visible on the shallow rocks at the bottom. It’s the perfect time for travel on the ice: warm, you can go in light clothing, without gloves, and even short-term to strip down to t-shirts.

The sky is so blue, the sky pure, and the snowy mountains opposite shore distinctly different levels of detail, as if they were nearby.

Anyone who has travelled on the ice of lake Baikal, will tell you a strange story that the ice is talking. It’s true. In the morning you have to put your ear almost to the surface, to hear the voice of ice, but in the evening this faint rattle turns into a real drone, carried by the wind for miles. This sound creates in the soul the sensation that speak with the nature.

On the Baikal ice it feels like this journey not on lake, but on some unknown Planet. The beautiful and unusual.

Level of difficulty for bike driver: 5 out of 10 (not required much experience in Moto biking, good for the beginners)

Participation: team of two people, or as a passenger in jeep

Dates: March

Includes: 

– Accomodation  guest house during riding days, 3* hotel in Irkutsk, DBL room with breakfast

– Meals accoding the program (Vegetarian avialible)

– All transfers to and from Airports

– English speaking Guide along all route

– Technical support

– Russian Visa

– Motorcycle rent 3 days + 1 day training – Ural motobike

Exclusions: 

Airfare India – Moscow – Irkutsk –  Moscow – India

1 Day

Meeting at the Irkutsk airport

Breakfast, Accommodation at the hotel

Briefing. Audit of clothing and equipment. If necessary, we will buy or rent

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

2 Day

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to lake Baikal

Lunch

Accommodation in the guest-house

Familiarity with the motobikes

Training day

Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 Day 

The caves of the Strait Maloe Sea.

A picnic on ice (a hot dinner on the campfire)

Sacred to the Buddhists of the island Ogoy

Dinner at the guest-house of the Olkhon island

Optional: Russian Banya with an ice swimming

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 Day

Going North of Olkhon island

Shaman rock, rock “Three brothers”, Cape Khoboy

A dinner prepared on the fire on the ice of the lake

On the evening of the dedication in the Ice captains

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

5 Day

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to Irkutsk

Lunch along the way

Accommodation at the hotel in Irkutsk

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

6 Day 

Free time in Irkutsk

Meals: Breakfast

7 Day 

Departure to Moscow

Day 9: Battlefields to Pretoria
Distance: +- 550 km
Highlights: Relaxing drive through African Countryside

Time to head back to Pretoria, after a scrumptious breakfast we start the journey back! It is a nice relaxing ride through the interior of South Africa, The bikes will be returned in the afternoon and in the evening we will have a get together where everybody can reminisce about the previous days after which you will be returned to the hotel.